General details

  • Danya

  • Western Washington State

  • Danya Simkus

  • English

In short

  • 38 years old, photographer, artist and of course, writer - I own a 38ft. 1976 Crown school bus I'm working on as an alternative living/studio space - long term project.
    1 son, 14 and wonderful; married and still loving it.
    Stroke survivor - had stroke at age 32; still recovering.
    Stroke left me able to write but unable to read well- so please understand I have to decline looking at other webook work.

  • Most of us here seem to really hate this 'claim to fame' thing - unless we're famous - which I'm not.  So how's about I change it to:
    'What I'm most proud of in my writing' - which I can answer easily... (with a new answer) -

    I was 'Webooker of the week'!  My project, Botanica Toxica was featured/mentioned in the article!  Thank-you Webook for the friends and support.  Especially recently, just getting out of the hospital again and having a rough go of it, Webook has been really wonderful.

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Tao of Pooh.
    (Really, how can anyone answer these?)
    Tao of Pooh.
    And mine.  I like my books... if we were honest, I guess we'd all say we like our own the best... if we didn't, we wouldn't write them!
    Benjamin Disraeli said;
    "If I want to read a good book, I write one."
  • currently only reading books related to research for my book... a great one on poisonous frogs was the last.
  • In bed... the stroke gave me a seizure condition when my brain gets over-taxed, which reading often does; so I read in bed so if I have a little seizure I'm safe as a kitten... a  kitten having a seizure.
    (there's a pretty word-picture!)
  • One from my book in process; Emmeline Price - owner of a nursery specializing in poisonous plants - she makes her own crosses and is wickedly cool at all times. 
    (And she can walk unassisted, which she does especially for me).
  • Too many to mention -
    currently Bourdain, always Kundera, Robbins and Ruth Gordon... but too many to mention.