Five Questions with Erin Danzer
1. When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again? The characters. I love a book with strong characters, good and bad. Also, thinking about my favorite books, they’re filled with action, adventure, and romance. It’s also about the author’s style of writing. I have to be able to fall into a book and not look up for hours on end for it to become a favorite.
2. Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you? I chose to write YA, though the Science Fiction aspect of it took me by surprise. I honestly thought I was writing paranormal (also my choice) until a fellow author who helped me with my query letter pointed out that my book is actually SciFi. I tried to deny it at first, but anything concerning people from other planets does fall under that category.
3. If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why? Oh gosh, just one? Can I have an entire table full of writers I want to chat with? LOL I would have to say Cassandra Clare. She is phenomenal! She writes my favorite books (The Mortal Instruments). The first book in her series is coming to the big screen this year in August. She is just living the dream life I hope to have for myself one day and I would love to know how she does it.
4. When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime? It would have to be spending time with my kids and my husband, whether it’s a trip to the store (which can be stressful) , going to the occasional kid-friendly movie, or just vegging on the couch watching Disney. Because hubby and I both work and the kids are in school, sometimes it’s just nice to sit and relax together.
5. At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen? I edited Into the Spiral about half a dozen times myself. Naively, I sent it off to more than 20 agents and got rejected every time. Then I found a critique group and let them have it. That caused me to rewrite the first three chapters of the book. Then, after my dad and a couple close friends read the book, I added an event to the ending I hadn't planned on having so soon. After all of that, I queried agents and publishers again. After months of waiting, I was signed with Otherworld Publications, but then received a letter from them in June of 2012 that they were closing their doors at the end of the year. That’s when I got signed with Hydra Publications. It has been a long journey, but I’m very happy with where I ended up.
Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.
Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.
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About the Author:
Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. Into the Spiral is the first of a four book series. In addition to her novels, Erin writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.
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