Friday, May 6, 2011

Author Lynette Eason Interview & Giveaway

I'm so excited to share my first author interview with everyone today!

Lynette Eason writes fabulously suspenseful novels and is graciously giving away a copy of her new book
A Killer Among Us!

Tell us about your current release:

A KILLER AMONG US released May 1st! Here is the back cover blurb:

What happens when the hunter . . . becomes the hunted?

Kit Kenyon is a first-rate hostage negotiator. Noah Lambert is a good detective with excellent instincts. These new partners have hardly had time to get used to each other when they are thrown into a grisly murder case. As evidence mounts up and more victims are found, Kit and Noah realize they are on the hunt for a serial killer. The problem is, he may be hunting one of them too.

With nail-biting suspense, clever plot twists, and a hint of romance, A Killer Among Us is the latest thriller from Lynette Eason.

Praise for Lynette Eason's Women of Justice series

"My friend Lynette has a hit on her hands with this romantic suspense."--Dee Henderson, bestselling author, the O'Malley series

"A fast-moving tale filled with nonstop action. No chance to catch your breath with this one!"--Irene Hannon, bestselling author, the Heroes of Quantico series

"An exciting ride with characters you will care about."--Margaret Daley, award-winning Steeple Hill romantic suspense author

"Don't read Eason's newest novel late at night!"--RT Book Reviews

"One heck of a thriller. The suspense is high; I was turning pages so fast I had to go back and re-read."--Suspense Magazine

What inspired you to write Christian Suspense?
It’s what I’ve always loved to read, my faith intersects with everything I do in life, so I think it was just a natural progression to my writing. I love suspense, too, so being able to combine my faith with a rocking good story is awesome!  

Boy, do they rock! Do you use real-life facts based on true stories?
No, not really. I get some good ideas from the newspaper or the news, but mostly I just make my stories up as I go along. 

Your imagination is impressive! What is your writing process? How do you get your ideas? How many hours a day do you write?
The writing process is different for everyone. I look at writing like it’s a puzzle. I start with a basic short summary, a synopsis, and a character sketch and go from there. I get my ideas from everywhere. Movies, television, a conversation I overheard, something I see on the highway as I travel (ex. A truck advertising coffins—oh yeah, I had a story about that one almost immediately—and yes, it involved dead bodies.) So, I’m able to pull a story from just about anything.  

I love puzzles. Your characters thoughts are so real! How do you research the psychological aspect of a killer's mind?
Ooooh, that was freaky. I had to do a lot of research. I just looked up the most famous serial killers and read all about them and their psychological profiles if they had one posted. I had to pray a lot during those times.  

I bet! What do you feel is the most challenging aspect in writing?
Finding the time to write. Every day there are distractions, unexpected things that pop up, etc. Just finding two consecutive hours to write and not be interrupted is a huge challenge for me.  

I can imagine. Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
It depends. Usually, the idea comes first then I create the characters to fit the idea.  

You do a great job. Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp?
There’s always a message or a theme, but what I pray readers take from the novel is the fact that God is love and He loves them in a way that can’t be explained, just accepted.  

So true! If you could work with any author, who would it be?
I would LOVE to write a story with Dee Henderson.  

Dee's a terrific author. I hope you get to do that someday. What's your favorite part of a book?
When I’m reading a book, I love the first page and the end.  

What genre of books do you like to read? Do you limit yourself to only the genre that you write yourself?
I love to read all kinds of genres. I’m not crazy about sci-fi, but chick lit, westerns, historicals, and of course suspense. I love it all.

Same here. What are you working on next?
I’m now working on the second book for the DEADLY REUNIONS series. This is the second series for Revell. I’m also working on Book 5 in the continuity series for Love Inspired. My book is called THE BLACK SHEEP’S REDEMPTION.  

I guess my TBR pile will get a lot higher :) Can you share some of your testimony with us?
I grew up in a Christian home with Christian parents and gave my heart to the Lord when I was 8. Then as I grew, when I was 18, I rededicated my life to him. It’s a pretty simple testimony.  

Wonderful! Where can readers find you on the internet?
I’m all over the place! LOL.

