I love authors Interview 19
Welcome to I love Authors Interview 19. Today on the couch I have Dana Mentink, author of Treacherous Trails, which is currently on tour with Celebrate Lit from 12th – 25th April. Let’s all give Dana a warm greeting.
Hi Dana. It is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.
Dana – Thank you for inviting me.
I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.
As you lean back on the couch I want you to imagine that we are on a desert island. No iPhones, internet or noisy neighbours just the calm of the sea.
In these surroundings..
Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?
Dana – I am thinking MacGyver would be a good choice. He’s got skills. He can make us a hibachi grill out of a paper clip.
Ok Dana, so I am not familiar with MacGyver, I’m going to google this character – oops I can’t as we are on a desert island with no internet 😀 but if he can make a hibachi grill out of a paper clip he sounds awesome. I get a sense that this interview is going to be fun!
Dare I ask this question?
What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?
Dana – We’re all going to get along so much better if an espresso machine washes up in working order!
I told you Dana was going to be trouble, next you’ll be asking for a supply of electricity!
Uh Oh, here we go..
You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?
I’d pick Owen Thorn because he’s really physically fit (a cowboy Marine, people) and he could slap up a shack in no time. He’s also adorable, so that would be helpful, too.
I’m beginning to sense a theme here Dana! Sounds like you will have them organised in no time!
On to my next question
I know you like writing but do you have another passion?
Dana – I’m a third-grade teacher, which means I probably washed up on this island with a stapler, five paperclips, a snack, six band-aids and a confiscated fidget spinner in my pockets which MacGyver will be very excited about, I’m sure.
Haha, you can’t be prepared enough! Oh, the joys of seven to eight-year-olds. However, it sounds like you are in your element teaching them. I wonder what MacGyver will make with the fidget spinner?
And now my final question..
The desert island is very hot, do you like hot or cold weather and which helps you focus on your writing better?
Dana – I live in Northern, CA. We are not a sturdy breed of people here. That means if it drops below 50 degrees, we all fold up like umbrellas and whine. Seriously. I write early in the morning and I’m wearing a hoodie, ‘Heat Saver’ socks, slippers and fuzzy pyjamas. When is it gonna be spring, anyway?
So the hot weather might suit you, Dana. I’m sure MacGyver and Owen will give you some inspiration on the island. Think of all the time you would have to write while they are competing to make you the perfect shack!
Dana, I can’t believe that is all we have time for. I’ve enjoyed our time together on the couch today. I love your sense of humour. Here’s hoping your tour is successful.
Put your hands together for Dana Mentink, yes, lots of applause, keep it going. 🙂
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About the Book
Title: Treacherous Trails
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspy Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 2018
Can she escape the real killer?
In this second instalment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?
About the Author
Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
Guest Post from Dana Mentink
Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!
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