Monday, May 20, 2013

Into the Spiral by Erin Danzer--Half-Birthday Bash

Book Blurb:
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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Let's take some time and get to know Erin a bit...

1. When did you start writing?  Was there a specific event that triggered it? When I was in third grade, all the students in my grade had to write and illustrate a book for the Young Authors Competition. I wrote a book about a tooth having to go to the dentist. Even though I only received an Honorable Mention, I found a love for creating stories that has stuck with me since then.
2. How do you get ideas for your books? They literally just pop into my head. It could be sparked by a song on the radio or even something that I’ve just read. For Into the Spiral, Ronnie just walked into my head one day and she was pissed off. I had to find out what was wrong and from there, the story began writing itself. For other stories I have, I think about what I like most about some of my favorite books and work out my own story from there. I even have one story I plan to write this November based on ancient Celtic mythology and history. My ideas come from everywhere.
(Christie says: Love Celtic lore. Can't wait!)
3. Are your characters inspired by real people? Not intentionally. I’ve been told that Ronnie looks very similar to a friend I work with. But I do think I take traits of the people around me (and myself) and put them into my characters.
4. Do you have something in common with Ronnie or Andi? When writing Ronnie and Andi, I based their relationship on my relationship with my BFF, so I think that I do have things in common with both of them. Ronnie and I both have dark hair (mine used to be as long as hers too). I like to think that if I was put into the situations I put Ronnie into, that I would do the same things she does.
5. Do you have a favorite character among your books?  Who and why?  And do you have one that you don’t like? Just one favorite character? I love all of my characters equally… well, almost all of them. While I understand why Rick does what he does (he’s my villain), I don’t really like him and quite frankly, he kind of creeps me out. But I do get the excitement of a schoolgirl crush—literally butterflies in my stomach—whenever Gavin comes on the page.
6. What is your favorite book of all times? This changes a lot because what I like to read has changed a lot over the years. Right now, my favorite books that I can read over and over are the Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare. The action, adventure, and romance in those books keeps me coming back to them at least once a year. Two years ago, I was that way with the Harry Potter books; I read them every summer for four years.
7. What is your favorite paranormal creature?  Would you like to be one? A shapeshifter. The kind that can shift into anything. And yes, I think it would be fun to change my appearance at will.
8. What are the biggest challenges and rewards of writing a book? The biggest challenge for me is finding the gumption to get myself out there and promote my work. I have a very hard time saying “hey look, I wrote a book!” But I know if I don’t do that, not many people are going to do it for me and my dream of being a stay-at-home-mom/writer won’t be realized. The greatest rewards are the reviews and connecting with the readers. I’ve only met very few so far, but it’s very exciting to have people begging me for the next book or story because they can’t wait to see what happens next. Heck, just having one person tell me “I’m reading your book” is enough to put a huge grin on my face for the rest of the day.

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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  1. Thank you so much for having me today, Christie!

  2. You're so welcome :) It was fun to get to know you a bit more!

  3. Found you via Elizabeth Sharp's blog.

  4. I'm so glad, Christine! Welcome :)