Author Interview

Author Interview – Danielle Grandinetti

ღ About Danielle Grandinetti  ღ

Danielle Grandinetti was born and raised in the Chicagoland area before moving to Wisconsin when she married 7 years ago. Her educational background is in Intercultural Communication and she worked for 20 years in education as a private instructor, writing coach, and adjunct professor. Now she’s a work-from-home mom of two young sons and focusing on her writing career.

Can you share with us a book you have read recently, are currently reading?

I love to read and it’s my primary way of decompressing after a long day. I’ve read quite a few good books so far this year and blog my reviews on my website: daniellegrandinetti.com/danielles-blog.

What age did you realize you loved books and when did you start writing?

I’ve always loved to read and always loved stories. I don’t remember a time when that wasn’t the case. Writing my own stories began in grade school.

How long does it normally take you to write your books?

It depends on the length of a story. I can get the draft of a novella written in a month, but a novel takes me much longer.

Do you normally use an outline for the books you write, or do you just start with a few ideas?

Both. I have a general idea of where I want to end up and the pace-markers to get there. Once I have the beginning somewhat mapped out, then see where the story takes me.

What do you come up with first, when you begin a new project?

It all depends on the project. Sometimes it’s a character. Sometimes a historical event or location.

Is there a special place you like to write?

As a mom of a preschooler and toddler, I write whenever I can grab a quiet moment! Since that means I can’t wait for inspiration to strike or the perfect environment in order to put words to paper, the living room sofa is my most common working space.

Tell us about this book.

A Strike to the Heart is a historical romantic suspense published by Iron Stream Media.
She’s fiercely independent. He’s determined to protect her.

Wisconsin, 1933―When a routine mission becomes an ambush that kills his team, Craft Agency sniper Miles Wright determines to find the persons responsible and protect the woman he rescued. But the fierce independence that led Lily Moore to leave her family’s dairy business for the solitary life of a dog trainer and the isolation of her farm, doesn’t make that easy. Neither does his unwanted attraction to her. Meanwhile, escalating incidents confirm that she’s far from safe.

Lily fears letting the surprisingly gentle, retired marine, into her life almost as much as she fears whoever is threatening her. As Wisconsin farmers edge toward another milk strike, one that will surely turn violent, it becomes clear that the plot against Lily may be part of a much larger conspiracy. When the search for her abductor leads close to home, she must decide whether to trust her family or the man who saved her life.

What was your inspiration for starting this book or series?

A Strike to the Heart began as a contemporary romantic suspense, but something was missing. I live in dairy farm country and, recently, dairy farmers ran into an economic dilemma that led to them dumping their cow’s milk. I learned it wasn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, in 1933, Wisconsin dairy farmers went on strike and publicly dumped their cow’s milk in protest for low milk prices. Setting A Strike to the Heart in the middle of the strikes was the missing piece of the story needed.

What character do you like best?

Two of the side characters captured my attention while editing A Strike to the Heart: Katy and Gio. Their stories wouldn’t let me go, so I asked my publisher if I could tell their stories as novellas and they agreed. You can find Katy’s story in the prequel novella To Stand in the Breach, which is already available, and Gio’s story in the Christmas novella, As Silent as the Night, which releases in September.

What’s one thing you wish readers would take away from this book?

I hope readers will see God’s love through A Strike to the Heart. First, that God has given each of us gifts and by using those gifts, we bless one another. And, second, the greatest love we can have for one another, the love that God has for us, is to sacrifice for one another.

What project is next on your list?

Gio’s story, As Silent as the Night, is next on my list. It’s in the proofreading stage now and I’m very excited that I was able to use some of my Italian background in this Christmas novella.

Where do we find you and your books?

You can find me on my website: daniellegrandinetti.com. Links to my books, social media, and my newsletter are all there.

ღ About A Strike to the Heart ღ

She’s fiercely independent. He’s determined to protect her.
Wisconsin, 1933—When a routine mission becomes an ambush that kills his team, Craft Agency sniper Miles Wright determines to find the persons responsible and protect the woman he rescued. But the fierce independence that led Lily Moore to leave her family’s dairy business for the solitary life of a dog trainer and the isolation of her farm don’t make that easy. Neither does his unwanted attraction to her. Meanwhile, escalating incidents confirm that she’s far from safe.

Lily fears letting the surprisingly gentle retired marine into her life almost as much as she fears whoever is threatening her. As Wisconsin farmers edge toward another milk strike, one that will surely turn violent, it becomes clear that the plot against Lily may be part of a much larger conspiracy. When the search for her abductor leads close to home, she must decide whether to trust her family or the man who saved her life.

2 thoughts on “Author Interview – Danielle Grandinetti

  1. I love the way Danielle incorporates the lead female character’s work as a subplot. This gives her depth as an independent woman and not just some rescue case. I’m left wondering in the blurb what the Craft Agency might be? Is that the name of a private security group for hire?

Comments are closed.