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Author Interview - Dana Swift | The Weekly Geek

Whatup, nerds. This week, I had the amazing opportunity to interview author Dana Swift to find out what she's geeking out about. Dana's new novel comes out next year, and I can't wait to add it to my shelf. It looks absolutely fantastic.

Dana Swift

Dana Swift started making up fantasy worlds when she was eleven years old and hasn’t stopped since. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned degrees in English and Advertising. While in college, Dana competed as a saber fencer and learned a thing or two about fighting, parrying, and how it feels to fall in love with your sparring partner. She currently lives with said husband in Miami, Florida. Her YA Fantasy debut, Cast in Firelight will be published by Delacorte Press January 2021. She is represented by Amy Brewer of Metamorphosis Literary Agency.


What are you geeking out about?

  • Books I’m reading: Romance. In the time of 2020, I’ve been reading a lot of romance and rom-coms. They have always been wildly enjoyable and a huge comfort and thus I’ve embraced the genre more than ever. Most recently in the YA contemporary romance realm I’ve devoured Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon and in Adult Romance I just finished Beach Read by Emily Henry. These both discuss the importance of the romance genre. A genre that has been looked down on and dubbed only a “guilty pleasure” by many. It was so nice to have both protagonists stand up for their own romance writing and its significance in exploring themes of connection.

  • ARCS I’m reading: 2020 YA Debuts. Earlier this year I learned I could request ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) from my fellow debut authors and have overloaded my kindle with extraordinary new books. Right now, I’m immersed in a Romeo and Juliet retelling, These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong and cannot wait to start the action-packed YA Sci-Fi, Crown Chasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer.

  • TV show I’m watching: Lucifer. I’d heard of it before and steered away since of all the fantasy and paranormal tropes and creatures, one of my least favorites is angels and demons. But I took a chance and started watching recently. These past weeks the humor and character dynamics of the show turned my interest into slight obsession. Most of the time TV shows with multiple seasons are daunting to me, but it’s just so fun and very interesting to see how the show changed in pace and storytelling when it was picked up by Netflix.

  • Movies I’m rewatching: Lots of Disney movies actually. I went through a phase of rewatching all the Disney movies I hadn’t seen in a while and quite frankly are unappreciated like Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. While some of the more well-known classics will always have my heart, it was so nice to enjoy and analyze the storytelling in each of these animations from my adult perspective.

Tell us about your new book!


All 2020 I’ve been editing, marketing, and getting CAST IN FIRELIGHT ready for release. Also writing Book Two in the series! Recently my debut got pushed to January 19, 2021 so we have to wait a little bit longer for publication.



Cast in Firelight is about two teens arranged to be married, who end up mistaking each other for someone else and teaming up/going undercover to save both their countries from corruption.


Preorder CAST IN FIRELIGHT


It’s been such a blast creating the preorder campaign with all the artwork and candles. I’ve also been playing around and teaching myself how to make my own promotional graphics. I’m still new at the whole process, but it’s been so fun. To claim your preorder gifts, all the information and the google form is here.


Be sure to follow Dana on Instagram and Twitter, and check out more of her work at www.danaswiftbooks.com. You can also support Dana’s local indie bookstore with a preorder (and signed copy) here.


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