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Ann Gabhart––Her Roots Go Deep

AnnHGabhart (1)We are delighted to have Ann Gabhart visiting with us today on Authors Visits.

Ann’s new book, Murder at the Courthouse, was just released this month.

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I was looking at your website, www.annhgabhart.com and I loved the Welcome you put at the top.  “Welcome to Hidden Springs––pop. 732 731.  For our readers, Hidden Springs is the setting for her new book.

Tell us what the book is about Ann.

“Michael Keane is ready to relax as deputy sheriff in his sleepy hometown. Nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky—and that’s just fine with Michael. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps.”

Well as you know, I love mysteries, so I will definitely be reading the book.

Tell me why you decided to write a mystery book.

“I’ve always loved mysteries. The Hardy Boy Mysteries and Nancy Drew Mysteries were some of the first books I devoured as a young reader. In fact, I often give those Hardy Boy books much of the credit for me first taking up pen and trying to write a story. I wanted to be in a mystery like they were and writing my own seemed the only way to make that happen. The safest way too! So years later, after writing many historical novels and coming of age stories for young adults, I decided to try my hand at a mystery. The first Hidden Springs mystery, Murder at the Courthouse was the result.”

 

I am always amazed, although I shouldn’t be how the books of The Hardy Boy Mysteries and the Nancy Drew Mysteries affected so many people. I devoured their books and was thrilled when television shows came on the air. Like you, I could imagine myself in all sorts of mysteries and trying to solve the cases.

 

So is there a story behind this story?

 

“Once I decided to write a mystery, I knew I wanted to set it in a town much like the town where I grew up. I still live near that little town of Lawrenceburg, KY. But in my story, I kept the big stores out and let my fictitious Hidden Springs stay small and one of those towns where everybody knows everybody. I wanted that small town feel with its quirky characters. But I also wanted a main character readers could like. Not a perfect man, but one who liked having roots in Hidden Springs. Then I added a mystery that challenges all he has ever believed about his town.”

 

Just that reason alone makes me want to read the book Ann. I’m sure your fans feel the same way.

 

Are you going to write another mystery?

 

“Hidden Springs mystery number two, Murder Comes by Mail, is already written and with the publishers. That story is going through edits and will be released in July 2015. I am currently working on Hidden Springs number three. So I’m definitely writing at least a few mysteries.”

 

Was it difficult to come up with your title, characters and plot?

 

“A mystery plot can be a challenge. You have to plant clues and at the same time try to keep readers from guessing the ending too easily or too soon. Mystery readers like being mystified in a story, but they do want to be able to look back and see that the clues were there if they had only picked up on them. My characters weren’t really hard. Each time I write a new story, my characters seem more than happy to spring to life in my head and start talking. So I started with Michael Keane. Then I added his Aunt Lindy. Of course, he had to have a love interest. And you can’t forget about Anthony Blake, a kid Michael is trying to help, who tries every way possible to spurn that help. As for the title, I brainstormed with an agent and came up with several suggested titles for this mystery.

 

“My publisher’s titling committee took those suggestions and did their own brainstorming session. The result was one of the titles I’d suggested – Murder at the Courthouse.”

 

I am very glad you caught the “writing bug” at the age of 10 and kept writing. You have produced some wonderful stories for readers to enjoy.

 

What’s next for Ann Gabhart?

 

 

“Right now, as I said, I’m working on the third Hidden Springs mystery. After that, I plan to go back to my first writing love and write another historical romance. I’ll have to switch gears a bit from these contemporary cozy mysteries to do more research and step back in time to write that story. But good characters make the story no matter the setting or era. So my job will be to come up with the right characters for those new stories.”

 

Just think Ann, some day, in the future, someone will ask another writer what influenced them in their writing a mystery. Those words will be, “I’ve always loved mysteries. Hidden Spring’s Mystery books, by A. H. Gabhart, were some of the first mystery books I read.”

 

Thank you for visiting us.

 

Good luck with this new adventure.

 

Be sure and visit Ann Gabhart at
http://www.annhgabhart.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/AnnGabhart/timeline/

https://twitter.com/AnnHGabhart

 

The Master of Thrills-Steve Berry

 

NEW Steve_Berry_3242 (1)  Meet author Steve Berry.  His trademark is a mix of history and suspense, 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation. He takes this combination and creates riveting thrillers. Some of our readers may not know that he is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world.

