Guest Interview—Danele Rotharmel

Tell us a bit about you and your background.

Hello, Linda! It’s so nice to have a chance to talk with you and your readers! I grew up with a love of the literary word, and by age five, I knew I wanted to be a writer. As I was growing up, I was always scribbling stories and perfectly ghastly snatches of poetry. (I’m not kidding about the ghastly part—my poetry is pretty awful!) However, my literary dreams seemed to die when my home’s furnace malfunctioned and I became ill from carbon monoxide poisoning. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, partial amnesia, and the worst case of writer’s block imaginable.

For years, I couldn’t write a word. Zip. Nada. Nothing. I would try incredibly hard, but my sentences were as flat as a deflated balloon. My illness worsened, and I was put into quarantine to keep me away from the perfumes and other chemicals that are so prevalent in today’s society. My quarantine lasted for seven years. As my health gradually improved, my writing ability was restored. I began spending massive amounts of time at the computer, and eventually, I had penned the first six novels in The Time Counselor Chronicles. The first book in the series, Time Tsunami, has just been released.

What are your hobbies away from the computer?

I enjoy many activities, but walking while listening to music is my favorite. I absolutely love to go for long, leisurely strolls. I also enjoy gardening, baking, cooking, and drawing.

Is your writing style planned or freestyle?

Although I use a loose outline, my books were written as a way to escape quarantine and to distract myself from physical pain. Because of that, my writing is definitely more freestyle. Sometimes the pain I was experiencing was incredibly intense, and on those horrible days, it helped to let my imagination roam far beyond the walls of my home. I loved mentally wandering the fascinating world of TEMCO. I’ve found that writing a book is even more enjoyable than reading one. And writing is definitely more fun than watching TV or trying to nap. Napping drives me bananas.

If you use music while writing, name your favorite types.

I’m easily distracted, so I wear ear plugs while I write—the green squishy kind that you roll up and stick in your noggin. Sometimes that’s not enough, so I put on noise-reduction earmuffs too. Needless to say, I miss a lot of phone calls. However, I do use music in another way. My characters have become very real to me, and most of them have their own theme song. For instance, in my fourth book, Time Awakening, Phoebe’s song is “Held” written by Christa Wells and sung by Natalie Grant. Phoebe goes through something awful, but she learns that God was with her—holding her—the whole time. In my opinion, certain songs just seem to belong to different characters. They seem to define who they are and express what they are going through.

I suppose that’s the same for me. My current theme song is “I Will Not Be Moved” written and sung by Natalie Grant. When I became ill, I felt like my life had been totally destroyed. I questioned everything about God and my faith, and in the end, I came to the firm conclusion that God is trustworthy regardless of tragedy. When I hear my song, my whole soul rises up and shouts, “Amen!”

Have you traveled to any locations that appear in your books?

Actually, I have. Time Tsunami takes place in two locations: Washington D.C. (where TEMCO headquarters is located) and a small mountain town in Colorado. I visited Washington D.C. in 2000, and I loved it. It’s such a beautiful city. There’s something so grand and awe-inspiring about our nation’s capital. When I was trying to come up with a location for TEMCO, Washington D.C. seemed to be the perfect fit. My other location, Charlesberg, is a fictional town created from a conglomeration of Colorado towns I’ve visited. I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life, and the Rocky Mountains are in my blood. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Can you share a tip about what you do when you get stuck in creating a story?

You mean besides pulling out my hair, rending my garments, and wailing loudly? I go for a walk around the lake behind my house and listen to music. For me, staring at a blank computer screen is deadly. I need to feast my eyes on blue skies, colorful flowers, and the sun sparkling on the water. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work in the wintertime. It’s hard to gaze soulfully at nature during a blizzard. On those days, I watch something funny on TV and try to relax. One good thing about my books is that I split the action between several different characters and locations, so if I’m stuck in one area—the other areas are usually still flowing. I think that helps.

In what genre do you read?

I read anything I can get my hands on. If I’m bored and don’t have a book available, I’ve been known to read canned-food labels, toothpaste boxes, and even VCR manuals. I simply love to read. I always have. The only thing I don’t like to read is anything sexy or demonic. Those types of books make me uncomfortable and give me nightmares. But other than that—bring it on!!!

What do you hope readers gain from your stories?

