Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Guest Nose: Danielle Joseph

I'm happy to be hosting Danielle Joseph today. I spent the weekend reading Shrinking Violet. The book made me laugh, but also really made me think--especially about the shy girls I knew in high school. Some of them were so pretty and smart, but entirely unnoticed. I love the way Shrinking Violet shows how a shy girl uses her passion for music to find her own unique voice. The book is full of other great thinking moments, but I'll let you discover those on your own. This book seriously belongs in your beach/pool bag!

Here's what Danielle says:
In Shrinking Violet, Tere has a lot of insecurities about her looks. Much of this comes from her mother who wants Tere to be a "popular girl". Tere is much more comfortable in jeans and her fav band tee. Throughout her life she has struggled with self image but as she finds her voice, she begins to take more risks with her outer appearance without compromising who she is. And her biggest fashion embarrassment is when she has to dress as Helen Keller for a school assignment.

About Shrinking Violet
For high school senior Teresa Adams, every day is an ordeal. She’s so painfully shy that she lives in dread of having to speak to anyone in the hallways or answer questions in class. But after school, in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks—doing mock broadcasts for Miami’s hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up, Tere surprises herself by working up the nerve to ask her stepfather to give her a chance—and finds herself The SLAM’s newest intern on one of the station’s most popular shows. Behind the mike she’s Sweet T, her sexy, confident on-air persona. To everyone’s shock—especially her mother’s—Sweet T is a hit. Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ’s awesome taste in music, making Tere wonder if it’s possible to be jealous of yourself. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest—and a prom date with “Sweet T” is the grand prize--Sweet T’s dream could turn into Tere’s worst nightmare. . . . Buy your own copy here!

About Danielle Joseph
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. Read more about Danielle:  http://daniellejoseph.com/ 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds great, I'll put it on my wishlist. :)