[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Danielle! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Danielle L Jensen] Quiet, smart, quirky, obstinate, and ambitious
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Stolen Songbird?
[Danielle L Jensen] Stolen Songbird is about a girl named Cécile who gets kidnapped by trolls to break the curse that has imprisoned them under a mountain for five centuries. At first all she cares about is escaping, but then she learns about a revolution that is forming to help the half-bloods who are enslaved by the full-blooded trolls. When she realizes she might be their only hope, she joins them and their secret leader, the enigmatic Prince Tristan. There is magic, strange creatures, intrigue, and kissing, so get yourself a copy if that’s your sort of thing ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Danielle L Jensen] The setting actually came first, which might seem a bit strange until you read it and realize that the location is actually one of the antagonists. Basically I had dream about a city covered by rubble, and the rest came swimming out of my imagination. Forsaken Mountain is based on a real mountain in the Rockies, and once the snow melts, I am totally going to do a vlog on location.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Danielle L Jensen] I liked creating the world. It is quite fantastical and exists in a very precarious balance. I also really like a lot of my secondary characters, and I put a lot of effort into creating their personalities.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Danielle L Jensen] The political situation in Trollus is a very major plot arc in the novel, but at one point, it was one of the weaker elements. I went through a lot of revisions with my agent in order to make that aspect stronger and more important, and now it’s one of the parts I’m most proud of.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Danielle L Jensen] My current theme song is Work B**ch by Britney Spears. Not so much because I want the things she lists in the song, although I wouldn’t turn them down, but because it reminds me that success is a function of effort. Also, it’s a catchy tune to workout to.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Danielle L Jensen] Chapstick. The second I realize I don’t have one my lips seem to turn to sandpaper. I’m sure it’s all mental.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Danielle L Jensen] My desk always looks disastrous. But I will name three things sitting on it that you might not expect.
2 troll dolls that I dug out of a box for “reasons”
A Tanda blue-light zit zapper that I’m pretty sure doesn’t work
Arm socks for cold Canadian nights (they are sitting under the calendar)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Danielle L Jensen] If I could be a guy for a day, I would. Is that weird? Mostly, I think it would give me a much greater perspective on life.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Danielle L Jensen] I recently read and enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Next on my list is a book by one of my fellow 2014 debut authors: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Danielle L Jensen] I like to read, drink coffee, watch movies, and hang out with my friends.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Danielle L Jensen] Twitter: @dljensen_
About the book:
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.