Dan Krokos is the author of THE PLANET THIEVES, FALSE MEMORY, and most recently, FALSE SIGHT, the 2nd novel in the False series! Dan was kind enough to stop by and answer a few questions about FALSE SIGHT, and more!
Also, we have a copy of FALSE MEMORY & FALSE SIGHT to give away to one lucky winner, so be sure to check out those details at the bottom of the post!
Dan, will you tell us a little about yourself and your background? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I did not. I wanted to be an actor, or a comedian. Instead of working on those skills during my teen years, I played videogames. I don’t think I really got my act together until I was twenty. I did write when I was a kid, but just for fun, not thinking I’d ever be good enough to get published.
It wasn’t until my friend handed me a copy of Dragons of Autumn Twilight that my love for reading was reignited. After devouring hundreds of books at the gas station I worked at, I knew I wanted to write my own stories. Those books kept me sane, and let my mind escape from the horrors of gas station life. Everything I do is to provide the escapism those authors gave me when I was miserable.
far as my background goes, I’m from a suburb of Cleveland. I wasn’t a great student. I wanted to be a cop, because I’m a fan of justice, but then I discovered how much I love English, even though I HATED it growing up. With a fiery passion. I was one of those kids who’d be like “WHY DO WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT A GERUND IS?” but now I know the answer to that question.
What do you like the most about your heroine, Miranda North, and why do you think readers will root for her?
I like that Miranda doesn’t give up. I can’t say whether people will root for her or not, but from what I’ve heard people seem to appreciate that she’s making the best of her situation. I was careful to not make her whiny, since that’s my biggest turnoff in YA at the moment.
I also like that, though Miranda’s conflicted about her feelings between two boys, it’s never really a contest after what Noah does to her. She doesn’t let people walk all over her, and never will. I don’t think it’s cool when fictional girls let boys treat them like garbage.
Who, or what, have been some of the biggest influences on your life or writing?
That’s a tough one. So many things have influenced me. I’ll stick to writing to keep it narrowed down. A Song of Ice and Fire has been an enormous inspiration to me. I’ve learned so much about tension and stakes from that series. And about well-rounded characters who aren’t black and white.
The Hunger Games is what got me into YA in the first place though. It was simply one of the most thrilling books I’d ever read, and I knew I wanted to write stuff like that.
And Harry Potter will always be near the top.
If you could experience one book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell. Or Harry Potter. I realize that’s two answers. But I can’t imagine reading the final showdown in book 7 again. When Harry and V are circling each other, and Harry is basically explaining all the ways V is about to lose, yet V STILL HAS TO ATTACK HARRY BECAUSE THAT’S WHO HE IS. I’m getting shivery just thinking about it.
What are you reading now?
The Stand by Stephen King on audiobook. I’ve been listening to it in the car on my last couple trips between New York and Cleveland. On paper, Before They Are Hanged, by Joe Abercrombie. He’s a fantastic fantasy author.
What’s one piece of advice that you would give aspiring writers?
Learn to let go. When you’re first starting out, it feels like every story is THE ONE. You might be thinking that right now. I promise you, it isn’t. Your idea isn’t as good as the one you’ll have next. Don’t spend years working on the same project. You’ll know when your skills have been honed enough to really focus on something special.
When you’re not writing, how do you enjoy spending your free time?
I’m really big on television—along with most of America, I know. It’s where the best stories are being told right now. I also like playing videogames with my best buddies who live in different states. Since we don’t get to hang out anymore, it’s nice to get on skype and video chat while we play. I also just got my motorcycle license this week, and really, really enjoy riding.
What’s next for you, this year and beyond?
False Sight and The Planet Thieves are already out, so the rest of this year will be quiet (except for the edits I’m doing on their sequels). Next year I have the final False Memory book, and the sequel to The Planet Thieves. Really excited about both of them.
We’re also about to go on submission with my first adult novel, which is a gritty crime thriller that I am also—spoiler alert—extremely excited about.
And soon I will be working on my next YA book, which is about a boy who gets out of juvenile detention on the day his father is murdered. Don’t tell anyone I told you that.
About FALSE MEMORY:
Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her-except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.
Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy-especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.
Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter…when there may not be a future.
About FALSE SIGHT:
All Miranda wants is a normal life. She’s determined to move past the horrible truth of her origin as a clone so she can enjoy time with her boyfriend, Peter, and the rest of her friends at school. But Miranda quickly learns that there’s no such thing as normal-not for a girl who was raised to be a weapon. When one of Miranda’s teammates turns rogue, it begins a war that puts the world in jeopardy. Now, Miranda must follow her instincts-not her heart-in order to save everything she’s fought so hard to keep. With the image of a terrible future seared in her mind, what will Miranda have to sacrifice to protect the people she loves?
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