Kendall, Kylie Jenner's Ghostwriter Maya Sloan Talks Rebels: City of Indra, Writing Process

Celebrity News Jul. 3, 2014 AT 10:10AM
Kendall and Kylie Jenner Kendall and Kylie Jenner's book Rebels: City of Indra was written by ghostwriter Maya Sloan. Credit: JB Lacroix/WireImage

With a reality series, PacSun clothing line, and one lucrative modeling career, it seemed virtually impossible that Kendall and Kylie Jenner had time to write the new YA sci-fi book Rebels: City of Indra. In fact, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner siblings did receive help from ghostwriter Maya Sloan, who penned most of the novel with the girl's guidance and edits. 

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Though many, including her own family, have criticized Sloan's decision to work with the PacSun designers, she just sees it as a job.

"I've learned to check my ego," Sloan told the Los Angeles Times. "Ego will get you a teaching job in Iowa grading freshman comp papers, or a 9-to-5 editing promotional material where you want to slit your wrists. I'm writing for a living, and it's a gift to be a working writer."

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Kendall and Kylie's creative director Elizabeth Killmond-Roman told the paper that they had numerous Skype and FaceTime sessions with Sloan, and gave the author extensive notes. 

"People are trying to take this away from the girls," Killmond-Roman said. "But most art is collaborative. It was never, like, 'Maya — go off and write 10 chapters and send them back to us.'"

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Though Sloan's name appears on the book's first page, she is not present at the book signings and will not appear on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The sisters opened up a Twitter Q&A on June 25 where fans asked them about their writing process. There was no mention of the ghostwriter throughout. 

When one fan asked if Kendall, 18, and Kylie, 16, wrote each chapter together or individually, Kylie responded, "All together."

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Professional runway model Kendall said her favorite part of writing the book was "Coming up with the story lines and characters" and when asked about the worst part she replied, "Editing it was hard."

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