Danielle Rollins | Danielle Vega, YA Author of The Merciless
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candy-coated horror & teen thrillers


Author of the best-selling MERCILESS series, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, BURNING, and BREAKING. I'm currently working on the last installment of the Merciless books, & starting a new series to be announced later this year.


I always wanted to be a writer

But becoming a professional writer isn't like becoming a doctor or a lawyer. There are no four-year degree to ensure you'll get published, no brochures filled with advice, no summer intensives to sign up for. Most writers go it alone, cobbling together bits of contradictory advice where they can find it, and secretly wondering if they're talented enough. I think there's a better way. I've spent the last fifteen years working in the publishing industry and learning everything I can about the process of writing, publishing and selling books. This website is dedicated to sharing that information with writers at the beginning of their journey. 


Maybe you want to be a writer, too. How can I help you get started? 

How To Write A Pitch-Perfect Query Letter

(psst - click here to download my old query letters!) I don’t share this with a lot of people, but I spent five years looking for an agent. (((cringes internally))) I know. It seemed to take me forever to find representation when, all around me, other writers were...

How to Write a Killer Outline When You Hate Outlining

I didn't always outline.  I thought I was a pantser* for a long time. In fact, I wrote three books without an outline, and I don't think it's a coincidence that they suffered from soggy middles, meandering B-stories and poor character arcs. After years of this, I...

How to Turn Off The Negativity and Start Writing

Let me tell you a story.  It’s 2014. I’m sitting in front of my computer, watching the cursor in my Word document blink. Each new blink feels like an insult: Blink: you’re a hack. Blink: you can’t do this. Blink: this idea suuuucks. The cursor is right—this idea does...

"If you think YA horror might be a watered-down version of the adult stuff, or might at least have a happy ending, you clearly haven’t encountered Vega."

"Chillingthink 'Mean Girls' meets 'The Exorcist'...a fast-paced thrill-ride."

“Sick. Wicked. Twisted. This is my kinda fun.” 

—Marlene King, executive producer.

“Pretty Little Liars fans, get a sneak peek at your new favorite book, THE MERCILESS…a nail biting thriller.”

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