Saturday, July 30, 2022

Dannie M. Olguin at Authorpalooza


Authorpalooza at Barnes & Noble Dana Park Village Square in Mesa, Arizona. Met some amazing Middle Grade and Young Adult authors.
 

Thank you, Readers, one and all. #authorpalooza #authorslife📚

Monday, July 4, 2022

Dannie M. Olguin, Co-Panelist at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference

Honored to be a co-panelist speaking about Using Kid Lit To Reach At-Risk Youth at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference.

 


Monday, May 30, 2022

Author Services from Dannie M. Olguin

I'm so excited to announce that I'm now offering select Author Services. As my schedule opens up, I may add other types of editing and author services, but for now I'm focusing on:


* Query Letter Critiques
* Submission Package Critiques
* Manuscript Critiques


Check out this web page for more details or to book me!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Dannie M. Olguin at 2022 ALA Annual Conference

So incredibly excited to co-present at the 2022 American Library Association's Annual Conference & Exhibition. Are you attending? Search for my last name here.


Friday, April 15, 2022

The Moth Radio Hour - Phoenix StorySLAM

This week, I did something terrifying and wonderful.

One of my favorite podcasts is The Moth Radio Hour. I've been listening for years and have always wanted to participate in a StorySLAM, but I never felt worthy of an audience. I've been to a couple, but never tossed my name into the hat to tell a story.

That changed this week. I put my name in the hat, hoping to be one of 10 randomly selected storytellers. The theme in City of Phoenix was Books, and I was the the ninth storyteller to be chosen. I got up on that stage, didn't pass out or pee my pants, and told a true story that ended up winning the Slam!

Now I have the opportunity to participate in a Moth GrandSLAM, where 9 other StorySLAM winners from Phoenix will share true stories in front of an even bigger audience.

I never expected my name to be chosen, and I definitely didn't think I'd win. I just wanted to prove to myself that nothing bad would happen if I didn't get chosen or if I got up there and bombed.

Never in a million years did I expect to win tonight, but I'm honored and humbled. There were a lot of really good storytellers out there and I'm glad I got to spend the evening in such delightful company.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Donating Copies of BETWEEN SAFE AND REAL to Kids Need to Read

I donated a few copies of BETWEEN SAFE AND REAL to the Kids Need to Read charity. Their mission is to donate hundreds of new books to six libraries in high-poverty areas around the nation. It felt like kismet that their headquarters is only about half an hour from my house, so while I was there I decided to spend a couple of hours getting dusty and helping with inventory.

On top of getting new books into underfunded libraries, they also send donated books to underfunded schools, foster care homes and facilities, and Little Free Libraries.
It's important work that they're doing and I'm honored to be even a small part of the program.



Sunday, March 6, 2022

Monster Gallery

The first book I ever wrote was a second grade project called Monster Gallery. Every week, we had to write a new story about a classic monster, and this project sparked my love of writing.

Growing up in poverty meant I didn't have access to paper at home, so I cannibalized my least favorite stories for the paper. Sometimes for homework, so my little brother would have something to draw on, and sometimes for other stories. I wish I still had all of the stories I tore out of this book, but I'm glad I have the ones that still exist. I have a vampire, werewolf, mummy, even a bride of Frankenstein among a few others.

Seeing Monster Gallery next to Between Safe and Real--my first set of short stories next to my first published novel--fills me with joy and reminds me of just how far I've come.