I have a really exciting post to share with you all today.
If you read my post yesterday (if not you can have a peek HERE) then you will know how much I fell in love with the book Unrivalled. If you are a fan of Gossip Girl or Pretty little Liars then this book should be on your must read list this summer.
As part of the Unrivalled Blog tour I have been lucky enough to ask the author of the book some questions and I really hope you love reading her answers as much as I did.
So read on to find out more about the inspirations behind the book, if it will be made into a TVshow (I've got my fingers crossed) and what we can look forward to in book 3 and 4.....
1. This has been one of my absolute favourite books I have read this year. It’s such a perfect mix of fun but full of suspense too. It really made me reminisce about my days of watching The Hills and how much the LA club scene was also a major character in that show. What was your inspiration for the story?
AN: Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, because I can honestly say I’m having so much fun creating this world. After writing 14 paranormal themed books in a row, I was ready for a change and decided to return to the sort of contemporary stories I wrote at the start of my career. As a teen, I devoured books by Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, and Sydney Sheldon. I was drawn to the big, juicy, glamorous worlds and the strong female characters that weren’t afraid to do what it took to succeed—all while wearing fabulous shoes, of course! But I also love mysteries, and as a Southern California native, I thought it would be fun to sort of combine the two by dropping three ambitious teens into LA’s star-studded landscape and seeing what happens when the choices they make in pursuit of their dreams make them all suspects in a mysterious crime.
2. Social media and blogging play a major part in the story. I thought it was so interesting how that was the darkest element of the story, how things can get so twisted and skewed on the internet in today’s culture, how everyone bends the truth to make it work best for them. Was this something you really wanted to incorporate into the story?
AN: Definitely. While I’m a big fan of social media and its power to connect people all over the world, it also has a propensity to become a sort of global bully pulpit where sound bites rule and spin masquerades as the truth. I find that side of it so disheartening, and so I made a conscious choice to explore the effects of that in the book.
3. Being a California native yourself, did you have any crazy personal experiences of the LA nightlife scene that you brought into the book?
AN: While I definitely have my share of crazy memories—I spent the bulk of my senior year sneaking into clubs, which was a lot easier back then than it is today—the scenes in the book are purely products of my imagination.
4. LA has been somewhere I have wanted to visit forever and it acts as the most perfect backdrop for your story. What made you choose that location as the setting for the novel?
AN: I think LA is an aspirational place for a lot of people. Even those with no desire to visit, still have fixed ideas of what it’s all about. And while it’s true that the sun really does shine most days and our beaches are especially beautiful—the picture on the postcard doesn’t reveal the whole story. With UNRIVALLED, I wanted to explore the grit behind that glossy Hollywood veneer, and see what happens when 3 unsuspecting teens end up on the dark side of an industry known for building people up only to tear them right down.
5. All the chapters are named after songs, what was your inspiration for matching which songs to which chapters?
AN: Using song titles has been a really fun way to head the chapters and sort of highlight each character’s journey. I have a growing list of titles that I choose from, and while I’m mostly looking to invoke the general mood of the scene to come or a particular character quirk, sometimes a title is so on the nose in the way it explains what’s about to happen that I just can’t resist.
6. I think Unrivalled would make the most amazing TV show or film, is there anything in the pipeline?
AN: While it would be a dream come true to see it on the big or small screen, all I can say for now is that the wheels are turning behind the scenes and my fingers are crossed!
7. I know some authors when they are writing their books sometimes have an idea of who they would like to see play the main characters if a show would be to happen. Did you have anyone in mind for Tommy, Aster and Layla? I thought Hayden Panettiere would make the most amazing Madison?
AN: Oh, she would be great, I agree! And while I hate to disappoint, I have to confess that I’ve never been any good at this game. I think because the characters become so real to me that it’s difficult for me to see them as anyone else but the images in my head!
8. And finally, Unrivalled is the first book in a three part series. What can you tell us about the next two books and when can we expect to see them on the shelves?
AN: I’m finishing up the second book now—title to be announced soon!—and it picks up right where book 1 left off, with the stakes higher than ever and Layla, Tommy, and Aster facing serious consequences for their actions. New characters are introduced, old alliances are tested, and it becomes increasingly unclear who can be trusted. Look for book 2 to hit shelves in May 2017, with book 3, which I’m about to start soon, out 1 year later in May 2018!
I want to say a massive big thank you to the awesome Alyson for taking the time out to answer these questions, let me know what you thought of the interview and the book in the comments...
If you want to buy the book you can get it now on Wordery with free delivery on your order too!
P.S. Quote in the picture above from Unrivalled