Author Spotlight: Irene Hannon

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Welcome, Irene! Thanks for coming by during “Tangled Web’s” busy release week. A few years ago, I met you  during a Revell dinner at ACFW, but I didn’t get a chance to talk beyond an introduction. In fact, I don’t know what part of the country you live in.   irene-hannon-1-hi-res

 

I live in the Midwest and share a lovely two-story colonial home with my very own hero—my husband, Tom.

 

So fill us in on “Tangled Webs.” What inspired this particular story?

 

This is the third book in my Men of Valor series, which features brothers with special forces backgrounds. (Note: each book can be read as a standalone novel.) With this book, I wanted to develop a romance between two wounded souls struggling to find their path in life, and also to explore the question of just how far a person will go to protect someone they love. In this case, that’s the dilemma my very atypical—and in many ways sympathetic—villain faces.

 

tangled-webs-book-coverHere’s the blurb: After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action—ready or not.

 

 

 

Why do you write?

Because I can’t not write. Seriously. I was born with the writing gene—or, as some might call it, a writing compulsion. There are stories in me that have to get out. Plus, I love playing with words. Language is powerful, and using words to create emotion or a sense of place or a mood or witty dialogue—what could be more fun than that?

 

How would you describe your writing style?

I write suspense more in the tradition of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, with a strong psychological component, rather than the action-adventure style of a James Bond flick. With my suspense novels, my style is reminiscent of Dee Henderson’s early work, like The Guardian, or Nora Roberts’ suspense novels (without the vulgarity or sex scenes). My contemporary romance books are similar in style to those written by Debbie Macomber or Robyn Carr.

 

What is the role and importance of an agent?

I think this varies from author to author. Some writers have a strong collaborative relationship with their agents. They may bounce story ideas off them, ask them to review or edit manuscripts, rely on them for career planning, and of course they want them to sell books. I had an agent briefly, but discovered that the only service I was using was contract negotiation—and after spending more than two decades with a Fortune 500 company in a high-level position, I was comfortable doing that myself. So we parted ways. Again, it’s a personal choice. I know many authors who couldn’t imagine navigating the publishing business without their agent.

 

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Never expect anyone to care as much about your books—or your career—as you do. Learn the business—and review every contract yourself even if you have an agent.

 

Who’s your favorite character you’ve written so far? Explain:

I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite character. Each one is special to me. But the character who’s received the most reader comments is Charley Lopez in my Oregon-coast-based Hope Harbor series. He’s a secondary character who appears in every book—a renowned painter who has run a taco stand on the wharf for as long as anyone can remember. There’s a touch of mystery about him that intrigues readers.

 

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

My laptop. I can’t believe how reliant I’ve become on electronics! But if there was time, I’d also grab my Raggedy Ann doll, which is in a box on the shelf in my closet. It brings back so many happy memories from my childhood.

 

What drives you to succeed?

I’m a first born with a typical Type A personality. Enough said!

 

Anything new for you on the book horizon?

I’m glad you asked! I’ll have a new Hope Harbor book out in April, Sandpiper Cove, and in October 2017 I’ll launch my Code of Honor suspense series, which features three childhood friends from difficult backgrounds whose bond has been strengthened by time—and danger.

 

Thanks again, Irene, for taking time for this blog interview. So how can readers connect with you?

 

I’m very active on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Irene-Hannon-426433004084567/), tweet every day or two (https://twitter.com/IreneHannon?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) and have a website where you can find all kinds of info about me, including a complete book list (http://www.irenehannon.com/).

 

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