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:
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Short Story: Daemon Academy by Danielle Rose

daemon academy

Title: Daemon Academy
Author: Danielle Rose
Genre: Horror
Age: Young Adult (although this will depend on the maturity of the reader to some degree)
Is This Part of a Series?: No

Summary: (*taken from the Daemon Academy page on Goodreads)
Kemper Academy is over a hundred years old, but it has only recently reopened after a series of murders and stories of hauntings shut it down. Avlynn, a new student, refuses to let the rumors scare her, chalking them up to a bit of friendly freshman hazing. But when night falls and screams draw her from her room, she finds the truth is much more horrifying than any ghost story.

Overall Impression:
This was a quick read with just the right amount of scariness to make me tense, but not induce bad dreams.

The Nitty Gritty:
I enjoyed this story from the very first sentence. Ms. Rose clearly put thought into finding heavy duty words. Almost all of the sentences in Daemon Academy do more than just one job: character building, world building, atmosphere building, etc. Which is a very good thing, in this short story. (In any short story, really).

My favorite part of this story was the way it fits within the horror genre. There was plenty of tension and atmosphere, a spooky setting and a great legend to go with it, and even a set of well-developed characters. Despite all of these elements that were appropriate to the horror genre, however, the gore level (and by this I mean level of description of blood, ghosts, hauntings, etc that make horror so horrifying) was at the perfect level for me. It was scary and other-worldly, but not graphic.

The worst part of this story is that it ends. While nothing is as thoroughly developed as in a novel, the perception is that the depth exists for them. And then ending to the story certainly leaves me wanting to know what happens next (although this is a complete story).

Special Considerations:
As this is a horror story, I believe it is important for parents to read this before letting their younger teenagers read it. It is a quick read, so won’t take up too much of your time, and a read-through will allow you to gauge whether or not your child will enjoy this or be disturbed by this. You know your child best, after all.

Goodreads Rating: 4.86 Stars (7 Ratings)
Amazon Rating: 5 Stars (3 Reviews)
My Rating: 5 Stars

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