VIDEO: An Interview with ‘Avengers’ Composer Brian Tyler

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(Image Credit: The Daily Quirk / John Michael Dangan)

Composer Brian Tyler recently chatted with The Daily Quirk at San Diego Comic-Con just after the Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel. Watch the video below as he discusses working on composing Avengers, what he likes to do best when it comes to different genres and the process of scheduling when it comes to composing for movies. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Peter Jacobson Talks About ‘Colony’ at SDCC!

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(Image Credit: The Daily Quirk / John Michael Dangan)

Peter Jacobson recently chatted with The Daily Quirk at San Diego Comic-Con about his role in USA’s new TV show, Colony, and we’re bringing you the inside info. Find out more about Jacobson’s character, what exactly this “outside force” is featured in the show and how his experience is with the USA network. Continue reading

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Vintage Tomorrows’ Director Byrd McDonald

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The Daily Quirk brings you this exclusive feature on VINTAGE TOMORROWS director Byrd McDonald from San Diego Comic-Con. Watch the video below to get to know more about the sub-genre steampunk, how he went about collecting his information for the movie and his take on the future of steampunk. Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘Colony’ Creators Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal Share Inside Info at SDCC

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(Image Credit: The Daily Quirk / John Michael Dangan)

Colony creators Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal spoke with The Daily Quirk at San Diego Comic-Con about their new television show and we’re bringing you the inside info. Check out the video below to find out about what Cuse and Condal say is the inspiration of the show, what we can expect to see throughout the season and what’s it like for Cuse to work with Josh Holloway again! Continue reading

VIDEO: An Interview with ‘Colony’ Stars Sarah Wayne Callies and Josh Holloway at SDCC!

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(Image Credit: The Daily Quirk / John Michael Dangan)

Sarah Wayne Callies and Josh Holloway recently chatted with The Daily Quirk at San Diego Comic-con about their roles in USA’s new TV show, Colony, and we’re bringing you the inside info. Find out what Callies and Holloway had to say about the spontaneity of the show, working with the USA network and why Los Angeles was chosen to be the setting for the show. Continue reading

‘Every Last Word’ Blog Tour: Author Tamara Ireland Stone on High School – Friends vs. Tribes

Tamara Ireland Stone

Tamara Ireland Stone

As part of the blog tour celebrating the release of Tamara Ireland Stone’s Every Last WordThe Daily Quirk is thrilled to feature a guest post from Tamara, reflecting on her own high school experience.

Keep reading for Stone’s insights on the difference between high school friends and high school tribes, and be sure to check out our review of Every Last Word (spoiler alert: it’s amazing!) and enter the giveaway below to win a copy for yourself and your best friend!

Friends vs. Tribes: A Look Back at High School

by Tamara Ireland Stone

It’s easier to see some things from a good long distance.

If you asked me about my friends when I was back in high school, I would have told you they were funny, smart, outspoken, and genuinely wonderful people. Decades later, I can say with certainty that those things were true. But now, I can also admit that I never quite felt like I belonged with them.

We moved a lot when I was young, and I didn’t attend the same school two years in a row until high school. Once I got there, I desperately wanted to be liked, to find a niche, and to feel like I fit in.

The girls I met welcomed me right away, but I was also keenly aware of the fact that they’d known each other all their lives. They had stories and secrets and inside jokes, and when we were together as a group, that history often felt front and center. I often felt awkward. And I spent far too much time wondering what they were thinking of me, worrying that they didn’t thing I belonged, which probably made it even more awkward.

In my sophomore year, I took a journalism class, and found a way to channel my love of writing into the award-winning newspaper, The Oak Leaf. One journalism class turned into two, and then into three. I was elected editor-in-chief my senior year, and by then, it’s safe to say I was spending more than three hours a day in the newspaper staff office.

ELW01There were a bunch of us—reporters, editors, typesetters, layout staff, illustrators, columnists, headline writers—and we each had our place on the masthead. But I was interested in all of it. I wanted to learn about every aspect of the newspaper’s production.

I remember spending many lunch hours and late nights in the newspaper office. That room never seemed to be empty, and there was always good music on the stereo. Even if we weren’t talking, we were side-by-side, head-bobbing to the beat while doing our respective jobs. It was comfortable.

In Every Last Word, Samantha is introduced to a secret poetry club hidden beneath the school theater. The Oak Leaf office was in plain sight, but it’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to Poet’s Corner.

