Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and her latest release, Silenced. 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 her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super adorable grandson.
I love the McKenna family. I have enjoyed getting to know them and watch them grow. Which character do you relate to the most in the McKenna family?
Such a tough choice. I’d have to say of all the characters I’ve written I actually resonate the most with Bailey Craig from Submerged (she’s a McKenna now, so I think it counts :)). I really relate to her struggle in Submerged. Looking for wholeness outside of Christ is always going to let you down. Like Bailey, I too, found forgiveness of sins and became a new creation in Christ. His grace never ceases to amaze me.
I’m so sad that we’re coming to the end of the McKenna family’s adventures. Are you working on anything now? If so, can you tell us about it?
I’m sad too. I’ve spent years with the McKennas so it is going to be hard not telling their stories. In my mind they’re still there, having adventures, I’m just not telling them…for now, at least. Never say never. I’m working on a new four book series next. I’m really excited about the stories and the characters, and particularly excited about the setting. The new series will take place along the Chesapeake Bay where I live. Can’t wait to share my neck of the woods with readers.
Thanks for taking the time to answer those questions. Now, for a little bit of fun!
If you could spend a week in any book, which would it be – one of yours or someone else’s?
I’m a huge Jane Austen fan so I’d pick one of her books. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. How fun to get dressed up and attend balls. I’d love a dance with Mr. Darcy—if he found it amenable, of course :)
What is a unique trait about yourself most people are not aware of?
Not sure it’s unique, but I’m very contemplative. I’m constantly thinking, imagining, daydreaming, pondering... I can’t just sit and watch a movie; I’m assessing the entire time. Usually have the ending figured out about five minutes in. Drives my poor hubby nuts.
If you were making a movie out of one of your books, who would you cast as lead?
For Submerged Chris Hemsworth would play Cole McKenna and Katherine Heigl would play Bailey Craig.
This or that?
Chocolate or vanilla?
Definitely chocolate! The darker the better.
Coffee or tea?
Definitely coffee. Even better if there’s chocolate mixed in.
Coke or Pepsi?
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. I really appreciate it!
Thanks so much for having me. Had a lot of fun with your questions.
Dani has graciously provided one copy of Submerge, Shattered, Stranded, and Silenced in her "Alaskan Courage" series!
See my reviews of her books here.