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Thursday, December 2, 2010

WBM Presents: Danielle Santiago

WBM presents a Q&A with Danielle Santiago A new york times best selling author as well as the founder of the "Mischievous Girl Foundation" Take a few minutes and get to know this inspiring, empowering, and positive role model.

WBM: So introduce yourself to the people who already dont know who you are?

DS: I am Danielle Santiago the author of the Harlem Story Series which includes Little Ghetto Girl, Grindin', and the forthcoming Allure of the Game.

WBM: What are you currently working on and how long have you been writing?

DS: Currently I'm working on my fourth novel, The Conglomerate and a novella titled Rich Bitch. My goals for 2011 are pretty lofty I'm currently planning to tour over thirty cities following the May 24 release of Allure of The Game. My main goal in 2011 is to expand my brand. I've been writing professionally for ten years.

WBM: So explain the concept behind Mischievous Girl Foundation and spread the word on what its all about and how it helps?

DS: Mischievous Girl Foundation is in rebuilding process at the moment, but anyway it started out with me going around speaking to girls inner city girls, group homes, and battered women shelters. Early on it was me all by myself trying to reach out and help so many young girls. It became overwhelming before I could really get anything significant done. Now that I have a team to help me with MGF, we plan to raise money from sales of a specially designed t-shirt, events, and donations. Those funds will go to domestic violence shelters, assisting young women with basic needs like toiletries, shoes, and clothing etc. We would like to take on the task of helping the kids who only get to eat to one meal a day which happens to be their school lunch.

WBM: What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

DS: It may sound corny my greatest accomplishment(s) are my two children. Kaden and Madison.

WBM: What are some of your Interest(s)?

DS: Fashion, makeup, and sports.

WBM: What do you like most about being in the business?

DS: Learning.

WBM: What's the thought process behind your works?
- from personal experience? mere creativity?

DS: My work is based on things that I experienced or the people around me have gone through with a good dose of creativity.

WBM: What inspires and motivates you?

DS: Women of color inspire me. Anytime I see a women of color achieving their goals and living out their dreams I cry tears of joy. They motivate me to go hard so that maybe one day I'll inspire a girl somewhere.

WBM: What would you be doing now, if you never started to write?

DS: I don't even know if I would be alive.

WBM: What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

DS: Every Mary J. Blige album to date because I've loved and adored her since I was twelve. I always listen to my favorites when I'm working Biggie, Foxy, Jada, Jay, Nas, Etta James, Al Green, Aretha, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Wayne, Keyshia Cole, TI, Monica and last but not least Faith she right up there with Mary. As far as whats out right now, I love Kanye's new album and Nicki's album. J. Cole is putting on for NC in a big way

WBM: Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

DS: I normally will not let it get to me, but when they constantly portray people of color in a negative light, when there are so many positives it upsets me. It also encourages me to seek out my positive stories and feature them on my newly created blog.

WBM: Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

DS: Put the work in and make sure all your work is quality.

WBM: What do you want to be remembered by?

DS: My writing and my community service.

WBM: Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

DS: I'm have a testimony!!

WBM: Thanks for adding more significance to Why Blue Matters

DS: Thank you

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