Author Interview: Danielle Rose

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Danielle Rose first became a resident of my book hoard when I reviewed Blood Rose, the first in her Blood Books series, and interviewed her about the experience of writing it. Today, I had the opportunity to ask her questions relating to her short horror story Daemon Academy, which was released on October 27, 2015. Here’s what she had to say:

1)  What inspired you to branch into the horror side of supernatural for Daemon Academy rather than the romance side of things that you chose for the Blood Book series?

I’ve always been fascinated by emotions, and this fascination led to the creation of DAEMON ACADEMY. I think it’s incredibly difficult to truly bring out an emotion in a reader—whether it’s arousal, fear, love, compassion, etc. For me, it’s easier to write a plot that brings out happier emotions, so I wanted to challenge myself by writing something more disturbing and horrific than what I’m used to.

2)  How does writing a short story change your process from when you are writing a novel?

Writing a short story is completely different. For me, it’s much more difficult. In a novel, you have 300+ pages to explore the world, the setting, your characters, themes, and more. You have many chances to draw the reader in. In a short story, you have only a few thousand words to accomplish the same things you try to accomplish in a novel. You don’t have as much time to explore.

3)  Can we look forward to any more stories with this character or world? What about the horror genre; do you have any more forays into the world of the scary planned at this time?

When I wrote this story, I had no intention of returning to this world. However, I’ve gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback from readers, and now, I find myself rethinking my initial decision. I’m not sure if I would write an anthology of short stories set in this world (perhaps following different characters) or a standalone novel that continues the plot line, but this is something I’m now considering.

I most definitely plan to write horror again. I am planning to write a teen paranormal thriller, tentatively titled FORGET ME NOT, which will dance with the horror genre. For me, it’s much more difficult to write horror, so it takes much longer to craft.

4)  If you could peek into one author’s literary hoard, who would you choose and why?

My first instinct would be to choose Richelle Mead. She has had the most influence on me as a writer. I am completely in love with her captivating writing style and the worlds she creates. However, I also wouldn’t mind peeking into Nicholas Sparks’ literary hoard. He too writes captivatingly. What’s so fascinating about Sparks is that he writes one specific genre: contemporary romance. Yet, he is able to pen completely unique novels. I never tire of sinking into the worlds he creates.

Purchase link for Daemon Academy:
Amazon: Buy Here

My other reviews of Ms. Rose’s work:
Blood Rose

Author Bio:
Danielle Rose is writer of fiction and travel, as well as the owner of Narrative Ink Editing LLC. Danielle currently resides in the Midwest, where she spends her days at a local coffee shop planning her next vacation or plotting her next novel.

Danielle holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. In addition to her Master of Fine Arts, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and certification in professional writing from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

When not writing, traveling, or writing about traveling, Danielle enjoys being outdoors, cheering for her favorite football team (Go Packers!), and spending time with her husband and their furbabies: two dogs and a cat.

Places to find Danielle Rose:
Website: www.danielle-rose.com
Blog: www.danielles-destinations.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/daniellerose
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/DanielleNRose13
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielleNRose13
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DanielleNRose13
Instagram: www.instagram.com/daniellenrose13
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/daniellenrose13
Google+: www.plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielleRose13
Narrative Ink: www.narrativeinkediting.com

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Author Interview: Anne Conley

Yesterday I did a review of Anne Conley’s book Wire (book 2 in the Pierce Securities romantic suspense series). Check it out here if you haven’t already. While reading her book, I found several elements that made me want to learn more. Here’s what I asked (and her answers too, if you really must have them 🙂  )…

1.  I just finished reading Wire, which is book number two in your Pierce Securities series. Which came first: the idea for the series or an individual book? Which is harder for you and how do you work yourself through the more difficult side of the plotting/planning?

