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Interview of Dani Pettrey

Ms. Pettrey,

1.      What was your inspiration for Submerged?

I watched a movie about cave divers and it got me thinking what type of person would pursue such a dangerous job for a living. Everything sort of spiraled from there. 


2.      Alaska seems to be a character in and of itself, did you have to prepare in anyway for using this environment?

I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Alaska yet, so that meant a lot of research. Fortunately I love research. I read travel blogs, travel guides, looked at a lot of photographs, read history books and watched movies filmed on location there.


3.      Cole (and his family) has an interesting job, what led you to decide on this profession? My love of adventure. I find extreme athletes and people who pursue adventurous careers simply fascinating. I began researching all the extreme sports and adventure professions, and the McKenna family was born.


4.      Bailey has to learn to let her past go and accept God’s grace, was this an issue you wanted to tackle when you started writing Submerged or did Bailey’s story develop as you wrote?

It developed as I wrote. I don’t usually start with an issue or theme in mind. I start with a ‘what if?’ or a premise, and the characters develop as I write the first draft.

5.      When writing the mystery, how much research did you have to do?

Quite a bit since the mystery involved so much history.

6.      So the next book, Shattered, is about Piper which is exciting! Can you tell us anything about it?

Shattered will be available February 1st. Other than that and the fact that’s it is Piper’s story, I can’t share anything else just yet, but I encourage readers to sign up for my newsletter (via my website: I will share all information about upcoming projects and even some sneak peeks there first.

Thanks so much, Embassie!

Here is my review of Submerged:

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