Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Switchback by Danika Stone

Book info:
Title:  Switchback
Author:  Danika Stone
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 28th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
An epic YA adventure story about two friends lost in the Canadian wilderness from Danika Stone, the author of All the Feels.
Vale loves to hike, but kind of hates her classmates. Ash is okay with his classmates, but kind of hates the outdoors. So, needless to say they are both fairly certain that the overnight nature hike with their PE class is going to be a hellish experience. But when they get separated from the group during a storm, they have worse things to worry about than bullies and blisters.
Lost in the Canadian wilderness with limited supplies, caught in dangerous weather conditions, and surrounded by deadly wildlife, it’s going to take every bit of strength, skill, and luck they can muster to survive.
Praise for Danika Stone:
“An enjoyable, fast-paced read.” — School Library Journal on Internet Famous

“The book is a dream. I loved absolutely everything about it. … From the chapter headers to every mention of nerd culture, All the Feels is a blast!” —Seeking Book Boyfriends on All the Feels

Author Interview:
1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?  

I used to be a complete pantser, but the more I wrote, the more frustrated I got by moments where I’d painted myself into a corner and had no idea how to get out. Nowadays, I start with characters and develop them long before I start to write. Then I hash out a rough plot that’s a page or two long. It’s my ‘road map’ so to speak. Then I jump in and start writing, knowing that the entire story can shift directions at any time.

All my planning is done on Word and Scrivener, though I do occasionally wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea. Those details get jotted onto whatever is close at hand!

2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit?  How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over? 

When I start writing, I cannot stop until I reach the end. If something occurs to me, I leave a note (usually right on the first page of the document) that tells me what to do differently. It might be something like “go back to chapter five and untangle the mess of the argument” or “something needs to happen in chapter seven to get Person A to Point B.” Either way, I don’t revise, I just plow on. There’s something about that forward momentum that keeps me writing. I never have trouble getting to the final chapter. 

Once it’s done, I go over the manuscript two or three times, then hand it off to a beta reader. A book isn’t finished until that point.

3.  Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?

Long ago, I used to write fanfic, and those writers became my first writing group. Even today, many of those same people are my beta readers. I trust their insights implicitly. As I began to publish, this writers’ group grew larger, including many of my fellow published authors. It’s an amazing team!

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

Write. Keep writing. Accept that the first few attempts will suck, but write anyhow. It’s amazing how much you can learn by failure so embrace that—learn from it—and keep moving forward. As difficult as it is, you need to complete what you’ve started. I often tell aspiring writers: “Finished is better than perfect.” That’s 100% true.

5.   What are your favorite:


Choosing a favorite book / author / genre would be like choosing a favorite child. I just can’t. Sorry! There are too many and I read EVERYTHING.

Movies/TV Shows

I love Game of Thrones, The 100, the entire MCU, and a million other things! Seriously, I could list fifty movies and TV shows here. I’m a fangirl at heart.


Currently obsessed with Lovelytheband, but I listen to a broad range of music. (This seems to be a theme for me!)

Food/Writing snack

Tim Hortons coffee and a butter croissant. Perfection!

Author Bio:
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens: INTERNET FAMOUS (Macmillan, 2017) and ALL THE FEELS (Macmillan, 2016); and adults THE DARK DIVIDE (Stonehouse, 2018) and EDGE OF WILD (Stonehouse, 2016).
Ms. Stone’s work has received both recognition and literary praise. In 2017, Chapters included EDGE OF WILD in “Our Favourite Canadian Fiction”, and INTERNET FAMOUS was nominated for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (2018) as well as selected as one of Fierce Reads’ “9 Perfect Summertime Reads” (2017). EDGE OF WILD (previously entitled TATHAGATA) was a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013), a finalist in the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize (2015), and took second place in the Publish or Perish contest (2015). ALL THE FEELS was selected for Swoon Reads’ fourth list (2015) and was nominated for YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (2016), and for CYBILS’ Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (2016).
Ms. Stone’s books have been reviewed by VOYA, Teen Reads, and School Library Journal. Danika has also featured in the BN Teen Blog, Clash, Quillable, Fierce Reads, Lethbridge Living Magazine, CJSR’s Word, and on CBC’s Daybreak.
When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.