Welcome back, Dani. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
What a kind thing to say. I’m so grateful God has blessed me with the love of writing and that I get the gift of sharing my stories with readers for His glory. I pray I’m able to continuing telling stories for years to come. Right now, I’m working on the last book in my Alaskan Courage series and then I’ll be starting on a new series with Bethany House.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I recently celebrated our twenty-first wedding anniversary. We have two daughters. Our oldest got married this year and is expecting our first grandson in February. Our “baby” is a senior in high school.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
It’s definitely lessened the amount of time I get to read, but I still do whenever I get the chance. Whenever I meet a deadline, I enjoy a good book as my reward J
What are you working on right now?
I’ve just completed revisions on Silenced (out in May 2014), and I’m beginning the first draft of Reef McKenna’s story.
What outside interests do you have?
I love spending time outdoors—hiking, swimming, and kayaking. I really enjoy traveling, history, and spending time with my family and friends.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
All my Alaskan Courage series novels have primarily been set in
chose the location because I wanted a setting that worked well for a wide range
of adventures—mountains, sea, and everything in between. Alaska is an amazing state, full of nearly
endless possibilities. I also love how rugged and untamed the Alaskan
wilderness is. There is an inherent risk of danger if you aren’t properly prepared
and that works really well with suspense.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
This was a really hard question for me. I love history and there are so many historical figures I’d love to meet, but I think I’m going to pick Jane Austen. She’s my favorite author, and I would love to sit down and discuss writing over a cup of tea.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
To listen to instinct and to trust my voice. To not be so concerned with the “rules,” but to learn what kind of stories God wanted me to tell and to enjoy writing those. I spent too many years trying to write to the rules.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Dependence on Him. He’s been showing me that He’s right with me through trials and suffering, and that He brings good out of them. They are never in vain.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Read a lot.
Pray without ceasing.
Those are really essential. Tell us about the featured book.
When Her Friend Goes Missing, Every Minute Counts
Darcy St. James returns to
to join a journalist friend undercover on the trail of a big story. But when
Darcy arrives, she finds her friend has disappeared. Troubled by the cruise
ship's vague explanation, Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to
The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she’s digging up more trouble. He’d love to just forget her—but something won’t let him. And he can’t help but worry about her as they are heading into more remote regions of
and eventually into foreign waters. Something sinister is going on, and the
deeper they push, the more Gage fears they’ve only discovered the tip of the
I’ve read the book, and it’s wonderful. Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Abby’s head swam, her vision narrowing as she stumbled into her cabin. What had they slipped her and when? Nausea rumbled in her stomach, magnified by the surging waves created by the brewing storm. How could she have been so foolish?
They must have figured out who she was and that she was close to exposing them. They were trying to silence her—though if it came down to it, she preferred death to the alternative.
She lifted the receiver and dialed Darcy’s cabin.
Please be there. Darcy had said she’d wait in her room, but the phone kept ringing until it rolled over into voice mail. This wasn’t a message for voice mail. Not if they knew who she was. Not if it could lead them to Darcy. She had to find a better way, a safer way to leave a message only Darcy would understand.
She scribbled a quick note. Now ... where to put it? She grabbed the Gideon Bible from the nightstand, slipped the message inside, set the Bible on her bed, and headed for the door. Only Darcy would know Abby would have no reason to have a Bible on her bed. Turning, she spotted her purse next to the nightstand, grabbed it, and placed it atop the Bible. Never hurt to have a little added protection. Darcy would still recognize the significance.
As she walked around her bed, the ship heaved and she stumbled. She needed help. Wobbling with each step, she managed to grasp the doorknob, the metal cool inside her clammy palm. Her breath quickened. Cracking the door, she peered into the corridor, thankful to find it empty. Stepping into the hall, she moved toward the elevator.
Shadows arched around the bend halfway down the hall, where another corridor intersected it. She halted. Her breath hitched.
A man spoke, his words angry and heated. A second man responded. Her heart seized in her chest. It was them. They were coming.
This is a good hook for the reader. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’m very active on my Facebook Page www.facebook.com/danipettrey. Readers can also find me on my website www.danipettrey.com where there are lots of Story Extras.
And thank you for sharing this new book with us, Dani. I'm addicted to your Alaskan Courage Series.
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