Interview with April Daniels (+ a Giveaway!)

So, I was contacted by Diversion Publishing to feature April Daniels and her sequel to her debut,  recently came out!

These are her two books in the Dreadnought sequel! They link to Goodreads of course. This series is #ownvoices and features a trans main character. According to reviewers- the representation of the main character is done very well.

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It also features POC and has lesbian representation. #MOREYESS

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The giveaway is at the bottom of this post!

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Q: Are there any particular reasons that you decided to write a superhero story?

A: I realized that almost every fictional trans woman I knew of was a victim or a monster. I wanted to write about a trans woman who was a no-shit superhero to counter that trend.

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Q: Do you have any advice for other writers who want to portray transgender characters in their story? 

Don’t make us victims, don’t confuse us with drag queens, don’t get cute with pronouns or puns or anything like that, and try to remember we’re whole people, and not every single moment of our lives is consumed with worry about our gender. Most of it isn’t, in fact.short watercolor stroke better

Q: What types of scenes do you enjoy writing the most?

A: All of them. If I dislike a scene, it gets cut.short watercolor stroke better

Q: When you were young, did you know you wanted to be an author?

A: From early high school or so I wanted to work in some sort of narrative field, although at the time I was thinking about video games. Later, I discovered that games was a terrible field to work in, so now I’m writing novels. It pays a hell of a lot less, but our version of GamerGate is just some weirdos trying to logroll the Hugos, so I think it was a good choice.short watercolor stroke better

Q: When did you write your first story and what was it about?

A: My first complete short story was about a guy on trial—I wrote a lot of stories about trials because it let me do exposition seamlessly and that was my favorite crutch—for using basic crypto to evade the government-mandated spying on his Internet use. Political subtlety is not a tool I have ever felt drawn to, clearly.short watercolor stroke better

Q: How do you think your writing has changed from when you first started writing to now?

A: It got a lot better. Other than that, I’m still too early in my career to make interesting observations about any aesthetic I may end up developing.short watercolor stroke better

Q: How often do you write daily?

A: I don’t. I tend to go months without writing while I think about a project and then frantically type it all out over a few weeks. In a given year when I’m not blocked, I’ll write maybe one day in three. “Write every day” is great advice, but people treat it like a holy law. Write when you can, and if you can’t, that’s okay don’t freak out. If something’s keeping you from writing, then you should try and address that, but you shouldn’t feel like the Word Count Police are gonna come take you away.short watercolor stroke better

Q: If you got a chance to talk to your younger self, what would you say?

A: Something I won’t repeat for fear of litigation.blue watercolor streak

Okay, so that’s it for the interview! I’m going to throw some information at you about April Daniels and her Nemesis series.

short watercolor stroke betterApril Daniel’s Bio

[as copied from her website]

April Daniels graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in literature. She completed her first manuscript by scribbling a few sentences at a time between calls while working in the customer support department for a well-known video game console.

She has a number of hobbies, most of which are boring and predictable. As nostalgia for the 1990s comes into its full bloom, she has become ever more convinced that she was born two or three years too late and missed all the good stuff the first time around.

More Information About Her Series

[as copied from her press release]

Last January, Diversion Books was proud to debut April Daniels’ Dreadnought (January 2017), an #OwnVoices trans novel that featured a YA trans-superheroine, to much acclaim. Readers were introduced to scarred veteran Danny Tozer.

Dreadnought received much acclaim for her for how strongly it resonated with trans teens, tackling issues often overlooked culturally and in literature, and we’re excited that SOVEREIGN is following suit. I hope you will consider the Nemesis series for feature attention this July—April Daniels is also available for interviews.  

April Daniels graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in literature, and then promptly lost her job during the 2008 stock crash and recession. After she recovered from homelessness, she completed her first manuscript by scribbling a few sentences at a time between calls while working in the customer support department for a well-known video game console company. She has a number of hobbies, most of which are boring and predictable. As nostalgia for the 1990s comes into its full bloom, she has become ever more convinced that she was born two or three years too late and missed all the good stuff the first time around. Early in her writing practice, April set her narrative defaults to “lots of lesbians” and never looked back. Visit her online at www.aprildaniels.com.

(These aren’t affiliate links because I’m too lazy.)

Purchase Dreadnought on..

Goodreads | Amazon| Book Depository

Purchase Sovereign on…

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

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Okay, so.. here’s the giveaway! Diversion Publishing kindly offered three copies of the Nemesis for the giveaway- three winners will receive both the first and second book! Click the link or picture below to be taken to the rafflecopter giveaway.

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A lot of this post was copied from press releases & sites. #NoOriginality

Anyways, I haven’t done many posts like these- I think this was my first, actually! I was actually going to do this a while ago, before my weird unofficial break, of which I shall do a post on sometime soon!

I’m going to stick to more discussion posts for now! Because, you know, you guys are annoyed by me love me for my originality and un-clever jokes and arrogance wittiness.

Tell me your thoughts! (please)

So, how did you guys like me posting not-by-myself content?

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  1. YAY FOR INTERVIEW! I’ve heard of Dreadnought! I didn’t know it had all this awesome rep! POC, lesbian, and transgender, HOW GREAT IS THAT! Also you know my excitement of you posting already so I’ll just skip that part in this comment. XD BUT YAY FOR MORE DISCUSSIONS COMING UP!!!

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