‘No Angel’ Interview with Daniel A Kaine

Tell us a little bit about yourself Daniel? 3 things that aren’t in your bio 🙂

Well, most people probably know this already, but I’m a total submissive, and I’ve been seeing my current Sir for a little over a year now. Can’t believe it’s been that long already!

What else? Hmmm, I’m a big anime and manga fan. I’ll always have at least three or four series on the go to keep me busy when I need to procrastinate, or hit a mental block. Currently I’m watching ‘Naruto’ and ‘Attack on Titan’. Also reading the mangas for those two series, and the ‘Fairy Tail’ manga.

And thirdly, I’m a fussy eater. I will pick certain foods out of my meals before eating, such as onion and mushrooms. I also cannot eat sausages if the ends look like foreskins. Freaks me out too much, even though you’d think I love putting sausage in my mouth. I have to cut the ends off first before I can eat the rest of the meat.

When did you get the writing bug?

It started in 2009 when I began reading Naruto fanfiction. After a while I decided to try writing my own, and from there it escalated into making up my own characters and stories. Now, I can’t seem to stop coming up with ideas.

Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?

Everywhere. A lot of the time ideas will come to me while I’m walking to work my headphones on. There’ll be a line of a song that sparks my imagination and I’ll end up thinking about it all day until it becomes the start of a story. I’ve previously drawn inspiration from animes, including 07-Ghost. The characters of Mik and Ash evolved from wanting to rewrite the story of Teito and Mikage. Watching their original story almost had me in tears. Almost!

You tend to lean towards dark, gritty, paranormal elements, what is the draw for you?

For me, books are an escape from real life. And what better way to escape than through reading and writing about things that don’t exist in our reality? I’m also fascinated by human nature, and I think we can learn a lot about it when we look at it from the perspective of a world that is different from our own.

Do you prefer to read the same themes you write?

Yes, for the reasons given above, and more.

Do you have a favorite writing spot?

My couch. It’s so comfortable that I will often fall asleep on it after a hard day’s work.

Would you want any of your books turned into a movie or TV show?

I’d actually love to see the Daeva series as an anime. If that ever happened… I think I’d die of excitement, and then come back as a ghost just to watch the series.

I love your Daeva series. If it was made into a movie, who would you like to see play Mik and Ash? Why?

Oh, damn. This is a tough question. Nicholas Hoult for Mik, definitely. He’s gorgeous, and is quite close to how I imagined Mik when I started writing him. As for Ash… after much googling (and ogling), I’m going to have to go with Luke Guldan. He’s buff enough to be Ash, and is just beautiful. I’d love to see these two men getting it on!

Nicholas Hoult
Nicholas Hoult
Luke Guldan
Luke Guldan

What’s the story behind “No Angel”?

The idea first started while I was at university finishing my postgraduate in Leeds. It’s dang near impossible to walk through the city centre there without seeing one or two homeless people. One day, I saw a young boy who couldn’t have been more than eighteen years old huddled against the wall of a McDonalds. It was heartbreaking, really. That was the only time I’ve ever stopped to give change to a homeless person.

After that, I couldn’t stop wondering what his story was. And soon the thoughts began to form into a plot idea. I didn’t want the story to be about homophobia, though there is some in the book, so I tried to come up with another way my character could stand out from the rest of the human race. I searched through the internet and found out about a rare condition called ‘cutaneous horns’, which is believed to be caused by radiation or burns, where the sufferer sprouts horns from their forehead. I took this and changed it around, so it became something the children were born with. It’s this physical difference that causes them to become targets of bullying and discrimination.

Of course, I had to take it one step further and add a paranormal spin on the story, so the children also developed special gifts as they matured.

No Angel-FINAL

How is writing about Angels different from writing about Vampires?

Are they angels? Or aren’t they? That’s something Josh asks when he discovers that a part of what makes Sam different is the ability to sprout wings. No one in the book knows what causes the condition, and so some of the characters do struggle with their identity. I guess this is quite similar to writing vampires, because there’s often that internal conflict between being human, and also a ‘monster’.

Overall, I don’t think there is that much difference between writing angels and vampires. They have different origins, but in the end they’re still human, but not. Unless, of course, you’re going with the story of vampires being a separate humanoid species.

What is your favorite thing about this book?

I like that it really pushed the boundaries of my writing. ‘No Angel’ contains a lot more sweet moments than I’m used to writing, and is also my first full-length story to be written in third person. I’ve learned a lot from writing and editing this book, and I have to give credit to the awesome editors I worked with because they were extremely helpful in their explanations. Long story short, I feel this book made me a better writer.

What is your favorite line or scene? Why?

My favourite scene is probably when Josh and Sam share a bed for the first time. Sam talks about his past experience of life on the streets, and Josh about his family. I like this scene because it reveals a lot about both characters and their personalities.

Can you tell us about anything else you’re working on at the moment?

Currently I’m writing ‘Slasherazzi’, which I’d describe as dark crime. Think Dexter, but with less morals. Of everything I’ve written so far, this is definitely the darkest, but it also has its sexy moments, too. And for the killer, those lines are definitely blurred.

I know you met a lot of people in the industry at GRL last year. And you’ve been to a few other meet-ups since then. How have these experience helped with your writing career? Or meeting your fans? Are you more comfortable in the spotlight?

GRL last year helped by starting to get my name out there to a wider audience. I met a lot of new people, including some really big names, and as a result I ended up being invited to contribute to the Zombie Boyz anthology. There are a few people who I’ve become quite close with, too. Poppy, for example. She’s amazing, and always ready to help out if I’m stuck with my writing.

I’ll admit, turning up to a conference with hundreds of other people there was a huge shock to my system. I’m not used to being around that many people, so I may have seemed a bit shy, which I’m not usually. Hopefully this year I’ll be a little more prepared for the scale of things, and if all else fails, I can always be coaxed out of my shell with alcohol.

And I have to know, where do you get those great t-shirts you wear all the time?

I get them all from the internet. www.badideatshirts.com

About Daniel A. Kaine

Daniel A. Kaine was born and raised in the Land of Rain, more commonly known as England. Originally trained as a biology teacher, he was always unsure what to do with his life. That is, until he chanced upon a fanfiction site and began jotting down stories between his favourite anime characters. To this day, he still cringes at the mere memory of all that cheese.

In 2010, Daniel came across the NaNoWriMo boards and started work on his first original piece of fiction. Since then, his fingers have been unable to keep up with all the ideas and characters his brain keeps throwing at him.

When he’s not writing, Daniel enjoys staying active, whether that be by running along the river banks near his home, or going to the gym. He also enjoys reading, playing video games, and learning new skills, such as image manipulation.

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