 

We are so excited to have Steve Berry as our visitor today. To welcome him we have prepared a Mocha Morning Drink. 

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6 cups hot brewed coffee, ¾ cup half-and-half cream, 6 tablespoons chocolate syrup, 7 teaspoons sugar, 6 cinnamon sticks, whipped cream (optional). In a large saucepan, combine the coffee, cream, chocolate syrup and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is heated through. Ladle into six large mugs. Stir with a cinnamon stick. Garnish with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mocha-morning-drink#ixzz3WT8Z2ak3

 

Good morning Steve, welcome to Authors Visit. Your newest book, The Patriot Threat just released. Tell us a little about the book. 

Patriot Threat - final  The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility. 

My protagonist Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top-secret Treasury Department files–the kind that could bring the United States to its knees–Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

I’ve read the book, and I have to tell you, it was riveting. It has your non-stop adventure trademark. It was a great thriller…and the question you posed about income tax being illegal left me dumbfounded. I really liked the appearances of Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and the painting that hangs in the National Gallery of Art. The part with the $1 bill…well, I immediately went to get a $1 bill and looked…I won’t give that away right here. We’ll let others find it as they read your book. And it is a must read.

You obviously have a passion for history as it lies at the heart of your novels.

Yes, it is my passion, one I share with my wife, Elizabeth. It led us to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 we have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and writers workshops. To date, over 2,500 students have attended those workshops and we’ve raised nearly a million dollars for preservation.

In 2012 and 2013 your devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, they named you the spokesperson for National Preservation Week. Among his other honors are the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award given by Poets & Writers; the 2013 Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and the Silver Bullet, bestowed in 2013 by International Thriller Writers for his philanthropic work. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

I know your books are research intensive. Can you tell us a little about it?

I utilize many second-hand volumes, visiting old bookshops around the world.  I use around 200-300 sources for each novel. Sometimes on site research is necessary in order to fully develop the story.  With The Patriot Threat, I went to Venice, Croatia, And Washington D.C.  I flew to Russia for The Amber Room and The Romanov Prophecy and to Rome for The Third Secret. Time in France was necessary for The Templar Legacy. A visit to the abbey at Belem, in Portugal, helped complete The Alexandria Link. Trips to Venice for The Venetian Betrayal and Germany for The Charlemagne Pursuit were also productive. For The Paris Vendetta  I spent four days in the city of lights. To create The Jefferson Key, I visited Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C., and New York City. The Columbus Affair required a few days in both Prague and Jamaica, where I discovered an interesting link between those two locales.  For The King’s Deception, I made two trips to London and its surrounding communities.

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I have heard that it is a possibility that your Cotton Malone books may come to TV in a series.  Without giving too much information, can you comment on that?

The Cotton Malone series has been bought by Alcon Entertainment. So there is interest in a television series focused around the books and Cotton. Hopefully, that development effort will prove successful and Cotton might come to life on the small screen.

I have to tell you, I for one would be thrilled. I love the Cotton Malone character. I know you have many reader fans that would be watching that series. I hope you will keep us posted on that as it moves along.

Cover March 2015 medYou were just interviewed in Southern Writers Magazine’s March/April issue and you were on the cover. I really enjoyed learning about your writing techniques. I especially learned a lot about your character’s voices–– in how you keep them from getting lost amid the other voices. 

It’s important that the characters not sound the same.  You achieve this through a careful use of diction and syntax — the choice and order of the words.

I appreciated you sharing that technique with us on how you accomplish this. For writers who are interested in checking this out just click on the magazine above. 

What’s next for Steve Berry?

Cotton Malone will be back in 2016 and 2017 with more exciting adventures.  The 2016 novel is finished and I’m writing the 2017 book.

I want to thank you for joining us today. Again, I really enjoyed your new book. So did my husband. I like your writing style, especially since it keeps me interested all the way to the end. Thank you for such interesting books.

Please come back and visit soon.

Be sure and check out Steve Berry’s website and learn more about him. 

http://steveberry.org/

Until Next Time-Happy Reading!

 

 

Gail Gaymer Martin Answers the Age Old Question!

