Interview with Danielle Singleton

How did you choose your author name?
I didn't...or, rather, my parents did for me! I don't use a pen name. What you see is what you get!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the United States, mostly in what people call the "Deep South." Do people still call it that? Well, regardless, I spent enough of my childhood in Georgia to call myself a Georgia native. But I was born in Florida and also lived in Alabama, California, and Texas.

My background definitely influences my writing. I am a Southerner through and through, so my characters say "y'all" when they speak and I think a lot of elements of Southern culture seep into my writings. That's especially true of my first book, Safe & Sound. I'm also a Christian, and while my books aren't targeted to a Christian audience, I think that my fundamental worldview shows in my books. Or at least I hope it does.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I learned how to put pencil to paper. Seriously. I often talk more about my "stories" than my "books," and that's because I like to think of myself as an old fashioned storyteller. Even before I started writing, I was telling stories to my family. One time during a road trip my poor grandmother had to listen to me tell a 4 hour story about horses!

Short answer: I've been writing for as long as I can remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a dramatic thriller called Price of Life. I’ve felt called to write this story for a while now, but I kept putting it off because I thought it would be too difficult. But I’m so glad that I did finally give in and write it!

Price of Life is about a thirteen year old girl named Luisa who is sold into slavery by her mother. Luisa travels through 4 different countries and experiences unimaginable horrors along the way. The book is about her struggle for survival and the battles we all face when confronted with events we don’t understand or a world that isn’t fair. I think that those deeper elements of the storyline will resonate with readers from all backgrounds!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first started looking at publishing, I thought the only way I could ever get my book "out there" was through traditional publishing. I started doing more research and realized how quickly the industry is changing and how being an indie author is no longer just something for Big 6 rejects. Indie publishing fit perfectly with everything I wanted to do, including creative control, pricing, and timetables. I'm absolutely happy with my decision to "go indie."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is awesome. I love the ability to have my books available in a wide variety of formats, because readers have vastly different preferences. I wouldn't be able to have the kind of distribution I do without Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love hearing how much people enjoy my stories and how they were entertained while reading them. I also think it's really cool when readers tell me how something that happened that day in their life reminded them of my book. To have that kind of lasting impact on a person is humbling and exciting!
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean so much. I absolutely love interacting with fans on Facebook and Twitter. Even email...if you contact me I will reply! I also try to make my publishing process as fan interactive as possible, including asking for character name suggestions and letting fans vote on which book cover to use. It gives me so much motivation to know that there are people out there anxiously awaiting my next book! :)
What are you working on next?
I'm kicking around a few ideas for my next book. I'm hoping to settle on one of them soon and get started writing . . . my goal is to publish my next book (my 5th!) before the end of 2014.

It's kind of funny because the story ideas that I'm debating are nothing alike! One is a murder mystery that involves some elements of the occult, one is a dramatic thriller dealing with human trafficking, and one is a political thriller involving terrorism! Haha . . . I guess we'll just have to wait and see which one wins! :)
Who are your favorite authors?
Such a tough question!

I'm kind of strange in that I usually don't read the same kind of books that I write. When I do pleasure reading, a lot of times it's nonfiction. I'm slowly but surely working my way through biographies of every U.S. President. In that vein, I think David McCullough is a genius. On the fiction side, my favorites are a little more old school: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Jane Austen.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run my own business for my “day job.” It’s part-law firm, part-sports/fitness training. I used to be a corporate lawyer but I knew that wasn’t for me, so I opened up my own shop! I like the diversity of the work involved and the flexibility it gives me to pursue my writing career as well. When I’m not working or writing, you can probably find me spending time with my family and my dog. Speaking of my dog, you'll notice that there's a chocolate lab named Gus in each of my books. That's a tribute to my own, real life chocolate lab named Gus! :) I also love sports, especially football (American and international versions!) and lacrosse. And I'll never pass up an invitation to spend a day on the lake in the summer!
Published 2015-05-13.
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Books by This Author

El precio de la vida
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,170. Language: Spanish. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino, Fiction » Coming of age
La única cosa que Luisa Dominguez, de trece años, quería hacer era escaper de las pandillas y la violencia de su ciudad natal en Honduras. Ella rezaba todos los días: Dios, llévame lejos de aquí. Entonces, un día su deseo se hizo realidad. Ella se permitía salir. Su boleto, sin embargo, tenía un precio: la propia madre de Luisa la había vendido como esclava.
Secrets of the Deep
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,500. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
A dead millionaire. A fortune to be inherited. When everyone is a suspect, and everyone has a secret, will anyone ever know the truth?
Price of Life
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,560. Language: American English. Published: June 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
All thirteen year old Luisa Dominguez wanted to do was escape the drug-riddled violence of her hometown in Honduras. She prayed every day: “God, take me away from here.” Then one day her wish came true. She would get to leave. Her ticket, though, came at a price: Luisa’s own mother had sold her into slavery.
The Containment Zone
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,340. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When a disease pandemic sweeps the nation, the United Nations orders America's borders to be closed. With no one allowed to enter or exit the country, what happens next - inside and outside "the containment zone" - tests the bounds of both medical science and human nature.
The Enemy Within
Series: Joseph, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,090. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Two years ago, a deadly virus tore through America's blood supply and killed 31 people. The mastermind behind the attacks was never found. Now, when a flesh-eating bacteria attacks America's water supply, the FBI can't help but wonder if the two outbreaks are related. Join Agents Reagan White and Allen Williams as they race against the clock to find and stop America's most wanted serial killer.
Do No Harm
Series: Joseph, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,740. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
What would happen if America's blood supply were no longer safe? If a domestic terrorist decided to hijack the tens of thousands of blood transfusions that occur daily in the United States, spreading an illness that killed everyone it touched?
Safe & Sound
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,380. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When Amy Millhouse and her sorority sisters travelled to Mexico for vacation, they never expected what would be waiting for them: sun, sand, and a drug cartel holding the girls ransom for everything they were worth – and more.