Saturday, July 19, 2014

Birthday Bash! - Day 7 - Dani Pettrey Interview







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?  
Coke. 

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.

Blessings,
Dani 


Dani has graciously provided one copy of Submerge, Shattered, Stranded, and Silenced in her "Alaskan Courage" series!
See my reviews of her books here.

60 comments:

  1. I would love to go to Israel and see and experience the places where Jesus walked.

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  2. I would love to see the Steppes of Central Asia (ideally with Borodin's symphonic piece by the same title playing in the background), but not so much for my birthday, since that would be in the dead of winter.

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    1. I would love to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef!

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  4. I would visit England! I'd love to visit all the historical places as I love that kind of touring! Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway!

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    1. Would love to visit England. I'm a huge history buff and Jane Austen fan.

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  5. I would go white water rafting in montana.

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    1. White water rafting is so much fun!

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  6. Any adventure?? I would go to Scotland! Always wanted to go there. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  7. Hmm . . . Israel and then a tour of Europe's historical sites––if it's old, I know I'll enjoy exploring:-)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I feel the same way. Love visiting any place historic.

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  8. Washington DC! Always have wanted to make a trip there.

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    1. I grew up in the DC area. So much to see there. Hope you're able to take a trip there one day.

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  9. definitely the United Kingdom!

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    1. The UK is high up on my dream trip list. My daughter and I were just listing all the spots we'd love to see when we make it there :)

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  10. Ireland would be a wonderful birthday adventure!

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  11. I would love to visit France and see the chateaus and Mont St. Michel.

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    1. Oooh. That sounds wonderful. Our family visited southern France a few years back as part of our cruise, but we only got one day there--definitely not enough time.

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  12. I would love to visit Ireland and try to trace my great grandmother's roots. She left during the potato famine and went to Canada.

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  13. I would go to the Virgin Islands. :)

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  14. I would go to Iceland, heard it's beautiful there with lots of spas.
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  15. So many places I'd love to go so this is hard. I might choose Ireland since my great-great grandfather came from there. He stowed away on a ship at age 16 so I'd love to see where our family came from originally.

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  16. I've always wanted to go to Branson, Mo The Ozarks would be beautiful in the Fall or maybe it would be all abloom in the Spring... :)

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  17. I'd tour famous battlefields. But my birthday is in November, so the weather might not be so good.... I'd settle for a steaming coconut latte, a huge cake with tons of buttercream frosting, and a good book, though.

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  18. If I were to dream big, I would start in the UK & wander down through Europe, eventually winding up in Israel! History, culture, a little snowboarding in the Alps, and a pretty epic finale ...

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  19. I would love to go the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada - I have always wanted to see a Spirit Bear

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  20. Anywhere with a beach and sun :) and my family... Not picky.... I do love South Carolina :)
    Love Dani's books!!!

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  21. Definitely back to Connecticut, where the color of the leaves changing from season to season is gorgeous, the air is crisp and refreshing and where me and hubs met for the first time :)

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  22. Id Love to visit Scotland, some of the lochs and isles.. but what Id really love to see is there is the fairy pools!

    Thank you for the giveaway Shannah and Dani!

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  23. There would be so many places! But right now, I'd probably choose Pennsylvania to meet my best friend. :)

    Thank you for this giveaway - I want to read these books so much! =)
    God bless!

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  24. I would love to see/hike the Grand Canyon!

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  25. I would love to travel to Scotland! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  26. I would go to Ireland, because of Rich Mullin's music video for The Color Green. Or Italy, because it was Carroll O'Connor's favorite place and he is my favorite actor ever, he played the sheriff of Sparta Mississippi on In the Heat of the Night, or Israel, because I would love to see that land. :-)

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  27. I would love to go back to Assisi, Italy and just bask in the peace that I found there. But as far as adventure goes, I have always wanted to visit Ireland and try to track down my ancestors! :-)

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  28. I would love to go to Scotland but I do not trust flying right now, so I will go with my other choice closer to home - Amish Country, either Ohio or Pennsylvania. It would be great if I could spend time with an Amish family for a day or two.

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  29. if I could I'd take a month and take a road trip around the United States

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  30. I would love to take an Alaskan cruise. My 20th anniversary is next year and me and the hubby may just do that. :)

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  31. Would love to visit Ireland where my ancestors migrated from. In the US I would love to visit Shipshewana , IN. I really want to visit Amish country. Thanks for the give-away. I would love Dani's books about Alaska. Maxie Anderson

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  32. I would go to Alaska. It is somewhere I have always wanted to go. I'd like to see the Northern Lights, fish for Salmon and watch the bears fish.

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  33. I would love to see Alaska

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  34. Anything? I'd like to go to Farnworth, England where my family originated...my maiden name is Farnsworth. For some reason when they came to the New World...they added an "s." I'd love to see the place and learn.

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  35. I'd love to see the sights & sounds of Israel... to walk where Jesus did.

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  36. I would love to travel all over Europe! I actually just got back from a mission trip to Romania, and hope to go back someday!

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  37. I would go back to Alaska and hope that this time I'd be able to go to Denali on a clear day.
    Thank you for offering these books. I just finished reading Submerged. It is a great book!

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  38. Always wanted to go to Australia!

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  39. I would definitely like to go to Alaska and visit the Kilcher family.

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  40. I would love to see the Grand Canyon and my birthday would be a great time!

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  41. I would love to go on a hot air balloon ride rita.navarre@yahoo.com

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  42. I would go to Hawaii

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  43. I would go to the Grand Canyon
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