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About Danielle

Danielle lives in NY. Before turning to YA, she worked in television & was nominated for several Daytime Emmy's. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.

Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Publishing Date: 1st April 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission

1. How did you get into writing?

I thought was going to be a serious journalist or the next Anna   Wintour, but I took an internship at a soap opera (Guiding Light) my senior year in college and I ended up getting scriptwriting there. I always gravitated toward teen stories and love YA, so after I left the soap I wanted to try it. And here I am on the Yellow Brick Road.

2. When starting a book how much of it comes straight from your imagination and how much is research?

I read all the Baum books again and tried to use all my favorite places and characters from the books. But as you can see, those characters and places are very much changed. 

3. Who is your favourite character you have written and why?

Dorothy! I loved her in the original books and I love her now. Finding Dorothy's dark side was a challenge, but so much fun. 

4. Do you go into a book knowing how you want it to end?

Yes, I really like to have an ending nailed down before I start, there is a lot of action and subterfuge in Oz - if I didn't know what was going to happen it would just be a hot mess! That said, sometimes characters tell you what they have to do and the story has to adjust! 

5. What 5 books would you recommend for your readers?

  1. Broken Hearted by Amelia Kahaney 
  2. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  3. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  4. Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
  5. End Times by Anna Schumacher

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