Today The Neverending Shelf is happy to welcome Dan Elconin. Dan is the author of the novel, Never After.
There is no place like a dysfunctional home.
Leaving everything behind for the Island was Ricky’s dream come true. When his happily ever after is not quite what it seems, he discovers that running away means running toward bigger problems.
Trapped on the Island, Ricky must join together with the only people he can trust to help him face his fears and return home. But the only way off the Island is to confront the person who trapped Ricky and his friends in the first place. With countless enemies and true peril staring them down, Ricky’s mission to leave this so-called paradise will become a battle for their very lives.
Describe your book in five words or less.
Twisted Peter Pan plus Superbad.
How did the idea for Never After come to you?
I don’t remember! I wish I could but I got the idea like nine or ten years ago.
What is your typical writing environment like? Do you have any “must haves” when writing?
My typical writing environment is a movie theater/game room/dance floor/racquetball court. That is, my dorm room. My only “must haves” are a computer and something to punch when I get frustrated (usually my roommate fulfills this function).
What kind of research, if any, did you do for Never After?
I read JM Barrie’s original novel. I also did extensive field research on what it would be like to be stranded on a tropical island. Meaning I went to the beach a lot.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Are there daily writing goals you set?
I write as much as I can, so pretty much any time I’m not playing soccer, doing school stuff, or sleeping (or doing an interview =). I almost always write in my room. And I do set daily writing goals, though I’m not sure why, because I almost never meet them.
What book are you currently reading?
Unfortunately right now I only have time to read my textbooks, which include such page-turners as The Biography of a Legal Dispute: An Introduction to American Civil Procedure.
What is one question that you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I’ve always wanted to be asked, “Why do you write?” And I would answer, “I write because I can’t fly, but my characters can.”
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