It is such an honor to be able to host a visit with Dani Pettrey, author of Silenced, the fourth book in the Alaskan Courage series. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres, and discovering Dani’s stories has been a great boon for me. I’ve loved every one of them. The romance is always authentic and engaging, and the action keeps the adrenaline pumping.
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to grab a copy of one of her books at your local bookstore. You can find out about all the titles in her Alaskan Courage series on her Web site, and feel free to read an excerpt of Silenced here.
For now, I hope you’ll simply sit back and enjoy hearing about Dani’s own adventures and her plans for future stories.
Q. You state on your website that you love travel and adventure. Do you have a favorite place? How about your most exciting adventure?
A. My favorite place is the beach. Put me on a beach towel beneath the sun, my toes in the sand, the waves lapping nearby and I’m at peace. My favorite beach spot would be in Kona, Hawaii. It’s so gorgeous there. My most exciting adventure…hmm…marriage 😀
Q. I’ve really enjoyed the Alaskan Courage series and would love to visit the state myself someday. Was there a particular reason you chose Alaska as the setting for this series?
A. Once I knew that the McKenna family owned and ran an adventure outfitting company, I looked for a location that would provide for a wide range of adventures—everything from cave diving to heli-skiing. Alaska has it all! Not to mention the inherent risk of danger if you aren’t properly prepared. That works extremely well with romantic suspense.
Q. What inspired you to write romantic suspense?
A. I adore writing romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things I love–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance.
Q. What author(s) most influence your writing?
A. Dee Henderson has absolutely influenced me the most. She is my favorite author as well as my mentor and friend. Not only is she a wonderful writer, but a wonderful person. I’m very blessed. Other authors that have inspired me are Terri Blackstock, C.S. Lewis, Sue Grafton, and Jane Austen.
Q. Which of your characters is most like you? Why?
A. I’d have to say Bailey Craig. I can really relate with her struggle. Looking for wholeness outside of Christ is always going to let you down. When I came to Christ as an adult, I had a lot of past mistakes that I was very ashamed of, like Bailey. God has been so kind and faithful in helping me work past that and has blessed me with truly accepting the new creation I am in Him.
Q. I know this may be like choosing a favorite child, but I have to ask. Which of the McKenna stories is closest to your heart? Why?
A. It is like choosing a favorite child, but I think the story closest to my heart is Shattered. I wrote the story while my mom was dying and it will always have profound meaning to me. It was the last story of mine that she was able to read and critique, and I truly treasure that.
Q. Can you give us a hint about your next project? Is it possible we’ll be hearing more about Reef McKenna?
A. Yes you will. Reef’s book, Sabotaged, will be a February release. Here’s a little sneak peek: Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and trouble maker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search and rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see other in a different light. Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits.
Q. This question follows up on the previous one. Are there plans in the works for a series after this one is complete?
A. Yes. I will be working on a new four book series after I finish my Alaskan Courage series. I’m very excited about it!
Thank you, Dani, for sharing your time with us today. We really appreciate getting to know you better and finding out what we can look forward to in the months to come.