Daniel Wallace- Daisy Galvan
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Aim:
Daniel Wallace began his career in writing, when he was a illustrator of greeting cards, then moved into creating magnets for refrigerators. He began to slowly move into the process of writing, because he personally enjoyed the process. Throughout his 14 years of writing, he wanted his work to speak for the world that he wanted people to relate to. "My idea of a story is one where the world is exactly what we live in every day, except it is stranger, brighter or darker, smaller or bigger, that it actually is" (Wallace). With continuing his expansion on small stories, Daniel Wallace continued to focus his stories on tragedies, such as negative relationships with family members. Also with the connection of family, he tends to focus on the area of the South, due to the fact that he was born in Alabama. As well, many of his novels tend to show the process of rebirth and renewal of people.

Historical:
Daniel Wallace was born on January 22, 1959. Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, he attended local schools throughout high school before going to Emory University. Before writing, he went to the University of North Carolina to study business and after graduating, he worked for his father's company, Wallace International. According to Wallace, "Despite my liking of business and the opportunities that are to come to me (go to Japan), its not my true passion" (Kobzeff). After quitting his job in business, he decided to pursue his liking for literature, by becoming a illustrator. After 14 years of writing for several hours a day, he managed to create more than a dozen short stories, and 5 unpublished novels. In 1998, he published his best selling novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions. In 2003, the best selling novel was made into a film, directed by Tim Burton. The novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, made Daniel Wallace known.

Cultural:
Daniel Wallace has impacted writing with his best selling book, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions. With his creation of Big Fish, it changed the view of books that were based on imagination. According to the Tim Burton, "Big Fish's conclusions are somewhat self-serving and don't encourage an examination of the source of conformist or its weight on the characters" (Laurier). When Daniel Wallace wrote the novel, it opened up the era of surrealist tales. After his best selling novel, it also demonstrated technical skills, that brought the elemental truth about the surreal tales.

Works Cited:
"Daniel Wallace - Author, Artist, Alligator Wrangler." Daniel Wallace. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015.
"Daniel Wallace (author)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015.
Kobzeff, Joseph. "Daniel Wallace." Encyclopedia of Alabama. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015.