I loved that room. Looking back, that was where I felt like I belonged, felt like I fit in, felt at home, always. The people there were writers and I was a writer and we understood each other in a way I can’t quite explain.

ELW02We read each other’s articles, offered constructive criticism, brainstormed ideas, and applauded each other’s successes. We loved words. We loved being writers and we made each other better ones.

I had wonderful friends outside those four walls, but looking back, my journalism team was more than that. They were my tribe.

It’s hard to articulate, but there’s something profound about being around people who love something with the same intensity you do. When I attended my first writing retreat five years ago, I felt it again, possibly for the first time since I left The Oak Leaf office.

ELW03As part of my marketing career, I’d been presenting to high-level executives for fifteen years, but sitting around a table and reading my own manuscript to nine total strangers felt overwhelmingly scary (if I’d known I was going to have to read aloud I never would have signed up for that retreat!). But I did it. And my fellow writers gave me praise and feedback, and man… it was so good to be in a room with word-nerds again! I felt such an incredible sense of support and belonging.

Those strangers quickly became my tribe.

It took me a while to learn how to surround myself with people who get me. It’s easier to stay put, even if you’re in a place of discomfort. And it’s tempting to try to morph into someone you think people want you to be, but if you’re with your true tribe, you’ll never feel like you have to.


A huge thank you to Tamara Ireland Stone for her thoughtful guest post. Learn more about Tamara and her books by following her on Twitter or checking out her blog.

If you’re interested in checking out Stone’s Every Last Word (a perfect summer read), enter to win a copy of your own courtesy of Disney Hyperion with the Celebrate Your Unique Selves prize pack. One winner will receive:

  • Two copies of Every Last Word for you and a friend
  • A $50 Visa gift card to enjoy a day out celebrating your friendship

Enter to Win!

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney Hyperion.


Be sure to check out all the stops on the Every Last Word blog tour:

June 15: AliceMarvels.com – Introducing the tour and Every Last Word

June 16: ForeverYoungAdult.com – An Inspiring Mind: On Writing a Positive Character with OCD

June 17: Fangirlish.com – Words, Walls and Wonderment: Welcome to Poet’s Corner

June 18: TheDailyQuirk.com – Friends vs. Tribes: A Look Back at High School

June 19: Hypable.com – Exclusive Excerpt: Every Last Word Chapter 2

June 20: GoneWithTheWords.com – The Final Every Last Word Playlist: “In The Deep”

 

Margaret Fortune

An Interview with ‘Nova’ author Margaret Fortune

Margaret FortuneTo celebrate the release of her new YA sci-fi thriller, Nova (available 6/2/15), author Margaret Fortune was kind enough to answer a few questions for The Daily Quirk! Be sure to check out our review of Nova and keep on reading to learn more about Margaret and her writing.

The Daily Quirk: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a writer?

Margaret Fortune: My first story was written in first grade. According to my mom, my older sister came home from school with the assignment to write a story, to which I said, “I could write a story if I wanted to!” So I did.

While I did write some as a child, I didn’t seriously start writing until I graduated from college. I needed something to do while looking for a job. After a few short stories, I decided to take a go at a novel, and found to my surprise that I liked writing novels more than short stories. So even after I found a job, I continued to write. Eventually, I realized I wanted to try and get my books published. It took about a decade of hard work, as well as many, many failures along the way, but in the end I’m proud to call myself an author.

 

TDQ: Nova has such a unique and engaging concept. How did you come up with the idea for the plot? Did your original vision change at all once you started writing?

MF: Oftentimes, my stories start with a setting, and this is true of Nova. This story started with a random thought along the lines of, “I want to write a story that takes place on a space station!” As I was brainstorming ideas for the novel, the line “My name is Lia, and I’m a genetically engineered human bomb,” popped into my head. I knew at once I’d struck gold.

The story began evolving the moment I started setting it to paper. When I write a novel, I’ll generally start with a very basic plot and character. I’ll have the beginning, the ending, and a general idea of how to get from here to there, but not much else. As a result, there’s a lot of room for the story to grow and change during the writing process. Most of the main plot elements and twists in Nova developed during the writing process, rather than being pre-planned.

 

TDQ: What was the most challenging part about writing Nova?

MF: Because I know the general plot of the story but not all the events, when I write I’m basically trying to get from one catalyst or inciting event to the next. There were days when I went to start the next chapter and found myself staring at the blank page going, “I have no idea what’s supposed to be in this chapter.” Those were probably the most challenging days.

