Friday, November 25, 2011

Spike Lee's New Joint Coming 2012

Coming in 2012: Red Hook Summer by Spike Lee. As a Red Hook girl born and raised, I cannot wait to see this!

Hope you all had a peaceful Thanksgiving. Remember to be Thankful all year long!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Columbia University & Me

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of reading from The Trouble with Half a Moon at Columbia University as part of their Let's Read program. It was terrific! I had such a good time. Lamar Lovelace, from the Office of Community Outreach, is an awesomely funny and friendly guy. I also met author, Michael Buckley, of the Sisters Grimm and the N.E.R.D. book series. What a cool and generous dude! My daughter was starstruck and whipped out her phone to tweet about it-- all while being very covert about it of course.

As always, it was fun hanging out with Torrey Maldonado. Once again, he mesmerized the audience with a reading from his book, Secret Saturdays!

Me just before starting
Torrey doing his thang

Signing! Yay! Isn't that room amazing? 

Me & Torrey hamming it up afterward

Friday, October 7, 2011

Me Hokey???

Just read something somewhere by someone who thought my name was a pen name-- even thought it was hokey.  Welp ... it's my real name. First name is for my grandfather, Daniel. Last name taken on when I got married.

I might have to spell out my first name almost every time I meet someone new or over the phone ... "D" as in David etc., and sales people may smile or giggle when they see Vigilante, but it's all good. Wouldn't change my name for nuthin' or nobody. Me hokey? Nah, don't be silly.

Here's to a great weekend everyone!

Friday, September 23, 2011


Don't have a clue why the last post looks like that! Can't get it right for some reason. Sorry...

Will you come see me Thursdays and Saturdays? What have you got to lose?

Oops! I meant, on SUNDAY, October 16th. *SNORT* Gas up the car, replenish your MetroCard or just tie up your laces because I’ll be reading from The Trouble with Half a Moon at Columbia University’s Low Library, located at 535 West 116th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway. And, I wanna see you there!

Check eeet out! I’m so excited!

Performance by The Harlem Chamber Players
Welcome Remarks:
Marcia Sells, Associate Dean, Office of Community Outreach, Columbia University School of the Arts Associate Dean, Office of Government and Community Affairs, Columbia University
Welcome Remarks:
Amanda McGee, Trade Book Manager, Columbia University Bookstore
Author:  Steven Savage
Book:  “Where’s Walrus?”
Author:  Jenny Ofill & Nancy Carpenter
Book:   “11 Experiments That Failed”
Author:  E.D. Baker
Book:   Frog Princess Series and “Wings”
Author: Torrey Maldonado
Book:  “Secret Saturdays”
Author: Danette Vigilante
Book: “The Trouble with Half a Moon”
Author: Michael Buckley
Book:  Sister’s Grimm Series and “Nerds”
Performance by Notes and Keys (TBD)

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Red Hook Star Revue

Ya know, I never mentioned (at least I don't think I have) that I write a monthly article for my hometown paper, The Red Hook Revue. You can check it out here if you'd like (I'm on page two):

Friday, September 2, 2011

A Day with the Animals

Spent today doing the Safari thing at Six Flags. It. Was. So. Much. Fun! This guy is my new best friend.

 His Friend wanted in on the action. "Hey save some for me!"
 This Emu was so silly.
 "Who you calling silly, silly?"
 This black bear is on his way to take a BITE out of my Brother-in-Law's car bumper! Left teeth marks. For realsies!
Then we came home to the most savage beast of all ... My Noodle!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

What the Wha ...??

An earthquake and a hurricane in one week? This has been one strange (and FAST) summer. I admit I’m looking forward to being stuck in the house with my family this weekend as we wait out the storm. We’re not in an evacuation zone so that’s a big plus. I’ve got a pot of soup cooking on the stove and cornbread in the oven. We’ve got movies on an iPad and my nook is fully charged. And, board games are more fun when played by candlelight, don’t you think?

I’m still making my way through SAVING BABY DOE edits. It sure is s l o w going but I’m going. I can’t wait to hit the point where I can print and read it out loud.

Hope you’ve had a great summer!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

AARP Rocks!

And I'm a part of it! Oh yeah, I always wanted to rock something other than ... a boat? Errr ... okay, so I'm still wearing my life jacket. Land Hooooo ...


