Hailey: I set myself 600 words a day as a minimum output, regardless of the weather, my state of mind or if I'm sick or well. There must be 600 finished words--no almost right words.
Hailey's novel, Airport, stayed at number one on the New York Times bestseller list for thirty consecutive weeks.
Hailey's final novel was Detective, published in 1997.
Hailey reportedly read 27 books on the hotel industry as part of his research for his novel Hotel.
Hailey's wife, Sheila, wrote a book in 1978 entitled I Married a Best-Seller.
From 1969 onwards, Hailey and his wife resided on Lyford Cay in the Bahamas. They moved there for tax purposes.
Hailey's books were translated into 40 languages.
Hailey's books sold more than 170 million copies worldwide.
Hailey usually spent approximately one year researching his novels followed by 18 months writing them.
The trademarks of Hailey's novels were an industrial or commercial setting plus a crisis encountered by one of the characters.
After his discharge from the RAF in 1947, Hailey emigrated from Great Britain to Canada.
Hailey served as a flight lieutenant in the RAF from 1939 until 1947.
Hailey's 1979 heart operation was a huge success and he resumed his writing career with the novel Strong Medicine.
Hailey's first number one best selling novel was Hotel published in 1965. The novel was later the basis for a hit TV series which ran from 1983 to 1988.
Hailey underwent a quadruple bypass heart operation in 1979 shortly after announcing his retirement from writing.
Hailey reportedly enjoyed the movie Airplane which was a parody of his novel and movie series Airport.
Hailey was the son of George and Elsie Wright Hailey.
Hailey was married to Sheila Dunlop from 1951 until his death. They had three children.
Hailey was married to Joan Fishwick from 1944 until 1950. They had three children.
Hailey: I don't think I invented anybody. I have drawn on real life.