Behind Our New Obsession: Danielle L. Jensen

Behind My New Obsession:

As you guys should know, I recently read Stolen Songbird by the amazing Danielle L. Jensen. And I just had to get to know the author behind my new obsession (which is a new segment where I do interviews with authors or bloggers, or anyone book related).

My Interview:

Gracie: How did you come up with Stolen Songbird?

Danielle Jensen: Stolen Songbird was somewhat inspired by a dream I had about a city covered by rubble, but mostly it came swimming out of my imagination.

G: What was your writing process?

DLJ: I wrote Stolen Songbird while I was both going to university full time and working full time at night. So I mostly worked on it whenever I had the chance.

G: How did you come up with the characters background story?

DLJ: Their background stories grew with the novel. I don’t outline the plot or the characters before I start, so each character’s history develops as I write.

G: How did you come up with the character names?

DLJ: French baby name websites for first names, and Wikipedia articles on French aristocracy for surnames and titles.

G: Did you have a different ending for Stolen Songbird?

DLJ: Stolen Songbird was originally one chapter shorter. My agent had me add the last chapter to make it somewhat less of a cliffhanger.

G: What is your favorite book store? And why?

DLJ: I’m Canadian, so I primarily shop at Chapters because there is one very close to my house.
G: What is your favorite book?

DLJ: Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

G: Did you imagine your book being this popular?

DLJ: To be a writer, you have to have a vivid imagination. Dream big.

G: What did you feel like when you were nominated for a GoodReads Choice Award? And how did you react when you found out?

DLJ: I woke up the morning the nominations were announced and saw a bunch of tweets from fans in Indonesia telling me about it. I hadn’t gotten out of bed or had any coffee, so I was pretty stunned. The first thing I did was text my mom.

G: What is the geekest thing about you?

DLJ: My inner geek peeks out at the most unexpected times.

G: Now that you’re famous, do you have any advice for future writers?

DLJ: Haha, I don’t think I’m famous. Yet… Publishing is a really tough business, and to succeed, you need to be able to keep hustling despite rejection and disappointment. Write as much as you can. Seek out as much critique as you can find. And LISTEN to those critiques.

G: What can we expect for Hidden Huntress?

DLJ: Hidden Huntress is different than Stolen Songbird – it’s quite a bit darker. So prepare yourself for that!

About My New Obsession:

So you guys need to know about the book behind my obsession.


Title:Stolen Songbird
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy
Publication Date: April 1st 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry

For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy…

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. 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. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

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