Friday, September 27, 2013

Author Interview: Daisy Whitney

Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can't help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world's greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they've ever known.

Like a master painter herself, Daisy Whitney brings inordinate talent and ingenuity to this romantic, suspenseful, and sophisticated new novel. A beautifully decorated package makes it a must-own in print.
Starry Nights was released earlier this month. How does it feel?  What's your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
It's surreal that a book I wrote and edited for two years is now finally on shelves and in eReaders and libraries! And that brings me to my favorite part of writing - connecting with readers who have
enjoyed your book!

What's your best advice for someone that wants to be a writer?
Read buckets. Write daily. Then edit voraciously! Revise and then revise again.

Name three things you loved about writing Starry Nights?

I love Paris, art and magic so Starry Nights was a complete joy to write given that it incorporates all three.

What's in your reading pile right now? Any recommendations or titles we should steer clear of?

I read a lot of YA, adult contemporary romance and new adult, so I plan on reading Working It by Kendall Ryan, If I Should Die by Amy Plum, and Off Chance by Sawyer Bennett.
You're both a writer, a journalist, a ghostwriter, a wife and mother. How do you juggle and manage it all?
I have a small fleet of chihuahuas that I have trained to write my novels. They help! But seriously, I don't know there is any magic formula except to just do it. Bills have a way of motivating me to work, and imagination motivates me to write fiction, and my family is awesome, so I am grateful for the juggling involved.
How did you get into ghostwriting? What's your favorite thing about it?

The ghostwriting I do is on the non-fiction side, and that stemmed from my work as a reporter. I enjoy helping my ghostwriting clients succeed in reaching their business objectives.
Any books in the works at the moment? If so, care to share any teasers or hints on what your readers and fans can expect and look forward to?
I am working on another magical realism novel for Fall 2014 from Bloomsbury, a contemporary romance called 21 Kisses for Winter 2015, also with Bloomsbury, and a middle grade novel for Fall 2014 from Spencer Hill Press.
If you could travel anywhere you wanted, where would you go and why? if you could only bring three things with you, what would they be and why?

Fiji. London. Prague. I've never been to London, Prague sounds like a fairytale, and Fiji seems blissful. I would bring an eReader, a toothbrush, and fresh clothes :)
About the Author:

By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE releases in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013. When Daisy's not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found somewhere north of San Francisco walking her adorable dog, watching online TV with her fabulous husband or playing with her fantastic kids. A graduate of Brown University, she believes in shoes, chocolate chip cookies and karma. 

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