"Scientist announces that she is call girl and blogger Belle de Jour" (The Guardian)
How wacky is this? This can totally be spun off into another novel. :)
I didn't read the blog or the books, but instead watched the Secret Diary of a Call Girl series on British TV. It's a good watch, but I didn't feel compelled to want to know the "real Belle." Finding out, now, that she's a scientist, does make me kind of curious.
I know this is a misconception, but I still do think that people who write novels gravitate toward somewhat literary careers as their day jobs. I've been an editor and corporate communications writer myself, and if you read a lot of local chick lit you'll see that authors with advertising and journalism backgrounds. Developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology? That's different. That's kind of cool.
Will she be as interesting an author now that she's out? Does it even matter?