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About the author:
Danielle grew up with a passion for all things literary. She first put pen to paper writing articles for a newspaper she designed and created during elementary school. Danielle’s creative channels evolved into writing poetry, short stories, essays, and children’s books. When not writing her own material Danielle loves reading everything and anything she can get her hands on especially mysteries, suspense, and historical fiction.
Some of Danielle's other talents include finding new and creative ways to use sarcasm, spilling/dropping things, being supremely weird without even trying, graphic design, and photography.
Danielle attended California State University Northridge where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development. She continued her educational pursuit and attended Phillips Graduate University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a dual emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. Months after graduating with her degree, and growing more miserable every day that brought her closer toward a career she truly didn’t want, she finally realized writing was the only career that would make her happy and nourish her soul.
Danielle is a proud member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and The Alliance for Independent Authors. Danielle is now gleefully concentrating full time on bringing to life her stories and sharing them with the world. Danielle currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
What inspired you to write your book?
The inspiration for the book is my fascination with fate and destiny and how two very different lives can collide together in a chance meeting. I think it’s interesting how there are billions of people on this planet yet, we only have meaningful relationships with very few people. It’s almost like those lives were meant to intersect…like it was written in the stars and that’s what makes those particular relationships extra special.
Here is a short sample from the book:
“The only heart you need to decide about is your own, William. It’s up to me if I want to risk my own.” Gwen reached out to take his hands. “I’m sorry. Running away was childish but seeing you with the Countess… that first night, when she was with you, I could see the emotion in her eyes. I thought maybe the two of you were already together.”
“No, and that’s never going to happen. Alice is… Alice. I do care about her, but she’s only ever going to be a friend. Nothing more.”
Gwen nodded. “Why do you only see her as a friend?”
Finding a way to word what it was he wanted to say wasn’t easy. William knew there was so much he couldn’t say, because he didn’t want Gwen to know who he was before he set foot on the ship. “Alice is one of those people who can be whoever she wants to be. Sometimes I don’t know for certain if I’m really dealing with Alice, or if I’m dealing with someone else entirely. She’s almost always putting on an act for someone, whether that is for the person she’s talking to or someone who happens to be watching her. If I’m with someone I want to know who it is I’m dealing with. I want to be able to see them and know that there’s nothing hidden. You are one of the easiest people to read. Your emotions are right there. I don’t need to worry about anything.”
“Except for my jealousy.”
“Being jealous is normal. It’s how we deal with that jealousy that has an effect on our lives. Are you this is what you want? I don’t mind if it’s not. I just want to know, Gwen, so that I don’t waste my time, or your time.”