People always ask me why romantic suspense? by Dee Davis + Giveaway!
First off, I’ve been an incurable romantic for most of my life. As a little girl, I cried at the end of Cinderella because we didn’t get to see her get married. And I cheered endlessly for Calvin and Meg in A Wrinkle in Time. I wanted Aurora to find her prince charming. And I always thought Ned needed a bigger role in Nancy’s adventures. (I even had hopes for Lucy and Mr. Tumnus.) I always wanted the girl to get the guy in movies. And happily ever after was so important to me I (only occasionally) double checked the last line of a book to make sure it was so.
And secondly, I adore suspense. When I was a little kid on certain summer nights, my mom would tell my brother and I to get our pajamas on right after dinner. But we didn’t protest because we knew what was coming next. We were going to the drive-in movie theatre. Now the rule was that we were allowed to watch the first feature but during the second we were supposed to go to sleep. I never did. I stayed awake and marveled at the smooth precision of Sean Connery’s Bond as well as the subterfuge and stealth of Gregory Peck and David Niven in the Guns of Naverone.
Then when I was in high school, my mom introduced me to one of her favorite authors. Mary Stewart. Absolute heaven—both romance and suspense. The Moon-Spinners. My Brother Michael, Airs Above the Ground. I quickly devoured all her books, along with Phyllis Whitney’s and Victoria Holt’s. Of course I was still reading Robert Ludlum, Alistair McLean, Robin Cook, Michael Crichton and other suspense writers, but I always wanted them to include more romance.
When I graduated from college, I took the entrance exam for the foreign service and interviewed with the CIA. Ultimately, we agreed that it wasn’t going to work. I talk too much. But it didn’t curb my interest in all things spy-oriented. And so it wasn’t really a surprise that when I started writing books I turned to romantic suspense. It was what I was raised with in a literary sense.
From my first romantic suspense novel, After Twilight, to my nineteenth, Deep Disclosure (the latest in my A-Tac series), my characters have battled not only seemingly insurmountable antagonists, but often their internal fears as well—ultimately conquering both to win the day.
Bottom line, romantic suspense is where my passion lies. There is something magical to me about twists and turns and run-for-your-life danger combined with a couple realizing that together they are stronger than when they are apart.
Oh, and I get my happily ever after, too!
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