Author Danielle Haas is on the blog today to chat about her romantic suspense novel, Bound by Danger. Welcome, Danielle!
Author Name: Danielle M Haas
Book Title: Bound by Danger
Book Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: January 28, 2019
Please tells us a bit about your book.
As time runs out, the stakes run higher for Mickey and Graham as they struggle to ignore their attraction while they unravel a web of deception before it’s too late.
How did you come up with the title?
The original title was Grounded by Danger because the book starts off with a plane hijacking, and the heroine is a flight attendant. The plane goes down, and from for the rest of the book danger lurks at every turn. My publisher changed the title to Bound by Danger because they thought it sounded more like a romance book.
How long did it take to write the book? Did you do any research?
I started this book in August 2017 and finished my first draft in October of 2017. I’ve made a few tweaks and changes since then, especially during the editing process. I did a lot of research on sex-trafficking and the city of Chicago. The things I learned about sex trafficking were very eye-opening and very disturbing. But it pushed me to want to do something to help victims of sex-trafficking, as well as open other people’s eyes to what is happening all around them. I even ran my first 5k in support of victims of sex-trafficking. Well, “run” might be a bit of an exaggeration!
For you, what’s the hardest part about writing?
Finding the time, and wrestling with the guilt at not spending time with my children when I’m working.
I think a lot of writers can relate to feeling that guilt. What do you love most about it?
I love coming up with a little kernel of an idea and watching it grow and change and morph into this story I never expected to tell. That’s what happened with Bound by Danger. It started off as more a contemporary romance, but when I added certain elements, the characters needed to tell a different story. They needed to tell a more important story than I ever imagined telling.
If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Bound by Danger?
I think anyone who loves to read fast-paced romantic suspense with a little bit of steam would enjoy this book. I also try to make my characters relatable and have them react to situations in a way that seems understandable, and even makes the reader feel as though they’d do the same thing if they were in their shoes. I also like to write a few twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the end of the book.
How does your day job inform your writing?
My day job is stay at home mom, so unless I decide to write a book about Paw Patrol or ballet, it doesn’t help much with information! But it does allow me the freedom to use my imagination all day long, which helps spark new ideas and grow ones constantly simmering in my mind.
What are your interests outside of reading and writing?
I have a three-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter so I don’t have a lot of time for other interests and hobbies. But one passion I have is for travel. I studied abroad in Spain when I was in college and have had travel in my bones ever since! I love going to new places and experiencing new things…both with my kids and without (haha) I’ve been lucky enough to go to Scotland, Ireland, St. Thomas, and Mexico all with the last two years!
Where can readers find you?
Readers can find me at my website, www.daniellemhaas.com . I try to post to my blog regularly, where I talk mostly about my crazy journey to publication as well as my family. Readers can also sign up for my newsletter on my website to gain access to exclusive content and be the first to find out any big news. You can also find me on facebook under @authordaniellehaas, twitter @authordhaas, and Instagram @authordaniellehaas
Thank you, Danielle! Bound by Danger releases January 28, but is available for preorder NOW.
The disappearance of a local girl leads Special Agent Graham Grassi right to the doorstep of the sexy redhead that has haunted him since they were part of a thwarted hijacking last week.
Questioning Mickey O’Shay cuts through him as he informs her about her missing goddaughter, one of the girls involved in his investigation. He wants to keep her safe, but she won’t sit on the sidelines. The life of her goddaughter is in jeopardy and Mickey’s determination has him ready to handcuff her—or kiss her—in place. As time runs out though, the stakes run higher. They both struggle to ignore their attraction as they try to unravel a web of deception– before it’s too late.
Danielle grew up with a love of reading, partly due to her namesake—Danielle Steele. It seemed as though she was born to write out the same love stories she devoured while growing up.
She attended Bowling Green State University with a dream of studying creative writing, but the thought of sharing her work in front of a group of strangers was enough to make her change her major to Political Science.
After college she moved across the state of Ohio with her soon-to-be husband. Once they married and had babies, she decided to stay home and raise her children. Some days her sanity slipped further across the line to crazy town so she decided to brush off her rusty writing chops and see what happened.
Danielle now spends her days running kids around, playing with her beloved dog, and typing as fast as she can to get the stories in her head written down. She loves to write contemporary romance with relatable characters that make her readers’ hearts happy, as well as fast-paced romantic suspense that leaves them on the edge of their seats. Her story ideas are as varied and unpredictable as her everyday life.