Deep Disclosure, Grand Central (Forever), Aug. 23th 2011
After spending years in prison under deep cover, black ops agent Tucker Flynn joins A-Tac, an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Nothing can shake him-except a vulnerable young woman marked for death.
When Tucker is assigned to protect-and secretly investigate-Alexis Markham, he expects a routine mission. But this mysterious beauty has a past even darker than his: her father created a horrifying new biochemical weapon-and was murdered to keep it secret.
Alexis has spent the last decade racing to stay one step ahead of the shadowy operatives who will stop at nothing to possess her father's formula. She can trust no one, not even her handsome new bodyguard. But the heat that flares between them is impossible to resist. Will giving in to passion bring her the safety she's always craved, or will her love for Tucker draw him into a killer's sights?
Please describe your writing environment.
I live in Manhattan--world of very small living spaces, so my office is in the bedroom. Which limits late night writing to my dining room table. Thank goodness for laptops. I sometimes wonder how writers managed with only pen and paper. I have a lovely desk that my grandmother gave me. And pictures of my family and friends on the shelves along wtih printers, scanners, and all the other things we can't live without. I have a files on all my books. And keep a yellow legal pad available for "thinking". I also have a fabulous plaque from a friend that says "Never Never Never give up!" I motto I live by.
Please tell us your latest news!
I've been having so much fun writing the A-Tac series. Daring, an A-Tac e-novella just came out, as well as teh fourth A-Tac book Deep Disclosure. I just finished the fifth book, Deadly Dance, and am getting ready to begin the sixth, Double Danger. Things at A-Tac are definitely heating up. The Consortium seems bent on taking the team down. But I've got a good feeling that they'll figure out how to prevail.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I absolutely adore Mary Stewart's books. She's just an amazing writer. Besides creating wonderful characters and suspense, she is a master and recreating an environment. When you finish one of her books you feel as if you've really been to the places she's described. Including Greece, Austra and Scotland. She's fabulous.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've always written. From the very beginning when I first learned to write there was just something so fascinating about filling a blank sheet of paper with words. My words. And I'm a story-teller by nature. So the two things blended together seamlessly. However, I never even considered a career as a novelist until I was almost forty and facing the fact that my child was going to school and I needed to do something for me. So it was a midlife crisis that sent me to the computer to write "Chapter 1". And eleven years and twenty books later I'm still pinching myself.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Perseverance! Write something every day. Remember that you can always fix a blank page. Looks for the positive in rejection and throw away the rest. Do your homework. Study the market, the industry and the genre you're writing in. Find kindred spirits--it matters. Believe in yourself. And Never Never Give Up!
What main genre do you write in?
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My husaband, without a doubt (although my critique partners come a close second). To begin with he's an amazing man. But beyond even that, he's been so incredibly supportive of my journey. Writing and getting published is not for the faint of heart, and having someone in your corner can make a real difference. He listen endless to plot ideas and twists and turns. Helps with research and development (I do write romance). And constantly promotes my books. Seriously, I'm so lucky to have him on my team.
Do you like to mix genres?
By definition I write a mixed genre. Romantic Suspense at its best is a balance between a central romantic story and a suspense story. To make the novel work a writer has to create the story in such a way that neither the romance or the suspense part of the story can exist without the other. It's a tricky balancing act, but as a lover of romantic suspense, when it's done right it's so much fun to read.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I just finished reading Water for Elephants. I wasn't actually certain I wanted to read it. But friends insisted and am I ever glad they did. It was beautifully written. It isn't often that a writer can create a world so vivid that you are drawn into it completely. And having no firsthand knowledge of the world of traveling circuses or of the depression I had no idea what to expect--and wound up totally enchanted with the story. Great book.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
It was a call. I was in my pajamas. And when my agent told me she'd sold my book I screamed and yelled and hung up the phone--before I found out who she sold it too. It was a fabulous, wonderful moment. I'll never forget it.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I have a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Max. And a tuxedo cat named Sasha. They've both been with me from the beginning. Max usually asleep on my feet as I write. I love animals and they have occured in my books from time to time. A horse named Jack in The Promise. A dog named Mac in After Twilight. And a West Highland Terrier in Set-Up in SoHio. Also cat's. Asa in Still of the Night. And Asha in the upcoming Deadly Dance. My actual cat and dog have yet to make a writing appearance.
How wonderful to have been able to spend some time with you! When not at my computer writing, I am usually out exploring Manhattan with my husband, daughter and Max.