Guest Post: Debut Author Dani Pettrey
Today my friend and fellow debut author, Danie Pattrey, shares a quote with us. Dani will be joining me, Katie Ganshert and Olivia Newport for an a-ma-zing launch party on May 15th! Mark your calendars & plan to join us.
“Pursuing adventure for a living, I get more than my fair share of knocks, but getting a backwards head-butt from a beautiful lady is nothing to complain about.” ~Cole McKenna from Submerged by Dani Pettrey
I am fascinated by adventurous people, even more fascinated by extreme athletes and those that purse adventure for a living. It’s why I write romantic suspense, and why the McKenna family of my Alaskan Courage series runs an adventure outfit company in Alaska. Their profession and the rugged landscape combine to provide a phenomenal canvas for adventure.
What draws me so strongly to adventure? I believe it’s because it’s exhilarating to live vicariously through someone who performs feats we would never attempt, to witness someone bolder than us stare straight into the face of fear and danger, and defy it. Journeying alongside characters of that substance makes me long to be bolder, braver, and to live more fully.
Isn’t all fiction like that? It doesn’t matter if the genre is historical romance, women’s fiction, or even the classics—adventure and suspense always exist in story. Will the hero overcome the obstacles marring his path? Will the heroine finally face her fears and return home? Every story poses a question and seeks to answer it in a way unique to each author, unique to each character. That’s why I love story so much. Having journeyed alongside a character over hills and valleys, struggled with them, rooted for them, maybe even cried with them, we come out the better for it. We learn to love deeper, forgive easier, maybe even to try something new. That’s the beauty of adventure and the power of story. It’s why I love to read and why I am stirred to write. My deepest wish is that my stories take you on an adventure and maybe, just maybe, have you discover something new and lasting.
In Your Words: Why do you love to read? If you’re a writer like Dani, Katie, Olivia and me: What stirs you to write?
What is Submerged about? A sabotaged flight. Two murdered divers. A single clue—a grainy image of sunken treasure.
Dive Rescue Captain Cole McKenna has never worked a case like this, but who he’s working with may prove more dangerous than the assignment. It’s been a lifetime since Bailey mangled his heart. Now she’s back in town and he needs her expertise to track down the illusive treasure.
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 her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at www.danipettrey.com.
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