Endangered (Daughter of Hades #1)
by Dani Hoots
Publication Date: May 13th 2016
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Chrys has been in the Underworld for thousands of years, hidden away by her father, Hades, from all of the other gods. He’s afraid that if someone finds out about her, they will destroy her because of the dichotomous power that she holds, the power of life and death. So she has remained in the Palace of Hades all her life, making very few friends and always bored out of her mind.
Huntley would have never guessed that after he died he would wake up with a beautiful girl standing over him. And that she would be the Dark Lord of the Underworld’s daughter. Yet, for some reason, she keeps him around as her tutor, as if he knows anything about the world. But Huntley knows that all she really wants is a friend; being trapped in the Underworld can get pretty lonely.
That is, until Chrys decides she wants to run away to the human world after a big fight with her mother Persephone. Chrys claims her father is just over reacting and that nothing bad will come of it. There’s no way that the gods will notice she’s there for only a couple of days…right?
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Sure. I grew up in Oregon, went to Arizona State University, jumping around majors such as physics, astronomy, history, then ended up with a BS in Anthropology and a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning. I have been married for five years to an awesome husband and currently we live in Washington with our two cats. I also spend a lot of time in Arizona during the year as well.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I’ve been writing since I can remember. I have always loved science fiction and fantasy, finding it a lot more fun than the real world. I have been writing seriously since high school and started self publishing in 2014. I am also getting a certificate in novel writing through Arizona State University to better my technique and keep learning more about the craft.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
I grew up reading a lot of Star Wars books, so definitely Michael Stackpole, Kevin J. Anderson, Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston but also love reading Isaac Asimov, Simon Green, Jim Butcher, and A.R. Kahler. The first four have definitely influenced my writing since I have gotten the pleasure of attending conferences and workshops that they have taught. Isaac Asimov has influenced me in thinking outside the box and world building, where as the rest have taught me the importance of having a voice.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I am actually a full-time writer, so I work on my current project most of the day. I also volunteer a lot as well, so it really depends on the day.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
Many different ways. Some times by a picture, song, dream, just popped in my head, researching, anywhere really.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
I think my novel is different because I tried to stay true to the Greek Mythology legends(other than Chrys herself), focused on Hades, who a lot of the time is just a footnote, and made him a lovable character.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
I really like Hades. He’s not like me at all, but I just loved how he turned out. Sexy, charming, misunderstood, he really became how I imagined Hades to be in Greek Mythology and hope you all get to see a side of the God of the Underworld that a lot of people don’t think about.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
The poker scene. Some have commented it being a little long, but it brings back some really good memories of high school and I just couldn’t resist it.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
I hope that readers will be able to identify with the characters, be able to escape the real world, and just have a good time reading it.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
That readers will enjoy it as much as I did writing it.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
Ha ha. Lots of things. So many things. Finishing the series I started, of course, and starting a new series, each book following a different fairy tale. First one will be a spin off of Red Riding Hood. I also have a couple of projects I am pitching to agents, so wish me luck.
About the Author
Dani Hoots is a science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult author who loves anything with a story. She has a B.S. in Anthropology, a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning, and is currently in the Your Novel Year Program through Arizona State University.
Her hobbies include reading, watching anime, cooking, studying different languages, wire walking, tinkering with her violin and concertina, and volunteering at the library. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two cats.