New interview with romantic suspense author Leslie McKelvey

I’m happy to welcome romantic suspense author Leslie McKelvey back to Reviews and Interviews. She’s promoting her novel Accidental Affairavailable from
Black Velvet Seductions, through a tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. You can read her first interview here, if you’d like.

Leslie will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a lucky commenter. So, you know what to do! If you’d like to be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below. If you’d like to increase your chances of winning, visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too.

McKelvey has been writing since she learned to write. Her mother still stores
boxes of handwritten stories in the attic. Leslie read her first romance at 12
and was hooked. When her high school Creative Writing teacher told her she
needed to be a novelist, she decided to give it a try. Finally, at the ripe old
age of…forty-something…her debut novel, Accidental
made it into print through Black Velvet Seductions Publishing. The
publisher has also contracted two more manuscripts, which will follow Accidental Affair shortly. The next
story slated for release is Special Agent “Bear” Bristol’s, so for
all who fall in love with Jack Vaughn’s best friend, get ready. The 6’8″
FBI agent saves wildlife photographer Beth Drummond’s life and loses his heart
to her in the process, a dangerous journey that tests the boundaries of
loyalty, friendship, and love.
Leslie is a
war-veteran who served with the U.S. Navy during the Gulf War, and she was
among the first groups of women to work the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
During her five years of service she was stationed at NAS Miramar (previously
the home of Top Gun) and was an F-14 Tomcat mechanic. While at Miramar she detached
to the aircraft carriers USS Independence, USS Ranger, USS Lincoln, and the USS
Nimitz. The final two years of her enlistment were spent on Guam and her
squadron frequently deployed to Japan and the Middle East.

Leslie, welcome back to Reviews and
Interviews. Please tell us about your newest release.
Accidental Affair is the story of Dr. Laine Wheeler and
Special Agent Jack Vaughn, and what happens after she nearly runs him over on a
rural Montana highway. Laine is an emergency physician hiding from her past,
and Jack is an undercover ATF agent tasked to infiltrate a domestic terror
group. After his cover is blown he barely escapes with his life, and now that
Laine has made the fateful decision to help him, both of their lives are in
danger. The story follows them as they run from their pursuers across Montana,
Wyoming, and Colorado, and the fiery, although inconvenient, passion building
between them.
inspired you to write this book?
I have
great Technicolor dreams (when I manage to get any sleep at all), and I feel
compelled to write them down to get them out of my head (because it would be illegal to kidnap people and make them
act out what I see while I’m sleeping *grin*). I dreamed the opening scene and
the rest just sprang from that point. The setting was inspired by a family
vacation through the northern plain states of Montana and the Dakotas. As a
California native I was not accustomed to so much emptiness and open space, and
it seemed like the perfect place to stage the book.
What’s the next writing project?
currently in edits on a sequel to Accidental
, titled Right Place, Right
. It’s the story of Jack Vaughn’s best friend, Special Agent Ted “Bear”
Bristol. It should be out by the end of the year and I am really looking
forward to its release. Bear is my favorite character so far, and telling the
tale of how he saves wildlife photographer Beth Drummond and then falls head
over heels for the dark-haired beauty was a bittersweet roller coaster ride. See,
I fell in love with Bear as soon as he started whispering in my ear, and
letting Beth have him was really hard. Only a writer will understand this….
What is your biggest challenge when
writing a new book? (or the biggest challenge with this book)
With any
book I think my greatest challenge is finding time to write at all. I am
married to a police officer, and his schedule basically makes me a single
parent with three boys. Between everything I have to do to maintain a
household, take care of my kids and my hubby, and take care of myself, there
aren’t many hours left in the day. Thankfully I’m a vampire, so I don’t need
much sleep. The coffin isn’t that comfortable anyway. As soon as they make a
Tempurpedic to fit in there I am SO getting one.
If your novels require research –
please talk about the process. Do you do the research first and then write,
while you’re writing, after the novel is complete and you need to fill in the
I research
as I go. I’ll do some preliminary research, and thankfully my husband is my
number one source, but then I write and research as needed along the way. I
recently completed a story about a Navy SEAL and a CIA agent set in
Afghanistan, and I did a LOT of research for that one – satellite photos of
Bagram Air Base, bomb-making methods, Muslim customs, weapons, torture
techniques, etc. My husband said to me, “You know you’re pinging every computer
at Langley right now, don’t you?” He’s convinced the black Suburbans will be
arriving any day now to take me away. But, one does what one must to make the
story as accurate and believable as possible, don’t you think?
What’s your writing space like? Do you
have a particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us
about it.
My writing
space is a TV tray in the family room in between a flat screen TV and a
fireplace. I often sit in front of my laptop with headphones and music playing
to drown out the television, or I just wait until everyone else is in bed
before putting fingers to keyboard. And my muse is always active, which
contributes greatly to the reason I don’t sleep much. That b**** never shuts
up! *grin*
What authors do you enjoy reading
within or outside of your genre?
I love Dean
Koontz for his descriptive abilities, and I have read almost every book
Catherine Coulter has written. I also like the classics, and non-fiction. I
even read military and police books, and I used to read the dictionary when I
was bored. Really helps when I’m playing Words with Friends!
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers today?
I really
appreciate your readers’ time, and hope they check out Accidental Affair and the upcoming sequel. I may not be a rocket
scientist and I probably won’t save the world, but if I can make someone smile
and provide a temporary escape I’m happy. And I’d love to hear from those who
read my book. I respond to every review posted on Amazon, and every comment on
my blog. It’s like Christmas when someone takes the time to tell me what they
think of my writing, at least it has been so far. I’m sure I’ll cry if I get
less-than-favorable feedback because I want to please everyone, but at the same
time I know that’s not possible.
Thank you for coming back to Reviews
and Interviews!
Thank you
for having me!

20 thoughts on “New interview with romantic suspense author Leslie McKelvey

  1. Kim says:

    What the heck do you mean Bear is your favorite character???????

    I will admit I'm interested in his story, but really?


  2. Unknown says:

    Sorry, Kim, but as much as I love Jack (and I DO), Bear is my man. He's a combo of the one who got away and the one who didn't, a Marine and a cop, big and beefy, strong and silent…sigh….

    Aw, hell, I love 'em both!

  3. Unknown says:

    I heard Tom Clancy was hauled before a Senate subcommittee and questioned because of how detailed his writing is. Someone was convinced he had information sources he shouldn't. I'll never give up MY sources….

  4. Unknown says:

    Yes, MomJane, it's easy to get involved, especially when you care about those characters. It sounds silly, to be involved with fictional people, but it happens, or we wouldn't read, and I certainly wouldn't write.

    Thanks for stopping in!

  5. Unknown says:

    It really is surprising how much research goes into a book. I'm sure my husband was sick to death of questions by the time it was all said and done.

    Good luck in the drawing!

  6. Unknown says:

    Oh, Kim, tell me you could choose between the two if they were both standing in front of you. Jack, or Bear…Jack, or Bear….

    Yeah, that would be one TOUGH decision!

  7. Unknown says:

    Yeah, vitajex, research is always an interesting facet of writing. Given that my husband is my primary source, take a guess what he wanted in return for his expertise…. 😉

  8. Chelsea B. says:

    I really enjoyed the interview! Leslie, just ignore the bad reviews (if you've ever had any!) they don't know what they be talkin' 'bout *WINK*


  9. Unknown says:

    Thankfully, Chelsea, I haven't had any bad reviews…yet. I appreciate the show of support, and best of luck in the drawing!

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