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Interview & Giveaway: Viv Daniels (One & Only)

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This post is part of the blog tour for Viv Daniel’s new novel, One & Only! Find out more about the tour and the other blogs participating on Viv’s website, and make sure to enter the giveaways (yes, multiple!) below. You can find out more about her book in my review, on Goodreads or on Amazon. If you’re feeling chatty, you can also find her on Facebook or Twitter.

The Interview

Nyx Book Reviews: Hi Viv, welcome to Nyx Book Reviews! Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Viv Daniels: Thanks for having me! Let’s see… my real name is Diana, I have a not-so-secret crush on Robb Stark (alas, young Wolf, we barely knew ye), I live in DC with my husband, whom I met in college, and our kid, and I’ve published lots of books, though this is my first romance.

Could you describe your book, One & Only, in one sentence?
Brilliant science major Tess, the secret daughter of a rich man and his mistress, reunites with her first love when she transfers colleges and pairs with him for a high-stakes academic competition… only he’s now dating the legitimate half-sister who doesn’t know Tess exists.

One & Only is a New Adult book. What does NA mean for you?
A few years ago, when the term was coined, a series of books I wrote under my other name was held up as a prime example by the person who invented the term, who used it to mean a whole market category of books about young ADULTS (not “young adults” like teens). However, that person didn’t end up publishing any books of that nature, and instead the term was adopted by a new breed of self-publishing authors who used it to mean a particular brand of college set or college-aged romance novels. That old book series I wrote does not, in fact, typify what “new adult” has come to be, which is a very emotional, often angsty, always intimate glimpse into a love story between late teens/early 20-somethings. ONE & ONLY is very much one of these New Adult romances.

I think the reason that New Adult has become a hot trend is because it filled a vacuum in the publishing industry. Romance publishers were not publishing these types of young, but definitely adult, love stories. Other genres (SF, mystery, etc.) were and are publishing stories about 20 year olds, so it’s harder to call NA a “new” thing there. Time will tell whether the term “NA” actually manages to gain a foothold in genres outside of romance.

You’ve also written books under the name Diana Peterfreund. Was writing under a new name different?
Not in the writing, necessarily, because no matter what name I write under, I am trying to tell the very best story I can, trying to tell the story that needs to be told, whether it’s a sweeping epic adventure or a very intimate, personal love story. But it has been fun to promote as “Viv” and be sort of playful and just revel in how much fun it is to embrace my cheesy romantic side. Maybe Viv should have a wig? (I love wigs!)

What do you like best about being a writer?
Working in yoga pants. Also, letters from readers. With ONE & ONLY, readers have made me gorgeous teaser posters or tweeted me to tell me that Dylan is their dream boyfriend, and that always makes my day!

Do you still have time to read yourself? If so, have you read any books lately that you’d recommend?
I love to read. I keep the well filled. The most recent book I read was Mindy Kaling’s memoir IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? On the new adult side, I’m reading Lyla Payne’s BE MY DOWNFALL and Cora Carmack’s FAKING IT. I glommed the entire Brother’s Sinister series (gorgeous, swoony historical romance) by Courtney Milan over summer vacation and I can’t wait for the next one! I also just finished Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR AND PARK last month, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Oh, and I’ve been told if I don’t finally read Jane Eyre by the end of the year (I know! I know! I have no excuse!) my life is in jeopardy so I need to get on that.

Thank you for answering my questions! (:
Thank you for having me!

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  • Ana Eileen

    I love it when authors change “names” to write different stories, like Meg Cabot and Patricia Cabot and Nora Roberts and J.D.Robb ^^:3 Yet, I love to know they are the same person too xD

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Haha yeah, it’s always so much fun to find out they’re the same person!

      • Ana Eileen

        And there are Mr. Daniel Handler, Lemony Snicket… It’s so funny when the pseudonyms actually work as heteronyms =] I love the multiple personality disordered-authors lol lol lol {I am in a funny mood today, you must have noticed heheheh}

  • Meghan Stith

    I’ve seen this book around and really want to read it! It looks so good!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Thanks for stopping by Meghan

  • Silvia

    I think it’s interesting to hear about your thoughts about your different “personas”. And I like that you’re open about it! Don’t get me wrong, pen names have their justifications and I’m sure I’d use one because I’m diculously shy, but it’s still refreshing to hear someone talk about it like this (go for the wig!).
    I’d be interested to know what series of yours was initially called ‘new adult’.

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Maybe she’s referring to her Secret Society books? Or to some unpublished ones that I don’t know about (: Thanks for stopping by Silvia!

      • Ana Eileen

        I am almost sure she is talking about the Secret Society books, yeah xD

  • http://www.booklabyrinth.com/ Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    I’m sure Persis could help Diana find an awesome disguise for her Viv persona 😉

    Also, seconding the rec for the Brothers Sinister series. Holy moly, so freaking good!!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Ha, I agree! Persis would go all out on that one