Thursday, September 8, 2011

Irene Hannon-author interview and GIVEAWAY

Today I'm interviewing Irene Hannon and featuring  her newest book Deadly Pursuit. Fantastic Book!
Irene, thanks for taking the time to visit us today! I appreciate you answering these few questions. It will be fun to get to know you better.

How long did you write before you were published?
I can’t remember ever not writing. I think people are born writers. But in terms of book-length fiction, I was writing for about five or six years before I made my first sale.



Tell us about Deadly Pursuit, the featured book.
Here’s the blurb from the back cover: Social worker Alison Taylor has a passion for protecting children. But now it seems she needs protecting. When her tormentor’s attentions take a violent turn, she calls in reinforcements—her police-detective brother, Cole, and his new partner, ex-Navy SEAL Mitch Morgan. As her relentless stalker turns up the heat and the danger intensifies, Mitch takes a personal interest in the case. Because protecting Alison has become more than a job; his future depends on keeping her safe.



Is there any person who has been a strong influence in your writing journey?
My freshman English teacher in high school, who instilled in me a passion for the power and possibilities of words. Book 1 in this series, Fatal Judgment, is dedicated to her,



What message do you want to be clear to your readers?
As with every book I write, I want to leave readers uplifted, hope-filled, and with a renewed understanding of the power of love to transform lives. In addition, in Deadly Pursuit I deal with the issue of personal responsibility and how all of us are accountable for the decisions we make.



What are some of your likes and dislikes? Your hobbies, interests? Where do you like to vacation?
I love my family, singing, chocolate pastries, long walks, Saturday mornings with my husband at our favorite coffee shop, travel…too many things to list! I love to go anywhere on vacation—but over and over, I seem to be drawn to the seashore.



Tell us a little-known fact about yourself that readers may not know.
I love to perform in community musical theater productions and have had the great good fortune to play the leading role in some classic musicals, including The King and I, Brigadoon, Oklahoma, South Pacific and Anything Goes, to name a few.



How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?
I’m at my desk from about 8:30 in the morning until I’m done for the day. If all goes well, I meet my page count by 5 p.m. (minimum of 5 good pages, preferably more). Then, after dinner, I take care of any business-related tasks that I didn’t get to during the day. For example, it’s 9:30 in the evening as I work on this interview. And I have more to deal with when I finish this. Because I write for two publishers, I allow about nine months between books for each; so in nine months, I write two books.



What are you currently reading?
I just finished Winter’s End by Ruth Logan Herne. One of my contemporary romance novels (A Father for Zach) is up against this debut book for the Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers, and I have to say I’m very impressed by her work!



Do you grow flowers or vegetables? What are your favorite flowers?
Flowers…always flowers! To paraphrase Will Rogers, I’ve never met a flower I didn’t like!



What are you writing now?
I’ve finished Book 3 in the Guardians of Justice series, Lethal Legacy, so I’ve moved on to my next romantic suspense series, which will feature three former law enforcement operatives who’ve joined forces to form a PI firm.



How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’m at www.irenehannon.com. You can also find a link on my site that will allow you to become a Twitter follower. Please do!



And thanks for spending this time with us, Irene.
We wish you much success.



Irene Hannon is giving away a copy of her book Deadly Pursuit

Leave a comment with your name and email address. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment AND your email address.
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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. ENTRY DEADLINE September 26, 2011





29 comments:

Caroline said...

I haven't read any of Irene's books yet (btw: love her name), but looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

cb
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Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this. This book looks absolutely amazing. I would love to read this. Thanks again.

Rebecca
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Christy said...

I loved your interview with Irene, and especially learning the bit about her local theater work. My hubby is a theater buff, but doesn't get to perform as often as he used to.

I missed signing up for the blog tour for this book, and I'm kicking myself for that now! Please sign me up for the giveaway. :o)

+1 - current follower through GFC

Christy
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Shonda said...

This looks like a great book! shondaet@gmail.com

Shonda said...

I follow your blog. shondaet@gmail.com

Shonda said...

I follow by networked blogs. shondaet@gmail.com

apple blossom said...

my teen daughter loves these type of books she'd love it if I won this book thanks

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Patsy said...

I love Irene's writing. Would love this book.

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Patsy said...

I subscribe by email.

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Charlotte Kay said...

I would love to be considered for this giveaway.
Thanks!
Charlotte Kay
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Pam K. said...

I enjoyed this interview with Irene. I like reading suspense books and am always happy to find an author who writes in this genre but yet also gives the reader hope and a Christian message (however subtly).
Please enter me in the drawing for "Deadly Pursuit."
Thanks.
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Pam K. said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.
Thanks for the extra entry.

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel...

i'm a follower & email subscriber, too~

karenk
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Anonymous said...

Mrs. Hannaon, "Guardians of Justice" looks like a wonderful series. I'll need to look for Book 1. Thank you for the chance to win Book 2. I, too, had a high school English teacher who encouraged me to write. Thankful for people like her in my life along the way!

Blessings,
Kelly Y.
kelly*at*dkcountryarts*dot*com

Kandra in Tennessee said...

Such a great author! I loved the first book, so I'm so excited to learn about #2 and #3! Thanks for the giveaway!
kandrajane@bellsouth.net

Kandra in Tennessee said...

e-mail subscriber, too
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Mozi Esmé said...

This looks like a fascinating book!

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Anonymous said...

This a new author for me to add to my must read list. I enjoyed the interview and would love to win the book. Thank you for the chance. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Anonymous said...

Public follower on Google Friend Connect. Thanks for the extra entry. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Anonymous said...

I am a email subscriber to Trinity Rose's Garden. Thanks for the extra entry.
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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holdenj said...

This looks like a great book! Would enjoy reading it.
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holdenj said...

I am an email subscriber.
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Lady DragonKeeper said...

My mom loves Irene Hannon's books --this would make a great gift for her!

Thanks for the chance to win!

jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.

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Anonymous said...

Love this author, please include me in this giveaway.
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kh7df said...

Thank you for the opporunity to win! I've read Irene Hannon's first two trilogies and loved them! I know that I would enjoy "Deadly Persuit" also.

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