 

Meet Gail Gaymer Martin,  a multi-award-winning author of over fifty-five novels and 4 million books sold all over the world. We are so glad you are visiting us today Gail.

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Since the weather has turned a little damp and chilly, I thought we would enjoy some Chocolate Almond Coffee

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Chocolate Almond Coffee

¼ cup ground MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee, 2 Tbsp. sugar, ¼ tsp. almond extract, 2  1/cups of cold water, 2 oz.  BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped, 1

cup half-and-half, ½ cup  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. Put the coffee in the filter in brew basket of coffee maker. Place sugar and extract in empty coffee pot. Add cold water to coffee maker; brew. Microwave chocolate and half-and-half in medium microwaveable bowl on high 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring after 1 min. Add to coffee; stir until blended. Serve topped with COOL WHIP. (Visit http://www.kraftrecipes.com/ for this recipe and more.)

Gail I know you love to share  with writers about the age question.

Yes, I’ve been asked if a person doesn’t start to write until they are 40 or 50 years old is it too late. My answer: Absolutely not. I worked at other careers before I started writing anything. I first sold hundreds of articles to Christian magazines that dealt with parenting and teen issues that stemmed from my counseling background. I had the credentials and experience to use that knowledge to help others, and I enjoyed it. I wrote short stories for adults and children that I sold to Christian periodicals and Sunday school materials, as well as devotionals and even some poetry. After selling most everything I wrote, I realized the Lord was telling me to reach out for my dream which was, as a child, to write books. I began writing fiction in 1997 and sold in 1998. I sold another novel in 1999 and the same year received a contract from New York with Steeple Hill Love Inspired. My career had taken off.  I’ve been blessed, and I am very grateful.

Some writers/authors/readers may not know this, but you were a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Originally it was planned by six of us who were romance writers as the christian version of Romance Writers of America and we incorporated as american Christian Romance Writers in 2000.  Within four years, we had many Christian novelists who wrote other genres and reincorporated to include all Christian fiction genre by becoming American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Today the organization has approximately 2600 members from around the world and is the major organization and premiere annual conference for all Christian fiction.

That’s amazing Gail. I know it is a wonderful organization and has so many avenues for writers. Tell me about your kindle release this month of Finding Christmas.

finding chris 2h_0373811233Three years ago, Joanna’s three-year-old daughter, Mandy, died in the icy waters of a Michigan lake, along with Greg, Joanna’s husband-or so she was told. But her daughter’s body was never found. Now, Joanna is receiving mysterious phone calls and email messages, reawakening her doubts. These messages she is getting may give her false hope or could it be someone is trying to reunite her with her daughter she thought was dead?

Okay, that’s the perfect stocking stuffer. It is a must get for me. I wanted to talk a little about what you did before becoming a writer.

I taught English, journalism and public speaking in a high school setting until I obtained my master’s degree in counseling, and though I loved teaching, I moved into that career. When I had enough years to retire, I was asked to teach English and public speaking as an adjunct instructor at a university. I stayed there for five years but when my fiction writing took off so quickly, I left the university to spend my time writing Christian fiction fulltime. My writing career opened doors to become an inspirational speaker for woman at churches, businesses and civic events and  teach writing fiction across the country. I’ve had the privilege of teaching in London, England as well. I was also pleased to be the author of the Writer’s Digest book, Writing the Christian Romance.

You are an incredible talented writer. I know you believe in honing your craft.

Everyone has weak spots in their writing and the more we study, practice, and polish, the better we will write.

Tell me about your hobbies.

upon a midnight clearth_0373871236 Music is my biggest hobby and then traveling. I have been a singer all my life. I studied piano as a child and later as a young woman. Though I was never great, I know music and am a member of our JuBellation Ringers at church where my husband is the director of our handbell ensemble. My music background also is helpful when I work on my solos or chorale music. I sing with my church choir and I’m also a member of a well-known Christian chorale in the metro-Detroit area which represents excellence in music. I have had music elements in a few of my novels. One that stands out in my mind is my first Love Inspired novel, Upon A Midnight Clear, which was a national award winner. I’m surprised I haven’t used music more than I do.

dreaming of castlesth_1577485556Traveling happens to be another of my hobbies. Readers can find a novel and a few novellas set in places such as: Germany, Italy and England. I love being given the opportunity to use my travel experiences to create special stories. Some of these have come to life again through my reissued copyrights, and I was able to self-publish them. One of my favorite novels is, Dreaming of Castles, filled with humorous situations and exciting adventures in the wonderful backdrop of Heidelberg and Rotenberg ob der Tauber, Germany.

