The Author Speaks — How Danielle Thorne Writes.

DanielleThorneBioGrayPicHow long have you been writing? Do you have any other publications?
 
A lifelong poet and storyteller, I started writing seriously 16 years ago. My first novel, The Privateer, was published originally in 2008. My other books include contemporary and historical adventurous romances. Death Cheater is a prequel to Cheated, and was my first paranormal.
 
What is your beverage of choice as you write? (For example, I am a hot tea drinker, brewed with great whole leaf tea.)
 
I’m a bottled water drinker, but as soon as autumn nears I turn to evening cocoa to keep creative and comfy. Starbucks has a great sea salted caramel cocoa that makes me giddy.
 
Tell me a little about your writing space. Where and when do you usually work on your books?
 
I keep an office down the hall from my bedroom. It has a lovely view to the back of my wooded yard, which helps me think. You’ll often find it cluttered with crafts supplies, piles of genealogy folders, and lots of books. My best creative time is late nights, but I usually am busy with other aspects of writing during the day.
 
Tell us something that most readers don’t know about you.
 
One thing that surprises most readers is that I received my scuba certification about 8 years ago. I’m not a real social butterfly or dare devil, but I conquered a lot of fears learning to dive.  My love for our planet and the beautiful creatures of the sea has deepened in ways I could never explain. Readers will find a sea theme or sea reference in most of my books.
 
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Athena Gray is determined to finish her senior year without any paranormal interruptions. She’s certain it’s best to ignore her ability to help spirits cross over, but a new phantom in the backwoods of Omega is watching her every move. Determined to protect her sister and best friend, Dan, Athena pays no attention to strange events at school until they follow her home. She finds she must come to grips with an angry and jealous ghost who wants her dead because somewhere between this life and another, Athena’s adversary thinks she cheated. It will take the power of family and friendship to survive her own personal haunting and reclaim her life before supernatural forces extinguish it forever.   
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Whether it’s strange things like dead butterflies fluttering to life, or the time she saved her dying grandpa just by willing him to live, Athena Gray knows that she is different.

The only person who doesn’t seem to think so is Dan, the most popular boy on Omega High School’s baseball team. But even Dan can’t understand the reason she acts haunted, until a spirit roaming the local historic burial mounds takes an interest in the people Athena cares about.

When the dark force blackmails her into using her gifts for devious reasons, Athena must figure out what it really wants before someone innocent is targeted for death.

About Danielle
Danielle Thorne writes from south of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of sweet romantic adventure books and a former editor for Solstice and Desert Breeze Publishing. Her popular blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on life and the pursuit of peace and happiness. Currently, she is a freelance copywriter in-between working on her next book and pursuing a Communications degree.
 
More books by Danielle Thorne
The Privateer
By Heart and Compass
Josette
Turtle Soup
Coming Soon
Proper Attire

Inspirational AND Paranormal Release

CheatedCoverArt72dpiWebsitesLynette: You write inspirational paranormal stories. That is fascinating to me because Tami and I got a little bit of flack for our series in the same genre. Do you find that some readers who prefer “inspirational” are uncomfortable with “paranormal”? What would you say to show them that the two can coexist?
 
Danielle: I feel strongly that what we call paranormal is actually an aspect of spirituality. Whether we call our spirits angels, ghosts, or even just souls, Christianity is based on an understanding that our mortal bodies are merely shells. I enjoy writing about spirits finished with this life and spirits, who I believe, have not or will not experience mortality. An experience as simple as feeling a loved one’s presence is a paranormal event. These things do not have to necessarily be negative or evil experiences. We can be inspired by those around us not dwelling in this sphere.

 Lynette: How did this story come into being? What was the trigger for writing this particular story?

Danielle: 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.
Lynette: I have been to beautiful places, where my thought was that I was on sacred ground. How wonderful that you based two books on this holy site.  Tell us about your newest release, Cheated.
Athena Gray is determined to finish her senior year without any paranormal interruptions. She’s certain it’s best to ignore her ability to help spirits cross over, but a new phantom in the backwoods of Omega is watching her every move. Determined to protect her sister and best friend, Dan, Athena pays no attention to strange events at school until they follow her home. She finds she must come to grips with an angry and jealous ghost who wants her dead because somewhere between this life and another, Athena’s adversary thinks she cheated. It will take the power of family and friendship to survive her own personal haunting and reclaim her life before supernatural forces extinguish it forever.   
 
Excerpt:
I bit my bottom lip and tried to breathe normally. When I turned around, the surprise of seeing a small, pale girl standing at the clearing’s edge almost made me fall back onto the rock again.
“You,” I said, like we were in some kind of detective novel.
She said nothing but continued staring with large, gray eyes. I watched the atmosphere around her blur in and out like a wormhole and realized this was the ghost from my cell phone picture. She was the same girl I’d noticed watching me from the woods at the season’s first ball game. Except she wasn’t really a ghost. Or was she?
“Who are you?” I asked. I really needed to know, and for the first time despite my Poppy’s former warnings to not issue invitations to supernatural visitors, I wanted to know.
“Athena,” she answered in a quiet whisper.
I didn’t know if she was answering me or addressing me. “Who?”
Her mouth twitched slightly at the corners of her mouth, but her eyes remained dead and cold, sparking off and on with a strange light.
“What do you want?”
Her expression flickered for a quick second before she caught herself. This ghost was playing it cool.
“I don’t know who you are, and I don’t care,” I lied. “Go away and leave me alone.”
She laughed, and it was in a creepy, low tone. To make things feel worse, she still hadn’t smiled or stopped glaring at me with those dead eyes.
“You cheated,” she said, after I decided not to say another word.
A wary tremor ran down my backbone. I’d heard this before. She shimmered like a desert mirage. The power of her glittering appearance waned.
I caught myself biting my lip again, hard. I fought to not feel afraid, fought not to speak.
“Cheated,” she repeated in an angry whisper, and her blue life light flickered once more and then went out, like someone had blown across a candle’s burning flame.
About DanielleDanielleThorneBioGrayPic
Danielle Thorne writes from south of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of sweet romantic adventure books and a former editor for Solstice and Desert Breeze Publishing. Her popular blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on life and the pursuit of peace and happiness. Currently, she is a freelance copywriter in-between working on her next book and pursuing a Communications degree.
 
 
More books by Danielle Thorne
The Privateer
By Heart and Compass
Josette
Turtle Soup
Death Cheater
 
Coming Soon
Proper Attire