ABOUT AUTHOR: Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award and two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviewsmagazine. Booklistalso included one of her novels in its “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

After readers finish your book Lethal Legacy, what do you want them to remember—walk away feeling?

One of the things I love about my whole Guardians of Justice series, which wraps up with Lethal Legacy, is the focus on family relationships. This series revolves around three siblings who are all in justice-related professions—two over-protective brothers and a spunky, independent sister. I very much enjoyed writing about the family dynamics of these three strong personalities. They clash, yet they are one-hundred-percent loyal to each other and their love runs deep. In Lethal Legacy in particular, the theme of family relationships, and how they can impact a person’s entire life, runs through the book—affecting both the good guys and the bad guys! Family matters—that’s a key message of this book. (By the way, each novel in the series stands alone, with no hanging plot threads from book to book, so readers can read just one if they choose.)
Me and my romance-hero-handsome husband on the Costa Brava in
Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has surprised you? If yes, what do you like the most?

Being an author is the best job in the world! I worked for a Fortune 500 company for many years, and being liberated from a relentless blackberry, corporate politics and the rush-hour commute has been wonderful. The flexibility is also a plus. These days, if I want to take my two young nieces to the pool, I can knock off for a few hours and make up the time in the evening. No clock to punch!

At the same time, as I’ve become more successful I’ve been surprised by how much of my day is devoted to non-writing activities: marketing and promotion, galley proofing, presentation development, website updates, reader mail, interviews, balancing the books (the financial kind!)—the list goes on. All of that eats into my writing time.

The other thing I didn't realize was that the bar would keep being raised. When you publish your first book, you think that’s the pinnacle. Uh uh. You’re now supposed to produce more books—faster—and each is expected to be better than the last. Sometimes that can be a bit overwhelming!

Which scene in Lethal Legacy did you have the most fun writing? Why?

The restaurant scene, where the hero’s brother and sister first meet the woman who’s stealing his heart. It has humor and heart and perfectly captures the personalities of the siblings and the dynamics of their relationship. I love writing dialogue, especially when I can inject humorous banter, and this scene was tailor made for that.

What was your most memorable reading group experience? What made it so special?

I enjoy visiting book clubs, and just a few weeks ago I was invited to spend the evening with a club made up of the parents of my grade school classmates. I hadn’t seen any of them in many years, and it was a very fun reunion. We had a wonderful time catching up—and they were also enthusiastic about my books! Many had read several of them, and they asked great questions…as all book club members do. Chatting with readers one-on-one or in small-group settings like a book club is always a treat.

Can you give us a peek into what you are working on right now and when it will be out?

I’m super excited about my Private Justice series, debuting in January with Vanished. This series will showcase three ex-law enforcement operatives (a police detective, undercover ATF agent and Secret Service agent) who got burned playing by the rules and joined forces to form a private investigation firm. My PIs will be handling some very interesting cases that have fallen through the cracks of traditional law enforcement. What makes this series especially fun is that the three guys were college roommates—so they have a history—and they’re all of Irish heritage. They also have a march-to-the-beat-of-her-own-drummer office manager, who I think readers will enjoy getting to know.

I read that you’ve had leading roles in numerous musicals such as “South Pacific”, “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes” What roles do you still want to play? Why?
I have been very, very blessed to play many of the roles on my wish list—but there are two I haven’t had the pleasure of performing: Guinevere in Camelot and Marian in The Music Man. I did both of those shows early in my amateur musical theater career, back in my chorus days, but have never had the opportunity to play the leading roles. I’d still love to…but the clock is ticking! 


South Pacific 

Anything Goes


 Do you enjoy live theater? What has to be the most amazing show you have ever seen “Live”? What made it so great? 

Live theater is always a joy, especially musicals. One of the most memorable shows I ever saw was a production of 1776. It was a new show to me, and I was skeptical. I mean, a musical about the Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Come on. But I was blown away. It was a small, professional production, done with the audience on three sides, so you felt like you were in the room with these guys during that hot summer in Philadelphia. The cast was outstanding. The script was witty and wise. The music was perfectly suited to the story. I’ve seen grander, more lavish productions, but that one stands out because everything worked together so well. Plus, it gave me a deeper appreciation for that critical formation period of our great country.

What shows have deeply touched your heart? Why?
The musical that most touches my heart is Camelot. Putting aside the wonderful Learner and Lowe score, the fabulous dialogue, and a grand love story, I always get swept away with its egalitarian vision—might for right, the round table, purity of purpose. While that vision is doomed to crumble, the ending leaves the audience with an inspiring hope. It’s a powerful, powerful show.

Has being in theatre helped you in writing books? If so, explain.
I think my involvement in theater has been a tremendous help. As an actor, you have to get inside the head of the character you’re playing—the same thing an author must do. Also, acting forces you to analyze actions and inflection as you memorize lines, which is a huge plus when you write dialogue. 

