Danielle Steel

American Novelist Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is an American novelist, currently the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. Based in California for most of her career, Steel has produced several books a year, often juggling up to five projects at once. All her novels have been bestsellers, including those issued in hardback.
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Danielle Steel: ‘I Know an Idea Is Right for Me When It Just Clicks’
NYTimes - 20 days
The best-selling author talks frankly about her writing process, her 1946 Olympia typewriter and her decidedly unglamorous writing attire.
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The Most Clichéd And Most Exclamation-Prone Authors, By The Numbers
Huffington Post - 11 months
The numbers don’t lie: James Patterson loves clichés. He deploys 160 for every 100,000 words he publishes. Yikes! In a new book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, statistician Ben Blatt runs the numbers on bestselling and classic literature, coming to some startling ― and not-so-startling ― conclusions. In a Publishers Weekly article, Blatt shared a few of the stats from his book, revealing the most, and least, cliché-prone, exclamation-point-heavy, and weather-obsessed authors. “If you have a body of literature, stats can now serve as an x-ray,” he writes. Some of the revelations are hardly surprising. Patterson, who has his name on over 200 novels, many of them bestsellers, isn’t known for his innovative prose. After crosschecking 50 classic and bestselling authors against Christine Ammer’s The Dictionary of Clichés, Blatt found that the crime writer took top prize for most clichés. Certain literary writers known for pushing the style envelope weren’t far behind, however....
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Gwyneth Paltrow Wants You To Buy The Most Outrageous Items For Valentine's Day
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Goop recently published four Valentine’s Day gift guides and the items are as outrageous as ever. The Gwyneth Paltrow-helmed site, which has recommended a $15k, 24-karat gold dildo and continues to support buying egg-shaped jade stones for your vagina, is either totally trolling us or is just totally out of touch.  Check out some of the craziest items they recommend for guys, girls, couples, and “solo yolo” fun below:  1. A pelvic floor exercise tracker.  Elvie, $199 2. Packets of this sex dust.   Moon Juice, $20  3. A Prada flashlight for a sexy game of hide-and-seek.  Prada, $260 4. Fur oil for your nether regions.  Fur, $39 5. A bag of crystals from Goop’s own shaman.  Goop, $85  6. This $507 necklace of ruby-encrusted boobs.  Anissa Kermiche, $507 7. Pine pollen to promote“sexual energy.”  Sun Potion, $55  8. An incredibly expensive Danielle Steel “Dating Game” clutch.  Olympia Le-Tan, $1,890 -- This feed an...
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A escritora Danielle Steel mostra seus objetos favoritos
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
A consagrada escritora de best-sellers compartilha alguns de seus objetos favoritos, inclusive uma antiga máquina Olympia em que ela escreveu 155 livros.
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The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers 1 THE BESTSELLER-OMETER, OR, HOW TEXT MINING MIGHT CHANGE PUBLISHING Back in the spring of 2010, Stieg Larsson's agent was having a good day. On June 13, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest—third in the series from a previously unknown author—debuted at number one in hardback in the New York Times.You can imagine the lists would have been a pleasing sight over morning coffee. Hornets' Nest straight in at the top, Dragon Tattoo at number one in two paperback formats, and The Girl Who Played with Fire a roundly satisfying number two. This had been going on for forty-nine weeks in the U.S., and for three solid years in Europe. It would have been hard not to be smug. The following month Amazon would announce Larsson was the first author ever to sell a million copies on the Kindle, and over the next two years sales in all editions would top seventy-five million. Not bad for an unknown political activist—turned-novelist from a little Sca...
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Danielle Steel: By the Book
NYTimes - about 2 years
The author, most recently, of “Blue” says Alex Haley was her mentor. “We both wrote late at night, and when my phone rang at 3 a.m., I always knew it was him, making sure I was working.”
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Vanessa Traina Snow opens a shoppable apartment on Melrose Place
LATimes - over 2 years
Vanessa Traina Snow, designer muse and stylish daughter of novelist Danielle Steel, has brought her home-as-store concept Apartment by the Line to Los Angeles, two years after opening in New York City’s Soho. Now open on Melrose Place, the second-floor store takes the retail trend of curation to...
