Celebrities are known for trying their hand at directing, singing, and performing on Broadway, but many also have turned to writing. There are plenty of celebrity memoirs on the shelves, however, many actors and actresses have penned fiction as well. This list of 20 celebrity authors of novels may surprise you.
20. Lauren Graham
The Gilmore Girls wrote a well-received comedic novel about a woman trying to become an actress in mid-1990’s New York. The novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, was published in 2013.
19. Steve Martin
Steve Martin is the author of several novels, one of which, Shopgirl, was adapted into a film. His books frequently make the best-sellers lists.
18. Bella Thorne
Known for her role on Disney’s Shake It Up, teen star Bella Thorne decided to write a young adult novel series. The first, Autumn Falls, came out in 2015.
17. B.J. Novak
The Office star actually wrote a collection of stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, but since it’s not a memoir, it’s definitely fiction!
The pop star wrote a series of children’s books called The English Roses for middle-grade readers in 2008.
15. James Franco
James Franco does a bit of everything, and that includes writing two novels. His debut novel was Actors Anonymous. He’s also published collections of poems, which makes sense, as his mother is also a poet.
14. Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad’s YA debut L.A. Candy was the first in a series about a girl in L.A. After completing the L.A. Candy trilogy in 2010, Lauren went on to write The Fame Game series.
Snookie shared her tale of a girl at the Jersey Shore in 2010, and some readers actually thought it was pretty good.
12. Geri Hallwell
Plenty of celebrities write children’s books, but Geri Halliwell went a little longer and decided to write a children’s novel. Ugenia Lavender was published in 2008, and was the first of several books featuring the character.
11. Gillian Anderson
The X-Files actress penned an epic paranormal series with co-author Jeff Rovin. The series, Earthend Saga, began in 2014, and the last book will be released September 2016.
10. The Kardashian Sisters
The Kardashian Sisters have several books of non-fiction in print, but did you know that they also co-wrote a 2011 novel entitled Dollhouse?
9. Pete Wentz
The Fall-Out Boy singer’s novel was well-received by readers when it debuted in 2013. Titled Gray, the novel features the story of a depression, love loss and self-discovery.
8. Gene Hackman
The seasoned actor has several books to his name including an epic western. He wrote his first novel in 2006, and hasn’t stopped penning new stories, sometimes writing alone, sometimes with a co-author.
7. Hilary Duff
Elixir is a young adult novel about a girl solving a supernatural mystery and was published in 2010 at the first in a trilogy. The last book, True, came out in 2013.
6. Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke is the author of Ash Wednesday and The Hottest State. The Hottest State was made into a film and several people on Goodreads say his writing is beautiful, so you might want to check it out if you’re curious.
5. Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher took her relationship with her mother, Debbie Reynolds and her battle with addiction and turned it into fiction with the novel Postcards from the Edge in 1987. It was later made into a film with Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep in 1990.
4. Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne wrote a well-received tale of revenge between two sisters in 2010. The book, Revenge, has 4.6 stars on Amazon.
3. Jason Segel
Jason Segel has a fun middle-grade series called Nightmares, about nightmares and a boy named Charlie who needs to face his fears. The first, Nightmares, arrived in 2014, and the second, The Sleepwalker Tonic, arrived in 2015. The third, The Lost Lullaby, is expected in 2016. A new book by Segal, Otherworld, is also expected to be released.
2. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie is known more as a fashion designer than as an actress now, but she also penned a 2010 novel entitled Priceless. The novel is about a talented singer whose world shatters when her father is arrested for fraud.
1. Chris Colfer
Glee star Chris Colfer made magic with his middle-grade series The Land of Stories, which was first published in 2012. The fifth book in the series is expected later in 2016, and there’s no signs of the signs stopping.