I hope my readers will completely lose themselves in the pages of my novels. I hope my books will provide them with the sweet escape that they have provided for me. When I became ill, I totally lost my ability to write until God restored it. Because of that, I want to honor God with my books. In a very real way, my novels catalogue my journey back to faith. I hope that my readers feel God’s presence as they read. I hope they sense His fingerprints on every page.

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Linda! I enjoyed answering your questions, and it was an honor to talk with your readers.

Time Tsunami

BLURB

To stop a cruel serial killer, she must travel twenty-four years into the past…

Gil Montgomery, a cadet in the Temporal Counseling Program, can’t wait to pass her field exam and become a professional time surfer. The TEMCO program targets death-row offenders for time-based counseling while they’re children.  For her exam, Gil will travel twenty-four years into the past to counsel ten-year-old Danny Winston before he murders his abusive babysitter, Rick Olsen.  Preventing the stabbing should stop the chain of events leading to Danny’s eventual execution. Gil’s assignment seems simple until her adviser, Dr. William Ableman, learns that Rick is a serial killer targeting Danny’s mother.  If Gil stays and protects the Winstons, she might not survive.

William wants the woman he loves to be pulled from the field, but if Gil fails to complete her assignment, it will unleash a Time Tsunami and destroy the timeline. As TEMCO undergoes an emergency lockdown, and Gil’s fellow cadets try to figure out what’s happening, Gil and William learn the importance of faith and the price of true love. Everyone’s fate is resting in Gil’s hands, but does she have the strength she needs to defeat a ruthless serial killer intent on annihilating everyone in his path?

Will she return from the deadly mission?

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EXCERPT

As a blue glow filled the room, Gil looked through the time portal at William and Director Matthews. Her heart missed a beat. She didn’t know what was going on, but judging by the men’s tense expressions, it wasn’t good.

“Hi, guys, what’s up?” she asked in a deliberately casual tone.

“We’re thinking of pulling you from the field,” William replied.

What?”

“Rick’s more dangerous than we thought.”

“I don’t care if he’s Jack the Ripper,” she said flatly. “I’m staying.”

Director Matthews picked up a handful of printouts. “He isn’t Jack the Ripper, but he might as well be. I’ve found evidence that he’s killed at least ten women.”

“I don’t care.”

“You’re facing a serial killer,” William said. “You must realize the seriousness of the situation.”

“I do realize it. You don’t. Today’s Danny’s D-day. If I abandon him, he’s gonna die on death row. I love that kid, and I’m not about to let his life be destroyed. Where’s Dr. Nelson? She’d agree with me.”

“She said it was our decision,” the director replied.

“It’s my decision too, and I’m not about to abandon—”

“It’s not abandonment,” William interrupted. “GAP’s only predicting a fifty percent chance that it’ll make a difference to Danny’s future if you stay. Regardless of your hard work, Daniel Winston may be destined for death row. We’re not risking your life over a hopeless—”

“There’s no way you’re getting me out of here! If there’s a fifty percent chance that Danny can be saved, I’m taking that fifty percent chance. It’s my life I’m risking. Not yours.”

William ran a hand over his face. “We’re all risking a lot.”

“I don’t care. I’m not—”

“Enough of this!” William said harshly. “Let the director speak. When he finishes, we’ll discuss things.”

“Here it is, Gil,” the director said. “Bald facts. Fact number one: Rick’s a serial killer. He strangles women with a red cord and hangs their bodies to mimic suicide. He does his murderous work so well, that unless a coroner’s an expert, the homicide is missed. At this time, it’s impossible to know how many murders Rick’s committed.

“Fact two: Rick’s meticulous and methodical—that means he’s dangerous. He’s undoubtedly been planning to kill Sue for weeks. He’ll already have things set in motion.

“Fact three: GAP’s predicting a 98.8 percent chance that if you stay, you will be hurt. Since Danny has only a fifty percent chance of escaping death row, you’ll be risking your life on a gamble.”

Gil sat quietly for a few moments. “I’ve heard what you’ve said and understood it. Will you respect my decision?”

“Yes,” William replied. “It’s your decision to make.”

“Then my answer’s the same as it was from the beginning. I’m staying. Now, give me all the information you can about what I’m facing, and please do it fast. I don’t have much time, and I need all the help I can get.”