A few months ago, I was approached by the really cool and awesome Erasmo Guerra about doing an interview on what it's like being a Latina children's author. Of course I was honored (like, whoohoo-for realsies? me?-get out! kind of honored) and agreed. My fellow Red Hooker, Torrey Maldonado, is also included. It's really a wonderful article. Check it out if you get the chance.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What is your VIV moment?

Your VIV moment is that moment when everything *clicks* for you. VIV Magazine contacted me a while ago and wanted to include my moment in the July/August issue and I couldn't be happier. The magazine is pretty awesome and I'm honored to be a part of it.

If you'd like to check it out, here's the link:

In other news ... I'm hacking my way through Baby Doe edits. Some days my machete is dull and other days it's a sharp little thing. Oh, I likey the sharp days.

Also, am I the only one who doesn't like fireworks?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Reading, Friends & Fun

Had a great time with my buddies, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of 8th Grade Super Zero and Torrey Maldonado, author of Secret Saturdays at our book signing at B & N in Brooklyn. I heart them both!

The next day I visited my childhood library-- The Red Hook Library in Brooklyn. I can't tell you how happy I was to be there. As a kid, I spent a lot of time there sniffing in that gorgeous book smell and peeking underneath the plastic book covers to see what the 'real' covers looked like. AND now, my book sits on those same shelves! A big thank you to Donna and the staff for inviting me!
Can you tell how much fun I had?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Oh, the places I'll be ...

This Thursday, June 9th at 7pm, I'll be at Barnes & Noble located on 7th Avenue & 6th Street in Brooklyn. And, guess what? I won't be alone! Yay! I'll be with two of my writing friends--  Olugbemisola Amusashonubi-Perkovich, author of Eighth Grade Superzero and fellow Red Hooker, Torrey Maldonado, author of Secret Saturday's. There's also a chance for you to win a $30 B & N gift card!

The very next day, I'll be at  the Red Hook Library (the place where I learned to love reading) located at 7 Wolcott Street (between Lorraine and Otsego Streets), also in Brooklyn.

On the writing end, I just received my second editorial letter for Finding Baby Doe so that's what I'll be working on this summer (with a small break for going on a much-needed-pre-planned-oh-thank-goodness-vacation). Send me some good vibes when you get the chance, okay? I'll be your best frienddddd ...

I hope to see you soon! :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stop, Look & Listen ...

This is the best speech I HAVE ever heard. It's worth watching and absorbing-- trust me. JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure Video on

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Puppies, Visits & Spring

So yeah, house training Luna could be going better. I thought she’d pick it up from Noodle, my Yorkie, right away but … I’m not that lucky. Noodle is so good too! He NEVER goes in the house. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t do regular dog stuff. No eating shoes, carpets, couches, NOTHING. He is a scratch hog though. If he’s near you and your hands aren’t busy doing something, he insists you scratch him. I’m hoping Luna will learn soon. I am loving her to pieces anyway.

Last Friday, I visited with the students at Notre Dame Academy. First with grades 4 - 6, then with the 8th graders who have read TROUBLE as assigned reading and who are doing research on Red Hook Brooklyn, my hometown; the place where I imagine TROUBLE to take place. All of the students were just awesome! They asked great questions which made it more of a conversation. I laughed so much, especially with the 8th graders. One of the girls—and this just warms my heart beyond belief—is going to use one of Miss Shirley’s quotes for her contribution to the year book! It just happens to be one of my favorites too. We both love Miss Shirley! Here’s the quote:

“Never minus good deeds from yourself, there are plenty of people in this world who will do that for you.”

If that wasn’t enough, yesterday I received individual fan mail from the students. Each one gave me goose-bumps and some even made me tear up. One girl didn’t like to read. In her words, she thought reading was for nerds. BUT NOW, since reading my book and not being able to put it down, she loves reading! THAT’S what it’s all about. Yeah, I’m doing the Hokey Pokey and I am shaking it all about! Okay, not really but I should!

By the way, I am loving, loving, loving, the trees in bloom. One is prettier than the next. They just make me so happy. I am looking at the buds on the tree right outside my window and they have literally burst overnight. They’re bright green and when the sun is setting, they glow. I could watch them for hours.

Dear Spring, you make my heart & soul sing …

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

If You Need Some Inspiration ...

I have some for you. I've already decided to watch it at least once a day. We all need a daily vitamin, right?
Check it out:

Monday, February 28, 2011

A New Love and a Book Festival

We've added a new addition to our family and we didn't have to wait nine months to meet her. Here'sssss Luna!

