Representing some of the biggest names in television for over a decade, Mel Blake is now back with her second book, which will be even bigger than her first
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She’s the showbiz agent-turned-bestselling author who, after decades of representing some of television’s most famous faces, rose to stardom last year with her novel Ruthless Women.
Notebook columnist Melanie Blake’s fans have been asking for more — and now she’s got their prayers answered.
We spoke to the 45-year-old ahead of the release of Guilty Women, a book that’s set to be even bigger than her last.
She revealed it wasn’t easy being thrust into the spotlight after working so long behind the scenes…
Hello Mel. Congratulations on becoming our cover star for the second time. Now it’s your turn to take the spotlight. Always wanted this?
“Honestly, it never was. As an agent, I secretly wanted to write and the dream was that one day I would be successful.
“I am very happy that this dream has come true. But even after so many years organizing the kind of shoots and interviews I now have to do myself to promote the books, I never understood what it felt like to be so exposed.”
How do you mean?
“As an agent, I’ve kept clients out of trouble with advice on how to keep their public profiles. But my own is just me and I haven’t always practiced what I preached!”
We’re guessing you’re referring to your infamous Nadia Sawalha Twitter spit when you called her a “wicked witch”?
“Absolutely. I regret that…”
“It got so much bigger than it should have been. If I could go back, I would never have posted it.”
What made you do this?
“I don’t want to give that any more oxygen except to clarify that there is no feud in my opinion.
“I looked after her for about a decade and professionally we were a brilliant partnership. I’m sure she would still say the same thing.
“The problem was that the line between customer and friend was blurred. Something personal happened that I should have kept secret. I was the first to advise clients never to tweet anything they might regret. Everything has long since been settled.”
Are you friends with most of your former clients and how did they feel when you entered their arena?
“I must have represented 50 of the most famous women in the UK and am still close friends with 48.
“I represented Claire Richards for almost 10 years and we have Instagram almost every day, as do Saira Khan, Danniella Westbrook and Sherrie Hewson. I also speak regularly with Claire King, Beverley Callard and Coleen Nolan. And they’re all excited for me.
“The confusion between the books and my clients is that many of the characters are based on experiences they may have had with other actresses who were megabitches.
“I’ve also dealt with leaders who were obnoxious enough to inspire me.
Why do you think people love your books?
“Maybe because it’s escape. We live in horrible times – war, Covid, the economy… I write about glitzy, glamorous women in beautiful places who behave incredibly badly!
“Reader reviews are calling my books a roller coaster ride and that is the biggest compliment as I want to take them on a journey to forget how miserable things are!
“Guilty is darker than Ruthless and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the first volume – you can read this on its own. It’s more of a sexy crime thriller. Be warned, he is not for the faint of heart!”
We have to ask about the end of your column. Have you heard from your ex fiance again and are you dating?
“I’ve actually heard of him. He ended up getting married and claims to still be desperate to get back together. But I’m over him.
“I know the fact that I’m in the public eye now drives him crazy, so that’s quite satisfying [laughs]. The best way to get revenge on someone who hurt you or doesn’t want you to be okay is to find success and happiness — and I’ve done both.”
So are you dating anyone?
“I’m not seeing anyone right now because I’m so busy promoting Guilty Women, and then there will be a third book.
“I’d like to think that after two years of being locked away alone at Christmas, maybe I’m spending this year with someone special. But I’m sorry to disappoint you, I won’t write about it because I need to get my private life back.
“With the books soon to be a TV series that could take me all over the world, I don’t even know where I’ll be based. So the future is all for playing. I’m only 45 and I feel like anything is possible. Wish me luck in finding the happy ending the women in my books never have!”
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