What do you like about writing romantic suspense novels?
Oh, so much it’s hard to narrow it down. I guess what I like best is the fact they’re working a criminal case, but they can’t help but have feelings for each other. I try to keep them real as people and their “world” realistic. I like finding the balance.
Where did the idea for Collision Control come from?
Hmmm, I’m not sure specifically. I met Jared in the first book, Collision Force and I knew from the start he would have his own book. As the series develops in the 2rd (Chance Collision) and 3rd book (Calculated Collision), I guess in an odd way, I got a feel for Jared’s story before I started it. I knew his book wouldn’t center around Human Trafficking, like the first three. I knew he would start the next trilogy within the series with a different crime.
How do you go about choosing your characters? Why have you chosen a Kindergarten teacher for this newest release?
I don’t choose them. They choose me. I am just the navigator. Usually they “introduce” themselves to me. Once I know their name, it usually sticks. When I start writing they start to unfold on the page. I learn dislikes, likes, job, age, even what they look like mostly organically. I’m a pantser (meaning I don’t plan my stories out before I write) so I usually discover who they are as I go along.
Mel is a teacher ‘cause she told me so. LOL. But it worked out well, because she’s the teacher of Ethan, who’s a little boy in the first book, and the son of the hero and heroine from that book. So they got to be on the page, too. A nice check-in for readers that liked them.
What else can we expect from the Crossing Forces series?
There will be 8 (or 9) books total. I know WHO they are about (for the most part) even if I don’t know all the details of WHAT they’re about. (But I rarely do.)
I know who’s next, book 5, but it’s a secret for now. Stay tuned! *wink*
You’ve called Jared an “obvious playboy”, is this the kind of character you always find yourself falling for when you are reading romances?
Yes. I have a badboy problem. I love them alpha and naughty. LOL.
Does research (bearing in mind it is set in the FBI) play a large role in shaping your novels?
Yes. I have a background in criminal justice and tons of cop friends. I work for a two city courts and it’s sure handy to have police officers and detectives to call and/or email. But my best contact is a friend of mine who is a judge now, but she was an FBI agent in New York City, working on a Narcotics Task Force for a few years, and she has helped me so much. She’s really invaluable.
Have you got any other books planned outside of the Crossing Forces series?
As I had mentioned, there are more. I don’t plan, but they’re in the works.
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