Interview with Connie Flynn – Author of Know When to Run

KnnowWhentoRunCoverKnow When to Run by Connie Flynn begins with excitement and moves forward with exciting twists and turns. The characters are well developed and descriptions are so real you feel the tension and smell the fear. This witty and hot romantic suspense is action packed and erupts with emotion.

Connie Flynn is a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and Thriller International, Connie is active in several local chapters. She also teaches independent workshops and gives presentations on novel writing and creativity.

Know When to Run Teaser: She woke up one morning on a Mississippi riverboat casino with a huge headache and a huge case of amnesia. With the help of new friends she rebuilt her life. Now, nearly two years later, a tall dark man with killer good looks comes after her. A bounty hunter, who claims she killed her father then ran out on her bail. She says he’s got the wrong woman. He says she’s guilty as sin. One of them is right . . .

Suddenly so many people are after her, she can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys. But one thing she can do is KNOW WHEN TO RUN.

Connie was kind enough to give me an interview:

Margaret: What inspired you to write Ky’s character with amnesia?

Connie: The writing of this novel was about three years from conception to publication and I honestly can’t remember why I chose amnesia. But I’m attracted to that kind of plot because it’s almost like a second chance . . . and in this case, for Ky, it truly was a second chance to become a good person. Plus, when memory isn’t reliable, neither is the person, which made trust much more difficult to achieve and the mystery much more difficult to solve.

Margaret: How do you discover the characteristics of your characters? Please elaborate on one or two of those.

Connie: I used to do complicated charts and character traits until I found they got in the way of the writing. Now I always start with what the focal characters want to get or avoid, and why they want it because I’ve discovered these answers provide so much meaty information. The next thing I do is to torment my characters all the way through the book until the ultimate prize is won (or lost).

Margaret: What is your favorite Genre to write and why?

Connie: Most of my books are cross-genre. I adore romance for the emotional edge it gives a story, but suspense and thrillers keep me on my mental toes, especially when the love interest is strong. And fantasy, well, I can throw away the molds when I write fantasy, but I also pull in suspense and a love interest. So I guess I’m just not a purist so I tend to define my story genre by which plot line is dominant.

Margaret: There are multiple sleaze balls in this story, which was the hardest to write and why? Who was the easiest to write and why?

Connie: Hard to say. I just love my sleaze balls. They add so much texture to a story and the biggest challenge in writing them is to avoid making them stick figures and stereotypes. I’d say that Les Broder was hard to keep real, I kept wanting to give him every Snidely Whiplash trait in the book. Gabe’s brother-in-law, Hal, was the easiest because we all know guys like him. No moral center and no driving purpose, he just hopes things will fall his way if only he can catch a break. Like many men of that kind he is his own worst enemy.

Margaret: When can we expect to find book #2 in this series on the shelf?

Connie: KNOW WHEN TO HIDE, also revolving around the riverboat, will star Ivy, Gabe’s girl Friday who would be office manager if not for Hal. It’s currently in the conception stage with a villain and a love interest chosen. It will be another financial thriller so it’s the twists and turns that I’m working on now. My plan is to launch the paperback version by Christmas.

Margaret: Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to reading KNOW WHEN TO HIDE.

 

 

Interview with Liz Adair: Author of the Spider Latham Series

TARP-CoverLiz Adair’s newest Spider Latham Mystery novel is: Trouble at Red Pueblo.  Liz flawlessly presents this contemporary western with beautiful prose, unforgettable characters and intriguing plot twists. Liz has graciously answered some questions about writing this tale.

Margaret: This story starts with the funeral for Spiders mother.  Laurie encourages Spider to get right to work on solving a new mystery. Have you found working or getting involved in a hobby has helped you deal with a loss?

Liz: Do you know, I didn’t plan that for Spider. At the end of Snakewater Affair his mother was deep into Alzheimer’s and had congestive heart failure. It was natural to start the next book in the series with her death. But when I finished this book, Trouble at the Red Pueblo, I could see that solving the mystery would have been therapeutic for both Spider and Laurie. As a matter of fact, I dealt with the loss of my mother by writing what turned out to be Counting the Cost. I never cried a tear, but I created a seven pound manuscript.

Margaret:  The love story in Counting the Cost is priceless. I’m so glad you worked through your grief and shared this intimate look at your family.  In Trouble at the Red Pueblo did your feelings about Jack change between Chapter Two and the end? Why?

