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For the next installment of Inkitt’s author Q&A sessions, we chatted to DanniD! DanniD has given us some unique insight into her book, Broken Queen, which you can find on Inkitt’s sister app, Galatea. 

If you enjoy a great werewolf book, then this one’s for you.

Tell us about how Broken Queen first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

I had just decided to change the degree I was studying and found myself with a semester off. I binge read a bunch of werewolf books and found an idea forming. Broken Queen came to life after an all-day brainstorming session with my best friend. And before I knew it, Ariel was front and center in my mind as a bad ass girl who will do anything to realize her dreams (of being a warrior) and is fiercely protective of her friend, Amy, and her dad.

What are some comparison titles of books or movies similar to this book?

I’d say the character of Rose from Vampire Academy was a big inspiration for Ariel’s character. They’re both strong girls, they know what they want and will do anything to protect those they love. They also happen to share a thing for attractive guys! Ha! Ha!

Which character in your book do you like most and why?

It might be cliché, but Ariel is my favorite. She’s everything that I wish and strive to be. Her attitude of never giving up no matter how much life sucks or how many curveballs Fate seems eager to throw at you. Her ability to find love again even after being rejected by her “soulmate”. I tried to shape her character to be an inspiration to other girls out there, to anyone really, that you can realize your dreams no matter how big or small they are if you put your mind to it.

What is your favorite childhood book?

I mostly remember my mom and gran reading Noddy books when I was little; my dad even made me a Noddy inspired birthday cake once.

The classic Disney stories and nursery rhymes were also a big part of my childhood, The Little Mermaid is still one of my favorites.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known at the beginning of your writing/publishing journey?

I know now how to handle criticism. At the beginning, any negative comment about my grammar or writing style really did a number on me. Then I realized that I can’t let one bad comment out of a lot of good ones get me down. The comments on grammar made me go back and try to improve my English, as it’s my second language.

Picture this: You feel uninspired and you’ve sat at the computer for an hour without conquering any words. How do you get your creativity flowing?

Sometimes I go back to the beginning and reread what I’ve written to see if it sparks some inspiration. If that fails, I like to crank up some music and scroll through Pinterest to see if any writing prompts might jog my creativity. After spiraling down the Pinterest rabbit hole and still stuck on a blank screen, I’ll turn to my friends and throw some ideas around.

If you could take five things to a deserted island, what would you take?

  1. A tent, because my ever practical best friend forced me to put it on the list when I asked for advice. (Could I pack said best friend to keep me alive long enough to enjoy island life?)
  2. As many books as possible.
  3. Sun block because I turn into a crab after like ten minutes in the sun…
  4. Chocolate. So much chocolate!
  5. Probably a good idea to pack some clothes too.

Would you rather have a cat or dog? Why? 

Dogs definitely! I have grown up with dogs all my life and had an unfortunate incident where my cousins’ cat tried to scratch my eye out… So, I just admire a cat’s cuteness from a safe distance.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?

I wish I could be a chef, but I have this bad habit of cutting myself to the point where my gran won’t let me peel veggies anymore. I also love baking.

What is one of your favorite reader reviews on Galatea?

One of the readers said that Ariel is a real inspiration and that the reader strives to be as strong and focused as Ariel. It really hit me that people read my book and found something good and positive to take away from the story.

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