Thanks so much for stopping by Literary Cravings, If you could sum up Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series in four words, what would they be?
Four words? Did I ever mention how badly I suck at summarizing? Back when I had to write synopses, I’d write the book and then my friend would read them and write the 2 page synopsis for me. Four words – Honor, Action, Sensuality, Romance. Does that work?
In the beginning, what or who spoke to your first? The story or the characters?
The story. The idea of a man who could not only rescue the woman in his assignment, but all other innocents as well. Dare was born from that concept, and with him, Trace. I knew Trace would have the 2nd book, but that’s all I knew. Dare introduced me to Trace’s sister Alani, and to Molly his heroine, and to Jackson, the hero in the 3rd book, and to… well, Dare was the first and then he brought the others onboard.
You’ve written such amazing characters within the series, Who was the easiest & hardest hero & heroine for you to create so far?
I won’t write characters that are hard. If they’re hard to write, then they have no business poking around my muse. I tend to only go with characters that are clamoring for a story, giving their life and screaming, “WRITE ME.” Just for content, I’d say Molly was difficult because her story was so emotional. I felt soooo bad for her. Easiest was Jackson, because he’s so funny. That guy had a one track mind, especially where it concerned Alani.
You’ve tackle a serious issue of human trafficking within the series, was there any scene within the series that was difficult to write? And if so how did you get through writing it?
There’s a scene in Trace’s story, “Trace of Fever,” where they free a bunch of women who’d been brought in on a truck. They were treated like product, period. Not human beings. It was especially sad because, even though I didn’t dwell on that scene a lot, I know it’s true. That’s how it happens. It’s disturbing to know mankind can be so devoid of kindness, or compassion, or emotion of any kind. But it exists, and it becomes more of a problem each and every day.
I got through it by doing all my research, by knowing that good people exist who really care, who are doing all in their power to end human trafficking.
I put all that humanity into Trace, and into his heroine, Priscilla. Together, they were a force against injustice. Or at least, I thought so.
Since writing When You Dare, Trace Of Fever & Savor The Danger what are you working on next?
A Perfect Storm. It’ll be the 4th book in the series, not out until 2012. You meet Spencer Lark, and his heroine, in Jackson’s story, “Savor the Danger.” I am madly in love with Spencer. He’s more of an average guy than the mercenaries, but still larger than life and uber sexy. I hope readers enjoy him too!
Thanks for the opportunity to talk with readers!