Friday, August 31, 2012

Infinite Suspense with Lynette Eason!

Today, I’m jumping and down! Why? Lynette Eason, one of my all time favorite authors, is in the house! If you’ve never read anything by Lynette Eason, stop right now. Go out and buy ANY of her books (you’ll like them all)! I could gush the rest of the day, but I won’t.

Lynette Eason has written/contracted thirty-one books since 2007. She has fourteen Love Inspired Suspense books on the shelf with more due to release soon. Lynette also writes for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her current release, WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS hit #8 on the CBA bestsellers list this year. The sequel, WHEN A HEART STOPS will release October 2012. Currently, she is working on her third series for Revell and just signed and eight book contract for Love Inspired Suspense. She has been teaching for more than ten years and is very happy to make the transition from teaching school to teaching writing whenever the opportunity presents. She is married, has two children, and lives in Simpsonville, SC.

JP: Impressive! God has blessed you with such a gift and ministry. That makes me smile! Your tagline is Infinite Suspense. Tell us why you chose to write this genre?

LE: Because it’s what I love to read.

JP: Well that makes sense! Your newest novel (the first in this series), When the Smoke Clears, is about a Smoke Jumper who goes back to her hometown after several years. Where did you get the idea for this book and how much research did you have to do before writing it?

LE: I watched a movie about Smoke Jumping on Lifetime Television. It sparked (pun intended) and idea for a story. I did A LOT of research on this. I read tons and talked to several firefighters, including a retired fire chief.

JP: It paid off! I felt like I was really there with them—through everything! Can you share with us your favorite line or snippet of dialogue from this novel?

Conversation at the lab between Rick and Hunter
  “It’s a fast-acting drug that’s usually used for the treatment of seizures,” Rick explained. “Sometimes it’s used for inducing sedation before medical procedures.”
            “So, it’s a knockout drug?”
            Rick rolled his eyes. “In layman’s terms, sure, a knockout drug.”
            “But nothing that would kill her?”
            Rick shrugged. “Depends on how many darts hit her.”
            “Fortunately none did.”
            “Then no, they won’t kill her,” Rick deadpanned.
             Alexia snickered.
             Hunter rolled his eyes. “Wise guy.”

JP: Folks, you can obviously see besides suspense and romance, there’s humor! Okay, now a couple of fun questions before you have to go!
If you could be a character in any book you’ve read, who would you choose and why?

LE: Oh my. That’s a tough one.  Maybe Serena because it would be cool to be able to do an autopsy without wanting to puke.

JP: Ha! For real!

Fill in the blank: A perfect day for me would be a trip to the mountains with my family to eat at a great restaurant, followed by an evening sitting on the front porch of a lodge working on my novel.

JP: That sounds fabulous! Thanks so much for spending some time with us. Before you go, do you have a question you would like to ask readers? They love to comment!

What kind of characters do you like to read about? Do you have any good ideas for a next series?

You can connect with Lynette on facebook, twitter, and her website! Now go buy her books! 

Here’s a peek at her latest, When the Smoke Clears:
As a member of the North Cascades Smokejumpers, Alexia Allen always takes care of the equipment that keeps her safe. So when she nearly dies in a fire due to equipment failure, she knows something is up. Ordered to take time off while the investigation continues, Alexia makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she's involved with murder, arson--and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she strives to remember and forgive her family history, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.
Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension readers have come to expect from Lynette Eason, "When the Smoke Clears" is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

*I'll be taking Monday off to celebrate the holiday with friends and family! See you Wednesday, with a guest devotion from Lindsay Harrel


  1. Cool how she got the idea from watching Lifetime!
    I'm going to add Lynette's book to by Goodreads list!

  2. Yay, fun interview!!! I haven't read a suspense for awhile, so now I'm itching to pick up a Lynette Eason book.

    As for characters I like to read about, one word: flawed. I don't like perfect characters. :) I also don't like whiney victims in books or crazily weak damsels in distress. Haha! I like strong characters who get themselves in trouble... :)

    1. You won't be disappointed, Tagg! I like reading about flawed characters as well. But um...I do like a little damsel distress at times. :)

    2. LOL. Thanks for letting me know what kind of characters you like. I despise whiny characters and assure you I don't write them!

  3. That's a great idea for a book! My favorite characters are quirky small-town types. I love it when I get to know a group over a series of books, so I know the backstories when I read each one.

    1. I like those types too. Series books are my favorite!

    2. I enjoy writing the series books. By the third book, I feel like I know the characters so well. Then I have to start on the first book of the next series and it's HARD! But then I get used to them and off we go!

  4. Fun interview! But what in the world is a smoke jumper? Am I just out of the loop on this one?

    As for characters, I like ones who have something to learn. It's no fun if they are perfect at the beginning and just stay the same throughout. I like that, because a lot of times I learn with them. :)

    Have a great weekend, ladies!

    1. Fire Fighters! Get in the loop! lol Love you!

  5. Wow, great interview! I haven't had the privilege of reading any of her books but they sound interesting!! And that prolific writing is amazing! lol Thanks, ladies.

    1. Jessica, you should nab one sometime! They're full of romance too, which I know you love!

  6. Love meeting new authors - especially from genres I'm not familiar with. The more authors I meet, the more I realize I'm missing out by sticking with Historical Fiction! ;)

    I love characters who have a great spiritual journey - who discover that the lie they've always believed is just that - a lie. I like it because I think most of us struggle with lies and sometimes when we see them played out in a book we realize we may believe the same one.

    1. Hey, I was the same way, Gabe. I mean with romantic suspense/thrillers. I finally read my first historical romance a couple years ago and now I'm hooked!

    2. Definitely love that spiritual journey. God is constantly teaching me something new so I want my characters to learn too. Great point!

  7. Jessica and Lynette,

    Fun interview - I just discovered Lynette's books this last month and am looking forward to busting them out!

    My favorite characters, no matter what genre, what time period, are the quirky ones. Or like Melissa said, the ones with flaws. Maybe because I relate...

    Looking forward to Lindsay's devotional next week - have a great weekend.


    1. Oh can't wait for you to dive in! You'll have to let me know what you think. I like quirky and I think it's because I can relate too! :) Have a great weekend!

  8. Great interview, Jessica! I don't usually read contemporary, but I've been branching into other genres, and Lynette's books do tempt. The humor may be the hook that catches the fish. :-) Thanks for the nudge!


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