Wednesday, March 19, 2014

If you wrote a letter to your muse, what would you say? #Fiction #Giveaway Inspired Blog Tour

INSPIRED Blog Tour Guest Post for Terri Rochenski: A letter from me to my muse
By Danielle E. Shipley

Dear muse o’ mine,

Who are you, exactly? Nothing like Annabelle’s Luc, that much I know; or at least, not as sociable as he is. You’ve never come around for a face-to-invisible-face chat with me. You must prefer to do all your work behind the scenes.

Do my characters know you? That wouldn’t be surprising. The author’s always the last to know. Perhaps that’s why I find my characters so inspirational: It’s you guiding them to say and do the right things to spark my ideas.

That’s really what you are, aren’t you? A guide. Something like a conscience, or the Holy Spirit. A little voice murmuring in my subconscious, nudging me toward the making of my art.

I’d like to know your name, if you’d ever like to tell me. I’d like to know you, the way I’m sure you must intimately know me. I’d like to know the reason you chose me as your artist – your writer, your musician, your amateur with a sketchpad. Is it because you thought me special? Did you simply like the look of me, and think we’d make a decent match? Did you even get a say in the matter, or was I your assignment from some mysterious higher up? What is the muse business like, anyway? Are you part of an organization, or do you freelance?

Questions, questions. One could easily turn all this speculation into another novel. …Did you inspire that thought on purpose, my muse? I will ever wonder.

Gladly yours,

~ Danielle


Release Date: March 17, 2014
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fiction

For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

Their own.

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About Ms. Shipley

Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. ...Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who homeschooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me, Terri! No letter back from my muse, yet, but as long as the creativity keeps coming, I'll try not to mind. ;D

    1. hehe My pleasure, Danielle! May you make tons of sales, & may the muse continue to chatter in your brain. :)

  2. I can't wait to get a chance to read Inspired! I've just really wanted to read it ever since I read the synopsis. The letter was interesting to read...its a strange thing how a muse works...
    Thanks for the giveaway!