Please help me welcome Lynda Bailey with an author interview and her new release: ON A KNIFE’S EDGE
- Where did you get the idea for ON A KNIFE’S EDGE? Why did you choose this genre? What was the most difficult thing about writing this book?
The original idea for On a Knife’s Edge started percolating in my head 6 or 7 years ago when a local news reporter came and spoke to our writers’ group. She had an interesting perceptive about some of the dealings of a neighboring county’s sheriff department, and my imagination was off to the races. 🙂 Over the years, the plot obviously morphed and changed until it became the final product. OAKE is the first romantic suspense I’ve written – and it very well may be my last…though I’ve learned the hard way never to say never.
I found having to sustain a proper level of suspense/mystery that complimented the romance to be quite the challenge. And because I’d never written anything like this before, there were countless times when I had to chuck what I was working on and go back to square one. As a result, this book took me over eighteen months to write and publish. Something I’m in no hurry to repeat.
- Are there any tricks or habits you use when creating a story?
I’m a total plotter so the first thing I do when starting a new project is get a bead on the main characters’ GMC – goal, motivation and conflict. Once I get that dialed in, I usually (though not always) write the blurb. This helps me to finalize my H/h’s GMC. Then it’s just a matter of going through the story, point by agonizing point, and fleshing out the whats and the whys of the plot.
- What do you want readers to come away with after they read ON A KNIFE’S EDGE?
What I hope readers take away from not just OAKE, but all my books is a sense of emotional satisfaction. They bought, they read, and now they’re happy.
- Would you rather have a bad review or no review?
A bad review absolutely. It can help you make your next book better.
- What is your favorite quote?
“You fail only if you stop writing” Ray Bradbury
- What celebrity would you most like to be stranded on an island with?
Ooh…tough question… I think I’d hafta say it’s a tossup between Robert Downey Junior and Chris Hemsworth. Both are beyond swoon worthy…
Great interview, Lynda. I agree, writing suspense is a challenge, but it’s my favorite, so I keep putting myself through the torture. 🙂 LOVE the quote. And, your book sounds awesome. Thanks so much for joining me!
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She was once his sweet salvation…
Lynch Callan has been a dead man walking most of his life—nothing out of the ordinary for a member of the 5th Street biker gang. There was a brief period, though, when she made him believe he could be more. That he could be worthy of her, and her love. To protect her, and keep their relationship from being discovered, he went to prison. Except now the Streeters are in danger. But in order to save his crew, he must first betray them. If caught, he’ll end up dead for sure. It’ll be the mother of all balancing acts—especially with her in the picture. But Lynch will do whatever is necessary to protect the people he loves.
He was once her deepest desire…
Shasta Albright doesn’t break the rules. Not anymore. As an unruly teenager, she defied her family at every turn…even secretly befriending, then dating, then falling in love with a bad boy Streeter. Finally her recklessness caught up with her—with lasting and even dire consequences. Now she leads a pristine existence, always staying within the lines and keeping her secrets hidden. That is until he gets released from prison. Can Shasta hold her perfect world together, or will everything get hurled into chaos?
With young girls going missing, the sleepy town of Stardust, Nevada becomes an unlikely epicenter for an illicit slave trade—with Shasta and Lynch caught in the middle. Amidst the rising body count, they fight to keep their loved ones—and each other—safe. A single slipup could have deadly repercussions. It’s an untenable and treacherous position. Much like walking On a Knife’s Edge…
A loud thump from the bedrooms jolted Shasta’s heart. She hastened to her feet. Adjusting her sweaty hold on Newman’s gun, she tiptoed toward the unlit hallway. Slow, steady footsteps approached.
No answer. But the footfalls grew nearer.
She retreated as an indistinguishable figure gradually walked forward. She knew it was a man, but she also realized it wasn’t Agent Newman. This man was taller and not as broad in the shoulders.
The first thing she saw were his shoes. Even in the weak illumination, she could tell they were expensive, with a polished shine. Next came slacks with crisp, tight creases. Newman wore a disheveled suit.
“Agent…Newman?” She hated that her voice quaked.
“No…not Agent Newman.”
Shasta recoiled at the familiar baritone voice.
I have no doubt I was born a storyteller.
I remember telling my first “story” in kindergarten. I informed my teacher, Mrs. Downing, that my mom had just had a baby boy. She hadn’t, of course, and while I got thoroughly admonished for my “storytelling,” I wasn’t deterred from what would become a lifelong passion.
From making up tales as a kid which centered around my favorite TV shows to today, I love telling stories! Stories with handsome guys and spunky gals, that always…always end with a happily-ever-after.
My romances are full of passion, with heat levels that range from hot to sizzling! I’ve been a finalist in numerous writing contests, including RWA’s® prestigious Golden Heart® in 2010. Please join me for laughter, love and that all important HEA.
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