Thursday, May 23, 2013

Author Focus: Danica Winters


Questions for Danica
Today we've asked author Danica Winters a few questions... about her writing, her series and a few personal questions too! Take a few minutes to read her interview and get to know her better.

Q) What inspired you to write Montana Mustangs*?
I’m from Montana and I love the beautiful mountains and valleys of this wonderful state.  When I was talking to my fans, several asked if I was ever going to write about where I live—and that was how the idea for Montana Mustangs was born.
*This was such a fun book to write. J

Q) Can you share the details Montana Mustangs? Maybe the book's blurb? 
Montana Mustangs is book two in the Nymph series, published in May 2013. Here's the blurb:

A Nymph. A woman with the ability to seduce at will, shift to protect, but cursed with the fate to have the man she falls in love with die a tragic death. As one of the ill-fated nymphs, Aura Montgarten has spent her lifetime drifting from one place to another hiding from love. Until she meets Dane. 

When a body washes up on the shore of a rural Montana lake, police officer Dane Burke is faced with the task of finding the killer—even if it means he will be forced to put his life and heart at risk by working with a drifter. As the truth of Aura’s Mustang-shifting Nymph ways are revealed, Dane learns exactly the amount of danger he and Aura are in, but can’t force himself to leave a case unsolved when the truth is right outside of his grasp. 

When the killer decides he needs to take another victim—Dane—Aura must choose between their forbidden love and her immortal life… Can there be life without love, or is death her only choice? 


Q) How long did it take you to write?
This book didn’t take long. I think it was start to finish it took about four months.  I tend to write fast as I want to deliver as many great books to my readers/fans as possible.  I want to make sure that my readers aren’t kept waiting.  I know how it feels to wait on the next book in a series—it’s so frustrating! 

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the entire process. I like sitting in front of the computer wracking my brain and struggling to find the right words.  Words are so real to me—I can feel them in my bones. 
My absolute favorite part of writing Montana Mustangs was all of the research I had to do in order to write the book.  I was so lucky.  I had the honor of riding along with some of my police/sheriff officer friends.  In addition to the ride-alongs, I also had to go on horseback adventures into the high mountain lakes of Montana.  I would like to say the horseback riding was all for work, but I have to admit I was mostly playing. 
The lake we rode into for Montana Mustangs.

See the photo to the right. This particular lake lies at just over 7000 feet in elevation and usually has snow until late June.  During the month we went, it was fire season and you can see the smoke (not clouds) in the background. 

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I think every author could say the same thing, but there is always someone out there who doesn’t like your book for some reason.  I put an incredible amount of effort and time into every step of the books I write—from research, to writing, and throughout the publishing process (which is long).  To hear someone doesn’t like one of my books always bothers me.  However, as a professional author I have learned to let go of the harsh criticisms that come with the business.  It’s just like life—some will love you, some will hate you, but you just have to do the best that you can.

Q) What was the first book in this series?
The Nymph's Labyrinth was the first in the series, published  December 31, 2012. Here's the blurb:

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed. 
A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American archaeologist and his troublemaking son. When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice—fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives in danger. 

Can Ariadne have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of the past keep her from her heart’s desire? 
 

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I think I would want to be Jane Austen—she was such an incredible woman during an incredible time. 

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Oh Geez.  I think if you dug through it you would still find some hard-boiled Easter eggs (I don’t like eggs). 

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have a lot of books coming out in the future.  The next book in the Nymph Series will be hitting shelves later this year tentatively entitled, Winter Swans.  Also, all of the books in the Nymph Series will be coming out in paperback starting later this year.  (They are slower to release than the e-books and they are more expensive.)  If you like the e-book versions of the books (as many of my fans do) then you may be interested in picking up your paperback copies.  (Let me know if you would be interested in a signed copy—I like to interact with my fans.) After the release of Winter Swans, I’m hoping that there will be at least another two books in the works (I’m writing the outlines now). I’m also thinking about publishing another series in the future.

Paloma—Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!  I appreciate the time you took in helping to make this all possible.

About Danica Winters

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working she can be found in the wilds of Montana working on her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery and painting are not her thing). She always believe the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

Other Titles by Danica Winters:
Love Under the Christmas Tree  |  A Christmas Miracle  |  The Vampire’s Hope  |  Curse of the Wolf

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To the readers—Thank you for stopping by. If you have a question about Montana Mustangs, The Nymph Series, or anything else, please don’t hesitate in leaving a question in the comments box below.  I will be stopping by sporadically to check things out!  Thanks J
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