Review & Interview: Burnt Stones by Danny Fisher

Saturday, June 30, 2012
We are very excited to have Dannie Fisher here with us today. 
She is the author of several books including Burnt Stones. We had a chance to ask her a few questions and she was kind enough to answer. 



1. What made you decide to take the plunge and actually start writing?
This question is a two-parter. I did not grow up knowing I wanted to be a writer, or even thinking I possessed that particular skill. After earning my bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice (which really helps with some of my storylines), I applied for an internship in that field. I did not get the job, but part of the interview process required me to write a personal statement. After reading it, the interviewers (a panel of ten or so people) all commented on how good it was, and one lady held it up, looked me dead in the eye and said, "You need to write a book!" I went home that day and bought a laptop (a mini-pink Acer) and started my autobiography. In the years that followed, I've written a total of four finished manuscripts. In the early stages of writing my autobiography I was still unsure if I wanted to write full-time. I was unsure of myself, my writing ability and whether or not I could actually sell anything I'd written. I happened to come by an article in a magazine with an interview about finding your calling. Joy Behar, the comedienne, said something that stuck with me. She said she spent her life teaching English until she realized that to be happy she needed to go back to doing what made her happy at ten years old because at that age everyone just does what makes them happy instead of what the world expects. She recalled that entertaining her family with jokes made her feel alive. I took that advice, thought back, and remembered the many hours I spent reading. My favorite book was called, A Stone for Danny Fisher, by Harold Robbins. It was a great story, and as I thought back, I recalled how awesome it felt to see my name in print on a book. I decided then and there that I had found my calling and I needed to get started on it seriously. So it took a little nudging, but I finally got the point.


2. Burnt Stones isn't your only book. City Vamps is already out and The Exit Strategy is to come. They all seem to be very different genres. How did you come up with such different ideas for each book?
You are the first person to ask me about the difference in genres with each of my books. This was a question that stumped me early on because I will read anything I think is good. I didn't want to pigeon-hole myself as one kind of writer so I made a conscious decision to write any kind of story that intrigued me. I believe that readers like good stories, and while we all have certain genres that we favor, what's really important is that the story is good and well-written. So in the end, I decided the idea of genre was pretty irrelevant. As far as how I got each idea...

Burnt Stones was inspired by my experience as a single parent for fourteen years, and the related experience of one of my son's. The story is not true, but I like to say the emotions are true. I wrote many things in there that I would've liked to have said, or that I feel are paramount to how society views parenting, single parenting in particular, and of course, teen pregnancy. City Vamps was written simply because that is one of my favorite genres, and I wanted to do it justice. My goal with that story was to have an adventure with immortal characters that landed somewhere between Twilight and  Interview with a Vampire (two of my personal favorites). I didn't want angst-ridden, love sick vamps who were too emotionally stunted to enjoy being vampires, and I didn't want a story so dark it lacked humor. The storyline itself just came to me when I thought about casting characters in modern day times and the fascination society has with celebrities real or imagined. The Exit Strategy came to me as I watched a commercial for LifeLock, a product that supposedly protects against identity theft. I wondered, "What if someone stole the identity of a person that was a much worse criminal than they were?" In the initial phases, it was going to be a petty con stealing the identity of a serial killer, but as it progressed it became the identity of a guy who recently stole five million bucks from the mob.

I am a reader of everything as long as it's good too. So I really loved this answer. It resonates with me.


3. I just finished Burnt Stones. It was an emotional roller coaster! Were you writing from experience? 
 
Yes, and no. As I said in the last question, it was inspired by my experiences as a single parent, but the story itself is a work of fiction. I'm glad you touched on the emotional part because tapping into the emotions that surround parenting was paramount to the story. It would not have rung true had I sugar-coated the events, or not let the characters say the things that needed to be said. I really made it a point to delve into the issue of parenting from several points of view including the grandparents, the kids, those who struggle to have kids while someone else ignores theirs, and bad parents/good parents and really, what makes a parent good or bad. Is it a simple question? I don't think so. I raised my kids alone from the age of nineteen to thirty-four. I can attest to the way society viewed me just because of my age, assuming as they do, that it made me a bad parent. I wanted to challenge that notion of age making the difference because in my experiences the age factor has so little to do with it.

