About the Book
Katherine Garnet is a writer who has never cared much about much, making it awfully difficult to create new content. Despite the fact she has the “edge” of being trans (according to her cis male editor) she is not looking to capitalize on her own personal story. Garnet tries to sneak a peek at her rival, August Prather’s, latest fantasy manuscript about a quest for the elixir of life. While reading, Garnet gets accidentally dragged into a bizarre cross-country road trip that may or may not have a purpose and begins to see parallels in the story of the manuscript and the reality of their journey. Along the way, they encounter a parade of equally troubled individuals, including ghost-hunting priests, a robot magician, a discarded piece of furniture, a runaway teenager, and a Japanese rock star. As Garnet confronts her past, she begins to understand why someone might want to live forever.
What authors/books inspired your writing?
I’m inspired by so many authors and books, I try to read a lot of different genres both fiction and nonfiction. I was influenced to start writing fantasy by the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman that I read when I was in middle school which was so beautifully written and original. I love anything by Neil Gaiman, his use of mythology and fantasy elements in a contemporary setting and his sense of humor are unparalleled. Recently I’ve been inspired by so many of the other authors at The Parliament House Press, they are creative and supportive.
What is your ideal writing setting (outside, at a desk, etc.)?
I like writing on my couch with pillows and a blanket, with coffee in some form depending on the season. I have a difficult time writing at a desk for some reason. I also prefer to draft with music or a TV show playing rather than silence.
Do you have any writing exercises or habits?
I like to write at night when everyone is asleep so I can get into a scene without getting interrupted. Before writing a novel, I outline some of the plot and then develop the characters with a profile. Sometimes things happen and the characters drive the story in another direction plot-wise.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Usually I take a shower, take a drive, watch or read something completely different from what I’m writing. Once I take my mind off the scene, it’s easier to write.
What does literary success mean to you?
Literary success is having my work inspire other writers to tell their stories. Also, getting a Netflix series made out of one of my books would be amazing.
What can we hope to see from you in the future?
I have a book coming out later this year from The Parliament House Press that is the first book in a YA urban fantasy series called This Will Kill That. Set in a ruined city where rival Color factions fight for power and an ex-assassin girl falls for the daughter of her rival Color. Psychic powers, ghosts, secrets, and witty banter.
I am also working on a queer Rosemary’s Baby inspired novel about a nerdy introvert who finds out she’s been chosen to give birth to the Anti-Christ. It’s a dark comedy, with witches, demons, and warrior nuns. There’s a demon who looks like a corgi with wings, and a witch named Dave. Once I finish, I will be querying that one, so stay tuned.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write what you want to read. Try not to get bogged down by advice and just write your story, if something doesn’t work, it can always be changed in edits. Try not to get too worked up in whether or not your story is the most original or the most creative, if it’s your voice telling the story, then it’s new and it’s different.
About the Author – Danielle K. Roux
Danielle K. Roux is a writer, teacher, and historian. Her first novel August Prather is Not Dead Yet is currently available in e-book and paperback through Parliament House Press (and soon will be available in hardcover and audio book). Danielle has always loved reading and telling stories – especially stories with adventure, mystery, humor, romance and at least a little bit of spookiness. Not Dead Yet has all this covered, with a story-within-a-story structure and a quest for immortality in the early twentieth century paired with a present-day road trip. There’s a lot of existential crisis and a male/male romance that is sweet and steamy.
Danielle has been writing fiction since she was nine, after getting tired of reading from the perspective of white, straight male characters in fantasy novels. Her first written story involved a group of middle school girls who find necklaces used by a dead witch that give them supernatural powers. It was written in notebooks in purple and green gel pens that are currently housed in a box in her linen closet. She is inspired by travelling to new places and reading about the stories tied to landscapes. She has at least three novels building in her brain (or wherever novels come from) and wishes she was writing them all right now.
Danielle lives with her wife and two orange cats in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has added a lot of young adult fantasy fiction to her bookshelves recently, and regrets nothing. Her dream library would be accessed through a secret door and look something like the library in the animated Disney Beauty and the Beast, although it would also have a cute barista or sentient coffee machine that once was said barista.
When she isn’t writing or thinking about writing, Danielle is building houses in the Sims, listening to podcasts, or taking Buzzfeed quizzes to find out what kind of tree she is based on her hair color. She has recently been watching lots of old BBC period pieces, and some of them are good. She has begun to drink Diet Coke and is worried this might be a real problem. Coffee and tea are still her primary beverages of choice.
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Where would you like to roadtrip? Who would you take with you?