 I read that you like gardening, what do you like best about it? What is your favorite flower?
My garden and a few flowers from it

To paraphrase Will Rogers, I’ve never met a flower I didn’t like. I also enjoy spending time in nature, so gardening gives me a chance to do both. I find it very relaxing and rewarding to watch plants I’ve nurtured grow and flourish and bloom. I have many seasonal favorites. Hydrangea in the spring, plus all the lovely flowering trees and bushes—redbud, forsythia, lilac, dogwood. And we have a stunning patio peach that has the most amazing fuscia-colored flowers! In summer, I like lilies and roses. And in fall, mums are great, but I also savor the changing colors of the foliage.

What is something your readers might be surprised to learn about you? 

While researching my Heroes of Quantico series, I enrolled in the local Citizen Police Academy. As part of that experience, I did a heart-pounding ride-along with a patrol officer that included a tense domestic violence call and a high-speed burglary response. The poor guy had to practically peel my fingers off the dashboard when we finally stopped. What I quickly learned is that I prefer to experience my suspense vicariously—safely tucked in the pages of a book!


You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?

Ooh…this is a tough one. I’d probably hang back and see what role needed to be filled. If a strong leader emerged, great. If not, I’d step up. But if someone needed to be the coconut gatherer, I’d be just as happy doing that! Now that I read this answer over…maybe I’d be the mediator?  ☺

You've been given 48 hours to hang out with any two people (alive or dead). Who would you pick and what would you do? (Besides Jesus)

Mother Teresa and the apostle John. During those 48 hours I’d focus on conversation—and I’d do more listening than talking. I would love to better understand how Mother Teresa was able to so clearly discern her calling and give of herself so selflessly. And since I can’t choose Jesus, I’d like to talk to John because they were so close and he could tell me firsthand what our savior was like.

What three things would you rather not live without? (Besides friends and family)

Health, writing and singing.

A friend of yours has a time machine and they are going to let you use it. Where would you go and what would you do?

One hundred years into the future in the United States—assuming it’s still around. I worry a lot about our country, and I’d like to take a quick tour and see where we are a century down the road. I’m hoping we reconnect with the core values that have made America a great nation before it’s too late. 

When you were young is there a movie that really affected your life? If so what was it? If you didn’t watch movies what book stood out to you when you were young?

The books that I remember most from my youth (pre-teen days) are the Nancy Drew mysteries. I discovered the series when I was about 10 and devoured all the books one summer sitting under a huge eucalyptus tree in my grandfather’s back yard (we lived with him at the time). Nancy was smart, independent, fun, kind, a loyal friend, empathetic, honest, ethical—the whole package. Is it any wonder I ended up writing romantic suspense!

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to visit with all of you and look forward to some fun exchanges in the days ahead. I’m also very happy to announce that Book 2 in my Guardians of Justice series, Deadly Pursuit, has just been named a Carol Award finalist by American Christian Fiction Writers, and that Book 1, Fatal Judgment, has just won a National Readers Choice Award. And I have high hopes for Lethal Legacy!
Accepting the RITA Award Last year - Thrilling
Irene Hannon

Thanks Irene; for helping us get to know you and your books!! I’m thrilled to be featuring your new book Lethal Legacy at The Book Club Network. Thanks to our sponsor Revell Publishers we will be giving away 10 copies of this book as part of our 2nd Year Birthday Bash. Irene’s book will be featured on August 4th , She’ll also be interacting with readers on that day and a few after.



Blurb for Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon featured 10 book giveaway
The police say her father’s death was suicide. Kelly Warren says it was murder—and she has new evidence to prove it. Detective Cole Taylor doesn’t put much credence in her claim, and nothing in his case review suggests foul play. But when he digs deeper and discovers startling  information linking her to a long-buried secret, the danger escalates. Is history repeating itself? And who wants Kelly silenced?

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network CEO

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  1. We are very excited about celebrating our Second Birthday Party in a big way, thanks to Wynn Wynn Media, Bethany House Publishers, and Revell for making our birthday party possible!

    Everyone will have a chance to enter our contests everyday. FIRST you’ll have to join The Book Club Network – it’s free. Then you’ll answer one of the questions that the authors have come up with to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be picked once a week and announced once a week.

    We have so many great books being given away. You'll have a chance to enter drawings for different Christian Fiction books every day. The winners will be picked once a week and announced once a week.

    We are also THRILLED to announce that we'll be publishing our FIRST BOOK FUN MAGAZINE SEPT 1st. It's a digital Magazine about Book Clubs, Book Clubs, Events, Food, reviews and so so much more!!

    Our Birthday Bash is well under way and there is lots of reader and author interaction. You can still enter to win SERPENT OF MOSES by Don Hoesel, To Love and Cherish by Judith Miller and Tracie Peterson, The Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher and tomorrow you’ll have a chance at winning Irene Hannon’s new book Lethal Legacy!! We have new book giveaways every day. I’m Thrilled to say that many of the authors will be interacting with readers as much as their schedule allows!! What’s has been GREAT fun to read!! The beauty of that is the discussion will be discovered by book club leaders and readers long after this month is gone!!


    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network CEO