Dannielle Viera - Interview (April 2019)
Why do you want to be a published author?
The reason is buried so deep in my soul that it’s hard to articulate. Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to write. I even have a ‘book’ that was written when I was about nine years old, where I say: ‘I would like to be an author. I know it doesn’t pay well if your book doesn’t sell, but I would still like to take the chance.’ Even then, I knew it wasn’t about money or fame – becoming a published author means leaving a literary legacy for future generations to enjoy. The idea that something I write and publish today has the potential to be read by someone in a hundred years or more sends delicious chills down my spine.
How long have you been writing?
I have long been fascinated by the power of words to entertain, enthral and inspire. Even as a young girl, I used to spend every spare minute scribbling down stories, and then I’d take great joy in seeing others’ reactions to my words. As an adult, I soon came to understand that it was difficult to make money as an author, so I concentrated on working as an editor, proofreader and project manager for a variety of publishers. For many years, this took me away from my passion – so in 2016, I decided to focus more on my writing. I still work as a freelance editor and proofreader – a girl’s got to eat! – but now I balance this with pursuing every possible publishing opportunity for my own writing.
How will you celebrate your first publication?
Although I have had poems and short stories for both adults and children published in many different anthologies, I am yet to experience the unique thrill of seeing my name on the front cover of my own book. I imagine it must feel like winning the lottery! If and when it ever happens, I will celebrate my first publication with my husband and two daughters, as they have been my loudest cheerleaders throughout my writing career. Then I will organise a fun and memorable launch to let the world know that my book baby has been born.
How would you describe your writing style?
I have always been partial to an adjective or two – so I would describe my writing style as descriptive. Over the years, I have learned to tone down the adjectives, but I still relish using metaphors and other literary devices to create three-dimensional worlds in which readers can immerse themselves. I also love dabbling in short forms of writing, such as haikus and flash fiction. The need to carefully craft the text in these forms so that every word earns its place has influenced my writing for children – I tend to focus on succinct picture book manuscripts.
How has Creative Kids Tales assisted you on your journey to publication?
There are two important ways that Creative Kids Tales has helped me. Since joining in June 2018, I have challenged myself to submit one new piece of writing to my profile every month. This ‘deadline’ ensures that I keep writing (even when I don’t feel like it!), and is excellent training for managing publishing deadlines in the future. This year, I will also have two short stories and one poem published in the second volume of the CKT Story Collection. I’m proud to be part of this anthology, alongside many other amazing writers.