“No one is born a celebrity,” notes collaborator Hilary Liftin. As the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including 13 New York Times best-sellers, she knows this as well as anyone. In addition to her work behind-the-scenes helping to pen best-selling memoirs from stars such as Miley Cyrus, Tori Spelling, Mackenzie Phillips and Tatum O’Neil, she’s also written three books of her own: Dear Exile, a collection of letters she exchanged with her college roommate while the latter was working for the Peace Corps in rural Kenya; Candy and Me, a memoir told through her lifelong obsession with candy; and the novel Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper, a fictionalized account of a life atop (and, alongside) Hollywood’s A-list that Cosmopolitan hailed as “a juicy faux tell-all about the price of fame.” “Every book is a puzzle,” Hilary says of her collaborative projects. “My authors have the pieces. I help put them together.”
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