Whodunit? 10 Famous Ghostwriting Collaborations

The newest celebrity scandal has nothing to do with sex, drugs, or alimony. Instead, New York Times dining writer Julia Moskin recently shared a behind the scenes look at cookbook ghostwriting and outed star Gwyneth Paltrow. Moskin states that the actress did not write her best-selling cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. Gwenny isn’t happy and responded to the claim on Twitter. “Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself,” she shared with fans.

While we love a good cookbook, the recent headlines inspired us to revisit some of our favorite fiction penned by ghostwriters instead. Many famous authors have either helped others find their footing in the literary world, or have sought the assistance of an invisible friend. Check out ten ghostwriting collaborations past the break. Head to our comments section to leave your own picks.

V.C. Andrews and Andrew Neiderman

V.C. Andrews’ taboo family drama tales have long been a curiosity for horny teenagers, but several entries in the author’s forbidden novel series became best-selling hits, prompting the use of a ghostwriter after her death. When Andrews passed away in the late 1980s, Andrew Neiderman — a former high school English teacher — was hired by the writer’s estate to continue Andrews’ ongoing saga. Neiderman is the same author who penned The Devil’s Advocate — the book the 1997 Al Pacino film was based on, which coincidentally featured a scene with Andrews-like incestuous overtones.