Welcome to the blog tour for Danielle L. Jensen’s fantasy debut, Stolen Songbird. This book was truly unique and beautifully written and I enjoyed it very much. Read on for my interview with the author!
Interview with Danielle L. Jensen
On buried cities and memorable characters
You’ve said that the inspiration for the book was imagining a city buried under a mountain. Where did the idea come from and can you give us a little idea of what the city looks like in your book?
The idea came from my strange brain while it was sleeping. As far as the mountain goes, it is based on a real mountain in the Canadian Rockies that really did break in half and cover a town. I’m in the process of writing a blog post about it, which should be out in early April.
You can see a bit of Trollus behind Cécile on the cover of the book. It’s made of white stone with lots of fountains and statues and glass gardens. It’s really nice, other than the fact it’s in a cave. Somewhere you might want to visit, but probably wouldn’t want to live.
If you had to compare your book to books out on the market, which books would you say it’s a blend of?
Well, my publisher is marketing it as something fans of Seraphina and Graceling would enjoy. I always feel a bit funny making that claim, because I admire Rachel Hartman and Kristin Cashore a great deal. People get pretty worked up about novel comparisons, but it’s really just a marketing tool intended to target certain audiences.
You cite David Eddings as one of your favourite fantasy authors. I’m a huge fan of him myself, so I had to ask what is it about his books do you enjoy and how did you draw inspiration from them?
I’d say the thing I like best about Eddings is how unique and memorable all his characters are. I haven’t reread The Belgariad in fifteen years, but I can still name all the major characters and describe their personalities. I wish to one day be so talented in character development.
How would you convince someone that doesn’t particularly enjoy the fantasy genre to read Stolen Songbird?
I’d tell them there was a code hidden within the pages that provided the directions to a secret city full of magic, romance, and adventure. The question would be whether I could keep a straight face while saying it.
Finally, some quickfire questions to end:
Tea or coffee?
I love them both too much to ever choose.
Drama or comedy?
e-Books or physical books?
Physical, but I do have a Kindle.
Indoors or outdoors?
Wherever is warmer. I’m Canadian, so you can do the math.
Britney Spears, and don’t you dare judge me for it!
The Goonies or The Princess Bride.
Favourite ice cream?
Thank you for being on the blog Danielle!
About Stolen Songbird
Release: 3 April 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
About Danielle L. Jensen:
Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.