1. Episode #212: From Licensed Nurse to the Fabio of Fantasy with Danielle Orsino Cheryl Ilov 1:03:07

Danielle Orsino is a competitive martial artist, licensed nurse, fantasy author, and cosplayer who was inspired to write her fantasy series by a patient who needed a distraction during IV therapy. She has also been dubbed the new Fabio of Fantasy, and she loves exploring the world of writing while exposing the underbelly of the publishing industry at the same time.

Danielle shares how a life-threatening allergic reaction resulting in anaphylaxis abruptly ended her plans for pursuing an advanced medical career, and how an anxious patient unexpectedly launched a new career as a fantasy author. She explains how her martial arts training influences her writing, how cosplay helps her develop her characters, and why she is now known as the Fabio of Fantasy.

Download this fascinating episode to hear her story and how a licensed nurse specializing in IV therapy became the Fabio of Fantasy.




Cheryl Ilov is an author, speaker, dancer, martial artist, and physical therapist. She is also a former chronic pain patient who began a journey of self-discovery and self-healing after her medical team informed her that she would never recover. They were wrong.

Cheryl fired her medical team and found her own path to health and healing, as well as a journey of life-long learning. Her areas of expertise include the art of healing through movement, personal empowerment, and fitness over fifty. She is also the host of The FemiNinja Project podcast, which focuses on overcoming obstacles, personal empowerment, restoring human dignity, and alternative health and healing.