A Talk & Giveaway With Surface Author Tiffany Daune

Posted April 17, 2013 by Melissa in Author Interview, Giveaway | 11 Comments

1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself.

Currently, I write YA/ NA Paranormal romance novels.  I like ghostly apparitions, vampires, witches and their enchanting spells, but right now I’m obsessed with wicked mermaids. My totem animal is a crow, but sometimes takes the form of a hummingbird.

2. When did you know that you wanted to write professionally and how did you take the leap to get into the business? 

I started writing with the intent of publishing four years ago. I have always scribbled in notebooks, but I thought what the heck, let’s try to get some of these stories published.  I faced a lot of rejection letters, but I kept submitting and writing, until I received the first contract. Then I paused for a few days to celebrate and then it was back to writing and submitting.

3. Can you tell me a little bit about  your book and what inspired it?

Surface is a young adult paranormal romance, set above and below the ocean’s surface. I’ve always loved mermaids even the singing ones. I really wanted to explore the darker side of the mermaids I grew up with and at the same time introduce a crossover of other water beings in our world. I love when fantasy blends with reality. Surface is a meld of all my years of watching Disney movies and thrillers.

4. What do you hope that readers take way with them after reading your book? 

I want them to feel the story, more than just reading the words. When they put the book down the emotions of the characters should still resonate within them. 

5. I find it interesting to know what environment authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling café? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?

The outlines and first few chapters of Surface and Landlocked were written at the local pool while my son was swimming. I usually brainstorm with pen and paper to work out the plot. Then I switch to the laptop for writing.

6. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism comes from me. I don’t think anyone would beat the manuscript up as much as I do. I’m pretty hard core until I think it’s right. Then I close my eyes, press send, and try not to look back.

The best compliment was having my little sister tell me she was obsessed with Surface and tweeting #reading.

7. What book is currently on your nightstand? And who are some of your favorite authors?

I have five on my nightstand right now. The one I am reading is Underworld by Meg Cabot.

I could never pick a favorite author, but I do enjoy Alyson Noel, Tehereh Mafi and Lesley Livingston.

8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m obsessed with going the movies. If I had more time I would be at the theatre weekly.

9. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Don’t ever give up. Write and Submit. Write and Submit. Write and Submit. And when the rejection letters come in blast Katy Perry’s song Firework. Then back to write and submit. Write and Submit.

10. What can we expect from you next?

Landlocked, the thrilling sequel to Surface will be coming out this June. I am also crazy busy writing the third book, so keep an eye out for both of them.

11.  Do any animals share your life? Please tell us about them.
Oh yes, I have a very special guy in my life, Norbert. He’s actually my son’s bearded dragon, but he spends the writing day with me. He’s a great editor.

And now for a little bit of fun:)  This or That? 

Coffee or Tea?   Tea

Sweet or Salty?   Salty

Beach or Lake?   Beach

Winter or Summer?  Summer

Cats or Dogs?   Cats

Zombies or Vampires? Vampires  

Country or City?  City

Shower or Bath?   Shower

Morning or Evening?  Evening

M&Ms or Skittles?  M&Ms

Trains or Planes?  Planes

Comedy or Drama?  Comedy

Title: Surface
Author: Tiffany Daune
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: February 2013
Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Bound to the water bound to land, a Siren’s soul will never be safe on either side of the ocean’s surface. Hidden beneath the rolling waves lies the secret to Theia’s past and as she unveils each haunting truth, she realizes the last seventeen years of her life have been a lie. Now, drawn into a mysterious new world and with nowhere to turn, Theia must place her trust in Luc, a beautiful boy who stops her heart with each dazzling smile, but even his unearthly charm can’t hide the truth—he has secrets— dark secrets binding him to his world—an underwater world where Theia will never belong—a world determined to destroy her soul. 

Tiffany Daune doesn’t get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, thoughshe hasn’t caught them, yet.

Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.

Connect with the Author:  Website    | Twitter   | Facebook  

Tour grand prize (INTL):

1  E Reader (Sony or Kindle) I’m going to the states this month and will pick one up.
1  $25 Starbucks Gift Card
1  $15 Amazon Gift Card
5  Digital Copies of Surface

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11 responses to “A Talk & Giveaway With Surface Author Tiffany Daune

  1. That’s funny she has a bearded dragon that hangs out with her. We have a leopard gecko. I’m not always big on mermaid books, but this one sounds good!

  2. DMS

    The cover is eye-catching and I loved the interview. I have always been fascinated by mermaids. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Great Interview! My son had a Chinese Water Dragon but I was terrified of it. Surface sounds like a greet read and I love the trailer, very suspenseful. Thanks for sharing with us!

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