So today I’m back with something super special that I’m extremely excited about! Today is my first stop on the blog tour for What the Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste, and I have such an interesting interview with her – I loved doing it!
If you recognise Danielle’s name, it’s because she’s been featured before on my blog for her debut novel PULSE, and you can check those posts out below:
I absolutely adore her newest book, and I can’t wait to share my interview with you so here we go! Also if you get to the bottom of the post, there’s an amazing giveaway that you don’t want to miss out on!
What inspired WTFSOD?
It’s hard to say exactly what inspired What The Flower Says Of Death. I think it was a number of things just joined together for a perfect storm. I had just finished PULSE, my first full novel to complete and I was a little overwhelmed with the freedom. I could do anything, and it had been a long while since I was in that position (for a very long time the goal was so focused on PULSE that finally be able to work on something else was strange and exciting). Mostly I just tried something new (I wrote the opening after having some thoughts swirling in my head) and something special about the character narrating had already stuck out to me even after just a few lines. When it comes down to it was really just that opening scene that inspired the rest of the novel.
The book deals with a very hard hitting topic of death – was it difficult to write at all?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have not had to experience death too often or too closely in my life so far, but it’s a topic I still personally struggle with a lot. I think in a way, writing for Violet was cathartic for myself as well and help me address some of the personal roadblocks I had regarding death.
It was a very emotional book, especially the ending – how did you decide how the book would end?
Honestly I think I knew the ending very early on in the process of telling Violet’s story. It was probably one of the first plot points I knew I had nailed down very early. It was getting there that was the hardest part and most of the story developed around the ending.
Violet was such a damaged character yet had such a strong mind – what inspired her character?
I’ve had the fortune of knowing a lot of amazing women in my life who have had to experience so many different struggles. From my friends and family to even extended family and acquaintances, it never ceases to amazing how resilient a person can be through things that I couldn’t even imagine having to experience. I think Violet blossomed (no pun intended) from this these personal inspirations. Of someone finding their strength in their lowest point and building themselves back up. It’s a beautiful thing to witness and I respect people like this so much, Violet is, in a way, a tribute to that personal struggle and the overcoming of that struggle.
This book is very different to your debut, PULSE – what made you change direction?
I get inspired by so many different things, I think it’s safe to say that most of my novels will be vastly different from the previous. Paranormal romances are a personal weakness of mine in terms of what I like to read, and I knew I wanted to write one eventually, but What The Flower Says Of Death was the first idea I had the fit into the traditional YA style so well.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
In terms of writing and narration, What The Flower Says Of Death came very easy to me. I think I relate to Violet the most of all my character so far, so that’s likely why. But because of this, I also struggled a lot with the emotional parts. There are a lot of my own emotions in Violet’s and it was difficult writing some scenes. WtFSoD is definitely the first novel that I cried while writing.
Dealing with such a tough topic of suicide head on can be challenging – were you worried about how people would receive the novel?
I’m always worried at how people are going to receive my novels, tough topics or not. But over the years I’ve learned that I’m never going to please everyone. I can only hope that the people who do resonate with Violet’s story, get something positive from it.
Jack was such a brilliant and unique character that I completely fell in love with – was he difficult to write at all due to the nature of his character?
Jack was very unique for me personally, as I tend to personally lean more towards writing snarky, sarcastic boys with bad attitudes but hearts of gold (minus the heart of gold in some cases haha). I think this is often what people would expect from this type of character also (no spoilers!) But Jack was a change of pace in that category, and because of this I think it actually made him easier to write. He was so unique, that it was easy to identify his reactions and behaviors in situations. He stood out as a really strong character who knew who he was and where his morals stood right from the beginning so it was difficult at all to write him.
Describe WTFSOD in 140 characters or less.
A young girl learns how to see the wonder and magic (sometimes literal magic) in life again, and how to love herself again in the process.
Were there any authors who were your inspiration when writing this novel?
My favorite novel White Oleander by Janet Fitch is always an inspiration for everything I do, but specifically for this novel. White Oleander is another great novel focused on the relationship of the main character and her mother, who is not exactly the best role model. I think my novel definitely went in a different direction, but I’m always striving to reach the dark beauty presented in White Oleander in everything I do.
What’s next for you? What do we have to look forward to?
Honestly? I’m not sure! I have a lot of things in mind but nothing is set in stone yet. I have some finished novels on the back burner, as well as some works in progress (which I always post free on wattpad and tapas for the early reading pleasure of my fans). I also had a tarot card reading recently from a very good friend, and while I’m still a bit of a skeptic, her read gave me a lot to think about in terms of what to focus on next. It’s definitely not the last of me that people will be seeing, lets put it that way 🙂
Thank you so much to the lovely Danielle for taking part in that, and for her wonderful answers! I’m so honoured to be on the tour! Check out more information about the book, and the next stops on the tour below – I’ll see you again on the 16th! Go check everyone else’s posts out too!
Title: What The Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste
Demographic: Young Adult
Genres and themes: Paranormal, romance, death and suicide, family and relationships
Release Date: September 25th 2018
Blurb: Violet Holt has already met Death once. After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday. No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping.
She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction. Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable. Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.
About the Author:
Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden. While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she’s always had a passion for.
When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoy other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle. Movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.
Where to Find Her:
WtFSoD on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28873663-what-the-flower-says-of-death
Danielle on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/daniellekoste
Author page: https://www.daniellekoste.com
WTFSOD Pre-Order Locations
Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/WmA6wh
Barnes and Noble: https://goo.gl/WaZKhU
Google Play: https://goo.gl/7ThJt1
Click the link below to enter a giveaway to win these AMAZING things:
- A signed copy of WTFSOD
- A signed copy of PULSE
- Bookmarks for both books
The giveaway ends on the night of September 16th at midnight Eastern Time (meaning 00.00 on September 17th) so enter now!
Until next time,