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Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp
Detective Rissa Marten sacrificed her only chance for a normal life to put a drug lord behind bars. Now, her life in the shadows has to be brought to life to save the man she has secretly loved for years. With a price on her head can she risk letting him know?
Detective Jerah Qassem has built his career as an undercover agent in the dangerous world of drug cartels. But when a ghost from his past is resurrected can he overcome his bitterness in time to save her life?
How much of a story did you have in mind before you started writing Splintered Lies?
More than half.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Splintered Lies to write? Why?
That’s a tough one. I enjoyed the part where Jerah comes through for Rissa after he discovers her true identity and steps up to help her through the toughest part of her recovery.
What about your characters surprised you while writing the story?
In this part of the writing process I have to admit there are few if any surprises because I spend a lot of time with my characters in my head before I ever start writing the story.
Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?
That love gives you a surprising amount of strength to preserver and overcome obstacles in life.
Why did you decide to branch out into contemporary suspense?
I wanted to write some story lines that just didn’t fit into historical times.
What is on your “keeper shelf” of books?
Lore of the Rings, Salvatore’s series of the dark elf, Georgette Heyer, Zane Gray and Louis L’Amoar are just a few. For the kid in me, I love John Erickson’s “Hank The Cowdog.”
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Getting that first great review from a stranger that enjoyed the journey of my characters.
What does your writing space look like?
LOL, if I must. It is a cluttered desk stuffed into a corner right next to a window so I can watch the birds play in our small fish pond. There is a stuffed filling cabinet next to the desk and an open thesaurus.
What project are you working on now?
I have two books in the works, another romantic suspense and my third western.
If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? Why? The past because I would love to experience some of the great achievements mankind has made.
Author Bio and Links
I live in the heart of the southwest.
I love history of all times and places. And my second but equal love of suspense fills my books.
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