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
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