Isn't she just ... so darn cute? She's part Lhasa Apso and part Poodle= a Lhasa Poo. And, she's just two pounds! I think Noodle, our Yorkie, is like, "Yeah, yeah, she's cute and all but when is she leaving?" And Daisy, our grumpy cat, is saying "Excuse me, but I just know you don't think she's staying here!"
On the book side, I'm participating in the 2011 Teen Author Festival along with some mighty-fine author's! Hope to see you there. Here's the line up:

Monday, March 14 (Chatham Square Branch of the NYPL, 33 E Broadway., 6-8):

Finding Voice, Giving Voice: Speaking Up for Characters


Cathleen Bell

Jen Calonita

Cecil Castellucci

Brent Crawford

Elizabeth Eulberg

Brian James

Kekla Magoon

Melina Marchetta

Marie Rutkoski

Moderator: David Levithan

Tuesday, March 15 (B&N Union Square, 7-8:30):

YA Reader’s Theater


Holly Black

Judy Blundell

Gayle Forman

Eliot Schrefer (aka E. Archer)

Host: David Levithan

Wednesday. March 16 (South Court, 6-8):

YA Rocks, featuring Tiger Beat!

Tiger Beat:

Libba Bray

Daniel Ehrenhaft

Barnabas Miller

Natalie Standiford

With music-related readings from:

Philana Marie Boles

Libba Bray

Barnabas Miller

Jon Skovron

Jeri Smith-Ready

Rita Williams-Garcia

Host: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

Thursday, March 17 (Five Borough Read, 10-12):


Seward Park Branch, 192 E Broadway, Manhattan, 10am

Alma Alexander

Philana Marie Boles

Leanna Renee Hieber

Lena Roy

Mark Shulman

96th Street Branch, 228 E 96th St, Manhattan, 10am

Violet Haberdasher

Kimberly Marcus

Micol Ostow

Eliot Schrefer

Natalie Standiford

Washington Irving H.S (in conjunction with Mulberry St Branch) - 40 Irving Place, 10am.

Eireann Corrigan

Jocelyn Davies

Anne Heltzel

Matt de la Pena

Patrick Ryan

Leila Sales

Muhlenburg Branch, NYPL, 209 W 23rd St

Alexandra Bullen

Helen Ellis

Sarah Mlynowski

Matthue Roth

Adrienne Maria Vrettos

Robin Wasserman


Central Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorim, 10 Grand Army Plaza

Cathleen Bell

Gayle Forman

Christopher Grant

Melissa Kantor

Jeri Smith-Ready

Melissa Walker


Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx

Margie Gelbwasser

Sarah Darer Littman

Arlaina Tibensky

Maryrose Wood


Library TK

Brent Crawford

Barry Lyga

Melina Marchetta

Neesha Meminger

Staten Island:

St George Branch, 5 Central Ave, Staten Island, 10am

Elizabeth Eulberg

David Levithan

Michael Northrup

Danette Vigilante

Friday, March 18th, morning (Scholastic, 557 Broadway), 10am

Scholastic Event


Alexandra Bullen

Judy Blundell

Libba Bray

Elizabeth Eulberg

Kim Harrington

Sarah Darer Littman

Michael Northrup

Patrick Ryan

Eliot Schrefer

Maggie Stiefvater

Signing only:

Eireann Corrigan

Aimee Friedman

Barry Lyga

Michael Northrop

Matthue Roth

Lisa Sandell

Samantha Schutz

Natalie Standiford

Suzanne Weyn

Friday March 18th, Symposium (South Court, 42nd Street, 2-6)

2:00 Introduction

2:10 – 3:00: Telling the Truths – Hard Topics, Illuminating Fiction


Eireann Corrigan

Donna Freitas

Sarah Darer Littman

Kimberly Marcus

Micol Ostow

Moderator: DL

3:00 – 3:50: Debut Author Showcase


Jocelyn Davies

Margie Gelbwasser

Christopher Grant

Anne Heltzel

Kimberly Marcus

Arlaina Tibensky

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

3:50 – 4:00: Break
4:00 - 5:00: I Think I Love You (But Maybe I Don’t?) – Writing About Teens in Love


E. Lockhart

Terra Elan McVoy

Sarah Mylnowski

Patrick Ryan

Moderator: David Levithan

5:00 – 6:00: Under the Influences: Discussing Influences on YA Fiction


Libba Bray

Alexandra Bullen

Susane Colasanti

Barry Lyga

Carolyn Mackler

Lena Roy

Adrienne Maria Vrettos

Maryrose Wood

Moderator: Barry Lyga

Saturday. March 19th, Symposium (South Court, 42nd Street, 1-5:30)

