About Danielle Joseph
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. video store clerk, movie usher, toy demonstrator, waiter, DJ, copywriter, creative writing teacher, English tutor
Q. Favorite job
A. Being an author, by far!
Q. High school and/or college
A. Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA and Emerson College in Boston, MA
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Bob Marley
Q. Favorite movie
A. Coming to America
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Exciting, ever-changing, fulfilling, just like a good book!
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Follow your dreams, not your worries.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Not having enough time to write.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I'm happy being at home but I've always wanted to visit the island of Madeira.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Anne Frank.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Sidney Poiter.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Cool, no way, awesome!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would love to be able to sing.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Raising good, happy, loving kids.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Not always taking my time to finish things.
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Since I love the ocean, a mermaid would be cool!
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I'm easy-going and non confrontational.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Gargamel from the Smurfs.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would say to Helen Keller, "You are such a remarkable woman, how did you overcome all the obstacles in your life to become such an amazing role model?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Rude people that think they're all that.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I really loved being a DJ.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Resort tester.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, integrity and a good sense of humor.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Most definitely chocolate! Of course, I would have chocolate covered strawberries, pineapple and other good stuff too!
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Iron Lion Zion by Bob Marley, What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, Crazy by Seal, Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T's and Ironic by Alanis Morrisette.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Maya Angelou, Ayn Rand, John Steinbeck, Janet Fitch, Robert Cormier, Helen Keller, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, Ellen Hopkins, E.R, Frank, Judy Blume, Nadine Gordimer and Lois Duncan.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Fountainhead, Tunes for Bears to Dance to, White Oleander, Are you There God? It's Me, Margaret, and The Pearl
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Where the Sidewalk Ends
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Let go and be true to yourself.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I can really relate to your main character.
Q. How did you come to write Shrinking Violet?
A. I love listening to the radio and once worked as a DJ and wanted to write about that experience. I also wanted to write about a strong teen that was able to conquer her fears and those holding her back, and follow her dreams. And from that, Tere Adams, Sweet T, was born.