Ask the Author: Dani Pasquini
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m a really funny person. And I’m not just saying that… I tend to write stories that are emotionally charged and can sometimes be rather serious in their subject matter. I have had many dark phases in my life up to this point. Many of the emotions that my characters experience is drawn from feelings that I myself have felt. I feel that I am a better writer when I write about things that I know. Because of that, I try to keep my non-artistic life light and fun while pouring all of my darkness out onto paper and canvas.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
THE GOLD FEATHER SERIES is a four-book series. The fourth book is due out for release this summer. The series is about a woman named Lily who discovers that she has been an unwilling participant in a study that modifies the genome in infants. Not only does she learn that she has superhuman abilities but she also discovers that many of the children who were experimented on have formed genetic bonds to other children, creating a Dual bond. As her memories begin to return to her, she has to deal with the realities of what this new life means and what it means for her future.
The series is complex and layered with new revelations being made that take the reader down unexpected paths. The main characters are all in their mid-forties. This was important to me because I myself am in that age range and have always wondered why all of the sci-fi stories I have read in the past have characters learning that they have superhuman abilities when they are in their teens and twenties. I wanted the readers to relate to the hardships of what it means to have had life experiences to then all of a sudden have their lives turned upside down by this complete life-altering revelation.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
These characters have been living inside of me for years so I can’t say that there has been one thing that has inspired me. Having said that, music plays a huge role in scene development for me. I choose pieces of music based on what it is that I am writing about. I tapped into so many different pieces of music while writing the series that I created a playlist. You can find it on my website, www.danipasquini.com
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
This is not only a difficult question to answer because I don’t want to give anything away but also because there were so many scenes that I loved writing. I really wanted the characters to experience non-judgmental love. I wanted to remove gender and sex in a way so that the experiences were purely based on human connection. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of sexual encounters but I wanted the readers to appreciate the intense connections that can be formed between two people.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
All of them! I am an avid reader and find inspiration in every single author voice that I encounter. Each unique voice, well known or indie, has made an impression on me to the point where it has helped me on my journey to fine-tuning my own voice. We’re all a work in progress, always striving to be better. We all need to support one another on our journeys.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Keep writing! Even when you know that it sucks. Every word you write will take you closer to finding your own voice. Always be kind and supportive. Putting your work out into the world is an incredibly humbling experience that opens your most vulnerable parts to criticism. You are going to get negative reviews. There will be people who just don’t see what it is you are trying to do. But then you’ll get readers who love your work and can’t wait to read more. Stay strong. You can’t please everyone all you can do is strive to make yourself be happy.
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