The inspiration for Perilous Waters began with a newspaper article about Alain Lacoursière, a Montreal police detective who founded one of the top art-theft units in the world. The FBI estimates that the international black market in art is worth about $6-billion a year. It sounded like great fodder for a story! I began gleaning articles on the Internet and even read a biography of the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, long before I had any notion of where I would se the story. Then…
My husband and I took an Alaskan Cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary. When I saw the art gallery and on-board auctions, not to mention a slew of potential deathtraps, I knew I’d found the perfect setting for the story. Find more behind-the-scenes tidbits, including location pics at: http://sandraorchard.com/extras/bonus-book-features/#perilouswaters
The above pic is an auction I attended aboard ship. I also had a behind the scenes tour of the ship, which provided more ideas for mayhem than I could possibly use in the story. J
Book Blurb for Perilous Waters:
For FBI agent Sam Steele, there’s no room for error or emotions on his latest undercover assignment. Getting close to gallery owner Jennifer Robbins while on an Alaskan cruise is the only way to catch her dealing stolen art. Out on the icy seas, Jen suddenly goes from suspect to victim when she’s targeted by a deadly enemy. And Sam’s mission goes from investigating an art crime to protecting the woman who’s begun to melt his heart. As danger looms closer, he’ll do anything to save her life—even if it costs him his own.
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THREE FUN FACTS ABOUT SANDRA!
- I’m a “nana”! It is soooo much fun. And the best part is that my three-year-old granddaughter and not-yet-one grandson live only a five minute drive away, so whenever I’m in need of a hug or a smile or a good belly laugh, I can hop in my car and escape my uncooperative characters to play with real ones. J
- I love to play games, and I got to tell you that I was never one of those moms that let her kids win. Uh, uh, I’m pretty competitive. Around here, we enjoy a good game of Settlers of Catan, usually one of the extended versions to make it more challenging. And just like week a played hooky from writing to attend the afternoon “adult fellowship” (which is the code word for seniors group, which despite being a nana, I’m still at least a decade or two too young to qualify), because…they were playing games. We had a rousing game of Rook, which I didn’t lose. Almost, but I did manage to win the last hand which saved me from finishing dead last. J Oh, and I totally justify going out as “character research.” I came home totally inspired as to how to write my heroine’s frustration at losing!
- Last fun fact, I’m a Jill-of-all-trades. I’ve renovated two houses doing everything from installing windows, doors, trim, flooring, siding, insulating, shingling, hanging cabinets, plumbing—even put in the kitchen sink J. I also designed and built a small horse run in. I’ve tried my hand at just about everything except the electrical stuff—that’s hubby’s department. And here’s the rest of the story. Renovating is a GREAT excuse for having a messy house. I much preferred building something than cleaning, because…you still had something to show for it three hours later! Sadly, I can’t say the same thing about writing. The house is a disaster, but eight hours later, I might have less words than when I started the day and no one sees them anyway!!!
Thank you so much for hanging out, Sandra!
Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust from Revell Publishing. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra’s books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics, at http://sandraorchard.com.
What is one fun fact about yourself?