Monday, 28 September 2020

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Interview: Irene Hannon

Interview Questions for Irene Hannon

Author of Sandpiper Cove

Can you briefly describe your new novel?

Sandpiper Cove is a contemporary romance—andmuch more, as it contains many elements of women’s fiction including a strong non-romance subplot. It’s a story of new beginnings, second chances, and finding one’s place in the world. As the tagline for the series says: come home to Hope Harbor—where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

Readers have loved the gorgeous setting of Hope Harbor. Tell us about your inspiration for the setting of your recent romance novels.

For many years I wanted to set a story on the beautiful Oregon coast—even though I’d never been there! But I’d seen plenty of photos, and I knew it would be the perfect location for my fictional town of Hope Harbor. So I finally took a trip there to check out the area. It was everything I expected it to be . . . and more. While writing these books, I’ve incorporated much of what I saw and learned into my fictional town, from a seagull romance to a cranberry farm to wonderful cinnamon rolls from a very special bakery I visited!

Adam Stone, ex-con, gives off a bit of the bad boy vibe. Where did you find inspiration from his character?Sandpiper Cove

Adam is a secondary character in the previous book, Sea Rose Lane. I had no plans to make him the hero of Sandpiper Cove when I began writing that book, but the more I learned about him, the more I wanted to give him a second chance—and his own romance. Who better to pair him with than the unlikeliest of heroines—a police chief?That’s a relationship inherently filled with pitfalls and challenges—the exact kind of conflict I like to write about. What I love about this story is that it’s filled with hope. Readers will finish the last page uplifted by the message thateven in the worst possible situation, a happy ending is always possible.


The romance in Sandpiper Cove is a journey from expectations into the unexpected. What do you like most about the relationships formed in Sandpiper Cove?

The fact that the hero and heroine are apparently so ill-suited to each other at the beginning but discover as the story progresses that they were meant to be together. I love how that realization unfolds for both of them.


You’re known for your remarkable character development, with both main characters and secondary characters. What important role do secondary characters play in a great story?

Secondary characters can add richness and dimension to a story in a couple of ways. First, their own stories can give the reader insights unrelated to the main plot. Second, these characters help readers see other facets of the hero and heroine through their interactions with them.


Can you give us a sneak peek into your next novel?

I’ll return to romantic suspense in my next book, Dangerous Illusions, which is book 1 in my Code of Honor series. It will be out in October. Here’s the blurb:Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake . . . or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

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Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, and Sea Rose Lane, as well as the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, two Carol Awards, two Reviewers’Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers’Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, two Booksellers’Best Awards, and a National Readers’ Choice Award. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. In 2014 she was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s elite Hall of Fame, and in 2016 she received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Learn more at

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