Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two girls (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear works for the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.
Dana is a 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her novel Betrayal in the Badlands won a 2010 RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award. She has enjoyed writing a mystery series for Barbour Books and more than ten novels to date for Love Inspired Suspense.
She spent her college years competing in speech and debate tournaments all around the country. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching elementary school and reviewing books for her blog. Mostly, she loves to be home with her family, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a quirky parakeet.
Dana loves to hear from her readers via her website or her Facebook reader page.
And now, here's Dana!
1) How did you get the idea for the story premise of SHOCK WAVE?
Living in California, it’s not hard to imagine “the Big One.” We’re constantly reminded by little shakers that our state is riddled with fault lines. I have vivid memories of the Loma Prieta quake which happened during the third game of the world series between the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. My mother and I ran out in the front yard and the street was rolling and undulating like ocean waves. I’ll never forget it. One of the worst moments of that whole disaster was the collapse of the Cypress Street Viaduct which sent an upper deck of the freeway collapsing onto the lower. The incident killed 42 people and many were trapped for a long time until the rescuers could free them. For a long time, I broke out into a cold sweat whenever I had to stop under an overpass while driving. Writing a story about a mega earthquake has been tossing around in my mind since ’89, you might say.
2) What's your heroine's favorite sports team and why?
Sage is a big Dodgers fan since she grew up in Southern, California. This is ironic, of course, as the Mentinks are Giants fans all the way (even when they have a difficult season.)
3) What was your favorite scene to write in SHOCK WAVE and why?
I’m partial to the scene that takes place deep under the ruined opera house. It’s partially flooded, filled with relics from the performances that have taken place there since the 1920’s. Did you hear a moan? Feel a chilling breeze on the back of your neck? See a skeletal hand rising from the rubble? No, I’m sure it was your imagination. Thanks very much for having me, Camy! :)
Camy: Thanks for being here, Dana!
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