Interview with Bestselling Romantic Suspense Author Stephanie Queen
What style of mystery novel is your favorite (police procedural, cozy, etc.)?
Romantic Suspense-Thriller is my game, and Stephanie Queen is my name. I can’t write a romance story without a murder or at least a kidnapping. And I can’t write a mysterious suspense thriller without a romance. All my favorite books have both.
What are you working on now?
I just finished a novella called Falling for Captain Hunk, part of my Beachcomber Investigations series, about a couple of cops who are working together to trap a heroin-dealing murderer and at the same time fighting their against-their-rules attraction for each other. There are equal parts of romantic heat and life-threatening danger.
Do you prefer to write mystery series books or stand-alones?
Stand-alones sound so lonely – I’m a series sort of girl. I write them like I was writing a TV series, but with enough carry over info so you can start reading in the middle of the *season* and not get lost.
What is your typical day like?
The fabulously annoying thing about my writing days is that there is no such thing as typical.
I write everywhere and at all times of day. I can sit in my lounge chair for a couple of hours or stand at my desk for fifteen minute sprints here and there or go to the local coffee shop and let the buzz of noise around me fade away as I tap away. And all that could happen in the space of one day.
One of my favorite places to write is at airports. O’Hare International is the best.
The only constant to my days is that I start out with a big fat mug of coffee.
What’s the most interesting or unusual research you’ve done for a book you’re writing?
For hands-on research, nothing beats my experience at the Writers Police Academy.
I rode an ambulance with EMTs simulating a life-and-death emergency and tried my hand with a driving simulator on a high-speed car chase. We inspected a staged car crash scene with real people and fake blood for clues. The best was the demo at a warehouse with a real explosion to blow a door open.
As for the less hands-on research, I interviewed a guy from the FBI, but I can’t tell you anything about it or he’d put me on a list.
I can tell you about my interview of a Coast Guard Captain and the rescue video he shared with me for my research of a recent release, Let It Snow. Steve Conway is now retired from his stint in the Coast Guard. I’ve known him for many years and was very grateful that he shared his expertise and his harrowing first-hand account about a Coast Guard rescue at sea in the nick of time.
Do you have a favorite character from your books?
I love the main character from my Beachcomber Investigations series most of all. So much so, that I’ve written multiple episodes of a serial about him as a kid growing up. The serial shows how he got to be the bad-ass he’s become.
His name is Dane Blaise.
Dane *the Demon* is a special forces legend. He’s been around the block—if the world could be called a block. Mostly he’s disillusioned by his experience and his success and is trying to live a mellow life as much as it’s possible, like he had growing up surfing in California. He started Beachcomber Investigations on the island of Martha’s Vineyard and roped Shana the beautiful into joining him because he couldn’t let her go. But he’s had too many scrapes with mortality and the last one left him wounded deep in his soul.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Beachcombers – Prequel to Beachcomber Investigations series
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise takes on a new partner for a kidnapping case, gorgeous Scotland Yard detective Shana George. Mistake? Maybe. The fireworks between them could get them killed before they have a chance to find the missing heiress--and whoever is behind the kidnapping.
Dane has been visiting his beach shack on Martha's Vineyard to rest is weary body and soul for too many years and he's particularly in need of a rest this summer. But his old special ops commander, now governor of Massachusetts, calls on him to save a missing heiress. She was scheduled to compete in a surfing competition and now she's gone.
The governor also recruited a partner for Dane, perfect for going undercover as a surfer, the bikini bombshell Shana is also a Scotland Yard detective. Dane is skeptical until he finds out Shana has serious skills.
But as the case unfolds and the stakes ratchet up once they realize they're dealing with human traffickers specializing in beautiful women, Dane is in trouble. He is far too attracted to everything about his partner--and far too distracted for their well-being and their survival.
They need to find the heiress and stop the kidnapping ring before they let their relationship compromise everything. Or is it too late?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephanie Queen is the USA Today bestselling author of the romantic detective series, Beachcomber Investigations. She lives in bucolic New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty and her fun-loving friends who keep her from being a recluse. Besides going to the gym sporadically, Stephanie cooks and crochets and loves chocolate covered potato chips (yes, she should go to the gym more often).
She used to be a 9 to fiver working in downtown Boston, but has thrown her stylish suits and fancy heels in a closet and now hangs out in UConn t-shirts, jeans and sneakers. “If I could come back in another life as anything I wanted, I’d be a regency era heroine.” (Not surprisingly) Regency romances are her favorite secret reads.