I’m very excited to have yet another bestselling author (and fellow Albertan) on the website today! Say hello to Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of the heartbreakingly romantic Malediction Trilogy. She’s here today to promote her upcoming novel The Broken Ones, a prequel to Stolen Songbird, the first book in Malediction Trilogy. Keep reading to learn more about this epic Young Adult Fantasy novel, enter the sweet giveaway, and get some awesome preorder swag!
1.) The Broken Ones is a prequel to the Malediction Trilogy. Why did you choose to write it after the trilogy concluded?
I actually started writing it around the time I was in the throes of drafting Hidden Huntress, but I (reluctantly) abandoned it due to time constraints. For years, I waxed on about how much I wanted to go back to it, but I was so mentally exhausted after finishing and promoting the trilogy that I thought it would never happen. I wanted to dedicate my time, which is limited, to another project that had been sitting on the backburner while I finished up Warrior Witch. But the responses I received from readers after they finished the series made me realize that I wasn’t done with this world. Really knowing Marc and Penelope’s story – more than just the summary that you get in Stolen Songbird – is integral to understanding many of the choices I made when plotting the trilogy. I came to believe that readers NEEDED to know the details of what happened. That they NEEDED to know the backstory that was lurking inside my brain. So last summer, I told my agent that I really wanted to write this book, and she pitched it to my publisher, who said DO IT. The rest is history!
2.) What was the hardest part of writing The Broken Ones?
So many things were hard! A big one was that it was so important to stay true to pieces of the story that were revealed throughout the trilogy. Sometimes I really wanted to take the plot a certain direction, but I couldn’t without losing consistency, which was frustrating. Another challenge was regressing my characters back to two years prior to Stolen Songbird – basically undoing all the character development that happens throughout the trilogy without making them seem like totally different people. They needed to be younger, somewhat more naïve versions of the trolls you meet when Cecile arrives in Trollus.
3.) Will there be more books in the Malediction world?
No. Or at least, there are no kernels of plot currently floating around in my head. I’ve got so many other stories that I want to get down on the page; so, as much as I love Trollus, it would have to be one heck of an idea to get me to go back to the Malediction world.
4.) What is your typical writing day like?
I have a toddler and a baby, so I don’t have typical days J I currently get two work days a week (9-4pm) where both my kids are out of the house, and I cram those hours full of as much stuff as I can, whether it be drafting, editing, or promoting. What I do is driven by level of urgency, not by my muse – she works when I tell her to 😉
5.) Do you have any other projects on the horizon? If so, can you tell us about them or give us a few teasers?
I have a big YA epic fantasy project that I’ve been writing on and off for about ten years. It’s my passion project and 100% my focus right now. I’d love to tell you more, but until I know that it’s going to be a thing that you can read, I want to keep the details close.
6.) What advice would you give to new and aspiring authors?
Seek out criticism for your work and listen to it. Learn from it. Don’t let fear stop you from trying to write, but also don’t let pride get in the way of you becoming a better writer.
A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).
Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader. His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.
After accidentally ruining her sister’s chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.
Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.
Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.
Stolen Songbird (Book One of The Malediction Trilogy)
Hidden Huntress (Book Two of The Malediction Trilogy)
The Broken Ones (Prequel to The Malediction Trilogy) (PREORDER LINKS)
Warrior Witch (Book Three of The Malediction Trilogy)
The Broken Ones: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33100779-the-broken-ones
Stolen Songbird: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17926775-stolen-songbird
Hidden Huntress: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21851568-hidden-huntress
Warrior Witch: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21851572-warrior-witch
Another reason why you should get The Broken Ones now… Exclusive preorder swag (check out her Instagram for sneak peeks at the character portraits)!
Readers who submit their receipts and fill out the form will receive an exclusive swag pack, which includes a bookmark, signed bookplate, and 3 character trading cards. Campaign is open internationally and will run until release day or while until supplies run out. Details are here: https://danielleljensen.com/2017/03/06/broken-ones-preorder-campaign/
About the Author
Danielle L. Jensen was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous, and it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.
Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, and Warrior Witch
Many thanks to Danielle for providing all the materials needed for this blog post, being absolutely wonderful to work with, and for offering such a unique preorder campaign. I’ve already preordered my copy (is it June yet?), and can’t wait to dive into the hauntingly beautiful world of Trollus one more time.