I’m interviewing S.G. Daniels today, author of young adult urban fantasy novel “The Druid’s Doorway”.
I’m happy to be here today! Thank you for having me on your blog.
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I work fulltime as a refund specialist at a large medical clinic about thirty minutes from where I live. Now that the weather is turning colder, when I get home from work I usually put on my comfy clothes, and either read, or work on my own stuff until it’s time to put it away, and start all over. With Christmas just around the corner, I’m looking forward to spending time at the family gatherings.
2) Tell us about your book. What inspired you to write The Druid’s Doorway?
Jake’s life hasn’t been the best. A high school senior, he’s had his share of agony. How does a seventeen year old who has been motherless since the tender age of five, deal with growing up? Most would recognize after a while that life goes on and try to make the best of it. Jake might have also—if he hadn’t caused his mother’s death. He doesn’t know how, but he’s sure it had to be his fault because he overheard his dad say so. Not long after learning this information, he lost his grandmother, the only other mother figure in his life. Never again wanting to experience the pain of those losses, he has managed to avoid any close relationships, save those with his best friend Kase, and lifelong friend Hailey.
With school almost over, Hailey asks Jake to go with her to the last school function before they graduate. Neither of them realizes how her invitation would change their world forever. Coming face-to-face with death, Jake learns things from fairytales are real—portals, alternate dimensions, magic—along with a guarded secret about his mother that might cost him everything
I had been thinking about writing a story for a while. When I heard an old Robert Plant song on the radio, Jake’s story played through my mind. Jake pretty much told me he was talking, and I needed to start typing.
3) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
Since I work fulltime, the only keyboard time I see is in the evenings a couple of hours and on weekends. I always have a pen and paper on me, so I get to jot down ideas as they come to me.
4) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Diana Gabaldon—I love her Outlander Series, and I’ve watched every video interview of her I could find. I hope that one day I’ll be able to show the intensity in my stories the way she does in her.
Darynda Jones—Her Charley Davidson series is the best! I love the combination of wit and sarcasm she brings out in her characters.
Edgar Alan Poe—Although it’s a little late for that meeting, his were the first scary stories I read as a kid, and they’ve always stood out in my mind.
5) What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I’m working on the second book, The Druid’s Lair, and a prequel novella for the series
About The Druid’s Doorway
Author: S.G. Daniels
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Jake Reese thinks he’s just a screwed-up high school kid living in a small town isolated in the Arizona desert. Traumatized at an early age by his mother’s sudden death—and believing he might have had something to do with it—he’s allowed his guilt and lack of self-confidence to rule his life.
Hailey is the fiery little redhead that sees Jake as more than a just a good friend. When she invites him as her date to a school function, it brings down the walls he’s built to protect his heart, and sets off a series of events that threaten not only Jake’s life, but that of everyone around him.
The discovery of a portal on the outskirts of town brings Jake face-to-face with death and reveals a closely guarded secret about his mother. No longer is his memory of her the only thing that haunts him. Something evil from her past has escaped through the portal, and nothing will prevent it from trying to steal Jake’s future.
Can Jake overcome his fears to keep Hailey safe? Will the decisions he’s forced to make destroy everyone he knows and loves? And ultimately…is he strong enough to live with those choices?
S.G. Daniels lives in rural Central Illinois with her husband of thirty-one years, and two spoiled cats, Payne and Jenks. She works full-time in a local medical facility as a patient accounting refund specialist. Most of her evenings she can be found in front of her computer, working on story ideas, or learning the ins and outs of the writing world. On the weekends, if she’s not spending time outside, she’s usually found nose-deep in a book. When S.G. unleashes her inner daredevil, she usually takes off through winding timber trails or country roads on the ATV. Her weaknesses are iced tea and pretzels, especially when she’s working on a story.