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Please welcome Danielle Joseph, author of the YA novel SHRINKING VIOLET, which was released earlier this month.

About the book:

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. . . .

An Interview with Danielle Joseph:

Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Danielle: I've always been interested in contemporary fiction. I gravitate toward heavy books laced with humor. If I'm not really drawn in by a main character I might put a book down but that takes a lot because I like to finish all books regardless of how much I like them.

Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Danielle: I still like realistic fiction but I try to read books out of my comfort zone and I've been really enjoying that. I read two vampire books recently that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Me: What was your favorite part of writing SHRINKING VIOLET, and what was the hardest?
Danielle: My favorite part of writing SHRINKING VIOLET was actually doing the rewrite after I got everything down on paper. I think writing the middle was the hardest because that's the spot where I often get stuck or wonder which direction to take things in.

Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Danielle: Yes, I used to be a college dj and worked as a radio intern. I was also shy growing up, although not as shy as Tere.

Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Danielle: The most exciting moment was receiving my editorial letter and the scariest was sending back my copyedits because that gave the whole experience finality.

Me: What are you working on now?
Danielle: I am working on something new titled, GRAVEYARD SHIFT. It deals with the element of surprise, love and mystery.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Danielle! More interviews to come next week. :)

My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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