 

TDQ: Science fiction hasn’t always been particularly popular in Young Adult, but that seems to be changing over the past few years. Can you talk a little bit about why you chose YA sci-fi for your first novel and your love of sci-fi in general?

MF: My love of sci-fi started as a child, growing up on episodes of Star Trek TNG, Seaquest DSV and Earth 2. While there wasn’t a lot of children’s sci-fi to be found in my local library, what there was I devoured. It was children’s sci-fi from the 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s, by authors such as H.M. Hoover, Louise Lawrence, and Monica Hughes, that sparked my love of sci-fi literature.

Nova was born of love for the genre, as well as strategy. At the time I wrote Nova, YA sci-fi was just starting to emerge in the market. Between Nova’s high concept and the direction of the market, I felt the book would have a really good shot at catching the eye of an agent and/or publisher. While Nova is my first book that readers will see, it certainly wasn’t my first completed novel or my first attempt to sell a novel. As much as we writers want to believe that good writing will always win the day, the truth is: Genre matters. Concept matters. It’s not just about writing a great book you love, but also writing a great book you love that will be salable. Lucky for me, I love sci-fi! Nova allowed me to successfully combine both my love of the genre and the current market trend to a successful end.

 

TDQ: What’s the last fantastic need-to-tell-all-your-friends-about-it book you read?

MF: I really enjoyed Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. It was just so much fun to read, I had to share it with others!
TDQ: Nova the first book in a series (which is a very good thing considering the craziness at the end!) – can you tell us anything about the next book in the series, or any other upcoming projects?

MF: Nova is the first of a five-book series, so expect four more books to be coming in the not-too-distant future. Each book features a different setting and MC, so readers can look forward to seeing much more of their favorite secondary characters like Michael, Teal, and Shar. While each book has its own standalone plot, each is a piece in a much larger story that will finally be put together in the fifth book. I hope readers that enjoy Nova will come back and join me for book two, which stars Michael as he takes on a very unique—and dangerous—role in the ongoing war!

Thanks so much to Margaret for her thoughtful responses. You can learn more about Margaret by following her on Twitter or checking out her blog.

 

 

20 Questions with ‘Nearly Found’ Author Elle Cosimano

Elle Cosimano

Elle Cosimano

To celebrate the release of Elle Cosimano’s Nearly Found, the sequel to last year’s Nearly Gone, Elle was game enough to tackle The Daily Quirk’s version of 20 questions. Keep reading to learn more about Elle and her writing, and be sure to check out our review of the fantastically twisty and ambient Nearly Found.

Getting to know Elle

  1. Can you tell The Daily Quirk a little about yourself and how you became a writer?

I was a real estate sales and marketing professional for 14 years before I started writing. I was highly successful, but deeply unsatisfied in my career. I had always joked around that one day I would have midlife crisis, quit my job, and write a book. And with the support of my family, that’s exactly what I did. That book was Nearly Gone.

  1. Do you have any special writing habits or routines?

I spend a lot of time thinking, and I do my best thinking on the beach at the end of my street — pen in hand, toes in the sand, and headphones in my ears.

  1. How was your process writing Nearly Found similar or different than your process writing Nearly Gone?

I had a lot of creative freedom writing Nearly Gone. It was my first draft of my first book, and I had no idea if it would ever make it out into the world, so I was writing the story I wanted tell. Writing a sequel is a very different experience. Readers have hopes and expectations for the next book, and there’s a lot of internal pressure not to let my fans down. Also, the research for book 2 took me in a very different direction. I had to learn a lot about forensic science, which included a field trip to a regional forensics lab, and that was REALLY fun!

  1. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love cooking, hanging out on the beach, and spending times with my kids. I’m also a volunteer librarian at my local biblioteca, and we’re ramping up a YA book club and writing group for community teens.

  1. Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?

Holding Smoke, described as The Shawshank Redemption for teens, releases in 2016 with Disney*Hyperion. I love this book so much! I can’t wait to share it with readers. I also write short fiction on Tumblr with a talented group of YA authors. You can find my short stories here: http://hanginggardenstories.tumblr.com/TOC

 

What is…

  1. …the last movie or TV show you watched that made you cry? I bawled like a baby at the end of the movie Odd Thomas.
  1. …your favorite place for fast food? I’m not a fan of big fast food chains. There’s a cool little taquería near my house called Paco’s that serves up some amazing shrimp tacos.
  1. …your biggest pet peeve? Unmade beds. I’m like the Princess and the Pea when it comes to wrinkly sheets.
  1. …your favorite smell? Homecooking.
  1. …a song you never get tired of hearing? Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
  1. …your biggest guilty pleasure? Chocolate. I have a terrible sweet tooth.
  1. …your favorite website or app for killing time? Facebook. We have a love/hate relationship, but dammit Facebook, I can’t quit you!
  1. …a hobby or skill you wish you had? Math.
  1. …the last book you read that you just couldn’t put down? Soulprint by Megan Miranda.
  1. …your go-to movie theater snack? Sno-Caps.

