Westport author is a ghostwriter from “Real Housewives of New Jersey”

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Westport author Emilie Liebert working hard on his eighth book. Lately, the novelist has been juggling between writing her feminine novels and writing ghosts for the cast members of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey”.

In 2017, she collaborated with “Real Housewives of New Jersey” (RHONJ) star Teresa Guidice on her book, “Standing Strong,” and this year she worked with RHONJ star Margaret Josephs on her recently published book , “Caviar Dreams, Tuna Budget: How to Survive in Business and in Life.” She also befriended several women in the Bravo franchise. Liebert has even appeared in episodes of RHONJ, including a recent 2021 episode that took place on Liebert’s boat in Norwalk.

“They filmed a few episodes of us writing the book at [Joseph’s] house and then we thought it would be fun if they filmed on the boat. Once we got that idea, I think Margaret and maybe the producers got the idea that it would be fun if the actors could come on the boat and we could film her talking about a section. particularly poignant about the book, ”she said.

Westport author Emily Liebert and “real New Jersey housewife” Teresa Giudice.

Courtesy of Emily Liebert

As for Liebert to become a real housewife herself, that’s unlikely.



“[Filming] was a fun thing to do, and I’ve been asked if I’m going to join this show or any Real Housewives franchise more than once, ”she said. “I don’t live in New Jersey so that’s an obvious ‘no’. And that said, I’m not currently looking to be on a reality TV show – and not because I despise her in any way, but simply because it’s a huge amount of work.

Liebert said working with Guidice happened during a non-filming period, but when she wrote with Josephs the filming was still going strong, so she got firsthand glimpse into the work involved. The day on the boat took hours filming and was tiring enough to make her swear to want to star on a reality TV show – even if Bravo never had to decide to start a Real Housewives franchise in Connecticut.

“At the end of the day, I felt like I had been hit by a train,” she said.

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" were spotted filming in Norwalk Harbor on September 23, 2020.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” was spotted filming in Norwalk Harbor on September 23, 2020.

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It was a whirlwind experience working with Guidice on her book, Liebert said, as she had a six-week deadline. The two met for dinner in April 2017, started working together the next day, and finished five weeks later. Liebert said Giudice and Josephs have become good friends. But, ironically, she didn’t meet each other, rather by a not-so-random coincidence.

Hairdresser Julius Michael hairstyles for several RHONJs women (along with “Real Housewives” of New York and Beverly Hills) in his living room in Scarsdale, NY and Liebert has known him for years. A few years ago, Liebert said Josephs was there to get her hair done and explain how she wanted to write a book. Hearing this, one of Liebert’s friends who was getting their hair done at the same time suggested Liebert for the job. Michael stepped in and seconded the recommendation. The two quickly connected by phone and became friends, but didn’t start working on a book until several years later.


Journalist turned novelist, Liebert said the ghostwriting appealed to the journalist in her.

“It’s very different from just making up your own story, and what I liked is that the story already existed. It was a really unique and fun challenge to try to adopt someone’s voice. ‘another for a change rather than a made-up character, “she said.” I loved the journalistic aspects because when you write you’re really interviewing someone over the phone and in person. tell their story, then you help them make a cohesive book.

Luann de Lesseps, “Real Housewives of New York” – native of Berlin, Connecticut

Dorit Kemsley, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” – from Woodbridge, Connecticut

Leah McSweeney, “Real Housewives of New York” – Attended school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (former actor) – from Windsor Locks, Connecticut


Liebert said she couldn’t write two fictional novels simultaneously, but found it easy and enjoyable to switch back and forth between writing a novel and ghostwriting a non-fiction book. fiction.

“I really like the combination of the two because when I’m done writing my own book – and my books are a lot of work to create characters and create a plot – I kind of want to have it. “opportunity to write a true story. Then when I’m done writing a true story for someone, I want to be able to invent whatever I want,” she said.

Aside from her untitled novel still in progress, Liebert is also busy writing several other books. One is with a top fashion designer, celebrating a 20th anniversary this year, and the other with a longtime news anchor, she said. And Liebert’s sixth book, “Pretty Revenge,” is being turned into a TV show.

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