It’s always a treat when Irene Hannon stops by the blog & she’s back today to chat about her new romantic suspense, Labyrinth of Lies!
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including the long-running Hope Harbor series, as well as Point of Danger and the Code of Honor, Private Justice, and Men of Valor suspense series, among others.
Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, and she is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers’ Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers’ Choice, Booksellers’ Best, Carol, and Reviewers’ Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement Award for her entire body of work. In addition, she is a two-time
Christy Award finalist. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.
LABYRINTH OF LIES
SERIES: Triple Threat #2
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2021
When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls’ boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn’t take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school.
Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn’t the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine–and startling connections emerge among the players–the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards?
Queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon invites you to scale the heights of human folly and plumb the depths of the human heart in this second gripping book in the Triple Threat series.
Hi Irene! Welcome back to the blog!
Irene: Summer—no contest! I don’t like the cold, and I love flowers and gardening. It’s also a joy to be able to walk out the door without bundling up in multiple layers. Give me shorts and a T-shirt any day!
Carrie: if only summer wasn’t SO hot lol
Irene: Tea. I never developed a taste for coffee. Probably because my father was born in Ireland and all he drank while I was growing up was tea. My mother drank neither, so there was no coffee in our house.
Carrie: I’m with your mother! Bring on the hot cocoa and warm apple cider 🙂
Irene: Ocean. I like both, actually, but I LOVE the ocean! That’s one of the reasons so many of my romance novels are set by the sea—including my long-running Hope Harbor series.
Carrie: <blissful sigh> I love the Hope Harbor series 🙂
Irene: Print. I like to hold a physical book in my hands and turn the pages as I read, visually measuring my progress.
Carrie: there’s something very soul-satisfying about that, isn’t there?
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Irene: To extend time so I had more of it! There are never enough hours in the day for all the projects on my plate!
Carrie: yes please!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Irene: Nancy Drew. I devoured that series one summer, sitting under a tree in my grandpa’s backyard. I loved everything about Nancy. She was brave and smart and strong and loyal and tenacious and independent and so many other things. What a perfect role model for a young girl! I always tell people she’s the reason I began writing romantic suspense.
Carrie: I’ve always loved Nancy Drew and now I love her even more, since I have her to thank for you writing romantic suspense 🙂
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Irene: I have a home office, which [is] where I spend most of my time. It’s a comfortable and pleasant space. But when weather permits, I prefer to work in our screen porch, where I can see our gardens and listen to the birds sing. My very favorite place to write, though, is out in the country…alone…on a private writing retreat, where I have no interruptions and no other obligations except to write. I’ve only managed to do that three times, but each one was a joy.
Carrie: oh that all sounds delightful!
Q: Which character in Labyrinth of Lies was the most difficult to write?
Irene: The villain—which is often the case. I strive to create complex villains, not cardboard characters who have no redeeming qualities. My villains are often conflicted, and many are sympathetic in some way. I also always write scenes from their point of view, so getting into their heads can be a challenge.
Carrie: you do a fabulous job with that! Those scenes from the villain’s perspective always elevate the tension even more… and make me look over my shoulder a bit more too 😉
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Irene: I knew the basic storyline—and I mean basic!—and I also knew my main characters pretty well before I started putting words on the page. But once I dive into any book, I follow the story wherever it takes me…and I also always learn new things about my characters along the way.
Carrie: that is so fascinating to me, as a non-writer!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Labyrinth of Lies?
Irene: My main goals with every book are to entertain and uplift. I also try to help readers appreciate the tremendous power of love to change lives, and to believe that happy endings are always possible, no matter the challenges we face. We live in challenging times, and if I can leave readers with hope at the end of a book, and bring a smile to their face, I’m happy.
Carrie: i love that – yes! More important than ever before in my lifetime…
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.
Irene:In a few weeks, I’ll be turning in the final book in the Triple Threat series, which will release in October 2022. That will be Grace’s story. She’s a forensic pathologist in rural Missouri, and she stumbles across a troubling pattern in autopsies…which leads her down a very dangerous path. But before that, I’ll return to Hope Harbor with Book 8 in my long-running Hope Harbor series. Sea Glass Cottage releases in April. Beyond that—I’ve just signed a new contract for another suspense series after Triple Threat wraps up…and more Hope Harbor books! So no downtime for this author! 🙂
Carrie: I’m trying to be sympathetic about the ‘no downtime’ thing but really I’m just thrilled that so many more new books from you are on their way!
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