Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the Switchback blog tour! I’m excited to share with you today Danika Stone’s TOP TEN FAVORITE QUOTES! Read on to find out more about Switchback, Danika, the tour, and enter to win a print copy of the book!!!Switchback by Danika Stone
Published by Swoon Reads on May 28, 2019
Genres: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Aspec
Ashton Hamid knows everything about gaming. His D&D battles are epic; the video game tournaments he organizes, multi-day tests of endurance with players around the world. Real life, however, is a different matter. So when he and his best friend—outspoken "A" student (and social outcast) Vale Shumway—head out on a camping trip to Waterton Lakes National Park with their Phys. Ed. class, Ash figures it’ll be two days of bug bites, bad food, and inside jokes.
Instead, the two friends find themselves in a fight for survival.
An unexpected October snowstorm separates Ash and Vale from the rest of their class. By the time the teens realize they’ve missed the trail, they have wandered deep into the Canadian Rockies. Lost in the wilderness and hunted by deadly predators, their only hope is to work together. But with Vale’s limited supplies and Ash’s inexperience, can the best friends stay alive long enough to find their way back to civilization?
Top Ten Quotes
I love quotes! In fact, I almost always post at least one quote a week on my social media (and sometimes many more.) These are my top ten favorite quotes and why.
Though there’s some question about who actually came up with this quote, it’s one that my father used to tell my siblings and I all the time when we were kids. It really comes down to putting in the effort. In my opinion, that’s half the reason people succeed.
I think so many people mistake the idea of creation and discovery. While you can definitely get to know yourself through experience, it’s even MORE important to create who you want to be through your actions.
When it comes to writing, I have found that the only way to actually get to “good” writing is to start with “bad” writing. The learning process is all about how you move between the two.
I try to live my life by this adage. It’s hard, but I think it’s worth the effort. Kindness changes everything.
My younger brother died six months ago and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this quote and how true it is. I have so many things to say to him… and no way to say them.
This is something I say whenever someone asks me how to be a writer. You need to finish your book… period.
So many people who inspire me live this adage to the fullest. It’s my goal to make this part of who I am!
During my publishing journey, there were so many moments when I wanted to give up. I’m so glad that I had the tenacity to push through.
I always think of this quote when I’m starting a new book. Yes, it’s a massive undertaking, but it can be chipped away, day by day.
This, to me, is the perfect way to approach living. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do!
What are YOUR favorite quotes? Let me know in the comments below!
About the Author
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens: INTERNET FAMOUS (Macmillan, 2017) and ALL THE FEELS (Macmillan, 2016); and adults THE DARK DIVIDE (Stonehouse, 2018) and EDGE OF WILD (Stonehouse, 2016).
Ms. Stone’s work has received both recognition and literary praise. In 2017, Chapters included EDGE OF WILD in “Our Favourite Canadian Fiction”, and INTERNET FAMOUS was nominated for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (2018) as well as selected as one of Fierce Reads’ “9 Perfect Summertime Reads” (2017). EDGE OF WILD (previously entitled TATHAGATA) was a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013), a finalist in the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize (2015), and took second place in the Publish or Perish contest (2015). ALL THE FEELS was selected for Swoon Reads’ fourth list (2015) and was nominated for YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (2016), and for CYBILS’ Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (2016).
Ms. Stone’s books have been reviewed by VOYA, Teen Reads, and School Library Journal. Danika has also featured in the BN Teen Blog, Clash, Quillable, Fierce Reads, Lethbridge Living Magazine, CJSR’s Word, and on CBC’s Daybreak.
When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.