The Anti-Fan and the Idol

(A My Summer In Seoul Novella)

by Rachel Van Dyken

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes a new story in her My Summer in Seoul series…

Make it or break it…

Or maybe just break them?

Ah-Ri has been training under YK Management in Korea for two years without any results. She doesn’t fit the typical mold for a successful K-POP idol image, literally down to her blood type. She has six more months before college entrance exams which means she only has six months to make it as an idol before her dreams are crushed.

Things take a turn when two of the most famous male idols break away from their group and decide to form their own co-ed group, a rarity.

And wonder of all wonders, they need one more girl.

It would be the perfect opportunity, except she hates them.

They are arrogant, entitled, rich little snobs who want the world to worship the ground they walk on. To make matters worse, the only reason they came to her was because they are desperate, which means she needs to prove herself even more.

Tempers and personalities collide when she’s forced to either accept the position or give up on her dream.

But what happens when you suddenly go from anti-fan and enemy number one to stuck in a love triangle between two boys you were born to hate but are somehow falling in love with? And will the group survive the heartbreak that follows when she finally makes her choice?

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An Exclusive Interview with Rachel Van Dyken

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

Can you tell us why or how you chose to write about this couple for your novella?

I am a HUGE fan of KPOP and finally realized the dream I had back in 2018 to write a KPOP romance and was so thrilled to be able to introduce this hardworking couple into the 1001 Dark Nights Universe. Ah-Ri is a trainee for one of the biggest labels in the world and has always had issues with two of it’s other members who bully her. I loved the idea of doing somewhat of a love triangle within a KPOP group. You’ll have to find out how things end between the three as they attempt to navigate the competitive world of KPOP.

If someone were to narrate your life, who would you want the narrator to be and why?

Idris Elba, his voice is like butter. I adore him as an actor too.

What one piece of advice would you give an aspiring writer?

Never stop trying and know that writing is like sitting in a boat, sometimes waves crash over you and it storms, other times you see the sunrise and it’s nothing but smooth sailing, stick with it no matter what the weather looks like, there’s always sun in your future.

Can you give us a few lines from your work in progress?

It’s called The Perfects:

I’m petrified I’m going to break something.

I knew when Sarah took me in that she had money and quite honestly I didn’t care at the time because I was so done carrying around a black trash bag from house to house and getting leered at by some of the men I was forced to live with.

Some were great.

But I always had my guard up, you just never know and after one bad experience you tend to brace yourself for another and another until all you have are shields up like a damn Star Trek episode while the Klingons go full fasers.

I may also be a huge trekky with zero shame, but the example still works.

I’m holding a brand new iPhone in my right hand staring down at it and trying not to look up all the news stories they warned would come out about me.

I’m the shiny new charity case.

With her shiny new phone.

What’s your cure for hiccups?

Drinking water upside down, works like a charm.

What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?


What’s the worst thing you’ve eaten out of politeness?

Pig ear or cow tongue (though the cow tongue wasn’t all bad)

How did you come up with the title for this book?

People that don’t like certain groups or idols are called Anti-Fans so it just made sense to use that in the title and include Idol since Ah-Ri is an Anti-Fan of the two guys and she’s a soon to be idol.


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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