Friday, June 5, 2009

Danielle Joseph is Here!

Today is extra special (for me, at least) because I am officially the big 2-7. Taking off and enjoying the day. Treated myself to new nail polish, a bluish green that changes colors in the light. My toes shimmer. It reminds me of a peacock. I *heart* it!

Btw, if you didn’t see the BEA recap I posted yesterday scroll down.

And now, while I’m off celebrating, I leave you with an interview!!

Another fantabulous Deb, Danielle Joseph, is on the blog. Danielle is celebrating the release of her debut novel, Shrinking Violet.

About Shrinking Violet

For high school senior Teresa Adams, every day is an ordeal. She’s so painfully shy that she lives in dread of having to speak to anyone in the hallways or answer questions in class. But after school, in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks—doing mock broadcasts for Miami’s hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up, Tere surprises herself by working up the nerve to ask her stepfather to give her a chance—and finds herself The SLAM’s newest intern on one of the station’s most popular shows. Behind the mike she’s Sweet T, her sexy, confident on-air persona. To everyone’s shock—especially her mother’s—Sweet T is a hit. Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ’s awesome taste in music, making Tere wonder if it’s possible to be jealous of yourself. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest—and a prom date with “Sweet T” is the grand prize--Sweet T’s dream could turn into Tere’s worst nightmare. . . .

About Danielle Joseph

Danielle Joseph was a college DJ for five years on the Gyroscope, a world music show. She also interned at several top Boston radio stations while earning her BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College. She has taught Creative Writing and English to Middle school students.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Danielle now lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two young sons. These days you can find her cruising around with the tunes blaring and her internal DJ hard at work.

On to the Interview!

Me: Without giving away too many spoilers, what is your favorite part of the novel/what was the part you had the most fun writing?

Danielle: I really liked writing the prom scene but I'll have to stop there or I'll reveal too much:)!

Me: What kind of writing projects are you currently working on? Or, if you aren't working on anything new, is there a different demographic/genre you wouldn't mind tackling in the future?

Danielle: I have another book, Indigo Blues, coming out in the fall of 2010 so I assume I'll be working on edits for that soon. I also have a new project hat I'm working on called Graveyard Shift.

Me: Who is your writing hero and why?

Danielle: I am a huge fan of Judy Blume because I always looked up to her as a kid and she has such lasting power, her flame has not dimmed, she is as awesome as ever!

She *is* awesome!

You can visit Danielle at her home on the web:

And . . . Shrinking Violet is officially on sale. You can buy it here:

Danielle will be chatting with Sydney tomorrow at:

Thank you so much for stopping by, Danielle! Congrats on the release!!

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