The Daily Mail reported in March 2021 that the publisher canceled the book, which was originally scheduled for April 2020, despite the former Bravo star receiving an advance. Sources told the outlet that it was killed. "And Kim is allowed to keep the $300,000 book advance. As a result, Harper Collins is taking the loss as they didn't think they could recoup the money.
Real Blurb reports that Richards was sued in 2019 by ghostwriter Allison Kingsley Baker for $5,000 in unpaid services. Richards talked about what happened with her book, originally titled "The Whole Truth: The Reality of It All," in a July 2022 interview with Entertainment Tonight.
Richards said he worked with a private writer who promised to send him weekly updates, but he never received them. I kept calling her and telling her, "You're supposed to give me every week."It was all "too much" during the height of the COVID pandemic, Richards said, noting that he had never seen the book.
When COVID hit, she thought, "I don't want this to be released during COVID." This was a scary time for her. Her first attempt at writing a book would be much different if she were to try again. Richards reiterated that she never saw the writer's manuscript.
Her story no longer applies to her because she's changed a lot since then. After I spent two years by myself, I didn't know who I was until I spent two years by myself. I'm so different today - hopefully for the better - but I don't know what I would say or write now. It was in the 1970s that Richards became a child star, and throughout her life, her fiancé, John Collett, her mother, Kathleen Dugan, and her father, Ken Richards, all died, according to People.
On the HarperCollins website, the book description teased Richards' "soul-baring confession" of what it was like to be treated as a show pony as a child star, as a disposable object as a wife, as a whipping post as a sister, and as a tabloid commodity as a celebrity.
She previously told Page Six that reliving her painful past while writing her memoir was "rough."As she stated in 2019, "Looking back over my life from the very beginning was very, very impressive." It was difficult to deal with some of the painful parts. It's also been beautiful. There has been a lot of growth in me."
According to Richards in the ET interview, COVID made writing a book more stressful. It was just very difficult for me to think back on my mother's death, the separation from my ex-husband Monty, and my dad. Those were the most important things that I did not want to think about. At that point, I was trying to live in the now, but I was physically unable