Meet Featured Indie Author E. Danielle Butler!
Meet her in person at the shop on Saturday, August 26 at 1pm for a Meet the Author Story Time, where she will read her new book Zachary Goes to School.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am wife to Brandon and Mommy to Zoe and Zachary. I am a former teacher and recruiter turned full-time creative.
2. What do you do when you are not writing?
I love sleeping, eating and dancing when I’m not writing. And those are in no particular order. LOL.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
As a kid, I wrote many elaborate stories. I’d create characters and storylines and then assign the roles to my dolls and stuffed animals. As a young adult I contemplated the idea of really going full force but chickened out to write in the background instead.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I compose most of my “greatest” works on scraps of paper and napkins.
5. Is there any particular authors or books that influenced you growing up?
As a young kid my favorite books were series like Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club.
Pearl Cleage was one of my favorite authors. Though her themes featured lots of mature subject matter, I was fascinated by her characters. I knew them.
6. Do you have an upcoming book? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it?
I just finished and released my third children’s book, Zachary Goes to School, this month. I am working on a devotional for women called Thoughts and Prayers for the PostPartum Mom. I’ll have it ready for an early fall release.
7. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The events in my children’s book are inspired by real life experiences!
8. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why for Zachary Goes to School?
My favorite part to write was the conversation between Zachary and Daddy as they headed out for the first day of school. The things he shares are things that we live by in our home.
9. Who is an author that you look up to today?
I really like the work of Kimberla Lawson Roby. While her books are fiction, there’s some truth and brave exposure that can be found in her writing.
10. What is your favorite genre of book to read?
I like dramatic fiction. I also like fiction that focuses on the quirks of average characters.
11. What is your favorite book?
My favorite book (right now LOL) is Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes.
12. Who is an author that has inspired you?
C. Cherie Hardy; She’s got 13 years in the business as an independent author and continues to refine her process and approach. Many of her books are also inspirational in nature.
13. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Go for it! Do it afraid! Don’t talk about writing, be writing.
14. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you for your continued support. I hope that you find and see yourself reflected in some part of each of my works.