Friday, October 25, 2013

WOMEN IN MURDER AND MAYHEM: An Interview With Women Who Kill For A Living

By: Toni Anderson (and many more!)


10 Award-winning, bestselling authors – 10 Hot Heroes – 10 Romantic Suspense Page Turners

***$0.99 until Nov 16th only*** A new box set compilation featuring 10 bestselling authors (Rebecca York, Marie Astor, Patricia Rosemoor, Debra Burroughs, Sharon Hamilton, Toni Anderson, Lori Ryan, Dana Marton, Jill Sanders and Kaylea Cross).


Jill Sanders and Dana Marton met online by chance and realized they were author twins, forming an instant friendship. They were both on the verge of breaking out, both regularly putting books in the #1 spot on Amazon's romantic suspense bestseller list. When an author is ready to break out in traditional publishing, the publisher will often put them into an anthology with a NY Times bestselling, big name author, to introduce them to a wider audience and launch them into stardom. As Jill and Dana talked about their indie novels, they realized they could do something similar. A multi-author boxed set was decided on and more author friends invited to the party. Readers fully approved! The feedback on the boxed set is fantastic so far, with pre-orders pouring in. But all the authors agree that the best part of the project is the new friendships formed and old friendships strengthened.

Interview with the Authors:

Q: When you set out to write romance, did you know you wanted to be in the romantic suspense or romantic mystery realm? 

Lori Ryan: No, not at all. I began with the intention of writing contemporary romance, and my work does fit that category, but there is always a little element of suspense now. I have one series where I’m trying to leave out the suspense element and I’m finding it very hard to do that! 

Debra Burroughs: Absolutely. Because I write sweet but sensual romantic story lines, I felt I needed the added tension of mystery and suspense to make the story a real page-turner. Besides, I really enjoy writing mystery and suspense as much or more than the romance. I think having both adds more depth to my stories.

Kaylea Cross: Yes, because I love military heroes, so generally that means there’s some sort of suspense in the story. In each of my books I really try hard to teach my readers something new about the branch of service of my military characters have served in.

Q: It seems as though you have to enter the mind of a killer at times in your books. Is this hard to do? Do you ever find it disturbing to do so?

Dana Marton: Yes. In fact, I had more villain point of view scenes in Deathscape originally and I took some out. I found it very difficult to spend time in the mind of a serial killer. It was a very dark place to go and changed my mood for the day. For another book, I had to read a bunch of autopsy reports for research. This is why I watch romantic comedy on TV. I need to balance the dark moments with light.

Jill Sanders: No, I think as humans we all have that little devil that sits on our shoulder. I just let mine out in my stories. Sometimes it's hard to slip into that twisted mind, but then I think of the complete opposite of what I'd do, and write it down. There are times I have to step away and hug my kids or play with my dogs to level myself. But, I look at it just like a movie playing in my head. If I can keep that mentality, I'm okay.

Patricia Rosemoor: Actually, being the killer is easier than being the heroine. My readers don't have to like him/her. They just need to be intent on my hero & heroine stopping whatever is going on. And actually, similar to actors who love playing the villain in movies, I find it stimulating and, well, fun at times.

Q: What are some of the most interesting things you’ve discovered when researching for your books?

Marie Astor: The most interesting research I’ve done so far was for my contemporary romance novel This Tangled Thing Called Love where the main character is an architect specializing in works of Gaudi. I did a lot of reading about architecture and Gaudi; it was both challenging to rewarding to write about an area I had to learn about from scratch.

Toni Anderson: Oh, boy, research is my thing. Lately it’s been fun researching some of the history of Afghanistan. The fact that the Wakhan Valley is part of Afghanistan stems from when Russia and Great Britain were the two great imperial powers. They annexed the Wakhan and made it part of Afghanistan to act as a buffer between the nations and decrease the likelihood of war. Political history is fascinating in small doses :)

Lori Ryan: That you can contact he FBI for information and help! The agent I worked with for one of my books was fantastic. Someday, I’ll write something more in depth about an FBI Agent just to get to experience that on a bigger scale. 

