Saturday, April 6, 2013

Interview with Dani Pettrey! {Giveaway!}

Hey everyone! I am very happy to bring to you this lovely interview with Dani! Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom, kay? ;)

Welcome, Dani, to Writings of Rosie! Could you give us a little bio please?
I’m a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. I feel blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things I love--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of my characters' faith, and plenty of romance. My husband and I reside in Maryland with our two daughters.

Oh, me too. Nail-biting suspense is my favorite to read. How hard was it writing Piper and Landon’s story? Did you have everything planned out from the beginning?
Each story is unique and different in approach, but I’m not a plotter. I typically begin with an idea of who my characters are, what crime has been committed and an overarching idea or premise for the story. Then I sit down and start writing. I really enjoy seeing the characters come to life in the first draft. In Piper and Landon’s case I already knew quite a bit about them since they were both secondary characters in my debut novel, Submerged. It was a lot of fun getting to spend time with them again.

I'm sure it was! :-) Is there anything unique or quirky that you do while you write? I always write out my first drafts long hand. I know it takes extra time having to then go back and type the entire draft in, but it’s the only way the words flow at the beginning of a story. Put me in front of a blank screen and I freeze.

Wow, I applaud you for that. My hand cramps if I write by hand for too long. Do you have a favorite place to write? I’ve turned the sunroom off my kitchen into my office. I love it because it’s in the center of our home and the entire back wall is made of windows. I’ve got a great view of the trees and neighborhood pond. And, I’m really close to the coffee pot and espresso machine. :)

Sounds gorgeous! How did you decide Alaska would be your main setting for the series? Once I knew the McKenna family owned and operated an adventure outfit company, I searched for the perfect location. I wanted someplace that offered a wide variety of adventures along with an inherent element of risk. I think Alaska fits perfectly. It’s a gorgeous state!

Can you share anything about Gage and Darcy’s story Stranded?
When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn't satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn't lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby's position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn't the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He's surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report. Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

Eek! I'm so excited for it to come out! Lastly, where can readers find you on the Internet?
 On my website www.danipettrey.com, Facebook Page www.facebook.com/danipettrey, and Twitter www.twitter.com/danipettrey

Thank you so much for stopping by, Dani! I’ve loved interviewing you.
Thank you so much for having me, Rosie. It was a pleasure.

All right, readers, here's your chance to win a copy of Shattered! And, because this week is all about celebrating Writings of Rosie's first birthday I'm not giving away one copy, but two! :D

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway not open internationally, sorry!!  

67 comments:

  1. The synopsis for Stranded intrigued me completely! It sounds exactly like something I'd love to read. And holy cow, I admire the fact that you write by longhand SO much. That's amazing. *applause*

    Looking forward to hopefully winning the giveaway! ;) Thanks for this interview and really great post, Rosie and Ms. Pettrey!

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    1. Stranded will come out in the fall, I wish it was sooner!

      Good luck, Sky! :D

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  2. Love the interview and love the author! :) waiting for book 3 :)

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  3. I can't win the drawing but I'm really excited to read Piper and Landon's story! I so very much enjoyed 'Submerged'!

    Having only edited long hand, I can't imagine the time it takes to write the story out long hand. I love that you do that. It's a lost art. That's how I started out!

    ~Sarah

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    1. I hope you can get a hold of Shattered some other way, Sarah!

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    2. Hey Sarah,
      Thanks so much for dropping by! So nice to 'see' you here :)
      Blessings,
      Dani

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  4. Great interview! I read Submerged and loved it! I would love to win a copy of Shattered! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    hspruitt {aT} frontiernet DoT [net]

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    1. You are very welcome, Sheri!

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  5. I think it is awesome that you write your first draft long hand. As an aspiring writing, I am not sure what will work best for me.. I might try some long hand though!
    Thanks for hosting the interview Rosie!

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    1. You're welcome, Leah! Good luck!

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    2. Hey Princess Leah (LOVE the username :))
      It's always good to try a variety of writing styles until you find the one that fits you. God created us all unique, so we all work and write in unique ways. Finding how you write best is definitely part of the fun.

