Marji Laine

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Author of the Week: Dani Pettrey


One of my favorite authors! Dani Pettrey and me at the ACFW Gala 2013One of my all-time favorite authors, Dani Pettrey is fairly new on the scene of Christian fiction. Her debut book, Submerged, and her second book, Shattered, are both on my all-time favorites list. And I interviewed her latest book, Stranded, just Monday! You can also find my all-time favorite list in that review article. But meeting Dani has been a highlight of my whole year!

First, I got to meet her at the recent 2013 American Christian Fiction Writers conference. What a good sport. Our photographer had a little trouble with my camera and we had to mug three different times to get this shot.

Then I got to meet her online through this interview where I learned about the day-to-day aspects of her writing. I’m so glad you got to join us today on Faith~Driven Fiction, Dani!

Marji: Speaking of your daily grind, what is absolutely necessary to get you going in the mornings?
Dani: A strong cup of coffee J

Marji: LOL. I take mine bubbly and with ice, but I call it Diet Pepsi! What are the biggest (and sometimes most delightful) distractions of your day?
Dani: My children, but they are the best distraction, emails that need to be answered (from my editors, agent, etc.), and, of course, worst of all is the Internet.

Marji: If you could choose anyplace, where would you most like to spend time writing and why?
Dani: I love the beach. I would love to have a little place on the beach where my family and I could go for writing breaks. There’s just something about sand between your toes, the warmth of the sun on your face and the rhythmic sound of the waves. I think it would be a great place to get away to and write.

Marji: Sounds like heaven! Where/when do you normally write and why does it work for you?
Dani: I typically write during the day around my daughter’s homeschooling hours. I curl up on the couch in my sunroom office. It’s where I write the majority of the time so it helps me switch into ‘writer’ mode.

Marji: Do you prefer a computer or a pad and pen? Do you normally use what you prefer?
Dani: I write all my first drafts longhand. It takes a lot of extra time having to type it in later, but it’s just what works for me. Put me in front of a blank screen on the computer and I freeze.

Marji: Do you have a atmosphere preference? (Specific things to listen to, eat, drink, or wear?)
Dani: I always have dark chocolate and a coffee drink (mocha, Americano, etc.) on hand. I need quiet while I’m writing, but enjoy listening to music when I’m typing in, specifically music that is tied to the story.

Marji: I’m with you on the quiet. I’m very sensitive to any sounds, but music in particular. The worst thing my girls can do is start singing a worship song. It starts going through my head stopping my fingers and replacing the scenes that I worked on. What is the worst thing someone can do to you while you’re trying to write?
Dani: Ask me to go to Starbucks. LOL! Also if one of my daughters invites me to go someplace fun like hiking or shopping. Even if I don’t go along, I will have lost all concentration. 

Marji: Oh, and it’s so hard to get back in the groove once it’s passed! Well, I’m looking forward to books 4 and 5 of your Alaskan Courage Series. I LOVE it! And I’m so pleased that you got to share a little with us today! Here’s a little more about Dani:

Author Dani PettreyDani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “Author of the Week: Dani Pettrey

  1. Great interview and love the questions!! I loved learning more about you Dani! 🙂 I have finished reading Stranded. I loved it!! Your books just seem to be getting better and better. Am really looking forward to Silenced!!