Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Water: Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Daniel Waters

Daniel Waters, the author of the Generation Dead series, loves you all. He lives in New England with his spectacular family.


Pet Peeves?  

Wet socks

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

The most rewarding experiences after publication has consistently been reader responses to the work itself. After Kiss of Life came out, I received a letter from a woman who said the book was inspiring to her handicapped son, that he began dealing with his particular disability in a more direct way after identifying with the struggles Adam endured.  A week after Passing Strange hit the shelves, a young girl wrote me to let me know that Karen’s story helped her begin to cope with a friend’s recent suicide.  I’ve received dozens from readers who felt certain characters or stories in the series spoke to them and helped them through person feelings of loneliness and alienation, responses that never fail to choke me up as I find it very rewarding to even speculate that my stories had some type of positive impact on the lives complete strangers.  It is daunting, really, because I certainly don’t have that type of impact on anyone in my “real” (or non-fictional, anyway) life outside of my family and a few close friends.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 

D’aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. I love the Norse one, too.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

In the months after Generation Dead came out, a half dozen or so songs of the same name were released, which was kind of cool although I don’t think any drew from the book for their inspiration. I think “Say You’ll Haunt Me” by Stone Sour would be a good choice for Break My Heart 1,000 Times. Perhaps serendipitously, the name of their fan club is “Dead Generation”!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?  

Write because you love writing and because you love what writing does for you and to you as a person. Anything else will lead to heartbreak, 1,000 times over.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?  

I really like where I live now, but if I had the chance I would move with the seasons and spend three or four months at a time in different places.  I’d love to live for a few months in the great cities of the world like London, New York and Tokyo.  I spent a couple weeks in France and Paris a few years ago and it was al life changing experience for me.

What is your favorite Quote?

“We can’t ever go back to the old things or try and get the ‘old kick’ out of something or find things the way we remember them.  We have them as we remember them and they are fine and wonderful and we have to go on and have other things because the old things are nowhere except in our minds now.” –Ernest Hemingway

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

I wanted to write novels.  It was never really in doubt.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?

David Foster Wallace, J.D. Salinger. A cast of thousands.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
All of ’em. Even the rotten ones sometimes. Except August Bittner! Boo, hiss!
Hidden talent?
I have the ability to send forth my astral form, even in tense social situations.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?  
I was thrilled to see “The Words,” because the directors of that film were signed on to direct the Break My Heart 1,000 Times movie. I wasn’t disappointed; I thought “The Words” was the best film I’ve seen this year.

Break My Heart 1,000 Times

Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren’t disappearing–they’re gaining power.
When Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate why, they stumble upon a more sinister plot than they ever could have imagined. One of Veronica’s high school teachers is crippled by the fact that his dead daughter has never returned as a ghost, and he’s haunted by the possibility that she’s waiting to reappear within a fresh body. Veronica seems like the perfect host. And even if he’s wrong, what’s the harm in creating one more ghost?
From critically acclaimed Generation Dead author Daniel Waters, comes a delectably creepy and suspenseful thriller. Break My Heart 1,000 Times will leave readers with the chills. Or is that a ghost reading over the page?

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1 copy of Break My Heart 1,000 Times
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Ends 11/5/12

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