Ask the Author: Danielle M. Haas
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m a stay at home mom with two children, a seven-year-old girl, and a four-year-old boy. I went to college with the intention of studying creative writing, but the idea of reading my work in front of my classmates scared me so much I changed my major…seven times! But after being home for a few years with my kiddos, I needed to start using my brain again. I took a kernel of an idea and decided to start a hobby when my little ones gave me a few free minutes throughout the day. Now I’m at the beginning of a career I never even imaged I’d have!
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
Bound by Danger is a story centered around Mickey O’Shay and Special Agent Graham Grassi. Graham is trying to find the leader of a sex-trafficking ring who’s kidnapped young girls in Chicago and he keeps crossing paths with sexy flight attendant Mickey O’Shay. First on a hijacked plane, then when he discovers her ex-boyfriend is the criminal he’s after, and again when Mickey’s goddaughter is one of the girls kidnapped. He can’t figure out if Mickey is involved with the sex-trafficking scheme or just an innocent victim who got caught up with the wrong guy. Mickey is desperate to prove her innocence and find her goddaughter. She can’t just sit back while her character is questioned and horrible things could be happening to her goddaughter. The book shows the struggle between Graham and Mickey fighting their attraction for one another as they follow Graham’s investigation through twists and turns to hopefully find the missing girls before it’s too late.
What has been your inspiration for writing your book?
Before I wrote Bound by Danger, I had only written Contemporary Romances. I got the idea of having a flight attendant who has to break up a couple in the bathroom she assumes is trying to join the mile-high club. After the flight, she has to hurry to meet her blind date she met on a dating app, and she’s appalled to discover her date is the same guy from her flight. The problem was my hero wasn’t redeemable and wasn’t engaging in heroic behavior, so I had to ask so many questions about what this guy could have been doing on the plane that put him in that situation. Once I came up with the idea of him being an FBI agent trying to get information to take down a sex-trafficking ring, the rest of the story fell into place and morphed into something so different than what I had planned.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I loved writing the action scenes! This was my first attempt at writing Romantic Suspense and my first time writing any kind of action scenes. I fell in love with figuring out how to put my characters into tense, fast-paced situations that leave the readers on the edge of their seats!
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Honestly, I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything but a writer. My mom named me after Danielle Steele, so a love for reading and writing was instilled in me at such an early age! I tend to read in many different genres and find a little bit of inspiration in everything I read.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
The best piece of advice I could give anyone who wants to write a book is to always keep an open mind. An open mind to criticism, to praise, even to where the story in your head wants to take you. There is so much to learn, and one of the best parts of this industry is the amazing people who are always willing to lend a helping hand. Get a critique partner, a beta reader, a tribe of unbiased writers to share your work with. Listen to what they have to say and realize that there are people out there who know more than you. Learn from them! And when you get that heart-breaking rejection, because we all get that rejection, take a minute to be disappointed, then figure out what you have to do to improve and put yourself back out there!