Internet Famous by Danika Stone (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming Danika Stone to my blog again today for another interview (not sure how
that happened, but her interviews are fabulous, so enjoy hearing from her twice! Check
out the other interview here), so definitely check that out as well as the giveaway below...

Internet Famous
by Danika Stone
YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
June 6th 2017 by Swoon Reads

Summary

Can an online romance survive in real life?

Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. Even Madi’s dismal romantic life seems ready to take off as Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!) starts flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies.

Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything―and everyone―she loves?

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Interview

What inspired you to write INTERNET FAMOUS?

The first bit of inspiration came from my Swoon Reads editor, Holly West, who said: “I think your next book should be called Internet Famous.”

This sparked a new story idea about someone who is internet famous and who is living with the results. The storyline of the MadLibs blog and the chilling stalker Madi must deal with unfolded from there!

Would you tell us a little bit more about your protagonist, Madison?

Madi is a senior in high school, though she does online school in order to free up her time to assist her younger sister who is on the autism spectrum and thrives with family support. During her free time, Madi writes an incredibly popular pop-culture blog, but there is a definite separation between Madi’s real life and online experiences. Face to face, Madi struggles with interactions, but put her in front of a keyboard, she’s able to talk to absolutely anyone! She’s a fangirl through and through!

Did you find anything interesting while researching the book?

Given that the antagonist is a troll, I found out WAY more than I wanted to about the ways you can do illegal things online. I’m sure if my browsing history had been scanned by law enforcement at that point, they would have been very concerned!

What is your favorite part of the story, or a favorite line or scene?

Oh goodness – that’s a hard one to choose! There’s one, but it’s at the end of the book and gives a LOT of the plot away, so I won’t choose it. (“Die in a dumpster” is your clue, FYI!) But if I had to choose my second-favorite most loved scene, it would be when Madi visits Laurent in New York, and he takes her to a burned out building to show her the graffiti in the interior. It has a little connection to the very first book I wrote: Intaglio: The Snake and The Coins, and it also shows the way that Laurent sees the beauty in the world. It’s a lovely scene. I had so much fun writing it!

Would you want to be Internet famous, and why or why not?

One of the things I love about being an author is that it’s (mostly) anonymous. There are a few people who’ve recognized me out and about in the real world, but those moments are rare and always leave me a bit stressed. So overall, I am glad I’m not internet famous!

What are you currently reading?

The books on my bedside table are: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace, and Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. They are all SO GOOD.

What have you found most surprising about being an author?

I’m always surprised by the readers who have been genuinely moved by my writing. I mean, I certainly hope that it happens, but I recognize that not every book is for every person. So when it does and a fan reaches out to me to tell me that something I wrote affected her in a powerful way, I can’t help but be surprised. That’s an AMAZING thing when you think about it!

What are you working on next?

For Swoon Reads, I have a new action-packed contemporary YA called Sip Sip Bang Bang! It should be in stores sometime in late 2018 or 2019. And for Stonehouse, I have the sequel to my mystery, Edge of Wild, called The Dark Divide. It too will be in stores in 2018 or 2019. I’m so excited to share BOTH of them with the world. (It’s been a busy year of writing!)

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Tressa! These were GREAT questions!

Danika.

About the Author

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (Icarus and All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

The first book in Danika’s upcoming Tathagata series (Edge of Wild) was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013). Edge of Wild (Stonehouse CA) will be released March 2016. Danika’s YA novel, All the Feels (Macmillan US), will be released June 2016.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.


Tour Schedule



Tour-Wide Giveaway

• 1 paperback copy of INTERNET FAMOUS by Danika Stone
• U.S., Canada, UK ONLY
• Giveaway Runs through 6/21



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