Thursday, February 5, 2009

Interview: Danielle Joseph + Contest!!

Interview with Danielle Joseph
Questions by: Lauren

If you click the picture, it should take you to Danielle's website!

Shrinking Violet is the story of a high school girl who is very shy. However, she soons finds herself working at a radio station and must overcome this. As a pretty shy person, as well as a huge lover of music, this book definitely jumped out to me and I really wanted to help Danielle spread the word. Here is the following interview, as well as a fun little contest. Shrinking Violet is due out on May 5, exactly 3 months from now.

1. I'm always curious about the story behind books' titles. Is there a particular story behind the decision to use Shrinking Violet?

The original title for the book was Dead Air, which comes from the radio term meaning unintended complete silence during a broadcast. My editor asked me to change the title because it sounded too much like a murder mystery and I agreed. We went through a bunch of titles and she eventually came up with Shrinking Violet. I immediately fell in love with the title because Tere is a shy, modest person--a shrinking violet.

2. Since the book is about a shy girl getting a job at a radio station,
what is some of your favorite music?

I love a wide range of music, everything from alternative rock, hip hop, reggae, jazz, world music to pop. One of my all time favorite artists is Bob Marley. And of course if you check out the playlist on my web site, you can hear some of the songs I listened to while writing Shrinking Violet.

3. Were you as shy as your character in High School?

I was shy growing up but not as shy as Tere. I had a great bunch of friends that I could really be myself around. But it wasn't until I went to college that I was more comfortable speaking in big groups.

4. I love the cover of your book. Did you have any input on this? What are
your final thoughts about it?

Thanks! I was really happy when I saw the cover, but I did not have any input in the process. Luckily MTV has a great group of people that chose to use the girl on the cover and the fact that she is peeking out from her sweater is perfect representation of Tere.

5. Personally, how will you celebrate the release of your book on May

I will probably celebrate with chocolate because there is always an occasion for chocolate:)! Then I am having a big book signing party at Books & Books in Miami, FL on May 9 and another book signing party at the Wellesley Booksmith in Wellesley, MA on May 14. Those are two of my favorite independent bookstores. For those in the area of Miami or Boston, I will post the information on my web site so you can come and join me.


Details: To enter this contest, you must comment on this interview. If you would like another entry, please post about the contest/Danielle/the book/etc somewhere on your blog or myspace and leave a link in ANOTHER comment!

Eligibile: Everyone. I want to promote this book as much as I can, so I'm going to open it up to International readers as well.

Winners: There will be two winners!!

Prize: Two small prize packs that suit the books' title, Shrinking Violet. Each pack will have small (shrinking) purple (violet) items. Each bag might not exactly match, but that's okay. I'll try and post the full list of prizes once I completely collect Danielle's and my contributions. Keep a look out!

Deadline: Saturday, February 14 (Valentine's Day!)


Steph Su said...

Wow, shrinking violet. That's very original, and I really like how it describes the character.

Thanks for this contest, Meg!

Steph Su said...

I've posted about this contest in my sidebar on my blog:


stephxsu at gmail dot com

donnas said...

Please enter me. I love the story idea and can totally relate to the main character.

sharonanne said...

Nice enterview I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

Thanks for the contest! :)

Katie said...

I can't wait to read this!
Thanks for the contest!

bball11kt (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

Lenore said...

I agree that every occasion is a great occasion for chocolate!

deltay said...

Mmm lovely, another contest. Count me in please! :)

Polo.Pony said...

Ohhh that will be fun! Thanks for the contest

Liviania said...

Cool contest! I love books that involve music.

Word Freak said...

oh that's really cool!
Count me in plz!!
thanks a lot for the contest ^^

xollinzolox said...

I'm entering! It looks very good!

robin_titan said...

I'm definitely interested!

I am also really shy and often I have to get over that which can actually be not too hard, it all depends on the situation really, either way I think I'll be able to relate. :D

Erika Lynn said...

This book sounds great. please enter me.

Bookworm said...

Great contest, enter me please! I love the cover of the book. (:

Erika Lynn said...

I blogged it here

TruBlu93 said...

Love the interview.
I'm a pretty shy person too around people I don't know that well, hopefully it'll all change in college like it did for Danielle.