GIVEAWAY

To one lucky person who comments on this blog post goes the spiral bound journal “Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart”, 10 purple butterfly notecards with envelopes, and purple-flowered tea cup and saucer seen below:

 

Purple Teacup Journal and Notecards

 

Snippets from 5-star reviews on Amazon:

“Fascinating story! So drawn in by the characters and I could relate with them easily.”

“Full of action, suspense, drama, and romance. Would recommend it to anyone.”

“Loved this book! I could not put it down. Definitely worth reading!”

Danele Rotharmel

Danele Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity causing her to be put into quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.  Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful.

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blog:  https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/

36 thoughts on “Guest Interview—Danele Rotharmel”

  1. Linda, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to talk with you and your readers! I’m having so much fun being on “Musings About the Writing Life!”

    1. Thank you, Emily! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! If you ever get a chance, listen to “Held” sung by Natalie Grant — it’s Phoebe’s theme song, and it is lovely! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Congratulations on your first release, Danele! I’ve only begun to read it–cheating because I’m supposed to be finishing another book–and the first scene is riveting. You do a great job of creating sympathy for a villain.

    1. WOW!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Lee!!! You’ve just made my day!!! That’s so cool!!!!! I hope you have a blast finishing the book! Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for commenting!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Terri!! I really enjoyed being on Linda’s blog. I’m glad that you think Time Tsunami sounds wonderful! That makes me very happy! Thank you!

  3. What a great interview! Thanks for all the info. I love Natalie Grant songs, too. Amazing how God uses songs and even ear plugs to help us along the way. :-)

    1. Oh, Melissa!! You make me smile! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Isn’t Natalie Grant’s music AWESOME??? I love the song “Held.” I first heard it when I was in quarantine, and it spoke deeply to my heart. I love the thought of God holding us through our hardships. And “I Will Not Be Moved” is like a warrior’s shout! It makes me feel strong and determined whenever I listen to it!! I think my whole life has been set to music–I keep choosing new theme songs as I go along. By the way, your comment about the ear plugs cracked me up! You are so much fun!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. What a Lovely interview with Danele Rotharmel. You can tell during her illness that God was with her every step of the way. Her book sounds like it was a great healing escape as she was facing questioning everything that she knew and loved and had to relearn. You see the Hand of God thru it all.
    Danele Rotharmel -You are so Loved By God!
    Keep on listening to music and writing. And oh My Favorite Song is God Will Make A Way by Don Moehn!

    1. Dear Justina, Wow!!!! I just listened to “God will make a way” by Don Moehn on utube! It is BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention! It’s lovely! I’m so glad that you enjoyed my interview with Linda, and you are right, writing my books was a healing escape. It gave me something to focus on other than my pain. Thank you so much for your lovely, kind words!! I really appreciate you!!

  5. Linda, I really enjoyed your interview with the lovely Danele, whom I claim as a special and wonderful friend. I am so excited about her first publication and am waiting for another. I am not a writer, but am an avid reader. Knowing Danele’s heart for God makes her books that much more special to me. I know that God has great plans for using Danele’s testimony as well as her unique novels and I send her forth with joy and love as she begins this next phase of this grand journey He has placed her on. Joyce * Heartwings j
    PS I also enjoyed her interview yesterday with Emily Paige Skeen.

    1. Dear Joyce, thank you for your sweet, kind words! You always make me feel so special. I really appreciate you! I hope that you enjoy Time Tsunami when you get a chance to read it. In the book, “Walking through the Why” was taken directly from my life. It’s a very meaningful passage for me.

      I just found out from my editor that the 2nd book in the Time Counselor Chronicles, Time Trap, is set to be released sometime this summer! I’m so excited. I hope you really love my books. Thank you so much for being my friend and for always cheering me on!

    1. Thank you, Karen!!! I really appreciate the congratulations! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the blurb. Writing it was such a fun challenge. Trying to condense my book into a few paragraphs wasn’t easy. LOL! And it was a tightrope walk trying to tell enough to get people interested without spoiling the book. I’m so glad that you liked the blurb! It makes me feel like I succeeded!!! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for commenting!!

  6. I love to read, I have a huge TBR pile, so I’ve never had to read food can labels or toothpaste boxes, yet, that is.
    Thanks for the nice giveaway.

