Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva

A Novel

Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva

  • Atria Books | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439164426 | 
  • May 2010


Victoria Rowell Unveils Calysta Jeffries, star of her new Novel Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva

Victoria Rowell gives us a peak behind-the-scenes in the soap opera world of her protagonist and alter-ego, Calysta Jeffries.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Victoria Rowell. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva tells the story of Calysta Jeffries, an actress who plays onscreen soap diva Ruby Stargazer on television’s popular soap opera, The Rich and the Ruthless. The story begins at the Sudsy Awards, the fictional version of the Daytime Emmy Awards. Calysta is up for best actress and after fifteen years of hard work and good acting, she deserves it. The drama unfolds when the award goes to Calysta’s onscreen/offscreen rival Emmy Abernathy. What follows is a dramatic, passionate, emotional and hilarious story of one woman’s journey to make amends with the past and discover what it means to be happy and fulfilled.

Questions and Topics for Discussion

  1. The story opens at the Sudsy Awards with Augustus Barringer whispering predictions to Calysta: “The night belongs to you, kid . . . I can feel it” (p. 3). Did this opening scene assure you of Calysta’s win, or did you get the sense she would lo
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About the Author

Victoria Rowell
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Victoria Rowell

Victoria Rowell, best known as Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, is the author of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Women Who Raised Me, received The African American Literary Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.