Interview with Danielle Thorne

What do you read for pleasure?
I love clean romances with lots of adventure in just about any genre and like to write them, too. I also have a dark side; I like spooky reads as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have both a Sony ereader and a Kindle. I use my Kindle Fire all the time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Chicago but raised in the South. The southern region of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, had a profound effect on my childhood and young adulthood. I wrote about them in my poetry book, 'Southern Girl, Yankee Roots,' available through Willow Moon Publishing or Amazon. Here's a sample:

Southern Woman

They called momma a Damn Yankee

because she didn’t know

what to do with bacon fat.

She pulled up half the garden

before she learned the difference between

snapdragons and plain old weeds.

My step-grandmama showed her

how to use an iron skillet,

and Momma gave up show tunes for

John Denver records.

On Saturdays, she’d cut hair free

for everyone in town,

while they taught us kids to drink ice tea

and eat trout.

I forgot about Chicago

when they sent me down the road

to that old mountain school.
When did you first start writing?
A writer all of my life, I began writing professionally in 1998. The Internet opened up doors for me that hastened my education and experience. I'll be forever grateful to those who had faith in me from the beginning.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Cheated, a young adult paranormal from Desert Breeze Publishing. Cheated is based on the idea that some people are more tuned into the veil that separates heaven from earth. My heroine, Athena Gray, can sense and sometimes see spirits. She has a gift that enables her to talk to those who've passed over to help them feel peace and to move on. This story was inspired by a visit I made to prehistoric Indian burial mounds in West Tennessee. It was a sacred, peaceful place that inspired me to think about people who can see and sense things most of the living cannot. Cheated is set in a fictional town based on that actual location, and in my first paranormal, Death Cheater, I worked in those beautiful Indian mounds.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I will soon have two indie books. Dealing with lower profits and the cost of using artists and editors has prompted me to work on independent projects with professionals who work hard for their money and charge a fair price.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a great avenue for publishing my book, Turtle Soup. It's been wonderful to be able to set my own prices and give away prize copies without restrictions.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have a vision for my covers early on. The trick is to find a talented artist to bring it to life. Readers will find beautiful sea themes along with some spooky haunted woods. My cover for Death Cheater was nominated for an Arianna cover award! You can see it here:
What do your fans mean to you?
I love positive feedback and take constructive criticism seriously. I want my fans to enjoy reading my carefree, adventurous romances just as much as I do writing them. Fan support gives me the encouragement I need to keep on writing in a crowded world of writers and big name publishers.
What are you working on next?
My current project is titled A Pirate at Pembroke. This historical regency is slated for 2015. It features my typical Jane Austen-inspired theme along with my favorite profession, pirate! What would Lizzie Bennett have done if Mr. Darcy was a pirate?
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include Jane Austen, Patrick O'Brian, and today's J.K. Rowling and more. I love romantic suspense author, Anne Patrick, and enjoy indie authors Linda Swift, Miss Mae, and Laurean Brooks. Check them out!
Published 2014-08-21.
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