Welcome to The Saturday Spotlight, a weekly feature created by myself and celebrates Indie and Debut Authors. This week I have the pleasure welcoming author Danielle Weiler to the blog.
Hi Danielle, welcome to the blog, please tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 28-year-old (as of Monday!) teacher, wife, almost mother (13 weeks left!), owner of the naughtiest ginger cat in the world. I love the beach, shopping, writing, reading, watching TV series, picnics with family…and I do have a special place in my heart for eBay.
Indie publishing....hard road or good experience?
I’m not sure how to answer this one as I have a publisher that isn't a traditional large house but they do a variety options for authors including traditional publishing and co-publishing. So I’m not published under my own name but I’m not published by a big house.
If you could pick a song that fit the mood of your book what would it be and why?
Probably ‘You Are’ by Tenth Avenue North. However I did have a ‘Daisy’ play list while I was writing Friendship on Fire. I like You Are because it talks about being more than the choices that you make and the mistakes in your life. That you can still be worth something because you’re growing and learning.
Have any authors or books inspired you or your work?
I have a big writer crush on Melina Marchetta. As a YA author, she has the most well-rounded characters I think I've ever come across. In terms of adult lit, Jodi Picoult is amazing how she churns out massive novels every year on various social/ethical issues and her structure, while formulaic, keep you on your toes the entire book.
What do you want readers to walk away with after reading Friendship on Fire?
Various things. That past mistakes put you on the path to where you should be. That people are much more than they can appear to be on the surface. That it’s worth holding out for the best you can get. Watch out for those gorgeous boys with the name Nate. Not to give up on yourself. To enjoy your youth. Listen to your grandparents!
What’s on the horizon for Danielle?
Besides looking forward to meeting my gorgeous little boy in August, I want to challenge myself to write something out of my comfort zone. Still in YA, but something I need to research. I’ve written 2 other YA contemporary manuscripts that are being looked at, but in terms of the future, I just want some good ideas and funky characters to come my way. Thanks Tina for having me on your blog!
And thank you Danielle for stopping by. I also have a huge thing for Melina Marchetta, I wanted to marry The Pipers Son......and oh my goodness congrats on your new future son and hats off to a fabulous writing career.
Today Danielle is giving away one Ebook copy of her novel Friendship on Fire. To enter please just leave a comment. Winner will be drawn May 12, 2012.
The one bright spot in Daisy’s first day back is the appearance of a private school boy hottie. Oh, and her best friend and vice-captain, Roman, who she can count on to hold her temper and have her back.
But the winds of change are sweeping through Daisy’s small town of Twin Rocks. Turns out the private school hottie is new in town and fast friends with her brothers. His name is Nate and he turns Daisy’s legs to jelly. But her totally platonic best friend, always reliable Roman, is starting to act strange.
This is Daisy’s senior year. She’ll learn hard truths and lose small battles on the path to adulthood . . . but, hey, nobody said it was going to be easy.