| February 22, 2013

The secret to successful writing, they say, is to write about what you know — and Jackie Collins knows romance. Twenty-eight of her novels have landed on the New York Times' Best Sellers List, and many of them ooze with glitz, glam, intimacy and intrigue.

Now, the accomplished author is back with "The Power Trip," a brand-new thriller that's sure to keep readers on edge until the very last page.

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We jumped at the chance to interview the reigning queen of romance writing. Find out what she had to say about love, modern-day relationships and her favorite books.

Tell us a little bit about your new book, "The Power Trip."

JC: A sexy sun-drenched thriller set on a Russian billionaire's yacht, with five high-powered famous couples aboard.  And in the middle of this incredible trip, the yacht gets taken over by Somali pirates and a Mexican drug lord.

Everyone loves [character] Lucky Santangelo. What actress do you think would best portray her on film?

JC: Angelina Jolie would make a perfect Lucky.  Sleek and strong and beautiful.  Can't beat that.

What is the best piece of relationship advice you’ve ever received?

JC: Once a cheater, always a cheater!

How have your views on romance changed over the years?

JC: Marriage is great if you want kids.  Other than that, living together works just fine.

Do you think the world is getting less romantic? What do you think the future is for romance with so many people sexting?

JC: Yes, unfortunately romance is not what it used to be.  But things can change — and sexting will eventually get tired — and good old romance will return with a vengeance!

What is your favorite book?

JC: "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo and "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Both fantastic reads.

You’ve had so much success writing about other people, do you ever think about telling your own story (or writing a memoir)?

JC: I am working on a memoir entitled "Reform School or Hollywood."

You're known for writing about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. How do you think Kate Middleton is doing so far? 

JC: I think she's great.  Fun and fearless — a true breath of fresh air to the British monarchy.