Hi friends! With just three weeks to go until Once Upon a Name is released into the world (so exciting!), I wanted to introduce you to another of my fabulous coauthors.
Dani Hoots is a science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult author who loves anything with a story.
Keep reading to find out all about Dani’s books, and her upcoming story in OUAN.
Hi Dani, welcome to my blog! Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I am Dani Hoots and I am a YA sci fi and fantasy author with over 20 books published. I live in Arizona with my husband where we spend our time hiking and finding new bookstores to check out and restaurants to eat at. I love manga and anime and learning new recipes.
Reading and eating, my two favourite pastimes! When did you start writing and what inspired you?
I started writing when I was very young. I always loved stories and wanted to create my own.
I can totally see little Dani reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and dreaming up her own version! What are some of your favourite tropes?
The punk boy with a soft heart. Also the badass female lead who doesn’t stick to gender norms. Enemies to lovers is also a fav.
Those are such good ones! I’m a big enemies to lovers fan too, and who doesn’t love a tough female main character? Tell us about your first published book, or your favourite or most recent release.
It’s not my first book published, but the first book I ever wrote and finished was The Quest and although my newest book always ends up being my favorite, I really love that one and it is dear to my heart.
That’s so heartwarming, it’s a really special moment when you finish a book and this just shows how important that feeling of achievement can be. Where do you find inspiration for your characters or settings?
For The Quest, I think I was inspired by some dreams I had when I was in high school, along with actors/actresses. I always end up getting inspired by some actor/actress and make up a story for them. For The Quest it was Anna Van Hooft and Taylor Kitsch.
I can definitely see that, I probably did the same and just never wrote my imaginings down. Are you a plotter, pantser or plantser?
Plantser! I make some outlines and then let the characters go like squirrels.
Haha! That’s a brilliant image. Those pesky plot bunnies are definitely nothing like nice little ducks that will sit in a row! So, what are you working on right now?
I am working on the next books of my City of Kaus series.
I’m excited for that, Revenge has such a cool concept and is a really fresh take on the space western genre. I loved Firefly and your City of Kaus series gives me serious Firefly vibes! What one piece of advice would you give aspiring authors?
Keep writing and don’t listen to people who say you can’t do it. You can and you will. Also take some marketing classes.
I completely agree! Especially on the marketing classes. Just kidding, but my day job as a marketer has definitely come in handy as an indie author!
Thank you so much for chatting with me today, Dani! Before I let you get back to creating worlds, how can we find out more about you and your books?
- Visit Dani’s Website: www.danihoots.com
- Signup to Dani’s newsletter: https://BookHip.com/MZQGXKH
- Follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/danihootsauthor
- Like her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/danihootsauthor
- Join her Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/danihootsfangroup/
- And subscribe to her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/danihoots
Which of Dani’s books are you going to read first? I have to admit, I’m torn between Trapped in Wonderland, Revenge, and Endangered! All of Dani’s covers are just so gorgeous, I’m going to need them all.
You can support both me and Dani by buying our anthology, Once Upon a Name, which comes out on 20 April and all profits go to Book Aid International.