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Author Justine Musk's high-profile divorce will be on TV Tuesday night [Updated]

March 29, 2011 |  4:56 pm

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Justine Musk is the author of three novels: "Bloodangel" and "Lord of Bones," both dark fantasies, and "Uninvited," a young adult thriller. She blogs with vigor about writing -- procrastination, creativity and inspiration -- and has been known to frequent the L.A. literary scene.

And on Tuesday night, you can catch her on CNBC's "Divorce Wars," about the "confidential world of multimillion dollar divorce."

Because Justine Musk's ex is Elon Musk, the co-founder of Paypal and SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Musk at one point had more than $200 million in cash, athough in 2010 he said he ran out of cash.

Justine, second from left, has a new beau (my guess would be that fellow standing next to her); she and Elon have five children together -- twins and triplets. [Update, Wed. 9:15 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said Musk was second from right.]

Musk wrote about her divorce in Marie Claire:

In the late spring of 2008, my wealthy entrepreneurial husband, Elon Musk, the father of my five young sons, filed for divorce. Six weeks later, he texted me to say he was engaged to a gorgeous British actress in her early 20s who had moved to Los Angeles to be with him. Her name is Talulah Riley, and she played one of the sisters in 2005's "Pride and Prejudice." Two of the things that struck me were: a) "Pride and Prejudice" is a really good movie, and b) My life with this man had devolved to a cliché.

In the article, Musk also remembers their good times and describes what it was like to slowly become a trophy wife -- something she said she wasn't much good at.

"Divorce Wars" host Melissa Francis tells the Wall Street Journal that when it comes to divorce, the rich are just like you and me -- only with more zeroes. "These battles are sparked by the exact same emotions that push less wealthy people to take up arms," Francis says, "like a sense of betrayal, abandonment, or humiliation. The weapon just becomes money because that’s what is handy."

These days, Musk focuses on her writing and sharing her writing advice. "It doesn’t have to be perfect. It does have to get out of your head, to manifest, so that you can work it, and pay attention to it, and follow where it leads," she recently wrote. "One small act of creativity begets another small act of creativity, like links in a chain leading all the way to a finished draft."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Justine Musk, second from left, with Global Green USA's Matt Petersen, actress Suzy Amis and filmmaker James Cameron in February 2011. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images for Global Green

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