Everyone welcome, Danielle Gavan
. Hi Danielle
and thank you for speaking with us today. Why not grab a cup of coffee and tell the readers something about Danielle
Danielle, what an unusual website; I really love the butterfly. I like the way you have it constructed.
Thanks Linda. The butterflies tie in with my next book, Cassiela, which is due for release in July, 2011.
Why not begin with you telling us about your latest release? The readers are eager to hear about your book.
Sure. Ardeur is about a spunky, sarcastic, Canadian woman who believes she is a necromancer because of her power over the dead. She is sold to a group of terrorists and possessed by a Chaos demon as a child. Years after her possession, Ardeur escapes and sets out to find Brody, her childhood hero. They find themselves at Mount Angel Abbey and love blossoms despite the Angel of Death's interference. Crafty s.o.b. that he is, Death offers Ardy freedom from her demon but leaves out the fine print on their deal…she has to break the bond created between them or become a Reaper. Ardeur and Brody work together to break the bond but Death has other plans.
You'll have to read the book to find out if they succeed.
How do you compose your stories? Do you go with the flow or have notes in hand?
I am very much a go with the flow writer. Ideas come to me in the strangest places and I've learned to take them as they come. Mostly, I'll be in the middle of shampooing my hair and BAM! I'm hurrying through the rest of my shower so that I can go and write down the fabulous brainstorm before I forget it.
If you were given the opportunity to become ruler of any country, which country would you choose and why?
Scotland, and my only subjects would be Gerard Butler with a side of Travis Flimmel and Alex O'Laughlin.
How many hours a day do you spend composing?
Hmm, that varies depending on what's going on that day. During the week I might spend three to four hours working on various projects. On weekends, I have a bit more free time and spend upwards of five hours per day at my keyboard.
Have you ever completely finished a book then suddenly decided you wanted to change the ending? Either on one you have written or one you have read?
That a tough one. I can honestly say that Ardeur ended exactly the way it was supposed to end. The ending for Cassiela, which is already written, wasn't what I expected it to be and may change as I write more of the chapters leading up to it.
As for books I've read, I can't recall one particular book for which I'd change the ending.
Are you an organized person?
For the most part, yes, but my kids are fantastic at throwing wrenches in my plans. My files and emails are all organized to the nth degree because they have to be. I have several projects on the go at once and I'm a contributor to three group blogs. If I'm not organized things go missing and chaos ensues.
Are you the type of individual who gets weepy at the end of a good movie, or a sad movie, or do you just stay neutral through it all?
I'm definitely a weepy mess at the end of a sad movie. If I'm neutral through the first 20 minutes of a movie, it gets turned off and I find something else.
What is your favorite part of the book, the beginning, the middle or the end?
The middle, absolutely. You're pretty much guaranteed a happy ending when reading romance novels so it's the middle part, the getting there, that is the best to read.
If you could be a character in any Disney Movie, which movie would you choose?
I'd have to say Snow White because, really, what woman doesn't want seven men at her beck and call?
You are on a picnic, which do you go for first, hot dog or hamburgers?
No brainer, hamburgers with thick crispy bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup and mayo. Mmmm…what time's dinner again?
If you were given a choice to spend a day at the spa, or have a maid for a day, which would you choose?
Well, if the maid was Travis Fimmel, naked with one of those frilly maid aprons on…then I'd say maid. Otherwise, spa, please!
You have been chosen to be on the Food Network, with one of the Chefs. Who would you choose to cook with or have a throwdown with and what would you choose to prepare?
I would choose to prepare my chocolate brownie cheesecake with Robert Irvine. You can't get much better than chocolate cheesecake; brownies and a muscle bound man with a fabulous English accent.
, can you give the readers your website, blog, myspace, or Facebook, so they can visit and get to know more about Danielle
Absolutely! My website and there are links to my Facebook as well as all of the blogs that I contribute to on the Contact page. Readers, and other writers, are welcome to contact me via email as well.
Thank you so much for spending the morning with us, Danielle
. I have certainly enjoyed the time we shared. I wish you much success with your stories.
Thanks for having me by this morning. It was my pleasure and I hope you'll have me back when Cassiela releases this spring/summer.
Interviewed by: Linda L.