Danielle Orner

Danielle Orner Author Bio 


Ever since I was a bossy little girl in a boa and cowgirl boots, I've loved writing stories and preforming them. Just ask my cousins, brothers, and childhood friends, who have all been victims of my imagination. 


Diagnosed with bone cancer at age 15, I spent a decade getting scans, surgeries, and chemotherapy treatments. Four years ago, I decided to take an active role in my own health. I quit chemotherapy and started researching anti-cancer lifestyles. Now, I eat a vegan diet, practice yoga, pursue my dreams, and honor that little voice inside me. 


 After my amputation, I thought my dreams of becoming an actress were over. I already understood the harsh reality of auditioning. I didn't think anyone would be able to see me as healthy, sexy, and whole ever again. On stage, I did my best to "pass" as able-bodied. In fact, I did my best in life to "pass" for the person I thought everyone wanted me to be. 


I am just beginning to understand what I took for some of my greatest weakness are actually my greatest strengths. There are stories only I can tell. So now, terrified as I my be, I write those stories. And like my childhood self, I delight in roping others in to tell them with me. I hope these stories will inspire people to rethink their obstacles. I dream of redefining our concepts of health, sexuality, and identity. 


Age: 28


What I Do, Job-wise: Mainly my day jobs have involved teaching language arts. Although, for one glorious year, I got paid to wait tables in a beehive wig and a wedding dress for a mystery dinner theater. When I am not being entertained by the antics of my students, I write. To date, I've completed a YA novel and two feature scripts. Cross your fingers for me that something sells soon. 


What I Do, Fun-wise: Read constantly, cook amazing gluten-free vegan food, hike, practice yoga, explore Los Angeles, try out funky coffee shops, loiter in the Whole Foods, act, go to art museums, sing, have late night philosophical conversations with my roommates, stalk my various health and fitness gurus via social media, and daydream about living in a yurt and traveling to India


My Motto: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -Emerson


My Anti Motto: Keep it to yourself. 


The First Movie Star I Ever Had A Crush On: Christina Ricci in Casper 


My “celebs to make out with” list: Katherine Moennig, Ruta Gedmintas, Heather Peace, Ryan Gosling (but only if he wears the jacket from Drive), Rosario Dawson, Pink, Tegan and Sara, Helen Page


The Song Most Played On My iTunes: Hallelujah (multiple versions)


Last Book I Read Without Skimming Any Parts: A Return to Love by  Marianne Williamson 


My Most Worn Item of Clothing: Jeans, tank tops, tennis shoes, J. Crew Boyfriend Jacket, what else do I even own? 


Beauty Products That I Hoard: Aubrey NuStyle Organic Hairspray, Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly, Mineral Fusion Bronzer, peppermint lip balms, purple eyeliner, Pacifica Body Scents, hair bands


I Smell Like: Coconut and grapefruit 


I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): Yep.