I thought our readers might like to know your take on coincidence. Does it sometimes play a role in your books?

Coincidence isn’t a conscious element in my books. Usually I think of it as God’s leading. I have had characters say something in dialogue or thought, and when it happens I pause in surprise as I wonder where that came from. It wasn’t a line I can remember typing, but as I study the words, I realize the dialogue foreshadows something that could happen later or it opens a door that hadn’t entered my mind. Those moments are always gifts as I see how they can deepen my purpose or the message within the novel. Each novel is like a modern-day parable that helps answer a question or concern most people have asked sometime in their lives as Christians. Even to know that we are not alone is an amazing finding for some who feel lost and empty.

Irene Cover 8620211You were showcased in the September/October Southern Writers Magazine where you talked about honing your craft and being a late boomer.

I was a late bloomer and didn’t begin writing fiction for publication until in my fifties. When I was in the third grade, my teacher wrote a prophetic message on my report card, ‘Gail is an excellent writer.’ Today I realize she recognized a talent that took me fifty years to recognize. Beginning writing at a later age has allowed me to encourage others to never give up their dream. (To read Gail’s interview go to www.southernwritersmagazine.com/subscribe.html and get this issue.)

A love for safe keepingYour book, A Love for Safe Keeping,  is about Jane Conroy’s  being stalked.

Yes she is a feisty schoolteacher more angered than frightened by her shadowy adversary’s pranks. Thanks to him, she reluctantly found herself under the watchful deep blue gaze of a handsome lawman bent on keeping her safe — and restoring her lost faith….will she fall for Kyle Manning? He’s the preacher’s son and police officer. Jane makes it clear she doesn’t trust cops or religion — and that she could take care of herself. But Kyle wasn’t just determined to guard her life…he was hoping to share it!

BettertoSeeYou2 Your newest release is Better to See You. Tell us about this one.

Visiting her ailing grandmother in the fairytale-like German town, Lucy Blair plans to be a caregiver during her grandma’s illness and attend the world-renowned theater production of the Passion of Christ. What Lucy did not plan was to run into her old college boyfriend, Ron Woodson, who is in Germany to learn woodcarving for his furniture making business. She also didn’t plan to get caught up in a mystery involving her grandmother. Will Lucy and Ron find the answer to her grandmother’s predicament? Will Lucy’s meeting with Ron rekindle the old flame or will the past smother the new spark?  

Gail, thank you so much for visiting with us today. By the way, I was visiting your website, and saw your recipe tab. Have to tell you, I tried your Oatmeal-Banana cookies. They were delicious. Over the weekend I am going to try your Zucchini Parmesan Crisps.

Thank you Susan for having me, I’ve enjoyed. I’m glad you liked the cookies, let me know how you like the Zucchini.

To learn more about Gail and when her new books are releasing, go to her website www.gailgaymermartin.com and sign up for her newsletter and her blog. Send her an email, she loves to connect with her readers. Be sure and visit her and connect on

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Check out her blog http://www.gailgaymermartin.com/category/writing-fiction/

 

 

 

 

Irene Hannon -What was the Strangest Coincidence?

Today Irene Hannon, best-selling novelist and RITA Award winner will be visiting with me.

Irene Hannon 1 hi-resShe’s a Christian Fiction Writer who knows how to grab our attention with her complex characters, and unexpected twists. To welcome her and make her feel at home. I’ve prepared…

Apple Tea. If you would like to join us, the recipe is below. 

apple teaexps38393_CFT1192412D39B    1 cup water,4 whole allspice, 2 individual black tea bags, 1 cup unsweetened apple juice or cider,2 tablespoons honey. In small saucepan, bring water and allspice just to a boil; add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep for 3 minutes. Discard allspice and tea bags. Stir in apple juice and honey; heat through. Yield: 2 servings.(recipe and picture from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-tea) We searched several places and found this recipe delightful. Go to their website and try it.

