Ghostwriter to the Jackson Family for 25 years Stacy Brown chronicles in the NEW YORK POST the bad treatment, along with the "craziness." Here is that article. Many of us have had equally brutal working conditions with our clients. Yet, we stayed.
The reason why ghostwriters, who are quite marketable, tend to be stuck in bad situations is this: We are fascinated with lives so outsized and unstable. Brown notes, " ... there's something seductive about the craziness."
For me, dealing with those kinds of high-profile unusual clients was like watching a movie. A well-done one. Just when interest would flag, they would come up with a new form of self-destructiveness, flamboyance, and/or extreme generosity. We couldn't help but hang in our seats for the next frame of the film.
In our little, often boring lives as ghostwriters, our talents have allowed us to enter worlds even our imaginations couldn't have opened up. I look forward to being hired on assignment by the next larger than life personality.