Monday, March 19, 2018

Candid moments with CFRR author Dani Pettrey

Candid Moments with CFRR author Dani Pettrey

Dani, thanks for sending this great candid of you and your husband!

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

DP: In 2016, I was a participating author. In 2017, I was a keynote author via Facetime 😀 I’ll be a keynote speaker for 2019.  

Beth: It was so lovely to meet you during the speed chats in 2016 and your presentation with Becky Wade in 2017 was fabulous! Can't wait to see you again in 2019!
What is your favorite aspect of CFRR? 

DP: I love the comradery of authors and readers. It’s so wonderful spending a day with book people. No better group!  

Beth: Completely agree!

Are you a hugger?

DP: Most definitely. Bring on the hugs. 

Beth: YES!

Just for fun...

What secret talents do you have?

DP: The ability to get lost anywhere, except in the middle of the desert in Arizona where I had the uncanny ability to tell North from any point (blew my husband’s mind…and mine too).  

Beth: That sounds like an entertaining story!
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

DP: Australia. I’d love to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, visit the Irwin’s zoo, and trek through the Outback. 

Beth: I've always loved the Irwin's and Austrailian accents are among my favorites!

If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

DP: Cry? Seriously, I feel writing is what God has called me to, but if He hadn’t…I’d either be a full-time grandma or I’d teach creative writing to homeschoolers (I homeschooled my girls all the way through and taught creative writing classes to our co-ops).  

Beth: Don't cry! We want you to keep writing... even though your alternatives are pretty enticing!

About reading...

What's your favorite genre to read?

DP: Mystery. I adore Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton. 

Beth: Mystery and suspense often go hand-in-hand, I can see why it's your favorite!
When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat?

DP: I prefer a quiet retreat, but can absolutely enter my own little reading world anywhere.  

Beth: Same here!

How do you organize your books?

DP: Organize? What's that? 🙂

Beth: *gasp and shocked speechlessness*

How often do you pleasure read?

DP: At least once a day.

Beth: *deep breath* Oh good, I'm okay now.

How many books do you average per week?

DP: Due to writing deadlines and life, I’m a bit slower than I used to be…quite a bit. I used to read 2-3 books a week. Now I average a book a week.

Beth: I completely understand. I've had to cut back as well. It's hard!

About writing...

How many books have you written? published?

DP: I’ve written eleven full-length books and two novellas. I’ve published nine (come July) full-length novels and two novellas.  

Beth: I still need to read so many of them, too! *whimper*
What genres do you write?

DP: Romantic Suspense. 

Beth: Heart-pounding romantic suspense! Just thinking about your stories makes my pulse pick up!

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

DP: I’m working on the galleys for Dead Drift (out in July 18) and Deadly Isle (part of the Cost of Betrayal novella collection with Dee Henderson and Lynette Eason out in October 18), and writing the first novel in my new Coastal Guardian series (out in July 19). 

Beth: Yay! That's great to hear!
Do you have any strange writing habits?

DP: I write all my first drafts longhand.

Beth: That is impressive (and makes my hand cramp)! I can't swoof without a keyboard.

What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with? which aspect is most natural for you?

DP: I struggle most with getting started and finishing my first draft. I adore revisions. Never thought I’d say that, but it’s true. I love when the raw work is in front of me and I get to play with it. So fun! 

Beth: I'm a self-proclaimed tweaker. I could tweak a graphic or blog post all day but  I would #ratherbereading!

What are your must-have writing supplies?

DP: My Circa notebook, Frixon erasable pen, coffee, and a comfy spot to curl up in. 

Beth: Comfort is key!

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd? 

DP: Definitely solitude. I need quiet to write or I literally start writing all the conversations going on around me. 

Beth: Oh sweet solitude! Thank you so much for sharing a few moments with us today!

About the author...

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has written eight novels, which have sold more than 300,000 copies. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance novel. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

Dani’s adventure-focused Alaskan Courage series climbed the CBA best-seller lists, with Submerged staying in the top twenty for five consecutive months. The five-book series also won multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others. She turns her attention to crime and law enforcement in her home state of Maryland in her new Chesapeake Courage series, starting with Cold Shot, which Library Journal called, “a harrowing and thrilling ride.” For more information about her novels, visit her website.
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Say "Hi" to Dani in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we have enjoyed with her stories!


  1. Hi, Dani!! I got to meet you at the first CFRR and loved your FaceTime with us at the second one. I devour your books! 😊

    1. It was great meeting you too. Hope to see you in 2019!

  2. Looking forward to seeing you at 2019 CFRR. Loved the FaceTime appearance in 2017.

    1. Thanks so much, Laura. I was so bummed not get to be there in person in 2017, so being there virtually was amazing. Can't wait to see you in 19! Yay!

  3. Romantic suspense is my favorite genre, so of course I have read and enjoyed all of your books. Looking forward to spring 2019 already to be around those "book people" that we all love.

    1. Awww. Thanks so much. I know. I can't wait. CFRR is my favorite!

  4. Thanks so much for having me, Beth! Such fun chat. Thanks so much for your time. Can't wait for CFRR!!!

    1. We're so happy to have you, Dani! Thanks for dropping in! See you at CFRR!

  5. Dani! While I missed meeting you at CFRR2017 in person, I absolutely loved your presentation with Becky Wade! It was a highlight for sure. I've read all your books! Can't wait for 2019!

    1. Hi Denise,
      Thanks so much. Thrilled you enjoyed the presentation. Can't wait to meet you at CFRR 19! Yay!

  6. Having lived in Maryland for seven years after college, I have really enjoyed your Chesapeake Courage series. Looking forward to your new books!

  7. Hi Dani! I'm sorry you had to miss CFRR last summer. I was looking forward to meeting you. Your presentation with Becky Wade was such fun! I'm looking forward to CFRR2019.

    1. Thanks so much, Winnie. Would have loved to meet you too. Will really look forward to doing so at CFRR 19!