|Danielle Steel dazzles in jade! Photo from her website.|
I’ve admired the novelist Danielle Steel since I was a teenager living in the Philippines. One of my friends introduced me to her books when I was a sophomore and I was hooked for a long time. Danielle helped get me through high school and college with her engaging stories, when geometry eluded me, when biology and chemistry made me want to take a nap. I would sometimes read her novels right in class! Later on, when I was being extremely bored by the novel Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson while I lit major in college, Danielle’s fresher (and of course more modern) touch reminded me why I liked fiction enough to want to study it in school.
|Danielle as a young hottie, 1982. Photo by Ed Kash/Hulton Archives/Getty.|
I also just admired her as a person. I admired that she had so many kids (seven, plus two stepsons), yet worked her writing around their schedules. I was wowed by her work ethic. I loved (and still love) that she is a big fan of fashion—I know my first interest in certain brands like Gucci came from her mention of them in her novels. Later on, when I was a bookseller, I admired that she could sell books like no other lady writer—she was right up there in terms of sales with Stephen King and Tom Clancy. I remember a publishing rep who would come into the bookstore where I worked once told me that Danielle Steel was the only one of Dell’s novelists who actually earned back every penny of the millions of dollars she was paid in advance (and in 1990, when I was a bookseller, it was $60 million for a five-book deal). She earned it back and then made even more money for herself and the publisher!
|A Danielle Steel poster at my local subway station in Brooklyn.|
I was charmed to see a picture of Danielle in the subway station close to my house a few weeks ago. I loved that this extremely successful novelist is being promoted with subway ads! Every time I see a photo of her I remember all the fun and glamour she brought to my life with her books when I was very young and I am grateful to her. She still makes me smile and I still have the utmost admiration for her!
I swung by her blog to see what is new with her and liked a recent post she wrote called “Life is Short—Buy the Shoes,” about ageing and how people still need fun things in their lives when they are older, like crazy shoes or a dog or a romantic companionship, even if their children are telling them they DON’T need those things. I think she is right! If you get a chance, swing by and read it and let me know what you think.
|Charlotte Olympia Mid-Century Kitty Glitter Flats. Frivolous! Necessary!|
I thought I’d add a pair of glittery Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats here since these seem like exactly the kind of shoes some people would say you don’t need and yet Danielle (and I) would argue that indeed you do need them! She is right when she says you can’t always be sensible in life and that frivolous things can oftentimes bring you the most joy.
|Danielle wearing two amazing blackamoor brooches. Photo from Haute Living.|
Here’s to sparkly kitty flats and a great reminder from Danielle to keep living life to the fullest, no matter your age!