We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Poem . . . The Accidental Novelist does have an actual accidental novel

I know it seems like there’s a lot of poetry on this site for being called “The Accidental Novelist.” And that would be because there IS a lot of poetry on this site. Poetry is my first love, it will be my last breath, and I believe every writer could improve his/her craft by creating room for poetry practice.

Poetry has made my work visual and given rhythm to my words. It teaches economy and breath.  I am a better screenwriter and novelist for it.

This post isn’t about poetry, though, it’s about the accidental novel that was accidentally launched last year, and is now making its very purposeful appearance!

If you don’t know the story, I originally wrote Brigitta of the White Forest as a feature screenplay several years ago. I decided to adapt it as a novel and that’s when I discovered I actually liked novel writing. No, more than that . . . I discovered that I could live inside it. I seriously had not thought of myself as a novelist, nor had I plans to become one. (And if I had thought romantically about it, I would have pictured some brooding journey of self and not a middle grade fantasy adventure about faeries.)

It was a happy accident.

The publisher is launching the official first edition (as opposed to the limited First Fan edition) THIS FRIDAY, Feb 11. I do not know when it will be available from Amazon or B&N, but I believe the distributor is shipping to them this week.

Buying directly from a small press publisher is always the most supportive thing you can do.

Also THIS FRIDAY, Indie Debut is officially launching its new website. Indie Debut is a collective of children’s book authors who are debuting books with small and independent presses. Anyone interested in learning about what it’s like to work with a small press will learn a ton from the site. We hope to be a service to those wanting to know more about the industry.

All DAY on Friday (Feb 11) there will be an OPEN HOUSE at the Indie Debut website with various activities. All the authors are offering contests and games and discussions. There will be swag, oh yes.

I am having a Faerie Wing contest over at The White Forest from 9 AM – noon (PST) on Friday as part of the Open House. Come play and win an autographed copy of the book. 🙂

Keep on swimming.


  1. Suma
    Feb 9, 2011

    Hi Danika,

    Thanks for sharing it. Your story of becoming a novelist is just so pleasant to read. I’d like to buy your book. Which is the best place to go to get an autographed copy?



  2. Let’s see . . . if you buy a First Fan Edition they are already signed by me. There are only a few of those left.

    If you come to the reading at University Books in Seattle, I can sign one for you on the spot!

    Or if you can’t make the reading, I’ll be in Seattle signing a bunch of the new edition for the publisher and I can sign and set one aside for you if you want. 🙂

  3. Tamara Hart Heiner
    Feb 10, 2011

    I was looking for pictures of sad monkeys…or was it happy monkeys? can’t remember. 🙂

  4. Suma
    Feb 15, 2011

    Thanks Danika. I would love to make it to the reading if possible. When are you reading?


  5. March 14.

    Here is the event on Facebook with all the details:


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