 

Would you rather…

  1. …eat pizza every day or eat ice cream every day? Ice Cream
  1. …have free Starbucks for a year or free itunes music for a year? Music
  1. …travel back in time or visit the future? Back… otherwise, it spoils the surprises.
  1. …be a celebrity for a day or hang out with your favorite celebrity for a day? Neither, I’m terribly shy, and I get awkward when I fangirl.
  1. …wear only 80s clothes and hairstyles forever or wear only 90s clothes and hairstyles forever? 80s, but only if I can listen to all the music too.

Thanks to Elle Cosimano for gamely participating in Twenty Questions! You can check out Elle on her official website or Twitter.

 

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘The Originals’ Star Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché (Image Credit: Nick Slotten / The Daily Quirk)

Sebastian Roché (Image Credit: Nick Slotten / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk recently caught up with actor Sebastian Roché in Chicago to discuss his roles on hit shows such as The Originals, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. Check out our exclusive interview with Roché to hear him talk about his journey playing Mikael on the two vampire themed shows, whether he’d be up for reprising his role as Balthazar on Supernatural and his upcoming film Phantom Halo. Phantom Halo, which also stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rebecca Romjin and Tobin Bell, hits theaters June 19.

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Alison Brie on ‘Sleeping With Other People’ Red Carpet

Alison Brie (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Alison Brie (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

In Leslye Headland’s unconventional romantic comedy, Sleeping with Other People, Alison Brie stars as Lainey, a woman who isn’t very good at maintaining romantic relationships and is seeking counseling for her sex addiction. It just so happens that a man from her past, Jake (Jason Sudeikis), also decides to seek help for his own romantic incompetence, bringing the two together again in what they decide will be a strictly platonic way. As Lainey and Jake work on improving themselves while sleeping with other people, they begin to realize that just maybe they’re falling for eachother.
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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Finn Jones at C2E2

Finn Jones (Image Credit: Nick Slotten / The Daily Quirk)

Finn Jones (Image Credit: Nick Slotten / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk caught up with Game of Thrones star Finn Jones at C2E2 2015, where the star later presented a joint panel with co-star Jason Momoa. Jones clued us in to what’s in store for Ser Loras Tyrell as well as his favorite death so far on the show. Watch the video to check out our exclusive interview with Jones and stay tuned for more coverage from C2E2!

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Taylor Schilling on ‘The Overnight’ Red Carpet at Tribeca

Taylor Schilling (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Taylor Schilling (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

In Patrick Brice’s wacky, sexy comedy The Overnight, Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) have just moved to Los Angeles with their son when they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) at the park with their own son and agree to a family “playdate” at the later’s home. The get together starts off unremarkably, with Alex and Emily impressed by the trappings of Kurt and Charlotte’s life, but once the kids fall asleep the night begins to take many unexpected and humorous turns.  Continue reading

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Judith Godrèche on ‘The Overnight’ Red Carpet at Tribeca

Judith Godrèche (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Judith Godrèche (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

In Patrick Brice’s wacky, sexy comedy The Overnight, Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) have just moved to Los Angeles with their son when they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) at the park with their own son and agree to a family “playdate” at the later’s home. The get together starts off unremarkably, with Alex and Emily impressed by the trappings of Kurt and Charlotte’s life, but once the kids fall asleep the night begins to take many unexpected and humorous turns.  Continue reading

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘The Overnight’ Writer/Director Patrick Brice at Tribeca

Patrick Brice (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Patrick Brice (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

In Patrick Brice’s wacky, sexy comedy The Overnight, Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) have just moved to Los Angeles with their son when they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) at the park with their own son and agree to a family “playdate” at the later’s home. The get together starts off unremarkably, with Alex and Emily impressed by the trappings of Kurt and Charlotte’s life, but once the kids fall asleep the night begins to take many unexpected and humorous turns.  Continue reading