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December's FEATURED AUTHOR: Theresa Danley!!

December 1, 2010
Good morning, everyone! Today, I have the pleasure of introducing December's Featured Author, Theresa Danley! She loves horses and history, and is here to tell you all about it.

drey: Hello Theresa! Welcome to drey’s library, and thank you for taking the time to visit us this month as December’s Featured Author. I hope you enjoy your visit!


Theresa: Thanks, Drey! I’m so glad to be here!

drey: Can you tell us about yourself in 10 sentences or less?

Theresa: I’m a pretty basic person. I live along the hi-line of Montana where I’m currently keeping busy raising my family and writing books. My number one passion is riding and showing horses but that has been temporarily placed on the back burner now that my husband and I are starting our family. But I fully intend to get back in the saddle in a few years. I’ve always loved to write and since I really enjoy good adventure stories, I decided to combine my interest in history and archaeology into my first archaeological thriller, Effigy.

drey: When did you know you wanted to be an author? What were you doing? Was it a gradual realization, or did it just pop up one day?

Theresa: I’ve wanted to write as far back as I can remember in grade school. As I grew up I was always dabbling with some story or another. But I didn’t start seriously pursuing publication until about five or six years ago. My first book never did get picked up by a publisher. In the meantime, it took me nearly as many years to research and write Effigy, which I’m proud to say is now available for the public to read!

drey: Hurrah on getting Effigy published! *grin*

How did your first sale happen?

Theresa: Getting Effigy published didn’t happen right away. I spent almost a full year sending out query letters to different agents. After 50+ rejections I remembered a small publisher that a fellow writer had published her book through a few years back. So with nothing to lose, I submitted the manuscript to Whiskey Creek Press who immediately sent me a contract for publication. Everything else is history!

drey: Who and/or what inspires your writing?

Theresa: As I mentioned earlier, I love history I think because there is so much room for mystery and opportunities to rediscover the past. Historical mysteries really play upon my imagination. The more forgotten or unknown the better. I think that’s why I find archaeology so fascinating. It seems like in archaeology, every new clue discovered opens doors to more and more questions to be answered. I love exploring those possibilities.

drey: What do you indulge in when not writing?

Theresa: Ordinarily, I’d say it’d be horses, horses, horses. Even my earliest childhood stories were about horses. They are not just an expensive hobby for me, but a lifestyle. But right now my focus has shifted to my family, chasing after my 14 month old daughter and now anticipating another child on the way! I enjoy reading, but even that time has been lacking right now. And I still look forward to an occasional day ice fishing with my dad.

drey: So will your little darling be getting a pony for her birthday one of these years? *wink*

Do you have a favorite accompaniment to chocolate?

Theresa: Ice cream! Doesn’t matter whether it’s chocolate syrup, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake or even a cup of hot chocolate. Add a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream and that’s a little piece of heaven in my mouth!

drey: A girl after my own heart! I lurve ice cream!

Smackdown: Your two favorite characters face off in the ring. Who are they, which one wins, and why?

Theresa: Ooh, a tough one. I guess I’d say my hero, Anthony Peet, vs. my corrupted AFI agent, Armando Diego. Obviously Peet is going to win because, well, the good guys always win, right?

drey: Electronic readers are becoming more affordable and available. Their impact on paper books, the environment, people's reading & buying habits - what's your take on this? Do you think it’s here to stay? As a writer, how are you adjusting to, or taking advantage of, the digital age?

Theresa: Well, considering Whiskey Creek Press is primarily an e-book publisher I have to say the electronic market is an excellent place for new writers like myself to get our foot in the door to the world of publication. I think it’s also a good way for traditional publishers to find fresh voices that their agents may have otherwise rejected – that is, if they are paying any attention.

Having said that, I have also noticed that new, non-traditional publication formats also seem to be flooding the market with new material. That may be good, giving readers a wide variety of material to read. It may also be hindering for those trying to sort out good writing from mediocre, for example. Whether or not electronic books are here to stay may be debatable, but there’s no denying their appeal to a society tirelessly seeking instant gratification. Anything that encourages literature and reading should be embraced in my humble opinion.

drey: On the publishing side—where do you think publishers and authors stand on the digital divide? Are they jumping across the great divide, or waiting ‘till someone builds a bridge? Name one thing you think could be improved in regards to eBooks.

