Interview with Danielle Nicole Bienvenu

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Adventure, my dear Watson.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in Southeast Texas. Living two hours outside of Houston an and hour and a half outside of the beach provided many benefits. I was able to see the glitz and glam of Houston, the relaxed lifestyle of the island, and the warmth of Southern hospitality a mere thirty minutes from Louisiana. I'm thankful for my Southern roots. My upbringing shows itself in many of my novels (i.e. Running From My Shadow, What Am I, Once In A Lifetime, for starters).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh lawdy. It was a pre-teen series I planned to enter in a writing contest. It was called "Being Friends." It was incredibly cheesy and I'm glad I didn't go forward with it. It did, however, prove how much I would enjoy writing. Before the tender age of 10, I never considered being a writer. The series was about a group of pre-teen girls and their every day drama. At the end of the day, no matter how different each girl was, they were friends.
What is your writing process?
I'm one of those zany authors that doesn't have a set writing process. It's promising to live life dangerously, right? ;) In all honesty, I jot down notes, pieces of character's conversations as they come to me, or simply sit down and write a chapter halfway through a story plot. Each novel is unique with its own personality. I try to stay true to that even in the writing process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. My Mum has always loved reading (i.e. I share the first name as Danielle Steel for a reason). She read to me every night when I was a child and soon I was itching to read to her even if I didn't understand what all the words meant. I was often scolded for having my nose in a book over vacation. Imagine the awkward teen version of myself engrossed in a Meg Cabot novel during a tour ride through Europe.
Describe your desk
My desk is a replica of an antique writer's desk. I love it but it is currently overtaken by my piano keyboard and photographs. Believe it or not, I'm organized. Ha.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm too impatient and determined to solicit agents for 15 years before one agrees to take me on. Oh wait, was I not supposed to answer that? Ha. I wanted to write for myself. It wasn't about making it big. It's about the love of writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my work in print, of course!
What do your fans mean to you?
Every time a reader tells me he or she loved my novels my reaction is the same: disbelief. I can't believe they like my work. It's an incredibly humbling experience. I'm thankful I get to entertain and inspire others in this way.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play guitar, romp with my furry babies, read a book, and dream of travelling.
What do you read for pleasure?
Psychological thrillers, Christian fiction, some paranormal romance, Cajun stories, and comedy. Lyrics and poems are always welcome. Don't make me choose.
Published 2015-09-30.
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Books by This Author

What Am I?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,600. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Danny Parker is plagued by recollections of life before birth. Yet with every passing year, memories of his soul's past slip from him until he encounters counterpart souls that share the intangible bond of being the Tsaddikim Nistarim. Danny, Jade, Todd, and Quinn seek to tame their powers and answer the question burning in their inmost being, "What am I?" Explore the origins of souls.
Sarah's Secret
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,490. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Sarah Marshall was molested as a young girl. Now as a successful social worker with Child Protection Services Sarah vows to save as many young lives as she can. She'll soon learn that she must face her past or her past will face her.Sergeant Elijah Ryan joined the United States army when his parents died. He's angry with a God he doesn't even know. He just wants to make it out of the war alive.
The Life of Virginia Wargenheimer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Virginia attracts trouble wherever she goes whether it's with the Girl Scouts, her high school teachers, the trombone or boys. All she wants is to work at Greasy Cheesey's,get rid of a few pimples and disown her freakish family. Seriously. Bienvenu brings another comedy to the table that will leave you rolling.
The Right Kind of Perfect
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 1 review)
Fifteen year old Tessa Smithers has anything but the perfect life and things only get worse once she is accused of being a bird killer. Suddenly the entire town has turned upside down and the only thing they can agree on is she's guilty. Has everyone lost their mind or is it just her? Bienvenu writes a sensational teenage comedy that will leave you laughing until you cry.
Taming the Free Spirit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,430. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Marie Johnson is perfectly content running in fields and picking wild flowers until her family informs her that she is to be married to Joseph Clemmins, a perfect tart if there ever was one. Will Joseph force her to become someone else or will Marie be allowed to remain the free spirit she was meant to be and learn to love one another?
Once In A Lifetime
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,630. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
They say you never forget your first love. Kate Bryans and Anderson Beckett never did.
Roberts, Dana, 21.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Dana Roberts was a regular college student until a car accident took her memory. Dana struggles to reclaim her memory and sense of identity but nothing is what it seems. The therapist, her family and friends are all keeping secrets from her and Dana is determined to find out the truth about who she is. She just didn't know it would be so devistating. Sometimes the truth is better forgotten.
Escaping Lila
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Some people die before their time. Others die long before their body does. Lila McGillis could feel it before it happened. Bienvenu wraps up a nouveau roman style in a tight little package that keeps you guessing to the very end.
The Elopement
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,970. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Irish Maggie Crawford had her perfect life planned for her. Then she met Charles Labbe. His handsome French blood wasn't exactly what her rich parents had in mind. Shy, awkward Maggie takes her life into her own hands. But when it comes to going against the grain will she defy her parents demands and choose love even if it means leaving everything she knows behind?
Changing Stripes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,650. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An abstract piece on racism, Bienvenu showcases a White girl and an Hispanic boy parted by the waters of racism. They are torn apart by the world around them and left to face the harsh truth that the world doesn't see people for who they are, only the color of their skin.
The Gilded Mirror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,690. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Anne Davenport is a stranger in a foreign land. An immigrant from Austria alienated from her family, she must learn to survive however she can even if that means becoming a maid. Dreams of returning to Austria collide with her employer Lord Birkshire and she has no one to turn to. Through unwarranted cruelty and social injustice Anne learns to spread her wings and fly.
He's Mental, That's Why!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sadie Lynn Reeves wants out of her life. She wants to see the world instead of her dead end home town and she doesn't want anyone getting in the way of her dream. Then comes Jackson Monroe who works his way into her life and tears down her walls. The trouble is it may be too late. Sometimes time has its own plans.
My Brother's Keeper
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 24,570. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Everyone is convinced that Brayden Kelley committed suicide but Bryce is determined to vindicate his brother and prove that it wasn't suicide at all but murder. Bryce will stop at nothing to find his brother's killer. Bryce quickly learns that clearing his brother's name could be deadly and he'll need all the help he can get.
Running From My Shadow
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 48,210. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Collin Flannigan married the love of his life. Then tragedy struck and took her from him. After years of believing her to be dead, Collin now learns that the love he went so long without might be alive after all. But with a child on the way and a vindictive wife, Collin might lose his love. A psychological thriller and page turner, Bienvenu captivates the very essence of intrigue and mystery.