I linked.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Steph Su: Thanks for posting about it and I love the title as well. :)

Donnas: Oh, yes, me I said. I can't wait for the book to come out.

Sharon: Thank you and I'm really glad!!

Katie: You're welcome. Definitely, mark it on your calendar! ;-)

Lenore: Oh yes...chocolate will always be the love of my life!

Deltay: Will do!

Polo.Pony: Welcome!

Livinia: Me too. It just merges my two loves.

Word Freak: You're welcome!

xollin: You're in!

Robin: Agreed. Some situations are better then others...but I'm still a very shy person.

Erika: Well, I'm glad. :)

Bookworm: Oh, me too!

TruBlu: It takes time, but I've gotten better, so I'm sure you will too!! I'm glad you liked the interview.


the epic rat said...

I'm glad you chose Shrinking Violet over Dead Air. We used to have a radio show at my grade school, but it didn't last very long. I always thought it seemed like fun, though I don't think I have a radio personality!

cecilia // cecpham(at)

the epic rat said...

I posted it on the sidebar of my blog under The Grapevine at the end.

P.S. I really like the mic on the Danielle's banner - it would've been neat if they could've put it somewhere on the it on the back? We should start showing the backs of books and see if they're appealing to look at! :D

cecilia // cecpham(at)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Cecilia: I could never talk on the radio, but I do agree that it sounds like a lot of fun. I'd definitely enjoy it. :)

You know, that IS a good idea about showing the backs of books. Some of them really are cool. I like the mic as well.


Brooke Reviews said...

books + music = my two true loves :D

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Brooke: Oh, how very much I do agree. :)


What a Girl Reads said...

Sounds like a very good and interesting book!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Sara: I do agree! Glad you think so.


danie88 said...

I'm a shy person as well and LOVE music... I heard about this book a few weeks ago and added it to my wishlist... it sounds like such a great read! :D

danie88 said...

oops forgot my e-mail address:


Megan said...

This book looks really good. So please enter.


I am also a shy girl so i realate to this book

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Dani: I know!! That's awesome it's on your wishlist. You must get it when it comes out!

Megan: Sure thing, and I'm glad you think so!
I think a lot of people could relate too it...most of us are shy in some way, I think.


Genevieve said...

This book sounds good, different than the usual stuff that's out there. Please enter me!

caprubia (at) gmail (dot) com

Genevieve said...

And I posted a link of this contest in my blog's sidebar:

caprubia (at) gmail (dot) com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Genevieve: Glad you think it sounds good. You should hear more about this in the coming months leading up to May.

Thanks for posting!


Michelle Kuo said...

This book sounds so interesting, especially with my love for music too :)

I would like to be entered into the contest please :D

Michelle Kuo said...

I put your contest in my sidebar:

Word Freak said...

i've put it on my sidebar ^^

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Michelle: Sure thing, and I'm glad you think so. :)

Thanks for the link!

Word Freak: Thanks for the link as well.


Danielle Joseph said...

I am enjoying reading everyone's interesting comments here and thank Lauren for running the contest. I hope everyone can relate to Tere from Shrinking Violet in some way, whether you are shy or are a music lover! Good luck to everyone who has entered the contest:)!

bookmoochgirl said...

Shrinking Violet...I love that title! Thank you for the contest.

- Patti

bookmoochgirl said...

This is my email address by the way:

mournfields AT yahoo DOT com


- Patti

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Danielle: Thanks so much for dropping by!!

Patti: You are quite welcome. I love the title as well. Keep checking back for more on the book and Danielle. :)


Hillary said...

I can't wait to read this! It looks great!

deltay said...

Hi! Just dropping by to say I've mentioned it in this blog entry here:

deltay said...

* Sorry, I meant here:

Paradox said...

Great interview! I've seen the cover and I loved it!

I posted about the contest here:

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Thao said...

Enter me please. I hope the prize pack includes the book.


windycindy said...

Greetings! What a wonderful cover your book has. I love how the music gives her solace. When I was a young teen and my friends were out on dates on Saturday night and I was home-I sang to almost every album I played. Mostly show tunes and Barbra Streisand. Pleas enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi