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Friday, January 15, 2016

Danele Rotharmel: "Walking through the whys" in TIME TSUNAMI

Andrea: Hello, Readers and Visitors! Today's guest is Danele Rotharmel, author of the book Time Tsunami (Prism Book Group).


Welcome, Danele! Thank you for being a guest on Everything Writerly. Please tell our readers and blog visitors when you began writing.


Danele: I’ve always loved to write, but my dreams of being an
 author died when I became ill. 
Danele Rotharmel

Andrea: Will you share with what happened and how your illness affected your life, specifically your writing?

Danele: I’d been poisoned by carbon monoxide from a faulty furnace in my home, and this led to extreme Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. My illness triggered partial amnesia, trouble concentrating, and a shutdown of the creative part of my brain. When I tried to write, the words wouldn’t come. 

Eventually, I ended up quarantined in my home for seven years. As time passed, I began to feel my brain unlocking. My memories came flooding back, and I was able to write again. My body was in intense pain, but I used writing as a way to escape. On the worst days, I’d lie in bed and think up plot twists for Time Tsunami. Concentrating on my characters helped me combat the loneliness of quarantine. 

And when questions about God haunted my thoughts, I explored my feelings through dialogue. I believe God used Time Tsunami as a way to help me through my illness. I believe He used it as a way for my faith journey to be recorded. 

In chapter forty-one, my characters discuss “walking through the why” when bad things happen. “Walking through the why” was what I had to do during quarantine. And like my characters, in the end, I came to believe that God is trustworthy no matter what happens in this life. God loves us, and He can turn anything into something good—even seven years of quarantine.

Andrea: Wow, Danele...that is a moving testimony of God's grace, goodness, and healing powers in your life. I'm encouraged by it and reminded me that nothing is impossible with God!

Your book's official release date is tomorrow, January 15th. Congratulations!!! Where can readers find your novel, Time Tsunami?

DaneleHere is the Amazon link:

It's also available for purchase as a paperback and a Nook eBook.

Here's a book blurb:

Time Tsunami (Book 1 of The Time Counselor Chronicles)

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. 

Will she return from the deadly mission…

Time Tsunami is a fast-moving thriller with time travel twists that keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

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Andrea: Sounds like a thrilling story.

Danele: In celebration of my book's release, I would love to giveaway a blue butterfly journal and a set of 22 note cards with envelopes. 










Andrea: What an awesome prize! I love journals and note cards. I'm sure the blessed winner will appreciate them too.

Readers and Visitors, please leave a comment to enter the drawing for the journal and note cards. The winner will be announced Tuesday, 1-19-16 here on Everything Writerly.

Danele, where can readers find you online?

Danele: Find me on the sites listed below:

Facebook: CLICK HERE
My website: CLICK HERE

Andrea: Great. Thank you, Danele, for being my guest on Everything Writerly. I wish you all the best with your new book.

45 comments:

Danele Rotharmel said...

Thank you so much for hosting me, Andrea! I really appreciate it!

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Wow, I can't imagine what it must have been like to be quarantined for seven years, Praise God that He got you through all that! Congratulations on your book I look forward to someday getting to read it! I love the butterfly Journal and postcards, when I always loved anything that had butterflies on it, I still think there cute and very pretty!!! Thanks for your interview and for the awesome giveaway, God Bless! sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com

Gail Pallotta said...

Thanks for the interview with Danele. Danele, I'm sorry for your illness, but am glad you were able to use it to turn it into a wonderful book with a fascinating premise. Best wishes for much success with it.

Sharon McGregor said...

Wonderful interview! I read Time Tsunami and loved it!

Carlene Havel said...

I preordered "Time Tsunami" so it should be on my kindle now. Yay!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Sarah, quarantine was very hard, but you are right--God got me through it. I never would have made it without His help. I hope you enjoy Time Tsunami when you get a chance to read it. I had so much fun writing it! I'm glad that you like the butterfly journal and stationary set. I like butterflies too. And I thought the blue ones were so pretty. Thank you so much for commenting. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Gail, I'm glad that you enjoyed the interview! Thank you so much for your well wishes. My illness was very hard, and I am still dealing with some health issues, but quarantine gave me time to reexamine my faith and write my books. I know that God is real now--not just because the existence of God is something I've been taught or "believed" since childhood, but because I have experienced God's power and peace firsthand in my life. God is truly awesome! I've learned that He is trustworthy even in spite of tragedy. Romans 8:28 really is true! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for commenting!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Sharon, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the interview! I'm also thrilled to pieces that you loved Time Tsunami!! You've just made me very happy!! Thank you for your kind, encouraging words!! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks so much for commenting!

Renette steele said...

Danele is a joy to know! Her spirit and love for God shine bright. The more I learn from and about her the more connected I feel. I will be diving into Time Tsunami today.
Great interview! :-)

Renette steele said...

Danele is a joy to know! Her spirit and love for God shine bright. The more I learn from and about her the more connected I feel. I will be diving into Time Tsunami today.
Great interview! :-)

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Carlene, thank you so much for ordering Time Tsunami!! I hope you really love it!! I had so much fun writing my book, and I had a blast creating the plot twists! You will have to tell me if my twists caught you off guard. I tried to be very sneaky and crafty with them. I had oodles of fun! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks so much for commenting!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Renette, thank you so much for your kind words!! I really appreciate them! I hope you have a blast reading Time Tsunami! I hope you enjoy reading it even more than I enjoyed writing it! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for commenting!

Lisa Lickel said...

I look forward to reading Time Tsunami, Danele.

Danele Rotharmel said...

Thank you so much, Lisa!! I hope you really enjoy it!! I hope Time Tsunami makes you not only laugh, but also sit on the edge of your seat!! Happy reading!! And thanks for commenting!!

deana dick said...

Thank you for sharing your story . It must have been difficult at times to be so isolated. I would love the chance to read your book. It sounds amazing. I love a book with twists and turns. They keep you on the edge of your seat and glued to the story. Thank you for the chance. It would be a true blessing to be able to read a book from you. Thank you for the chance.
Blessings
Deana

Danele Rotharmel said...

Thank you so much for commenting, Deana! My illness was very hard, and it really threw me for a loop--I didn't understand why God let me endure such pain. But through the years of quarantine, I've come to believe with all my heart that God loves us and that He is trustworthy in spite of heartache and trials. Romans 8:28 really is true--God can turn every bad thing into something good. If I hadn't been ill, I never would have written my books. I hope you have a wonderful day! And thanks again for your kind words!! I hope that if you read Time Tsunami, you really love it!

Anonymous said...

A free journal? I'm in! I've been writing in journals since I was nine and you can never have too many. Ive got an old chest full of used one to attest to it! Lol.
J.C. -Indiana-

Ann Ellison said...

Enjoyed reading the interview. I got my copy of Time Tsunami and am sure looking forward to reading it.

The Prude said...

Every time I hear Danele's story I am amazed. God truly does use unusual means to work through His people, and strengthen them in the bleakest times. She is a walking testimony and inspires everyone she meets. And Andrea, look at all those beautiful books you wrote! You are pretty inspirational yourself!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Great post, and congrats to Danele on the book release!!!

Deanna Stevens said...

Best wishes for much success with your book!
Enjoyed meeting you..

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear J.C., I love writing in journals too!! I started back in middle school, and I've been hooked ever since! I have my journals sitting on a bookshelf. There is something so fun about writing down special thoughts. And it is such a blast to reread journal entries years later. The other day, I was reading through a journal that I wrote in the 8th grade, and I nearly died laughing. I had forgotten all about my role in the 8th grade play. It was so much fun reliving those happy times. Thank you so much for commenting! I hope you have a wonderful night!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Ann, I hope you really enjoy my book!! Thank you so much for your lovely, encouraging words! I appreciate you! Thanks for commenting!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear "The Prude" (Anita), your kind comments blew me away! Thank you so much for speaking grace and encouragement into my life! You are such an incredible blessing! Thank you!!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Lynn, thank you so much for your well wishes! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the post!! I really enjoyed being on Andrea's blog. It was lots of fun. I hope you have a really wonderful evening!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Deanna, thank you so much for commenting! Your kind words warmed my heart! I'm so glad that you stopped by today! Thank you!!

Julianna Rowe said...

Wow! What a story. You have inspired me to change my outlook on my own life. Thank you so much for sharing with us, Danele. Congratulations on your book release!! Time travel books are awesome and butterflies are my favorite. - Blessings, Julianna

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Julianna, your wonderful comment means so much to me!! I'm so honored to think that I have inspired you. Thank you for telling me! What I went through was such a struggle--and I didn't always go through it gracefully. I questioned God, I yelled at God, I even tried to deny His existence--but in the end, I finally allowed Him to wrap His loving arms around me, and I felt peace. I'm so glad that God didn't give up on me, even though I tried to give up on Him! God's pretty awesome!! I'm so glad that you enjoy time travel books and butterflies! I do too! I hope you have a really wonderful evening!! Thanks so much for commenting!

Kathy Anderson said...

Thank you for such an inspiring interview. I really need to hear your message today.

What an interesting concept for a book. I am adding it to my to be read list.

"In chapter forty-one, my characters discuss “walking through the why” when bad things happen. “Walking through the why” was what I had to do during quarantine. And like my characters, in the end, I came to believe that God is trustworthy no matter what happens in this life. God loves us, and He can turn anything into something good—even seven years of quarantine."

Kathy Anderson said...

Thank you for such an inspiring interview. I really need to hear your message today.

What an interesting concept for a book. I am adding it to my to be read list.

"In chapter forty-one, my characters discuss “walking through the why” when bad things happen. “Walking through the why” was what I had to do during quarantine. And like my characters, in the end, I came to believe that God is trustworthy no matter what happens in this life. God loves us, and He can turn anything into something good—even seven years of quarantine."

Danele Rotharmel said...

Thank you so much, Kathy! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the interview and felt it was inspiring. God is incredibly awesome, isn't He! By my second year of quarantine, I thought my life was over, but God had new plans in store for me--plans that turned out better than anything I could have imagined. I don't understand many things, but I do know that God is able to take the bad things in our life and turn them into something good. I wouldn't have become an author if I hadn't been sick and quarantined. I hope you have a wonderful evening. I'm so glad that you think my book sounds interesting. Thank you so much for commenting!

Pam Zarate said...

Hi Danele
I was encouraged by your interview 😀we don't always know of others pain and suffering because we get so wrapped up in our own little world 😔 thank you for sharing also for the opportunity to win such great items
Will look forward to reading your book
God Bless

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Pam, I'm so glad that my interview encouraged you! That means so much to me! You're right--it is so easy to be unaware of each other's pain. I'm glad you're looking forward to reading my book. I hope you really enjoy it! Thanks so much for commenting!

Robbye said...

Andrea,
Thank you for hosting Danele!

Danele, I had read your story before. WOW! I don't know how I would hve reacted in those circumstances.

Your gift package is beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Good luck and God's Blessing to everyone!

Caryl Kane said...

Great interview with Danele! Danele, CONGRATULATIONS on your release of Time Tsunami. I love time travel stories.

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Robbie, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the interview! I'm also glad that you like the gift package. I thought it was so lovely--I'm glad that you think so too! Quarantine was incredibly hard, but God was with me every step of the way. Before this all happened, I wouldn't have thought that I could endure it either. But God gave me the strength I needed to face each day. I think that's the key--7 years is too hard to face, but 24 hours is manageable. I hope you have a wonderful night! Thanks so much for commenting!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Caryl, thank you so much for your congratulations!! I've been having such a BLAST with my book release! It's been so much fun!! I'm so glad that you enjoy time travel stories. I hope you really love Time Tsunami! I did my best to make it great book.

Laurie Bergh said...

I'm glad you survived the carbon monoxide incident. It must've been awful to be quarantined in your home for seven years.

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Laurie, thank you! And yes, it was hard. The second year of quarantine was the most difficult, but once I started writing my books, things became easier. I hope you have a wonderful day! Thank you so much for commenting!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Dear Andrea, I want to thank you again for hosting me! I've had so much fun talking with you and your readers. I also want to thank everyone who visited this site and also those who commented. I really appreciate all of your support! I hope you have a wonderful week. I will look forward to seeing who wins the lovely prize package!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

The winner of the journal and note cards is..... Pam Zarate! Congrats, Pam. Please send your email address to me at: AuthorAndreaBoeshaar@gmail.com

Danele Rotharmel said...

CONGRATULATIONS, PAM ZARATE!!!! I'm so happy for you! I hope you really love your prize!

Thank you, everyone who commented and visited! You made my book release so special!

Thank you, Andrea, for hosting me! I've had such a great time!

Pam Zarate said...

Thank you so much I'm excited about winning
God Bless
Pam Zarate

Danele Rotharmel said...

May God richly bless you too, Pam! This has been lots of fun!

Danele Rotharmel said...

Andrea, I want to thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to talk with you and your readers. This has been so much fun! Thank you!