The Broken Ones (the new prequel to Danielle L. Jensen’s Malediction trilogy) was released last month! Stolen Songbird is the first book in the trilogy and one of my main go-to recommendations for fans of so many different YA fantasy books (see my review here). Thank you so much to Danielle for stopping by my blog to share more about her new book!
About the Author
Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, and Warrior Witch (Angry Robot Books). A prequel, The Broken Ones, will hit shelves in June 2017.
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.
About the Book
A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).
Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader. His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.
After accidentally ruining her sister’s chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.
Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.
Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
My days are pretty well consumed by my two young children, but when I have a chance, I love reading (obviously!) and catching up on television shows. I’m currently watching season four of The 100, Thirteen Reasons Why, and Orphan Black. Very few of my writer friends live in the same city as me, so I’m generally in the midst of a few electronic conversations with my writerly bffs. I have decided that I need to spend more time on fitness, so I’m going to take up cycling again this summer (with child chariot in tow). If you hear me whining about how sore and tired I am, you’ll know the reason why!
- Which scene in Stolen Songbird was the most fun to write?
The most fun… that’s a good question. Normally I get asked which is my favorite (lake scene), but that’s a different thing. I’d say that my favorite scene to write is near the beginning when Cécile is at the party at Marc’s house. That’s where she meets the twins and gets roped into one of their silly contests. I always had fun writing the twins. They allowed me to put levity into the novel so that the reader could have a bit of an emotional break from the tension.
- Who would you cast in the movie version of your books?
I have to keep changing my answer to this, because actors keep aging out of the roles! #yaauthorproblems
Cécile – Holland Roden
Tristan – I can never choose! Cast him as your favorite sexy smartass 😉
Anaïs – Marie Avgeropoulos (I love her and would cast her in EVERYTHING)
Marc – Ross Butler (So hot!)
Chris – Lucas Till
Sabine – Dove Cameron
King Thibault – Benedict Cumberbatch
Duke d’Angoulême – Jonathan Rhys Meyers
- Which character surprised you the most throughout the trilogy?
There is a character in Stolen Songbird named Lessa, who wasn’t even in the novel until one of the last revisions I did with my agent prior to the novel going out on submission. I won’t tell you who exactly she is (spoiler), but she totally had a life (and a mind) of her own, and became quite a significant character in Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch. I have a hard time imagining the series ever existing without her!
- What was your last 5 star read?
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Kaz <3
- Any advice to beginning authors?
Seek out criticism and editorial. I know as well as anyone the feeling of elation when you type THE END on your first novel, but curb the urge to immediately start querying. A first draft might have a great concept, but that doesn’t make it a great book. Editorial is what will turn it into a masterpiece.