Thank you for coming today, Irene. I  want to go behind the scenes of your writing.  I know you spend a lot of time researching information you need to write your books. In fact, they are research intensive. What would you say is the scariest research you’ve experienced? 

Two experiences come to mind. The first happened early in my writing career. One of my characters was a student pilot, and I needed her to lose power during one of her solo flights. So I went to a small local airport and talked to a flight instructor, then had him take me up in the plane he used with students. First scary thing—the plane was so small he pulled it out of the hangar by hand. Second scary thing—he had a hard time getting it started. Third scary thing—once we were airborne, I asked what a person would do if the engine stopped. He said, “You’d use the plane like a glider. Here, I’ll show you,” and proceeded to TURN OFF the balky engine! I had no idea if it would restart—and I didn’t want to actually live through my heroine’s frightening crisis—but thankfully, it did kick back in.

How about more recently? Anything scary happen?

Branching into romantic suspense a few years ago I needed to get up to speed on law enforcement.  I took the local Citizen Police Academy, which included an optional ride-along with an officer. I signed up for it, mostly to hear the radio lingo and see the equipment in the car. I picked a “safe” part of town and an early evening shift. Well, in the first hour the officer got a domestic disturbance call which was very, very tense. I was afraid the guy was going to pull out a gun and start shooting. No sooner did my heart settle down after that call than the officer got summoned to an in-progress burglary. He hit the lights, turned on the siren and zoomed off, weaving in and out of traffic. The poor guy had to practically peel my fingers off the dashboard when the whole thing was over. I learned a lot on that ride-along, but what I learned most of all is that I much prefer my suspense between the pages of a book!

How about some fun things? 

Since I research constantly, no matter the genre, I learn something funny, strange or interesting every day. Sometimes multiple things. For example…did you know that ripe cranberries bounce (Hope Harbor)? Or that most symphony orchestras don’t include a saxophone (That Certain Summer)? Or, on a more serious note, that you can kill a person suffering from hypothermia if you don’t rewarm him or her properly (In Harm’s Way)?

When I finish researching a suspense book, I usually have more than 100 single-spaced typed pages of research notes and citations. For my average contemporary romance/women’s fiction novel, I have about 50 pages. I only use a tiny fraction of that in the book, but I need the background to ensure the factual parts of my book are accurate.

A lot of our readers don’t realize you use to do something else before becoming a best-selling author. In your prior life you were a Communications Executive with a Fortune 500 company and you walked away from that to write full-time. That must have been a difficult decision.

Very. I had the kind of job a person might kill for in one of my suspense novels! No exaggeration. I oversaw three departments, was the managing editor of the company’s global magazine, and was a speechwriter for the top executives, including the chairman of the board and CEO. My job took me all over the world, from winging down to the Caribbean on the corporate jet with the CEO for lunch on a cruise ship, to soaring over the Alaskan glaciers in a float plane, to exploring the back roads of Ireland. For most of my years in the corporate world, I wrote fiction on the side. But eventually my day job became 24/7, and I knew I either had to put writing aside until I retired (many years down the road) or leave the job. I struggled very hard with this—and prayed a lot. In the end, three things happened that gave me the nudge I needed—I won a RITA award, my publisher offered me a three-book contract, and the management in my division changed, bringing in a new…and less palatable…operating philosophy. So I walked away. And I can honestly say I have never looked back or had one regret.

Irene, you’ve said coincidence sometimes plays a role in your books. What’s the strangest coincidence you’ve experienced in real-life?

I’ve experienced enough “coincidences” to believe an anonymous quote I once read that says, “A coincidence is a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.” There are too many to list here, but I’ll tell you about one I incorporated into my latest book, Deceived.

In this novel, an older friend of the heroine tells her about a time years before when she and her husband were hiking in a very remote area of Ireland. It was a misty day, and they were having trouble finding the trailhead, when another couple emerged from the fog. They struck up a conversation—and discovered that not only were they all Americans, but they lived ten minutes apart. When they returned home, they became fast friends.

Some readers may think that coincidence far-fetched and simply the product of a writer’s overactive imagination. But it happened to me and my husband—with one caveat. We didn’t end up becoming friends with the couple we met.