Liz: My feelings did change, because at the beginning, I didn’t see the end. I didn’t know that Jack gave Amy a job and a home or that he did all the good works that he did. All I knew about him at first was that he was successful and irritating to Spider. And that he was a cowboy poet.

Margaret:  Who is your favorite character besides Spider and why?

Liz: Besides Spider, Karam is my favorite. I started out with a completely different idea of what he would be, but I’m delighted with how he turned out. I love him for his fearlessness. I remember studying Spanish—I minored in it in college and spent a summer in Mexico in a residency program to gain fluency. Conversing with native Mexicans was so uncomfortable; I was always afraid of making a mistake or of appearing foolish. But Karam is so bold and at the same time so teachable. I just love him.

Margaret: I found there were similar issues with European relatives who know King’s English, but get lost with American slang. You did a great job of adding humor with this element. Karam, a Palestinian Muslim, teaches American history.  What inspired you to create such an unlikely teacher?

Liz: My husband, Derrill, and I get these video programs called Great Courses. They’re college-level lectures, and we watch one every day during lunch. We were watching one on Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Empire, and the person teaching it had a British accent. The idea came to me then that it’s very common to have Western professors teaching Eastern history. Why not the other way around?

Margaret:   This novel tackles the issue of racial profiling. Tell us why you added this element.

Liz: I put Karam’s incident in the book because of a conversation that I had with a Palestinian friend who, when he traveled around America, never flew because of his experiences in airports. However, he said that going by bus was stressful, too. He had been hassled by police in bus stations because they thought he looked Hispanic and made him prove he wasn’t an illegal alien.

Margaret:  Who do you consider to be another hero in this book?

Liz: I think Jack may be a hero. In wanting to take care of Amy, he pushes himself beyond his physical capacity and reaps the consequences. That’s kind of funny, because in the beginning I didn’t see him in a hero’s mold.

Margaret: Thanks for visiting with us today. I look forward to reading more Spider Latham mysteries in the future.

Interview with Theresa Sneed author of Escape

EscapeWUFC author Theresa Sneed released her gripping suspense novel, ESCAPE  this month. Elizabeth doesn’t remember her past. Sheriff Malcolm Snyder finds her wandering the streets of Boston in a daze. He cruelly locks her in his cellar and keeps her captive for five gruesome years. One evening, she escapes with his truck, his money, and his five year old daughter, Sally. Theresa crafts a powerful mystery with unexpected twists that grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let it go, even with the word.

Margaret: Is there a particular event that inspired the writing of ESCAPE? Please tell us about it.

Theresa: Yes. The Fritzl case in Austria where a horrible man kept his daughter captive in his cellar for twenty-four years and fathered seven children by her. That story captivated my attention for the pure horror and shock of it.

Margaret:  Escape is titled as novel 1 in the Sandee Jae Series. I don’t remember seeing that name in the novel. Please explain and when do you anticipate volume 2 to be available for readers?

Theresa: I guess I need to change the series name, because it won’t make sense until the last book. In book three, we are introduced to Sandee Jae. She is the head writer for an online gossip column exclusive to women. If I told you more, it would be a huge spoiler, so better to just alter the series name.

Margaret: What is your favorite genre to write and why?

Theresa: My favorite genre to write is whatever I’m working on at the present. Right now, I’m working on a stand-alone, time-travel called the Salem Witch Haunt. It is about Bess North, a 17 year old student at Danvers High. Because she is the 7th great granddaughter of one of the women hanged as a witch in 1692, she is annoyed with all the media hype and tourism in her town, which used to be Salem Village. Losing her way in the woods, she stumbles upon a quaint, but antiquated village that she thinks is Amish. After the initial shock of discovering where she really is, Salem Village 1692, she sets out on a mission to save her grandmother from the gallows, only to put herself in grave danger.

I have thoroughly researched the historical characters and every possible theory about what happened in Salem Village in 1692. Salem Witch Haunt is a believable story steeped in suspense and intrigue with a touch of sweet romance.

My goal is to release it this Halloween, October 31, 2014, as Halloween, October 31, 2001 was the date that the state of Massachusetts exonerated my own grandmother, Susannah North Martin, 309 years after her hanging.

Margaret: WOW! What an intriguing family history! I look forward to reading Salem Witch Haunt this fall. Thank you for visiting with me and sharing  about what you are writing.

Theresa Sneed’s other published books include:

The No Angel Series: No Angel, Earthbound and Destiny.

Elias of Elderberry (Book 1 in the Sons of Elderberry series.)