ABOUT AUTHOR: Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online. Visit her at www.deehenderson.com.
How did you come up with the idea for Full Disclosure? And why the long break in between books? I work at a Christian Book Store and people have been asking me for years, "When is Dee Henderson coming out with a new book?"
It’s always nice to be missed. It wasn't a plan to have so much time between books, it’s simply how this particular story evolved. Full Disclosure originated in a mystery series I had developed over the course of a couple years. That series turned into the back-story for a larger single title. I don’t recommend arriving at a book that way, but I personally like the results of a richer plot line and more complex characters. I hope to be creating stories for my readers to enjoy for decades to come, just hopefully with not as much time between finished stories in the future.
Nora: It was definitely worth the wait. It has also made me want to go back and read the series I missed. I love how you tie it all together. I loved your complex characters and rich plot line.
In Full Disclosure I gave two very good cops a car wreck, a suspicious death, and a lead on a hired shooter. The case which began so simply will lead them to the kind of secret that will change how history is written once it is known.
Nora: Loved to be surprised and oh, was I. Grin!
So at is most basic Full Disclosure is a mystery and a romance.
I like writing about cops. With Full Disclosure I wanted to portray the job that a cop’s life really is—the cases keep coming to be solved and if you’re going to have a private life outside of work, you’d best learn to create time for it and nurture it. I gave Ann and Paul a tough case to deal with, and secrets that would have an explosive impact when revealed.
Nora: I loved that aspect of the store too!
I also wanted to write a romance that was a bit against type. He wants to get married and is looking for the right lady. She’s content being single, and hasn't been thinking about marriage. It made for a fascinating pair of characters in Ann Silver and Paul Falcon that I think readers are going to enjoy.
Nora: That story line made the romance fun and interesting. It kept the reader wondering will these people get together or not!
That shift from single to married is a wonderful window into who people are and I love to explore it in my books. How people get to that point, why they cross it. I wanted to write more about their lives after the wedding, and this story let me go that direction. It’s something I hope to do more of in future books – write that next chapter in my characters lives.
Nora: That was fascinating to read and it gave the reader a peek into how you think and what you think is fascinating! Like that!
I write a lot about survivors—overcoming what’s happened, learning something about yourself and friends, deepening what you know about God—it adds a rich layer to the stories I want to explore. This book follows that basic theme, so I think its going to read as familiar to my fans even though its more layered than prior books.
Nora: I liked how you naturally wove the relationship both Alice and Paul had with the Lord into the story line. Loved it. I also found it honest and real!
I adored the relationship between FBI Special Agent Paul Falcon and MHL Ann Silver. Ann Silver a good cop that likes to write novels. Her books "were based on people Ann knew, friends of hers, and had been written by request." I just loved how you incorporated the O'Malley series and that of the Military series as well into the story. I know readers will enjoy that as much as I did. I haven't read all your books in either of this series. It's made me want to check them out. I've said all that to ask you this question. Was either of these series based on real people you knew? If not, what was your inspiration for the series? Why incorporate them in your new book?
You can pretty much read a book of mine for the dog I either have or want to have. But the characters in my stories come from my imagination.
I enjoy the characters I’ve created across the set of books and plan to use them in several upcoming books to let people know more about how their lives are playing out. Full Disclosure is the pivot book that will let me do so.
Nora: GREAT NEWS DEE!!
Why write Christian Fiction when you could write any other market? What's the draw for you?
What a character thinks about God, whether they believe or not, interests me. People in real life have their work, their day-to-day life, their personality and character, and then they have the rest of who they are. Stories that ignore the fact people have a spiritual dimension in their lives lose out on a rich vein of character insights. What someone believes in and why, what they do with that believe and how it changes, or doesn't change, how they live their lives, is rich story material. It’s useful when you want to write a strong book to use every tool available. Ignoring faith makes people two dimensional.
Nora : So true!
