Coweta resident Danielle Thorne started writing as a hobby in 2008, and 14 years later is about to release her 26th book.
Her next novel “A promise for her daughter” will be published on April 26.
Thorne’s books are largely romance novels – some are historical and some are contemporary – but she also has a few non-fiction books.
She wrote in her free time and late at night after her children went to bed.
“If there’s anything I learned, it’s that I wasn’t happy if I didn’t write, even if it was just a paragraph a day. It filled me up” , she said.
Thorne said most of her books have been published by independent publishers and as e-books, but recently she started writing romance novels for Harlequin’s Love Inspired.
Her novel falls into the inspirational romantic genre, she said, which emphasizes faith in stories. She added that she feels drawn to stories that have a happy sequel.
Newer contemporary stores here focus on small-town southern living. Although the locations in her books are fictional, she has stated that she was inspired by Newnan and Coweta County when creating the setting.
Newnan’s town square, train depot and surrounding houses all make appearances, but with different names, she said.
Thorne has described herself as an introvert, and with her work initially published online, she found herself connecting with other like-minded authors in online communities.
Online writing groups have allowed for a wider range of perspectives for critiquing work, Thorne said.
“You have a bigger pool of people to connect with. There (are) review groups and online courses,” she said. “That’s where my target audience is and where my peers are, so you exchange information and advice, and the advice on the industry goes back and forth… It usually splits up by genre – groups of romance and sci-fi bands. I think it’s a great supportive community, and it’s a bigger pool of people to work with until you find your tribe.”
Lately, she said, she’s been trying to get involved in more local writing groups, and she’ll appear on a writers’ panel at the Sharpsburg Library on Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m.
Thorne said one of his upcoming works of fiction is quite different from his previous work.
It will be a work of women’s fiction inspired by observations Thorne made while living in the South.
She said she felt Southern women put immense pressure on themselves, which affects marriages and families, until they fell apart.
Throne said she wanted this novel to address that observation.
“I don’t think a lot of women allow themselves to be real. Their families have to be perfect, they have to be in church on Sundays, and I think that’s something we don’t talk about a lot,” he said. she added. mentioned. “I think my generation needs to stop sacrificing everything and playing martyr through a cultural expectation of ‘You have to be this and be that. “”