DLC: DIY Interview – Daniel Blanchard

Name: Daniel Blanchard

Email Address:

What is your blog URL?

What is your website URL? http://GranddaddysSecrets.com

What is your contact information? Dan007blanchard@gmail.com

Where and/or when were you born?
1969, Hartford, Connecticut

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
XXX• University of Connecticut- Bachelors in Political Science
XXX• University of Hartford- Masters in Special Education
XXX• Sacred Heart University- School Administration

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
My students kept telling me I should write a book. On one of those days in 2009 when I was driving home one of my friends called me and told me that I should write a book. I set the alarm clock for 4:00 AM the next morning to get up and write. I did that for the next 365 days and then I had a book.

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?db1
XXX• ‘Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Lucky?’ – 2010.
XXX• ‘Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Good’ – 2012.

Are your books available, and from where?
Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and my website (see above)

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how did you feel about it, what problems you may have had, etc.
My first publication was my first book from ‘Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Lucky?’ in 2010.  I was super happy about having a book. The biggest problem I had was getting my message out to more people.

Why the name ‘Granddaddy’s Secrets’?
Because I want to bring back that mentoring role between the younger and older generations.

Why did you name your first book, “Feeling Lucky?”?
Because I want to change our youth’s paradigm of what luck really is. It isn’t something that they are supposed to just sit back and wait for, but something that they are supposed to go after. It’s preparation meeting opportunity.

Please tell us about the most memorable moment(s) in your career.
The first time that I held my first written book in my hand.

Have you won any writing awards? If yes, which award(s) and when?
Yes. I won the ‘University of Connecticut: The Connecticut Writing Project,’ and Aetna’s Annual Award for being one of the top writers in the Hartford  (CT) area.

What problems have you encountered?  How did you deal with them?
My biggest problem has been  in letting more people know about my book.

Did an established writer mentor you in your early days?  If yes, how did the mentor help you?
Sadly, no. Although, after my first book was published some of my friends offered to read my second book’s manuscript and offer advice.

db2What genre do you most often write?  What other genres have you written?
Fiction – Teen leadership

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing career?
Tony Robbins

Who are the authors your read most often?
Tony Robbins

Have you mentored an aspiring writer?  Would you mentor arose?
Yes, I have mentored

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Set your alarm every day to write; even if it’s only for ten minutes. Also, give yourself permission to write badly at first.

Please tell us about your community activities.
XXX• I am an inner-city teacher.
XXX• A Teachers’ Union officer.
XXX• Founder & chairman of Northeast Connecticut Authors and Publishers Assoc.
XXX• Youth sports coach

What’s the name of your current project?
‘Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Strong!’

What’s this project about and what inspired the idea?
This is the third book of my ‘Granddaddy’s Secrets’ leadership series. It’s about a struggling teen who is trying to find his way in this world, and was lucky enough to have his Granddaddy mentor him; even if it was for only one day!

What’s the expected release date?
Winter, 2013-2014

What’s the genre?
Fiction- Teen Leadership

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series? Series

Do you have any project(s) planned for the future? Yes

Please provide some details of the new project.
Working on my third and fourth books of the ‘Granddaddy’s Secrets Teen Leadership Book Series.’

What is the anticipated publication and/or release date(s)?
Book 3 – Winter 2013-2014.
Book 4 – Summer 2014

Are you involved in publishing in any other capacity?
Founder & Chairman of Northeast Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association


I’d like to thank Dan for his great submission.  He’s proven to us that someone who is already a very busy person can, indeed, find the time to write a book, or, in Dan’s case, several books.  One look at his community activities and you’ll understand!

Happy Writing,


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