Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Author Interview: Danielle Thorne

Today I am happy to interview the very talented Danielle Thorne as she talks about one of her wonderful books, By Heart and Compass.

Thanks for having me today on Clean Romance Reviews, and greetings to your visitors!

A little about me: I'm a 40-something suburban mom with itchy traveling feet that frequently find themselves on the road or in the Caribbean. As a mother of four boys who are beginning to leave the nest, my lifelong writing became a career well over a decade ago when I decided it was time to get published and share my passion with others. Just recently I resigned from an editing career to focus more on writing and sharing my books. There is a need for clean romance in today's world, and that's something I can offer.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I have diverse tastes like a lot of people, but I enjoy clean, romantic stories with adventure. Historical is another sub-genre, and a little paranormal is fun as long as it's not too spooky.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?

In a nutshell, I feel I am responsible for what I choose to do with my writing abilities. There is far too much
sensationalism in the world today, and sweet romance offers a touching escape from the grittiness of today's
standards. Sweet romances are suitable for all ages, and the best thing is they can uplift and inspire as much as entertain.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

For me the biggest reward is sharing a part of myself with the world that I wouldn't be able to do otherwise.
Writing comes from the heart, and it gives me a way to touch other people's lives if only for a moment. I like
the idea of knowing I gave someone an escape or made them smile.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I have written around eight novels, with five of them published along with a poetry volume. Many of my poems and stories have been included in anthologies over the years, as well. This fall, I look forward to finishing one of several stories that has been on the backburner while I've spent time working with other authors.

Today my book list includes: THE PRIVATEER, TURTLE SOUP, BY HEART AND COMPASS, JOSETTE AND DEATH CHEATER. You can find out more about them on my website or visit Amazon or other

Please share about your book

BY HEART AND COMPASS is about stepping out of your comfort zone and truly following your heart.
Whether it's love, trust or the opportunity to chase adventure, most people hold back because of that niggle of doubt that tells us dreams can't come true. In this adventure, Lacy Whitman finds an antique diary that hints at the location of a long lost shipwreck, and she has to gather her courage to face making a discovery that is more than just pages in a book. She also risks falling for a cynical yet vulnerable dive instructor. Life is all about taking chances and living, and that's what I like to write about.

Here's a blurb:

When Lacey Whitman buys a restored Victorian home, she never dreams discovering an antique diary will lead her back to sea and into the arms of the dive bum she’d rather forget. Her habit of living in the past comes to a screeching halt as diver Max Bertrand and the diary of his ancestor take Lacey on the quest of a lifetime: To discover and raise the privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again. But will finding it cost her heart?

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Bookish, creative, sensible, romantic, plucky.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

BY HEART AND COMPASS is a great Caribbean escape. It will leave you smiling and ready for a new


"Can you imagine?" asked Lacey with building excitement, "an almost three-hundred-year old pirate ship?  And it once belonged to Captain Bertrand who brought down the remaining pirates in the Caribbean after Blackbeard. He won the trust of the crown and the heart of a physician's daughter. It's all so romantic," she gushed.

Max startled her by putting his hand over her mouth. "Ever notice you babble when you're nervous? Like some kind of vomiting library book?"

Lacey steamed. She smacked his arm away.

"You realize you don't have to play it smart to get attention?" he continued, obviously showing off for Charlie and John's benefit. "Just shut your mouth and be pretty."

Lacey punched him on the shoulder with all of her strength.

"Ow!" he roared.

"Do not tell me to shut up and look pretty. That's so chauvinistic, Max. So--"

"I didn't," he argued. "I said that's all you need to do. You don't have to advertise the brains, sugar."

"Don't call me sugar. That's a southern rite, and you're not Southern."

"That's right. I'm a pirate, huh? So maybe I should call you sweetheart or poppet."

Lacey glared. "I was just trying to explain."

"We don't need explanations. Keep the info brief. Please."


  1. I just have to say Danielle is a very talented author and a wonderful person. I've read BY HEART AND COMPASS and TURTLE SOUP and loved them! DEATH CHEATER is on my TBR list.

  2. Love the dialogue from your book. Max sounds funny.



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