Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: 56k words
Answers that she must find… A truth that he can’t escape…And ghosts up to no good…
Being a demi-god has its privileges. For the young nymph, Starling Jackson, it means the gift of seduction and more than that—near immortality. Yet, when her life is filled with spirits, immortality may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
With the help of her bodyguard, Jasper Gray, and secret books left to her by her late-mother’s friend, she may have found the answer to all of her problems. First, they must find a way to locate the books in their enemy’s hotbed all while staying safe and most importantly—without falling in love.
In the battles between the head and the heart and enemies and friends, tough decisions must be faced—and sacrifices made.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I always loved writing, but was told at an early age that no one could do such a crazy thing and make a living. As a result I tried many things where (you may have guessed this) I spent a great deal of my time writing, after high school I received a scholarship for some of my writing, and then got my degree from the University of Montana.
It wasn’t until I was a mom and had gone through a bout of cancer that I decided that this was what I truly wanted—I wanted to contribute and make others happy. Elizabeth Lowell said it best, “I write easy books for people with tough lives.”
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
This took a long time. I was actually a published author with magazine work and a children’s book and even then I didn’t see myself as a professional writer, rather as a hobbyist. It wasn’t until my second novel was in print that I finally saw myself as a professional.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
My first novel didn’t get published! It was an absolute mess. I think this is normal for most authors. What it did teach me was that this was something I loved and needed to pursue—and it lit a fire for me to go out, meet authors, take classes, and improve my craft.
My second novel only took a few months to get picked up by five different publishers (I learned my lesson in sending simultaneous queries). Now, about 14 books later, that novel makes me cringe… In five years I have learned so much.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I actually was an assistant editor for a publishing house until this spring. I’m now opening a company called Self-Publishing Services LLC with several other bestselling and award-winning authors. We are going to help any and all writers publish their books in an environment where they have control over their work and where they can order only the services they need (many authors just need a cover or perhaps formatting services). Unlike many self-publishing companies, we take no royalties from our authors. We’re officially launching in September, but we are already busy with authors who are working with us.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Savannah Sacrifice is a fast-paced, ghost riddled quest in which Starling Jackson learns truths, lies, secrets, and (most importantly) about herself.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
This book is published by Crimson Romance, but I’m a hybrid author (I have a novel that I will be self-publishing Fall of 2014).
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends on the book, but it can take anywhere from three to six months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
In the future, I will be writing more romantic suspense books, but I have two more paranormal works waiting in the wings.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I love working outside when the weather is nice, but as a mom I have to admit that I write whenever and wherever I can. I’m the crazy mom who sits in the parking lot of the school and works. I have learned to ‘steal’ minutes whenever I can.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do. I like to hear what people are saying and what they have enjoyed about a book. These often help me decide where I will take the next installment.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I normally have a character in my mind and/or mapped out on paper, but they usually end up still surprising me as I write.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
There are always hidden facts and meanings in my books. ;) In Savannah Sacrifice I hint quite a bit in Latin.
Your favorite food is?
Chocolate… anything chocolate.
Your favorite singer/group is?
I like to write to Emile Pandolfi, but I’m pretty eclectic in my musical taste.
Your favorite color is?
Danica Winters is a bestselling author of over ten books. She has won multiple awards and is known for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the 2013 Paranormal Romance Guild’s Book of the Year Award and currently a finalist in the Chanticleer Reviews and Media Paranormal Book of the Year competition for her paranormal romantic suspense novel, Montana Mustangs.
When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.