I’m hosting an interview with S.G. Daniels, author of “The Druid’s Doorway”, a YA urban fantasy novel. Thanks for responding to my questions, S.G.
How long have you been writing?
Not long, I decided to start writing “The Druid’s Doorway” in July last year. While I wrote and developed the story, I was also trying to learn the behind the scenes of self-publishing (I knew nothing at all going in). As a result, my first novel took a long time from start to release.
Is The Druid’s Doorway your first novel? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
Yes, it’s my first novel, and the first book in a series for the Reese Brothers.
Tell us about The Druid’s Doorway.
Jake is a high school kid who has had his share of loss. First, his mother dies when he was five, and then his grandmother not too long after that. Their deaths put a strain on the Reese family. Mainly for Jake, who has believed all this time he had something to do with his mother’s death.
When Jake realizes his best friend, Hailey has feelings for him, it triggers a series of events that lead Jake to a portal that’s linked to his mother’s past. Now it’s linked to him and his brother. He has to do a lot of growing up in a short time, and his decisions will mean the difference between life and death for everyone around him.
Why did you choose urban fantasy as a genre for your novel?
I didn’t actually select it; it kind of chose me. The story originally had Jake as an over the road truck driver. When I started outlining the story, he’s the one who told me he wanted to stay put in small town USA.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
If being a writer is your dream, then follow it. It might take you a little longer than you originally expected to get your story told; it might cost a little (or a lot) more than you had anticipated; there will be ups and down along the way, but never give up your dream.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
I have! I’m currently working on book two of the Reese Brothers Series, and a prequel novella. Both should be out sometime next year.
Thank you so much for having me here today!
About The Druid’s Doorway
Author: S.G. Daniels
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Jake Reese thinks he’s just a screwed-up high school kid living in a small town isolated in the Arizona desert. Traumatized at an early age by his mother’s sudden death—and believing he might have had something to do with it—he’s allowed his guilt and lack of self-confidence to rule his life.
Hailey is the fiery little redhead that sees Jake as more than a just a good friend. When she invites him as her date to a school function, it brings down the walls he’s built to protect his heart, and sets off a series of events that threaten not only Jake’s life, but that of everyone around him.
The discovery of a portal on the outskirts of town brings Jake face-to-face with death and reveals a closely guarded secret about his mother. No longer is his memory of her the only thing that haunts him. Something evil from her past has escaped through the portal, and nothing will prevent it from trying to steal Jake’s future.
Can Jake overcome his fears to keep Hailey safe? Will the decisions he’s forced to make destroy everyone he knows and loves? And ultimately…is he strong enough to live with those choices?
S.G. Daniels lives in rural Central Illinois with her husband of thirty-one years, and two spoiled cats, Payne and Jenks. She works full-time in a local medical facility as a patient accounting refund specialist. Most of her evenings she can be found in front of her computer, working on story ideas, or learning the ins and outs of the writing world. On the weekends, if she’s not spending time outside, she’s usually found nose-deep in a book. When S.G. unleashes her inner daredevil, she usually takes off through winding timber trails or country roads on the ATV. Her weaknesses are iced tea and pretzels, especially when she’s working on a story.