An Interview with Daniel Blanchard: Granddaddy’s Secrets

Nov 7, 2013 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

  1. Daniel, first of all tell us about YOUR grandfather…..

Mike, sadly, both of my Grandfathers died when I was really young so I never got to know them. Many times in my life, especially when things weren’t going the way I wanted them to go, I silently wished to myself that I had some old, wise, granddaddy to talk to and ask for advice.

  1. How many secrets did “Granddaddy” share with you?

My fictional Granddaddy has shared more secrets with me then I can count. As I write book after book, and article after article, somehow words of wisdom emerge from my pen in Granddaddy’s voice and offer boundless wisdom for both my readers and myself. Creating this Granddaddy character for my Granddaddy’s Secrets book series is one of the best things I’ve ever done! It has certainly made me smarter and wiser!

  1. Can you tell us about the emotional context? Was it after church, a funeral, a ball game?

Surprisingly the emotional energy to write my Granddaddy’s Secrets book series came in a combination of ten years of my students telling me to write a book, and a phone call I received one day on the way home from work when a dear old friend of mine who, I respect and greatly admire, told me I should write a book.

  1. What’s Luck got to do with it? (to paraphrase an old song )?

I love that old song! Actually luck has a lot to do with it. And this is because luck comes to those who create their own luck through hard work. The harder one works, the luckier one seems to get… And this is why I named the first book of my Granddaddy’s Secrets book series “Feeling Lucky?” I want to change the paradigm of luck from something that you sit back and get to something that you go out and actively pursue. In short, luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

  1. There are some priceless personalities—people who bring a smile to every room, the clown, the jokester, the life of the party – and yet there are other priceless personalities- who always seem to be able to say the right thing….What is it about these people?

These special people like people! They enjoy bringing happiness with them to any social situation that they arrive in. They love to make people smile, and laugh. They’re curious about others and it shows in their warm personalities and smiles. Some people are just special… And believe it or not, it’s not because they were born this way; it’s because they chose to be this way. They have every challenge and problem that we have, and many times, even more. But these priceless personalities make a conscious decision to light up the room and make any situation a better situation!

  1. Now, speaking objectively, did the time frame in which granddaddy grew up have something to do with his wisdom, and success?

Of course! We’re all products of our time and up-bringing. My fictional Granddaddy from my Granddaddy’s Secrets book series is part of the Greatest Generation. He’s a product of the brave, enduring, and innovative men that endured the Great Depression, outlasted Germany and Japan in WWII, and then came home and built the transcontinental highway system, the suburbs, and in essence, built this country up to what it is today.

Granddaddy is from that special generation that has been through it all, and have gained an immense amount of knowledge, skills, experience, and wisdom. Today’s generation would be wise to listen to them and foolish to write them off as just a bunch of old people.

  1. Sadly, we have lost our grandparents- but often what they have said lives on—what has been the most important thing your grandfather has said?

I can’t remember anything that either of my grandfathers told me because they passed away while I was so young. However, some very important advice that my fictional Granddaddy says from my Granddaddy’s Secrets book series is; “There are others out there like me, and they’re closer than you think. They’re standing in the shadows watching you and they’re expecting more out of this generation. They are expecting your best! Don’t let yourself or your generation disappoint us granddaddies out there!”

8) Tell us about your book and where interested parents, counselor and others can find it.

Mike, my Granddaddy’s Secrets book series is about a struggling teen who lives in a rough home, in a rough neighborhood, and attends a rough school. He feels like his friends are heading down the wrong road, and he still has some hope that he can still win and do the right thing in life. Amazingly, his estranged and mysterious Granddaddy, who is a former WWII fighter-pilot appears on his 16th birthday. On this magical and stormy day in the park Granddaddy plants some seeds in the teen’s head on what it means to be a real leader, and what it means to be a real man…

My Granddaddy’s Secrets book series can be found through all the major distributers. It can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on my website at:

In addition, January Jones’ newest book, Priceless Personalities shares ten amazing stories from ten amazing people. And I’m the subject of chapter six. Make sure you check it out. And it too, can be found through all the major distributors.

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