Velveteen by Daniel Marks – Interview
I’m super excited to have Daniel Marks on my blog today! I read Velveteen a few weeks ago and was kind of in awe of it. Velveteen is all kinds of weird and messed up and yet I loved it!
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Author Twitter | My Review Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.
The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.
Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It’ll be brutal… and awesome.
But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules… or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her. – Goodreads
Daniel Marks, author of Velveteen
If you were going to dedicate your book to one celebrity/author/public figure/chef/etc, living or dead, who it would it be and why?
That’s a really tough one and I’ve written three different responses to this question and deleted each one. But I’m going to go with John Waters, the director of such films as Serial Mom, Hairspray and Crybaby. If one person was influential on my writing, it was surely Waters. His irreverent, don’t-give-a-sh*t style, is something I’ve tried to emulate. The first time I saw a John Waters movie I was shocked. It was like coming home. His blatant skewering of societal rules thrilled me. Gah. I can’t. I just can’t. Definitely Waters.
If you could be the author of any already published book, which would it be and why?
Twilight, obviously. Or any major bestseller that has created a comfortable financial situation. I’ve been in the business for eight years now (Velveteen is my fourth published novel and I have short stories in as many anthologies) and every month has been a struggle. A very small percentage of writers make enough money to live off. If it weren’t for my wonderful wife, Caroline, I would have had to give this up long before writing Velveteen.
What is your inspiration for the name Velveteen for your protagonist?
I chose the name for a number of reasons. It’s obviously a reference to the book THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, in that the souls in purgatory want to be “real.” I remember the ruddy fabric of that rabbit and wanted to mimic the worn appearance in the skin of the souls as they are covered with ash. So it worked on that level. But the name also refers to her mother’s love of cinema and the velveteen that covers movie theater seats. When I think about it, I couldn’t NOT name it VELVETEEN.
What was it like to write a female protagonist? Was there anything you really struggled with or anything that came really easy to you?
Surprisingly easy. Though, I was a psychotherapist for twelve years and most of my clients were adolescent girls, so the vocabulary and mannerisms and particularly the heightened emotions became sore of a short-hand. That’s always the trick for an adult writing an adolescent. Our emotions dull down as we age. We become jaded. Hard. There’s a level of sensitivity and urgency that the writer has to reconnect with to make a teen character feel real.
After the Velveteen series, what’s next for you? Any ideas or details you can share?
Velveteen is not actually a series yet. I’m working on a second book that’s contracted with Delacorte right now, but it’s not a sequel to Velveteen. There were concerns that the content of the book was too risky and so the publisher didn’t commit to the trilogy. Now! If people love it, there are two more books that have been pitched that follow the events in Velveteen. I can’t tell you how much I want that to happen. But it’s out of my hands. My current project is a YA horror novel, no question. I’m really focused on giving readers a scare this time. A big fat lingering nightmare!
Major thanks to Daniel Marks for stopping by! If you haven’t read Velveteen, trust me – you want to!
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