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Spotlight on Dani Collins and Awakened on Her Royal Wedding Night

Our Spotlight on Author is on:  Dani Collins. She has a new book out this month, Awakened on Her Royal Wedding Night. 

Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. While she is best known for writing contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, her latest release is The Prospector’s Only Prospect, a Western Historical romance from Entangled Amara. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. Dani lives in Southern BC, Canada with her high school sweetheart husband.

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What inspires you to write? 

I love story. When I listen to music, I always gravitate to the songs that tell stories. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had people in my head, playing out their imaginary lives so I am compelled to put them onto paper.

What is your favorite genre and why?

I love romance. I prefer stories that have an uplifting or at least a satisfying ending so that’s one reason I love romance. Another is that I love the interplay of relationships and learning how people compromise so they can be together. I also love that romance provides such a wide canvas. I’ll read almost anything from shifters to small town so long as it’s got great characters and lots of spice ;)

Share a little about your writing process.

Sometimes I’ll start a book months before I intend to write it, especially if it’s linked to another book. I like to get a taste for the characters and premise even if they’ll only have a page or two in the current manuscript. A lot of the time, I’ll write up a brief background history for the hero and heroine and some conflict points. I may even write a full synopsis, depending on the project and publisher.

Once I’m focused on a specific story, I like to write in the mornings. I usually push to get the first three chapters written, then I’ll go back and smooth out wrinkles before I do another fifteen thousand or so. I usually aim for two thousand words a day and regularly go back to the beginning to fine tune motivations, conflict and emotions.

By the time I read The End, the book is usually hanging together structurally and only needs a good polish before it’s ready for submission.

Tell us about your book...

Awakened on Her Royal Wedding Night was inspired by my love of Harlequin Presents. I was coming off the intense project of four linked books in my Four Weddings and a Baby quartet. I made this standalone book an ode to some of my favorite tropes like a Royal hero, a beautiful, virgin heroine and lots of drama. Claudine leaps off a boat and washes up on Crown Prince Felipe’s beach. Palace intrigue ensues that forces her to marry Felipe. Felipe has an evil twin who threatens Claudine’s life and they wind up in a duel for her honor. I hope you love it!

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  1. Like the author, I like a good uplifting story too. It helps ease the ugliness in the real world.

  2. Great interview. I like character too. They need to capture my mind and behave in congruent ways.

  3. I do love just how varied romance can be. Great interview!

  4. It's always interesting to hear about an author's process, and about what they themselves like to read.

    1. even authors like to hear what other authors think and say and do :)

  5. This is great! My book club buddy stopped doing our monthly blog posts on book reviews! I miss it.

    1. oh, that's too bad that the blog discontinued. Life gets in the way, sometimes, doesn't it? I'm glad this gave you a little bite of something you're missing :)

  6. Danni Colins sounds my ideal author. She writes romance with an 'uplifting' ending, great characters and "lots od spice".
    Wishing her good luck with the release of her new book!

  7. Thank you for sharing this author with us!

  8. I enjoyed the interview and who doesn't like a good love story? :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  9. Loved the interview! Looks great!

  10. I love romance stories! I just don't make time to do much reading of novels anymore. This one sounds like it would make a great movie. :)

    1. Thank you so much Cathy! I will commence manifesting that movie into existence :D

  11. Sounds like a roller coaster of a romance!

  12. I've never read anything by her. however, I frequently see her name in bookstores.

  13. I like songs that tell stories, too—especially the old ballads.

    1. I agree, but I also don't have the constitution for sad songs. I'm an HEA girl :D

  14. love to read interview.... great...
    Thank you for sharing

  15. Very interesting interview! Thank you :)

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  17. This sounds like a great book and I am impressed with Dari's writing and edit while she writes process. Sounds like it is working well for her! Best of luck to Dani. ~Jess

  18. it sounds great- it must be a great book


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