May 2nd, 2012


Three Times A Charm with Danielle Kirrane

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week author, Danielle Kirrane is visiting with us. 

Thank you for having me!

Danielle, tell us about you.

I am the author of the new children’s book, The fish who swam too far. I live in New Jersey with my husband and our two amazing daughters. I have a big goofy dog, an absolutely hysterical cat, and a lot of fish. I am a stay at home mom and I love every minute of it. Reading is a must in my house. I make sure that I read with both of my children every day. I think it is very important to build a love for reading with your children from an early age. I have been writing stories for fun since I was a little girl. It wasn’t until about a year ago when my oldest daughter suggested that I publish one. I could not be more grateful to her. She paved the way for my success.

Tell us more about your new book.

The fish who swam too far is about a clownfish named Harry who is afraid of everything around him. After being teased relentlessly by his siblings, he becomes so angry that he ventures out in to the ocean alone. He ends up coming across a beautiful female clownfish caught on a hook. Even though he is terrified and there are hooks all around him, he finds his courage and springs in to action to save her. The end result is a completely new Harry. He realizes that not only is he no longer a coward, but he is brave. The part I love best is when he says to the girl clownfish, “That’s why they call me, Harry the brave!” You get the irony, right?

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

  • Top 3 skills to hone for people just starting in your business.

You must have the ability to deal with rejection. Unfortunately, it is a part of the process. With each rejection, push yourself a bit harder.

Never take it personal. It never is. It is simply a matter of who is the best fit for your work.

Get to know a lot of people in your field. Not necessarily authors, illustrators, or publishers, but anyone who shares your interests. Don’t be shy to talk about your work. Be proud of your accomplishments, and share what you are working on with everyone.

  • Top 3 personal and/or professional goals

I started working on a chapter book last summer and I would really love to have it finished by this summer.

At some point before the end of this year, I would love to go through my documents and actually complete all of the books that I have written. (Yes, I do write and stash)

On a more personal note, I would love to be a bit more carefree. J  I do tend to stress the small stuff a bit more than I would like to. 

  • Top 3 pieces of advice for kids these days.

Always be yourself! There will be many people in your life that may not like you. If you stay true to yourself, the important ones will love you!

Never tease or bully anyone for being different than you. Treat everyone how you want to be treated.

Never give up on your dreams or goals! If you keep trying, you eventually will succeed.

Danielle, where can our tech-savvy readers go to keep up with you and your writing?

My website address is

My e-mail address is   

Although I am not on twitter as much, my twitter name is @danikirra

You can find me on facebook at

Thank you for visiting with us on this week’s Three Times A Charm, Danielle. Best of luck with your writing!