Your Next Favorite Author—Dan Rice!

Sometimes there’s no going back.

Allison Lee wilts under the bright light of celebrity after being exposed as a shape-shifting monster. She’d rather be behind the camera than in front of it. Being under the tooth and claw of her monstrous mother is even less enjoyable. All she desires is for everything to go back to the way things were before she discovered her true nature. 

But, after she accidentally kills a mysterious man sent to kidnap her, she realizes piecing her old life back together is one gnarly jigsaw puzzle. When Allison’s sometimes boyfriend Haji goes missing, Allison and her squad suspect his unhealthy interest in magic led to his disappearance. Their quest to find Haji brings them face-to-face with beings thought long ago extinct whose agenda remains an enigma.

DAN RICE pens the young adult urban fantasy series The Allison Lee Chronicles in the wee hours of the morning. The series kicks off with his award-winning debut, Dragons Walk Among Us, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “An inspirational and socially relevant fantasy.”

Avis: Welcome, Dan Rice, to Your Next Favorite Author! I’m so happy to meet another YA fiction author from the Pacific Northwest! First, I have to say, I love your cover! It gives reader’s an idea of what’s inside the book, which is why we’re here! 

Let’s begin, shall we? My first question is one I’ve been warned not to ask, but out of all the questions I sent to you, you were brave enough to tackle! Here it is:

Do you believe in writer’s block

Dan: I don’t suffer from writer’s block. Do I believe in it? After a fashion, I suppose. In most cases, I suspect what people call writer’s block is a lack of planning. To write a novel, you must juggle the plot, subplots, and a whole cast of characters at once. Trying to make everything up as you write the draft leads to a greater cognitive load. I think people get overwhelmed by the minutia they need to keep track of, become frustrated, and eventually give up. They call this writer’s block. I believe the remedy for this is upfront planning. I wrote extensively about my planning process for Author News Daily https://authornewsdaily.com/planning-to-streamline-your-writing-process/.

Avis: Good answer, and I encourage people to check out Dan’s link to a really great article! Here’s another question that gets some great responses:

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Dan: Writing energizes me! It’s the best time of the day! On a typical weekday, I’m at the computer by five a.m. when everyone else in the household is still asleep. I never have a hard time leaping out of bed to write. Often, I’m awake before my alarm. Even on the weekend, I usually arrive at the computer by six a.m.

Why is writing so energizing? It’s so much fun stringing together stray thoughts into a plot and characters. When I first started writing, I didn’t enjoy editing one bit. Now, I find the editing process one of the most rewarding aspects of writing. It’s incredible how much your story can improve when you take the time to cut away the excess words, tighten up the plot, refine the characters, and plug all the plot holes. It still astounds me!

That’s not to say everything about being an author is rainbows and unicorns. Marketing is a tough nut to crack and is essential if you want anyone to read your book. While it’s not exhausting, it takes a bite out of my precious writing time. For the busy author, time is priceless.

Avis: Another great answer! No wonder you have so many books out! I too like the wee hours of the morning to write. And I agree, marketing takes precious time away from the writing! I really appreciate your comments about revision as well. Turning revision into fun is totally key! Here’s a question that many readers and aspiring writers wonder about:

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Dan: The one I fell into was not editing nearly enough. After I finished my first novel-length rough draft, I told my writing group’s resident writer my work wasn’t good enough to spend time editing. He told me I should edit it anyway to complete the entire novel writing process from planning, drafting, and finally editing. I followed his advice half-heartedly and was soon working on a different project. What a foolish lad I was! I have subsequently discovered that it is during the editing process, which can take as long as writing the rough draft, that life is breathed into the story.

