Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Susan Sleeman & Kill Shot

Posted February 19, 2018 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance, Susan Sleeman / 72 Comments

I have been a fan of Susan Sleeman’s books for a couple of years now, and I always look forward to news that she’s got a new one coming out. Sadly, life gets in the way all too often so I’m a bit behind on reading her latest releases BUT they are all here waiting for me the first chance I have some free time.

SUSAN SLEEMAN is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 inspirational/Christian and clean read romantic suspense books. Readers love her romantic suspense series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts She has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. Her husband is a retired church music director, and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

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Her latest book, Kill Shot, released February 6, 2018 from FaithWords.

Suspense and romance combine in Susan Sleeman’s thrilling new novel about an FBI agent who must team up with a beautiful therapist to stop a killer with a deadly new weapon.

Some fears haunt you forever….

As the ballistics and weapon’s expert for the FBI’s special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets–which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper–would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

Until they become reality.

When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it’s clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren’t the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI’s prime witness, and suspect.

Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can’t–no he won’t–let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn’t a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

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Hi Susan! Welcome to the blog!

apples or oranges

Susan: Do I have to choose? Usually I’m an apple girl, but lately I have been enjoying clementines so much I can’t choose.

Carrie: I’ll allow it 😉

winter or summer

Susan: Summer, totally. Winter in Oregon is rainy and dark and gloomy. Summer is gloriously sunshiny most every day and the temperatures reasonable. And it’s garden season which in my mind is reason enough

Carrie: Maybe if I gardened and didn’t kill things, I would like summer more. Probably not though lol.

dogs or cats

Susan: Cats. Though I do like dogs, we have always had cats. Not sure why, though. We have the sweetest cat right now who acts like a dog in so many ways. 

Carrie: You have a dat! A cat who think he’s a dog. My husband’s cousin has one of those too.

coffee or tea

Susan: Coffee. I have just never liked tea much unless it’s iced tea. Then I am all over it.

Carrie: I like neither. Iced or otherwise lol.

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Susan: I would like my superpower to be love. That I could share it and breathe it into others in such a way that the world would be a better place to live.

Carrie: We could all use a little more of that superpower ♥

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Susan: I was a Nancy Drew mystery reader growing up. I remember curling up and reading and re-reading these mysteries and imagining myself as Nancy Drew investigating and solving mysteries. I loved mysteries even back then so it’s only natural that I’m a suspense/mystery writer now.

Carrie: I love that! yes! Nancy Drew was my hero.

Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?

Susan: They would say I’m really mean as I keep putting them in dangerous situations that look like there is no way out. LOL I wouldn’t very much appreciate anyone doing that to me. They’d also say, though, at the other extreme, when they find themselves in emotional situations that make them cry, that I can empathize and I cry along with them.

Carrie: At least you do empathize with the pain you cause them LOL

Q: Kill Shot is the second book in your White Knights series about an FBI special task force team. What inspired this series, and what kind of research did you do to create this team? 

Susan: This series idea originated during the six weeks I spent with the agents at the FBI citizen’s academy when I saw the agent’s incredible hearts for helping others. I also saw how that heart for others motivated them and also how it took a toll on them. When things turn ugly and law enforcement professionals can no longer control the situation, making them unable to provide the help needed, they take it harder than most people.

I thought about how a group of agents on a special team that deploys to particularly difficult situations might behave if they couldn’t provide the help they wanted. Then I wondered how being a Christian might impact their actions and knew I had to put their faith to a test. To challenge these agents, I had to find really BIG problems that they couldn’t simply use their tremendous skills and abilities to solve on their own. I wanted them to realize they couldn’t rely on their own strength and training, but must turn to God and each other for help, only then could they succeed on the job and in life.

As far as research, the best research was attending the FBI academy, which included getting to shoot guns with the agents, put on a bomb suit, disarm a bomb, and blow things up with them, too. Such fun! But then each book has taken a great deal of research on the topic that is explored. For Fatal Mistake, I had to learn a lot about bombs. How they are made. Where you can get parts. The result from detonating one and how to analyze the debris left behind. For Kill Shot, I had to research self-guided bullets, which was quite a challenge as they are still in the development stage and not a lot of information is available. This is very scary cutting-edge technology, and when I read about bullets that are guided so anyone could instantly become a sniper, I just had to write a book about it. Fortunately, I have a friend who is a former law enforcement officer and firearms expert so he helped me understand what I was reading and how to frame it in a way that the reader could understand.

Carrie: First i have to say how incredibly jealous I am that you’ve been to the FBI Citizen’s Academy. I so badly want to go someday! Second, you are totally the person I want with me in an emergency haha!

Q: Ballistics & weapons expert Rick Cannon & therapist Olivia Dobbs have instant attraction but the danger to Olivia’s life takes priority. Between Rick and Olivia, which character gave you the most difficulty?

Susan: I’d have to say Rick was the biggest challenge as he is the silent type, not liking to talk much. So as a writer, having a character who doesn’t want to share much can be a challenge. I did find myself writing dialogue for him and then having to take it out because he wouldn’t have spoken.

Carrie: Oh that’s interesting!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Kill Shot?

Susan: We all tell ourselves lies about something. Things like saying you can’t do something. You’re too tall. Too short. Too fat. Too thin. Too dumb. Not qualified, and on and on. And as long as you hold onto these lies, you can’t have the best that God wants for you because you set limitations on your life. So I want readers to see Rick let go of his lies and embrace all that God has in store for him and maybe the reader can see their lies and let them go, too.

