Now, for my guest for this week, Danielle Gavan. I met Danielle over at the Write in the Shadows blog, where we co-blogged, (and which is now being relaunched as Digital Digest, but I will share more on this venture another time). Not only is she a gifted author, she is also a talented cover designer and a total expert on all things formatting. Seriously, this lady knows it all and she is a great person to get to know!
So, Danielle, thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing a little about yourself and your work.
Let’s start with the most important thing: your books. Give us a brief description of the novel you want to talk about today.
D.G. The novel I’d like to tell you about today is UnWrapped. It’s a novella about four supernatural siblings who discover just how fun getting older can be for a Satyr, Incubus, Dhampire and Fae. Readers who follow Everything Erotic will have seen some of the chapters on the blog.
M.F. So what are you working on at the moment? Have you got any new projects in the pipeline?
D.G. I’m currently working on a few projects. The Lists is a novella about the Elves who supervise the Naughty and Nice lists. Some of the things they get up to in the office, and out, are downright naughty and a whole lot of nice. Untouchable is another novella I’m working on about the children of angels and demons and their fight to save themselves from extermination. Lastly, I have a series in the works called Finders Keepers with fellow author Jennifer Feuerstein. The five books we have planned focus on a group of supersoldiers who must find the one woman meant for them in order to free themselves from the clutches of The Council.
M.F. Lol. So not much then.. ;-) Is writing something you’ve recently got into, or have you been writing for ages?
D.G. I’ve been writing for ages. I can remember sitting in grade school with a friend while we passed notes back and forth. We’d end up with page after page of stories about the rock/pop stars we fantasized about. My pages are no longer filled with rock stars. Instead, they contain werewolves, demons, angels and other supernatural beings.
M.F. What do you make of the changes in the industry, with so many more people going ‘indie’?
D.G. Honestly? I think it’s about time people took back control of what they’ve worked so hard for. We, the authors, spend weeks/months/years creating and yet those who go the traditional publishing route end up with the smallest share of the profit from their blood, sweat and tears. That doesn’t make sense to me. Sure, I understand the publishing houses need to recoup their costs for editing, cover design and all the other minutiae that goes along with putting out a book but when you see an author making $0.48 off a $6.99 book…that’s just wrong, in my opinion.
M.F. I hear you sista! Who is your greatest influence when it comes to your writing?
D.G. Hmm.. I can’t say there’s just one person that has influenced me more than the other. I’ve read so many great authors, it’s hard to pin point just one. I’d have to say it’s a tie between Laurell K. Hamilton, Diana Gabaldon and Gena Showalter. All three are wonderful writers whom I greatly admire.
M.F. Stephen King says when he writes, it is for his wife Tabitha. When you write, is there anyone you are writing for?
D.G. My family. My husband and our two boys. I think, in some way, I’m also writing for my mom. She’s always been an avid reader and if it weren’t for her love of books, I’d never have become the book worm I am. I don’t think she’s read any of my work yet but, I hope when she does it’ll make her proud.
M.F. What sort of books do you read yourself?
D.G. I like paranormal romance/urban fantasy mostly. I do read some YA, but again, it’s mostly the paranormal stuff. The last two books I read were Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. Both were fabulous reads.
.M.F. Now for some more abstract questions: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
D.G. Ooh, good one. Hmm… I think it’s a toss-up between Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry from Laurell’s two series.
M.F. If aliens landed in front of you and offered you anything you wanted, what would it be?
D.G. LOL I’d have to unfurl the extremely long scroll of things I want and play eenie-meenie to answer that one.
M.F. Tell us something quirky/interesting that people probably don’t know about you.
D.G. I can wiggle my nose like a bunny, and I’ve got an extreme paranoia when it comes to bugs.
Thanks so much for taking part Danielle!
Danielle would like to give away a copy of each of her titles to ONE lucky winner. So that's FOUR books in total! Just leave her a comment below or email me at the address above if you're unable to comment!
Danielle Gavan lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband of eight years, and their two sons. Danielle has been writing in her spare time since she was in middle school. She is currently writing, editing and doing cover design full time.
You can find out more about Danielle at her Facebook Page, by following her on Twitter!
Her erotic short stories also appear on the blogs site and ebooks, Everything Erotic