Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Danielle Martin

I met Danielle during my freshman year of high school, when we were both on our high school's literary magazine, Drumbeat (fun fact: this is also how I met Roger).  We grew closer during the next year, when we were both in a theater class together.  When Danielle headed to NYU the next year, we kept in touch, and though we don't see each other very often, I always look forward to seeing her emails in my inbox.  She sees the world in such a beautiful way, and my world is a brighter place for having met her.

Danielle writes, "I don’t have any pictures of myself that sum me up, so here’s a picture I took which shows a meal I made once that I want to re-create."

Who are you? I am a former film student, turned Special Education teacher, turned mama. I live outside of New Orleans in some kind of endless summer. I like to learn about people.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? I used to have a couple of blogs about food, but I’m interested in starting a more general blog. Maybe it could be a medley of my musings about contemporary culture? Or, I could just post whatever’s on my mind that day.

What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen? In the first grade, I wrote a short story called “The Jello Sock.” I couldn’t just end on that high note.

Why do you write?
  1. In the hopes that I will be ‘discovered’ and somehow draw six figures through a part-time dalliance with the written word.
  2. Sometimes, in the midst of my writing, I come upon ideas that I didn’t realize I had before I started writing. It’s like a funnel into my subconscious mind.
  3. Growing up as an only child without video games, I learned that using my imagination could be an entertaining pastime.

Who inspires you? In my personal life, I’m inspired by my husband, mother, and son. In my writing life, I’m inspired by quirky nonfiction narrative writers who make me laugh.

If you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Sardinia. For the good food, beautiful scenery and to experience life in a “blue zone.”

What is your favorite place on earth? Any area that has a sandy ocean beach and good eats.

Anything else you'd like us to know? I’m in the middle of writing a poem every day for a month, but I skipped a couple of days, so I guess I have to start over again. I’m thinking of publishing some of these poems online, if my imaginary blog turns into reality.

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