Website: http://www.lynetteeson.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LynetteEasonAuthor
Blog: http://www.infinitesuspensefromlynetteeason.blogspot.com/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lynetteeason
Email: lynetteeason@lynetteeason.com

Lynette just started a Yahoo Group for those of us who would like to discuss her Women of Justice series. You can find that here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DiscussBooks_LynetteEason/

Thank you so much for being here today, Lynette. I'm just thrilled that you are my first author interview. Thanks so much for having me here, Anne!

Don't forget ~ Lynette is giving away a copy of A KILLER AMONG US to one winner! Leave a comment to be entered with an email address so you can be contacted! Giveaway ends May 11th.

I'll be posting my review soon. I was busy celebrating my grandsons 2nd birthday and didn't get it written.


23 comments:

  1. I love suspense novels and it being Christian based is even better. I would love to win this book. Sounds like a great story. Sharonne

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  2. Hi Anne, thanks so much for having me here today. I'm honored to be your first interviewee! You have a beautiful blog.

    Hi Sharonne, thanks for stopping in!

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  3. Thank You, Lynette! I enjoy learning more about my favorite authors as I know others do as well! I'm thrilled you are the first to help me get started :)

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  4. Lynette, I feel like I just got a free book from you as I downloaded 'Too Close to Home' recently. Hope 'A Killer Among Us' does well.

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  5. I am looking forward to reading A Killer Among Us. Lynette's books grab me and won't let go until I finish them. Thanks for a chance to win one!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  6. Thanks Walt! Hope you enjoy it. :)

    Merry, thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you enjoy my books!

    God Bless,
    Lynette

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  7. I can't wait to read this book! And I would love winning it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I read "Too Close To Home" and it was such a great book. I love reading suspense novels and can't wait to read this one. It sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. I enjoy a good suspense novel. This sounds good.
    ~ prshea(at)mac(dot)com

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  10. What a Wonderful interview ladies. I am reviewing a Killer Among Us for Revell soon & I haved LOVED every book in the series!!! Lynette is by far one of my Favorite Authors!!! Thanks Ann for allowing us to learn more about her!

    Have a blessed Mothers day my friend!

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  11. Thanks for all the comments ,Y'all! It is a terrific series so if you don't win be sure and get a copy anyway :)

    Loren! I look forward to your review :) You have a terrific Mother's Day, too♥

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  12. Looking forward to reading A Killer Among Us! Great interview.
    P. T. Bradley
    ptrainum(at)comcast(dot)net

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  13. Ladies! Super interview. Great questions that really show us Lynette's writing process. (I love to look at it like a puzzle too.) A KILLER AMONG US sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it. :-)

    You rock, Anne. :-)

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  14. Oops. robyn(at)robyncampbell(dot)com

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  15. Greatly enjoyed the interview! I have always been a reader of suspense and was excited when I discovered Lynette's books. This one sounds just as exciting as her previous books - thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Blessings,
    Jan Marie

    janmarien[at]embarqmail[dot]com

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  16. Great job on your first author interview! Thanks for the chance to win the book, it sounds like a good read.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  17. Thank you ladies! Don't forget about the Yahoo group mentioned above that Lynette started so we can discuss the books. I really hope to get in on that this week.

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  18. Just finished reading, "Too Close to Home" and really loved it! Would love to read another of your books, Lynette!!
    suefoster(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. Congratulations Anne on a great first interview! I love a exciting page turner filled with mystery and good suspense. Sounds like Lynette has written a book just like that! Thanks for the interview and reccommendation.
    breesmimi@gmail.com

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  20. I am a big fan of suspense novels and Lynette is one of the best authors at this genre!! I love her books:) Please enter me in this giveaway. Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  21. Thanks for stopping by and entering Charity. I totally agree about Lynette being one of the best in this genre!

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  22. I'm glad there are good Christian writers out there! I'd love to win this book!

    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  23. Hi Judy, The contest ended on May 11th! Lynette is an excellent writer and if you enjoy contemporary suspense you will like her book. Thanks for stopping by!

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1 Corinthians 1:3 ~ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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