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'Lesbian Danielle Steel' K'Anne Meinel on Breaking the Rules
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Dubbed the "lesbian Danielle Steel" of her time, best-selling author K'Anne Meinel effortlessly straddles the line between in-demand author and facilitator of future female-led literary careers with her publishing house, Shadoe Publishing. Meinel's best-selling novella Sapphic Surfer currently ranks among the top sold in her nearly 12-year career behind the keyboard. In fact, this year Meinel is working with five interpreters to re-release Sapphic Surfer in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. The success of Sapphic Surfer spawned Meinel's Repersented, Lawyered and Malice. Lesbians around the globe have flocked to pick up her newest releases -- Small Town Angel and Blown Away. In total, Meinel has authored 73 novels, novellas and shorts and shows no signs of stopping. "I have at last count 165 books in various stages of completion on my laptop," she says. "This includes outlines, titles and nearly completed novels, novellas and shorts...it's a process. When they...
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Danielle Steel on Bette Midler's 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
Wall Street Journal - almost 3 years
The best-selling novelist Danielle Steel on the way Bette Midler’s ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ evokes memories of her son Nicholas.
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If Tom Perkins is wrong: Who IS our No. 1 celebrity?
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Tom Perkins has said a lot of unbelievable stuff lately. After we recovered from the shock of Perkins’ comparison of progressive animosity toward the 1 percent to the Nazi persecution of Jews, one of his less-outlandish statements in his controversial Wall Street Journal letter began to sink in. He called his ex-wife, author Danielle Steel, our “number one celebrity.” We suspect that’s wrong. In his pointed response to Perkins’ letter, Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius offered a second opinion for our top star: Joe Montana. But is the former 49ers quarterback really deserving of the title? There are lots of other contenders from San Francisco and the rest of the Bay [...]
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The Week to Week News Quiz for 1/31/14
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I am happy to report that the State of the News Quiz is healthy and the outlook is good, at least if you take our Week to Week News Quiz and test your knowledge of the week's happenings. Here are some random but real hints: He's hoping Jane Byrne isn't lurking around; if it worked for FDR and Lincoln, it should work for Obama; it's not Justin, but he'll benefit; and wax on, wax off. 1. Federal prosecutors this week announced plans to seek the death penalty against whom? a. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri b. NSA leaker Edward Snowden c. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev d. "Goodfellas" mobster Vincent Asaro 2. Before an ice storm shut down Atlanta, what did Mayor Kasim Reed tweet? a. "Houston, we have a problem" b. "Atlanta, we are ready for the snow" c. "Where can I get some ice for my drink?" d. "I want to skate to work" 3. In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama said he would do what to get around an obstructive Congress? a. Expand...
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Wall Street Journal: Tom Perkins Was Right
Business Insider - about 4 years
Last week, WSJ published a letter to the editor from VC Tom Perkins who said that criticism of the 1% was similar to Kristalnacht and the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Perkins has been flayed since then. Now the WSJ editorial board has weighed in and said that Perkins was right. They admit maybe the exact comparison is inapt, but they argue the strong reaction has vindicated him. While claiming to be outraged at the Nazi reference, the critics seem more incensed that Mr. Perkins dared to question the politics of economic class warfare. The boys at Bloomberg View—we read them since no one else does—devoted an entire editorial to inequality and Mr. Perkins's "unhinged Nazi rant." Others denounced him for defending his former wife Danielle Steel, and even for owning too many Rolex watches. Maybe the critics are afraid that Mr. Perkins is onto something about the left's political method. Consider the recent record of liberals in power. They're the ones obsessed with the Koch brot...
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Tom Perkins' blathering should inspire Google to speak up
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
The latest and most egregious example is the severely tone-deaf letter to the Wall Street Journal from billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins, in which he manages to compare blockades of shuttle buses to the Holocaust. Perkins, who said he was writing from "the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco," somehow managed to lump the largely defunct Occupy movement, the anger at tech shuttle buses and a couple of teasing blog posts about his ex-wife, author Danielle Steel, to draw "parallels of fascist Nazi Germany." [...] he's feeding the narrative that anyone who makes money in the city - or who works for one of the Internet companies that is successful - has a target on his or her back. The company certainly isn't the only one shuttling employees from the city to the Peninsula, and it is just one of the tech firms to ride the economic boom. [...] speak up. What the tech companies really need to do is make tangible civic efforts, right here in the city. Speak up for yo...
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When the bark is part of the bite
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Picture Carson standing tall at the portico to welcome dignitaries, and Mrs. Patmore beginning a state dinner with steak and kidney pudding and ending it with jam roly-poly. The lady behaved of course, in a ladylike way, even refraining from uttering anything undignified when, mid-showing, a notice of some electronic malfunction appeared on the TV screen, obscuring the dramatic action. -- Del Seymour was leading a group of tech people around the Tenderloin when at Turk and Taylor, they encountered a gentleman who asked one of the tour participants if she would like to see him do a selfie. -- Another assessment (oh, there's always another assessment in San Francisco) of the noise level of the demolition of the Jack Tar: Those of us living peacefully within a few blocks, e-mailed Fran Johns, are regularly treated to things like debris removal at 4 a.m. or the crunching away of walls at all other hours that may look neat and tidy, but sound like World War II. ... -- Lynn Ashcraft-Yon...
