Thursday, November 13, 2014

Celebrating Debut Author Danica Favorite

I met Danica about a decade ago at a writers meeting. She's one of the most talented and PERSISTENT writers you'll ever meet. 

She's been nose to the grindstone, writing story after story, submitting proposal after proposal for years. I'm delighted her talents were finally recognized. Not only has she released this novel, another book will be out early next year. 

Here book Rocky Mountain Dreams released this month, and I was thrilled to attend her book launch party. Isn't celebrating with friends the best??

Here's a bit about the story: The last thing Joseph Stone expects to discover upon arriving in Leadville, Colorado, is a newfound little sister. Hoping to find his late father's silver mine and hopefully keep his siblings back home out of an orphanage, Joseph needs an ally. The preacher's lovely daughter agrees to care for the little girl. She's just not as willing to trust the prospector…. 

Annabelle Lassiter has seen what men do in pursuit of riches. Yet for all the hardship he's known, Joseph still shows tenderness and warmth. Annabelle's plan has long been to leave Leadville far behind. But Joseph's quest for silver could cost them a more precious dream—one of family, love and new beginnings….
Danica, signing a book at her book launch party.
To get to know a little about Danica, I asked her some random questions. 

MD: Societal pet peeve…sound off.
DF: Lack of regard for other human beings. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of unkindness and anger in the general public and makes me really sad. I was waiting in line at the gas station to pump gas, and there was another guy waiting behind me. A few minutes later, he ends up going around me and whizzing off, but not before cussing me out and flipping me off. I just wonder what is so awful in this guy’s life that he’s got to act like that to a stranger. I’m still not sure what I did wrong, other than I guess I was in his way. 

As much as I love Facebook, I hate all the mean comments I see on there, whether it’s about another person, or group of people, or even a political party. Politics this year really did me in. I get that it’s a competition, but I was bothered by the levels people went to in dragging someone else down. It just seems like in our world today, we don’t care about other people, and it bugs me. I could go on and on about this, because I think there are so many examples of this, but I think you get the point.

MD: Tell us what kind of books you enjoy reading.
DF: I only read happy books. If they do not end with a happily ever after, I do not want to be bothered. Seriously, don’t waste my time. Life is depressing enough without having to put sad literature into my brain. If I wanted sad or depressing, I’d watch the news. Other than that, I read any range of genres. If it’s happy and uplifting, I’ll read it. My favorite is Regency.

MD:  How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I was first in line to buy her book.  :)
DF: Who said I was sane? Seriously, I think you have to be just a little bit crazy to be a writer. That said, for me, the biggest way I am able to handle my fast paced life is to slow down with art journaling. I’m a big believer in stepping out of the “normal” and doing something creative and fun. As grownups, we don’t play nearly enough, and it’s recapturing that childlike wonder in life that gives me balance.

MD: What would you like to tell us about the featured book?
DF: My book is inspired by my love of Leadville and Leadville history. My husband’s family is from Leadville, and we spend as much time as we can there. When my agent asked me to write a historical, I knew I’d write about Leadville -- the history is so fascinating. I’ve been reading about it for years, and I’m still learning new things all the time. It’s pretty amazing how much influence one small town in Colorado has had!

I hope you'll go out and buy Danica's book. It's available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian,, and The Tattered Cover, to list a few. Basically, every major bookseller. You can find Danica online at her website.


Kim Amundsen said...

Cool another new book to read.

CatMom said...

Great interview, Megan and Danica! :) I agree with only reading books that have a happy ending - - and you're so right about turning on the news to get sad and depressing--ugh.
Love that photo of the two of you--so cute. Congratulations again, Danica! (I bought your book yesterday--as you know by the "cat with book" photo on Facebook, LOL).
Hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo

Danica Favorite said...

Thanks Kim and Patti Jo!!

And Megan, did you have to mention that whole meeting about a decade ago fact... it makes us sound so OLD. And we're totally not! :)

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks for joining the conversation, Kim and Patti.

Sorry about making us seem old, Danica. We're not old, some of us are just mid-century classics. :)

Danica Favorite said...

Love it Megan. :)