I was just finishing my Stories of Serendipity series, which was my first willy-nilly, extremely organic foray into writing for public consumption.  I knew I needed a new series to start, and wanted to do something a little different, so I thought romantic suspense would be fun.  The idea for the series was what came first—a securities team.  But I wanted them to be different from others, so they are all guys who for some reason or another don’t quit fit in with their ‘real life’ rolls.  For example, in the first book, Craze, Ryan is ex-Coast Guard who can’t stand working with pleasure boaters on Lake Travis, because he’s seen too many disasters in his work.

To get myself through the more difficult aspects, I find it’s advantageous to take a step away from it.  That’s one reason why I have multiple works in progress at any given time. Chocolate helps too.

2.  On the book level, it seems as if (for this series) the books are connected through the men (since they are the employees of Pierce Securities, which also lends its name to the series as a whole). Did you come up with the men first, and then create a plot and woman to him, or did you come up with a plot (such as the gaming and hacking centered plot in Wire) and then create a man to fit that?

The men came first, and the plots afterward.  For example, Evan, from Wire is a hot geek, which I find awesome.  His story came after.

3.  The star game of Paige’s company is based off of fairy tales. Which fairy tale is your favorite and why?

I like Beauty and the Beast.  In fact, Quinten’s story, when it comes, will be a modern adaptation of that fairy tale, for no particular reason, if all goes well.

4.  How many Pierce Securities books do you hope to write? Do you have a release date (or hoped for release date) for the next one? 

At the moment, there’s seven, but that’s apt to change.  The next one, Click, is due out toward the beginning of October.

5.  Finally, if you could be anything, what type and/or color of dragon would you be and why? More importantly, what would be the first book you placed in your literary horde and why?

Iridescent black waterhorse.  That’s a type of dragon, right?  The first book I’d have would be a Gutenberg Bible, because they’re beautiful, rare, and valuable—perfect for my horde.

Places to find Anne Conley:
Website: www.anneconley.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/anneconleyauthor
Twitter: @anneconley10
Email: anneconleyauthor@gmail.com

Author Interview: Danielle Rose

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One week ago, Danielle Rose released her debut novel, Blood Rose. My review of it was the first review I posted as the Busy Busy Bookwyrm (and you can read it here). In honor of a week of availability (both for her book and my review blog!), I asked her a few pressing, life-and-death (or maybe just interesting) questions. Here are her answers:

1) Where did the inspiration for Avah come from? Jasik?

It’s hard for me to answer this because I can’t pinpoint one place that was the root of my inspiration. I like to write novels with a strong female lead, but I also like there to be weakness and opportunities for growth. I also like to write relatable characters, and I needed Avah to stay strong, yet still fall apart when she lost herself after her transition. (Something I think anyone in her situation would have done.)

Jasik was the easiest character to write—though his tone was the hardest. It was easy for me to envision him, because he’s everything I’d want in a book boyfriend. He’s gorgeous and strong. He’s selfless and kind. He’s caring and devoted.

2) What was the hardest scene to write in Blood Rose? How did you finally push through it?

There were a few scenes that were difficult to write. It was hard for me to write the scenes in which Avah’s witch coven turns their back on her because of what she’s become. There are elements at play there that will soon come to light, and even though I knew this, it was still difficult for me. I’ve always had a very close relationship with my mom, and I’ve never been in a situation where I couldn’t run home. But that’s where Avah is in book one. She’s lost a huge part of herself, and she feels as though she has nowhere to turn. The one place she wants to go, she can’t, and the one place welcoming her, she doesn’t want to go.

It was also difficult to write the sex scenes. The sensual scenes were easy for me to write, but when it came time to write the sex scene, I had trouble. I constantly questioned myself: is this enough? Am I going too far? Should I add more detail? My series, Blood Books, does not consist of erotic novels, but they are new adult paranormal romance. There is a fine line between the two, and I needed to make sure I didn’t cross it.

In all honesty, I think pushing through was just trial and error. I worked through the issues with my editor, tossing what didn’t work and fleshing out what did. But that’s how writing goes in general, I suppose.

