Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the upcoming Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. You can find her on twitter and instagram.
What is your favorite fairytale or retelling?
Cinder, Marissa Meyer! I bow to the queen!
How much research did you do before writing your novels?
Since my first two series have been fairy tale retellings I literally just reread the books! The rest is just my imagination!
Did you always want to be a writer?
In first grade every kid got to write a “book” which was bound in wallpaper covered cardboard. my story was about a unicorn and a princess. I am still spinning fairytales today!
How does you background in TV writing impact your novel writing?
I wrote soaps for Days of Our Lives and Guiding Light! It was a different brand of fantasy, but making unbelievable things believable is a skill I still use! And soaps are filled with so much drama and heart and romance….and cliffhangers!! I write a lot of cliffhangers!
What has the journey been like since the publication of your first book until now?
A whirlwind and a surprise! And the equivalent of a huge hug from The universe!
I wanted Dorothy to sell well enough so that I could write more books! Being a working writer has always been the goal, my readers, re munchkins, gave me and Dorothy so much love, I honestly did not expect it and I have loved every minute of it! Thank you, my pretties for taking this crazy Yellow Brick Road with me! And I hope you like Algid just as much as I do!
You’re a huge fan of TV shows, what would you recommend someone binge watch ASAP?
Which fairytale princess (or any of your own characters) would you want by your side in the zombie apocalypse?
Dorothy. I would have to watch my back though, once we were done with the zombies she might tire of me!