Today I’m interviewing Jenn Pierce, author of the Christian romantic suspense series, Small Town Guardians. Jenn is here today to talk about Deadly Connections, the third book in her series. Jenn, thank you for joining me. Let’s start by telling us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Arkansas with my husband and two children. I’ve been an avid reader my entire life and an author since 2015.
What is Deadly Connections about?
Quinn Matthews and her son JJ are plunged into a deadly situation connected to Joe Lockhart, her ex and JJ’s father. When he dies trying to keep them safe, she must turn to Reid Lucas for help. Reid answered a request to meet fellow private investigator Joe about a job only to be charged with keeping Quinn and JJ safe while trying to figure out who is after them and why.
Do you have a day job? If so, how do you find time in your day to write?
I do have a fulltime job. I work as a paralegal. I do my writing on my lunch break, in the evening, and on the weekends.
Are you a night owl or morning person?
Night owl. The night is so quiet and peaceful. I also love to sleep, so once I get to sleep, I want to stay that way as long as I can. Lol
How did you come up with the names of your hero and/or heroine?
I don’t have a set way to come up with names. Sometimes the characters tell me their names and sometimes they don’t. For Quinn, I was playing on Facebook and saw the name Quinn and was like that’s her name. Reid told me his name was Reid. JJ was the same. Funny thing though, I had Reid’s last name as Matthews first but then decided it sounded better as Quinn’s last name.
Are you a plotter or a panster?
100% pantster. I start with a scene in mind and the book writes itself from there. I figure things out as I go. Example: In Hidden Danger, I didn’t even know who the bad guy was until I was halfway done writing it. Sometimes, my characters throw snags at me and I have to go back and edit what I’ve already written. Example: In Expecting Danger, I was a third of the way into the book when Jake told me he his pregnant wife died several years prior.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very supportive of my writing. They’re my biggest fans and supporters.
Do you experience writer’s block? What do you do to get through it?
I do experience it. A lot. Getting through it is not always the same. Sometimes I’m able to sit down and push through. Sometimes I need to sit down and brainstorm with other people. Then there are times I just have to put it up for a period of time and focus on something else, like making a dent in my tbr (to be read) pile.
Excerpt from Deadly Connection:
Reid’s phone vibrated on the tabletop. He didn’t recognize the number. He contemplated ignoring it but decided against it. He swiped the screen and put it to his ear. “Reid.”
“Are you at the meet?” Joe’s voice boomed from the other side.“Where are you? I’ve been waiting over an hour.” Reid let his annoyance be evident in his voice.
“I’m not coming.” The answer was clipped.
“You had me sit in this hole-in-the-wall for an hour and didn’t even bother to call and tell me you weren’t going to make it?” Annoyance turned to anger as he clenched his fist.
“Do you see the waitress behind the counter and the little red-haired boy that just ran in? Quinn Matthews and her son, JJ.”
Joe must be close by and watching if he knew the boy had just shown up.
“Yes, I see them. Along with the druggie busboy, thieving cashier, and ogling cook. What about them?”
“You have five minutes to get them out of there before men come in and try to kidnap them.”
“Five minutes! What is this? What’s going on, Joe?” His pulse pounded as adrenaline coursed through his veins. Joe couldn’t have called to have him get her out sooner. Now, the window of time was dwindling.
“There’s no time to explain. They’re here now. I’ll stall them as long as I can. Get those two out now!” The line went dead.
Great. Just great. He had mere minutes to convince that woman to grab her son and leave with him—a complete stranger. He wasn’t sure his rusty powers of persuasion would work this time, but he’d give it a shot. Joe had saved him several times, and he’d returned the favor on occasion. This was serious business, and Joe trusted him. Reid wouldn’t let him down.
Where can readers find you online?
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Other books in the Small Town Guardians series: