Friday, July 23, 2010

Danielle Thorne Interview

Joining us today is contemporary romance author, Danielle Thorne. This is Danielle’s second visit so I’ve changed things up a bit.  Well sort of :-).

[Anne] Welcome back, Danielle! Why don’t we start with you telling us a little about yourself?

[Danielle] Thanks for having me again, Anne. You have a great blog. As far as myself, I'm a Southern sweet romance author who enjoys working history and sea themes into my stories. I've been writing since I could hold a pencil and won my first award when I was a tween. I grew up with four crazy brothers and have four sons of my own. Having a family and my books makes me feel complete. As far any hobbies, I try to garden and cook, love to travel and scuba, and I am really into geocaching right now.

[Anne] I hear you have a new release. Congratulations! Will you tell us about it?

[Danielle] Of course! BY HEART AND COMPASS is my newest sea romance adventure. Here's a little blurb: When Lacey Whitman buys a restored Victorian home, she never dreams discovering an antique diary will lead her back to sea and into the arms of the dive bum she’d rather forget. Her habit of living in the past comes to a screeching halt as diver Max Bertrand and the diary of his ancestor take Lacey on the quest of a lifetime: To discover and raise the privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again. But will finding it cost her heart?

Anne] What inspired your story?

[Danielle] I really enjoy learning about sea exploration and pirate ships. Since I wrote my first Caribbean privateering novel, I've always known I'd want to do a contemporary romance about discovering a shipwreck. The wonderful documentaries on the Titanic and the current Queen Anne's Revenge undergoing excavation, get me super excited. The sea holds so many secrets and some of them are from our own past.

[Anne] Do you ever suffer from writers block? If so, how do you usually move past it?

[Danielle] I’m a plotter, so I don't have too much trouble with writer's block. When I do, I take a break and concentrate on my hobbies and things that inspire me. Watching movies and reading some of my favorite authors almost always re-lights the fire.

[Anne] I know we all grow as writers through the years. Is there anything in particular you know now that you wish you’d known before being published?

[Danielle] I certainly like to think my story telling has improved! The more you write, the more you learn, so the formula comes with experience. I can't say that I have any regrets, because every step has been a learning process, even the ugly ones.

[Anne] What is the neatest thing that has happened to you since becoming a published author?

[Danielle] The biggest blessing in my life since being published is actually pretty personal. I’m not someone who was born with a plethora of talents, so having the one thing I ever felt like I was good at be recognized is a wonderful reward. It certainly has done wonders for my self-esteem, and also, I can honestly say it continues to help me overcome issues of shyness and anxiety that I have always struggled with. Still do.

[Anne] I can’t imagine you being shy, Danielle. You seem so outgoing, and you’re such an inspiration for so many. What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned?

[Danielle] The hardest lesson I have learned as a person AND as an author is that no matter how kind or professional you are to someone else, it doesn't mean you will be treated the same way in return. I am developing a thicker skin.

[Anne] Is there anything new on the horizon for you—anymore releases coming out this year?

[Danielle] Yes! I am thrilled to have my first Regency romance coming out this winter with Whimsical Publications. Titled JOSETTE, it is my tribute to Jane Austen and all her stories and characters. JOSETTE is about a spunky young woman who falls for a less than charming sea captain and how she must weather all of her obnoxious relatives. It's my way of saying "thanks" to Jane.

[Anne] Where do you see yourself as an author five years from now?

[Danielle] Hmm. I am a rather quiet, subdued person but I dream big dreams. In five years, I would like to have at least a dozen novels out, including the first juvenile fiction story I wrote as a young mother and a chapbook of my poetry. I also have goals to win an award for a best historical or contemporary novel, and I want to eventually start my own editing business. I love giving feedback and helping people, just as much as I love writing.

[Anne] Name three of your all-time favorite books you’ve read.

[Danielle] Easy!

1. POST CAPTAIN by Patrick O'Brian


3. HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling

[Anne] If you could meet any author (living or not) who would you choose?

[Danielle] I would love to sit down in a cozy cottage along the Irish coast and listen to Patrick O'Brian tell me all about the sea stories he read and the papers that inspired his work in the MASTER AND COMMANDER series.

[Anne] Where can we purchase your new book?

[Danielle] BY HEART AND COMPASS is available at

[Anne] How about on the web?

[Danielle] Amazon, Barnes and Noble and many other online bookstores.

[Anne] Now for my final question: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you that you’ve never shared before in an interview?

[Danielle] I guess I will dig deep for this one, Anne. People may be surprised to know that I am a passionate genealogist and that is because my mother grew up in an orphanage outside of Chicago. Even at a young age, I dreamed of finding her family and that dream came true and then some. I have all but one of my mother's lines traced back to the 1600 and 1700's, through the Civil War, the Revolutionary War and overseas. Whoever you are and wherever you are from, when you have times that you feel like nobody, go back to your roots and find out where you came from. It can give you a whole new outlook on life!

