Getting Geeky with It! - Why Danika Writes Geeky Stories +GIVEAWAY



Danika Stone is back with another adorable and geeky contemporary that is the perfect read for summer. All the Feels and Internet Famous both take place within geek culture so we were curious as to how she ended up writing the perfect geek story!


Why I Write Geeky Books

I’ve often been asked why I write books that take place so much online. The answer, for me, is obvious. That’s the place that many teens ‘live’. Their phones are their digital homes. When they talk to their friends, it isn’t on a hardwired telephone, it’s through snapchat, twitter, texting, and the endless social media forums that fill the net. I want my stories to show those conversations teens have with honesty. I want to validate that experience for the reader. And, as an adult writer of YA fiction, I want to represent the vibrant communities that exist for teens outside of adult involvement. 

For me, the internet is just as real as any imagined backdrop you might see in another story.

The argument I’ve heard against writing geeky books is that somehow I’m limiting my writing to a certain time period, as if a teen ten years from now won’t be able to find connection to a book that takes place on an obsolete forum I’ve described. I disagree! I think of how many current YA books I’ve read that disregard current technology altogether. Books where, without explanation, no teen uses their phone at all. (How unreal is that?!) 

I also think of the older books that still circulate in libraries today. (Pride and Prejudice anyone?) The correspondence in those cases is archaic. But if I can read books from decades or centuries ago and still ‘get’ them, then I’d argue that my geeky books will last too.

Fandom, nerdom, geekdom - whatever you want to call it – is my place in the world. It’s how I see myself and how I interact (and flail!) with my fellow fangirls. I want to write stories that matter to the young people I see in those fandoms. Geeky stories are just as important as the stories of prom queens and quarterbacks… and yet they’re far less common in literature. Those quiet, introverted teens who find that they can express themselves better online than they can in real life deserve to have their adventures, too. 

So why do I write geeky books? Because that’s MY place, and it’s the place for millions of other online and digitally-connected teens. I want to share the stories that take place online with readers everywhere so that – even if the reader isn’t a geek – they can experience that life too.


Internet Famous
Danika Stone
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 6th 2017
Can an online romance survive in real life?
Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. Even Madi’s dismal romantic life seems ready to take off as Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!) starts flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies.
Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything―and everyone―she loves?



Author Bio:
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 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.
The first book in Danika’s upcoming Tathagata series (Edge of Wild) was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013). Edge of Wild (Stonehouse CA) will be released March 2016. Danika’s YA novel, All the Feels (Macmillan US), will be released June 2016.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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5 comments:

  1. Great review, Christy! This sounds like a fun, cute read. And I totally agree about tech in books - make it believable!

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  2. I love this explanation for why she writes books that take place online! I love that she's embracing that culture and not shaming kids for how our society is today. Thanks for this post!

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  3. Love this topic for a guest post. Great getting the author's perspective, and she makes some excellent points.

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  4. I really like the author's explanation. When I used to see references to social media and other "current trends" in books, I always wished that the author didn't "date" their book, so to speak, because these things are constantly changing. A lot of authors also use references to fandoms that not *everyone* is familiar with ...Walking Dead, Friends, Supernatural, etc, as well as current songs, singers, and bands.
    This used to worry me and I always thought they were really limiting partly their audience, but mainly the shelf life (no pun intended) of their work. But then I realized that I've read a lot of classics and there are things that aren't the norm now, but I'm still able to figure them out (well, usually). And, if we have almighty Google now, I'm sure the future will have something equivalent if not way better.
    That said, having a high profile life with the internet age would be a stressful thing, so I'm interested to see how the story unfolds. Thanks for hosting!

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