August 29 – Danelle Harmon

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Danelle Harmon is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I love the sense of creation, of watching characters I’ve imagined, nurtured and grown, take on a life of their own and become real people to me — and, I hope, to my readers.

I love being able to work at home, with my dogs at my feet and a cup of Barry’s tea beside my laptop while I delve into worlds past and stories yet untold. It doesn’t get better than this!

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

In 1994, while living in central Massachusetts, I met a man from England on an internet penpal list, and we began corresponding. Friendly emails led to phone calls, and then to more phone calls, until finally I flew to England for a long weekend to meet him. We hit it off wonderfully, and several months later he came here to Massachusetts and proposed to me on Plum Island beach in Newburyport before heading back to Oxfordshire, England. Within two months I had packed up my dog, myself, and my world, got on a plane at Logan Airport, and moved to England on a fiancee visa. We were married in March of the following year.

It was terrifying to take such a huge risk, and I had a full-blown panic attack as the plane lifted out into the night over Boston Harbor, wondering what on earth I was getting myself into, but that was nearly 25 years ago now and neither of us looked back.

Sometimes one has to take big risks to get big rewards!

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I love the timeless tale of boys meets girl, of love that changes lives and the world itself. It’s a story that never gets old.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

Well, I think picking up my life (and my dog’s!) and moving to England to be with a man I’d only been with for sixteen days, and known for only a few months, is probably right up there, ha!

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Spend as much time as you can with the ones you love, because life passes by quickly and one day – sooner than you may think – those chances will be forever gone.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

Many years ago, I was privileged to do some research and artifact illustration work for Barry Clifford, who discovered (and continues to salvage) the pirate ship  _Whydah_ off the coast of Cape Cod. One of the tasks I was directed to perform for Barry and his historian, Ken Kinkor, was to research potentially lucrative and long-lost shipwrecks in the dusty archives of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. I would lose myself in the lost, long-ago world of the late 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries through newspapers that had been stored on microfiche – and if ever one wants to truly be transported back to a time and place, contemporary newspapers offer a splendid chance to do just that.

I read accounts of giant worms pulled from the mouths and stomachs of people … accounts of hangings and murders and runaway servants … but perhaps the most fascinating story I came across of all, was an account in an 18th century newspaper of mysterious thunder and a line in the sky.

Reading it was eerie, as it quite perfectly described a modern-day jet airplane and the contrail it leaves behind. Time travel, anyone?

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

That has never been a problem for me, as I tend to be slow and disciplined in my storytelling, and those to whom the voices belong know that they must wait their turn!

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I would love to be in Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, listening to the handsome and charismatic young Dr. Joseph Warren give one of his fiery, patriotic speeches that did so much to push Massachusetts into Revolution.

would love to meet him and so many of the players on both the colonial and British sides in that decisive and exciting period of our nation’s history. But please, let me take bottled water, soap, and shampoo along with me!

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

Every review, ever “fan” letter, every mention or discussion of my characters or their stories by another person is remarkable to me, and helps fuel me to write the next story.

Even after all these years (I was first published in 1992 by Avon Books/Harper-Collins) that joyous sense of knowing that my characters are alive in someone else’s mind besides my own, is a thrill and a privilege that never gets old.

 

Danelle recommends:

Katherine Bone   –    www.katherinebone.com   –   @Amazon

Katherine not only writes wonderful swashbuckling romances set in the world of pirates, privateers and mariners, but is one of those kind and wonderful people whose presence in one’s life only enriches it.

 

Julia Quinn   –    juliaquinn.com   –   @Amazon

Julia and I used to do book signings together when we were both young authors at Avon, and our friendship endures after all these years. Her books define, enlarge, and set the standard for witty historical romance; she’s not to be missed. Look for her Bridgerton Series to make its debut on Netflix in the not-too-distant future!

 

 


First published in 1992 by Avon/Harper-Collins, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written seventeen books, with many distributed in various languages throughout the world. Her books have won numerous awards from RT/Romantic Times (LORD OF THE SEA was one of four indie finalists for Best Book of 2014) and have repeatedly hit the top of Amazon’s bestseller charts.

Danelle enjoys sailing, amateur photography, plane-spotting and dog shows; she and her family make their home in New England with four dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens.

Learn more:  www.danelleharmon.com

Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached by mail here or on Facebook here.

 

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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)