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U.S. criminal division nominee could counter 'revolving door' criticism
Yahoo News - over 4 years
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's pick to serve as the top criminal prosecutor dedicated more of her time in the private sector to defending technology companies than she did financial institutions, a resume that could ease concerns that she might be soft on Wall Street. Leslie Caldwell, who the White House nominated last month to lead the Justice Department's criminal division, has worked for firms such as Oracle Corp, Cisco Systems and Hewlett Packard as a private lawyer, according to ethics disclosures released by the government. She has also counseled clients ranging from Toyota's U.S. sales arm and defense contractor Northrop Grumman to romance novelist Danielle Steel, according to a list of recent clients that she has billed for at least $5,000 in one year.
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Publishers Weekly Bestsellers: The Week's Hottest Reads
Huffington Post - over 4 years
-- Copyright 5/8 2013 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 9/29/13, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8 2013 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King (Scribner) 2. "The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central) 3. "W Is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton (Putnam) 4. "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf) 5. "Never Go Back" by Lee Child (Delacorte) 6. "Deadline" by Sandra Brown (Grand Central) 7. "The Quest" by Nelson DeMille (Hachette/Center Street) 8. "Thankless in Death" by J.D. Robb (Putnam) 9. "The Final Cut" by Catherine Coulter (Putnam) 10. "Inferno" by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 11. "The Mayan Secrets" by Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry (Putnam) 12. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) 13. "A Seaside Christmas" by Sherryl Woods (Mira) 14. "Christmas on 4th Street" by Susan Mallery (Harlequin) 15. "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead) HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. "Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Reilly, M...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Danielle Steel
  • 2006
    Age 58
    In 2006 Steel reached an agreement with Elizabeth Arden to launch a new perfume, Danielle by Danielle Steel.
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    In 2006, Perkins dedicated his novel Sex and the Single Zillionaire to Steel.
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  • 2005
    Age 57
    Steel also reached an agreement with New Line Home Entertainment in 2005 to sell the film rights to 30 of her novels for DVDs.
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  • 2004
    Age 56
    To avoid comparisons to her previous novels, Steel does not write sequels. Although many of her earliest books were released with initial print runs of 1 million copies, by 2004 her publisher had decreased the number of books initially printed to 650,000 due to the decline in people buying books.
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  • 2002
    Age 54
    In 2002, Steel was decorated by the French government as an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, for her contributions to world culture.
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    Steel married for a fifth time, to Silicon Valley financier Thomas James Perkins, but the marriage ended after four years in 2002.
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  • 1997
    Age 49
    The son at the center of the lawsuits, Nicholas Traina, committed suicide in 1997 as a result of a morphine overdose.
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  • 1993
    Age 45
    In 1993 Steel sued a writer who intended to disclose in her book that her son Nick was adopted by her then-current husband John Traina, despite the fact that adoption records are sealed in California.
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  • 1984
    Age 36
    Having a Baby was published in 1984 and featured a chapter by Steel about suffering through miscarriage.
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  • 1981
    Age 33
    Coincidentally, beginning with her marriage to Traina in 1981, Steel has been a near-permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestsellers lists.
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    Steel married for the fourth time in 1981, to vintner John Traina.
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    They divorced in March 1981.
  • 1978
    Age 30
    She divorced him in 1978, but the relationship spawned Passion's Promise and Now and Forever, the two novels that launched her career.
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  • 1975
    Age 27
    After receiving her divorce from Lazard in 1975, she married Zugelder in the prison canteen.
  • 1973
    Age 25
    While still married to Lazard, Steel met Danny Zugelder while interviewing an inmate in a prison near Lompoc, California, where Zugelder was also incarcerated. He moved in with Steel when he was paroled in June 1973, but returned to prison in early 1974 on robbery and rape charges.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    After nine years of marriage and many years of separation, Steel and Lazard divorced. In 1972 her first novel, Going Home, was published.
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  • 1966
    Age 18
    After the birth of their daughter, Beatrix, in 1966, Steel worked for a public-relations agency in New York called Supergirls for several years.
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  • 1965
    Age 17
    In 1965, when she was 18, Steel married French-American banker Claude-Eric Lazard.
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  • 1947
    Born on August 14, 1947.
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