Can you give us a sneak peek at what you are working on now? I'm curious as to what it's about!! Do tell!!
There are two stories in the finishing stage.
Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story begins when Jennifer and Tom meet, and ends with the opening of The Negotiator. I love this series of books, and doing Jennifer’s story was important to me to have the arc of the series complete. This will come out as a small gift-size hardback in May 2013. (I am still thinking about doing Tom’s story in the year after The Rescuer.)
The second manuscript just left my desk this week for my first readers. I love Charlotte and Bryce, I love the romance that develops between them, and the story behind who
Charlotte is, and the layers of the crime that needs solved. This was my fun time for the summer as the Full Disclosure marketing was going on. I got to spend the months with Charlotte and Bryce and loved every minute of it.
If you had the opportunity to write anything on any topic (and you were guaranteed a market to sell it in) what would you write? Why?
I’m actually able to do that now in a small way. I’m writing stories on spec, writing what interests me, and then seeing if there is a publisher who would be interested in the story. I've had a short list of stories I would like to tell and I am spending my days now writing them.
Who has influenced you the most in your writing? How?
My parents. I was blessed because my dad never once said, implied, or doubted, that I could be a writer if that was what I wanted to be. He would recognize the effort, and encourage me to keep at it. I’m sure he thought it was a very long odds that a girl with a talent for math and not for English was going to turn into a writer able to make a living at it, but he let me have the dream and he encouraged me to keep working at it. Being a writer is a child’s dream come true, and it stayed alive over the years because my family made room for me to dream it. My mother has been for the last 15 the helper that makes it day in and day out possible to write. She’s stuffed more envelopes and counted more bookmarks and fixed more meals for me that I can count. If the books have sold, its been because of Mom’s tireless efforts to tell people about them on my behalf. She’s made the income of being a writer possible.
Nora: Thanks for sharing!
Nora: Thanks for sharing!
What is your goal or mission in writing Christian Fiction?
My goals haven’t changed much since I began publishing twelve years ago. I want to make my books a destination for readers—those who read my stories because of what they say about God, as well as with readers who enjoy my books in spite of the fact they talk about God.
In the last year my goal as become a lot more specific. I want the O’Malley series to replace Shades of Gray in the bestseller lists. It bothers me the direction culture is going, that real romance is being lost in the distortion of what popular culture thinks it is. I’d like to revive a sense of true romance and remind readers good guys do exist.
Nora : I Amen that!!
Nora : I Amen that!!
FUN QUESTION I JUST HAD TO ASK
A friend of yours has a time travel machine and will let you have it for a couple of days. What would you do with it? Any events you'd like to experience? If so which ones?
I’d enjoy being at the wedding where Jesus performed his first miracle. I’d like to be on the first trip to the moon so I could see the earth from space. I’d like to go back and enjoy more the first days when I wrote the O’Malley stories and relive some days from my own life again.
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?
I’m the store keeper in charge of supplies.
What THREE things would you not want to live without? (Besides your bible, family and friends)
microwave, air conditioning, cell phone, (the fourth is the television remote).
What movie impacted you most as a child? Why? If you didn't go to the movies much what books impacted you the most? Why?
The fact books existed is what impacted me the most. I could hold a story someone else had written and get lost in that world. I loved it.
What is something that would surprise readers if you told them?
I was asked one time – what is your favorite holiday? And I replied I actually don’t like holidays – they are too busy – I’d rather have a regular day that goes 24 hours without something going wrong during it. That would be a nice holiday.
ANY FINAL COMMENTS AND/OR THOUGHTS FOR READERS!!
I appreciate the mail and the feedback – good or bad – its how I learn what works and what doesn't with stories. I invite you to drop by www.DeeHenderson.com and say hello.
Wow, Thanks Dee for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. I'm excited to learn about the two projects you've done that will be hitting book shelves and the internet soon! I really enjoyed Full-Disclosure!
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