Today it’s my pleasure to share the blog with author Lindsay McKenna. She’s agreed to sit in the hot seat and answer some questions about herself and her latest release Nowhere to Hide.
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What’s under your bed?
Dust Bunnies. A whole herd of ‘em 😉
Would you rather have a cook, maid, or a housekeeper and why?
Housekeeper. I don’t have time to do it at all. Luckily, my hubby pitches in and does most of it for me.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Age 9. I had angst one night when this powerful impression came over me. Maybe because I got struck by lightning. I knew I was either going to be a famous writer or artist. And I waffled over which I wanted. Luckily, lightning struck me at age 13 and I began to write almost obsessively, and haven’t stopped to this day. You can say I’ve been electrified or maybe my creative “plug” is definitely connected to the treasure trove of stories that I pick through.
I love choosing names for my characters. How did you go about choosing yours?
My biggest angst is two fold: Naming my main characters and trying to figure out a title for my book. I spend days, maybe a week, trolling through the Internet looking at “baby names” and then going to the ‘unusual’ or ‘unique.’ I’ve written 145 books thus far, and I hate repeating names….so it’s a huge thing for me. The name has to sound like the hero or heroine. That’s the way I connect with them is the sound of their name. It’s like the electric cord and plug once again, only it’s between me and them.
What makes Nowhere to Hide different from other books in the same genre?
I created the military romance genre, so that’s my first claim to my book being unique within the field. Secondly, it is the first book of the series. I should say that there is a FREE prequel to it, Last Chance. It is available at Amazon, Kobo, BN.com and i/Tunes/iBooks. Or people without an E-reader can come to my website and download a PDF copy into any device they have. Third, I’m well known in the romantic suspense genre for my action, my intense romance, danger and adventure. And, I write page-turners. And often, my readers must have a box of Kleenex nearby….
Which character is most like you?
In the new Delos Series, I would say that Dilara Badem-Culver, president of Delos charity, probably most closely aligns with what I feel is important in the world to be and do. I spent five years creating this new family saga series. The last one I create was a global best seller: Morgan’s Mercenaries. It is 45 books long. And with all the changes in the last 20 years in our world, I felt it was time to bring forth a new, more global family and their relationship with it as it is now. Delos charities is the backdrop for writing books anywhere in the world. As an Indie author now, I’m not hampered by what a traditional publisher might want. I have always wanted to write about Africa, and I have two books written under Delos. I’m very excited to stretch my wings and I believe my faithful and very loyal readers will feel similarly. I’ll found out ;-).
Dilara is a big mother hen. And she doesn’t treat her global employees and volunteers are their 1800 charities as anything less than ‘family.’ She is mostly Turkish with a dollop of Greek thrown in, and she comes from a very tight knit, loving, boisterous and optimistic family. She marries Captain Robert Culver, US Air Force when she is twenty-one. Her children, who will be at the helm of Artemis, their in-house security company, were all in the military. Tal, Matt and Alexa Culver all served their nation. Dilara runs the Delos charities from Alexandria, Virginia. She and her family, and her husband who is now a general, are deeply family oriented. The people who work for Delos truly are their cosmic family and they want to keep them safe in this unhinged modern world of ours. The stories will spin off from Artemis and the missions undertaken by newly introduced characters. Dilara is a warm, vibrant woman who is a toucher and a hugger. She comes from one of the richest families in the world. Their container ships, Delos, ply the oceans of the world. And the Turkish and Greek families who own it all believe in helping those who have so much less.
What character from any of your books would you most like to spend the day with and why?
Oh gosh, 145 books? That’s like asking me to choose one of my children over the others, haha. Probably Morgan Trayhern because of all the trials and tribulations he had gone through, his powerful belief in serving and helping others, being a strong father and family man and treating his wife Laura as an equal.
Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, evening, or just whenever you can?
I write from 8am to noon. And when pressed, my second creative period is 8pm to 11pm. I write every day. I made up a saying 35 years ago when I broke into publishing: “A chapter (written) a day, keeps the bill collector away.” I can write between 5,000 to 20,000 words a day. But my average if 5,000. I’m a fast writer, but I was made that way genetically, I suppose. That’s the main reason I have so many books out 😉
Please share the first sentence in your book.
“The thundering hoof beats sent a minor quake through Lia’s slender, nine-year-old body.”
What was your favorite scene in Nowhere To Hide to write and why?
In the Venado Cave system. It was two people slowly falling in love with one another despite the threat constantly swirling around them. Cav Jordan, ex-Navy SEAL, had been taught caving or spelunking, as part of his skillset. Lia Cassidy had been taught about caving, the beauty of them, by her father, who spelunked to this day. Being in a cave, for Lia, brought back many happy memories and she wanted to share them with Cav. It is where their first kiss occurs and it’s a beautiful, melting moment for both of them.
Why should we read Nowhere to Hide?
If a reader likes deep, psychological characterization, getting hauled into the story so she feels a part of the fabric of it, gets a natural high off two people falling in love, and sudden, unexpected suspense and danger keeping her on her toes, she may well enjoy the Delos series. A writer can’t write outside herself. This is the way I’ve always written. I write books for the way I’d like to pick them up and read them. Fortunately, I have readers who like the same style of writing as I do ;-).
If any one television series were a reality, which one would you want to live in?
PBS Antique Road Show. Why? Because there’s ALWAYS a story with every antique shown on their weekly program. And I dearly love stories.
What is the best part of the writing process for you…the beginning of the book, the middle, or the end…and why?
I love all parts of my novel because for me, every day when I sit down to create the next chapter, it’s exciting because I’m not sure what will happen. Like the reader as you turn the page, not knowing quite what to expect? It’s the same for me as the creator. I love writing about love. I love to see the characters fall in love with one another, warts and all. There’s nothing I want to skip in the book because I’m sympathetic and rooting for my two beleaguered characters.
Would you give us a sneak peek into what you’re working on now?
I’m actually working on books for 2017 from the Delos series. The next book out after NOWHERE TO HIDE is Tangled Pursuit, 11.11.15. The first story is the foundational one introducing Delos charities, the parents, Dilara and Robert Culver, and their challenges when the Costa Rica school is attacked. Book 2, 3 and 4 introduce their adult children. In Tangled Pursuit, you meet the oldest sibling, Talia Culver. Tal is the first born, a Type A, a natural leader and she doesn’t suffer fools. She is a Captain in the US Marine Corps and has five deployments to Afghanistan with her sniper team, which she is the assistant company commander. Book 3, Forged in Fire, introduces Matt Culver. He is a fraternal twin to Alexa Culver, the “baby” of the family. Matt was born five minutes earlier than Alexa. He is an Army Delta Force sergeant with four deployments to Afghanistan. Book 4, Broken Dreams, introduces Alexa Culver who is an Air Force Captain and A-10 combat jet pilot. She has spent four deployments in Afghanistan. With these first four books I’ve laid the foundation for the ongoing Delos series. Because the La Fortuna, Costa Rica school was destroyed by a regional drug lord and the two teachers murdered, Robert Culver creates Artemis, their in-house security firm. Stories that spin off from the three adult children leaving the military to come home and run Artemis, will then begin to unfold to the readers. I plan 5 books a year with Delos stories. The ‘big books’ (75,000 to 100,000 words) will be in ebook and paperback (CreateSpace/Amazon POD) and the novellas will be 35,000 to 40,000 words will be in ebook format only. I’m very excited about this new series and I have the globe to play on to create these wonderful novels.
their fragile relationship.
are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.