‘Bridget Jones with attitude’ Guardian
‘Chock-full of bad-girl secrets… tantalizing’ Cosmopolitan
‘Unexpectedly wise, observant and best of all – fun’ Los Angeles Times
‘A new perspective on the world's oldest profession’ Honey
From the Author
Who is Nancy Chan?
Ever since Nancy Chan's diary began running in Salon.com, I've been asked by readers and relatives, by prospective and former boyfriends: "Are you Nancy Chan? How much of Nancy is really you?"
I'm unable to give a completely straight answer because, well, I'm like Nancy in some ways. Fact and fiction are often blurred in Nancy's life, and in mine. Like Nancy, I ran away from home during my teens, and I know what it's like to take pride in a job while keeping it a secret.
When the original series ended -- with Matt slyly inserting himself into Nancy's apartment to deliver a surprise marriage proposal -- I received hundreds of e-mails from readers wanting to know how Nancy would handle being a full-fledged fiancée: Could a girl like Nancy really give it all up for a guy when she's at the top of her career as a call girl? How big was that engagement ring, anyway?
My call-girl readers were especially intrigued. Contrary to the latest stereotype (that prostitution is just "sex work"), selling sex is much more than a job. Having sex for money can become a way of relating to men -- and enjoying men -- that competes with your romantic life. Successful hookers are sharp-witted, hardheaded and hardworking but many are also diehard romantics. We want our emotional fantasies to come true, perhaps because we spend so much time fulfilling other people's fantasies.
When you run your own business, you are married to your job. When this job is also a secret from your boyfriend, a proposal of marriage may represent the fulfillment of a fantasy -- but it brings real-life complications, as Nancy Chan could tell you.
As to whether I am currently guilty of leading a double life, planning to marry a guy like Matt, secretly endangered by scandal, or coming out with a sequel to the current novel, I will now resort to misquoting D.H. Lawrence: "Never trust the author. Trust the tale."
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