21 Sept 2016

We Can(ada) Read: Interview with Danielle L. Jensen!

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Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, and Warrior Witch (Angry Robot Books).

Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

Connect with the Author:

What is your favourite part about being a Canadian author?

Danielle L. Jensen: It’s a small club, especially in the YA space. I feel like we all know/know of each other, which creates a natural connection between us.

What do you think Canadian authors can exclusively bring to the table?

Danielle L. Jensen: Canadian spelling? Joking, of course! The YA market is dominated by American authors, so I believe authors from other countries inject different perspectives as well as cultural diversity.

What is your favourite “Canadian tradition”?

Danielle L. Jensen: Probably the use of parody and satire to laugh about politics, particularly our own.

How do you think your life as a Canadian overlaps with your writing? Do we see any of this in The Malediction Trilogy?

Danielle L. Jensen: Forsaken Mountain – the mountain that covers Trollus – was inspired by Turtle Mountain in Alberta and the rockslide that buried the town of Frank. This video was the inspiration for the exterior description of the trolls’ world 

Describe STOLEN SONGBIRD in 10 words or less.

Danielle L. Jensen: Opera diva is kidnapped by trolls to break a curse.

Whose point of view did you enjoy writing more: Cécile or Tristan?

Danielle L. Jensen: In writing STOLEN SONGBIRD and HIDDEN HUNTRESS, I preferred writing from Tristan’s point of view. In WARRIOR WITCH, I preferred Cécile. Cécile was more challenging because I wanted her reactions and choices to realistic for a seventeen year old girl with her life experience. I wanted her to be real and relatable and to make mistakes, but I also wanted her to be strong and brave and compelling. Because Tristan is a mythological creature, my goals were to make him mysterious, exciting, and interesting, which I found easier.

How did you determine the rules for the troll culture? Was this based on some mythology or something you created?

Danielle L. Jensen: Some authors like to create their worlds before they start writing, but I prefer my plot to drive most of my world building. The trolls aren’t based on any particular mythology, but I did pick and choose certain aspects of fairy lore, as it suited my purpose. There is a bit of a 18th century France feel to Trollus, which I used as an inspiration for some of the revolutionary themes in the story.

What is your favourite aspect of Cécile’s character growth throughout the trilogy?

Danielle L. Jensen: This is a bit of a reversal of your question, but my favourite aspect of Cécile’s character is what didn’t change, and that’s how her emotions, particularly her empathy for other people, influenced her decisions. I get the sense sometimes that people believe the best path for an impulsive character is for them to start making decisions based purely on logic, but I disagree with that. Computers make poor heroines.

Where do you think your main characters would want to live if they lived in present day Canada?

Danielle L. Jensen: Tristan would probably want to live in Ottawa so that he could be neck deep in politics, but Cécile would drag him back and forth across the country (and the world) on her performance tours.

Now that The Malediction Trilogy is over, what do you plan to write next?

Danielle L. Jensen: I have several projects that I’m working on, but nothing I can formally discuss just yet. But I wouldn’t rule out a return to the world of Trollus…


Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: Malediction Trilogy #1
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: April 1, 2014

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for...

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1 comment:

  1. At my house. I live alone now that my 2 girls have grown but they are still home all the time, 1-2 times a week. I love this series! I need to read the third book very soon.


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