Artist bio of Danaye L. Shiplett of [email protected]

For someone who loves to write, creating a professional bio seems like it would be easy.

It is not.

Whenever I try to write about myself, my mind goes blank. What if I say the wrong thing, something silly or cliché? I might sound boring. I’m not that funny; should I force it?

I’ve tried writing in third person. First person. Second person. Third person sounds too impersonal (for a blog, am I right?). First person seems so pretentious. Second person… well. It’s a bit difficult to write in second person about yourself. Each time I start, the backspace button becomes my constant companion. (Have I mentioned I’m a bit of a perfectionist? No? Well, you’ve been warned.)

So, in lieu of a detailed account of my life story, here is a small snapshot of who I am.

Artist bio: tiny snippets of me

  • My name, Danaye, is Greek. In Greek mythology, Danae was the mother of Perseus.
  • I greeted the world in December.
  • My childhood was perfectly imperfect: each year passed with happy moments, sad moments, and every other moment in between.
  • I love my God, my husband, my family, and my pets.
  • Books have always been my constant companion. Art, my truest passion.
  • I have been creating art professionally for over 15 years.
  • I am also an indie author.
  • My art is geared toward the young at heart.
  • I like to tell stories with my pictures, and paint pictures with my stories.
  • I may be a tad obsessed with Disney (Stitch is my favorite).
  • I have two fur babies and no children. I may never get to have children.
  • A lifelong learner, I am self-taught in many areas of writing and art. However, I also believe in the power of education, and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art (with a minor in Creative Writing).
  • My taste in music is eclectic.
  • Fantasy is my favorite book genre.
  • I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
  • I believe in magic.

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