Saturday, July 12, 2014

Daniel Arenson Hit the Kobo Top Ten for Kids With His Epic Fantasy MOTH

On Saturday, May 17th, Daniel Arenson took the number 3 spot in the Kids' and Teen section of the store with his book Moth.  It's the first book of his epic fantasy four-book series, THE MOTH SAGA, and (spoiler alert) he discloses below that he's currently working on the fifth book.

Welcome, Daniel. Let's start with a description of Moth.

They say the world used to turn. They say that night would follow day in an endless dance. They say that dawn rose, dusk fell, and we worshiped both sun and stars.

That was a long time ago.

The dance has died. The world has fallen still. We float through the heavens, one half always in light, one half always in shadow. Like the moth of our forests, one wing white and the other black, we are torn.

My people are the fortunate. We live in daylight, blessed in the warmth of the sun. Yet across the line, the others lurk in eternal night, afraid... and alone in the dark.

I was born in the light. I was sent into darkness. This is my story.

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media.

I try to build a group of loyal fans, book by book. Whenever I release a new novel, I hope the reader enjoys the story enough to become a fan and read another book. To keep in touch with these readers, I maintain a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a mailing list, and a website (

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

MOTH is a novel that, I hope, can be enjoyed by both teens and adults. I wanted to write a novel that appeals to readers of all ages, fans of all genres. I think you can enjoy the novel whether you're a fan of fantasy or just a casual reader of the genre. 

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

I usually sit down at the computer at around 9 am and write for the next twelve hours or so -- though I do take lots of breaks in the middle. I just recently released Daughter of Moth, the fourth Moth book, and I'm currently working on the fifth.

Time to pull out your Magic 8 Ball: How do you see the world of e-publishing developing for children and young adults over the next 5 years? Do you think it will ever exceed or replace print publishing?

As far as I know, e-publishing has already exceeded print publishing in many markets (such as at Amazon). That's fine. Novels are still novels, even if the medium has changed. It doesn't matter whether we're reading engraved tablets, parchment scrolls, printed books, or ebooks. Technology always changes and will keep changing; this has always been true. But stories remain stories; those are eternal. 

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults? How?

It absolutely helps. When I was a kid, I was limited to reading whatever was at my (very small) local library. I lived overseas and there just weren't many books available. An e-reader opens up the entire world of literature to anyone who owns the device. This might be the best thing that's ever happened to readers. Consider how amazing this is. With one small device, which can fit into our pocket, we can access the entire literary works of mankind. We're so fortunate to live in this era; this is the golden age of reading.
Learn more about Daniel and his books at his website  or by following him on Facebook or  Twitter

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