[Anne] Thank you so much for joining us today, Danielle. I wish you great success in all your writing endeavors!

Thanks, Anne!


Jean Henry Mead said...

Nice interview, you two. The book sounds fascinating.

StephB said...

Anne and Danielle, great interview. Dani, it was nice to get to know a little bit more about you.

I'm now 1/2 done with By Heart and Compass and I'm enjoying it very much.

How much "fact" is in the story. Was there a real Spector and Julius Bertrand?

Your love of the sea shines pure in your writing. Are you dive qualified yourself? If so, how often do you go diving?

Here's a fun question - Do you think you were a Privateer's wife in a past life like Kate Bertrand?

Good luck with Sales!

Gail Pallotta said...

I've read one of Danielle's books and know she is a talented author.
Heart and Compass sounds like one I'd like to read also. Congratulations, Danielle. If you figure out how to develop a thicker skin, let me know.

Celia Yeary said...

DANIELLE-four brothers and four sons? There's a whole shipload of stories! did they all coddle you, or did you have to fight for a place at the table, ie. recognition? Your story of finding your mother's family is very touching, and I know how difficult and timeconsuming geneology is, so I'm doubly impressed.
I read the excerpt of your newest book on the DB Author page. I really do need to read it. When the mood strikes me, I whip out the credit card and start choosing. DB is next on my list, and your book will be there.
Thanks for a delightful interview--I wish you well--Celia

Danielle Thorne said...

Hi Ladies, and thank you for stopping by. No, Steph, the only real Captain Bertrand exists in my head. He is the hero in my historical, THE PRIVATEER. I do believe I have seafaring in my blood, and yes, I'm dive certified but only get to dive every other year or so.

@Gayle--I think we get thicker skin from all the scars! :)

@Celia--growing up around so many boys and having my own I can at least say men and boys do not phase or intimidate me in the least. It's the other gender. ;)

Gina said...

What a fantastic interview, Anne and Danielle, you are both wonderful! It's interesting that you are into genealogy, and the reason for that is very touching. Thanks you for sharing and good luck to you!

Donna M. McDine said...

Terrific interview! Thanks for bringing this wonderful author to my attention.

Anonymous said...

Nice interview Danielle, I have to say your book intrigues me. Looking forward to the read.

Anne Patrick said...

Hi everyone!
Danielle is a wonderful writer, and I can't wait to dive into By Heart and Compass :-).

It is very facinating to look up one's family history. There's no telling what you're going to come up with. As for mine, I had horse theifs as well as minor royalty as relatives way down the line.

Larry Hammersley said...

I enjoyed the interview. Danielle you are so busy and outgoing. I could learn from that. I must get your first book to read before going to the next. My Indiana Jones hat is off to you in your talent for your genre and writing. Thanks, Anne, for having Danielle again.

Miss Mae said...

Absolutely loved this interview! I adore that photo of Danielle too, but let me tell EVERYONE she's a hundred times more beautiful IN PERSON!!! And I think I want to choke her for having four children, and SHE'S STILL SLENDER!!!! Yiiii, how does she do it???? LOLOL

HOnestly, she is a terrific, sweet lady, and I'm honored to have met her. Hope to see more of her in future! :) And I just finished The Privateer last week or so. LOVED IT!! But, oh boy, get prepared for when the pirates attack because she doesn't sugarcoat their savagery, it's all very realistic.

And since Danielle said she based her newest hero, Max, on the character of Sawyer from "Lost"...well, now I gotta read about him, don't I? LOLOL

Danielle is a wonderful author, and I wish her all the success in the world!

Danielle Thorne said...

Wow--thanks for coming by--I sure appreciate the visit--from ALL of you. Miss Mae, you silly! I ain't that skinny! And I have to thank my tiny momma for the genes. But like everyone else I have to watch everything I eat-I'm terrible abt getting regular exercise.

Thanks for the coming by Regina, Neecy,Gina, Donna, and Larry. I truly appreciate the support. Donuts all around! Or, virtual ones anyway. ;)

Amber Scott said...

Oh, a shipwreck? Sounds like a really fun premise to go with a really great title.
I'm a shy one myself. I've just gotten really good at pretending I'm not. :)
Nice interview!

Linda Swift said...

Hello Danielle and Anne, a very good interview. Danielle, I always learn new things when I read your blogs even though I always think know you well. And you hide your shyness well beneath your sweet personality. I have loved all your books and think you equally talented in contemporary and historical. And I'm really looking forward to your regency. I knew there had to be a refernece to the sea in that someplace. You are definitely the "sea lady." Good luck with all your books. Linda