Erica here: We're so happy to introduce you to author Dana Mentink today! I remember sitting in the audience when she won at least one of her Carol Awards. She's a talented and creative writer, and I know you're going to love her! Read on, and be sure to enter the drawing to win a copy of her latest release! Here's a little bit about Dana so you can get to know her before diving into her interview:
And now, here' Dana!
• How did you begin writing? Well...it was all on account of the babies! I was an elementary teacher until the Mentink cubs came along, and then I found that I missed having a creative outlet. My husband said, "Go do something you love." I'd always loved writing, so I took a class and things progressed from there.
• Take us through a day in the life of you, the author (because some us picture you rise from bed, calmly pour your coffee, sit in a sunny little alcove, and write for eight hours before getting ready for a luxurious dinner out with your special someone) ;) My life is pretty glam, you know. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I get up very early and write like crazy until the teens awaken. Then it's carpooling, and back to writing, promotional duties, etc. On Thursday and Friday, I teach third grade so I'm too exhausted to do any writing on those days. Saturdays are split between family time, a bit of morning writing, and chasing Mentink cub #2 around to various marching band events. Sundays are for church and letter writing, seeing family, etc. I don't write on Sunday. See? What did I tell you? Glam, huh?
• Tell us where you got the idea for your latest book and why you developed a passion to write it? I came up with a series idea to write about the California Coast which is near and dear to my heart. That caused me to pitch the idea for Pacific Coast Investigations. Having visited Coronado Island, I thought it would be the perfect place for a suspense novel and from that, Dangerous Tidings was born.
• Who is your favorite character in this book and why? I'm partial to Radar the German Shepherd. He's a bundle of fun and he never judges anyone.
• What is the most important takeaway from your book that you hope your readers see? Guilt is a waste of time because we've already been forgiven. It's a lesson I'm still learning myself.
• If you were to be offered the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or to back pack deep into the heart of the Swiss Alps, which would you do and why? Er, could I possibly choose a less mountainous destination? I'm thinking a nice, flat stroll through the redwoods is more my pace. I'm not inclined to sleep in the wilderness and such. Back problems, don't you know, and I'm afraid of raccoons. They're not to be trusted. They wear masks, after all.
• And while you’re on this grand adventure, would it be necessary for you to have coffee or tea? (‘cause we’re split evenly in preference here at the CCC blog) Coffee, wherever I am. Whenever I drink tea I'm disappointed because it just doesn't taste like coffee.
• If you had to write your novel long-hand, would you use a fine point Sharpie, a roller ball pen, a fountain pen, or a pencil? Pencil. Oy vey! I can't write anything in pen. You should see me attempt to write on the white board at school.
• Your favorite flavor of pie … because we’re heading into pie season! I've never met a pie I didn't like. Pumpkin, chocolate, peppermint, apple, even mincemeat. I'm in!
• What are you currently working on in the book world? I'm writing the next book in the Pacific Coast Investigations series for Love Inspired Suspense, and working on a dog themed lighthearted series for Harvest House. The first one is Sit, Stay, Love which launches in April, 2016. My first ever book series of cozy mysteries (Trouble Up Finny's Nose) is being made into audio books. That's pretty exciting for me.
• Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages?
Snippet from Dangerous Tidings:
He listened. A slow scraping sound teased his skin into goose bumps.
"Where's that coming from?" he murmured.
"Below," she whispered, looking to the narrow staircase in the corner of the kitchen. "There's someone down there."
He heard it then, a long slow movement, the sound of someone dragging a dead weight in the basement.
(Now, don't you want to know what was in that basement?) Thanks for having me!
If you'd like to find me in the cyber universe, I have a Dana Mentink's Reader Page on Facebook, or you can find me on Pinterest and Twitter (@danamentink). My website is and you can sign up for my newsletter there if you'd like. If you'd like to know more about Dangerous Tidings, you can check it out on Amazon at .
Thank you again for having me!
It has been our pleasure, Dana!
Readers: Dana is giving away one copy of her ebook to someone who leaves a comment, and she'll also give away a print copy to someone who uses the rafflecopter form below!