She's set to film a fourth season of The Simple Life
, recording her first album, preparing for marriage—and seeing her first novel (yes, you read that right) hit shelves Nov. 8. Nicole Richie
, 24, sat down in her L.A. apartment to reflect on issues large and small with PEOPLE's Lisa Ingrassia.
ON HER BOOK: "Part of it is autobiographical, but it's more exciting if you make things up."
ON FIANCE ADAM GOLDSTEIN: "He had a talk with my dad [asking to marry me] and my dad started crying. I'm looking forward to marriage. Your name changes, which will be exciting."
ON TYING THE KNOT: "It will definitely be within a year. I want a really big wedding."
ON KIDS: "I want five—three girls and twin boys. I'm a good mom to my dogs, so I feel like I'll be a responsible parent."
ON MAKING THE SCENE: "I go out, but not as much. It's like, why do you lose interest in playing in the sandbox? It's because I grew up."
ON NESTING: "Whenever I go into a house, the first thing I think is, 'Would I want to be sick there? Would I want to be there on a rainy day?' [I like] cozy."
ON GETTING THIN: "I gained weight in rehab [in 2003]. It's been slowly coming off. I've actually never dieted."
ON HER BIGGER CLOTHES: "I don't have them anymore. I don't know what happens to my clothes—sometimes they just disappear, you know?"
ON PARIS [HILTON]: "We just grew apart. We're not the first two people on the same TV show that don't get along. I just don't think it's that serious."
ON FOLLOWING IN DAD LIONEL RICHIE'S FOOTSTEPS: "He's heard one song [I've recorded], I think. But I wasn't with him. I don't want to be in the room!"