America's Most Eligible premieres tomorrow! It's got drama, romance, and everything you'd ever want from a reality TV show. For more on our newest Choices book, keep reading for our writer interview:
Give us the scoop! What's America's Most Eligible about? On a scale of 1-10, how much drama will there be?
Megan: America's Most Eligible is your chance to compete in a reality TV show! You'll get to pick your allies and enemies, friends and flames. Will you rise above the competition? On a drama scale of 1-10, AME is an 11.
Sounds like there's plenty of drama in store! Will there be romance?
Megan: Of course! You're competing to prove you're The Most Eligible Date in America, so you're trying to make everyone fall for you... but you just might end up catching feelings yourself!
Kelsie: Have you seen our cast?! There'll be plenty of opportunities for some romance (or something more casual, if you prefer). Gotta practice those flirting skills somehow!
What's something about America's Most Eligible that you're excited for players to encounter?
Megan: We're taking the relationship system pioneered by Endless Summer and putting a reality TV spin on it! The art team has also been hard at work creating some truly breathtaking backgrounds (and super hot characters).
Cat: The interactions between contestants have been super fun to write. I think players are gonna love seeing who flirts and who feuds. You can also choose to get on other contestants' bad sides, just for the drama of it all. If you've ever wanted to be a feisty and fabulous villain, now's your chance!
America's Most Eligible, like any good reality TV show, has plenty of twists and turns. What was the most challenging part of writing America's Most Eligible?
Megan: We want the players to feel like they're a part of a real reality TV show, so we've planned plenty of big choices that'll have long-term consequences in the book. But of course, every twist leads to another turn, which can be challenging to pull off!
Do you have a favorite America's Most Eligible contestant?
Cat: Bianca is my main girl... but I might be biased because she's the only character in AME with an official Twitter account! It's so fun to see players interact with her character in the real world. I'm also a sucker for Mackenzie, I have to admit. I love me a tough girl.
Kelsie: I have a lot of love for Mackenzie, Derek and Bianca - they're definitely people I'd hang out with in real life. If you haven't followed Bianca on Twitter (@StyleMeBianca), you're missing out!
(Speaking of Twitter, @StyleMeBianca is not our only foray into character-themed Twitters! If you're a fan of Red Carpet Diaries, check out our @ProfessorHunt account started during our 2015 Hollywood U days... And be sure to follow @StyleMeBianca for Bianca's take on all the reality TV drama!)
Do you have any personal favorite reality TV shows? Got any recs?
Megan: American Idol will always have a special spot in my heart because I used to watch it with my grandma.
Kelsie: Flavor of Love, aka the Citizen Kane of reality TV. New York and Hottie are the greatest icons of our time, tbh. Honorable mention: The Great British Baking Show.
Cat: I'm obsessed with Terrace House, a Japanese reality show that airs on Netflix. I'm actually shocked by how personally invested I become in each of the casts.
Any advice for players about to play the game of love on America's Most Eligible?
Cat: Play this game the way you wanna play it, not how you think you should. You'll be surprised by how much your choices affect the story!
Check back tomorrow for America's Most Eligible! And keep a lookout for what's next... Desire & Decorum, the first of our upcoming historical fiction books, launches later this summer, and it's not the only book coming out in the next few months! Plus, It Lives: Book 2 and Perfect Match: Book 2 will return in the fall. Stay tuned!