Friday, November 11, 2016

0 YALLFEST starts today + interview with Danielle Paige, author of STEALING SNOW

Y’all! YALLFest is here! YALLFest is here!

As I mentioned earlier, I’m hitting YALLFest this year as a not-so-secret operative for Adventures in YA Publishing. I’ve got a few big interviews already lined up, and I’ll be checking in at events and chatting with authors throughout the weekend to share the YALLFest experience with y’all.

It all starts today at 2:00 with YALLCRAWL, a signing event through the streets of downtown Charleston with authors like Victoria Aveyard, Sarah Dessen, and Kiera Cass. The afternoon continues with even more awesomeness until it results in a glorious explosion of YA author amazingness tomorrow.

Just feast your eyes on the schedule:

Since I don’t have any actual YALLFest scoop to share with you yet, I’m going to share an interview we did a few weeks ago with one of the YALLFest authors: Danielle Paige, author of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series.

I met Danielle at last year’s YALLFest when I was freelancing for MTV. It was my first time doing in-person interviews, and I was terrified. Danielle was one of the very first YALLFest authors I hesitantly shuffled up to and asked for an interview. She was so sweet and funny, pretending I wasn’t a total dork as I stammered out my questions.

And then we just chatted about some of our favorite TV shows, which helped calm my nerves. After that delightful experience, I was able to plunge into the rest of the interviews with more confidence. Thanks, Danielle!

So I’m now thrilled to present Danielle’s interview about the first novel in her new series STEALING SNOW.

Danielle, what was your inspiration for writing STEALING SNOW?

I have been obsessed with fairy tales since I was a kid, and I always loved the Snow Queen story because it was such a mystery. I wanted to know why the Snow Queen became evil and why she kidnaps Kai. Unlike Frozen (which I love) the Snow Queen in my book has a much darker journey, and she really goes to some places that Elsa does not.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

I am a huge fan of Marissa Meyer and Leigh Bardugo. Their books really influenced my worldbuilding, and Marissa's ability to push the retelling envelope without losing the fairytale is something I try to emulate.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

I had never imagined myself as a novelist. I loved being a scriptwriter and I thought that was what I would be doing forever. But when soaps started getting cancelled I started looking around for other writing opportunities. I wrote a pilot about college kids for MTV and realized how much I liked writing for teens. Then I decided to try YA.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I usually write at home and every day I go to the same coffee shop with yesterday's pages and revise. Sometimes there is music. I am not someone who needs quiet for writing. I listed to a ton of country for Dorothy and Snow has been a lot of Bon Iver. And there is always Taylor Swift in rotation.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Don't be precious about your first draft. Finish it so you can start the real work of revising it. I meet so many writers who get stuck. I think the best cure is to get to the end. Once you know you can do it, you can do it again and again.

What are you working on now?

Finishing Snow 2! And then I get to dig into my next series: a Fairy Godmother origin story.


Stealing Snow
by Danielle Paige
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released 9/20/2016

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

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Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. You can find her on twitter and instagram.


Are you going to YALLFest this year? Have you read STEALING SNOW yet? Does getting to the end of your novel help you know you can do it again? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

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