Please join us in welcoming author Elle Kennedy here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in Elle’s Killer Instincts romantic suspense series, Midnight Rescue, was recently released on May 1, 2012. You can read an excerpt from the book here. Want to know our thoughts on Midnight Rescue? You can read Kristie’s review here.
A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
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DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Midnight Rescue?
Midnight Rescue focuses on Abby Sinclair, an assassin with a traumatic past, and Kane Woodland, a mercenary who’s been sent to rescue her from a Colombian prison. But Abby’s got her own agenda—she didn’t want to be rescued, and now her plan to save a group of victimized girls has been jeopardized. Fortunately, Kane agrees to help her carry out the mission, and as they team up, the last thing they expect is to fall for each other.
DFT: Can you tell us a little about the main characters in Midnight Rescue?
Abby is not your typical heroine. She’s ruthless, detached and prefers to be alone, but deep down, she has a big heart and a streak of vulnerability that she hates to reveal. She works for Noelle, a female assassin.
Kane is a mercenary who works for Jim Morgan, a mysterious ex-Ranger who’s kind of a hard-ass. Morgan’s men are all strong, alpha males, and Kane is no exception. He gets the job done, and he doesn’t back down from a challenge. His current challenge is convincing Abby that letting down her guard doesn’t have to be such a bad thing.
DFT: If you could describe your main characters with only 3 words, what would they be?
Abby: strong, resourceful, damaged
Kane: capable, magnetic, protective
DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book, and why?
I have two favorites—the first is Trevor Callaghan, who I guess can be considered the hero of the subplot. Trevor is a broken man with a lot of grief issues, so I’m really looking forward to helping him put the pieces of his life back together in future books. My second favorite is Noelle—she’s Abby’s assassin boss, and she’s one terrifying lady. I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with her J
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line from Midnight Rescue?
My favorite scene happens midway through the book, when Kane and his fellow mercenaries are just chilling out, having a beer, and talking about women—more specifically, one of Kane’s colleagues is trying to explain to Kane how to have a real conversation with a woman. That scene always makes me laugh.
DFT: What is your favorite part of writing this series?
Having so many fun characters to play around with. I love Morgan’s mercenaries and their tight-knit bond, and the close relationship between Abby and her female colleagues. It’s great being able to explore the dynamic between all these characters.
DFT: What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
I’m currently working on three different series—KILLER INSTINCTS, with the second and third books coming out in 2013. OUT OF UNIFORM is my erotic contemporary series featuring Navy SEAL heroes, with the full-length seventh book FEELING HOT coming out in August and the eighth book currently being written now. And I also have a new romantic suspense miniseries with Harlequin Romantic Suspense that I’m currently writing.
DFT: What books/genres do you read when you have the chance? Any must read authors or series?
I read a little bit of everything—romantic suspense and contemporary romance, thrillers, literary fiction, YA. My must-read authors are Iris Johansen, Suzanne Brockmann, JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood!), Danielle Steel and Christine Feehan.
DFT: Romantic tension is an art. How do you create that tension with your characters?
That’s a tough one. It’s not really something I consciously think about. That tension just naturally ends up making an appearance, usually when the characters are bickering, or fighting their attraction for one another.
DFT: What comes first in your writing? The world, the characters or the plot?
The characters. I’ll get an idea for a really awesome character and then I’ll brainstorm until I come up with the perfect world to place them in. For Midnight Rescue, I had a heroine in mind, along with the characters of Morgan and Noelle, and I also had an inkling about the opening—heroine locked in a prison. After that, it was a matter of putting the pieces together and coming up with a solid plot.
DFT: Thanks for taking the time to do the interview.
Available on May 1, 2012 from Penguin/Signet Eclipse
About the Book:
Dangerous. Ruthless. Savage. And she’s the good guy.
Abby Sinclair had a desperate childhood until she was rescued and adopted by a retired army ranger who molded her into a master of self-defense. Now, she’s a cunning and fearless assassin thrust into assignment after dangerous assignment, using everything she has-nerve, resilience, strength, sex-to come out on top. Her only rule: trust no one.
Abby’s latest assignment is in Columbia: go undercover and snuff out a dangerous arms dealer active in the underground sex trade. But when Abby purposely blows her cover in a last-ditch attempt to free the helpless victims, deadly mercenary Kane Woodland is recruited as back-up. His mission: get Abby out of that hell hole.
The last thing Kane expects is to feel a primal attraction for Abby. But when she convinces him to join her on her perilous mission, their newfound passion could put the lives of their whole team at risk.
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