We love have Harlequin Love Inspired authors here on the CCC blog and today is no exception! Jessica Patch has returned to tell about her latest suspense novel. We think you'll find it intriguing...
Thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! Can you tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story?
Deep Waters is the first book in a new series (The Security Specialists) with Love Inspired Suspense. I’ve always been obsessed with the Pinkerton Agency and I wanted to model something similar, but not on such a grand scale. I came up with a private security company made up of former soldiers (mostly SEALS). The plot developed out of my niece’s love for sea turtles. Since I began writing she has begged me (relentlessly) to write a book about sea turtles. I kind of got sick of the whining about it. J
Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why? That’s tough. I love them all and enjoyed them all. I’d say Shepherd but the word “enjoy” doesn’t seem right since he’s a complicated man with a tragic past. Many times my heart bled for him. Maybe the most enjoyable was Wilder Flynn, the CEO of the security company. He was introduced in Final Verdict and will make appearances in Deep Waters and Dark Web before getting his own story in Deadly Obsession. He’s fun to write because he’s snarky and charming. His dialogue is a blast!
Can you tell us about a scene that you wrote and eventually deleted? It’s always fun to know of the little details that didn’t make the cut J I typically don’t delete scenes. Snippets of dialogue and narrative get cut in revisions, but once I have the plot, I pretty much stick to the scene development. That’s probably boring. Sorry!
How did you decide on the setting/location for this novel? Well, sea turtles require um…an ocean
What made you pick these specific names of your main two characters? My heroine, Caley Flynn is clearly from a strong Irish background. I wanted an extremely feminine name. I chose Caley because it means “slender” and that describes her. Shepherd, my hero, was named that because it’s who he is. Lightman comes into play with his first name and with Jesus: Shepherd and Light.
Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What’s your least favorite household chore and why? My least favorite chore is folding and putting away clothing. I have no good reason. I just don’t like it.
What are your hobbies outside of writing? I enjoy thrift shopping or perusing the roads for tossed furniture so I can refurbish them. Much of my furniture has been acquired this way. I’m working on making headboards out of shutters for my daughter and her room mate as they’ll be embarking on college this fall!
Summer is upon us, and full of events. Are you doing anything special this summer season? Since my daughter graduated, we’ll be taking her to Universal Studios this summer and to fulfill one of her childhood dreams—swimming in open water with dolphins! I’m especially looking forward to watching that and to visiting Harry Potter’s world at Universal. We’re also doing a lot of dorm shopping and hanging out since it’s our last summer before she goes away.
We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing? My faith affects everything I write. I see the world with eyes of Christ’s hope and that message always rings loud and clear in the stories I tell.
Tell us a little about a day in the life of you? Wake up time? Lounging in your jammies all day, drinking coffee, living the luxurious life of a writer ;) Yes, the life of a writer is super glamorous. I sleep late and my housekeeper makes sure my kids are off to school. She does my grocery shopping and dinner meal preps so I can wake up easy and take my time with writing. I usually meet a group of friends for lunch three times a week and I schedule a spa day every Friday. Oh wait. You said reality. Not fiction. I’m an early riser. Most days (not summer) I am up by 5 a.m. It’s coffee and time with Jesus. Then time to pack my son’s lunch and wait on him to come downstairs to go to school. I take him and am home by about 7:05 a.m. (that’s super specific, huh?) I do a little house work and sometimes exercise, or run to the grocery store, then I’m in my office by 9. I write from 9-2 with breaks/lunch/laundry—ugh and I pick him up and maybe work an hour more before I start dinner. I don’t work evenings or weekends unless my husband is working late or mowing our nine acres on a Saturday—that gives me added writing time since he’s busy and my kids rarely wake in the summer or weekends until noon! I’m the mom that lets them so I can have extra “me” time. LOL Judge not!
We have a bit of a war going on here at the CCC blog. Anne and Jaime LOVE coffee and Erica and Gabriella enjoy a joyful cup of tea. What is your preference? Help us break this tie… I can’t do that! I love both. I’m a coffee girl in the morning and a tea girl in the afternoon!
And a few fun and quirky questions always reveal of lot from our authors who visit. So, first, if you were to take a boat down the Amazon river, what would you be most interested in seeing? I wouldn’t be on a boat going down the Amazon. But if I were, I’d want to see monstrous snakes and colorful birds. Also, Tarzan. I really would like to see him. ;)
If you had a choice of living in any era other than the present, what would you choose and why? I wouldn’t. I like that I can do what I want including vote and I’m quite fond of air conditioning, modern medicine, and a toilet system. But if I HAD to choose, maybe the roaring twenties.
We’d love you have you share a snippet from your novel to entice us and hook us! J Please share something below:
He faced her. Her skin had turned ghostly white. “Ever play hopscotch?”
“Why?” she asked, caution in her tone.
Shep motioned with a tilt of his head to the edge of the roof.
Caley’s sight went straight to the other side of the roof and she rushed over, peering down into the alley that separated the buildings. Sweat popped on her forehead, mouth agape, head shaking furiously. “I can’t do that. I can’t jump across there. I’m not a soldier! I study turtles!”
“Slow and steady ain’t gonna win this race.”
“No! Just…pop `em the minute they come up. You’re a sniper! You can do that.” Her voice reached window-cracking volume and she flailed her hands wildly.
“Caley,” he said, his voice low and calm while inside he was reeling. “I’m not going to do that.” Not that it hadn’t crossed his mind, but she might get caught in the crossfire, and he wouldn’t risk it. “And you don’t really want me to.” Caley would never condone killing no matter who it was. That wasn’t who she was. But she was panicking. And if she didn’t try her best to relax, she’d hesitate on the jump and plummet to the alley below.
Time was thin. Any minute they’d make it upstairs. Into the office. And that would be that.
“You’re a Flynn. You can do it. I know you can do it. Trust me.” Why should she though? He’d put her in this predicament.
She licked her lips, wrung her hands together. Blew a breath. “I’m gonna be sick.”
No time to patty-cake anymore. He hardened his tone. “You’re gonna jump to that building and you’re going to make it.” He’d give her no choice.
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