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Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil.
Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake, or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.
Can you tell us about your newest release? Is it part of a series or a stand-alone?
Dangerous Illusions is Book 1 in my new Code of Honor series about three childhood friends whose bond has been strengthened by time—and danger. However…this book, as is true of all books in series I write…can be read as a standalone novel. I don’t leave any plot threads hanging at the end of my stories. The series is linked, in this case, by the friendship of the three characters who will each have their own book, but the stories are unique and not connected.
Is anything or anyone in this book based on real-life experiences?
Yes. One thing in particular. I used to count my mom’s medicine, as the heroine does in this book—and that’s what got me what-iffing, which in turn led to the tragic death that occurs near the opening of the book and sets the stage for the story.
Who was your favorite character in this story, and why?
I like all my characters—even the villains. Maybe especially the villains, because it’s intriguing to dive deep into their heads and figure out how they think. (It’s also scary!) But I also love the hero and heroine in this book. Trish has been dealt a series of emotional blows yet continues to persevere. She is such a strong character. And Colin is the kind of guy you’d want in your corner when things get dicey. I also love the interplay and teasing in this book between the three childhood friends, Colin, Kristin and Rick. That was fun dialogue to write and added some levity!
Compared to your other books, was this one easy to complete or challenging? Any idea why?
More challenging—and I know exactly why. As I always tell people, I write suspense, not mystery. So, often in my books it’s no secret who the villain is. The real question is will they succeed with their nefarious plans? Not keeping the villain’s identity a secret allows me to take the reader deep into his or her psyche. However…with this book I wanted to see if I could find a way to give the reader insight into the villain’s thinking without revealing their identity. I came up with a twist that I’m very happy with—and which I think will throw readers for a real curve because they won’t see it coming. Early reviews suggest I pulled this off!
What was the hardest scene in this book to write? What made it difficult?
The scenes from the villain’s POV were the hardest because I had to be very, very careful not to reveal anything that would allow the reader to figure out how I was setting up the story twist.
What did you (or your editors) edit out of this book?
Nothing. I write clean and rarely discard material. And my edits are always very light. I know some authors feel like the story emerges and takes shape after editorial input, but when I finish a book, it’s done. If I had to tear into it and start over I think I’d pull my hair out.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing from the point of view of the opposite sex?
For whatever reason, I don’t have a great deal of difficulty with this. I guess I’ve learned a lot about how men think from my husband! ☺
Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and Tangled Webs, as well as the HEROES OF QUANTICO, GUARDIANS OF JUSTICE, and PRIVATE JUSTICE series. In addition to many other honors, she is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA’s elite Hall of Fame and has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.