Danielle currently writes from south of Atlanta, Georgia. She was the 2009-2010 Co-Chair for the New Voices Competition for young writers, is active with online author groups such as Classic Romance Revival and EPIC and moderates for The Sweetest Romance Authors at the Coffee Time Romance boards. She has four sons with her husband, Rob. Together they enjoy travel and the outdoors.
Danielle, so nice to meet you. Where can readers find you online?
When Captain Julius Bertrand’s pirating past returns with the explosive force of a sweeping broadside, he finds he must sacrifice everything his respectable life has brought him, in order to save what matters most.
Thank you for sharing. Sounds very intriguing and I love the cover.
Where can readers find your book online?
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I started writing stories around second grade, just as soon as I could write sentences down on paper. Most of my writing in the years that followed, centered around poetry and a few short stories. It wasn't until my children were past the toddler stage that I felt the need to immerse myself in the art of novel writing. It was a wonderful learning journey that I continue today.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
I spent many hours studying West Indies journals from the eighteenth century for my historical, The Privateer. I've studied pirates and the Age of Sail for over six years now, and it's always exciting to me. I've also traveled to the Caribbean a few times and received my scuba certification to enrich my writing. All fun adventures.
Sounds like fun research. How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
Most of my stories are inspired from works of non-fiction, fiction or film. I'm a daydreamer and I love to explore the possibilities of stories that center around discovery, whether it's self-realization or literal adventures and surprises.
I do tend to follow the pattern of working out story plots in my head before sitting down and writing out a map. It's easier and more efficient for me to write if I know where I'm going. How the characters get there is up to them, but I try to guide them along. It takes me anywhere from three to six months to write a first draft. Because I'm a contract editor for two publishing houses, my writing time has to be worked into my free time.
Know the feeling, trying to fit writing into free time. Are you currently working on any new book projects?
Currently I am working on a young adult adventure tentatively titled, The Sea King. It's about a boy, a shipload of wanna be pirates, and a magical world at sea just over the horizon. I'm hoping to work it into a three-book series. It's inspired by my childhood love of "Peter Pan."
Sounds like a fun project. Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
I think the best idea for a first manuscript is to just do it. Finish it. Working out the skills you need to learn, like plotting or characterization, can come after you dot that last sentence. Finishing a first manuscript will give you a sense of accomplishment that will inspire you to move forward. Of course, study good writing books and find a critique group, but it all starts with commitment.
Great advice. I agree that editing can come later, because if you don't finish the manuscript, you'll have nothing to edit. What is your favorite work of literary fiction and why? Do you have a favorite literary author?
My two favorite authors are Jane Austen and Patrick O'Brian. I love the romance and etiquette of the Regency era. Patrick O'Brian, the author of the MASTER AND COMMANDER series, literally changed my life. He opened up a world I'd never known and with beautiful prose and characters, took me on adventures that opened my mind and taught me new things.
My favorite contemporary writer, is probably Inspirational Suspense author, Anne Patrick. I also enjoy Linda Swift's southern romances, and I've enjoyed books by P.I. Barrington as well. Miss Mae's Victorian mysteries, are also among some of my favorites.
Jane Austen is my favorite literary author. Love her work, very inspiring for my writing.
Thanks for having me today, Joanne. I'd love to give an e-book PDF copy of The Privateer away to one of your visitors who comment on this blog post. I hope anyone who is interested in Historical Adventure will say hello and leave a comment!
Danielle, I am very glad you stopped by today. Had fun chatting and learning more about your work.
Hope everyone sticks around for a bit to chat and don't forget to leave a comment to enter for a chance to win an ecopy of The Privateer!