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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!).

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I dare you to pick one up and NOT be inspired!


stalking jack the ripper coverStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Read For: PACING 

If 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 coverThe 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 coverGoodbye 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 ready).


upside of unrequited coverThe 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!

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Danika Stone

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of ...

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