NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- HarperCollins Publishers announced
today that it has acquired world rights to a young adult fiction series
from Lauren Conrad, star of MTV's mega-hit reality show The Hills. The
series, entitled L.A. Candy, is loosely inspired by Conrad's own
transformation from ordinary teen to reality TV darling, fashion designer,
and "It Girl."
The three-book deal was negotiated by Adam Korn and Lisa Sharkey,
Senior Editor and Senior VP, respectively, of the Creative Development team
at HarperCollins, and Literary Agent Matthew Elblonk of The Creative
Culture with Max Stubblefield at UTA. The first book in the series will be
published in Summer 2009.
L.A. Candy tells the behind-the scenes story of a young girl who moves
to L.A. and unexpectedly becomes the star of a reality television show.
With her stardom comes wealth, famous friends, fabulous clothes, and
romance -- as well as the darker realization that everyone wants something
from her, and nothing is what it appears to be. Though L.A. Candy is a work
of fiction, the characters -- their lives, their loves, and their
never-ending dramas -- are perfectly drawn by Conrad, the only person who
can give her readers an accurate and juicy insider look at young Hollywood.
"I've never seen a new project generate noise like the instant buzz
that swept through our offices around this deal," said Elise Howard, Senior
VP/Associate Publisher of Fiction, HarperCollins Children's Books. "The
Hills and Lauren Conrad are household names among our staff, and their
popularity is even higher among the teens who are our readers. We're
bracing ourselves for a blockbuster publication."
"I've always loved books that I could lose myself in, ones that would
transport me to another place, but had characters I could relate to," said
Conrad. "I'm so excited to have this opportunity to write books like that
for other readers."
Lauren Conrad first rose to fame when MTV profiled her group of high
school friends in the hit show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. After
high school, Conrad headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion and
also signed up to star in the Laguna Beach spin-off show The Hills which
premiered in May 2006. The Hills soon became MTV's highest rated show and
is now seen in over 16 countries. In March 2008, Conrad's lifelong dream
came true when she debuted her own fashion collection -- now carried by
major retailers across the country. Conrad headlines the fourth season of
The Hills which premiered August 18th on MTV.
About HarperCollins Children's Books
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children's books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing
quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to
many timeless treasures -- Charlotte's Web, The Chronicles of Narnia,
Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Where the Wild Things Are; and
popular new classics -- A Series of Unfortunate Events, Warriors and Fancy
Nancy. HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins
Publishers, one of the leading English language publishers in the world and
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SOURCE HarperCollins Publishers