Danielle’s debut novel is due for release (and may well be ‘out’ by the time you read this!). Welcome, Danielle, and thanks for treading the boards with us today!
Thank you Susanne for having me on your blog!
1. Are you inspired most by places, people or experiences and how do these work their way into your writing?
I find inspiration everywhere. Sometimes it is difficult to shut it off! My story ideas usually start with a piece of music or particular song that I’ve heard either on the radio or my iPod where I can hear characters talking to me. Then I’ll start looking at images of places or people that I feel fit the story and so using a combination of all of these I start writing. There are so many stories in songs that all have incredible tales to tell!
2. How do you come up with your characters’ names?
I would like to say they have special meaning or I named them after friends, but when it comes to character names, Google is my friend.
3. Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?
Being my first published novel, I am yet to receive a negative review, although it’s only a matter of time. I only hope that I can look at it objectively and not take it to heart and perhaps learn from it and use it to improve my writing.
4. What do you need to set the mood for you to write?
An empty house, no children, all my favourite music, a 250g block of mint aero and a 2 litre bottle of coca cola! Unfortunately though, this perfect storm happens rarely and often find myself writing with a baby in one arm, writing with the other, yelling at my 2 year old to stop throwing food on the floor while watching In The Night Garden.
5. If there is one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing a book in that specific genre, what would it be?
I would love to try my hand at historical fiction. Some of my favourite books are of this genre and I love history, especially medieval and British history. Real people and their stories back in those eras are so fascinating and larger than life. My favourite historical fiction author would have to be Phillipa Gregory, the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and the White Queen.
6. How many blurbs did you have to write before the final one?
I hate writing the blurb. For some reason I find this one of the most difficult things to do. How do you sum your novel up into 200 words and get readers to connect with your novel! I ended up with roughly 4 or 5 drafts before the final blurb and it was then changed slightly by the publisher as well!
7. What are you working on now?
I have started work on Book 2 of the Erlanis Chronicles which takes place six months after the end of Of Fire & Roses. It continues Nate’s path and his obsession like passion for Cora. We also get to see things through Cora’s eyes, her fear of losing the man she loves while coming to terms with her heritage. There is also a healthy dose of dark magic in there as well.
The other project I am really excited about is a book based in Japanese mythology. It is the story of Michio Hunter, who, after a traumatic event travels to Japan to stay with relatives and hopefully find himself again. He meets Reika, the ghost of a Japanese girl who is trapped between worlds. Michio must go to the Underworld and pass the trials to be able to rescue Reika’s soul. Michio finds himself falling for Reika but how do you love a ghost?
8. Would you like to share an excerpt from your writing or a photo or music link that inspires you?
Danielle Belwater adores the concept of true love and truly believes everyone has their Prince Charming or Snow White out there somewhere, even if they have to fight demons, ghosts, and wizards to find it.
Danielle has been having a love affair with words since she was young and in primary school, writing some rather imaginative tales. This love has followed her into adulthood.
She lives in rural South Australia with her husband, young daughters and way too many animals to mention. She spends most of her time dreaming up characters, stories, ghostly tales, and watching Firefly re-runs. She also cooks the odd meal for her family to avoid them looking like skeletons at official author functions!
Danielle is passionate about reading and her interests include pretty much anything with words from rolling four volume epics to the daily newspaper.