Hi Jeanne! Congratulations on the release of Deadly Little Lies! I'm so excited to finally have Dav and Carrie's story. What can readers expect from this book?
A roller-coaster ride! Grins. Seriously, the fun of Deadly Little Lies is the fast pace and the non-stop action. The hero and heroine, Carrie and Davros have known one another for awhile, so they don’t need to have “get to know you” time. Given that, it was easy to plunge them right into the action, put them in jeopardy, and make them work for each other. Nothing like some mortal danger to put your priorities in order, right?
This book covers a lot of territory, both geographically and with the local, state, federal and private agencies (plus a few “unofficial” players) that come together to save the day. What kind of research did you have to do to make sure their individual, and combined, roles were realistic?
It seemed realistic to me! I was so glad to see Dav and Carrie get their happy ending but you sure threw some dandy obstacles in their way. Forcing Dav into a situation where he had to face a longstanding fear - which just happens to be one of my worst fears – had my heart racing right along with his. Do you ever scare yourself when you’re writing scenes like that?
I really, really tortured them, didn’t I? I did scare myself a bit because I’m not particularly fond of closed in spaces either. What kept me at it though, is I kept wondering what happens to a person who’s been successful in virtually every other area of his life – the man who has everything – when he’s caught in this kind of nightmare? Does he bend? Does he break? Then I would rub my hands together in glee and write on.
Without going into too much detail (for people who haven’t read the books yet), you managed to take a secondary character from Deadly Little Secrets who did very bad things and, without changing his basic character, turn him into someone I actually cheered for. (which, quite frankly, shocks me) Was his character arc preplanned or did he surprise you with his evolution over the two books? Did you find yourself cheering for him too?
He does do bad things, doesn’t he? Bwahahaha! He surprised me, he really did. (Which will tell you that the answer is no, I didn’t preplan him.) He was a bad guy, and remained a bad guy throughout both books. He’s got his own sense of things, his own code, obviously.
When my editor said “Oh, my gosh, I did not see THAT coming,” at the end of Deadly Little Secrets, I knew I had something in Jurgens. (By the way, I hadn’t seen it coming either, the way he evolved.) Then, my editor said, “He IS going to be in Deadly Little Lies, right?”
You’re a very busy lady, what with all the “life plates” you have to juggle on a daily basis. What are your favorite ways to relax when you manage to score some “me” time?
Wait…there’s supposed to be me time? Why didn’t anyone tell me!?! Hahah! With hubs and kids and writing and “stuff” I do manage to stay busy, but it IS really important to gets some time to refill the well, as they say. I read a lot – everything from Clive Cussler to all the Romance Bandits to Tolkien. I just finished re-reading C.L. Wilson’s Lord of the Fading Lands series. OMGosh, that’s a GOOD series of books. I also walk a lot. We have two dogs and I get my exercise that way, and plenty of thinkin’ time. Grins.
Your books have placed you on the favorite authors list of many readers (including me!). Who are the authors you most enjoy reading?
Oh, thank you so much, PJ. I tell you, that is the greatest compliment any writer can have, to be among people’s “favorites,” so thanks!
As to my favorites, I have so many. How much time do you have? Ha! I love all the books by the Romance Bandits, of course. I love to read across a lot of genres too. As I mentioned, I loved that CL Wilson series. My fellow Kensington authors Lisa Jackson, and Sylvia Day. Fantasy authors Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey are in my “I have every book they’ve ever written” category, as are Nora Roberts and Andre Norton. Kathy Reich’s forensic thrillers are an auto-buy, as are books by Jo Davis, Laura Gilman, and a whole ton of others. I also read a lot of non-fiction as well.
As I said, how much time do you have? Hahah!
September heralds the beginning of my favorite season of the year: College Football Season! What’s your favorite season and why?
FOOOOOTBALLLL!!! Love me some football! You’ve hit on my favorite season as well – football season! – and Fall. I love Fall and Winter best because I’m very hot natured and I just feel better in Fall and Winter. I have to hibernate in late summer (now) because the heat’s too much for me. And Halloween is my favorite holiday so yep, FALL!
What’s up next?
I’m about to turn in a non-fiction book for Llewellyn Publishing on Magic Brooms. Grins. And now, I’m talking with Kensington about a new series. I’ll keep you posted….
Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Jeanne. Do you have a question for our readers?
I’d love to ask the Romance Dish readers a question…..In Deadly Little Lies, Dav and Carrie are kidnapped on their first date. What was your worst first date, and what was your best? And if you were kidnapped with your man-of-choice (real or imagined), what would be the worst place and/or the best place to be stranded?
Ooh, good question! Jeanne has graciously offered a signed copy of Deadly Little Secrets to one randomly chosen person leaving a comment on today's blog!