Interview with romantic suspense author Lynn Crandall

Today I
have romantic suspense author Lynn Crandall in the hot seat. She’s doing a virtual
book tour for her novel Dancing with
Detective Danger
, available from Crimson Romance.
Lynn will
be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to a lucky commentor during her tour. To
be entered to win, leave a comment below. To increase your odds of winning,
visit other tour stops and comment there.
Bio:
Lynn Crandall
lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her two cats. She has been
making up stuff all her life, beginning young when she created stories for her
sister that kept them up at night when they were supposed to be sleeping. Her
writing background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or
newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power of words. When not
writing or reading, Lynn likes to bike, hike, and spend time with family, as
well sit down for a good movie on TV.
Welcome, Lynn.
Thank you
for having me on your lovely blog today.
My pleasure! Please tell us about your
current release.
Dancing with Detective Danger is about two people who have suffered
overwhelmingly painful experiences in their pasts. In the present, these people
find themselves slammed up against their wounds and facing choices that may or
may not bring them love.
A private
investigator who works with her sister, heroine Sterling Aegar has never put to
rest the trauma of her father’s unsolved murder. Though she and Ben enjoyed a
passionate and thrilling love affair, two years ago Sterling ran away from it
when the wounds of her past demanded she insulate herself from the
vulnerability of love and bury herself in her work.
A police
officer, Ben has spent the last two years trying to put Sterling out of his
heart and mind. But he knows it hasn’t worked, and when he runs into her at a
crime scene, his desire for her at a physical level is triggered, but more
profoundly at an emotional level.
As their
mutual case unfolds, Sterling and Ben not only work to solve a murder and
locate a missing husband, they confront secrets that set them each free from a
painful past.
What inspired you to write this book?
I enjoy
stories that illustrate the complexity of being human and the variety of life. Dancing with Detective Danger evolved as
a story from a thought about challenging commonly held notions about family
relationships. While we all seem to hold dreams of growing up in a happy and
supportive family, the boundaries of what is family and what is happy often
need to expand to fit reality. I wanted to explore the idea that the family
relationship of the characters—two sisters—has suffered through problems and yet
remains intact, vital, and growing. Both the heroine and the hero are put into
situations that ask them to examine the definition of family and what it means
to be happy. I also am fascinated by the workings of solving problems and
teasing out information to crack mysteries. So, the story world evolved with
two sisters who work together as private investigators, support each other
through pain, and become free to find true love.
Excerpt:
It’s no use,
Sterling fumed. Her brain refused to work. She sorted through the case files at
her office, willing her emotions to stop tormenting her as she recuperated from
a long, sleepless night. The benign sounds of Michelle keyboarding in the outer
office did little to interrupt the mindless emotional turmoil of last night’s
restlessness.
In the
darkness, thoughts of Ben and how it used to be, what she’d done to him,
replayed unrestricted by the distractions of daylight. And now, in the light of
day, the thoughts, haughty and determined, challenged her sanity, coaxing her
to give them room to do their work.
It troubled
her that the warning flags were up again. What were they trying to say? Were
they warning her of a big problem with the case? Or were they trying to tell
her to beware of involvement with Ben? It could lead to more pain, and she knew
it.
Two years ago
she’d told him it was over. Loving him had been so easy, but then the fear
welled too greatly inside of her. With Nicholas’s death, she’d realized more
than ever that a heart open to love was also a heart vulnerable to excruciating
pain and insurmountable loss.
Silly girl. You’d actually believed in
a happily ever after
.
The breakup had been difficult, but she’d only done what she needed to survive.
And even when Ben had finally accepted that they weren’t going to be together,
endorsing her decision to quit police work was quite another matter, something
he’d railed against with all his usual unrestrained gusto.
But Sterling
knew in time she’d get over Ben. And fortunately she didn’t need his permission
to make a life as a private investigator. He didn’t even have to like it.
To make sure
no one would get close enough to leave her hurt and broken like her mother,
she’d made a life for herself invested in independence. She’d dated a few
times, but quickly questioned, what was the point? She had friends and
companionship, and she didn’t want anything more. Lacey liked to point out that
Sterling’s single-minded devotion to her profession was her own way of building
walls against the world. Maybe so. Maybe no one would get in. Especially not
Ben Kirby. It didn’t have to make sense to be right for her.
Sterling
dropped her forehead into the heels of her hands. If only life hadn’t cruelly
smashed them up against each other again. If only Ben would stop forcing her
into a corner where she questioned her decisions.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I am
presently working on the next book about the sisters, the “Lacey”
book. Readers found in Dancing with
Detective Danger
that Lacey’s husband Nicholas was killed while on his job
as a police officer, but he is still very present in her life. In the second
book, the story explores how this relationship can be sustained and whether
Lacey will continue to want Nicholas in her life or move on without him.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
Officially,
I considered myself a writer at the time of publication of my first short
story, about 15 years ago. Writing newspaper and magazine articles on regular
deadlines also helped to define myself as a writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I write
full time, but not fiction full time. I do a lot of juggling. But as a
freelance writer I have a flexible schedule, so that helps, though making time
for fiction is still challenging.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
It’s not
that interesting but I often write at my desk with my cat sleeping on my lap.
She’s my shadow.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
That’s a
fun question! Embarrassingly enough, I dreamed of being Miss America. I even
learned a talent – ventriloquism, complete with a dummy named Dandy – and
performed my “act” on stage for a local pageant when I was in high
school. I think when I got fourth runner-up I realized it wasn’t the career for
me. I don’t know what I was thinking!
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
How about a
brief character interview?
Me: Sterling, what is your favorite
thing about working with your sister?
Sterling: (chuckles) The sweets she
likes to bring into the office. I especially enjoy watching her cut a cinnamon
roll into bite-sized pieces. Just one of her many quirks. But really, it’s just
very comfortable to work with Lacey. She’s got my back and she understands me.
(looks down thoughtfully) We’ve been through a lot and she understands
sometimes I’m not my best self, but she doesn’t care.
Me: That does sound nice. What about
Ben, how do you feel about finding him back in your life?
Sterling: (chews at her bottom lip and
shifts her gaze) Ben is…a crazy man. I’m not sure I’d say he’s back in my life,
but I am running into him a lot lately. I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do
about that. He understands I have concerns about his, umm… lifestyle.
Me: What do you mean, concerns about
his lifestyle?
Sterling: He lives life on the edge,
putting his life in danger. That scares me. I’ve lost too many people I’ve
loved. I don’t want to go through that kind of thing again.
Me: Well, let’s bring Ben in on this.
Ben, what do you have to say to Sterling about your risk-taking?
Ben: (tightens his cheek muscles, then
gazes softly at Sterling) I do take risks, but some risks are worth taking. I
know it’s a risk for Sterling to let me into her life again. But she’s strong
and I believe in us. I’d like to think being together is a risk worth taking.
Me: Well, I can see you have things to
work out, but thank you for giving us a glimpse into your lives.
Thanks, Lynn. I think that’s the first
interview within an interview I’ve had.