1:00 – Introduction

1:10 – 2:00: The Ties That Bind, Part One: The Struggle Against Darkness

Kim Harrington

Lisa McMann

Maggie Stiefvater

Robin Wasserman

Moderator: David Levithan

2:00 – 2:45: The Ties That Bind, Part Two: Family Bonds

Melissa Kantor

Melina Marchetta

Alyssa Sheinmel

Natalie Standiford

Danette Vigilante

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

2:45 – 3:30: The Ties That Bind, Part Three: Friends and Community

Matt de la Pena

Torrey Maldonado

Michael Northrop

Leila Sales

Moderator: Barry Lyga

3:30-3:40 – Break

3:40 – 4:20 – Tribute to Michael Cart

Host/Opening: Jack Martin

Speakers/Readers: David Levithan and Jacqueline Woodson

Acceptance: Michael Cart

4:20-5:30: LGBTYA: Past, Present, and Future

Nick Burd

Michael Cart

David Levithan

Martin Wilson

Jacqueline Woodson

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

Sunday afternoon:

Books of Wonder Signing (1-4)



Lizabeth Zindel (A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills, Penguin)

Maryrose Wood (The Hidden Gallery, Harper)

Suzanne Weyn (Empty, Scholastic)

Danette Vigilante (The Trouble with Half a Moon, Penguin)

Maggie Stiefvater (Linger, Scholastic)

Natalie Standiford (Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, Scholastic)

Mark Shulman (Scrawl, Roaring Brook)

Alyssa Sheinmel (The Beautiful Between, RH)

Kieran Scott (She’s So Dead to Us, S&S)

Leila Sales (Mostly Good Girls, S&S)

Patrick Ryan (Gemini Bites, Scholastic)


Marie Rutkoski (The Celestial Globe, FSG)

Lena Roy (Edges, FSG)

Michael Northrup (Trapped, Scholastic)

Sarah Mlynowski (Gimme a Call, RH)

Neesha Meminger (Jazz in Love, Ignite)

Terra Elan McVoy (After the Kiss, S&S)

Lisa McMann (Cryer’s Cross, S&S)

Kimberly Marcus (Exposed, RH)

Melina Marchetta (The Piper’s Son, Candlewick)

Torrey Maldonado (Secret Saturdays, Penguin)

Barry Lyga (Archvillain, Scholastic)


E. Lockhart (Real Live Boyfriends, RH)

Sarah Darer Littman (Life After, Scholastic)

David Levithan (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, RH)

Melissa Kantor (The Darlings Are Forever, Hyperion)

Carla Jablonksi (Resistance, First Second)

Gwendolyn Heasley (Where I Belong, Harper)

Kim Harrington (Clarity, Scholastic)

Christopher Grant (Teenie, RH)

Margie Gelbwasser (Inconvenient, Flux)

Elizabeth Eulberg (Prom & Prejudice, Scholastic)

Helen Ellis (The Turning, Sourcebooks)


Daniel Ehrenhaft (Friend is Not a Verb, Harper)

Sarah Beth Durst (Enchanted Ivy, S&S)

Matt De La Pena (I Will Save You, RH)

Brent Crawford (Carter Finally Gets It, Hyperion)

Eireann Corrigan (Accomplice, Scholastic)

Susane Colasanti (Something Like Fate, Penguin)

Marina Budhos (Tell Us We’re Home, S&S)

Kate Brian (Book of Spells, S&S)

Philana Marie Boles (Glitz, Penguin)

Judy Blundell (Strings Attached, Scholastic)

Cathleen Bell (Little Blog on the Prairie, Bloomsbury

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Heart-y Thank You to SLJ

Get it? It's Valentine's Day--- HEART-Y? Yeah, I just crack my corny-self up. On to the news of the day. I just received word of a great review from School Library Journal!

Here's a bit of it:

"Dellie’s story will speak to young people who’ve needed a little faith to get them through tough times. Interesting scenarios, like the cloaked Jamaican woman who moves in next door, provide interest to an already well-developed story."

I HEART them! *Snort*

Later this week I'll be meeting with the New York Coalition Against Hunger to discuss how I might become involved in their annual Spring event. I'm excited. It's something close to my heart ----> there's that word again ...  I'm also going to be visiting my old Junior High School! I can't even remember what it looks like inside. It's gonna be fun!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Welcome Back, Idol!

