Author Interview Neverland Academy

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I’m interviewing Daelynn Quinn today, author of YA contemporary “Neverland Academy”. My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font. Enjoy the interview.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Negative reviews can be hard for anybody. You really have to have a tough skin if you want to put your work out there for others to read. And one negative review can negate dozens of five-star reviews to a sensitive author, such as myself. That being said, there are strategies I use to pick myself up and keep writing. Every author gets negative reviews—even the bestselling authors who are household names. So although they are the hardest part for myself, I use them to my advantage, to improve my future work.

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Neverland Academy?

It was the worst day of Daphne’s life. Not only had her parents moved her from Atlanta to the middle of nowhere, but her boyfriend broke up with her in the middle of a crowded club and her parents grounded her for a month for sneaking out and stealing the BMW. All in one night! If she were back home in Atlanta it would be no problem. She could always find ways of getting around her punishments. But this was rural Georgia. And there was nowhere to go but woods and farmland. That is, until Finn showed up at her window.

Finn was the invincible mascot of Neverland Academy where Daphne’s brothers attended. For the five years since he’d been expelled from the all-boys boarding school, he lived in the old slave tunnels under the former antebellum plantation home. He and his band of outcast boys lived for pulling pranks on the school’s professors, and especially the headmaster, Byron Trappe, who had a personal vendetta against Finn.

Daphne grew to love life under the academy. But there was one problem. She was falling for Finn. Hard. She knew he didn’t want a relationship or anything that resembled growing up. But when the wall she built between them begins to crumble before her eyes, will she stay at the academy and face impending heartbreak? Or will she leave her heart behind and escape the dangers of criminal life, including a perilous encounter with the vengeful headmaster?

3) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

On a good day I’d write about two to three hours. Most days it can be closer to one or two, depending on my other responsibilities. I wish I had more time!

4) Name your top five favorite books.

Only five? Haha. Okay, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Beowulf. Seriously, only five?

5) What are you working on now?

I’m so excited about my new series, tentatively titled 13509. Here is a brief synopsis:

This isn’t your ordinary vampire novel. And this isn’t a sparkly love story, either.

Audrey was born #13509 in a dairy factory farm. For twelve years she’d never seen the light of day until the morning of her scheduled insemination, when Alistair and the Human Liberation League break into the farm and release her, along with fifty other girls headed for a future of mechanical rape and forced lactation. Outside the confines of the factory farm, Audrey meets a new sense of freedom, tinged with danger and oppression from a world overrun by vampires with an unusual hunger for processed human flesh.

The peaceful vampire Alistair takes Audrey in as his pet, a reminder of the daughter he lost decades earlier. But soon trouble begins to stir. In order to keep her safe, he sends her off to a farm sanctuary, where she is forced to socialize with a group of humans who were also rescued from abusive prisons. Angry and heartbroken, Audrey has no choice but to befriend her new peers. But when the sanctuary owner dies inexplicably, they face a terrifying dilemma: be shipped off to a feedlot and suffer the abuse of factory farms once again, or escape into the wild, a place equally as dangerous.

About The Book

23148669Title: Neverland Academy

Author: Daelynn Quinn

Genre: YA

It was the worst day of Daphne’s life. Not only had her parents moved her from Atlanta to the middle of nowhere, but her boyfriend broke up with her in the middle of a crowded club and her parents grounded her for a month for sneaking out and stealing the BMW. All in one night! If she were back home in Atlanta it would be no problem. She could always find ways of getting around her punishments. But this was rural Georgia. And there was nowhere to go but woods and farmland. That is, until Finn showed up at her window.

Finn was the invincible mascot of Neverland Academy where Daphne’s brothers attended. For the five years since he’d been expelled from the all-boys boarding school, he lived in the old slave tunnels under the former antebellum plantation home. He and his band of outcast boys lived for pulling pranks on the school’s professors, and especially the headmaster, Byron Trappe, who had a personal vendetta against Finn.

Daphne grew to love life under the academy. But there was one problem. She was falling for Finn. Hard. She knew he didn’t want a relationship or anything that resembled growing up. But when the wall she built between them begins to crumble before her eyes, will she stay at the academy and face impending heartbreak? Or will she leave her heart behind and escape the dangers of criminal life, including a perilous encounter with the vengeful headmaster?

Author Bio

Daelynn Quinn was born and raised in southern Maryland where she spent her youth exploring and falling in love with nature in the woods behind her house. She graduated the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in dietetics, which she promptly abandoned to pursue writing. Daelynn’s writing is fast-paced and laced with current issues that concern her. Her first dystopian trilogy, Fall of Venus, focused on climate change and the role we as humans play in it. Her YA novel, Neverland Academy, delves into child abuse and negligence. Daelynn is excited to be commencing a new series, which will tear into the animal exploitation industries. While she is not reading or writing, Daelynn enjoys brainstorming while mowing her lawn, cooking healthy meals her kids refuse to eat, and watching old episodes of Mr. Bean with her three boys.

Links

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