Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Street Team: Guest Post by Danika Stone, author of All the Feels

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

About the Author:

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 adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). 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. 

Top 5 Books You Wish You'd Written

When you’re a writer, you never stop reading. Every book you consume becomes a model for what your own writing could be. I read everything – thrillers to science fiction to young adult – and I take guidance from each one. Most of the time, I’m happy enough to just be a reader, but very once in a while, I read a book so AMAZING it leaves me desperately wishing I’d written it.

Here are five that I really hope, in some parallel universe, are mine:

1.      The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. There’s something incredibly powerful about a love story that doesn’t follow a conventional timeline, leaving readers to second-guess how things will work out. The story makes readers consider the moments that define us, and how we never really move on from some of them. An AMAZING book. Read it. Read it NOW.

2.      Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin. Okay, this whole series is incredible, but the first book is the only one I’ll grab for this list. Why? Because if I wrote the first one, I’d get to decide what happens for the rest! I’ll admit it. I mostly wish I’d written Game of Thrones so I could figure out if my own theories about the parentage of Jon Snow are right.

3.      The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. I love the entire trilogy but the first book (in my opinion) is a perfect novelization of a dystopian world. It narrowly edged out The Giver for this honor.

4.      The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood. This book is one of the few I was given to read in a university class and became absolutely fannish about. I love all of Atwood’s writing, but I think this one is probably my favorite.

5.      The Stand, Stephen King. I refuse to let myself reread this book because I’m terrified it won’t be as good as the first time I read it. I remember loving it so much I forced it on everyone I knew. (And didn’t lose too many friends because of it.) It takes the mythic structure and expands it into a post-apocalyptic world that seems disturbingly realistic. Definitely on my top five list of “books I wish I’d written”.

So how about you? What books do you wish YOU had written, and why? I want them on my to-be-read pile.

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1 comment:

  1. Love this guest post! Thanks for being a great SST member :)