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Sunday, September 11, 2011

An Interview with Christy Reece by Ronlyn Howe





This week, I turn things over to Ronlyn Howe for an interview with the talented and wonderful Christy Reece. Ronlyn, take it away...

Meet Christy Reece, the creator of Last Chance Rescue, a highly trained group of mercenaries with one priority and purpose, to rescue victims. With worldwide connections and a phenomenal success rate, LCR operatives find and rescue victims when all other avenues have been tried and failed. They do whatever it takes, no matter the risk, to rescue the innocent. (description of LCR taken from Christy’s website www.christyreece.com ) I was lucky enough to get to know Christy shortly after the first LCR book (RESCUE ME) hit the stands and I instantly wanted more. Lucky for me and all her other fans, she’s delivered one book after another of the LCR gang and their exciting rescues. And, I was also lucky enough to be able to interview Christy on her newest release as well as try to weasel some details of her next book out of her.


SWEET JUSTICE is the seventh installment of the LAST CHANCE RESUCE series. Did you ever imagine it would come to nine books?

No, I never anticipated when I was writing RESCUE ME that this would be a nine book series. However, each time I wrote a book, I'd become interested in a secondary character, so I'm very grateful I had the opportunity to write eight more books about characters that I fell in love with in previous LCR books.

Since we're on Pamela's blog, the home of MTM, did you have any specific men (celebrities or civilians) in mind for the physical characteristics of any of your characters as you were writing them?

I rarely have celebrities in mind when I'm writing. My book characters are real to me, so putting a famous face on any of them just wouldn't work. There was a commercial a couple of years ago with a tall, extremely handsome man with smoky blue eyes that could have been Cole Mathison, but I haven't seen him in anything else. And when I was writing NO CHANCE, I saw a model in a magazine that to me was Skylar James, but that's as famous as I usually get in imagining my characters.


However, I often have Gerard Butler's face in my mind because...well, you know. (:


SWEET JUSTICE is a reunion romance between Honor Stone (who we first met in SECOND CHANCE) and Seth Cavanaugh, the man who broke her heart. Was it difficult to have the past baggage of their previous relationship and work in the forgiveness aspect?


I knew how much they loved each other from the beginning, so bringing them back together and having them deal with their pain just added another dimension to the story. And with them needing to focus on the case but battling their feelings created even more conflict.


Speaking of the case, we meet your most vile villain to date (IMO) in SWEET JUSTICE, and that's saying something because you have had some really nasty bad guys in your previous books. Dare I ask how you're so good at creating these monsters? ;-)


LOL Alden Pike is awful, isn't he.


One thing I like to do is make the mission of bringing down the villain personal to my hero and heroine. And that means, having some sort of connection to them. In all my LCR books, the villain has some sort of relationship to either the hero or heroine or in the case of RESCUE ME, my heroine just wants to keep young girls from experiencing what she went through. Using that criteria--which ups the stakes considerably--I also want to match him/her up with my hero and heroine. The villain must be a worthy opponent in strength or intelligence or both. Then I build my villain. Each time the reader sees the villain, I want something new about him/her revealed and I want the reader to be a little bit more determined to continue to read in hopes of seeing the creep get his just deserts. (:


Can you tell us an "inside scoop" on the next book, SWEET REVENGE, which is coming out on October 6th?

(Editor's note: These are some hot covers! Love the colors, too!)


SWEET REVENGE is the story of LCR operative Dylan Savage and Jamie Kendrick. The book begins with Dylan rescuing Jamie from Stanford Reddington's house. She was actually rescued near the end of LAST CHANCE, but the reader only saw what happened outside the house. This time, we get to see what happened inside, in Dylan's perspective.


When it's clear that Reddington isn't going to be prosecuted and that he's involved with even more heinous things than what he did to her, Jamie devises a way to get to him and asks LCR to train her. Dylan trains her but his intent is to gain her trust so she'll tell him how she plans to get to Reddington.


In the midst of their training, they fall in love. Then, everything comes to a head and Jamie storms out the door. A couple of months later, they both get a shock. (:


Jamie is probably the most tenacious heroine I've ever written. She just would not stop or back down. Dylan might have surprised me even more than Jamie. So totally hot and heroic but with a SWEETness that made me smile.

What type of surprises have you run into while writing the LCR gang?

And oh wow, that's the hardest question for me to answer. There's not an LCR book that hasn't surprised me numerous times. Since I write only by a loose outline, I rarely know what's going to happen until it appears on my computer screen. I guess the best surprise was that Eden St. Claire worked for an organization called Last Chance Rescue. I was in the middle of writing RESCUE ME when I learned she worked for a rescue organization. From there, it developed and the LCR series was launched.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all my questions! Is there any other little tid bits or gems that you'd like to share with us?

Just want to thank everyone who buys and reads my books. Being a published author is a dream come true for me but wouldn't mean near as much if there weren't readers who enjoy my books!

Once again, many thanks to Christy Reece for taking the time to answer my questions. If I know Christy, she’ll be popping in to say hi here as well, so if you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask away.

17 comments:

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Ronlyn said...

LOL. It works, even if it's not pretty. :-)
And thank you Pamela for giving me carte blanche here with the interview and to Christy for answering all my questions. This was fun.