3) Your debut novel, Blood Rose, released on August 13th, 2015. What has been the most surprising thing that has happened since then?

In all honesty, the most surprising thing thus far has been the overwhelmingly positive feedback I’ve gotten. Everyone has loved it. Releasing a novel is terrifying, but I’ve had so much support, and I’ve gotten the most amazing comments from readers who can’t wait for the second book. I’ve received comments like “My monthly book allowance only allows for one book a month, and I’m using it to buy yours!” and “I bought the ebook, but I must have the paperback on my shelf, so I bought your book twice!” and “Please, please never end this series!” It’s been so amazing, and I’m incredibly grateful and humbled by everything that’s happened so far.

4) You have a very busy release schedule set for the next year or so. How are you planning on keeping yourself refreshed and energized? What do you do to keep your creative batteries charged?

I’m fairly prolific, so I try to keep myself on track with a big load. I am a full-time writer, so it’s easy for me to stay on track. I tend to write one book every two months. I could write more, but I also stay very active on my social media accounts because I love interacting with other writers and readers. Because of this, I limit how much I write every day. (That’s so I don’t get burnt out!)

To stay fresh and remain on track, I do several things:

  1. I stick to a realistic (and small) word count. I aim for only 1,000 words a day. It takes me less than one hour to write that many words.
  2. I try to work in my office, which is filled with lots of motivational items like my books, quotes on post-its, books on writing, and more!
  3. I stay in contact with a few writer friends, and we keep each other on task.
  4. I use to-do lists like they’re going out of style. I usually write one every day. I’m a HUGE fan of planning!
  5. I try to outline all of my books. That way, I know exactly what I’m working on when I hit the chair. When I have an outline, I can write my 1,000 words in less than 30 minutes. Because of this, I usually end up writing more than 1,000 words every day, too!

5) Finally, if you could be anything, what type and/or color of dragon would you be and why? More importantly, what would be the first book you placed in your literary horde?

I took a BuzzFeed quiz that says I’m a Hydrohius dragon, which according to this quiz, is a water dragon. This type of dragon has the ability to morph and change shapes. It says that people who are this type of dragon are a “gentle, but powerful, go-with-the-flow kind of person.” We “watch from a distance and spend much time” in our own thoughts. I couldn’t agree more! Water is my element based on astrology, too. I love the rain and the ocean. I’m at my most comfortable when around water. And my favorite color is teal! So I’d be a blue water dragon for sure!

I’d place Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series in my literary horde! Mead is my favorite author, and her book is a must on my shelf!

Purchase link for Blood Rose:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Ow76V0

My other reviews of Ms. Rose’s work:
Daemon Academy (Short Story)

Blood Books Series
Blood Rose (Blood Books 1) – August 2015

Blood Bound (Blood Books 2) – December 2015
Blood Books 3 – June 2016
Blood Books 4 – December 2016
Blood Books 5 – June 2017
Blood Books 6 – December 2017

**Novels to possibly continue based on story arc.

Author Bio:
Danielle Rose is writer of fiction and travel, as well as the owner of Narrative Ink Editing LLC. Danielle currently resides in the Midwest, where she spends her days at a local coffee shop planning her next vacation or plotting her next novel.

Danielle holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. In addition to her Master of Fine Arts, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and certification in professional writing from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

When not writing, traveling, or writing about traveling, Danielle enjoys being outdoors, cheering for her favorite football team (Go Packers!), and spending time with her husband and their furbabies: two dogs and a cat. 

Places to find Danielle Rose:
Website: www.danielle-rose.com
Blog: www.danielles-destinations.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/daniellerose
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/DanielleNRose13
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielleNRose13
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DanielleNRose13
Instagram: www.instagram.com/daniellenrose13
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/daniellenrose13
Google+: www.plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielleRose13
Narrative Ink: www.narrativeinkediting.com