Putting pen to paper! Whether it be a memoir, children’s book or something in between, celebrities including the Kardashian sisters, Michelle Obama and Mindy Kaling have all taken their talents outside of the realm of Hollywood and have been successful authors.
Scroll down to see what other famous faces have penned great stories.
The Duke of Sussex will release a memoir in 2022, he announced in July 2021. “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” he said in a statement. “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”
The Oscar winner will release Finding Me, her memoir, in April 2022. “I believe that our stories, and the courage to share them, is the most powerful empathetic tool we have,” she said in a statement. “This is my story … straight no chaser.”
“I cried way more than I thought I would while writing my book, You Deserve Better,” the Bachelorette alum admitted to Us Weekly exclusively in June 2021 one month before the release of You Deserve Better: What Life Has Taught Me About Love, Relationships, and Becoming Your Best Self.
The Vanderpump Rules star became a USA Today Bestseller with her May 2021 memoir, Give Them Lala. “I wrote it because I thought people would be that interested in my life story. I feel like since I signed on to Vanderpump, there was like a microscope on me that I was not used to,” Kent told Us exclusively ahead of her memoir’s release. “And I kept feeling like I needed to explain certain things.
The Live with Kelly and Ryan host’s first book will detail her life thus far. “Surprising, at times savage, a little shameless and always with humor, Live Wire shows Kelly as she really is offscreen — a very wise woman who has something to say,” her publisher, Dey Street Books, a HarperCollins Publishers imprint, teased. Ripa’s memoir is due out in 2022.
In four years, the Office alum produced three books that reflect her humor and relatability. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was released in 2011, followed by Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk about Myself: 50 Topics to Share with Friends in 2013 and Why Not Me? in 2015.
David Livingston / Getty Images
The Good Morning America meteorologist wrote a memoir titled Natural Disaster in 2017. She followed up the success of her first with a children’s book Chasing Helicity in 2018 set to encourage kids to chase their dreams.
Future Image/D.Van Tine/ullstein bild via Getty Images
The Sweet Home Alabama actress’ highly-anticipated memoir, Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits, was released in 2018.
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner
Fans and fellow celebrities alike went wild for Teigen’s first cookbook Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat in 2016, inspiring her to pen a second, Cravings: Hungry for More, which was released in 2018.
Jessie James Decker
The “Flip My Hair” singer released a tell-all Just Jessie: My Guide to Love, Life, Family, and Food in 2018 filled with intimate stories and photos from her life.
Monica Schipper/Getty Images
The former boybander reflected on his childhood, his career, and his family with Jessica Biel in Hindsight, released in 2018. The book also included photos that showcase the journey to his life now.
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
The trio collaborated to release Kardashian Konfidential in 2010. The book includes relationship advice, candid photos of the reality stars and more. Years later, Khloé wrote a solo memoir titled Strong Looks Better Naked focusing on positive body image in 2015. That same year, Kim released a coffee table book Selfish, which included a collection of her personal photos.
The former first lady revealed in September 2018 that she was embarking on a 10-city tour for her new memoir, Becoming. “Over this time that I’ve been out of the White House, I’ve had time to think and reflect for the first time in a long time and I spent some time really thinking about the people and the stories and the experiences that have shaped me and helped me become the person I am today, and I am proud of what I’ve created,” she said in an Instagram video. “I’m proud because it’s candid, it’s totally and utterly me. So I’m also a little frightened because it’s candid and honest and open, but I can’t wait to share it with the world.”
Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
The former Alaska governor’s first book, Going Rogue: An American Life, sold over two million copies since its Nov. 2009. Her next book, America By Heart, will hit stores Nov. 23.
Gosselin’s third book, I Just Want You to Know, bombed after its April 13 release this year, selling just over 10,000 copies its first 14 days in stores. By contrast, the mom of eight’s first two books, Multiple Blessings and Eight Little Faces sold 523,000 copies in 2009.
Spears sat down with her mom, Lynne, in 2000 to put together Heart to Heart, featuring photos and stories from the singer’s early days. Lynne’s second book, a memoir on “her backseat role in Britney’s path to fame” called Through the Storm, was released eight years later.
E!’s resident funny lady has three humor titles to her name, including her most recent release, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. “Chelsea writes like Judy Blume, if Judy Blume were into vodka, Ecstasy, and sleeping with midgets and nineteen-year-olds,” chick lit author Jennifer Weiner says of Handler.
Spelling has penned three successful memoirs, but now she’s trying out a new genre: children’s books! Presenting…Tallulah hits stores Sept. 21, but the actress already counts her own children, Liam and Stella, as fans. “I love reading to my kids,” she has said. “It’s our special time together.”
Hilton added New York Times best-seller to her resume in 2004, when she came out with her autobiography, Confessions of an Heiress. Her second book, Your Heiress Diary, a user friendly, fill-in-the-blank style book with short stories from Hilton, was released in 2005.
Richie’s first book, The Truth About Diamonds, hit shelves in 2005 and chronicled the struggles of a young woman adopted by a famous musician — from backstabbing socialite friends to drug and alcohol abuse. The mom of two will release her second book, Priceless, Sept. 28.
The former Girl Next Door dished about life at the Playboy mansion and a serious drug addiction in her just-released autobiography, Sliding Into Home. “When they told me I was No. 4 [on the New York Times best-seller list], I was just like, ‘What, there are only four books out?'” she joked to Us.
Like Conrad’s life, L.A. Candy follows a 19-year-old girl who moves to Hollywood and finds fame as a reality star. L.A. Candy, optioned for the big screen, and Conrad’s second book, Sweet Little Lies, will be followed up with Sugar and Spice on Oct. 5.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Hewitt’s relationship advice book, The Day I Shot Cupid, came out on the heels of her breakup from comedian Jamie Kennedy. Bad timing? “It’s not the ideal situation, but…I never say in the book that I know how to find perfect love or how to be in the perfect relationship,” she has said.
In 1992, Madonna caused a stir with the release of her racy coffee-table book, Sex. Nearly 20 years later, the mom of four has focused her energies on a new genre of writing: children’s books. The most recent book in her series about London schoolgirls known as the English Roses, came out last year.
The actress has been writing about her experiences as a model and mom for over a decade, releasing her story of motherhood in Belly Laughs and Louder Than Words, inspired by her own son’s struggle with autism.
The comedian opens up in her memoir, Official Book Club Selection, released in June 2010. And the comic’s not the only one in her family adding “author” to their resume: Her mom, Maggie, also released a memoir, Tip It!, in June.
Banks will release a young adult trilogy, Modelland, in 2011. Marketed under the host’s Bankable Books imprint, the books are set in a fantasy world for model-teens. “‘Intoxibellas’ are drop-dead beautiful, kick-butt fierce and, yeah, maybe they have some powers too,” Banks says of her characters.
Sara De Boer/startraksphoto.com