Swoon Author Danika Stone: INTERNET FAMOUS and the Four Books That Kept Me Writing
My writing goes in phases. I’m either in the “can’t type the words fast enough” part or the “words won’t come so I’m fighting every sentence” part. Obviously, the first option is better when it comes to accomplishing something, and that means getting into flow.
To do this, I read!
The books that spark my muse aren’t necessarily connected to my genre, but all of them have some element that catches my attention and doesn’t let go. This might be a beautiful quality to the language, a smart clip to the dialogue, a heady plot. These four books were part of what kept me writing my newest, Internet Famous (on sale now!).
I dare you to pick one up and NOT be inspired!
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Read For: PACING
you love thrillers, then the adventures of seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose will
keep you turning pages as she tries to uncover the identity of the Whitechapel
murderer (AKA Jack the Ripper!!!), a task which leaves her questioning
everything (and everyone) she knows. Maniscalco’s gift for tense plotting takes
Stalking Jack the Ripper from a good
read to BRILLIANT. I’d gladly follow Wadsworth and Creswell anywhere!
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Read For: EMOTION
Amanda’s debut poetry anthology is both a gorgeous personal
exploration of growing up and an epic reweaving of cultural expectations. Her
poems are filled with painful truths, finding and losing love, and the
difficulties of making your own way. Believe me when I say, we all need to be self-saving princesses in
today’s world. Lovelace’s book is one that will inspire you to start!
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Read For: PLOT
Another emotion-filled book which became the "carrot" for my slogging-through-editing days was Goodbye Days. Zentner’s books always have amazing stories and this
one was no exception, but what I really
adored about it was the handling of death. You can’t help but empathize with
Carver Briggs, who is tortured by the last text he sent his friend Mars,
possibly triggering the car crash that killed his three friends. A beautiful and
heartbreaking story! Pick it up when you have the chance (and tissues at the
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Read For: CHARACTER
I absolutely loved Molly and her all-too-realistic anxieties about her body and
herself. It felt like I had stepped directly back into my teen years, and was experiencing
those emotions all over again. Albertalli is the queen of nuanced, realistic
and diverse characters. Molly, her
sister Cassie, and friend Reid live and breathe. They feel real. And nothing makes me want to write more than that!
So what books do YOU read for inspiration? Give your "best books" in the comments below!