Friday, October 11, 2019

Author Interview: S. Daniels

Happy Friday, Writing Desk Readers!

It's time for the latest Writing Desk Blog Author Interview! Today I'm joined by Seraphina Rising author S. Daniels. In case you missed Wednesday's (10/09/19) Get to Know the Author post, you can find Daniels' bio and links to her online platforms there.

Photo provided by: S. Daniels


Writing Desk Blog: Welcome S. Daniels to the Writing Desk Blog! Thank you for joining me today.
Your latest novel, Seraphina Rising, was just released on 15 September 2019. If you had to pick three words to best describe Seraphina Rising, what would they be?  

S. Daniels: National best seller…LOL  Enthralling. Creepy. Magical.


WDB: Seraphina Rising is not your typical mermaid tale. It’s filled with warriors and tensions between the people above and below the water’s surface. Was there something in particular that inspired this story? 

SD: I saw a commercial  on TV with water splashing on a rocky coastline, and it sparked the idea.  It didn’t feel tranquil but aggressive and harsh with the water crashing into the rocks breaking them into jagged pieces.  I thought of warrior mermaids.  My imagination took over from there.


WDB: The cover for this book is exquisite! Can you tell us, did a specific artist create it for you, or did you go through a design company?

SD: I used my sketch of Seraphina the main character for inspiration.  I sent it to Dane at eBook Launch along with details and specifics of what I wanted it to look and feel like.  He and his team created it for me and I think it's amazing.  I was impressed with how they captured the Auraya, a design that’s etched into the skin around their eye that glows revealing  their mood.


WDB: Has you experience primarily been with traditional or indie/self-publishing? What made you choose your preferred avenue? 

SD: Indie.  I like the idea of being in control of the process and all of the design elements.  I like to be in control of my creation from start to finish.


WDB: Are you a plotter or pantser? Do you have a specific planning style you use when writing, or do you prefer to let things flow more naturally?

SD: Most definitely a pantser.  I like to see where my book takes me.  For instance I knew Seraphina would stop the consumption of man flesh but I didn’t know she would rise to power.


WDB: These next questions are ones I like to ask in each Writing Desk Blog interview, it’s so interesting to see the range of responses I get!

What is your favorite method for connecting with readers and other writers? Social media, conferences, meet-ups, or a combination? 

SD:  Social Media.  I can engage with fellow writers as well as readers in real time.  The indie author community on Instagram, twitter and Facebook are supportive and helpful.  I've made wonderful friends and acquaintances.


WDB: Where do you typically work from? (Home, office, coffee shop, etc.) Is there any place you find you're more productive than others? 

SD: While writing Seraphina Rising I was extremely productive working at 5am at home.  I would also spend time at Starbucks and Barnes and Noble but recently I have switched it up to the local art museum.  Being a lover of art I find it soothing and inspirational; time itself seems to be an illusion there.


WDB: If you are able to tell us, what’s next for you? Will we be seeing another book set in Seraphina’s world, or something different?

SD: I am not sure about Seraphina’s world yet.  I definitely left it open for the possibility of a sequel.  No story truly has an end.  Right now I am re-writing my first trilogy Magic Hour.


WDB: Best piece(s) of writing advice? 

SD: Write. Write. Write.  Put your story on paper.  You can sort it out later.  Do not hold back.  Write like only you will read it.


WDB: Something about you that people may be surprised to know? 

SD: I had the opportunity to be a Runway model in Europe.


S. Daniels also shared some of her own sketches of her characters! These were part of the inspiration for the cover of Seraphina Rising.

Sketch by: S. Daniels
Sketch by: S. Daniels

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Get to Know the Author: S. Daniels

This month's author interview will be here before you know it! Before my chat with S. Daniel's goes live on Friday, let's get to know her a little better.

Photo provided by: S. Daniels

Author Bio:

S. Daniels was born and raised in Central Florida where she still resides with her husband. When she is not writing she lets her creativity flow through her artwork. She has fun drawing and bringing the characters from her books to life. She is an avid reader and loves all varieties of books.

Photo provided by: S. Daniels

Keep Up with S. Daniels:

Instagram: @author_sdaniels
Goodreads: S. Daniels

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Coming Soon: An Interview with Author S. Daniels

Happy October, Writing Desk Readers!

(If you didn't already know, this is my favorite time of year! I'll be mentioning it frequently, so strap in.)

I am pleased to announce that author S. Daniels will be joining me for an interview!

Interview Date: 11 October 2019

Photo provided by: S. Daniels

I'm excited to be back in the swing of things with the Writing Desk interview series! Stay tuned this week for more information about S. Daniels and her latest book, Seraphina Rising, as we countdown to our interview.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I Am Now in the Query Trenches!

Like the title says, my book Apparition is now out on query to literary agents!

I'm submitting my queries to the agents I met at the 2019 Writing Workshop of Chicago, as well as agents I've researched on my own who might be interested in my book. If anyone is interested in how I looked at each agent and logged my results to determine who I would query, let me know!

As any writer who has been through this process knows, it's largely a waiting game right now. But that doesn't mean I'll be sitting idly by while I wait to hear back. It's time to finalize my Save the Cat! beat sheet and outline for the sequel to Apparition!

Now, since I borrowed the use of the term "query trenches" from her, here's some more in-depth query advice from Kim Chance:

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Featured Post: How I Read: A History - Samantha Bryant

How I Read: A History 

I've been a reader since before I learned how. When I was a little kid, I memorized my favorite books down to the page turns, so I had my grandmother convinced I could read when I was three.

I couldn't.

I just knew which words went with which pictures.

It's been a while since I memorized a book, but reading is still a huge part of my life. I thought it might be fun to look back over a history of my reading life.

Original post date: September 26, 2018

Thursday, August 29, 2019


The rewrite of Tom's Story - now tentatively titled Apparition - is DONE!

I had a major Joan Wilder moment!

Officially, I finished on Monday, but I gave myself a couple of days to decompress and just enjoy the fact that this book is actually complete after a massive plot overhaul that forced me to basically rewrite the entire thing.
When one of my fantastic editors/beta readers suggested I move my deadline up by one week, I won't lie, I thought she had to be kidding.

As it turned out, she wasn't.

More importantly, she was right. Moving that date up was the push I needed to buckle down and finish.

I'm celebrating by spending the weekend with a friend!

Final edits start on Monday, and then off my manuscript goes to the agents I met at the 2019 Chicago Writing Workshop!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Featured Post: What It’s Like to Be On Sub - Lyn Fairchild Hawks

What It’s Like to Be On Sub

What’s it like to have your manuscript on submission to publishers? How do you make it through the process?

This is the third time I’ve been “on sub.” No Small Thing is circulating to a select group of editors, thanks to the pitch work of Tara Gelsomino, my agent.

I’m sharing this because I believe it “pays” to be transparent–to tell the truth of your experience out of a spirit of abundance. There’s room enough for everyone. And yes, I say that even though the very experience I’m about to describe is indeed built on a scarcity model...

Original post date: August 10, 2019