Talkshow Thursday: Meet Dana Mentink
I'm pleased to have multi-published author, Dana Mentink, with me today. Draw up a chair and your favorite beverage and get to know this interesting lady!
Linda: Thanks for joining me. Your latest book, Dangerous Testimony, sounds intriguing. Where did you get the inspiration for the plot?
Dana: I'm a huge fan of the 'stuck on a deserted island/remote mountaintop/space station, with only your wits to get you out' kinda story. I'd been reading up on the Channel Islands and it sort of materialized in my imagination.
LM: You have published lots of books. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Dana: I love that moment when you get the "ah ha!" idea, that special twist or plot reveal that you know is going to thrill your reader! I've been known to get out of the shower just to write it down!
LM: Your novels have featured a variety of locations. When you write, how do you go about choosing which location to use, and do you have a favorite?
Dana: Being a California girl, I tend to default to my own coast, but really any setting that interests me will work.
LM: What do you do to prepare yourself for writing? For example do you listen to music or set up in a specific place?
Dana: I have to have QUIET. To that end, I get up early before the Mentink bear cubs, and in the afternoon I work outside in the garden. Thank goodness for the ipad!
LM: You live in California where you say “the weather is golden.” If money were no object, what is your idea of the ultimate vacation?
Dana: Well, I would like to go to spring training in Arizona and see my beloved Giants prep for the season. I'm saving up my dimes in a 2 liter bottle because someone told me if you fill a 2L all the way up with dimes, it's the equivalent of $500. You know what? It takes a REALLY long time to fill up a soda bottle with dimes!
LM: Ha! I'll be it does. What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
Dana: Oh my. Well, I'm a third grade teacher so I've been to work dressed as a blue M &M. Does that count?
LM: Definitely! What is your next project?
Dana: I'm deep into a cowboy suspense series for Love Inspired. The first releases in November, I believe, entitled Cowboy Christmas Guardian. I also write lots of ebook mysteries and romances which are available online via Amazon.
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Dana: All the usual 'cyber stops' via my website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. Right now I'm encouraging people to sign up for my newsletter (I do a lot of subscriber exclusives) and I am usually running a contest via my YouTube channel. Right now we're in the middle of a cross country candy road trip. Yum! Thank you very much for having me.
YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/GW6d8JKY_-I