GL: BEHIND THE BOOKS
Julia London, Jonathan's Story co-writer, describes, in her own words: How I Ended Up Writing a Tie-In Book for a Soap Opera.
It’s not what some people seem to think: I did not decide on my own to write a book about the popular character of Jonathan Randall. This was a classic “work for hire” situation: the Guiding Light crew wanted a book with a specific story, and they needed an author to write the book. I was approached about writing the book by my publisher, who had a detailed plot the Guiding Light folks had developed, and one that would tie in to their show. They flattered me immensely by asking me to write the book. How fun was that?
Read the entire essay, here.