This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
It was shocking that the person who died was Jackie Collins herself.
So this Feasting post, is, in my own small way, a tribute to this amazing writer. A writer of bonkbusters, of Hollywood, of gossip behind the shiny veneer. And of books we would secretly read in our teens (or was that just me?).
Hollywood Wives sold over 15 million copies and was one of Jackie's most successful novels. It has a huge cast of characters including: Elaine and Ross Conti, Buddy Hudson and Angel Hudson, and Sadie LaSalle. Something links these characters…but what is it? Or, who is it?
Angel intrigues me. She is so sweet, so innocent and naive. The complete opposite to the other more ruthless characters in the novel. She was, thought Buddy, "Christmas six months early". She was beautiful on the inside and on the out. A rare combination in Jackie Collins' Hollywood.
After they'd met and had a whirlwind romance in Hawaii, culminating in their wedding, the two lovebirds made their way back to Hollywood. Buddy was determined to make it as an actor.
And Angel happily looked after him. He was, after all, the family she'd never had. The family she'd yearned for. And, on this particular day she fixed him, for dinner: "Hamburgers, green beans, baked potatoes and apple pie."
Yum. Could you not just eat that too?
Apples are in abundance at the moment. For my pie I just peel and cored enough apples to deeply fill my dish, scattered over sugar, then used this slightly sweetened version of this easy rough-puff pastry recipe by Gordon Ramsey to make a pie crust.