Q&A with Danielle Ellison! | The Sweetheart Sham

In a small town like Culler, South Carolina, you guard your secrets like you guard your cobbler recipe: with your life. Georgia Ann Monroe knows a thing or two about secrets: she’s been guarding the truth that her best friend Will is gay for years now. But what happens when a little white lie to protect him gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?

Enter Beau Montgomery: Georgie’s first love, hotter than ever, and much too much of a southern gentleman to ever pursue someone else’s girl. There’s no way to come clean to Beau while still protecting Will. But bless their hearts, they live in Culler—where secrets always have a way of revealing themselves.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hilarious “fakeship,” a scorching-hot impossible relationship, and a heartwarming best-friendship that will make you want to call your best friend right here, right now. 

We had Danielle Ellison, author of THE SWEETHEART SHAM over to the blog to answer our burning questions about all things love & romance. Now, on with the Q&A!

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements? What’s your favorite scene from each one? 

    1. Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version):
    2. The Princess Bride:
    3. Beauty and the Beast

      live action (because it’s just really adorable!!):

    4. 10 Things I Hate About You:
  1. The Proposal:

Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

I didn’t…but I do like to watch movies or shows that I love and think about why I love them. In that way, I guess part of this can influence what I’m writing.


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

I have actually only re-read a handful of books in my life, so I’d probably take each one of those:

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I really love this story and the romantic tension here. It’s a brilliant world that I love visiting and the writing is mesmerizing!

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Another really beautifully written story that really (literally) changed my life and made me want to write. It’s full of intrigue and I’ve always related to this main character.

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The first time I read it was in the 5th grade and I’ve never, ever forgotten it. It really shaped my love of story telling.


What was the first romance novel you read?

The Angels Trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel

What do you remember about it?

it happened in late elementary school, so it’s hard to distinguish everything but I remember being really taken away with the star-crossed lovers story and it was always super emotional. All her books were!

What did you like most about it?

It was a really sweet romance.

What did you like least about it?

The sad ending! Why did I torture myself without happy endings?

Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?

I haven’t but I should one day!


Darcy or Wentworth?


Christian or Gideon?

I don’t know this reference. (hides)

Rochester or Heathcliff?

Hmm…Darcy! lol

Spock or Kirk?

Chris Pines! I mean, Kirk.

Sunrise or sunset?


Angst or humor?


Tea or coffee?


Wine or beer?


Cake or pie?


Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?


Blue-collar or white collar?


Jeans or a suit?


Car or motorcycle?


About Danielle Ellison:

Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

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