Queen of the raunchy read Jackie Collins described her successful writing career as not bad “for a school dropout” as she was awarded an OBE.
Collins, whose older sister is the actress Joan Collins, has consistently produced best sellers since her first book was published in the late 1960s.
They are filled with tales about the glamorous sex lives of its rich and famous protagonists and include The World Is Full Of Married Men, The Stud and Hollywood Wives.
The author flew to London this week from her Californian home to attend the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony hosted by the Queen.
She said: “My first book was The World Is Full OF Married Men –banned all over the world.
“The Queen said ‘it’s quite something to write books’ and I said ‘yes especially for a school drop out’.”
She added laughing: “I was wondering what she was going to say to me because most women say ‘oh you taught me everything I know about sex, I used to read my mum’s copy under the covers in bed’.
“I’ve been writing for so long but love never changes, sex never changes.”