Today, I’m interviewed at the Dangerous Deceptions author website about my novel in the boxed set. Check out what I have to say about NEVER A TRAITOR, the series it’s in (Protector Sweethearts), and my writing motivation.
If you haven’t preordered the boxed set, it’s available on all these retailers:
- Amazon: JanThompson.com/ddbox-amazon
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- Google Play: Coming soon!
Tell us about the Protector Sweethearts series this book is in.
A spin-off of my Savanah Sweethearts Christian beach romance series, my Protector Sweethearts series of nine Christian romantic suspense stories begins with private investigator Helen Hu in Once a Thief (book 1) and includes her friends and associates—other private investigators, former law enforcement officers, former FBI agents, and also friends who reside in the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, where Helen Hu’s firm is headquartered.
Protector Sweethearts is all about hunting for lost treasures (books 1–3), lost people (books 4–6), and lost values (books 7–9). My novel in the Dangerous Deceptions boxed set is Never a Traitor (book 7), the first of three novels focusing on lost values. In Never a Traitor, truths and lies fight a battle in the modern society in which we live. Which one wins out depends on who you ask.
Who are the main characters in Never a Traitor?
Private investigator Earl Young has been working for Helen Hu for some years now. When Helen sends someone else—Hugo, who has his own story in another book—to the firm’s European office, Earl is left behind to run the Savannah headquarters of Hu Knows, Inc. He doesn’t work alone though, but his old colleagues are scattered across two continents, with Hugo in Brussels, Helen in Athens, and Mama Hu in a Greek prison. On top of all that, Helen is now married, and so is Hugo. Poor Earl is the leftover bachelor. While he ponders about his lack of personal life, Earl finds himself accompanying a client to the most boring business convention in the world. That is, until a whistleblower is murdered. Now things start to get interesting and dangerous for him and the woman he is hired to protect.
Administrative assistant Sienna Halstead has one last task to do for the FBI Criminal Investigative Division before she can quit her corporate job and disappear. Scared to death that the evidence against the international conglomerate she works for is not sufficient, Sienna makes mistakes. She has never been this careless before, and a quick call to her friend Helen Hu encourages her to finish the assignment for the government. When Helen sends her best private investigator to help Sienna’s nerves, she decides to prove that she is not such a helpless woman after all. That is, until people start dropping dead around her…
How does being a Christian influence your writing?
As a Christian author, I filter spiritual truths through the grid of the Bible. That is to say, I try to be extra careful about how I portray characters, both Christians and non-Christians, in my fiction books. I pay attention to Bible truths, making sure that what I present is verifiable in the Bible, especially when it comes to virtues, morals, and ethics. At the same time, I contrast those values with secular beliefs.
My favorite life verse is John 3:16, which speaks of the immense and immeasurable love of God. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
What is your favorite part of writing?
Storytelling. It reminds me of the bards of old, wandering minstrels in those medieval days, traveling from village to village to tell tales of yore. I remember taking my son on school field trips at living history sites, listening to costumed actors retell old folk tales. Not quite Shakespeare, but novelists of today hearken to those ancient times. As an author of Christian fiction, I make up stories out of thin air to entertain and encourage my listeners. If they have a hard day, a hard life, perhaps reading my books will give them a refreshing rest and point them to the permanent peace of Christ.
What’s one thing readers might not know about you?
Once upon a time, I took a class to learn conversational Russian. Way back in the 1990s, my husband and I thought it would be a fun, random diversion from our workdays. I remember one particular night when a huge thunderstorm swept across the city and we saw a lightning strike the area very close to our car while we were driving home from class. Other than that, I remember very little of what I learned in the Russian course. I do remember that it was just as difficult to learn as Old Testament Hebrew, a class I took back in college. Both languages are probably just as hard as biblical Greek, which my son is taking at the university right now. It looks impossible to learn, to be honest. Even though I already know some Greek words from studying the Bible, I am unable to speak or write in this language. It is indeed Greek to me.