Viola Changeling by Dayna Mortimore @DaynaMortimore

About the Book

“The benefit of living in a small town and working at its only bar was the fact that Viola tended to notice things. Eighteen years of life on the run, hunted by shadows and defending her Changeling brother, had taught her well. Pipe Valley was such a small town, and full of so few people, that she’d become magnificently good at fading into the background. She liked to think that she noticed most things.

So she probably should have noticed the three strangers.”

Viola Livingstone wakes on the morning of her twenty-first birthday, surprised to be alive. She’s spent the majority of her life on the run with her brother, Matty, hiding from the dangerous world of the fae and the gangs of human magic-users who rule their realm. Now, a chance encounter with a mysterious trio of strangers in small-town Pipe Valley will question everything she knows.

The trio is chasing a rumor surrounding the two runaway children of notorious prisoner Rena Hayashi. For necromancer Simon, AKA the Reaper of Minneapolis, twins Percy and Will are his only stability, and the arrival of the Livingstones is an unwanted threat. When it turns out that their bounty comes from the bloodthirsty Water Lily regime, the five must work together, and Viola has no choice but to dive deeper into a world she swore she’d stay away from…

About the Author

Dayna Mortimore is a long-time writer of young adult, fantasy and horror fiction with a BA in Creative Writing. Based in Melbourne, Australia, she is currently undergoing her graduate degree and spends the majority of her personal time adopting baby rats with her girlfriend and over-indulging in fiction.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?

Viola Changeling follows five young adults as they navigate the dangerous world of the fae, forbidden magic, and found family. Siblings Viola and Matty Livingstone are on the run from gangs led by human magic-users and the Water Lily regime, a fae monarchy whose origins are shrouded in mystery. When the Livingstones cross paths with a trio of infiltrators investigating a bounty on the siblings, the two have no choice but to dive deeper into the very world they swore to stay away from.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

I like to think of the story as a universal one. Whilst the ages of the characters themselves puts it in the new adult category, there are certainly enough adult elements to the book that make it a good read for a more mature audience, and there’s enough whimsy and romance to make it appealing to the YA crowd, too.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?

I’m a big fan of anyone who can write a compelling genre story with diverse and down-to-earth characters – Leigh Bardugo, Maggie Stiefvater, Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Nora Sakavic have been some of my faves for a long time.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?

Read more. Always read more.

Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?

I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and Tumblr @DaynaMortimore, and my Blogspot (where I mainly post shameless self-promotion and short horror stories) is You can also email me at for anything book related!

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