In Shrinking Violet , every day is an ordeal for painfully shy Teresa Adams, a high school senior who lives in dread of having to answer questions in class, or even speak to anyone in hallways. But in the privacy of her own bedroom, she rocks the pretend-mike with her mock radio broadcasts. When an intern job opens up at Miami’s hottest FM station, Tere works up the nerve to ask her stepfather – the owner – to give her a chance. Before long, shy Tere has adopted the on-air persona of Sweet T, a sexy, confident DJ. She’s a hit. But success doesn’t come without a price. To Tere’s dismay, the radio station announces a songwriting promotion with the grand prize of a prom date with Sweet T. When Tere's secret is revealed, will it ruin her chances with the guy of her dreams?
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.
Thai food or Chinese?
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
You can do it!
What are you reading right now?
Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
What’s the last song you listened to?
Heartless by Kayne West.
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
Dogs or cats?
Favorite movie snack?
Popcorn and M & Ms.
What’s your cure for the blues?
Camping or four-star hotel?
Four-star hotel on the beach.
Where did you go on your first date?
Snorkeling or skiing?
Your five favorite movies.
Heathers, Pulp fiction, Coming to America, Once Were Warriors and Juno.
Tell us something weird about you.
I've never watched a soap opera or read a romance novel.
Do you speak a foreign language?
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
Spring or fall?
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
Last book you gave as a gift.
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
Dreamer. Lover. Laugher.
Five things you would do with $100,000.
Pay student loans. Fix some things in my house. Go on a beach vacation. I'm sure my kids would drag me to Toys R' US. And buy books!
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Early bird or night owl?
Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet?
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Write a spam subject line for us.
Enlarge Your Member.
What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Best present anyone ever gave you?
What books are on your night-stand right now?
Debs books and MTV books.
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
Hey There, Delilah.
Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Danielle!