It seems like leaving "The Hills" behind to pursue other projects is paying off for Lauren Conrad so far. Conrad's young-adult novel, L.A. Candy, has landed at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Chapter Books for two weeks in a row.
"If someone said to me five years ago when this all started that I would one day make the New York Times Best Seller list, I wouldn't have believed it," Conrad told People. "I am so honored that it is now a reality."
The book is the first in a three-book series about a girl, Jane Roberts, who moves to Los Angeles and finds fame on a reality show. "It was such a compliment to be included in something with such established names," Conrad added of her appearance on the list.
MTV News met up with the former "Hills" star last month, when the book was released. Despite appearances to the contrary, Conrad was quick to point out that L.A. Candy has nothing to do with her own reality-TV experience.
"I didn't take anything specifically that happened to me. The only thing that I did was ... it was a way to show not necessarily me but just the other side of being on a show like ours," Conrad said. "I think people already think some of the characters are based on certain characters, but the thing is, I think everyone has certain people in their life. Everyone has someone they really don't get along with. Everyone has a best friend. They have their parents. They have all these different people in their life, and so does this character [Jane], and they all represent different people who change you."