I was honored to be selected last year as a judge by the Inspy Awards Advisory Board in the Contemporary Romance & Romance-Suspense Category. It was a wonderful experience! I discovered some very lovely authors, including Dani Pettrey. So I decided to invite her over to TBAP for an interview. She kindly agreed to join us on this New Year’s day! How sweet is that, right? Learn more about Dani in this chat below!
Me: Hello Dani! Welcome to To Be A Person! Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Dani: Hi Miranda, Thanks so much for having me on your blog. I’m so happy to be here.
I’m a wife, Christian, mom, grandma, and author of the Alaskan Courage Series. My family and I live in Maryland where we enjoy hiking, visiting historic places and swimming at the beach.
Me: What’s the story behind your salvation? What led you to make Jesus your personal Lord and Savior?
Dani: After my husband and I married and we knew we were expecting our oldest daughter, I knew I wanted to raise her in a different home environment then I grew up in, so we began attending church. Something told me that was the place to be. We got involved in Bible study and I really dove into God’s Word, though it wasn’t until the birth of our second daughter and a really serious illness that I truly understood my need for Christ and His saving grace. I asked him to be my Lord and Savior. That was nearly twenty years ago and I’m so thankful for Jesus’ mercy and great sacrifice. I’m still in awe of His graciousness and abundant love.
Me: As opposed to secular, why did you decide to go into Christian writing/fiction?
Dani: I started out writing secular (for a very short time), but really felt God tugging at my heart to write for Him. I took a year off writing and really spent time in prayer. I always want to glorify God in all I do, and writing Christian fiction was where He wanted me. My faith is such a huge part of my life, so it seemed only natural for it to be part of my stories and characters’ lives as well.
Me: What has been your experience–the highs and lows–of your journey as an author?
Dani: I wrote for seven years before I was published. Part of it was that I wrote at a leisurely pace. I homeschooled both of my daughters all the way through high school so I simply wrote on the side when I had time between teaching, attending soccer games and lacrosse games, and enjoying a full family life. But, writing for seven years is hard. Getting really close to publication twice only to not end up with a contract was hard. On the high side…getting a contract for the book and the series of my heart was amazing. It was God’s timing and His timing is always perfect.
Me: What message would you like to give to readers and authors on this New Year’s day?
Dani: As you start your New year, it’s a great time to think back on all the blessings of the previous year. It’s time to thank God for His provision and protection, and of course pray for a wonderful year ahead.
About Dani Pettrey
Dani 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, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, son-in-law, and super adorable grandson.
The Alaskan Courage Series
Books #1 to #4 are available. Sabotaged, #5 will be out in 32 days. You can join me and start a count down! You won’t regret it!