The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #1
Published by Harlequin on 2014-03-01
Genres: Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
1. What was the inspiration behind “The Secret Diamond Sisters”?
I visit Las Vegas every year because of a family event, and I was walking through my favorite hotel — The Wynn — when I thought, “What would it be like to live here?” From there, the idea for The Secret Diamond Sisters formed! At that time (2010) it felt like everything new being published was an intense/dark paranormal or dystopian, so I thought it would be fun to be different and write a glitzy contemporary.
2. What kind of research did you do for this book?
I get to do a lot of FUN research for this book, because of the awesome Las Vegas setting! As I mentioned earlier, I go to Vegas every year for a family event. Once I realized I was going to write this book, I walked through Vegas seeing it through the eyes of my characters, and being inspired by the different hotels for scenes in the book. My best friend came out to Vegas with me, and we went “exploring” through Vegas to find places that would inspire scenes. We walked through the shops, ate at the restaurants, partied at the clubs, and everything. It was a blast!
3. A fun one: If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I actually feel like I’m terrible at coming up with titles! When I was working on The Secret Diamond Sisters, I had no title for it, and just called it “Vegas Girls” when discussing it with friends and family. My editor, Natashya Wilson, came up with the titles for the books in the trilogy, and I love them! As for a book about my life . . . I honestly don’t ever see myself writing a book about my life, unless something unbelievably extraordinary happens to future me. My life isn’t nearly as interesting as the tons of stories I create in my mind!
Thank you Michelle for giving me the chance to interview you!