Author Linda Bailey Interview ~ On a Knife’s Edge

Please help me welcome Lynda Bailey with an author interview and her new release: ON A KNIFE’S EDGE 


  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Would you rather have a bad review or no review?

A bad review absolutely. It can help you make your next book better.

  1. What is your favorite quote?

“You fail only if you stop writing” Ray Bradbury

  1. 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.

“Agent Newman?”

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.

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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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30 responses to “Author Linda Bailey Interview ~ On a Knife’s Edge

  1. Jannine Gallant

    Where was I when the reporter spoke to the group? Must have been before I met you guys! Your new book sounds fascinating. Best of luck, Linda!


  2. Great interview! Good luck with your new release.


  3. Melissa Keir

    Love the cover… wonderful interview. I like knowing more about other author’s thought processes…


    • Lynda Bailey

      I love my cover too, Melissa. Kim Killion of the Killion Group always does an awesome job. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!


  4. Interesting interview. Your book sounds fascinating. Best of luck!


  5. Creepy excerpt! Gave me a shudder. I enjoyed reading your interview. Good luck to you!


  6. Belinda Remmers

    Love love love Lynda Bailey, her writing style is one I enjoy very much. She’s one of the authors on my list that I keep track of all new releases so I don’t miss anything.


  7. pamelasthibodeaux

    Great interview! Book sounds intriguing.
    Good luck and God’s blessings.


  8. coryellsusan

    The set up sounds ripe for conflict, suspense and romance! Wishing you every scucess.


  9. Ashantay Peters

    I liked your interview and your writing approach, particularly nailing down the GMC. I’m thinking that may just help me with my WIP. Thanks!


  10. Your story sounds fascinating, Lynda! I’m so sorry to hear you may not write more suspense because you sound like a natural. The tension and suspense in your blurb alone has me wanting to go buy the book. I sure hope you change your mind and keep writing suspense! Best of luck with it!


    • Lynda Bailey

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Gemma! I’m blushing again…. 🙂 As I said, I’ve learned never to say never – and there’s a chance I might write a sequel – but OAKE was an arduous task for me. Right now, I’m content to go back to writing good ole contemporary, erotic romance…sans the suspense part. Thanks for stopping by!


  11. Sounds like a Debra Dixon fan! Great interview. Thanks for sharing.


  12. Mary Preston

    I enjoyed the interview thank you.


  13. I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Alicia Dean for graciously hosting me today. Now for the good part… 🙂 According to, the winner of her choice of one of my digital titles is (drum roll please…) Maureen Bonatch! Congrats, Maureen! Please email me to claim your prize… Lynda (at) lyndabailey (dot) net.
    Thank you everyone for commenting!


  14. This really sounds like a fascinating read! I love the title, and from what you’ve said here, it seems entirely appropriate! I love situations like this, where there are so many possibilities of bad outcomes. Like on Breaking Bad. I was constantly worried they’d get caught by their families, the bad guys, and the police. It kept me watching! Best wishes for ON THE KNIFE’S EDGE and all your writing endeavors!


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