Theresa: I think for publishers it’s split – there are those publishers who are watching others swim before they dip their toes in the water and then there are those publishers, especially new publishers, who have found a niche to fill. My experience with the authors is that in such a highly competitive industry, most of us are not willing to rule out non-traditional publication. I heard somewhere that Amazon now makes the majority of its sales through e-books. That’s a statistic authors can’t afford to ignore.

drey: Tell us a little something about Effigy. Where did you get the idea for this archaeological (wow, I spelled it right on the first try!) thriller?

Theresa: Effigy was a surprise revelation for me. The idea for the story came out of research that I was doing for a completely different book. I followed one intriguing detail after another until I was completely captivated by the Mesoamerican cultures – an area of history I’d never paid much attention to before.

That’s when I first became aware of the whole 2012 phenomenon. There was just too much opportunity for a story there that I couldn’t resist. But I didn’t want to write just another 2012 doomsday story. I wanted a story that stayed as true to the cultural mythology and science as possible. I also wanted to write the story that didn’t necessarily follow the more popular 2012 angles, and that meant avoiding the Mayan culture altogether. Too much focus has been placed there. Instead, I turned to the Toltec culture which may have had a large amount of influence on the Mayan culture. Besides, it was the Toltecs that my earlier research had led me to in the first place.

drey: How much research did you have to do for Effigy? Where and how?

Theresa: A ton! Several years’ worth at least. Not only were the Mesoamerican cultures new to me, but I had to research the sciences like astronomy and archaeology. I even had to research the places in Mexico that the story is set in. I’ve not had the privilege to see them myself! That’s where the internet became my researching life saver. It’s amazing what you can find on the web. For the archaeological part, I even purchased a used archaeological textbook and studied it like I was actually taking the course in college. After all, having an interest in archaeology and actually writing about it are two different things.

I also had to research secondary details such as the campus layout of the University of Utah, Anasazi ceramics that my heroine, Lori, studies, the mineral compositions of jadeitite and turquoise, and so on. Almost every detail of this story had to be researched because it was so beyond anything I’d ever written about before. Again, the internet and the few books I could find in my local library were a big help.

And when it came to the facts and quotations drawn from the Florentine Codex, I actually managed to get my hands on all twelve volumes translated into English through an interlibrary loan. How often does that happen any more?

drey: Libraries are awesome! I love my local library!!

What are you looking forward to next?

Theresa: I’m currently writing and researching a sequel to Effigy which I am hoping to have ready for publication in 2011.

drey: And last, but not least, the Proust-lite:
  1. What is your idea of earthly happiness? Sitting atop a good horse with miles of open space ahead.
  2. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Spending years pouring your heart and energies into work that even you can’t appreciate.
  3. Who is/are your favorite hero/heroine(s) in fiction? Hands down – Indiana Jones
  4. Who is/are your favorite hero/heroine(s) in real life? My parents – for giving me stable, loving roots from which my dreams have grown
  5. What sound do you love? My little girl’s babbling
  6. What sound do you hate? Angry people expressing themselves
  7. The quality you admire most in a man? The man who shows affection toward children
  8. The quality you admire most in a woman? The woman who stands by her man
  9. If not a writer, you would be a ... Bored woman lacking creativity
  10. What is your favorite swear word? Good grief

lol! Like Charlie Brown! Thank you so much for stopping by! Everyone, find Theresa online at her website, www.theresadanley.com, and on facebook.

Giveaway!
Everyone, Theresa has one copy of Effigy for you. This one's wiiiiiiiiiiiiide open. To enter, comment and answer this question: If you had Indiana Jones over to dinner, what would you serve? (keep it clean, please! *wink*) Don't forget your email address.

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*links for Effigy are to Amazon's Kindle edition

65 comments:

Ruthie said...

I had a plate of Frutti Di Mare in Italy that would be perfect for him...baby octopus, squid, eel and sardines in a tomato base.

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I would serve my famous lasagna...he would enjoy! :-)

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❤Stephanie! said...

Hmm...something decadent, I'd say. Maybe a chocolate mousse. Right to dessert :)

Loved the interview!

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holdenj said...

Effigy looks very interesting and thanks for the intro to Theresa. I've never made it before, but I think I'd have to serve something kind of exotic, like buffalo. Thanks!
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Zoƫ said...

I would serve... rattlesnake? Just kidding, I'm a vegetarian, so a nice wholesome veggie stirfry- he's got to be a little adventurous right?

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RK Charron said...

