IndieView with Danica Davidson, author of Escape from the Overworld

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For more from Danica visit her website or follow her on Twitter. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? As Stevie and Maison’s worlds become more combined, their adventure becomes intense and even more frightening than they could have ever imagined. If I edit while I’m writing, I might lose the flow and get distracted. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? But soon the two friends learn zombies have also made their way out of the portal! For the Minecrafter books, I often listen to Nightwish, which is a symphonic metal band. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? The whole “let’s get every pet adopted” thing is pretty much like me. It varies by the book. You can go back and revise it later, and revision is also a step we all need to learn, because you have to critically look over your work afterward (but not so critically you put it in the trashcan instead of finding ways to better it). The most important thing is the writing, whether you self-publish, go with an independent publisher or go with a large one. Write down whatever you want to say first and foremost, because it’s your voice. With each book, I would brainstorm thoroughly beforehand so I already knew where I was going with them before I sat down at the computer. The Barbie comic came pretty easily and I found it really fun to write. Stevie is shocked by how different this world is, and Maison takes him under her wing. Danica Davidson – 24 June 2017
The Back Flap
Stevie is in for a big surprise while building his treehouse: he’s first attacked by a creeper, and then must take on a group of zombies! I make myself write at least 2,000 words a day before I can have a break. Being a professional writer has been my dream since very early childhood. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? A little from column A, a little from column B. For the books I’ve published, the publishers have generally wanted an outline before there’s a contract. The Barbie comic is for ages 6-10. This spawned off into five more books: Attack on the Overworld, The Rise of Herobrine, Down into the Nether, The Armies of Herobrine and Battle with the Wither. My publishers have taken care of the covers. For these books, I give myself a set schedule because I have strict deadlines. We all know how important it is for writers to read. The Minecrafter ones take about a week for the first draft (they’re about 20,000 words) and then I go back and revise. I want to write in all different styles and genres, and for all different age groups. Write down whatever you want to say first and foremost, because it’s your voice. About You
What would you like readers to know about you? I have a spinoff series with Stevie and his friends coming out later this year, starting with Adventure Against the Endermen. That changed when I was introduced to Beverly Cleary. The most important thing is the writing, whether you self-publish, go with an independent publisher or go with a large one. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? If so can you please describe it? The main character, Stevie, lives in Minecraft and accidentally finds a portal to Earth, after which he has all sorts of adventures while traveling around worlds. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? The Minecrafter books are aimed for 7-12, though I have older and younger readers. If I can write more than 2,000, great. I’ve written the Barbie graphic novel Barbie: Puppy Party for Papercutz and have also been in Tales from the Crypt. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? About the book
What is the book about? Either I forced myself through the scene with a promise I would rewrite it later, or I’d step away from it for a while to go for a walk to busy myself with something else. It depends on the book. It works. After years of submitting and being rejected, I sold the manga book in 2014 and shortly after that I started writing the Minecrafter ones. The Minecrafter books came out of a sense of adventure and spanning different worlds, and how strange and fun it would be if a video game world were real. I was trying for a while to come up with something for Tales from the Crypt, then suddenly I had an idea and it all came rushing out pretty quickly. (Actually, I listen to them a lot if I want to write something more exciting or pulse-beating). If an outline isn’t requested, I don’t normally write them down. I used to dictate stories to my parents when I was three, and I was writing novels in middle school. And I’m serious about writing all sorts of different books, so we’ll see what the future holds. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? What are you working on now? Sometimes the words just seize me and I have to write them down. How long did it take you to write it? I learned it’s normal to get A LOT of rejection before you first publish. For the Barbie comic, I had Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” on repeat. Tales from the Crypt would be YA or adult, I’d say. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Get you copy of   Escape from the Overworld from Amazon US or Amazon UK. It takes place as if Minecraft is a real world (and if you’re a parent, teacher or kid, you’re probably familiar with this blocky game and its popularity). From there I sold the Minecrafter books and that’s just how it worked out. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Where did you get the idea from? I have a book out called Manga Art for Beginners (a guide on how to draw manga-style characters) with a sequel book coming out next year. I’ve written a number of books in the last few years, and the first one to come out was Escape from the Overworld, an adventure novel for ages 7-12. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? More and more creatures are slipping out by the second, wreaking havoc on a world that has no idea how to handle zombies, creepers, giant spiders, and the like. Usually I edit after I finish. My agent was submitting different work of mine, and then Skyhorse Publishing approached me about writing a manga book. Yes, and it took me years to get a literary agent. He steps out of a computer screen and into the room of a sixth-grade girl Maison, who’s a talented builder. The Barbie comic took a few days, but it’s about 60 pages and mostly pictures. More Minecrafter books! Sometimes I would get stuck on a scene, and I handled this in one of two ways. Stevie and Maison must put their heads together and use their combined talents in order to push the zombies back into Minecraft, where they belong. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? What came easily? Do you have a target reader? Also, if I read over everything after I’ve written it, it gives me some time away so I can look at it fresh. I was very naïve in the beginning about what a difficult process it is, and I think a lot of aspiring writers are. I keep it all in my head. The manga books are generally YA, but they’re basically for anyone who wants to study manga-style art. When did you start writing the book? Once I got the hang of the Minecrafter books, those starting spilling out of me. Not long after that I got really into reading Greek mythology, and that eventually led me to Homer and Ovid, who are my favorite writers. When I was a kid, there was a time where I liked being read to but I didn’t like reading books for myself. The manga books went on for a few months because I would go back and forth with the artists. Do you outline? Barbie: Puppy Party has Barbie and her sisters throwing a puppy party to get the local shelter pets adopted, and that idea came from my love of animals and the rescue pets I have. But if not, this still keeps me going steadily. I almost always have music playing, and it varies depending on what I’m writing. The near miss has him feeling like the worst mob fighter in Minecraft, so when he finds a portal into a brand-new world, he’s willing to take his chances. Then I didn’t want to wait around for someone to read it to me because I just had to know right then what would happen. I’ve been writing since I was little. I’m also in the comic book world. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Yes! Usually my outline would be less than a page and cover the basics of the plot. I’m learning as I go. Pretty fictitious, though sometimes I see elements of myself in them. Do you listen to music while you write? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Each book varies.