As part of my stop on the tour for STOLEN SONGBIRD by Danielle L. Jensen, I have an interview with the author. I’ve also posted my review of STOLEN SONGBIRD, which includes pictures, so make sure to check that out.
Thanks, Danielle, for answering my questions!
Interview with Danielle L. Jensen:
Where did the idea for STOLEN SONGBIRD come from? And why trolls?
The setting came first, the trolls came second. I had a dream about a city that had been buried by rubble, and it sort of stuck in my brain. The trolls came into being when I started thinking about what sort of creatures would inhabit such a place. I called them trolls and ended up using a bit of troll mythology because I wanted to name them something people would already have negative associations with.
I read in a guest post that you love villains as protagonists. Which made me cheer, because I like that too! Are there any villains in favorite books that you’d love to see as protagonists?
Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes. I LOVE all things Sherlock Holmes. I watch both Elementary and Sherlock, I adore the recent film versions, and I’ve read most of the original literature. If I could have a superpower, it would be to possess extreme powers of deduction. In my opinion, Moriarty is exactly like Sherlock, but he/she (Natalie Dormer for the win!) uses his/her powers for evil. If I came across a television show/movie/book told from Moriarty’s point of view, I’d be all over it like nobody’s business. Especially if it stared Natalie Dormer.
Is there anything you really liked in STOLEN SONGBIRD that didn’t make the final book?
Once upon a time, STOLEN SONGBIRD had a prologue that I reluctantly had to give up. It was from Tristan’s POV, and it was the scene in which his aunt had the foretelling about how the curse would be broken. It was so awesome, but prologues are a bit of an anathema in YA, so it didn’t get to stay.
When you aren’t pounding away crazily at the keyboard, what do you do? Other than think of ways to torture Cécile and Tristan?
I think about ways to torture the other characters that everyone loves so much
I do have another job that pays my bills, so I spend lots of time at that. There are certain television programs I enjoy like Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Modern Family, and Big Bang Theory. I spend quite a bit of time with my family and friends, which often involves the consumption of food and cocktails. In the summer, I like hiking in the mountains, and in the winter… Well, I am a decent snowboarder and skier, but I hate the cold. This is problematic given I live in Canada.
What was the push that made you try writing a book? How did you stick with it?
Back when I was working in finance, a friend and co-worker of mine suggested we try writing a romance novel. I’d always been a big reader, so I thought maybe it would be fun. My first few attempts were TERRIBLE and unfinished, but once I switched over to writing fantasy, it got better. Once I switched to YA, I got even better. STOLEN SONGBIRD was the fourth novel I fully completed and edited, and the third I queried. I stuck with it mostly because I found I really enjoyed writing, and I wanted to pursue a career doing something I loved.
What are some of your recent favorite books? Do you have any “comfort books” or all time favorites that you turn to when you need a pick-me-up?
I recently read The Cuckoo’s Calling, which, as I’m sure you all know, is the novel JK Rowling wrote under a pen name. I actually enjoyed it as much as I did the Harry Potter books. As far as YA goes, I’ve recently read and loved The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. My to-read stack is massive, and mostly consists of 2014 YA debuts. I rarely reread books anymore. No time!
Any question you’ve wanted to answer in an interview, but you haven’t been asked yet… ?
Yup. Who is #1 on your YA Book Boyfriend List. Answer: Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices. When it comes to love triangles, I’m always on the bad boy’s team!
About the book:
by Danielle L. Jensen Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1 Published by Strange Chemistry
on April 1, 2014 Genres: Fantasy
, Young Adult Pages:
ARC Source: Publisher Goodreads
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
About the author:
Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.