I’m delighted to have Lisa Harris on the blog today, sharing about the setting of her newest romantic suspense The Traitor’s Pawn!
THE TRAITOR’S PAWN
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2020
When FBI agent Jack Shannon arrives in Corpus Christi, Texas, he is focused on one thing: find the man who has been selling encrypted government secrets to the Chinese through online birding chat rooms. But when a senator is shot during a hunting trip and the woman he was with is abducted, Jack agrees to join the search–especially when he discovers that the kidnapping victim is Aubrey Grayson, a woman he was once in love with.
As the search continues, it becomes clear the senator may not have been the intended victim–and Aubrey may be connected to the other case Jack is supposed to be working on. Can Jack untangle the knots before it’s too late? And when he learns the truth, will it be too painful to get past?
Join the hunt for the truth–and a traitor–in this tension-laden story of secrets, betrayal, and second chances.
choosing the setting
by Lisa Harris, author of The Traitor’s Pawn
One of my favorite things about writing a novel is choosing the setting. Sometimes the story chooses the location, and sometimes the setting chooses the story. For The Traitor’s Pawn, I knew that I wanted it set in Texas, somewhere I lived for many years. I also knew that the opening scene was going to be a hunting scene, so I needed somewhere swampy. It didn’t take long for me to decide on the beautiful Texas coast.
The wetlands outside of Corpus Christi offer lots of duck hunting opportunities and was the perfect setting for my opening chapter where my heroine finds herself in a dangerous situation. I researched the marshes, black mangroves, and shallow water bays full of waterfowl and discovered a beautiful slice of Texas that worked perfectly for my story. These coastal marshes are like a web of grasslands where small boats can maneuver through the narrow waterways, and as you can see from the photo, the sunrises and sunsets can be stunning.
Later in the book, my hero and heroine have to drive from Corpus Christi to San Antonio, a city I’ve visited a number of times. I wanted a chase scene and what better place than the River Walk in the heart of San Antonio. For those of you who haven’t been there, the river walk is a shady network of walkways that follows the banks of the San Antonio River and is lined with shops and restaurants. It’s been referred to at times as the American Venice. There aren’t any gondolas, but you can take a boat down the river, and even eat a meal on a river barge.
Last fall, I spent a week there with my friend and fellow author, Lynne Gentry, and we had an intense week-long writing retreat. It was the perfect setting for writing sprints and brainstorming. When we weren’t writing, we spent time on the Riverwalk where we ate Mexican food, and enjoyed the perfect weather before heading back to our hotel and starting the writing process all over again.
While I missed it this past year, one of the most beautiful times to visit the River Walk is during its annual Christmas lighting display. And in case you wondered, yes, people have fallen into the river—including someone in my story. The depth of the river ranges from about two feet to twenty-four feet, and each year when they drain and clean the river, they find everything from silverware to sunglasses to furniture!
Thanks for letting me take you on a short tour of my story’s setting. Happy reading!
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than 40 books, including The Nikki Boyd Files and the Southern Crimes series, as well as Vanishing Point, A Secret to Die For, and Deadly Intentions, Harris and her family have spent over 16 years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com.
Revell is offering one of my readers a print copy of The Traitor’s Pawn! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
NOTE: delivery of book may be delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdowns
What about you? What interests you most about The Traitor’s Pawn by Lisa Harris and/or the setting?