In this author interview, I speak with Danielle M Orsino, author of the fantasy series The Birth of the Fae.
Danielle M. Orsino is a multi-talented fantasy novelist whose lifelong vision is to create whimsical realms that her readers can escape to.
Danielle’s fantasy series, The Birth of Fae, is published by 4 Horsemen Publications, Inc, and currently consists of three books — Locked Out of Heaven, Thine Eyes of Mercy, and From The Ashes. Book 4, Kingdom Come, is out next month. What caught my eye about this series is the stunning covers. Each one features Danielle herself, who is an avid cosplayer, in full Fae glory — and she has quite possibly the coolest author photo I’ve ever seen!
As well as her amazing cosplays and a career in nursing, focusing on Lyme Disease Research, Danielle was also a successful Martial Artist. She has won multiple awards and once performed for former US President Bill Clinton, and collaborated alongside Vincent Lyn and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Danielle is an incredibly talented, interesting and strong woman, and I am looking forward to diving into The Birth of the Fae after learning more about her! The first three books are out now on Amazon in paperbook and eBook, with the fourth book, Kingdom Come, available next month.
Tell me about yourself.
I am a fantasy novelist whose lifelong vision to create whimsical realms that her readers can escape to. Her compelling word-weaving pays homage to a multitude of personal muses, from Chris Claremont and George Pérez (both famous comic book writers), to Anne Rice and Wonder Woman. My nursing career took center stage into adulthood. Then, on a day like any other, it was reignited during the most unexpected of moments: while treating one of my patients. Seeing that they longed for a distraction during their arduous treatments, the floodgates of inspiration soon burst forth. I took it upon myself to tell them a story.
How would you describe your series, Birth of the Fae, and who would you recommend it to?
Birth of the Fae is a dark high fantasy series which examines the bonds of friendship, hope and love. I would recommend it to anyone who loves action, and though provoking fantasy. Readers who are looking for an escape and who love unconventional fantasy.
Where did your ideas and inspiration come from?
My inspiration came from events in the IV room and my own family and friends, Hogal is inspired by my father and Lady Serena is inspired by the relationship with my best friend from high school Jennifer. Comic books are a major source of inspiration as well.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
My dad says he has an essay from when I was in second grade that said I wanted to be a writer when I grow up but then following week he has one that said I wanted to be Wonder Woman so go figure.
Did you write many stories before your debut novel, Locked Out of Heaven, was published?
I had my first medical paper published out of nursing school about Multiple sclerosis that was my initial experience with being published.
What is your writing desk like?
A total mess!
Do you have a writing routine?
No planning, I handwrite everything first then head to the computer for the first round of editing. I write at least 4-6 hours a day sometimes more it depends on what I am working on.
Did COVID and lockdowns change your writing goals?
I did more work on my costumes to help visualize my characters in between my writing breaks.
The Birth of the Fae series is published by 4 Horsemen Publications, Inc. Why did you decide to go with a smaller indie publisher? What was the process like?
I liked what the 4 Horsemen had to say, their mission. They are women owned and they think out of the box. It was their idea to put me on the cover and utilize my cosplaying background.
What have people’s reactions been when you tell them that you are an author?
Usually it is surprise, which turns to curiosity and then they tell me their idea about the book they have always wanted to write. From there they ask if they would have heard of my books.
What is your favorite thing about being an author? What have been your favorite or more proud moments?
Meeting different people hearing their stories, I met a wonderful woman named Wendy on IG who has since passed on but we had a great connection and during her time in hospice she asked to be made into a Fae in my series. It made me feel so honored and humbled.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Write with authenticity.
Who are some of your favourite bloggers?
Shannon Mayer I love.
And finally, can you share one of your favorite quotes from one of your books?
“Compassion can heal what ails the heart, make the blind see through their rage, make the deaf hear reason, and let those who are mute speak their truth.” Cough. “Compassion is an act, not an emotion. Everyone has a story. Hatred is made, not born, so do not nurture it; extinguish it with compassion.”
More about Danielle
This “New Queen of the Fae’s” unmatched world-building and masterful Fae-origin retellings have led to an ever-growing queendom of “Fae-natics”. To begin embarking upon a quest in an epic world unlike any other, visit Danielle M. Orsino’s official website at http://www.BirthOfTheFae.
The first three books in Danielle’s The Birth of the Fae series are out now on Amazon in paperbook and eBook, with the fourth book, Kingdom Come, available on 30th May — pre-order now to get your copy on release day!
Book tour organised by R&R Book Tours
This author interview is part of a book tour for From The Ashes, organised by Shannon of R&R Book Tours.