Author Interview: Dannika Dark of Seven Years

 Today, I have the pleasure of chatting with Dannika of Seven Years

1. What made you want to be a writer?

I wish I had a straight answer for this, but I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a around twelve. I just didn’t know what kind of writer I wanted to be. I was one of those kids who daydreamed all the time and even as an adult, retained my vivid imagination. I love the idea of getting lost in another world and creating characters who come to life. I wrote poetry, song lyrics, and tapped into emotions. But back then, breaking out in publishing was not easy because there were too many gatekeepers and a long line. I ended up pouring my passion for writing into my day job by writing procedures, training material, etc. A few years ago, I decided it was time to pursue it seriously. It took me all those years to figure out that writing is what I was meant to do all along. Yes, it’s a full-time job that requires a minimum of 8 hours a day of writing, but I love it.

2. Who is your favorite author?

I have more favorite stories than favorite authors, but I’d have to say Stephen King for one simple reason: His books opened a new world for me. Before I read King, the only books I’d been exposed to were by the school or what my parents deemed as “age appropriate.” When I was twelve, my uncle gave me a paperback copy of “Night Shift” which I still have to this day, even though the spine is chewed up by multiple readings and the pages are literally falling out. Before then, I had no idea people could write about scary stories that tapped into human psychology. I read Poe before that, but King’s writing is more current and pulls you along like a hapless victim.

3. What is the name of the last book you read

“Seize the Night” (Dark Hunters #7) by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
I get sucked into series books, but I sometimes think catching up with all of the ones I follow is an exercise in futility.

4. Tell us about yourself in 3 words?

Creative. Compassionate. Curious.

5. What is your favorite activity?

Aside from writing, I guess bowling. I don’t do it often but love having a few drinks with friends and hitting the lanes.

6. If your book could be made into a movie? Which actors would you have play the main two characters?

Wow. I never base characters on actors and I’ve never given thought to it for this particular book.

Austin Cole: Maybe Henry Cavill if he were beefed up like in the “Immortals” movie. Otherwise, Marco Dapper looks like how I see him. Austin would need to be played by someone who can pull of sexy, masculine, and dangerous.
Lexi Knight: I may have to leave these choices to readers. Most actresses are glammed up, and while Lexi is a pretty girl, she is by no means a supermodel.

7. Who is your favorite character in your book?

I think most authors have said this is like picking favorite children. I love all of them, but Austin is a keeper. A tough guy with a soft heart.

8. What's in your TBR ( to be read) pile?

About four million books. ;-) I have so many series’ I’m trying to catch up with, from Dark Hunters to Immortals After Dark. I have the final Rock Chick book to read and plenty of paperbacks that I’d like to catch up with, including books like “Winter’s Bone”, as I enjoy non-paranormal books as well.

9. What are 3 of your pet peeves?

1. People who can’t stop texting. Especially when they’re in a social situation or in a car.
2. People who avoid holding the door open for strangers.
3. Picking up dinner, getting home, and finding out your order is wrong.

10. What's your favorite ( cats or dogs), ( coffee or tea), and what's your favorite food?

I love dogs, but they’re too high maintenance and I’m not crazy about standing in the snow at 6am while they sniff the best place in the grass to go. I enjoy iced tea and one of my favorite foods is lumpia, a Filipino dish.

Seven Years

Dannika Dark Blog Tour

Seven Years
(Seven Series, Bk #1)
By Dannika Dark

Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.

It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.

Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He's lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi's family. It's time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

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The closer I snuggled up to Austin, the more I craved that cozy familiarity—more than I would have cared to admit. I’d missed him. How do you not miss someone who was a huge chunk of your childhood and young-adult life who disappeared off the face of the earth? Almost every memory I had from kindergarten to age twenty involved Austin Cole.

The next thing I knew, my cheek rested on his bicep and I tucked my body against his like a puzzle piece. 
Just when I closed my heavy eyelids, he groaned.

Oh God, please don’t let him wake up now.

It was deep and guttural, and he shifted on his right side, facing me.

“You okay?” he murmured.

I didn't reply. I played dead and pretended I was asleep. It seemed like a good plan to avoid the embarrassment of explaining why I was latched on to him like a man-sucking leech.

A rough, warm hand cupped my cheek and I felt him scoot down a little. Maybe he thought I had fallen asleep, because his thumb brushed over my right eyelid softly.

Five times. I counted.

When his lips lightly touched mine, my brain just shut down. It was a soft, almost nonexistent kiss, but I felt it all the way down to my toes. Then it zinged back up to my hips and damn if I didn't moan.

Now we were both aware I wasn't asleep and he was kissing me. But it didn't stop. His kiss pressed a little bit harder and tingles roared through my body, and my breath was shaky and erratic.

When his tongue touched my lip, I quickly opened my mouth and kissed him back.



Kissed him like I’d fantasized about doing for the last seven years.

About the Author

This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).

Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it's what I love to do.


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1st prize: 
1 autographed paperback of Seven Years 1 key necklace 5 autographed bookmarks

2nd prize: 
1 autographed paperback of Seven Years 5 autographed bookmarks

3rd prize: 
1 Dannika Dark ebook (Winner's choice) 5 autographed bookmarks

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