Sunday, May 1, 2016

Author Interview: Danika Stone

I'm happy to have author Danika Stone back to answer some of my questions about her adult novel, Edge of Wild, which will be released next month. She also has a YA novel, All the Feels, which will be released on June 7th. Be sure to pre-order or save on Goodreads so you remember! 

Interview with Danika Stone

Questions by Lauren

1. Edge of Wild is a mystery novel and the question always begs to be asked - what part of this story did you come up with first?
I always start with character. Plot comes later.
The original story circled around Louise Newman. She was the first character that appeared to me and her relationship with Rich was the lens through which I understood the story that eventually came. It wasn’t until the second draft that the creepy elements began to evolve.
2. I love the simple, but striking nature of the book's cover. Did you get any say in what it would look like?

The Stonehouse team is phenomenal, and they’ve welcomed input at every step of the way. Early on, I was asked to send photographs of what I’d imagined the cover to be, and from there, designs were generated. As soon as I saw what they were thinking of, I was sold. I love the simplified cover so much!

3. Now that you've written for adults and young adults, do you find you ever have a preference?

I truthfully love both, and I love them for completely different reasons. YA is fun but short, whereas Mystery lets me delve into more complexity, but it also requires far more revision. Asking which I prefer is like asking someone whether they rather only eat main courses or dessert. Obviously it would be hard to choose just one!  I’ll go with both. 

4. Readers can find you on social media, especially Twitter. What can people expect from you there?

Short answer: A barrage of gifs, bookishness, and POP-CULTURE SQUEE! Ha!

Long answer: I am obsessed with books (among other things), and I love talking with readers and finding out what they are reading. If you’re an aspiring writer, I hope that some of the quotes and blogs can inspire you. And if you’re just there to celebrate the release of your fave movie / television show, I want to join in!

Don’t be shy. Talk to me. (Authors love that!)

5. Anything you'd like to be asked and never have been? Or something you think people should know about you, your writing, or Edge of Wild?

I’ve never been asked which parts of Edge of Wild are real, but I’ll tell you that one of Lou’s stories – the one about the three lost boys – is actually true. My father was one of the children lost on the mountain, and the description of that night, lost in the woods with a trail that inexplicably wasn’t there, has stayed with me to this day.

An interesting tidbit I just discovered this weekend is that William Shakespeare is my great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great-Uncle (through his younger sister, Joan Shakespeare.) That’s pretty cool!

Lastly, I’d like people to know where to find me. Come on over! I’d love to talk.


Diva Booknerd said...

Great interview Lauren. I'm a bit fan of the minimalist cover, I think it makes it all the more creepy. Being related to Shakespeare no matter how far removed, that's one to go on the resume. Thanks for sharing Lauren and going to check a few of her titles out.

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

Oh oh I hadn't heard of Edge of the Wild yet BUT IT SOUNDS GLORIOUS AND I WANT TO TRY IT!! And that's awesome that she had input in the cover! I've heard that's rare for authors? So so cool. :D And I do so love the covers of her books! SQUEE.

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

I love this interview! I was checking out the book "All the Feels" the other day but now that I know it's HER, I'm totally going to go grab it and read it. Dannika sounds like the kind of author I'd love to talk everything geekery with ;)

Erika Sorocco said...

I like how focused she is on characters - creating them before establishing the plot.


Cleo Bannister said...

What a brilliant interview Lauren - interesting to see the answer about preference of genre for this author and what an accomplishment to be able to switch between them so well!

Jasprit said...

Awww Danika sounds like such a lovely person! I too am such fans of the covers, they're simple, but so eye catching! Thanks for sharing a great interview with us Lauren!

kimbacaffeinate said...

Edge of Wild is new to me as is the author. Thanks for sharing, it was a lovely interview Lauren!

The Nerdy Me said...

She sounds like a such lovely woman! I loved this little interview. I really enjoy young adult books, so I will need to check out her works.

-Leta | The Nerdy Me

Hale Saaw said...

I love reading young adult books so I really want out some of her writing! I think characters are the most important part in a book!
Aleeha xXx

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I like that she including real life mixed in with the fictional mystery. I haven't read any of her books, but I'm going to go check her out on goodreads!

A Belle’s Tales said...

I had not heard of this until now! Great interview -- this is going on my list. Thanks for sharing, Lauren :)

cleemckenzie said...

This author has it right! Start with the characters and then find out how to tell their story. How interesting that some of this story is based on what actually happened. Makes me curious.

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Great interview!! I knew about the YA title but hadn't realized she had another book coming out.

Brandi Kosiner said...

It is simple and striking cover.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Any relation to Shakespeare is cool!

Claudia Arroyo said...

I love simplicity and simple covers always appeal to me - this one is gorgeous.

I really enjoyed your interview with Danika, Lauren! Even more exciting is knowing she is related to William Shakespeare! Wow! So cool!

A Canadian Girl said...

Oh, I didn't know that Stone had also written a novel for adults. I'd heard of her because I'm curious to read All the Feels and know that she's a Canadian author. Now I know she's related to Shakespeare too, which is pretty cool :)

Lili Vu said...

Great interview! I haven't heard of this book, but I love that a part of it was based on a real life experience of her father. Also love that she is distantly related to Shakespeare!

Jennifer Humphries said...

Great interview! Now I need to go pick up a book or two of hers!