I'd serve jellied monkey brains.

Cynthia Echterling said...

Great interview! I'd love to see Theresa's notes.

Being a fellow Hoosier, I'd serve Indy some Indiana food. A nice hickory smoked pork loin with corn on the cob. Some of the herb biscuits like from The Nashville House, in Nashville, Indiana. Some Indiana mint tea served in a Ball jar. And some Valpo Velvet ice cream, Albanese gummis and Orville Reddenbacher pop corn. Make him feel right at home.

Fran Orenstein said...

If Indy Jones showed up for dinner,and after I picked myself up off the floor, as a good Jewish mother I would serve him chicken soup in monkey head mugs. Of course he would have to park his hat and whip at the door.

Great Interveiw. Congrats to Theresa on baby #2.
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Anonymous said...

The thing that captured me first, and foremost, about this enlightening book interview, 'Scientist unearth a deadly prophecy, and her like of Indiana Jones. If you saw that on a news caption, sit down and listen would be your only choice. If they flashed to a cave entrance and their stood an India look alike, everybody would gather closer about the TV screen. With that in mind, Effigy makes for a suspenseful read, right form the first crack of the whip. Theresa's manly lady upbringing throws a little perfumed spice on the archaeological campfire, too.

Best of sucess,for I see wisdom learned.

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Gary Val Tenuta said...

Just finished Effigy and loved every minute of it. In the interview Theresa said she did a ton of research and had never actually been to the places in the book. I can believe she did a ton of research but she did such a convincing job of turning that research into word pictures that it's really difficult to believe she had never set foot in those places. Seriously, I was convinced beyond any doubt that she had spent a considerable amount of time at the various locales where the story takes place. Really a masterful job. And the story was GREAT! Loved the characters, the situations, the action scenes, the mystery, the suspense, the humor, the dialog, the whole works. An absolute pleasure to read. This was a 5 out of 5 star book for me.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Theresa,
Nice interview. I like the sound of Effigy. good luck with your books, babies and horses.

regards

Margaret

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Misusedinnocence said...

Oh man, a vegan casserole. haha. That'd be awesome, just to see his face. Bound to be better then what was served in Temple of Doom!

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Jules@OneBookShy said...

Great interview! I have been wanting to read this book since I first saw a blurb about it a while ago.

Rattlesnake was the first thing that popped into my mind too (Zoe)! I'd have to say I'd probably do something old-fashioned and "homey" like my gramma's chicken pot-pie with fresh-baked rosemary bread.

Thanks for the chance,
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Priya said...

this looks so interesting! please entire me. =]

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drey said...

lol @ Zoe & Jules... One of my favorite scenes is when he jumps into that hole and goes "snakes! why does it have to be snakes? I HATE snakes!"

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ossmcalc said...

I would serve my chili with cornbread as this was the first thing that came to mind. It is my idea of comfort food.

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Benita said...

I'd give him a lovely cultured meal: butternut squash soup, roasted chicken and baby new potatoes, salad abd coffee cake for dessert.

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Count me in !
I'll cook my secret receipe of Steak :)


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skkorman said...

Steak, baked potato, salad, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, and creme brulee!

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bison61 said...

my husband is a hunter so I'd prepare pheasant and all the trimmings

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Anonymous said...

He likes to learn and he travels often, so I'd serve him some hearty regional fare: either hot Texas chili or fajitas with all the fixings.

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saturdaynightfever said...

Monkey Brains ( spaghetti )!

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I would serve up Hamburger and corn on the cob,apple pie, and ice cream. Make it all-American down home. Thanks for the Giveaway!!


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Renee G said...

I would serve some fresh Pacific Salmon, asparagus, and new potatoes.
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Spaghetti and meatballs. Everyone loves that

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tallcapp said...

I'm not such a great cook, so I guess I would serve my Turkey Chilie, which is not half bad.

susansmoaks said...

i would serve steak and potatoes
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Diane52 said...

I guess I have to serve him meat, huh? Nice and bloody! How about rare roast beef with potatoes and a salad and I'll fill up on the salad. I'll put out kid's funky monkey snacks as appetizers.
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Heidi Durham said...

I'd feed him shrimp and grits.

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Bakersdozen said...

Hmm. I think I would serve him my curry chicken because everyone loves it. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

purango said...

I would serve BLT Salad, Baby Back Ribs, Corn on the Cob and New York Cheesecake. garrettsambo@aol.com

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