Another problem that impacts aspiring authors is lack of focus. At least, based on what I read on Twitter, it is. Many people proudly proclaim to be working on multiple projects at once. I think this is a recipe for not accomplishing much. Writing a novel requires concentration and long-term commitment. In my mind, juggling multiple writing projects is the antithesis of this. Now, a full-time fiction writer might be able to pull off numerous projects at once successfully, but even then, it’s an uphill battle leading to projects that drag on and on and on. For example, how long has George R.R. Martin been working on Winds of Winter? A decade? I contend that his many authorial commitments are slowing down his writing process, and he is a full-time author.

Avis: Wow! These are excellent pieces of advice from an author who is producing good results! It’s sometimes difficult to listen to the wisdom and advice of more experienced writers, but it sounds like you did eventually, and now at the wonderful books you have to show for your hard work!

            Thank you, Dan, for joining us today, and giving a bit of insight to you and your writing process! Please check out Dan Rice’s social media links, and his other books! And don’t forget to scroll down for my five-star review of his latest work, The Blood of Faeries, releasing from The Wild Rose Press February 

Review by Avis M. Adams

Dan Rice’s The Blood of Faeries: The Allison Lee Chronicles Volume 2, is a YA fantasy, action/adventure that brings to the stage dragons, faeries, skaags, and magic. Rice continues the saga of Allison Lee. Set in the Pacific Northwest with environmental and social undertones, Rice picks up thus story after the battles in which she finds out what she is and that her perfect mother is the reason why. They are both skaags—monsters.

Allison’s new life requires a protection crew and has attracted the media who now know she’s a skaag, a shapeshifter capable of morphing into an alligator, eel abomination. Hence, Allison’s new nickname, monster girl. Her fan base has made her something of an idol but the haters, and yes there are many, have turned her into something to fear. What Allison wants to avoid at all costs is a “one-way trip to a lock-up on a military base.” 

            Her biggest problem is how to return to “normal.” She’d really like to go to school, hang out with her best friend Dalia, and she’d like her teen life back please. Fat chance any of that will happen with her protection detail trying to save her from “the crazies” who want her dead. Rice makes sure she knows in the first couple chapters, though, that she can’t trust her own bodyguard who lets in an assassin, Timmy the little kid next door who takes seemingly innocent selfies with her to post on Monsterspotting.com destroying her anonymity, and then there’s Haji. He’s the boy she locked lips with, the boy she hoped she could trust.

Allison and her friends slip through the surveillance, on their way to a protest march about the environment, but when Haji badgers Allison to agree to an interview with a podcaster keen to host a monster on his show, she gets angry. No. Pissed is more like it, and when the “sleeper” within her threatens to wake, she begins to fear herself and what she is capable of, i.e., murder, mayhem, and general chaos on a grand and epic scale.

Then Haji disappears, and Allison has a very bad feeling. Haji’s increased interest in magic has led him to some of the sketchiest places in Seattle because in this world it is well known that heroin enhances the capabilities of magicians, and Haji would do anything to impress Allison with his magical skills to win her back. Allison and Dalia enlist a creature they can trust, Mauve, a dragon hidden in human form, to join their team and rescue Haji, but what they encounter proves to be too much even for Mauve.

Dan Rice develops a strong female protagonist in Allison, and her sense of loyalty to her friends gets her in and out of trouble. She would never hurt her friends by transforming into a skaag, and her decision never to kill again is becoming harder to resist, but will she have to in order to save humanity?  She grapples with these internal struggles as she tries to save Haji from the evil scientists who have found a way to enhance human abilities and form a magical army to fight the monsters. How are they doing this, you ask? By using the blood of faeries. 

Rice’s masterful plot twists and action scenes will keep you reading as you root for Allison and her friends in what seems at times a lost battle for the lives of her friends. Magic, dragons, skaags, and technology straight out of the best science fiction has to offer are the fuel that launch this novel in page turning overdrive.

            Dan Rice’s novel is a force of magical creatures against evil, but it’s up to Allison to figure out what is real, what is illusion, and how can she manage and control the powers within her own body. This paranormal, fantasy, adventure takes on the environment, the establishment, and any form of authority to show a strong female hero at work to make the world a better place.

