Danielle Steel has never needed much sleep.
Ever since she was a child, she remembers rushing home from school, doing her homework, and then turning to her stories – staying up far later than she should have.
At 71 years old, Steel works 20 to 22 hours a day.
Four hours, she told Samantha Leach in a recent profile for Glamour magazine, is a good night’s sleep for her.
A few times a month, when a deadline looms, Steel can find herself working a full 24 hours a day, hardly moving from her desk.
There are many things to say about this profile of Danielle Steel: that she writes seven books a year, that she had 9 kids, that she may or may not have 6000 pairs of Louboutins. But all I can say is JFC look at her desk! https://t.co/9ApljQTl5Z pic.twitter.com/jwUi7tL2fV
— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) May 10, 2019
In her office where she works hangs a sign that reads, “There are no miracles. There is only discipline,” – her approach to writing, summarised.
Over her five decade career, Steel has written 179 books. In her early seventies, she’s averaging seven a year.
“Dead or alive, rain or shine, I get to my desk and I do my work,” Steel told Glamour. “Sometimes I’ll finish a book in the morning, and by the end of the day, I’ve started another project.”
It’s this sort of tenacity that has no doubt made Steel the best-selling author on the planet, worth an estimated $350 million (AUD$503 million).
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Alongside her remarkable career, Steel has raised nine children from three different marriages.