Anyone who loves indulging in reality TV doesn’t want to miss our next Indie Chick highlight! Danielle Allen’s latest book, The One, centers around a woman named Zoe who ends up on a reality dating show. Check out our interview and keep reading for an excerpt from The One!
1. We want a secret! Tell us something nobody knows about you?
Not many people in my author life know that I don’t drink. I don’t like the taste of alcohol. Never have. I’ve tried different drinks–mixed drinks, ciders, wines, etc.–but the taste of alcohol makes my taste buds wither and die
2. Tell us a little bit about your creative process? How do you write? What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the most random things. For instance, my upcoming release, The One, was initially inspired by a lawsuit against The Bachelor that I was reading about. My WIP was inspired by a trip to the Poe Museum in Downtown Richmond, VA. It doesn’t take much to get my creativity going! I am not a planner at all. I like to let the story unfold like a movie before me. I research heavily though. So when I have an idea, I research who the characters are and get a good feel for them. And then I just start writing and see what happens.
3. Your new release, The One, is about a woman who goes on a reality television show. iF you could personally experience any reality TV show, which one would you want to be on and why?
I would go on The Voice! I cannot sing AT ALL but I love the Adam, Pharrell, Blake and Gwen…and Christina (even though it seems like Christina is a little hard on contestants sometimes for no reason). I have a throaty voice so I would sing something like Love Is A Battlefield by Pat Benatar.
4. What is one word or phrase you absolutely HATE when writers use?
I don’t like man meat or honey pot. Let’s just call it what it is!
5. Of all the books you’ve written, which one are you most proud of?
I’m honestly proud of every single one of my novels. But my writing gets stronger with every novel and with everything I put into The One, I would have to say I’m most proud of The One. (Or Work Song…why are you making me choose?!) Any time a book can help you through life stressors, it becomes that much more significant.
6. Think way back when … who was your very first book boyfriend?
Probably some dude in Sweet Valley High. Hahaha I’ve alway been very studious so it was probably Todd (I can’t remember his last name) … Elizabeth’s boyfriend.
7. Will you tell us your most favorite line that you’ve penned to date?
I have no idea! I can tell you the one that has been my favorite one all day today and I’ve been super amused with myself since I reread The One. In the scene, Zoe has a generous cup size and she is wearing a strapless, backless dress.
“My breasts were held up by half of a package of double sided tape and the grace of God.”
8. So what’s next for you after The One?!
Evermore. I just started researching the characters and then I’m going to dive in next week. It should be out Summer 2016.
9. What is your drink of choice?
1o. Do you have an excerpt from The One you’d like to share with the class?
“Ohhhh, yeah,” I remembered, familiarity of the case and the names flooding my brain. “’Sweet’. That case ended her music career, didn’t it? I loved that song. I vaguely remember that he was the one who wrote it, but they settled out of court, right?”“Yes. But do you know what he looks like now?” My best friend inquired.“No… I just remember being fascinated by the case because—”“I’m going to go ahead and stop you right there,” she interrupted, cutting me off mid-sentence.“We are not going to talk law right now. We are going to talk about you having the chance to bump uglies with Julian Winters. He is the—”I frowned as I interjected, “The sheer fact that you said ‘bump uglies’ has disqualified you from giving me advice about anything in general, but sex specifically. You need to—”A quick knock on the door followed by the sound of it being pushed open forced my sentence to end abruptly.