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  6. Trying to sign up to follow your blog but it won't let me- please add me deiselbuffs@gmail.com
    Loved the interview! And I am waiting for book 3 to come out :)

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  7. Loved reading the interview. I've read "Submerged" but haven't read "Shattered" yet.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Good luck!

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    2. Hi Janet,
      So glad you enjoyed Submerged and the interview! Best of luck in the giveaway. Hope you'll enjoy Shattered too.

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  8. Loved reading about you and your writing. The sunroom sounds like a great place to write! Can't wait to real all your books!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed the interview. I definitely LOVE my sunroom--the blues and yellows in it remind me of the beach (my absolute favorite place). Hope you'll enjoy the McKennas' adventures :)

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  9. This is on my to read list, thanks for the giveaway


    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    2. Hope you really enjoy Shattered when you get the opportunity to read it, Karen :)

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  10. Great interview! I really enjoyed reading Submerged. Since I've been on a cruise to Alaska, I'm definitely looking forward to reading Stranded.

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    1. Ooh, I'm envious, Susan! Good luck!

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    2. So glad you enjoyed the interview, Susan. Hope you had a great cruise. I would LOVE to take an Alaskan cruise!

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  11. I haven't had a chance to read any of your books yet but I am really looking forward to reading this series one way or another.

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine. Hope you'll enjoy the McKennas' adventures :)

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  12. Great interview! I haven't read any of Dani's books yet, but I'm anxiously waiting for summer break and free time! They sound fantastic! Thanks for hosting the giveaway...it'd be great to win a copy!!!

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    1. Thanks! They really are great, Randi. Good luck!

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    2. So glad you enjoyed the interview, Randi :) Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  13. love to win and interesting to see the good use that you make of your sunroom

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  14. Loved the interview! This book is on my TBR list! Love the cover too by the way!
    You have the perfect place for your office..your sunroom. Oh how I'd love to have a sunroom! Maybe hubby will build me one someday :)
    It would be thrilling to win a copy of "Shattered".
    Blessings!

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    1. Isn't the cover wonderful? :D Bethany House does a great job with their covers. Good luck!

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    2. Hi Judy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you enjoyed the interview!

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  15. Hello! I just found your blog this morning and this giveaway looks great! :-) I love mysteries, and I like the idea of a series!

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    1. Hello! Glad you found me! If you like mysteries you should also look into Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson, as well. :) Good luck!

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    2. Hi Faith,
      So glad you found Rosie's blog. She does a great job! Best of luck with the giveaway :)

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  16. Great interview. I've read the first two book but borrowed them so I'd love to have my own!! :) Can't wait for the next book(s)!

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    1. Good luck, Alise! I hope you get your hands on your own copies soon. :D

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    2. So glad you enjoyed Submerged and Shattered, Alise! Hope you'll really enjoy Stranded too :)

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  17. I'd love to get a copy! Enjoyed this one so much. :)

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    1. Waving hi Charity :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  18. Interesting interview. Really enjoyed reading Submerged. Would love to win and read Shattered.
    Karen G
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  19. I read Submerged and Shattered and loved them. So excited about the next book(s)!
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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! Thrilled you enjoyed both Submerged and Shattered. Hope you'll really enjoy Stranded too.

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    2. I loved the first two too, Sarah! Good luck! :)

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  20. I can't wait to read Dani's books! They look so good!

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    1. Thanks, Marissa! Hope you'll really enjoy them :)

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    2. They are good. Hope you like them!

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  21. still have to read any of your books but would love to.
    I entered the contest to name the next book but didn't win.

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      Best of luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Hope you have better luck this time, Robyn! ;)

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  22. I really enjoyed the interview. I'd love to read Shattered.

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  23. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  24. Hooray, Rosie! So exciting - thanks for spotlighting this wonderful author as a part of your blog's birthday.

    Wow! Dani writing in long hand sounds like a lot of work! Good for you. Looking forward to your future books. :)

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    1. Thanks, Rissi!! :-D It's been a fun thing to plan, for sure. :)

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    2. Hey Rissi! Thanks so much for stopping by :)))

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