Guest Post: Danica Davidson on Writing Merchandise Tie-In Children’s Books

New Voice Danica Davidson on Attack on the Overworld

By Danica Davidson

Writing books that tie in with an already-known franchise offers both its rewards and its own sets of challenges, but ultimately it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing.

I’m the author of the Overworld Adventure series (Skyhorse, 2015-)(also known as books for Minecrafters) and the Barbie comic book Barbie: Puppy Party (Papercutz,

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New Voice: Danica Davidson on Attack on the Overworld

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Danica Davidson, welcome back to Cynsations and congratulations on the release of Attack on the Overworld
(Skyhorse, 2015)! 

What inspired you to choose the particular point of view–first, second, third, omniscient (or some alternating combination) featured in your novel?

Usually I don’t decide what point-of-view I want to use, because the story comes to me with the point of view already intact,

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New Voice: Danica Davidson on Escape from the Overworld

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Danica Davidson is the first-time author of
Escape from the Overworld (Skyhorse, 2015). From the promotional copy:

Eleven-year-old Stevie, who comes from a long line of Steves, doesn’t feel as if he fits in the Minecraft world. His father is great at building and fighting off zombies, but Stevie struggles in these areas. 

One day,

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