On this week’s #3QT, we’re featuring MG and YA author Dan Krokos. Here to introduce him is literary assistant Jackie Lindert:
I’m so glad to be able to introduce Dan Krokos, author of the False Memory series, concluding this month with FALSE FUTURE (August 19th, Disney-Hyperion), as well as the Planet Thieves books (Macmillan-Starscape)—look for THE BLACK STARS this October. Dan was one of the first New Leaf authors I ever met as an intern back in 2012. His enthusiasm for writing, and for life in general, is contagious and inspiring. When Dan tells a story, everyone stops to listen, and when he writes one, everyone should stop to read it—his books are thrilling and kick-ass! New Leaf is proud to represent Dan’s talent. And here’s the man of the hour to talk a little about himself….
Tell Us a Fact About What You’re Working on Now
A few weeks ago a friend came over and we did an outline for a screenplay in one day (a rough outline). He arrived at 1 pm and we went to bed at 4 am with the story mostly cracked. Definitely in my top five most fun days ever.
For the novel I’m working on, next week I’m going on a research trip/adventure. I’m riding my motorbike with my little brother (on his bike) down to southern Ohio from Cleveland to get a feel for the area and take lots of pictures. No GPS, just back roads. I’m so excited I’m almost bummed it’s nearly here and over. You know that feeling?
What’s Something People Might Be Surprised to Learn About You?
Here’s a couple short ones:
When I want to warm my brain up for writing, or decompress after a lot of writing, I like to write rap songs.
I failed my freshman year of English in college because I skipped school on the day they announced that the location and time for the final would be changing.
What’s One of Your Favorite Books (and Why)?
Gone Girl. I mention it because the movie is coming out, and I want people to read it first. It’s extraordinary. Gillian Flynn’s command of language and tension is nearly unparalleled. People always pitch writers as “the next Lee Child” or “the next Dennis Lehane.” Those are excellent things to be, of course, but I want to be the next Gillian Flynn.
If you could live in any book world, which would you choose? And what occupation would you have?
If comic books count, I just really want to be an Avengers team member if that’s okay. Nobody really dies, but everyone gets to throw each other into buildings and then still be friends. Your pals all have superpowers and you tool around in a jet or hang out in a skyscraper in Midtown. Come on. I’d even be the butler. Let me be your Alfred, Thor. I can tie you a Dutch braid.
Alternative answer: Harry Potter. I’d be Harry’s best friend, since Ron literally abandons him in life or death situations twice and nobody really talks about it.
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