I'm tired so I'll try to make this quick. IDOL HAS REDEEMED ITSELF! Or should I say, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler did? I say yes, they did! After last season, I decided not to watch anymore. I mean Kara and Ellen really didn't cut it for me. I like Ellen but, eh? AND, Kara. Oh, Kara. After what happened with bikini girl ... um, eww. Tacky.

Enough of that.

Lots of great singers but the last guy tonight, Travis Orlando? O.M.G. Heartbreaking. Talented. Cute. Inspiring. YES, please. I hope he goes all the way. Bring it on home, papi!

Good night!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thank You, BCCB

I am ever so grateful for the recommended review I received from The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books. Here's some of what they said:

"... Vigilante has a nice way with subplots and solid daily-life details that bring the book particular warmth. Life in the projects, with a few criminals making things tough for the decent people, and with a vertical neighborhood of interconnected relationships created in the apartment building, is portrayed with candor and even some affection.

... the story is told with considerable appeal and accessibility, and kids won't have to lead the same life as Dellie to recognize her travai."

Thank You, BCCB! You've made my day.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.
                                                                                                     - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Indies & Libraries, Oh My!

I had a wonderful day talking to indies and librarians yesterday. First, the stores themselves were just beautiful; from the selections to the d├ęcor. The people I spoke to were just really warm and welcoming. And the libraries! Big, small, new (three floors!) & old (charming—complete with creaky wood floors and big fireplaces with mantels). The librarians were, in a word, AWESOME! Not only that, but check this out people:

I almost kissed my beautiful book but I think the guy in the background (see first pic) would've really thought I was NUTS! I was already waving my arms and hopping.
I simply heart the library. After all, this writing stuff quietly began inside of one.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

And the Beat Goes On

Visited five libraries today and met five awesome librarians! Thank you all for making me feel so comfortable. Tomorrow, letters go out to schools and Saturday, New Jersey indies, here I come!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Doing Right by Red Hook

Congratulations to all the writers who've made the "Quick Pick" list and especially to my friend, fellow Red Hooker/Penquin brother, Torrey maldonado!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Though I didn't spy The Trouble with Half a Moon sitting on a shelf, I did meet some awesome booksellers who placed orders for it! For my SI peeps: Clove Lakes Bookstore on Victory/Clove Rd. and B&N on Richmond Ave placed orders and should be getting it in, I'd say by Wednesday. For my Brooklyn peeps, B&N on Court and Atlantic, Bookcourt on Court Street, The BookMark Shoppe on 3rd Ave (I'm also having an event there in March, will keep you posted), Greenlight Book Store on Fulton Street and B&N on 7th Ave. So, go forth and read!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hello, My Name Is:

I'm on my way out to visit some awesome indie booksellers today! Will I spy The Trouble with Half a Moon? I'll keep you posted!

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Trouble with Half a Moon Release Day

For years, I imagined the wonderful party I’d have the day my book was released; the cake with my cover on it, the music, the food, the dancing and the people. But when the time came, I wasn’t feeling a party. The only excuse I can come up with for this change of heart is that I must’ve played the party over and over in my head so much that I was partied out!

While I didn’t have a party, I did have a really, really nice day. In fact, it felt better than my birthday! First, a great lunch with friends and family, then later in the day, a great dinner with my parents. After dinner, I visited a couple of bookstores and introduced myself. One box store and one indie. Both were very nice and are placing orders since they didn’t have the book in stock, but the people in the indie also spoke of having an event in their store! Kewl, I say! And THANKS, too!

On another note, back in September or October (can’t remember which right now) I started writing a monthly column for, The Red Hook Star-Revue (Brooklyn, NY). Last month, they interviewed me and yesterday, they ran the article complete with a big copy of TROUBLE’S cover. I stared at it for a few seconds and once again, I was reminded of just how much I’m in love with it.


Anyway, check out this awesome gift my sister-in-law/bff gave me at lunch. It’s so perfect!

Thanks, Michele!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On The Eve of Publication ...

My book, The Trouble with Half a Moon, will be released into the wild tomorrow. I wrote as hard as I could. I laughed and I cried writing and reading it. I truly feel this story is one that was meant to be told. After all, I have carried it in my heart for years and years. I hope you enjoy it. It is yours now. I hope it touches you; inspires you somehow. Do whatever it is meant to do. I believe with all that I am that it has a purpose. I hope it finds you.