Q: Romantic suspense books have to straddle two genres, keeping the romantic tension between a hero and heroine alive but also ensuring there are enough twists to the plot to keep readers engaged in the suspense. How do you come up with your plots? Do they change as you progress through the manuscript?

Sharon Hamilton: My books are more about the romance, with doses of suspense. Afterall, love is the best mystery around. I tell a story based on SEAL Team 3, and use a different hero each time, but often they show up in other plots/stories as secondary characters. Sometimes readers influence which story I will tell next. Usually one of them “calls” to me and I like to do what I’m told.
Plots can change during the writing of the story. I love it when that happens!

Dana Marton: Since I’m not big on plotting, I start with an interesting idea and see where the characters will take me. This means constant changes. It’s not the most effective way to write. I go down a lot of dead-end streets this way. But I do get to know my characters pretty well by the end, and I think that comes through in the stories.

Q: What do you hope your readers come away from one of your books feeling? Is there something you strive for as a writer? 

Patricia Rosemoor: Suspense-- I always want readers to feel that justice is served since that doesn't always happen in real life. Romance -- I hope readers will identify with my heroines and fall in love with my heroes. Most of all, I hope all my characters are believable and come to life on the page.

Toni Anderson: I personally hate books that don’t have a happy ending. So my stories all have a ‘Happy Ever After’ but that doesn’t mean the characters don’t suffer along the way. I hope readers finish the book with a sigh of relief that everything worked out OK in the end. I’m probably a little outside mainstream in some ways. My heroes don’t always do the right thing, and the bad guys often have their own story. Life is complex. I like to make readers think, but more important I want to make them happy. 

Kaylea Cross: As I said, I love to teach my readers things about what our men and women in uniform do, so I hope they finish the book feeling satisfied and a little more enlightened on that score.

Marie Astor: I write in the romantic suspense / contemporary romance genre because I enjoy exploring the intricate ways in which women and men interact. As a writer, first and foremost, I strive to entertain my readers. When we turn to a book, we want to be transformed to a different world and have our cares and worries lifted away, if only temporarily. At least this is the effect that I expect when I pick up a new book to read, and I strive to give the same to my readers. 

Q: Who do you use as sources in your writing to be sure your characters are true to form and the references to military or police procedure are authentic and accurate?

Debra Burroughs: I have three beta readers that have been avid readers of the type of books I write for more than 20 years each. I ask them to be totally honest with me if something doesn’t feel believable—and they are. I also have a friend who is a police detective in sex crimes, who also happens to be an author. I always run my manuscripts by him for his input on police procedures. After that, of course, is my amazing editor who has no problem correcting me when I need it.

Sharon Hamilton: I have relatives who are SEALs, and I use them for the character and some of the issues they face when they are home from deployment. I don’t think I could write SEALs without this connection.

Jill Sanders: My brother, Jeff, is ex-marine. My brother-in-law, Mike, is Army, and I have some close friends that are still in active service. My book, Secret Guardian is actually dedicated to all of them and more.

Kaylea Cross: I now have several recently retired military contacts I use, including an ex SEAL, Pararescueman (PJ), and a Marine Scout/Sniper. They are AWESOME and have been so willing to answer all the technical questions I send them. I also read a ton of nonfiction titles and watch lots of documentaries. It’s by far my favorite part of the research side of writing! 

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca York's novella, Christmas Captive, is the latest in her Decorah Security series, which focuses on a detective agency where the agents have paranormal powers or take on paranormal cases. Each book focuses on a different hero and heroine who fall in love against a background of suspense and danger. The agency is run by a crust old navy SEAL, Frank Decorah, who works behind the scenes to match up men and women he thinks belong together.

Thanks for having us here today!

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  1. I forgot to add that we run weekly (Friday) giveaways on our DANGEROUS ATTRACTION Fan Page. And we're giving away (I think but might be wrong so don't sue me) an iPad Mini during our release week launch party :)

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  3. I know the epub version is available at Smashwords - will the set be available on Barnes and Noble for the Nook?

    1. MaryC--Yes, absolutely. We just weren't given pre-order capabilities there. Please sign up to the Fan Page for updates or send me your email address and I'll contact you when it is available.

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