Bill Rancic talks about writing his first novel, his marriage with Giuliana and the advice he got from Donald Trump

By: Gibson Johns

Bill Rancic recently took a surprising career turn: He wrote a romance novel.

Rancic -- known primarily for being the first winner of "The Apprentice," an accomplished businessman and the husband of television personality Giuliana Rancic -- most likely wouldn't have been pegged to be the next best-selling fiction writer of a romance novel, and he knows that. But that didn't stop him from writing it anyway.

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The New York Times best-selling author's first fiction book, "First Light," which was based on his relationship with Giuliana, hit bookshelves on November 1, and it's been very well-received by critics.

"First Light" by Bill Rancic, $21.47

"I went in with my eyes wide-open because I knew people would critique this a little more than they would probably a traditional writer," he told me during an exclusive Facebook Live interview. "You know, I've written books before, but those were business books -- they weren't fiction."

"This book has to be better than your traditional romance novel because people are going to question it a bit more," he explained.

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Bill Rancic through the years
Bill Rancic during 'The Apprentice' Finale Party at Trump Tower in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 16: 'The Apprentice' winner Bill Rancic appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on April 16, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Bill Rancic, Carolyn Kepcher, George Ross, Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Bill Rancic during Z100's Zootopia 2004 - Press Room at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage for Clear Channel Entertainment)
Bill Rancic (right) and guest during 2nd Annual Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
Bill Rancic from 'The Apprentice' (center) with Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Bill Rancic during 3rd Annual ' An Enduring Vision ' Fundraiser - Arrivals at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage for Rogers & Cowan)
Bill Rancic at the ESPN Zone in Chicago, Illinois (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic arrives at Tabu Ultra Lounge In MGM Grand on August 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 19: Television personalities Bill Rancic (L) and Giuliana Rancic arrive at the world premiere of Cirque du Soleil's 'Viva ELVIS' production at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter February 19, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil)
NEW YORK - MAY 23: Television personality Bill Rancic attends 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Season 3 finale after party at the Trump SoHo on May 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic, co-hosts of the NIVEA Kiss Platform in Times Square, help others 'Prepare to be Kissed' on New Year's Eve 2011. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for NIVEA)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: TV personality Bill Rancic attends the world premiere of 'The Dilemma' at AMC River East Theater on January 6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 28: Giuliana (R) and Bill Rancic meet fans at Santa Monica Place on December 28, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic attend The 2012 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 19: TV personalities Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic arrive at the 2012 Do Something Awards at Barker Hangar on August 19, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: TV Personalities and Co-Hosts Bill Rancic (L) and Giuliana Rancic speak onstage at the 'Ready For Love' panel during day 4 of the NBCUniversal portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Rancic, Duke Rancic and Giuliana Rancic appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Bill Rancic hosts Unilever Canada's Be Groomed Be Gorgeous Media Launch Event at Andrew Richard Designs on November 7, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 04: TV Personalities Bill Rancic (L) and Giuliana Rancic (R) attend The Make-A-Wish Foundation of greater Los Angeles 2013 Wishing Well Winter Gala at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: Television personality Bill Rancic arrives at The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) 25th anniversary celebration at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on July 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 18: Entrepreneur Bill Rancic (L) and Television Personality Giuliana Rancic attend Elyse Walker presents the 10th anniversary Pink Party hosted by Jennifer Garner and Rachel Zoe at HANGAR:8 on October 18, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for InStyle Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Bill Rancic attends the 2015 The Pink Agenda Gala at Three Sixty on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Bill Rancic, son Duke Rancic and Giuliana Rancic pose for a photograph duirng a Kohl's Holiday Gifting Truck event at Gansevoort Plaza on December 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: (L-R) Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic arrive to NBCUniversal's 73rd Annual Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - 'The Band Perry vs Giuliana Rancic and Melissa Joan Hart vs Paul Sorvino'- The celebrity families competing to win cash for their charities feature the families from famed country music and multi-award winning The Band Perry, and host and author Giuliana Rancic. In a separate game, family members from actress, director and producer Melissa Joan Hart will compete against the family of legendary actor Paul Sorvino ('Goodfellas'). This episode of 'Celebrity Family Feud' airs SUNDAY, JULY 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE HARVEY, GIULIANA RANCIC, BILL RANCIC
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Bill Rancic and his wife event host and TV presonality Giuliana Rancic pose during The Pink Agenda 2016 Gala arrivals at Three Sixty on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)

That willingness to go above and beyond to prove naysayers wrong is something that Rancic has taken with him throughout all of his business endeavors, especially his restaurant group RPM, which has establishments in Chicago and Washington, DC.

When asked about his experience on "The Apprentice," Rancic was frank and open to talk about Donald Trump, the host of the reality series that he won in 2004.

"That was an experience that changed my life," he told me. "And I will always recognize that, but I think that you have to think big, and that was something that he taught me."

Check out my full conversation with Bill Rancic about "First Light" below:

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