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.

 How did you come up with the idea for Vanished?

I’m glad you asked! Usually, I have a hard time pinpointing the specific source of an idea. Most stories start as a tiny seed planted because of an article I read or a situation I observe or a conversation I overhear. In hindsight, I often can’t remember the triggering incident because typically it’s something insignificant that for whatever reason got the creative juices flowing.

In this case, however, I can tell you the exact moment when inspiration struck. I was driving home from church one night, when all at once a bicyclist appeared in my headlights. I swerved to avoid him—then started what-iffing. What if a woman was driving on a country road at night in a rainstorm, and her headlights picked up a figure with terrified eyes standing in the middle of the road? What if she tried to avoid the figure, spun out of control—but heard a solid thump that told her she’d hit this person? What if, while dazed, a hooded figure appeared at her window, said he’d seen the accident, and told her to stay in her car while he checked on the person she’d hit and called 911? What if she zoned out, then came to an hour later to find no Good Samaritan…no 911…no sign of the person she’d hit? What if the police dismissed her claims for lack of evidence and she was forced to turn to a PI for help?

That incident with the bicyclist, which lasted mere seconds, inspired not only Vanished, but the whole Private Justice series.

At the end of Vanished you have the first chapter of the second book in the series. Can you tell us what we can look forward to in the next book?

Book 2, Trapped, is scheduled to be released in October. But even though these books are part of a series, each is a complete story without any carryover plot threads. So they can be read as stand-alone novels.

Here’s the blurb for Trapped: When librarian Laura Griffin’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF-agent-turned-PI James “Dev” Devlin to help—but the deeper he digs, the more he suspects something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn’t just dangerous—it’s deadly.

I just saw the cover, and it’s terrific!

Private Investigators - just the mention of that word conjures up images in everyone’s mind – what are your first thoughts?

Before I started the series, I had some of the stereotypical notions about PIs—Magnum on one end of the spectrum and sleaze-ball types who spy on  cheating spouses on the other. From my research, I learned that the Magnum stereotype has virtually no basis in reality while there are, indeed, sleaze-ball types. That said, there are some very reputable PIs, many with law enforcement backgrounds, and they do on occasion handle unique cases. While their work most often involves mundane things like background checks, cases similar to the ones in my Private Justice books can—and have—been handled by PIs. Perhaps not three by one agency, but hey…that’s why it’s called fiction!  

Is there a line you won’t cross in giving details out to readers about a crime scene? There were several times in Vanished you had the opportunity to be gruesome but chose not to. I was very thankful for that. What are your guidelines?

I don’t write for shock effect. While my stories do involve crime—some of it violent—I can paint a vivid picture without all the gory detail. I’m more interested in telling a good story…and telling a good story is more about the characters than the special effects or gratuitous violence. In other words, the why vs. the what.

Because you wrote in the POV of the attacker you could have concentrated on his sinister side and creeped the reader out! You chose not to, for that I’m grateful. Do you have a code you follow when you write in a bad guys POV? Is it hard for you to write in their head? Do you get creeped out writing in their POV?

I always include the point of view of my villains, and since I try very hard to create three-dimensional characters I want readers to see that even the baddest guys (or gals) have more to them than the dark side that leads to their crimes. That’s especially true with the villain in Vanished, as several reviewers have noted. And in all honesty, seeing the normal side of a character like this can actually creep people out more. For example, after finishing Book 1 in my Guardians of Justice Series, Fatal Judgment, one reader wrote to say she was REALLY creeped out because the villain could have been her next door neighbor. As for writing in the bad guy’s POV…maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s not hard at all!

 I love the cover of Vanished. It’s a real eye catcher! Did you have a say in creating the book cover? Did you come up with the title? If not, what was your original title?

I’m very excited to announce that the Vanished book trailer has just been released—my first ever. 

Here’s the link. I’d love to know what readers think! Also above.

I love the cover, too! And it’s absolutely AMAZING in real life, because it’s printed on silver paper, which makes the rainy scene glisten. You have to hold this book in your hands to fully appreciate the cover. And yes, this was my title.


Name two jobs you’ve had that might surprise readers?

I've only had two jobs in my whole life besides writing. I worked part-time at a library during my high school and college years (which might not surprise people at all since I love to read and ended up being a novelist!) and I was the senior director of corporate communications for a Fortune 500 company for many years before I left that world to write full time.

Name three books that are your all time favorite?

I have many favorite books, so it would be hard to name just three. But confining the question to romance/women’s fiction, The Gamble by LaVyrle Spencer, The Guardian by Dee Henderson, and A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford are certainly on my top-ten list.

 Name three places you visit on the web daily?

Facebook, Twitter, and several writing loops.

Name three movies you could watch over and over again?

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. If you’ve ever built a new home or remodeled, this movie is a hilarious, timeless classic. Likewise for Father of the Bride—the original with Spencer Tracy, not the remake. Anyone who’s ever been involved in a wedding can relate to that one. And The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer—also with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, plus a teenage Shirley Temple—is fabulous. Don’t let the title put you off, either—it won an Oscar for best screenplay and is a captivating romantic comedy. (Can you tell I really )Jlike old movies—and Cary Grant?

What were three of your favorite shows you watched as a kid? If you didn’t watch T.V. or movies what were your three favorite books you read as a kid?

I loved Nancy Drew and devoured every book in the series. In terms of TV, as a family we enjoyed shows like The Big Valley, The Andy Griffith Show and The Waltons—some of them already in reruns during my younger years.


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