Happy Tuesday, folks! I have a super-special guest on the blog today. The fabulous and oh-so-lovely Dahlia Adler answered a few questions about her upcoming novel BEHIND THE SCENES, which is releasing next week from Spencer Hill Contemporary!
Hi, Dahlia! Thanks so much for swinging by my little ol’ blog. I’m SO stinkin’ excited for BEHIND THE SCENES. Now, I’m sure you knew this question would pop up: can you give us a quick rundown of the story?
Yay, I’m glad you’re excited! I am too 😉 BEHIND THE SCENES is about a girl named Ally who’s sort of surrounded by Hollywood but wants nothing to do with it, until working in the industry as her actress best friend’s assistant becomes the only way to do what she does want – leave LA behind. When she falls for her best friend’s co-star, she finds a lot more to hate about the industry, but she also learns why it’s so compelling and important to these people she loves.
I’m currently in the middle of edits for my book, and I’ve shed a tear or fifty for a few darlings that had to be slashed. Did you have to say goodbye to any favorite characters, scenes, or even a line during your editing process?
Amazingly, no.BEHIND THE SCENES went through some massive edits, but they were entirely additions.After my betas ripped it apart, I added 10K words, and then during the first round of edits at Spencer Hill, I added another 11K. Literally the only thing that I can recall trashing was a, uh, particularly graphic occurrence, that’s now more…interruptus than it was originally.
I’m a super visual person, so I love casting my characters. Have you seen anyone and thought, “Oh hey, I’m gonna borrow your face for my Pinterest board. ‘Kay thanks bye.”
Oh God, yes. I don’t usually base characters on celebrities but this entire book was written with Matt Lanter in mind for Liam. In fact, I have to confess that I’m pretty sure I even subconsciously stole his character’s name on 90210 for Liam. I don’t really have an image for anyone else in the book, but for Liam…yeah. Hi, Matt Lanter. Thanks for your face. And body. All of it. Thanks.
You’re trapped on a deserted island with one of your characters. Who is it, and why?
Oh God, that’s a tough call. I’m definitely the most like Ally, but I think that would make us both crazy after about a day. Liam’s reallllly pretty, so that’s tempting, but it’d probably have to be Vanessa. She’s definitely the one I can most guarantee would make it a fun experience.
You’re my go-to when I need a YA rec (and seriously, one can never go wrong with a Dahlia rec). What is it about YA that makes you say, “THIS is why I love it”?
Aw, thanks! There are two huge things for me when it comes to book love. One is if a book makes me laugh, not necessarily out loud, but if I just think, “God, that’s witty.” The first YA I really remember falling in love with as an adult is CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers, and even though Parker is theoretically the paradigm of “unlikeable MC,” I just remember thinking she’s such a freaking clever, witty trip that I could never not want to hang out with her. The other biggie is just doing something different. I was blown away by the way AS King plays with perspectives in PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ. I still can’t get over the way Corey Ann Haydu’s OCD LOVE STORYburrowed into my brain and changed the way I think. I can’t remember an ending making my mouth drop open like DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas’s did. Those are the books I can’t wait to shove into someone’s hands.
And last, but most certainly not least, what’s up next for you in the authorly world?
A lot, thankfully! BEHIND THE SCENES has a companion coming out next June called UNDER THE LIGHTS. It takes place about a year after BtS ends, and is told from the alternating perspectives of two of the secondary characters in BEHIND THE SCENES. Then, the following November, I’ll be releasing a standalone, currently called MY NAME IS EVERETT. That one’s the original “book of my heart,” so I’m really excited to see it go out into the world! Meanwhile, I’m working on a few other YA and NA books with currently indeterminate futures, so stay tuned!
Dahlia Adler is an Assistant Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and a YA writer and blogger at The Daily Dahlia, YA Misfits, and Barnes & Noble at every spare moment in between. Her debut novel, BEHIND THE SCENES, releases from Spencer Hill Contemporary on June 24, 2014.
BEHIND THE SCENES is out 6/24! And what do you know? You can pre-order a copy!