Hi again everyone! Today I have a fun little interview I did with Danika. She really is the sweetest person! I hope you like it and don’t forget about the giveaway at the end!
1) What inspired you to write Edge of Wild?
I love well-written mysteries, especially those that include unexpected twists and turns along the way. (Tana French has a special place on my bookshelf!) Having spent much of my childhood in Waterton, I know the landscape inside and out. It’s gorgeous, but eerily remote. When I started thinking about writing a mystery, it became the obvious location. Once I had that, the rest just came together.
2) What is your favorite childhood book?
I can’t narrow it down to one book since I loved the entire The Power Of… series. (The books tell the stories of real people.) I recall being fascinated by Harriet Tubman and Marie Curie’s lives!
3) If you could spend the day with anyone alive, dead, or fictional, who would it be and why?
It sounds sappy, but I’d happily spend one more day with my father who passed away almost a decade ago. I miss him a lot. Edge of Wild, in fact, is dedicated to him as he never got to see my writing published.
4) Do you enjoy writing YA or thriller/adult novels more?
Like a true parent I’m going to answer that I love them both for different reasons, but equally. And that’s the truth! I really do.
5) Did you have to do a lot of research for EOW?
I know practically nothing about cars, so there was a bit of research into realistic engine repairs. I also spent a bit of time researching the Canadian legal and penitentiary system. Having said that, I’m certain there are probably still errors, and that’s because I’m not a lawyer, nor a police officer… and definitely NOT a car mechanic.
6) What book are you looking forward to in 2016?
I’m THRILLED about the nearly back-to-back releases of Edge of Wild (Stonehouse, May 1, 2016) and All the Feels (Macmillan, June 7, 2016)! It feels a little bit surreal to have come this far in a single year.
Beyond my own book, I’m really stoked to read Jesse Andrews’ The Haters (April 2016, Amulet). I’ve heard amazing things about it!
7) Is the town of Waterton Park, Alberta in the book anything like the real town?
There are obvious differences (ie: no serial killers that I know of!) but I tried to be as true as I could be to the actual community. I’ve changed the names of businesses and heightened the insular quality of the town, but the beauty of the area is all real. It’s one of the most picturesque, untouched places I’ve ever been.
8) There is a diverse array of characters in Waterton, Which one do you relate to the most?
I’ve had friends tell me I’m like Lou, who always has a story for everything, but I’m definitely not as patient with people as she is! Luckily for me, the whole story-writing gig seems to be working out alright.
9) From talking to you, I know you’ve been to Waterton Park. What is your favorite thing about it. (book or real life)
My favorite spot in the entire park is a little patch of forest along the trail to Bertha Bay. The trees are so tall that the light is filtered, and everything is lit with a hazy half-light. There are ferns on the ground. Very few bushes. It’s quiet, with only the faint hiss of the distant waves. Even your footsteps are muffled by the pine needles on the trail.
As a kid, I used to imagine that fairies lived there. (As an adult, I imagined a murderer.)
10) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
My dream house is a little cabin in the foothills just outside Waterton. I haven’t bought the land yet or started building, but I’ve got all sorts of plans in mind!
Whatever I’m currently writing.
523 (a prime)
Ack! There are just WAY too many to list one. (Margaret Atwood, Lois Lowry, Jesse Andrews, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Harper Lee… I CAN’T CHOOSE!)
Okay. Since I obviously can’t select just one, I’ll cheat and say Stephen King since he’s the only author I can think of off-hand who has written one of my top ten favorite fiction novels (The Stand) AND one of my top ten favorite non-fiction books (On Writing).
Cheating still works, right?
Left or right handed?
Right, but I can print fairly well with my left, too.
Anything else you’d like readers to know?
You can find me over on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook (plus a few other online places.) Don’t be shy. I’m ALWAYS happy to connect!
Goodreads/Amazon/Apple iBooks/Danika’s site
GIVEAWAY TIME!!!! So Danika was kind enough to send me some Edge of Wild goodies and I’ve decided to pass on some to you, as well as a few other things! Just enter the rafflecopter below. (US only. Sorry!) Below is a picture of what you’ll get (that’s an Edge of Wild tote from Danika!) plus, I’ll make something special.
EOW tote, Canadian postcards, luggage tage, passport holder, notebook and pencil, candy, and a skull water bottle.