I’m over at The Serpent’s Quill for a VERY extensive interview. Alek was one of the lucky few who got a paperback STOLEN SONGBIRD ARC, so he knows all the best questions to ask. He did ask me who I’d want cast if my book were ever made into a movie, but I turned the question back on him, and he offered up some pretty great suggestions. The comment section of his blog is open to anyone wanted to voice their opinions 🙂
Thanks to Michelle4Laughs for inviting me over for a guest blog post.
“My first true love was fantasy fiction, and I fell for it at an early age. Both my parents were (and are) big readers, but my dad especially influenced my love of the genre. He read to me every night when I was young, but by the time I’d reached the second grade, he’d gotten sick of kid books and decided it was time to expand my mind with bigger and better stuff. I’d get about a chapter a night (although I always begged for more), and he began with Watership Down (talking bunnies is fantasy, right?), but then quickly moved on to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, followed by a swath of David Eddings (The Belgariad, The Mallorean, and The Elenium). A few things came from my nightly listening: an appreciation for Gollum impressions, the (secret) desire to become a pickpocket, and a massive crush on Sparhawk. But what really stuck with me was my fascination with the idea of alternate worlds, and how within them, there were no limitations.
That fascination never really left me; and fast-forward a couple decades later to when I started writing novels, it was that sort of fantasy where I finally found my footing. Which brings us, I suppose, to my novel STOLEN SONGBIRD, which will be coming out into the world April 1.
So this book I wrote, what genre is it?
When I was looking for an agent, I described it rather generally as “fantasy, with a romantic element.” I was reluctant to be more specific, because truthfully, I wasn’t exactly certain how to classify my novel. It takes place in an alternate world, which according to the ever-reliable source, Wikipedia, makes it High Fantasy. But calling it that felt a bit too grand. Epic Fantasy? That’s certainly how most people choose to classify it, but it has never felt quite right to me either, given that the cast isn’t that large and there is no quest or lengthy journey. So where does Stolen Songbird fit? Maybe it doesn’t fit perfectly into any category, but that’s okay. One of the best things about writing for the YA market is that, just like fantasy, there are no limitations.”
I have really exciting news that I have been dying to share! I have signed a 3-book deal with Amanda Rutter at Strange Chemistry. My debut YA fantasy novel, STOLEN SONGBIRD, will be published in early 2014. A special thanks to my wonderful agent, Tamar, who pushed me through more rounds of revisions than I care to count and then negotiated this fantastic deal.
“Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, is delighted to announce the signing of Danielle Jensen, in a three-book World English Rights deal concluded by Strange Chemistry’s editor Amanda Rutter and Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.
The first of the three books is called Stolen Songbird and will be published by Strange Chemistry in early 2014.
About Stolen Songbird
Trolls are said to love gold. They are said to live underground and hate humans, perhaps even eat them. They are said to be evil. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and sold to the trolls, she finds out that there is truth in the rumours, but there is also so much more to trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus, the city she hadn’t even known existed under Forsaken Mountain: escape. But the trolls are inhumanly strong. And fast. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something strange happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall in love with the handsome, thoughtful troll prince that she has been bonded and married to. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll/part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter from Goshawk’s Hollow. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch.
Danielle Jensen said: “I am beyond excited to begin work on the trilogy with Amanda and everyone else at Strange Chemistry. It is a dream come true to see my novels on their way to publication.”
Strange Chemistry Editor Amanda Rutter said: “Stolen Songbird simply stole my breath and my heart as I was reading it. I’ve always loved fantasy novels, and this book feels like an absolute classic in the making. For Strange Chemistry to be the home of this trilogy is a great honour!” ”