Author Danielle Shipley answers the Pivot Questionnaire

Danielle and I both have stories in “The Toll  of Another Bell” fantasy anthology (Xchyler Publishing, 2015). Mine is “The Year of No Foals“. Hers is “Reality As We Know It”: Singer’s grief makes him beg for death, but irrepressible helpmate Row isn’t ready to give up.

Danielle Shipley1. What is your favorite word?

“Cahoots.” The sound of it has tickled me my whole life; it just smacks of comedic scheming.

2. What is your least favorite word?

“Flesh.” It’s only recently I’ve learned to speak the word without grimacing. It grosses me out.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Character discovery! Specifically, when I come across something new in the depths of the characters’ hearts. Those epiphanies juice me up like little else.

4. What turns you off?

Repetition. Getting bombarded with the same old thing, over and over, drives me bonkers and shuts me down.

5. What is your favorite curse word?

“Hell”, particularly when prefaced by “bloody”. It’s mild enough that I can /almost/ feel comfortable dropping it in public. (With the exception of private conversations with close friends, I prefer to keep it clean.) And really, in some circumstances, it feels less like a swear than a frank description of the situation; say, when you’re trying to get anything done with the devil’s own printer, for instance.

6. What sound or noise do you love?

An orchestra. Music is great in and of itself, but throw in a strings section, some woodwinds and horns, and my heart soars.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

Snoring! I can’t even talk about; the sound destroys me.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I would love to help animate a film – for Disney, if we’re dreaming big. What I’ve seen of the process fascinates me. Maybe if I ever decide to retire from writing, I’ll look into acquiring the necessary skills.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Basically anything that involves other people’s bodily fluids is off limits. I’m surprised I can function as a babysitter.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“Welcome home, precious one. Your friends are waiting.” And by my friends, he would mean my most beloved characters – all of us, for once, on the same plane of perfect reality. Let Eternity begin.

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