For this week’s author spotlight, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Danielle Van Alst.
Danielle grew up with a passion for all things literary. She first put pen to paper writing articles for a newspaper she designed and created during elementary school. Danielle’s creative channels evolved into writing poetry, short stories, essays, and children’s books. When not writing her own material Danielle loves reading everything and anything she can get her hands on, especially mysteries, suspense, and historical fiction.
Some of Danielle’s other talents include finding new and creative ways to use sarcasm, spilling/dropping things, being supremely weird without even trying, knitting, and photography.
Danielle attended California State University Northridge where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development. She continued her educational pursuit and attended Phillips Graduate University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a dual emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. Months after graduating with her degree, and growing more miserable every day that brought her closer toward a career she truly didn’t want, she finally realized writing was the only career that would make her happy and nourish her soul.
Danielle is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is now gleefully concentrating full time on bringing to life her stories and sharing them with the world. Danielle currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she is working on her debut novel.
Let’s take a look at her books.
A World of Imagination
What would you do on a day off from school? Go on an adventure, of course! Meet Charlie, an eight-year-old boy with a flare for using his imagination. Join him as he turns his snow day into a day filled with fun, excitement, and fantasy. Travel with Charlie to the Wild West, the Amazon jungle, and into outer space. Ride along for the thrills as he becomes a race car driver, a pirate, a cowboy, and even a superhero! With a little creativity (and a basement full of junk), there is no limit to where your imagination can take you!
Testimonials: “A World of Imagination tells the story of how eight-year-old Charlie uses his imagination to entertain himself for hours on a surprise snow day. This is exactly what I want for my children – the ability to use their imagination! The rhyme is perfect and the pictures are whimsical allowing your imagination to soar along with Charlie’s.”
Grab your copy of A World of Imagination from Amazon.
Uncharted – A Journey Through Life in Rhyme
“Beautiful, haunting, insightful poetry
As you journey along the path of life, the air heavy with mist surrounding you like a damp cold shawl, your footsteps rhythmically beating upon the ground to the sound of your heart, you realize this path has known obstacles and pain. It is covered in mystery and uncertainty leading you to places unknown. Yet, it also possesses great beauty and wonderment in its ability to shift, alter, and change, guiding your spirit in directions you never dreamed existed. There is magic and awe wrapped within its strange enigma. The path carries the soul through winter, remaining dormant under ice and snow, only to experience the warming thaw and blossoming of the emerging spring. Everyone’s path is perfectly unique and each individual will experience something different as they traverse upon it, for the path leads the soul that journeys along its course with absolute precision. It is a road that twists, turns, and intersects between fate and choice, while always remaining an open field of possibility. When you stand upon the path, where will it take you?
Uncharted is available at Amazon.