DeceivedSide Speaking of your book Deceived, tell us a little about it.

Deceived was released this month, October 2014 published by Revell. It is book 3 in my Private Justice series. It’s about Kate Marshall has been grieving for three years the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate’s son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden–and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.

In other words, this is another one of your books that will keep me up past my bedtime to finish it. You have a way of writing that pulls me into the lives of your characters. It feels like I know them personally and therefore I have a hard time putting the book down until I find out what happens to them. Not that I am complaining, I enjoy your books and your writing style. 

Irene and husband You just celebrated your 25th wedding anniversary. What’s the secret to a happy marriage?Especially since writing takes up so much time.

Juggling the demands of being a full-time writer (and I do mean full-time!) with all my other roles can be a challenge. But I think the secret to a happy marriage is actually pretty simple. Don’t take each other for granted. Let your spouse know he or she is important to you and appreciated. And make time for each other. For example, my husband and I have a standing coffee date every Saturday morning that is sacrosanct.

Since I write romance, I’m sometimes asked to define that term—and my answer isn’t always what people expect. Yes, romance is soft music and candlelight and roses—but it goes way beyond that. It’s also the things you do in the course of everyday life that let the person you love know you care. Washing the dishes or running an errand or taking out the garbage on a snowy night may not be glamorous, but I think those little gestures of kindness and caring are what build the foundation for lasting love.

 ireneFrienship4  Some people may not know, but Irene sings and dances in musical plays. Here she is on stage in the leading role in Anything Goes.

I love performing in musical theater. I’ve had a number of readers ask if I still do stage work, given my busy writing schedule, and the answer is a resounding YES!—when time permits. The performance you mentioned above benefited the Catholic Youth Apostolate, which sponsors numerous worthwhile programs for teens. So not only did I have fun singing and tap dancing and acting, it was all for a good cause!

You said you love to sing and perform in community musical theater. Do you think it has had an impact on your writing?

 Yes! I don’t do it because of the impact it has on my writing, but the fact is when I’m playing a character, I have to get into her head. To think about how she might move on the stage, her gestures, facial expressions, the cadence of her language. Where might her words falter? Where might she be strong? How can I convey her mood simply by body language? As it turns out, all of those performing skills help me write scenes that show, don’t tell.

Irene Cover 8620211  Irene Hannon was showcased on the cover of Southern Writers Magazine in our September/October 2014 issue. Irene talked  about her writing, her techniques, beginnings and the uniqueness of her abilities has an author. If you haven’t seen the article, be sure and pick up an issue by clicking on the magazine. 

Irene awardIn July of this year, Irene’s book, Vanished, which is Book 1 in her Private Justice series, won the Booksellers Best Award in the inspirational category. And no wonder it won the award. It’s full of shocking secrets. It’s about…

 

Vanished Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she’s startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement–and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road. 

A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to an hour later, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person lying on the side of the road. But she can’t forget the look of terror she saw on the person’s face in the instant before her headlights swung away. The person she hit had been in trouble. She’s sure of it. But she can’t get anyone to believe her story–except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case.

Looking forward to your new book coming out next year. Can you tell me a little about it?

Irene Buried secrets. It’s the first book in my Men of Valor series, Buried Secrets and I am thrilled to share it with you here. It will release April 2015. This series features three brothers who have Special Forces backgrounds. After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn’t want this dead person telling any tales—and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

Well, sounds like you will have another hit on your hands. Thanks for sharing that with us about your upcoming book.

I want to thank you so much Irene for stopping by today and visiting with me. It makes reading an author’s book so much more enjoyable when you know the author.

Thank you for having me, I’ve enjoyed being here and especially enjoyed the delicious Apple Tea. Thanks for the recipe!

To our Readers:

We especially thank our readers for joining us. We hope you have enjoyed the time spent visiting with Irene Hannon .Be sure and let Irene know when you read her books. She loves hearing from her readers.

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Irene is one of the authors who loves to interact with her readers. So don’t hesitate to let her hear from you. 

It is always helpful to an author when you let them know you’ve read their book, what your thoughts were. And when you finish one of her books, stop by on Amazon.com and post your review of the book. In fact join her team and tell your friends about Irene and her books.

As always, any questions you have, send my way.

By for now!

Susan