            Until the next time.

            Dan Rice’s The Blood of Faeries: The Allison Lee Chronicles Volume 2 is a five-star page turner that will captivate your imagination.

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Review by Avis M. Adams

Dan Rice’s The Blood of Faeries: The Allison Lee Chronicles Volume 2, is a YA fantasy, action/adventure that brings to the stage dragons, faeries, skaags, and magic. Rice continues the saga of Allison Lee. Set in the Pacific Northwest with environmental and social undertones, Rice picks up thus story after the battles in which she finds out what she is and that her perfect mother is the reason why. They are both skaags—monsters.

Allison’s new life requires a protection crew and has attracted the media who now know she’s a skaag, a shapeshifter capable of morphing into an alligator, eel abomination. Hence, Allison’s new nickname, monster girl. Her fan base has made her something of an idol but the haters, and yes there are many, have turned her into something to fear. What Allison wants to avoid at all costs is a “one-way trip to a lock-up on a military base.”

            Her biggest problem is how to return to “normal.” She’d really like to go to school, hang out with her best friend Dalia, and she’d like her teen life back please. Fat chance any of that will happen with her protection detail trying to save her from “the crazies” who want her dead. Rice makes sure she knows in the first couple chapters, though, that she can’t trust her own bodyguard who lets in an assassin, Timmy the little kid next door who takes seemingly innocent selfies with her to post on Monsterspotting.com destroying her anonymity, and then there’s Haji. He’s the boy she locked lips with, the boy she hoped she could trust.

Allison and her friends slip through the surveillance, on their way to a protest march about the environment, but when Haji badgers Allison to agree to an interview with a podcaster keen to host a monster on his show, she gets angry. No. Pissed is more like it, and when the “sleeper” within her threatens to wake, she begins to fear herself and what she is capable of, i.e., murder, mayhem, and general chaos on a grand and epic scale.

Then Haji disappears, and Allison has a very bad feeling. Haji’s increased interest in magic has led him to some of the sketchiest places in Seattle because in this world it is well known that heroin enhances the capabilities of magicians, and Haji would do anything to impress Allison with his magical skills to win her back. Allison and Dalia enlist a creature they can trust, Mauve, a dragon hidden in human form, to join their team and rescue Haji, but what they encounter proves to be too much even for Mauve.

Dan Rice develops a strong female protagonist in Allison, and her sense of loyalty to her friends gets her in and out of trouble. She would never hurt her friends by transforming into a skaag, and her decision never to kill again is becoming harder to resist, but will she have to in order to save humanity?  She grapples with these internal struggles as she tries to save Haji from the evil scientists who have found a way to enhance human abilities and form a magical army to fight the monsters. How are they doing this, you ask? By using the blood of faeries. 

Rice’s masterful plot twists and action scenes will keep you reading as you root for Allison and her friends in what seems at times a lost battle for the lives of her friends. Magic, dragons, skaags, and technology straight out of the best science fiction has to offer are the fuel that launch this novel in page turning overdrive.

            Dan Rice’s novel is a force of magical creatures against evil, but it’s up to Allison to figure out what is real, what is illusion, and how can she manage and control the powers within her own body. This paranormal, fantasy, adventure takes on the environment, the establishment, and any form of authority to show a strong female hero at work to make the world a better place.

            Until the next time.

            Dan Rice’s The Blood of Faeries: The Allison Lee Chronicles Volume 2 is a five-star page turner that will captivate your imagination.

Published by avismadams

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the foothills of the Cascades. I am a published author of fiction and poetry. My debut YA novel coming out soon. I also write picture books, and short stories. I teach English at a local college, and I love any activity in the great outdoors, especially if it includes my dog Zero!

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  1. Looks like my kind of read! Can’t wait. Congratulations on your new release, Dan. Wishing you much continued success!

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