Sunday, April 12, 2009


Daniella Brodsky was born in Queens, New York and is a novelist and a reporter on beauty, fashion, dining, relationships, shopping, and travel for publicaitons such as: Cosmopolitan, The New York Post, The Hartford Courant, Time Out NY, Shape, Men's Health, Self, Gotham, and Fitness. After having lived in New York City for 11 years, she recently relocated to Middletown, Connecticut, where she spends her time writing, renovating her new (old) home, and working on relationships with spider and deer.


Who is the one person who most encouraged or influenced you to be a writer—and why?

There isn’t one person—instead there hundreds of fantastic authors who inspired me to fall in love with books and the world of craft, skill, and imagination behind writing them.

How long have you been writing? In what genres do you write?

I have been writing professionally for ten years. I write contemporary women’s fiction, mainstream romance, and young adult.

How much of REAL city life appears in your books? What are your most and least favorite things about city life?

I think anyone’s experience in a city is “real”—whether you’re a tourist or a lifelong resident. This is what makes writing about “regular” people so fascinating to me—everyone’s experience is different. My experiences certainly inform the world created in my books. I am both a city and country person—I love both and both can drive me crazy if I don’t balance one with the other. Currently, I live in Washington DC, which I chose because it is a mix of small town and city all in one; this is a nice balance, I think.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a writer?

Well, my earliest books were considered “chick lit,” but my true “sweet spot” is in upmarket contemporary women’s fiction so I had to work the industry to allow me to evolve and rebrand myself. This is a complex road in this business!

What is the title of your most recently published book? Briefly tell us what it’s about and let us know where we can buy it.

FEAR OF DRIVING is my most recent women’s fiction novel. It can be purchased at at this link:

Throughout Ruby's childhood, her mother dragged her clear across the country and back, starting their life over and over again, without ever telling Ruby who her father was and what exactly they were running from. When she was old enough, Ruby moved to New York City and promised herself she'd stay put, and at a comfortable distance from her Momma…and the moving vehicles Ruby learned to hate. But, Ruby has met someone she wants to marry, someone with whom she hopes to create the kind of "normal" life she always wanted. The only problem is, now that she's left the city life behind, all her worst fears are stirred up. She has to learn to drive, though this symbolizes so many frightening possibilities about her family history, and she has to learn to make peace with who she really is. But as Ruby blossoms into life, both on the road and in her heart, creating a “family” of her own along the way, can she ever truly come to terms with herself?

“Ruby is a terrific lead character as she struggles with leaving Manhattan for love,” - Harriet Klausner

What are you working on now and when/where do you expect it to be available?

I have just finished a novel about a young woman’s journey through the grief of losing a loved one. When she loses her faith, she goes on an amazing whirlwind of experience (including falling in love!) to get it back. It will be available wherever books are sold, I expect sometime in 2010.

Writers, especially new writers, are always looking for tips and helpful information. What is the single most important “tip” you can give to a new writer?

Read, read, read (and brush up on grammar)...

What writers organizations claim you as a member?

Bryant Street and Romance Writers of America

Do you have any upcoming book signings or appearances? If so, give us all the details.

I’ll have some coming soon!

Here’s your opportunity to tell us anything else you care to share.

Life is full of inspiration. There are stories everywhere. Learning to do them justice, to really bring them to life in a way that shows my readers a wonderful reading, is what keeps me going.

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  1. Cool interview. Now I have Daniella Brodsky on my TBR pile.

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