Carrie: Amen.

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Susan: I’m working on two series right now. One is called McKade Law and is published by Love Inspired Suspense. This focuses on a family of law enforcement officers in Texas and the next book, Rodeo Standoff releases in May. The other project I am working on is a series called Cold Harbor. This is an indie published series that has been really well received by readers. I just finished book three, Cold Fury and it will release in March. I am currently plotting book four, Cold Case. This series features, Blackwell Tactical – a law enforcement training, investigative and protection services agency made up of former military and law enforcement heroes whose injuries keep them from the line of duty. When trouble strikes, there’s no better team to have on your side, and they would give everything, even their lives, to protect innocents.

Carrie: Susan, I’m so behind! WAIL!!! (But I can’t wait to catch up!)

Susan Sleeman is giving away a copy of Kill Shot to THREE of my readers! (US only) That’s right – THREE copies are up for grabs! This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? Would you like to go through the FBI Academy too? What would be your favorite part?

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72 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Susan Sleeman & Kill Shot

  1. Stacey Jones

    I just finished my first Susan Sleeman book, Cold Terror, in the Targeted for Danger novella set. I loved it! I checked my library for other books in this series…what? No Susan Sleeman!!!! Well, the head librarian needs to know about this oversight! In the meantime I may have to treat myself to the next book in the Cold Harbor series…or maybe I’ll pick up Kill Shot!

  2. Paula S.

    I would like to WATCH while someone else went through! I’m not in shape and getting up there at 68. But this stuff intrigues me! Thanks for a wonderful post. I have book #1 would love this one.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Think it would be extremely interesting to have the opportunity to visit the FBI Academy. I think finding out about how technology is advancing so fast and how they are keeping up with it would be awesome. To find out the thought process and what they have at their disposal like equipment and research for solving crimes would also be amazing.

    Thanks for the author Interview with Susan Sleeman and information on “Kill Shot”. It sounds like a book that I’d love the chance to read.

  4. Michelle Connell

    Oh, I think it would be fun! I have one of her books in my TBR pile, too! Fatal Mistake, I might have to move it up the pile.

  5. Megan Hamsher

    While I love reading books and watching shows that involve law enforcement,
    I myself have no interest in bullets, firing guns, or how to make/disarm bombs ….
    I don’t do well in emergency situations,
    I’ve been in 2 serious accidents – nervous enough driving as a citizen!,
    I’m lucky if I can get my phone and Internet to work,
    and I HATED lab work more than anything in VMT courses.
    So I don’t think I’d last too long at the FBI Academy!!!

    Learning interrogation techniques and self-defense techniques would probably be my best options.

  6. Gloria

    Susan is one of the best edge of your seat, suspense writers that I have read. I have enjoyed several of her books, including Fatal Mistake and am looking forward to Kill Shot. Very interesting interview. Thanks!

  7. Edward Arrington

    I think my favorite part of the FBI Citizen Academy would be watching them in action as they demonstrate the things they are teaching. I would probably enjoy the hands-on part as well but just being around them would be quite an experience.

  8. Winnie Thomas

    I’m in the middle of reading this book now. Susan writes great edge-of-your-seat books with lots of suspense and action. She definitely knows her subject matter and keeps me guessing!

    I think the FBI Academy would be interesting, but I’d have to just sit and watch from the sidelines.

  9. Sonnetta Jones

    I would love to work for the FBI in their Behavioral Unit. I was able to visit Quantico and it was amazing. I did not realize the base was owned by the marines.

  10. I have never thought about going to the FBI Academy so I’m not sure what I would be interested in. Perhaps the computer science side. I am fascinated by Susan’s research on the special bullets. That sounds so scary for real life but exciting for suspense fiction. I am putting this book on my TBR list. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

  11. Vivian Furbay

    I have no desire to go into training at the FBI but like to see what they go through. Susan Sleeman’s book sounds very interesting.

  12. Lisa Hudson

    Susan Sleeman has long been one of my favorite authors because she always writes the best opening sentences! They immediately “hook you” & you don’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished the entire book. I would love to go to the FBI Academy. Favorite Part – Every Single Minute of It!

    PLEASE don’t put me in for the drawing as I already have a copy of this fantastic book!

  13. Janice Moore

    I would like to get a glimpse of the training material and activities of the FBI. Everything would be so fascinating!

  14. Trixi

    Can you shot the weapons in FBI training because that’s what I’d like to do 🙂

    Fun interview Susan! Thanks for the giveaway chance Carrie! And by the way…we had a dat at one time too, cat who thought she was part dog…lol!

  15. Laynah Medders

    I would like to know more about finding out how they find out people’s backgrounds and if they really tap people’s phones. I’m a bit nosey!

  16. Sabrina Templin

    Each part of the visit would be fascinating to me! I would want to sponge up all the info as i considered that line of work at one time.

  17. Gina Johnson

    I would like to see the behind the scenes workers. The computer and research people. My husband who previously worked in law enforcement taught me how to target shoot. I generally hit in the area I am pointing at.

  18. Perrianne Askew

    Indon’t think I would want to domthat. If I did, I think my favorite part would be the gun range. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  19. Dawn L.

    I would love to go to the FBI Academy as would my daughter who wants to be a lawyer some day. Their work is so diverse that I’m not sure what I want to learn about.

  20. Terrill R.

    There would be so many aspects to FLETC that I would enjoy. One, being that my husband has already trained there and I would love to experience how he trained. Another is my love of fitness and pushing myself to the limits. I’m a weirdo like that.

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