June 13, 2016

All the Feels Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

All the Feels
Author: Danika Stone
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads


College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

A Day in the (Writing) Life of Danika Stone 

I’m a reliable writer. I don’t get writer’s block, simply because I don’t slow down long enough to feel it. My friends like to tease me that this is because I’m a robot. My husband claims I steal his time. The answer is a lot less scifi. I have a schedule and I stick with it. Keep in mind fifty thousand words can happen as slowly or as quickly as you take… but it still will happen.

Here’s a look into my daily writing schedule and how I keep those words rolling.

1. 5:30 a.m.: Social Media and Email time. Sorry. There’s no getting around this one. I’m up early, and there’s a reason for it. I want to connect with people on the West coast, and that means being awake when they are. I wake up and check emails / tweets before I get out of bed.

2. 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Work for my mortgage. Like many writers, I have a second “real” job too. Mine is as a New Media instructor and I barely have time to sit down during this time.

3. 11:00 a.m. – noon: WRITE LIKE MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. When I have time to write, that’s EXACTLY what I do. There’s no fooling around and no procrastinating. My lunch hour is a power-house of writing.

4. Noon to 8:00 p.m.: Work for my dinner. Afternoons are even busier than mornings, and I rarely get anything done other than keeping my head above water. After work it’s family stuff and life things, until finally…

5. 8:00 p.m.: Major WRITING TIME! My kids have a pretty early bedtime which means that I get a pretty decent amount of time in after they’ve gone to bed to write. The amount of time flexes, depending on what I’m doing. If I’m in the middle of a book, I sometimes go until eleven, but most often, I write solidly for an hour or two.

In all, those two to three solid hours a day build up very quickly. I often sneak in more – when I’m dropping kids off for sports, I’ll bring along a moleskine and jot down ideas – but there are also months at a time when I write significantly less. Like any other schedule, the whole point is to get in a habit. Mine is solidly in favor of writing. And the more you write, the more likely you are to succeed at it. I think that’s a pretty good philosophy!

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Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series, Edge of Wild and Ctrl Z) and teens (Icarus, and All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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