Hi Gail! Thank you so much for having me today. A little snippet? I’m an author of historical and romantic fiction. Writing from south of Atlanta, I’m also a full time mom to four boys, and wife to a devoted air traffic controller. My life is very suburban, but we all relish travel, the arts, and outdoors.
In three words describe your style of writing.
Sweet Romantic Adventure!
What themes do you write about?
Besides overcoming personal demons, I strive to incorporate unique settings that make the reader want to visit there. I am also a bit of a tree hugger, so working environmental encouragement into my themes is a challenge I like toying with. I care about people, and the planet. I guess you could say I try to share the love.
I work 4 to 6 hours a day while my children are at school. Usually when I’m in the midst of a manuscript that can turn into 7 to 10 hours, breaking only to see to my family.
Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?
Balancing any part to full-time job as a parent is a challenge. I’ve learned to put my family first and make sacrifices to get the writing done. This means housework and other duties take a third row seat, but prioritizing what’s really important on a weekly basis helps me keep things in perspective. Sometimes the oven has to be cleaned before the computer can be turned on. I’m a list maker.
Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
I’m definitely a plotter. Even before I grasped the concept, I was thinking ahead and writing down notes where my stories should go. Usually I write the first three chapters by the seat of my pants, so inspiration can set direction then I take it to paper and work out a plot map for the overall picture.
Does your faith affect your writing? How?
Although I am a very religious person, I haven’t felt drawn to writing true Inspirationals. I am deeply romantic, and so writing romances full of adventure is what satisfies me. My faith requires me to keep certain standards and I write my romantic elements knowing that I am setting an example, and free speech or not, I answer to God for my moral conduct, here and in the next life.
Do you put yourself in your books?
No (laughs). I have struggled with shyness and social anxieties since I was a teenager--I don’t think I would make an interesting romantic heroine. However, many of my life experiences and empathies are written into characters. Because I understand the challenges I give out, I’m able to help my heroes resolve them because I’ve been there before.
What are you working on right now?
I am finishing up final edits for my July 1st release, BY HEART AND COMPASS (Desert Breeze Publishing). It’s a sea romance set off the coast of Antigua. Research is like candy--I love exercising the brain cells, so this underwater archeology adventure was “sweet” to write. Here’s the 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.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
The answers are very simple: Believe, Study, Write, and Never, Never Quit.
What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?
A few years ago my husband talked me into taking a scuba diving class. At first, I thought he was crazy then I realized that it would open new doors for me as I continued to learn and experience life at sea. I’m still pretty green, but I’ve had a couple great experiences I will never forget. This April we are planning to dive off Costa Maya, so I’m trying to prepare myself for that.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Yes, there is! Readers can find out about my current novel, Turtle Soup, and one of my favorite reader and author groups, The Sweetest Romance Authors, by visiting my site: http://www.daniellethorne.jimdo.com/
They can also check out my blog, The Balanced Writer, at http://www.thebalancedwriter.blogspot.com/ or sign up for my newsletter which is chock full of news, reviews, recipes, and corny jokes: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ThePrivateerNewsletter/
Also, for more information about my faith, visit http://www.lds.org/.