Friday, July 6, 2012

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Danielle Ackley-McPhail

It's Blog Ring of Power Time!!! 
Today we are wrapping up the interview with Danielle
For the beginning parts check out

Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for over seventeen years. Her works include the urban fantasies, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, the upcoming Today’s Promise, and The Halfling’s Court, and the writers guide, The Literary Handyman. She edits the Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies and Dragon’s Lure, and has contributed to numerous other anthologies.

She is a member of the New Jersey Authors Network and Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres. She can be found on LiveJournal (damcphail, lit_handyman), Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail), and Twitter (DMcPhail). Learn more at

Thanks for stopping by Danielle, lets talk about any Words of Wisdom you may have for us.

BRoP:  What are the most important elements of good writing?
Danielle:  It is hard to encapsulate this into a brief paragraph, so I’ll just touch on a few major points. First, attention to detail, both in terms of the technical aspects of writing and the craft of story telling. Second, a good edit. No work is perfect, everyone needs another set of eyes, someone to say what makes sense and what doesn’t. The author doesn’t always have to agree, but they should consider what caused the disconnect with the reader.

BRoP:  Do you have any advice for other writers?
Danielle:  Don’t think you can just sit back. Don’t think once you’ve written the book and signed the contract, your part is done. Don’t think that once a new book comes out there’s no reason to pay attention to the book that came before. An author must always and continually make an effort to promote their work, improve their craft, and understand their business. The next important thing is don’t for a minute think that you have nothing more to learn. We can always improve our craft. No one is perfect.

BRoP:  What do you feel is the key to your success?
Danielle:  Sheer stubbornness and persistence. Being an extrovert does not hurt in the least. I get out there I meet people I share my passion and my work and I actively seek opportunity of every sort: publishing, networking, promoting. I have build a presence that tells the industry I know at least something of what I am doing and I’m here to stay.

BRoP:  What are your current / future project(s)?
Danielle:  Oh my…well, I have about six novels started that I’ve yet to finish…other things keep getting in the way. One is a military science fiction called Daire’s Devils, based on my short stories about the 142nd Infantry unit of the same name. Then there is an atypical vampire novel called tentatively Kantasi Nation, and a second biker faerie novel, The Redcaps’ Queen, the sequel to The Halfling’s Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. Beyond that I have four anthologies I’m working on: Bad-Ass Faeries 4: It’s Elemental, Eternal Flame, and two steampunk anthologies, Clockwork Chaos and Gaslight and Grimm.

BRoP:  Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Danielle:  Well, if this posts before the end of May I’d like to tell your readers about our upcoming launch party for Today’s Promise and other Dark Quest Books Spring releases. The party is at Balticon (, the Sunday of the con at 7pm to 9pm in the Garden Room.

If this posts after the end of May: For those aspiring writers out there reading, I post weekly articles on the business and craft of being a writer at the Literary Handyman Blog (

Where can your readers stalk you:

Website and/or blog,

Is your book in print, ebook or both? Both print and ebook.

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