Q&A with Michelle Madow!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To help celebrate the debut week of Michelle Madow's first publishing house book, The Secret Diamond Sisters, there are two fun events going on here on the blog. A week ago, there was a review of the novel, now this week we have a giveaway thanks to the fabulous Amber Stokes (enter if you're curious about the book) and now, Michelle has stopped by with a quick, fun Q&A.

- Who was your favorite character to write and who the most challenging?
My favorite character to write is Madison! She's always involved in drama and conflict, which is fun for me to play around with. Yes, she's the Queen Bee "mean girl," but she also has a lot of internal struggles. She tries to always exude confidence, but she's really still trying to figure out who she is. The most challenging to write is Peyton. She's holding onto a lot of anger, and she doesn't forgive easily, which is opposite of my personality. 

- What do you hope readers take away from The Secret Diamond Sisters?
Firstly, above all else, I want readers to be entertained and feel like they had FUN while reading The Secret Diamond Sisters. This is a light read that I hope will leave readers feeling happy when they're finished. Each of the four main characters is very different, so readers will be sure to find one they relate to more than the others (and they will probably find one that is the complete opposite of them, too.) But I would love for readers to keep an open mind to the characters who act differently from the ways they would act. The main characters don't make the best decisions at all times -- they mess up, they act before thinking, they give into peer pressure, and they aren't sure of who they are yet. But this is realistic to what many teens go through (it certainly is realistic to my friends and I when we were teens). Each of the four main characters is going through an internal struggle, and trying to find their place in the world. I hope readers can put aside personal judgments and see the world from each of these four girls' eyes, and maybe even apply this to their own lives and become less judgmental of their peers -- because you never know the struggles that a person is hiding on the inside. 
- Just for fun, who would you cast in the roles of the Diamond sisters and/or any other main protagonists from The Secret Diamond Sisters? 
Rissi: not long after I sent Michelle these questions, she posted a blog answering this question, you can either have a peek at the faces behind the characters in the giveaway post or visit Michelle's full-length post on her own blog.
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit, Michelle. I appreciated your answers and enjoyed getting some insight into the lives of these characters. Curious to see what is next coming for the Diamond sisters and this new world they've found themselves trying to navigate.
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Learn more about Michelle:
Michelle Madow has visited Las Vegas every year since she was fifteen years old, and was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters while walking through the beautiful Wynn Hotel. She grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college, and later went on to self-publish it as book one in the Transcend Time Saga. She wrote The Secret Diamond Sisters in the year following graduation, and is so happy to finally share it with the world!

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals. She loves connecting with readers online, so be sure to follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow).

Website: www.michellemadow.com
The Secret Diamond Sisters

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.


"Sexy and often electrifying ... Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps."

"This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour ... get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride."

--RT Book Reviews 
“Highly addictive! Hold on tight, because The Secret Diamond Sisters throws you head first into the Vegas fast lane. Three every day teens navigate the slippery slope of wealth, popularity, and too much freedom, along with family drama, cat fights, and more gorgeous guys than should be legal. A fun ride not to be missed!” 
- Rachel Harris, author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century


  1. Hi, fellow Secret Diamond Sisters Street Team member! This is a lovely interview (both the questions and the answers). I like how Madow addressed the fact that some of the girls' choices may not be the best - I didn't agree with some of the things they did, but I enjoyed reading about their adventures all the same.

    Are you as excited for book two as I am?

    1. Hello, Emily! Great to meet you - I think I remember chatting with you on Twitter, maybe...? Glad you stopped by (and THANKS for the follow) - and I agree! I loved Michelle's answers. It gave me a new perspective on what Michelle was thinking while writing this book and I'm glad she offered this Q&A to team members. :)

      Well said. I didn't agree with all of the choices the girls made either, but I liked the story a lot - and what was at the heart of it. I am as excited as you about book 2! Cannot wait to see what Michelle has planned for the Diamond's next. :)


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