Danielle was born and raised in the city of Flint where she received a degree in General Studies from Mott Community College. Later she continued her education at CMU (Central Michigan University) where she earned a degree in Community Development with a concentration in Public Administration. She is presently pursuing a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA).
Understanding that the youth are the future Danielle recognized that there was a void in the educational system. In addition to math, science and English our youth must be educated in areas such as financial literacy, life skills, personal development, and business. She decided to do her part to fill that void. That's when she founded Empower, a nonprofit organization. Her mission is to improve the lives youth by providing opportunities by to develop their skills and capabilities which will allow them to live up to their full potential.
Danielle Green is a bestselling author of Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda. She is a speaker, entrepreneur, image consultant and philanthropist. Danielle is founder and Director of Empower and Co-Director of My Dreams Do Come True, both located in Flint, Michigan. Danielle is a Community Representative for Genesee County DHS and Child Advocate for the YWCA.
She was featured in Moe Heat” Magazine,” “Yeah, I said it,” and “Courageous Women.”
About “Shoulda Coulda Woulda
WELCOME. HAVE A SEAT. GRAB YOU A DRINK AND SOMETHING TO SNACK ON AND LET ME EDUCATE YOU.
ALL HOODS HAVE A STORY, BUT THERE IS NO OTHER STORY LIKE THE STORY OF FLINT, MICHIGAN. ONE OF THE ROUGHEST LITTLE CITIES IN AMERICA. A PLACE WHERE A STRATEGY IS NECESSARY JUST TO SURIVE. FUNERALS, DEATHS AND HOMICIDES ARE HARSH REALITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE. REST IN PEACE (R.I.P) TEE SHIRTS HAVE REPLACED PLAIN WHITE TEE’S AND BECOME EVERYDAY ATTIRE. FLINT CONTINUES TO BE ON THE LIST OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CITIES TO LIVE. THE HOMICIDE RATE IS OUT OF CONTROL AND CONTINUES TO RISE. FLINT CONTINUES TO BE A BREEDING GROUND FOR POVERTY, MURDER AND DESTRUCTION.
DP: When did you first decide you wanted to become an author?
Danielle: I had a story to tell that would allow young people to see firsthand the consequences of bad decision making. I wasn't sure how to get my message out to our youth, but I knew I had to figure it out. After some long hard thinking I decided a book would be the best platform for me.
DP: How did you decide on the idea for your first book?
Danielle: Growing up in an urban city like Flint, Michigan that’s filled with death and dying, I realized there were stories that needed to be told. I'm on a mission to make a change by educating our youth.
DP: How long did it take you to write your first book?
Danielle: It took me way too long to complete my book, unfortunately. Going back and remembering past events and people conjured up a lot of pain.
DP: Did you self-publish or are you signed to a publishing company?
DP: How did you decide on the cover for your most recent book?
Danielle: It was the first one that the graphic artist came up with. I showed it to the youth in my programs at Empower and due to the reactions I received I decided it was perfect.
DP: Tell us about your writing style. Do you write on a schedule?
Danielle: I don’t write on a schedule. I've tried it, but it didn’t work for me. I write as things inspire me.
DP: What makes your writing unique?
Danielle: I think my real rawness makes my writing unique. I don't sugar coat anything because I think we do our youth a disservice when we shield them from the reality of consequences.
DP: As a writer, what motivates you?
Danielle: My surroundings and current events motivate me.
DP: How do you balance your writing and various responsibilities that come along with being an independent author?
Danielle: Unfortunately not very well. So, I have a team that works with me.
DP: When you’re not writing what are you doing?
Danielle: Being a mother to my three daughters, running my non-profit organization Empower and being co-director of My Dreams Do Come True.
DP: What’s a typical day life for you?
Danielle: Too busy. I have to remind myself that I am not a super woman. After all, Rome was not built in a day.
DP: Tell us about your last book signing.
Danielle: My last book signing was held at ABC 12 news here in Flint Michigan. Over 100 people were in attendance.
DP: Do you have contests or giveaways?
Danielle: Yes I do. I've given away books and a necklace with the logo of my publishing company (Image Publishing Company.
DP: Many independent authors find it hard to get readers to buy their books. How did you handle the challenges that come along with being a first-time author in a competitive and ever-changing market?
Danielle: It is not easy trying to get others to see the value in your work, but for me I have so much community support that it hasn't been a problem locally. On a national level it’s been a bit more challenging. I've been fortunate to have other authors, friends and family across the country who help me.
DP: What did you do on your 2nd book that you did not do in your first one?
Danielle: I am actually working on my second book called I Wish I Woulda Knew Me Back Then. This will be an anthology filled with writers all from Flint who are willing and able to contribute a story that can impact our youth.
DP: If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be?
Danielle: Stay true to your vision; don't let anyone or anything alter that. Lastly no matter how great your book is this is not an easy journey and you can't please everybody.
DP: Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Danielle: PayPal, Amazon, and directly from me 810 336-7208