Thursday, March 1, 2012

Someday Stars: Meet Danny Chipman

What’s your name, and where are you from?

Danny Chipman (formerly Nicholes) from Midvale, UT.

How long have you been writing?

11 years now; I cut my teeth on fanfiction whenever I didn't like the way a story ended and had a pretty good response from the community, so a few years back I decided to try out my own ideas.

What genre(s) do you write?

Mostly fantasy, but with ambitions to branch out in sci-fi and historical fiction. I also have plans to write non-fiction for English-speaking learners of Japanese, which is what I graduated from BYU in.

What’s your current WIP? Can you tell us about it?

Well, it was an epic fantasy, but then the Powers That Be smacked me upside the head and said I had to work on a YA urban fantasy based on Shinto instead, which wasn't in the plan, but oh well... Maybe something will come of it.

What’s your current day job? How does it help or hinder your writing?

SAHM (stay-at-home-mom); at this point it's pretty much 100% hindrance (I could and do sing the glories of motherhood, but writing-wise, it's a knife in the spleen). There's always enormous guilt about sticking the kids in front of the TV to buy some writing time (thank heaven for PBS!). When time naturally avails itself (ie, naptime and bedtime), I usually have to choose between finishing errands and housework and time with my hubby, or fight my own physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion to try to eke out a word count.

Who is your favorite author?

Hmmm... "of all time" I'd have to say Robert Jordan, for his Wheel of Time series that Brandon Sanderson has now taken over. He is, in my opinion, the quintessential epic fantasy writer (Jordan, that is. Sanderson is okay.)

Favorite book?

The Wheel of Time series probably tops my list, and I'd probably say #7 (A Crown of Swords), if you're looking for an individual title.

What other hobbies or activities do you do outside of writing?

Japanese, musical performance, Irish dance (when I "have" to exercise), and the various domestic arts (sewing, cooking, gardening, playing with/educating my kids, etc.)

What is something unique about yourself?

Well, I don't think you'll often find the above-mentioned all condensed into one person.

Do you have a blog, Twitter, and/or Web site we can link to?

I can be found on Facebook (Danny Nicholes Chipman), or LiveJournal (thetriad125). I honestly would implode if I also had to keep up a blog or follow Twitter at this stage in my life!

If you're willing to be interviewed for Someday Stars, please email me at CNHolmberg (at)


  1. I think this is a really cool thing to add to your blog! It's always fun to hear what aspiring writers are doing. :)

  2. I am really looking forward to what you churn out for English speaking learners of Japanese. I haven't been able to pick up my studies in the language for some time now. Also, I just purchased a book of Japanese mythology to learn a bit more, especially since one of the WiPs I have on hold involves a teen demigod of Japanise origins.

    Loving this Someday Stars series, Charlie.

    1. So glad! I quite like doing it, myself. ;)

    2. Cool! Keep us posted on your writing, Angela. It sounds awesome. I did a lot of research in the Kojiki, Nihongi, and Nihon-shouki, but those archaic texts aren't exactly the most fascinating reading or easy to follow. Hurray for creative license!

  3. I KNOW HER. (lawl).

    You could interview me! But. I'm boring. ._>; And lazy. And unfulfilled in the novel world~

  4. As another SAHM, I totally get your dilemmas, especially the errands/housework/time-with-hubby/writing scenario. I go through that Every. Single. Day. Nice to "meet" you!