#Interview with Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights

Posted August 19, 2015 by lucas in Books, Interviews / 0 Comments

#Interview with Dahlia Adler, author of Under the LightsUnder the Lights From the series: Daylight Falls #2
by Dahlia Adler
Find the Author: Website, Twitter, Goodreads
Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary on June 30th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, F/F, LGBTQI, New Adult
Purchase links: Amazon
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Source: NetGalley
four-stars

Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents' wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls...opposite Vanessa Park, the one actor immune to his charms. (Not that he's trying to charm her, of course.) Meanwhile, his drama-queen mother blackmails him into a new family reality TV show, with Josh in the starring role. Now that he's in the spotlight—on everyone's terms but his own—Josh has to decide whether a life as a superstar is the one he really wants.

Vanessa Park has always been certain about her path as an actor, despite her parents' disapproval. But with all her relationships currently in upheaval, she's painfully uncertain about everything else. When she meets her new career handler, Brianna, Van is relieved to have found someone she can rely on, now that her BFF, Ally, is at college across the country. But as feelings unexpectedly evolve beyond friendship, Van's life reaches a whole new level of confusing. And she'll have to choose between the one thing she's always loved...and the person she never imagined she could.

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Hello Dahila, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview, I’m  a huge fan of yours and I’m so excited to have you in the blog.

Thanks so much for having me!

So here are the questions:

1. Under the lights is the first book (and only for now) I’ve read from you, and I must say is a great first impression, what made you write about two women falling in love?

Thanks so much; it makes me so happy when people like that book! I’d wanted for years to write about teen girls falling in love, in large part because we really don’t see a lot of it in YA, but I had a completely different book in mind for that one. (Which I’m actually drafting now.) However, once it clicked in my brain that Vanessa wasn’t having chemistry with any guys in my books because she doesn’t like guys that way, Under the Lights became my first! And I loved writing the romance in it so, so much, and getting to add something to YA – and to bookshelves – that’s all too rare right now.

2. And speaking of exploring women falling in love, I loved that you explored a biracial couple and I’ll be needing more of them because I have a slight crush going on here, very emotionally involved. Is that something you’re interested in?

You know, I wouldn’t have thought that writing interracial couples was something I was actively interested in, but looking at all my books, it’s something I do a lot. My NA novel, Last Will and Testament, features a white guy and Filipino-American girl; the second book in that series, which I’m working on now (I’m drafting several books at once), Right of First Refusal, features a white girl and black guy; my next YA, Just Visiting, has several different interracial pairings; the book I mentioned in my previous answer, War of the Roses, has two romances, one of which is between a biracial (half-black, half-white) girl and white guy…so, I guess so! I think part of it is that I find something very sexy in bringing something new into your world, something to learn, admire, appreciate. I need couples to find each otherinteresting, to fill in blanks in each other’s lives, and I think coming from different backgrounds is one way to do that.

3. Recently you’ve been really vocal about racial diversity in YA/NA literature, I must say I’m in love with the concept as a reader and as a Latina I love the idea of having realistic multicultural experiences where race and identity are not stereotypically portrayed, you explored this in UtL but are you going to keep this going in your upcoming books?

Yes, this definitely comes up more in future books. Just Visiting, which comes out in November, has two main characters, one of whom is Mexican-American, and both her pride in her culture and the microaggressions she faces are definitely part of her story. Honestly, all of my books discuss race, sexuality, or both at least a little bit, in some way, and I don’t imagine that ever changing. Even Behind the Scenes, which had two straight, white, cisgender main characters, discussed Asian representation in Hollywood. The things that make us different from the “majority” are also what make us cool, and I’ll always wanna write about that.

4. I’ve enjoyed a lot of your banter on twitter with Leah, so I must ask this as a reader and sort of a fangirl myself, would you like to write a collaboration with her? Fanfiction about either of your books hahaha (brinessa being domestic is a very relevant topic), a short story or a full length book? Maybe about lesbians in space or something?

Ha, we get that question a lot, but the answer never changes – we’d probably kill each other if we tried to collaborate on something. (For the closest thing we’ve ever done, see here.) Plus, we’re both constantly working our butts off on our own books, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for bonus fun writing! But I do occasionally dip into what basically is fanfic of my Daylight Falls books, though – a novella that takes place just after Under the Lights ends. (Hint: remember where Josh and Van are talking about meeting up with Liam and Ally…?) I’ll start sharing when it’s a little further along, but let’s just say I think it’ll make people who’ve been asking for more Brinessa andmore Alliam happy!

5. Back to UtL, do you have a dream cast for the movie adaptation to this story? May I suggest Evan Rachel Wood as Bri?

I do have a vision of sorts – aka a Pinterest board – but I don’t know how that’d play out in an actual movie adaptation. Right now, my vision of Bri is the Suicide Girls model Lass, aka Julie Kennedy, but she’s got a Scottish accent, so I’m totally on board with Evan Rachel Wood, as long as she’ll go red for it! For Vanessa, Arden Cho, for sure, and for Josh, I always picture Brody Jenner, but I’m not sure he could pass for 19…I’d definitely take Brant Daugherty in a pinch!

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Suicide Girls model Lass, aka Julie Kennedy
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood
Arden Cho
Arden Cho
Brody Jenner
Brody Jenner
Brant Daugherty
Brant Daugherty

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Read my review here.

four-stars
lucas
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