Hop the Third: Erin Danzer

Today, in honor of Food Day at the dear old blog, fellow Hydra Publications author Erin Danzer is going to tell us about her main character’s favorite eatery.

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Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10 years old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. She writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.

In my novel, Into the Spiral, Ronnie’s favorite place to eat is a diner called The Burger Joint. As you can imagine, they make the best burgers available in that diner. Seeing as hamburgers are one of my favorite foods, it didn’t really surprise me that Ronnie loved them as much as I do. Here’s how Ronnie describes the diner:

“The Burger Joint was located downtown and was a popular hangout on the weekends. Andi, Shawn and Ronnie saw several kids from school as they ordered their food and found a table. This was one of Ronnie’s favorite places to eat; she loved the red vinyl booths, red Formica counters and tabletops and the red and white checkered floor. Retro records and posters hung on the walls.”

 Inspiration for this restaurant came from two places, a local diner called Douglas Ave. Diner, and a Shoney’s I visited many years ago in Nashville, Tennessee.

Both of these places had the feel I was looking for when creating The Burger Joint, that 1950’s diner appeal, right down to the checkered floors, red vinyl booths, Formica counters and memorabilia on the walls. Shoney’s even had small jukeboxes at each table (if I remember right; it’s been more than 15 years since I was there).

Later in the novel, Ronnie takes Gavin to The Burger Joint, where he experiences his first-ever hamburger. This is what it looks like:

That’s all I have today. I hope everyone will join Ronnie on her adventure, when Into the Spiral publishes this November. Thank you, Marian, for having me today!

Now you can find me on the web! Check out my website at   http://www.erindanzer.com/

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Thanks for visiting, Erin. 🙂 I think I’ll join Ronnie for some chili cheese fries, but hold the adventure. lol!

Meanwhile, I’m over at Beth Masarik’s blog. Hop over and leave a comment! 🙂

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What is your main character’s favorite place to eat, other than home?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Hop the Third: Erin Danzer

  1. Amanda Borenstadt

    September 12, 2012 at 3:29pm

    Nice writing. Love the diner description. 🙂 They have a little retro 50’s burger place at the mall in my town. I love it. I think the burgers taste even better because of the atmosphere. 🙂

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  2. Erin Danzer

    September 12, 2012 at 8:59pm

    I have to agree, Amanda. it seems that atmosphere is half the fun of places like that. That’s part of the reason I picked a place like that as Ronnie’s favorite hangout. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    Marian, this looks great! Thanks so much for having me today! 🙂

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