Author of “Thin Ice"
1. You started off writing in the romance genre. What prompted you to transition into suspense?
To be honest, my first foray into fiction was a terrible romantic suspense novella that will forever remain in the deepest, darkest corner of my closet. My interest in suspense goes back much farther than that first effort, though, to my Nancy Drew days. The problem was, when I began writing fiction I had no contacts in law enforcement, and the research piece of suspense was a huge challenge. This was the dark ages—in other words, pre-internet. I went with romance because, in general, those books require less technical research. But even after I dipped my toes back into suspense eight years ago, I held on to the romance component. All of my books feature love stories!
2. Faith in your novels seems to be subtly woven into the characters rather than deliberately brought to the surface. Is this intentional? If so, why?
My books are written from a Christian worldview, so the faith content is organic to the plot. For my Christian characters, their faith is demonstrated more by action than words. I think that’s a more effective way to illustrate the principles of Christianity. There’s a saying that’s often incorrectly attributed to Francis of Assisi (though he did say something similar), and it reflects how faith is depicted in my books: “Teach the gospel always; if necessary, use words.”
3. Which character of yours was the most enjoyable to write about?
I love all of the McGregor brothers. I especially like writing scenes where these three competitive high achievers are together. Their banter is very entertaining. Yet shining through all the teasing is their absolute loyalty and strong family bond.
4. Why did you choose to write these stories as a series rather than establish them as independent books?
The novels can be read as stand-alones, as there are no hanging plot threads from book to book. But I like linking books in some way, whether it be through a relationship the main characters share or a place. Readers have told me over and over again that they love to see old friends and familiar places in subsequent books.
5. Will you ever venture into other genres?
I currently write both suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction, so between the two I’m fully booked for the foreseeable future!
6. When can your readers expect the third book of the series?
Finn’s story, Tangled Webs, will be out in the fall of 2016.
About Author Irene Hannon
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, two Carol Awards, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers’ Choice Award, two Booksellers’ Best Awards, and a National Readers’ Choice Award. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.