Author Q & A

The questions and answers here were assembled from the best of author interviews, blog posts, etc.

How much does it matter that your characters are likable?

Dani: I write books that generally develop into larger casts of characters, so I end up with a mix of likable and unlikable characters. What makes them worth the read, in my opinion at least, is that they are interesting. And I’ve been surprised by what characters people thought were likable and which ones they love to hate. It’s such a matter of personal opinions, that it would be impossible to write a character that everyone likes. I think that going for relatable characters in compelling worlds/situations makes for the best sort of stories.

Is there an author or book that influenced you or your writing in any way growing up or as an adult?

Nevi: Mostly manga (Japanese graphic novels). The story telling from the Japanese culture is very different from what we’re used to in America, so it makes me look at characters and stories in a very different way. And I find the art to be inspiring for my work as well.

Dani: Definitely manga for me too. And, funny enough, lately I’ve been super into young adult fantasy novels. I love the shameless sense of adventure in them. Of course, I have to take this chance to mention my all time favorite books, the Marketplace series by Laura Antoniou, which shaped my idea of how sexuality is not defined with simple labels. I think it’s made me a more aware writer when it comes to erotic preferences in my characters and in myself. I read “The Slave” when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school and it changed my perception of what a book could be.

What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?

Dani: I actually still remember the moment I decided I wanted to be a writer. I had just started high school, and had always been a very avid reader. I was standing in the public library, trying to decide between new series to start reading and I had this epiphany moment where I thought “oh my God. Somebody has to write all these books. Lots of somebodies. I want to be one of those somebodies!” I’d been writing short stories, X-men fanfic and really crappy poetry before then but that’s the moment when I started writing original stories that I intended to turn into books. Not that I would use those now, but I still have nearly everything I wrote in HS and after. They’re a part of my history.

I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

Nevi: Side effects of knowing Dani may include: discovering your subconscious perversions, inconvenient erections, being used for manual labor and/or story material, uncontrollable laughter at your own expense.

Dani: This Nevi might contain: kitten-like cuteness, random baby dinosaur noises, unexpected kinks, subversive spiritual wisdom, and spontaneous musical numbers.


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