Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you—Hope Daniels!
Hope grew up in a small resort area in Michigan where she and her husband still live today. As the third child of four, she had an exhaustive imagination. From straddling the back porch railing as a wild cowgirl, to saving the world as Wonder Woman complete with homemade bullet stopping bracelets. She was always taking what she read and making it as real as she could, now if she could just find the wolf shifter of her dreams…
Love of reading began at an early age, due to a first-grade teacher living next door, and her own father reading bible stories to her before bed each night. It was cemented in elementary when she discovered scholastic books, specifically Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague. Her love of horses and reading has never diminished, even after her husband took her to Chincoteague Island for their honeymoon.
Finding her a true comrade in Alicia Dawn, Hope forged on an adventure in Role Playing that continued to feed her imagination till it became a living thing. With Alicia’s encouragement, they turned their friendship into a writing partnership that will last well beyond the Magical Forces series.
The mother of two daughters, she has always tried to instill the love of reading into their lives. Now with grandchildren running around, she will continue to instill the love of reading into their lives by sharing treasured stories.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No. I wanted to be Wonder Woman. Back in the day Linda Carter had the job so storytelling seemed the next best way to use my exhaustive imagination
Why did you choose to write your genre?
Wow. I’ve not given it a lot of thought, but probably because it is a bit of escapism from reality and a dash of reality. Some of my favorite authors write paranormal romance and urban fantasy. For me it was a natural progression to write what I love to read. I am, however, branching out into Christian/contemporary fiction this year under a different pseudonym.
Currently, what are you working on?
Right now I have three projects in the fire. First, I’m working on two solo projects. The first is a Boulder Circle novel, tentatively titled Beginnings. The Awakening, a prequel, appears in Black Magic (A Women of Urban Fantasy Production) smarturl.it/BlackMagicWWS.
The second, is continuation of an anthology piece titled The Gift which will appear in the Writer’s Group, still untitled, book. Finally, the project I am most in love with is Hell Are The Ties That Bind, A Magical Forces Novella.
Let’s talk about your latest book for a moment. What motivated the plot?
The motivation behind Ties That Bind is to bridge the story between Tessa and J.T.’s HEA in Hell Of A Night and the final story taking place in Hell Of A Life. As Alicia Dawn, my co-author and I began to discuss the plot, we realized there was a lot that needed to happen to set up for the coming battle in Newt and Feather’s book. What I’m looking forward to most, is writing from Zoey, Ryan, Anna and Pete’s perspective’s again. While we’re putting people in the positions we need them, we are going to have fun. I’m going to give away a big secret here. Don’t tell Alicia…this book is going to be HAWT! Like possibly rated XXX hot!
What was the hardest story for you to write?
The hardest story for me to write was probably Hell Of A Night. We had to change direction midway through the writing process because we were unable to do some of the things we wanted to do due to proprietary rights and the fact we were not able to get permission to use the copyright.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality?
I put a little of myself in all of my female characters. After the Magical Forces series, Alicia and I will write a series titled The Island. The main character, Abigail (Abby), she will have more of my personality than any other female character has had thus far.
Who has been your favorite character? Why?
So far, hands down it is Zoey. I love Zoey. She is full of sass, she is intelligent, observant, been through hell and back, loves her family and no matter what she never gives up on what she believes in.
What process do you use to plan your novels?
When Alicia and I write together, we try to plot out a basic outline of what should happen in each chapter. When I write by myself, I just sit and let the characters tell me where they want to go. Yes, I have a basic idea of what the story should be, where it should go and what the ending should be, but if it changes during the writing process so be it.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Oh yes, I think everyone experiences it. I read. I read books that were not my usual genre to read and I reviewed books until I am behind in placing those reviews on Goodreads.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be?
Another good question. If I were talented enough to stretch this far, I would love to write a thriller. I love to be scared in fiction.
What novel would you read multiple times?
There are so many. Authors I have read multiple times include Lyndsay Sands, Argeneau Vampires. Until my urban fantasy series, I had never written a vampire story, but there is something about the Argeneau’s that make me wish they were real. There is a lot of humor in her stories. Another book I could still read multiple times is actually a children’s book. I own it on my kindle, but would give anything to own it as a paperback once more. The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
What is your favorite quote?
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character)
Just one? Darn. It’s hard to decide between Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. I’d love to talk to them and let them know how far we have come and how much farther we still have to go for equal rights.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?
A wolf is high on my list because of the Magical Forces series. However, I love cats. They are funny, mysterious, independent and pains in the butt. I have a tattoo with a cat face and will be getting a wolf tattoo as well so I won’t have to choose.
What is your favorite color?
My all-time favorite color is purple. I LOVE purple. If I cannot have purple though, then I have to have green or red. Strange, I know. I it is the earth and fire affinities within me.
If writing is a full-time career for you, do you have other streams of income (i.e. editing, cover design, etc.)?
Writing is currently a part-time career. Getting healthy is my full-time concern. I recently had back surgery in November. I’m doing great, but I’ve had other complications which we are working on getting under control. Now it’s time to get my strength to 100% and grow my business as my strength grows.
In addition, I run the blog Evermore Books and hope to open a brick and mortar store this summer. [Good luck!]
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Thank you for hanging out with me today. It was a pleasure getting to know you better.