Interviews by Catherine Chant

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“Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it’s that inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through—originality.”
—Jack Kerouac



Catherine Chant

Catherine Chant is the author of a young time travel series available at and other online retailers, and two installments in the Vampire Diaries franchise via Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. She teaches several online classes for writers throughout the year, and her popular workshop GROW A BOOK: TURNING YOUR STORY IDEA INTO A WORKABLE PLOT is now available as an eBook, exclusively at

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June 2017

Interview with Romantic Suspense Author Sue Ward Drake

Romantic Suspense Author Sue Ward Drake


What inspired you to write mystery books?

I’ve always been curious about people and find myself creating scenarios for their behavior. I love a MacGuffin story because I want to solve the puzzle. For me, the puzzle needs to be fleshed out with interesting characters so that the reader feels the characters’ urgent need to solve this particular problem.

What style of mystery novel is your favorite (police procedural, cozy, etc.)?

I cut my teeth on the Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald PI stories. Deborah Crombie is also a favorite. Though Crombie’s stories are police procedural up to a point, they focus more on the emotional issues of the police officers.

What are you working on now?

A romantic suspense story linked to HEAR NO EVIL. In SEE NO EVIL the hero is a minor character in HEAR NO EVIL. This new story is also about overcoming guilt. While it takes place on a fictional island, the scenery is definitely Mediterranean.

What’s the most interesting or unusual research you’ve done for a book you’re writing?

A visit to a gun range was practical and scary—especially handling the firearms. I got to practice with both a revolver and a semi-automatic. I’ve used a lot of my own travel experiences, though I don’t usually set out with specific research questions in mind.

Do you have a favorite character from your books?

I’m partial to Molly Light, the heroine of HEAR NO EVIL. She’s a spunky, but vulnerable, deaf artist.

Who were your literary heroes growing up?

Helen MacInnis and her DECISION AT DELPHI, I loved her later RIDE A PALE HORSE, too. These are romantic espionage novels set during the Cold War. My own stories would probably be classified as romantic thrillers. In HEAR NO EVIL for example, the hero, a government agent, thinks the heroine is smuggling secret military plans to an enemy, and the heroine isn’t sure she can trust him.

Where do you get your ideas for the mysteries in your books?

Reading the back pages of newspapers, the special interest, local stories. I’ve found some interesting articles about American generals in USA Today, but the New York Times also has great jumping-off stories.

When you start a new book, do you always know whodunit or does it sometimes come as a surprise to you?

I’d like to think I know, but I’m not always right. Sometimes, in the course of the story, the true villain shows his hand.




Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon

Hear No Evil
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For Molly Light, painting is her path out of a silent, solitary world. Awarded a once-in-a-lifetime trip to paint under the blue Grecian skies, she must accompany the handsome, enigmatic stranger who granted the prize. Sensual sparks fly, but when their journey plunges her into a chilling conspiracy, she suspects he’s not the man he pretends to be.

Bent on revenge for the brutal torture he’d once endured, guilt-ridden loner Stefanos Metadorakis believes Molly is sharing top-secret military plans with the enemy. His instructions are to escort her, watch her every move and mood—not fall in lust with her. But he’s inexplicably drawn to this beautiful, damaged woman and before long their passions explode.

As distrust mixes with desire, dangerous enemy forces are closing in, their sights set on Molly. With their lives in the balance, can the lovers trust each other enough to foil a deadly espionage plot?



About the Author

Sue Ward Drake grew up in an old house full of dark windows, with a passion for writing, travel and international spy thrillers. Her early literary efforts included a short story submitted to a national magazine at the age of eight and a fictional advice column in her high school newspaper. After a year of college study in Spain and a stint living in a farmhouse on a Greek island, she returned to New Orleans to work as a bi-lingual secretary, Spanish teacher, linen sales rep, free-lance copywriter, and computer analyst. This extensive list qualifies her for the jill-of-all-trades badge.

She used her experiences of living in a farmhouse in Greece in her first traditionally-published romance, HEAR NO EVIL. This book is currently updated and on sale as an e-book and paperback.

A survivor of the devastating hurricane Katrina, she currently resides in Nevada with her husband of thirty-eight years. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, swimming, and of course, seeking out new places to explore. Sue’s stories have won or made the finals in numerous contests. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.