Ending the week with, you guessed it, an author interview!
Here we go!!!
Jennifer Pierce currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and two children. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and River Valley Writers, where she serves as secretary. Her debut novel, Hidden Danger, won a 2019 Selah Award and her 2nd novel finaled in the 2019 Selah Awards.
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 10/27/20
A complete stranger is the only one who can help determine the connection between her past and her present.
Private Investigator, Reid Lucas, and his mentor, Joe Lockhart, haven’t spoken in years, but when Joe wants to meet in a small-town diner, Reid’s interest is piqued. Without explanation, Joe calls and tells Reid he has five minutes to get waitress, Quinn Matthews, and her son out of the diner before they’re kidnapped by the group of thugs about to walk through the diner’s front door.
Quinn Matthews’ life is simple and safe, exactly how she likes it—until Reid Lucas walks into the diner. Now, she and her son are running for their lives, and she has no idea why. But when the father of her son shows up and dies saving them, she realizes they all have one deadly connection: Joe Lockhart. Now, she'll have to trust the mysterious private investigator to not only save their lives but connect her past to her present so they can figure out who is after them. And why.
As the danger escalates, unexpected feelings arise. Reid doesn't believe he's worthy of Quinn's love--or God's. And Quinn is too worried about having her heart broken again and the effect of having a new man in her son's life. Can they let go of their preconceived notions of love and relationships, or are they doomed to just let go of each other?
Read a short excerpt...
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 and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
I’m seeing some posts pop up in my Facebook memories where I tried to write in 2011 but didn’t make it past signing up for NaNoWriMo and not actually doing any writing. I didn’t get the actual writing bug until 2015. My dad died in January 2014 and reading became my therapy. I read 135 books that year. At some point in 2015 I was reading a book and thought “I can do this. I can write a book.” And I did. Well, three now.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
God has been in the midst of the whole thing. I wrote my debut novel for a contest with Love Inspired Suspense, Blurb to Book. I didn’t make it past stage one but I finished and submitted through regular channels. It was rejected. So I sat on it. I had already started book 2. I didn’t have any other publishing prospects and I wasn’t really looking too hard either. But my bestie kept hounding me to find a publisher. One day I was on my lunch break and a friend posted on Facebook that #PitMad was going on Twitter. I thought, “Why, not?” I boiled my novel down to 144 characters, this was before Twitter gave us those extra letters. I got a like and it’s all history from there.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
The hardest part is dealing with author self-doubt. Putting yourself out there and hoping you don’t make a fool of yourself. Lol. The most enjoyable is people telling me how much they like the book or what they do or don’t like. I love being able to share with them.
Would you go back and change anything?
No. As a matter of fact I touch on that in Hidden Danger. I wouldn’t change things. No matter what I’ve done in my past, good or bad, it has made me who I am today and taken me where I am.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10?
My plan is to continue working and writing. Maybe some day I’ll be able to become a full time writer. But God’s plans for my life are ultimately what I want.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
Don’t give up! Don’t you do it. Keep going. Keep writing. Keep reading. Surround yourself with other writers.
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? Neither. Mustard
Night or Day? Night
Inside or Outside? Inside
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook
Ebook or Paperback? Who cares as long as I can read.
Sun or Rain? Sun
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? Pencil and notebook
Comedy or Drama? Comedy
Chips or Chocolate? Chocolate
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