Be Scared - Interview w/ Danielle Rollins +GIVEAWAY

Danielle Rollins (aka Danielle Vega) is a queen of YA mystery. The Merciless is sure to scare the pants off you! Her latest book, Breaking, is headed out into the world and we caught up with her to pick her brain!

Interview with Danielle Rollins

Breaking is a companion novel for Burning. What was the process like to write these two stories compared to writing a sequel? Are there things people absolutely need to know from Burning in order to crack the puzzle in Breaking? 

BREAKING is can be read directly after reading BURNING, almost like a sequel, or it can be read on its own with absolutely no knowledge of the events of BURNING. A few characters overlap between the two books, but otherwise the stories are entirely their own. 

With BREAKING, I wanted to write a story set in the same world as BURNING, but that stood on its own. I wanted to dig deeper into some of the themes I set up with my first book, but tell them from another angle. In many ways, Angela (from BURNING) and Charlotte (from BREAKING) are complete opposites. 

Angela is poor and serving time in juvenile detention, while Charlotte is rich and attending an elite private school. But I think their stories mirror each other in ways that might surprise the reader. Both girls feel trapped and desperate. Talk to us about Charlotte. What motivates her through the story? 
Who is she really? 

Charlotte is a self-identified “nice girl.” She sees herself as meek and boring, and unworthy of the sort of attention her two best friends—both of whom are daring and beautiful—have always received. When she starts developing strange abilities, she loses her sense of self and spirals a bit. That’s the major theme throughout BREAKING: are we just the stories we tell ourselves? Or are we something more? 

You've written several mystery/thrillers. If you could never write in this genre again, what genre would you write in? 

Epic action adventure! In fact, I just finished writing a book that my agent calls FIREFLY meets DR. WHO, about a ragtag group of time travellers. It’s called DARK STARS, and it’s coming out in 2019. 

What's one piece of advice you'd give to someone trying to plan a mystery story for teens? 

Get really good at structuring your novel! Really, there’s no way to write a mystery without an insanely strong sense of plot and structure. If this is the genre you want to write in, do yourself a favor and start studying up, now! 

In fact, I’m running a how to on structure on social media, so check it out @vegarollins 

Where did the titles for Burning and Breaking originate from

Oof. My brain? I’m terrible at titles so when one just comes to me, I immediately email it to myself so I don’t forget. These titles sort of just…appeared?

by Danielle Rollins
Pub. Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Find it: Amazon, B&N. TBD, iBooks, Goodreads

Companion novel to Burning.

Prep school gets a twist of supernatural suspense in this commercial YA thriller.

Charlotte has always been content in the shadow of her two best friends at the prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute. Ariel is daring and mysterious. Devon is beautiful and brilliant. Although Charlotte never lived up to the standards of the school—or her demanding mother—her two best friends became the family she never had. When Ariel and Devon suddenly commit suicide within a month of each other, Charlotte refuses to accept it as a coincidence. But as the clues point to a dangerous secret about Underhill Prep, Charlotte is suddenly in over her head. There’s a reason the students of Underhill are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth…

Suspenseful and scintillating, with hints of the supernatural, this fast-paced thriller will keep readers hooked.

About Danielle:

Author of the best-selling MERCILESS series, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, BURNING, and BREAKING. I'm currently working on the last installment of the Merciless books, & starting a new series to be announced later this year.

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5/29/2017- The Cover ContessaInterview
5/29/2017- A Dream Within A DreamReview
5/30/2017- YA Books CentralGuest Post
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5/31/2017- Sweet Southern HomeReview
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