What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
Oh wow. What a loaded question. Ha ha. I began writing when I was ten years old. It was mostly a series of short stories about pre-teen girls. The thing that inspired me to write the most was that I had difficulty telling people exactly how I felt, so I wrote down my feelings on paper. From there it took on a life of its own. Even my fiction novels are based on some elements of events I’ve been through or can relate to. It’s my own way of sorting through my feelings. I write just about everything with the exception of sci-fi fantasy or horror. I have Christian, poetry and lyrics, romance, suspense and thrillers, comedy, juvenile fiction, historical fiction, and drama.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I’m sporadic when it comes to writing. That’s a terrible thing to say, isn’t it? We have this view that the perfect writer must write so many hours every day. But I’m not perfect. I just love writing. Unfortunately, between finishing my second bachelors degree, working, and applying for my Masters in England I wasn’t left with much time to write. Thankfully my schedule has cleared a bit so I can return to the joys of writing. There are instances when I write instead of sleeping or I’ll skip meals so I don’t have to stop writing, but for the most part I have to force myself to set aside a day to do it. Most people don’t understand that. As a writer, that’s what you have to do.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
For my juvenile works I prefer comedy. For my adult reads I enjoy writing romance and thrillers. I think my overall favorite is writing psychological thrillers, which really surprises me because I didn’t read that growing up.
What draws you to write in that genre?
Good question. Perhaps it’s the abstract nature that draws me to it. In psychological thrillers there are fewer boundaries. For example in My Brother’s Keeper, Collin Flannigan’s wife dies… then comes back to life. That’s not something you could ordinarily get away with in a romance or historical fiction. It’s anything goes. It forces the readers to think and become an active part of the story. When I read I don’t like to be given everything. I want to think for myself and put the pieces together. It’s more fun that way.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
Oh my. It’s been touch and go on the novel I’ve been working on since last summer. It’s one of those that I’ve never read or heard of anything like it before so I’m not exactly sure how to go about it. Some characters take on a life of their own and write the story for themselves and others you have to really think on it, which is where I am with “What Am I?” It’s more of a supernatural story about life before one is born on earth and the connection between it and life here. It plays on the idea of soul mates.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I’d like to focus on publicizing a bit more. I’m rarely short on ideas to write about but when it comes to marketing… it’s a completely different ball game. I’ve come to a new phase in my life. I’m divorced now. I’ve been blessed enough to be able to finish my French degree. I’ll be moving to another country shortly. Life changes. I think “What Am I?” will be the last novel I create before a short hiatus. I need to stretch my marketing muscles.
Where can people find out more about you?
My website www.DanielleBienvenu.com
My e-readers are available on www.Smashwords.com. My paperbacks and a few of my e-readers are available at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, Borders, Google e-readers, and Sony e-readers.
I love to keep in touch with people through my author Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/daniellenicole.author
I’m also on Twitter, though I’m not a huge Twitter bug. My handle is: @DBienvenu
There’s also MySpace though I mainly use it for my music: http://www.myspace.com/daniellebienvenu
I’d love to hear from you! Thank you for having me, Ruth. You’re such a dear.