WLW is a recurring blog segment in which I highlight a book I have on my wish list. Sometimes it's a new release, sometimes a beloved classic, and sometimes it's a hidden gem.
I have had the misfortune of reading novels by celebrities, which for all intents and purposes point out the fact that publishers prefer name value over writing ability. I should probably just avoid any book alleged to have been written by an actor, singer, or--god forbid--reality star. There are exceptions to this new rule though, and one example is Amber Benson.
Amber has a series of books revolving around a character named Calliope Reaper-Jones, the first of which is called Death's Daughter. Calli is, you guessed it, Death's daughter. While she would prefer to live a normal life in New York City, she is forced to take up the family business when her father is abducted. Now that's daddy issues.
Like more than a few readers, my point of entry for this series is my undying adoration for Joss Whedon's Buffy series, of which Amber Benson was a castmate. And while it could be easy to just brush off this series as some kind of cash-in on fandom, the laziest of browsing through Goodreads.com shows that Amber is no slouch in the writing department. If this book was some one-off, ghost written piece of fluff, I wouldn't even bother, but it is quite apparent this is a book written by an honest-to-god writer and the premise sounds like it could be really entertaining.
How about you? Has an actor or other TV personality surprised you--for good or bad--with their foray into writing fiction?