The books â the first of which is scheduled to hit shelves in the summer of 2009 â will be loosely inspired by Conrad's own experience going from an ordinary teen to a reality TV star.Back when Lauren was interviewing with Lisa Love for her first internship at Teen Vogue's West Coast office--you may recall how nervous she was! what if she didn't get it? how would The Hills even happen?--she answered a few tough questions. "Can you write?" queried the steely Love. "I enjoy writing," Lauren said, smiling her Marcia Brady smile. I can't wait to find out how much she enjoys submitting draft chapters on time and editing her galleys and working with the poor soul in HarperCollins' publicity department who has been assigned this forthcoming project. For that matter: who is Lauren's editor, and does he or she realize that LO is her writing buddy, the person she discusses her process with?
"It's definitely influenced by my own life," Conrad tells PEOPLE. "The books are about a girl who moves to L.A. and stars in a reality show, so obviously there are some similarities."
So will Hills costars like Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt or Brody Jenner wind up as in Conrad's series? Not exactly. "I'm not trying to do a fictional story based on all my friends in my real life because their stories aren't really mine to tell," says Conrad, who has gone through many dramas on her MTV show. "Some of the characters may symbolize people in my life, but it is in no way calling anyone out."