4. I also saw on your website that you are writing another book called Lucky. Do you want to share any tidbits about this new book?
I would love to, smile. While all my books hold a special place in my biased writer's heart, Lucky is one that really touches me personally. Again, it is a complete work of fiction born of my imagination only. The story revolves around a little girl who has suffered a serious tragedy, and as a result, doesn't even remember her own name. The reader does not get all the answers until the end, but I promise they do get them eventually. What happens to this little girl is where the story really comes alive. In a twist of fate only a writer could think up (lol), our nameless child gets kidnapped by an outlaw biker gang. The story follows her as she grows into a young woman, and without giving too much away, as readers we are left to wonder if she was actually better off with the biker gang. It is another roller coaster ride that takes the reader from Las Vegas to New England and back again. It's an adult themed book because you can't cover outlaw bikers and keep it PG, and really, why would you want to? This story will be dedicated to those children who fell through the cracks of society like Lucky does and hopefully, it shines a light of hope in the process.

5. You have a full time job, a family, how do you find time to write?
Like anything, if you really want it you make time. My goal is for my full-time job to someday be writing, but until then I must work. My children are grown and busy living their own lives so that does give me more time to write. My husband is supportive, and stands back and lets me write when the creative juices are flowing. The struggle as far as time is not finding the time to write the stories, but to market myself and my books. As a self published author, I am in charge of every aspect of my career. I love that because it gives me final say over everything, but it also gives me all the responsibility for the parts of this career that I don't always enjoy. I'm a creative soul, I'd rather write than update my Facebook or Twitter accounts. When I made the conscious decision to make this my career, I also made the decision to dedicate part of my day to writing. I write almost every day (if I didn't work an outside job I would write every single day). It took me thirty-seven years to find this calling, it's not work.



All About Danny


Danny Fisher has two published books to her credit, Burnt Stones and City Vamps. Her third, The Exit Strategy, is due out this year. Born in Ohio, and raised in New England, Danny returned to Ohio at nineteen with a photography portfolio in one hand, and two hundred bucks in the other. She raised two sons alone until she met her husband in 2004. They blended families in 2005 making Danny the proud mother/step-mother of five boys total. Danny works an outside job to pay the bills, but considers her writing career her true calling. Any spare time is spent with the family, traveling or playing poker. Contact Danny at dannyfisherwrites@live.com or check out her website at www.dannyfisherwrites.com.







Publication Date: August 5, 2011
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Length: 556 pages
Reviewed by: Amber R.

When Casey Jack Tucker throws a fastball scouts take notice. Hardworking and proud of his country roots Casey has his eye on the big show. On the verge of making his dream a reality unrequited love threatens his future when one night with his dream girl proves disastrous. Casey blocks the memory and moves on. But before he can suit up for college ball consequences of that night come knocking. Now Casey has a choice: Does he give up his life's passion and "do the right thing" or does he play ball?





My Thoughts

This book is a little different than our normal paranormal/urban fantasy that we usually have going on. This book is a story about life, about something that happens all over the world every day. This is a book about human emotions, betrayal, and heartbreak.

Casey is an 18 year old guy who makes a mistake that most teenagers make at some point, unprotected sex. Which leads to the girl, Allison getting pregnant. With Casey's baseball career on the line and Allison's dreams getting further and further away, what are two 18 year olds supposed to do?

This book is about their lives and decisions that they make throughout the years. It's really an emotional roller coaster. One of the things that I liked so much about this book is how you kind of got everyone's perspectives. Even though the books goes between the different characters you really get to be involved.

I think that this is a really great book. I read it in just a couple of days but it definitely carries you along. I really needed to know what happened. I think that if I book drives you to finish it, drives you with that yearning to know what happens, then it's a great book. This was definitely great.



1 comment:

  1. Great interview. very interesting questions. Her book seems pretty intriguing as well.

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