What do I mean, “Announcement, Part 3”?? Surely I can’t have more breathtaking publishing news to share with you guys?? Not after my inclusion in J. Taylor Publishing’s “One More Day” anthology and my very-soon-to-be-self-published novella?? What else could there be??
Well, J. Taylor publishing could have signed me to publish a novel.
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Danielle E. Shipley signs with J. Taylor Publishing for her debut novel, Inspired, bringing forth a new perspective in fiction writing.
When a character’s story needs to be told, Danielle E. Shipley’s debut novel, Inspired, to release March, 2014 from J. Taylor Publishing, let’s her characters do the talking.
Apex, NC – April 10, 2013 – Just how real are these people we write off as fiction? That’s the question Chicagoan, Danielle E. Shipley, asked herself as she wrote Inspired, her debut novel, due to release in March 2014.
As many writers can attest, the muse is a fickle creature. For Danielle, the subconscious inspiration for her debut novel, Inspired, is no different, except that her muse didn’t give her hints, it took over. According to Danielle, “Inspired is a consequence of my fascination with my best friends of questionable reality, dreaming about answers to unreal questions, and a mad desire to confess to the world exactly how far from sane I am. From that, this love letter/sympathy note to my characters was born.”
“Danielle writes with a humorous voice, which combined with the storyline and character perspectives, had us both laughing and wondering what could possibly come next,” says J. Taylor Publishing.
While a typical novel is written in either first, second or third person, and from a singular, omniscient or multi-person perspective, Danielle combines them in a way that plays on the emotions, underscores the personal struggles and triumphs of the writer (or any artist with a muse) as well as breaks the normal mode of fiction writing. Inspired isn’t just a story told by its fictional characters, it’s a story driven by its fictional characters. “They’re the cool ones, really; I just write about them,” says Danielle, adding, “Like Inspired suggests, the instant a new novel idea hits, I’ll be chasing after it with wild abandon.”
Danielle’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself … or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words. Lots of them.
Writing isn’t Danielle’s only artistic foray. Her summer weekends will be spent working where fantasy rules – the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, Wisconsin; it’s her second year on cast—a place that finds her somewhere between a scared newbie and a seasoned vet.
Inspired is planned for release in March 2014. Danielle also has a short story, A Morrow More, in the One More Day anthology set to release December 2, 2013.
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Remember that novel I talked about during my “Change” post? The post with an ending paragraph including, “Y’know what would make a great change for 2013? My becoming a published novelist”? That novel was “Inspired”. And it’s about to make me a published novelist.
Y’know who can be really good at plotting and foreshadowing and all that other good living story stuff? My Author. He’s even tossed in a lovely Literary Three.
So, yeah, I’ve been feeling the best kind of overwhelmed, these last few weeks. Words fail hard, in moments like this, so I’ll leave you with a song which strikes me as thrice appropriate, having to do with ships at long last sailing in, Christmas-like delight, and, of course, the number three.