In between intense writing sessions for her next studio album, expected in 2007, Alanis Morissette will spend this year working on a memoir. "It will be all the wisdom I've accrued in the thirty-one years of my life," the singer-songwriter says with a laugh. "A lot about relationships, fame, travel, body-image issues, spirit — with a lot of self-deprecating humor peppered throughout, 'cause I just can't help it."
Morissette has wanted to pen a book for some time now, and she finally decided to toss her reservations out the window. "I was getting a little too precious about book-writing, putting this unrealistic expectation on myself that I had to somehow not only encapsulate my past, but the next forty years of my life as well," she says. "That's just ridiculous — I'd end up writing it when I'm ninety-five."
As for her more familiar task of songwriting, she's well on her way to crafting a follow-up to 2004's So Called Chaos. "I'm teeming with ideas right now because I haven't written a record in three years," she says. "I have more than enough thoughts to congeal together."
For the album, she is enlisting a few collaborators, among them Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Eminem), with whom she teamed for "Wunderkind," her Golden Globe-nominated song from the film The Chronicles of Narnia.
Morissette found out about the nomination from her fiance, actor Ryan Reynolds, after her phone lit up. "The fact that it had been ringing off the hook was terrifying to me," she says. "My immediate reaction was, 'Oh God, something's wrong!' "
She will indeed be in the house at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night. "I look forward to getting all cleaned up," she says. "The entertainment industry is filled with really wild, creative, expressive people, so I'll be on all night."
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