I had the pleasure of interviewing Tiffany Daune, author of the much anticipated Coral and Bone series! Tiffany writes stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering TBR pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.
Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.
Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.
Without further ado here is the Q&A:
What is your favourite childhood book?
The childhood books most dear to my heart are The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I read them over and over and still could today.
How did you select the names of your characters for Coral and Bone?
I kind of just brainstorm names and see what pops into my head. I then do a search and see if the name means anything strange I’m not aware of and then test it out on the character. Urban Dictionary has some funny definitions for “Halen”, but I loved the name and kept it anyway. I can’t imagine her named anything else.
What was the hardest scene to write in Coral and Bone?
The hardest scenes to write centered around Elosia. I had to find the balance with keeping the story moving and at the same time drawing the reader into this magnificent new world without too much info dumping. I prefer fast paced plots, but I also admire the beauty of world building. Coral and Bone has a bit of both.
In Coral and Bone, mermaids are the main mystical creature, what mystical creature would you be and why?
I would so be a mermaid! Though I write about evil mermaids, I still adore the sparkly, rainbow fin mer.
What advice do you have for budding authors?
Writers often ask me how to find their voice or own unique style when every story idea has already been written. You can’t worry if the story has been written; it hasn’t been told by you! Every person experiences life in their own unique way. Explore your emotions, share your experiences and don’t be afraid to show your authentic self on the page. In the end, if you listen to your heart, your voice will shine.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ Albus Dumbledore
When did you know that you wanted to write professionally and how did you take the leap to get into the business?
I started writing with the intent of publishing seven years ago. I faced a lot of rejection letters, but I kept submitting and writing, until I received my first contract for Surface and the sequel Landlocked. Unfortunately, my publisher closed, and I had to start over. So, instead of resubmitting Surface, I wrote Coral & Bone which won a watty award in 2016.
What is next on your to read list?
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.
Can you share a little about the current title you are working on?
I'm currently editing books two and three of The Siren Chronicles and working on an outline for an exciting new series. Keep an eye on my Instagram account where I'll be posting a sneak peek very soon.
You know when someone reads you a story as a child and it sticks with you forever? Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid was that story for me. I love the original and I adore the Disney version. But, it wasn't until I watched Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides did I find my mermaid muse for Coral and Bone.
And finally, If you could meet one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?
Halen. Then I could apologize for all the crap I put her through. I'm not done with her yet, so she may need a big hug.