I’m so excited to welcome Peyton from† The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow to Good Books and Good Wine. I can’t wait for you all to get to know her a little better.
First though, let me fill you in a little about 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 dadóa 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.
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And now without further ado, please welcome Peyton to Good Books and Good Wine!
Hi Peyton! Welcome to Good Books and Good Wine. Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me and chat today.
Thanks for having me!
First off, tell us a little more about yourself! Describe yourself in three sentences or less!
Thereís no way to describe an entire person in three sentences or less. I donít like being put into categories, because that comes with certain expectations. I do what I want and say what I want, screw what other people think.
How would you describe your relationship with your sisters Savannah and Courtney?
Iíll do anything for my sisters, and want the best for them. I hate seeing them hurt. Sure, I complain about them at times, but no one is allowed to say anything bad about them to me without me getting seriously pissed off. I donít see my sisters much in social settings, because I hang out with my own friends, but they know I have their backs no matter what.
What was it like to finally discover the identity of your father Aidan Diamond? What was your first impression of him?
Umm Ö calling it the biggest shock in my life would be an understatement. And my first impression of him is what Iíve always thought about himóthat heís a selfish ass and that I want nothing to do with a man who wanted nothing to do with me and my sisters until now, no matter how much money he has. The money makes it worse. He had the means to be there for us, and he ditched us. The fact that he wants us to give him a chance is laughable, and I donít understand or respect it.
The gossips must have had a field day with the revelation that your billionaire father had three secret daughters no one knew about. Have you had any bad experiences with the press? What about with the Vegas locals?
I only just got here, and according to Adrian, the press will be interested in me and my sisters. He says they care about us, and he wants us to stay out of the ďspotlight,Ē but whatever. Iím gonna live my life the way I want to no matter what. As for the locals, sometimes Iíll be walking around and think somoene snapped a picture of me, but I donít pay much attention to it.
Before moving to Las Vegas with your sisters, the three of you lived in California with your mother. How would you describe your life there? How does it compare to your new life in Las Vegas?
Our life there wasnít always easy, but it was what it was. I never knew anything different. Sure, we had it rough sometimes (particuarly when Momís drinking spiraled in the past year), but there were kids in my school stuck in crappy foster homes that had it way worse, so at least we had a home and a parent. After getting home at the end of school and making sure the house and Mom were ready for Courtney and Savannah to get home, I would go out with people I knew and tried to enjoy the present. Vegas is a different world from Fairfield, California. I definitely donít miss Fairfieldóthere wasnít much for me there, besides my sistersóand I do like the clubs in Vegas. But if Adrian tries sucking up to us and pretending like he can be our father after all these years of ignoring us, heís gonna get a serious reality check.
You have been known for standing out in a crowd with your sense of style and attitude. Is this something that just comes naturally for you? Is it empowering?
I guess it comes naturally. If I want to wear something, or do something different with my hair, or say whatís on my mind, why wouldnít I? If anyoneís going to judge me on stuff like that, then screw them.
Youíve also been known to have a boy of the month. Can you give us any hints about if this trend continues once you enter the world of Las Vegas?
Again, I do what I want. So if I meet a hot guy (and there are plenty of them in Vegas), and heís interested, why wouldnít I go for him?
Youíre almost eighteen years old so I imagine youíve slowly started planning out your future. Any idea where you see yourself in five years?
NopeóI donít like thinking a few months into the future, let alone a few years. Iím just gonna take life as it comes and let my future reveal itself to me when itís ready.
I know youíre a big lover of music. If you had to pick a theme song for yourself, what would it be and why?
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, because to me itís all about being free and doing what you want in life.
Finally, as this blog is called Good Books and Good Wine I must ask you; do you have a favorite book and a favorite type of wine? If so, why are these choices your favorites?
I donít remember the last time Iíve read a full bookófor school I either read the sparknotes or watch the movie. I figure if a bookís amazing, itíll be made into a movie or TV show, and then I can watch it that way. And I donít know much about wine, either. Iíll drink whatever my friends have around, which is usually whatever was cheapest at Seven Eleven. Iím more of a vodka or cocktail girl.
Thank you Peyton for taking the time to answer my questions! Feel free to come back and visit any time youíd like.
Michelle graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta. She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010.
She 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, Broadway musicals, and spends way too much time on Facebook and Twitter (@MichelleMadow).
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