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Lynette Eason talks about Photography, Asheville, Suspense and More

It’s a privilege to have Romantic Suspense author Lynette Eason on the blog this week. I hope you enjoy learning more about her and her writing. She’s offered a digital copy of her newest release, Crossfire, as a giveaway. Comment by August 9 for a chance to win!

Welcome, Lynette! Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

I’m married to Jack Eason and we have two adult children who live on their own. Yep, we are empty nesters. LOL. Jack is the lead pastor at Cross Roads Baptist here in Simpsonville and he also does a lot of fundraising for various non-profits. Our daughter, Lauryn, is in her second year of law school and our son is a junior in college as well as a licensed real estate agent. We’re in a good place with life right now even though it has its challenges occasionally. But God is good and we lean on him on a daily basis.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you do for fun? 

I don’t have many hobbies, but I love photography. I enjoy taking my camera and escaping into nature for a while to see what kind of picture I can get. I also enjoy taking family pictures, kids’ pictures, just about any pictures. LOL.

I happen to know you’re an amazing photographer. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

I wanted to be a pediatrician. I have no idea why, but I remember that. Then as I got older, I had no idea what I wanted to so I majored in business, worked in the business world for a while and hated it. I went back to school and got my teaching degree and taught school for 12 years before I figured out I was supposed to be a writer. Ha.

We’re all glad you figured out you’re supposed to write! Tell us when and how that came about. 

I started writing around the year 1999. The short version is that my husband traveled a lot with his job so I had a lot of time alone at home. Writing eased the loneliness and eventually, I decided to try and get published.

Seems that worked out great! What genre do you write and what inspired you to write that particular genre?  

I write in the Romantic Suspense genre. I was always a fan of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Alfred Hitchcock, and more. So, when it was time for me to choose what kind of story I wanted to write, Romantic Suspense was kind of a no brainer.

Nancy Drew was a favorite of mine, too. How do you incorporate Christ and hope into your writing? 

Writing Romantic Suspense, where my characters are in constant danger, it’s not hard to think they’d pray. A lot. LOL. But there’s always something in my stories that shows God working in their lives, not only to keep them from getting killed by the bad guys, but I like to show heart transformations too. 

Heart transformation is one of the reasons I love reading Christian Fiction. What is the setting of your current novel? If it’s a real location, have you visited? Tell us about it. 

The setting of my current novel is a real location. It’s based in Asheville, NC. I visit Asheville several times a year. My husband and I love to do a day trip up into the mountains just to get away sometimes.

Asheville is absolutely beautiful. If you wrote in a different genre than your current one, which would you choose and why? 

I think I’d write historical simply because I love history and how they lived back then. It’s just tons of research and I’m terrified I’d get something wrong so I stick with murder and mayhem. Ha.

I agree. I can’t imagine doing all the research required to write historical. Speaking of that, how long do you spend on research before you begin writing a book? 

I start writing before I do a whole lot of researching. I feel like I need to know my characters before I need to know much about their jobs. But it doesn’t take long until I start sending out questions to all of my numerous resources. 

What do you enjoy most about being a writer? 

I love that I can work from home and set my own schedule. Even though I’m fairly strict with my time in that I treat it like an 8-5 job, if something comes up that needs my attention or I need to have an appointment during the day, I really like that I can just do it without checking in with a boss. LOL. 

That’s a definite perk. Do you enjoy marketing and social media? Which platform are you most active on? 

I don’t care much for marketing and social media for the most part. LOL. Not that they don’t have their purpose, but they can be such “time-suckers”. I’d much rather be doing something else. Then again, I’ve met some lovely people on social media, so it’s not all bad. 

What’s next from you? 

Right now, I’m working on the last in the Extreme Measures series. Then I’ll have two more contracted series to write. I turn my last book in May 2027, so I’ll be busy for a while. Yay for job security, right?

Wow, that’s amazing. Good for you! I wish you the best as you continue to follow God’s leading in your writing and publishing. Thanks for sharing about yourself and your writing life.

Join the conversation. Did you read Nancy Drew or similar books as a child? Do you like reading romantic suspense? Have you visited Asheville? Do you think the mountains are a good setting for a suspense novel?

Be sure to comment by August 9 for a chance to win Lynette’s latest book! Keep scrolling to find the comments section.

Crossfire Book Cover

Crossfire by Lynette Eason

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FBI special agent Julianna James is a top-notch negotiator who has never lost a hostage. Surely she can manage to take care of her much younger sister, Dottie, who showed up unannounced to live with Julianna while she finished her senior year of high school.

A former sniper with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Clay Snyder left the army after a tragic incident that he can’t get past. Now he’s working as a high school resource officer until he can figure out what to do with the rest of his life. 

Their paths cross when Julianna is called in to negotiate a courtroom hostage situation involving Clay’s sister. Impressed and a bit intimidated by the calm, capable woman with the dark hair and blue eyes, Clay invites her to speak at his school. Dottie’s school.

But as the anniversary of a school shooting from Julianna’s past approaches, it becomes clear that her perfect record is about to be tested and that Dottie is at risk. If Julianna and Clay can’t figure out who’s behind the attacks, more innocent people will die–and Julianna just might be one of them.

This intense story of revenge and redemption from bestselling author and master of suspense Lynette Eason will have you up all night as you race toward the explosive finish.

Lynette Eason is the best-selling, award-winning author of over sixty-five books. She writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA, ECPA, Publisher’s Weekly, Parable, and USA Today’s bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the Carol Award, Christian Retailing’s Best, the Holt Medallion, the Selah, Killer Nashville’s Readers’ choice award, and more. Her book, Her Stolen Past, made into a Lifetime Movie Network movie, aired in February 2018. Lynette is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Faith, Hope, and Love. 

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As a Jesus girl for more than thirty years, Deena Adams understands how important hope is to daily life, which fuels her passion to inspire others through hope-filled fiction based on true to life stories. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and is a multi-award-winning writer, an active ACFW member, and ACFW Virginia president. Connect with Deena through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.