Mary G said...

Excellent interview ladies. I agree that Christy's villains are among the most vile I've read.

Love that your characters are so real to you that they don't have famous stand-ins. I get the Gerard thing LOL.

Jane said...

Congrats to Christy on the new release. Her villains are definitely some of the creepiest I've read about.

Ronlyn said...

CORRECTION!! SWEET REVENGE is due out OCTIBER 4! Not 6th! Gah! So sorry!

Alison said...

Great interview Ronlyn!

Hey all! Ronlyn, thanks so much for the interview! I enjoyed chatting with you about one of my favorite subjects--my LCR gang!

And Pamela, thank you so much for featuring this interview on your blog and letting me come over. You are beyond generous!

Hey Mary G! LOL Yes, my villains are quite evil. I do believe Alden Pike tops Donald Rosemount from RUN TO ME as the worst. My villains always disgust me in some way, but Pike was the first villain that actually nauseated me. I considered trying to temper him a bit but every time I did, he'd do something eviler.

Ah yes, Gerard Butler. Just thinking about that man makes me smile. (-:

Thank you, Jane! And you're right, my villains are some of the creepiest. Alden Pike is the kind of man that can't be out in public too long--I don't think he could portray normalcy for an extended length of time. The villains in SWEET REVENGE and SWEET REWARD are the kind that can maintain a normal persona but behind the scenes they do hideous things. Not sure which one I'd be the most afraid of!

Amy said...

Great interview Ronlyn!!

oklanannie said...

Alway eager to read an interview with Christy and maybe get a few clues as to where she's going to take us in the future! I'm always hoping anyway.

I'm in agreement that Alden is a horrific and nausea-creating monster but I still can't get Rosemount and his heinous actions out of my mind. I'm calling it a tie. Just when I think I'm willing to make the choice, Cole slips into my mind and . . . well, I just can't choose one over the other.

One thing is for certain. Christy writes great villains, who never fail to chill, thrill, and captivate a reader's full attention. And that's what it's all about!

Pamela, I ♥ the little writer meter at the top of your blog! Anxious to get "Defiant" in my hands!

Great fun on today's blog!

Hope said...

Great job Ronlyn, and I totally agree that this is the worst villain to date, not only that but he had villain spawn too....**shiver**

And I must say, I LOVE the author's note....lol

I think it is exceptionally cool that LCR wasn't even in your minds eye when you started Rescue Me (which is my favorite book btw). And to watch the group grow and evolve has been great as a reader too.

Ronlyn said...

Thanks everyone! It's fun to ask nosy questions to one of your favorite authors and actually have her answer you. Although I couldn't get her to spill the beans on her next venture (sorry Anne!) but I tried. LOL

Luci said...

What a great interview!

Crystal said...

Great interview Ronlyn and Christy!
I am sorry I am late to the party. I blame 100% of my tardiness on Ronlyn. I've just now been able to pull my head out of Scotland. :)
Christy while writing this book how hard was it to write about Seth's family and the way they handled the situation with Seth? (I don't want to give anything away)

Hey everyone! So sorry I'm late getting back here. I was occupied with Jared and Mia all day!

Hey Alison and Amy! Didn't Ronlyn do a great job. She asked such insightful questions.

Hi Anne! LOL As soon as I know what's next I promise you all will be the first to know. Lots of things still up in the air right now. But thank you so much for wanting to know!

So interesting that you think Rosemount and Pike are tied as worst villain. But I have to agree with you, the things Rosemount did to Cole and to Shea might well be just as awful as what Pike did. And I totally agree with you, I can't wait to read Pamela's Defiant either!

Hi Hope! LOL Villain spawn. Yikes, that does sound evil. I'm so glad you still love RESCUE ME. And thank you, as an author, I've loved watching LCR develop through each book, too.

Hey Ronlyn, you asked great questions! Didn't think you were nosy at all. And believe me, if I'd had beans to spill, you definitely would have gotten them out of me. (:

Hey Luci! Great to see you here!

Hi Crystal! I can already tell I'm going to have to get these books! Regarding Seth's family, the scenes were easy to write until I realized how angry I was with them. There were a couple of times I wanted to shout at them for being so stubborn and selfish, especially Seth's brother. Near the end, when they were all together, I cried. That one moment between Seth and his mother really touched me. (:

Diane W. said...
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Diane W. said...

Great interview, Ronlyn!! You asked everything I wanted to know. Well, except if I could borrow one of those hunky heroes Christy creates for a long weekend. LOL

Christy, I'm so excited to read BOTH new books. I've read all your others and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Nail biting tension with nasty villains, super sexy men, smart, resourceful heroines....the whole package. Congratulations on your new release and your soon-to-be new release. They're in my Amazon cart as we speak (and on my pre-order list) and hopefully in my hands by next week!!

Hi Diane! Thanks so much! If I could loan you an LCR guy for a long weekend, I'd be glad to!

I'm thrilled that you've enjoyed my books and very happy to hear you're looking forward to reading the SWEET books. Thanks for ordering them.

The characters in the new books (apart from the villains) are some of my very favorite LCR people. Hope you love them, too!

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