Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author featuring Dani Hoots

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Dani Hoots! Her book, Revenge (City of Klaus Book 1) released on November 16th 2021.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a Capricorn and live in Arizona where I am very active in the local YA community. I also run an apothecary called Fox Craft Apothecary. In my spare time, if that is a thing, I am practicing the bagpipes, taiko, or drawing. I also do a bit of cross stitch and love to hike, sew, or find some new shiny thing to learn. If I had to pick between vampires and werewolves, I would pick vampires. If I had to pick between anything, it would be vampires even if it wasn’t a choice. My favorite books are the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris, Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn, Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely, and Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since middle school and publishing since 2014.

Describe a typical writing day.

I wake up, cuddle my cat for a bit, and get ready for the day. Then I write in the morning from about 10 to 1pm. If I have an outline done, I can typically write a chapter or two in that time, but if I don’t, then I am either outlining, researching, or worldbuilding. The rest of the day I spend writing for HerbalGram or making tea for my apothecary. I am also an artist, so there is some drawing in there, along with practicing bagpipes, taiko, and Swedish.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes it’s a photo, actor, character, dream, song… it really depends on the book.

What are some challenges that have come up during your writing and publishing journey?

Getting sales is always the biggest challenge, and with that marketing. It would be so nice to just write and not have to worry about all the marketing that comes with it, but self-publishing is practically a business, and it must be treated as such.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining (or sexy, or sad, etc) scene, how do you get in the mood?

I usually find music that fits the mood or watch some anime that is in the same emotional mood.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Ambitious, weird, engaging.

How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

Find music and anime to cheer me up.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

I am finishing up the CITY OF KAUS series and will be having a kickstarter for a special edition version of the last book of the series (and the rest of the series if we hit those bonus goals!).

What advice would you give to other aspiring authors?

Just keep writing! Don’t give up and keep learning different skills from other authors and teachers. Find a circle of writer friends to keep each other going.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I write to entertain, for people to find a character they identify with, and to inspire!

Thank you Dani Hoots for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her book, Revenge today!

~Synopsis~

A swashbuckling upper YA/NA LGBTQ+ sci-fi western you don’t want to miss!

It has been three years since Elvira “Ellie” Ryder was betrayed by her ex-boyfriend Cor, which caused the destruction of her people by invaders from a different Zone. Now she will do anything to find him and make him pay.

Ellie has found someone who knows where Cor is. The price—assassinate a half-human, half-Sirian who is trying to join the Society, a high-class club only for the rich. Ellie takes the job, as it wouldn’t be the first assassination job she has taken, and heads to the Human Zone. However, when she learns more about her target, the more she realizes what is going on behind the curtain, and how her people were really destroyed.

Will Ellie be able to forgive Cor after learning the truth? Or will she forever hold on to that hatred?

*Rep: Bisexual, asexual, & gay

Dani Hoots is a young adult sci-fi and fantasy author who is inspired by ancient tales. She has a background in anthropology, urban planning, herbal science, and sci-fi writing. She enjoys learning about history, astronomy, and plants, and in her spare time she is either watching anime, reading manga and books, playing the bagpipes, or drawing.

Website: www.danihoots.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/danihootsauthor

Tiktok: www.tiktok.com/@danihootsauthor

Facebook: www.facebook.com/danihootsauthor

Audiobook · Review

Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin – My Review

Title: Losing Logan *Audiobook*

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Release Date: July 16th 2014

Genre: Paranormal, YA

Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead. As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

Losing Logan is a wonderful read. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I truly enjoyed it. I loved the uniqueness of the story. I was pulled into the story right from the beginning. Solving a murder? Let’s do this! The narrator’s voice was perfect for the characters. She helped bring the story to life and nailed the teenagers attitudes! I loved Zoe’s snark and awkwardness. I related to that. The ending was totally unexpected and more than a couple of tears were shed. 

Fans of YA will love this book. This book is entertaining. I highly recommend it! I give this 5 stars.

New Release · Review

Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Moulton – My Review

NEW RELEASE


Title: Wardens of Eternity

Author: Courtney Moulton

Release Date: January 21st 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

~Synopsis~

Magic and magical creatures. Immortal gods and goddesses. History and mythology. Strap in for this action-packed YA novel that that takes place over the days leading up to World War II, when Ziva must rely on her wit and magic to outmaneuver Nazis and ancient Egyptian gods to prevent global destruction.

Ziva has one memory of her parents, made the day they abandoned her on the streets of New York City when she was three years old. They left her with only a memory and a promise that she had a great and terrible destiny.

Fifteen years later, Ziva discovers that destiny includes powers that she doesn’t understand and can barely control. Her magic attracts vicious, otherworldly monsters, and eventually compatriots to help her fight them. Sayer and Nasira know the secrets Ziva doesn’t; that Ziva is descended from Egyptian royalty and in possession of ancient magic passed down from the time of the gods. They promise to teach Ziva to control her magic and to give her the family she’s always yearned for.

But trouble is brewing in the world around them; darkness is descending on Hitler’s Germany, threatening World War II. As the last heir of a revered Egyptian queen, Ziva is the only one with the power to prevent another costly global conflict. As Ziva navigates her newfound abilities and makes a connection with Anubis and other Egyptian gods, the Nazis are hunting for the ultimate weapon, and Ziva has caught their interest.

~Add To TBR~

~My Review~

Wardens of Eternity is a wonderful YA read! 

From mythology to the action, this makes for an exciting read. Ziva is living alone in New York. Day after day, she struggles to survive. Then one night her whole life changes. 

I was captivated right from the start. The setting of the story mixed with the magical aspect, let me escape into another world. Nice job Miss Moulton. The story is rich with mythology and I was delighted about Egyptian culture being intertwined into the story. The characters were good. I liked them all! Yes, even the bad ones. I also loved that I didn’t see that ending coming. 

This is a charming and enjoyable read. I hope there is more to come. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I look forward to reading more by her. This is one page turner you should check out! I give this 4 stars. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

~Buy Now~