    1. Oh, Gail! You just made me smile!!! Thanks for the fun comment! I’m glad you like the giveaway prize. I think it’s lovely too!! I always say the best prizes are the ones you want to keep for yourself. :) I hope you have a great day today!! Thanks for commenting!

  7. Wow, the book sounds great.
    Danele, I know I’ve said this before but I think if I had been forced into a 7-year quarantine, I would have gone crazy. The only advantage I can see is I would be able to read all I wanted!
    Thank you for the chance to win the beautiful prize package.
    Good luck and God’s Blessings to everyone!

    1. Dear Robbie, I’m so glad that you think Time Tsunami sounds great! That makes me very happy. I wrote it as a way to entertain myself, so I crammed tons of laughter, love, and action into it. I hope that if you get a chance to read it, you really enjoy it! :)

      Quarantine wasn’t easy. And I didn’t always approach it with a good attitude. In the beginning, I would pace back and forth feeling VERY sorry for myself and VERY angry at God. I think the turning point came when I stopped mourning my old life and started living my new one.

      I’m so glad that you like the prize package! I had quite a bit of fun putting it together. Last night, I assembled two more prize packages for a couple of upcoming interviews. After not being able to go into stores for 7 years, I’m having a blast shopping! Thanks for commenting, Robbie! I hope you have a great day!

  8. Thank you for your interview. It’s always fun to get to know authors a little better. It makes you ‘real’ to your readers! 😄

    1. Anne, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the interview! And I agree with you–I love learning more about authors! When I was in high school, I would sit with my chin in my hands and dream about being able to talk with a “real-life” author. It was a dream that I never thought could come true. :) One of the things I’m enjoying the most about publishing my book is the chance to meet so many wonderful authors. I chat with them online, and I’ve been interviewing authors on my dragonflydanele blog each Monday. I’ve been having SUCH a blast. Talking with authors makes me feel that some of my other childhood dreams might just come true….of course, I really don’t think I have a shot of winning Miss America or becoming an astronaut, but then, I never thought I would be an author either! :) I hope you have a wonderful day!! Thank you so much for commenting! :)

    1. Hello, Terri!! Isn’t it amazing how a song can instantly transport you right back to a memory?? There are some songs that always bring me joy, and others that are painful to hear. Music can be so incredibly moving! CD’s can truly be time machines! :)

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I hope you have a lovely day!

    1. Wheeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, Ann!! You just made my day!!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed Time Tsunami!!!

      Yep. It’s happy dance time!!!!!!

      Be glad you can’t see me dance–I’m more klutzy than my character Crystal! LOL! :) I have two left feet and no sense of rhythm.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!! :) :)

    1. Dear Sarah, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the interview! It’s been lots of fun working with Linda. I’m also glad that you like the giveaway prize. Last night, I boxed it up with bubble wrap and prepared it for shipping. I hope it brings the winner lots of joy! Have a wonderful day, Sarah! Thanks so much for commenting!! :)

  9. Another great interview. It is so fun to learn something new about you with each one. I love how your glory to God shines through.

    1. Thank you, Carrie!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the interviews! I’m having a blast with them! They’re so much fun, and the questions really make me think. I have one interview coming up that’s going to be hysterical. The host asks me what household item I’d choose to be if I was in “Beauty and the Beast,” what three items I would take with me to a deserted island, and if I would rather be a hula dancer or an Irish line dancer. I read her questions and just rolled. Each interview is so unique. I love how this one touched on music. It was so much fun sharing my “theme song.” All of my interview experiences have been wonderful, and everyone is being incredibly nice. I’m having a great time! Thank you so much for commenting, Carrie. And thank you for your kind words. I want God to shine through me. That’s my prayer and my ultimate goal. I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  10. Hello, everyone!! Just a reminder–the winner of the prize package will be chosen on Saturday!! All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is comment on this interview by Friday night. :)

  11. DANELE, Congratulations on your release of “Time Tsunami”. I love to read about time travel. I can’t wait to read more of Gil’s story. :)

    1. Dear Caryl,
      Thank you so much for your congratulations!! I love time travel too!! It’s so fun to think about! I hope you really enjoy Time Tsunami! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

  12. I want to thank everyone for their lovely comments! I’ve had so much fun chatting with you!! And thank you, Linda, for interviewing me! I’ve had such a great time!

    And, Carrie, congratulations on winning the prize! I hope you really enjoy it!

    Thanks again!!
    Danele

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