Now in the middle of 2019, we’d like to take a day to celebrate the Ouroborus Books family’s middle child – not one of the first, and not one of the new kids, YA fantasy author Danica Peck is the generous, colourful and personable heart of our little press. Like her books, she brings an infectious level of fun and surprise to what can otherwise become a serious business. Her first series, Battles of Azriel, follows a cast of rebel queens and their struggles to reclaim their thrones in a dangerous parallel realm, and her upcoming works walk exciting lines between fantasy adventure and paranormal romance. Read on for our interview with Danica and follow the links to find her books and social media.
Tell us about yourself: My name is Danica and I write the stories my mind creates, because if I don’t put them on paper I may go insane. I’ve published two books and have countless stories waiting to be written. As long as I am always writing and travelling, I am satisfied on this planet.
These are so hard to answer. Narrowing down to a favourite or even top five is near impossible.
Favourite book: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, Arrival by Charlotte McConaghy and Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead
Favourite films: Perks of Being a Wallflower, Edge of 17, Love Actually, Breakfast Club, Set It Up
Favourite shows: Friends! Anything Joss Whedon! (Ah it’s too hard!! So many amazing shows?)
Favourite colour: Blue
Favourite song: (current) False Confidence – Noah
Favourite bands: Halsey!! Queen, Michael Jackson, American Rejects
Favourite artist: Destiny Blue
Favourite sesame street character: Elmo
Favourite subject in school: Drama, English and Film
Favourite special place: The beach
Ideal holiday destination: Lapland, Russia, Egypt
Best birthday party: As long as I’m with those I love, it’s always the best
Food you can’t stand: Avocado, I know I’m weird. Raw fish – yuck! Brussel sprouts, like why?
Something you’d never be caught dead wearing: Crocs! Unfashionable mismatched clothes.
Fears: Spiders and getting old
Least favourite sport: Do burpees count?
A really annoying piece of advice: You’re still young, you’ll find someone
An age you are not: 22!!
Favourite Avenger: Loki
Favourite Disney princess: Jasmine
Third favourite fictional character: Rose Hathaway
A Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavour named after you would be a combination of: Cookie dough, Nutella and strawberry ice-cream
A job you definitely wouldn’t have been suited for: Nun
A random hobby you had for like five minutes once: Scrapbooking
The most attractive punctuation mark is: Semi colon
Best Skittle and jellybean flavour: Red skittle and toasted marshmallow jelly bean
What inspired you to write your current work? The story I’m currently working on was inspired by a dream
What genres do you read and write? Mostly fantasy and other worlds
When did you start publishing with Ouroborus? Three years ago
What do you hope people associate you with? Writing, travel and hippie!
Current work-in-progress: Amity
What can readers expect from you in future? Another four books in my series and a few standalones.
Which of your own characters do you relate to most, and which is your favourite to write? Arya. I created her when I was sixteen. If I’m going through a hard time so is she, when I’m healing same to her.
What upcoming or recently released Ouroborus book are you most eager to read and why? Shayla’s book 3. Need to know what happens!
Hardcover, eBook or paperback? Hardcover
Chocolate or chips? Chocolate
DC or Marvel? Marvel
Blue ink or black? Blue ink
Indoors or outdoors? Outdoors
Spotless workspace or is there a desk under all that? There is a desk… somewhere
Coffee or tea? Tea