Hi Danika, thank you for being here today! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
That's a really open-ended question. Let's see... I have an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I'm not kidding. I'd love to get my PhD some day, but in a foreign city. And it would have to be a non-stoggy sort of program. I want to teach kindergarten at a University level. I don't like rules. If someone tells me something can't be done, it makes me want to do it. My favourite word is pamplemousse (my favourite animal name-word is hedgehog). I can't imagine living in a house without a cat. I'm doing what I love to do and am grateful every day for it.
Can you describe The Ruins of Noe in three words?
Ack! (wait, does that count?). Imaginative, suspenseful, heart-breaking
What was your inspiration for the series?
I originally wrote it as a screenplay, and I wrote it while working with two girls (who had a Himmy/Briggy kind of relationship, even though they weren't sisters) on the set of a film called Desolation Sound. It was in an isolated area in the forest. Talk about giving me the inspiration to write the story. One of the girls gave me the idea for the giant caterpillar.
What is it that you do on set?
Did you originally plan to write a book targeted at a younger audience ?
Who is your favourite character in the White Forest books and why?
What was the biggest difficulty in getting the book published?
Who is your biggest inspiration?
What books being released this year are you dying to get your hands on?
I'm also curious about J.K. Rowling's adult novel THE CASUAL VACANCY. I'm not sure what to expect. It intrigues me.
John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS just came out a few months ago. I've yet to read a book of his with a female protag, so I'm glad he's done it. Plus, it sound wicked funny in that John Green way.
Lastly - Libba Bray's THE DIVINERS!
Thanks for being here, anything else you would like to say to my readers?