Readers, don’t forget about the
giveaway. Leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win!



22 thoughts on “Interview with romantic suspense author Lynn Crandall

  1. Karen H says:

    Sterling is an interesting choice of names for a woman. What made you use it for your heroine? Also, if your book would ever be made into a film, who do you see playing the lead parts?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  2. Unknown says:

    The interview within an interview was great. I always love how it lets you get a better peek at the characters by allowing them to speak in their own voice

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  3. Lynn says:

    Thank you for visiting, Karen! When I picked the names for the two sisters I wanted to sort of illustrate their contrasting personalities. Sterling had more hard edges and Lacey was more touch-feely. I love names so I had them in my queue, looking for a character who would fit.

  4. Catherine Lee says:

    I love the brother & sister pair. That sounds like fun. And I'm rolling thinking about a dummy named Dandy! That's just a hoot.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  5. HiDee says:

    Fun interview! I think it's neat that you learned ventriloquism and competed. I think a lot us probably wanted to be Miss America – or at least a queen – at some point growing up. Good luck on your next book – I'm looking forward to it!

  6. Lynn says:

    HiDee, I think you're right that many of us females envision wearing crowns and capes. Thank you for visiting.

  7. Lynn says:

    The winners in the drawings for the Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tour for Dancing with Detective Danger are host Lisa H. and commenter Bn100. Congratulations!

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