Please welcome, Nancy C. Weeks author of In the Shadow of Greed and forthcoming August 26, 2013 In the Shadow of Evil. If you want to check out this amazing author, In the Shadow of Greed is on sale at Amazon this month for $1.99!
Now onto the interview: Thank you Nancy for taking time out to talk with us today.
Andrea, I can’t thank you enough for having me on your blog today. I love sharing a little about myself to our readers. So here goes…
What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I write romantic suspense, but sense I have to be different, my books also have a supernatural element to them. While I love to read all romantic genres, I think the excitement/expectancy in suspense is what keeps me coming back to this genre time and time again. When I decided to try my hand at writing, romantic suspense just seemed to be the right fit.
Is there a book or two that you wrote and love that’s not published? If so, tell us more.
Strangely, I don’t have a drawer full of manuscripts. I began my writing career only four years ago when my youngest child began filling out college applications. My life slowed down for the first time in 23 years. As soon as the wonderful noise of constant children in my house slipped away, the stories that had lived in my head for so many years just demanded my attention. The first book I ever wrote, called In the Shadow of Evil, is being released by Crimson Romance on 26August. The second book I wrote, In the Shadow of Greed was published in April.
Tells us about your next/ newest book release.
My newest release is called In the Shadow of Evil, the second book in my Shadow series. I’m so excited about this story, I can’t sit still. This is the story that has lived in my head long before I realized I was a writer.
The soul of In the Shadow of Evil exemplifies how love can overshadow even the darkest obsession, the darkest evil. I created a real nasty villain for my hero, Jared McNeil and heroine, Jennie McKenzie to defeat. But the catch is that they can’t destroy him by sacrificing themselves for the each other. The only way Elías Mendoza will be stopped is if Jared and Jennie begin to work together. I threw in a very interesting supernatural element that makes Jared and Jennie’s life just a little more complicated. But rest assured. This story has a wonderful happy-ever-after and I’m seriously in love with Jennie and Jared. I just can’t wait for everyone to meet this incredible couple.
Who would play your characters in a movie?
Oh what a dream. Wow, I have no idea. I become so close to my characters while I’m writing and revising their stories, they become very real to me. So to think of someone else portraying them is like trying to decide what actors could play my kids.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Dreaming of becoming an author has secretly lived in my heart for years. Stories always roamed around in my head. In order to write that first word, first sentence, I had to get rid of that huge elephant on my shoulder telling me I wasn’t smart enough to write a book. Once I shrugged that heavy lump to the floor where he belonged, I took off, and have loved every moment of this amazing new journey. There isn’t anything I want to do more when I wake up than place my earphones on my head, load my tunes, and dive into my WIP. It gives me such pleasure.
Here are two of songs I listened to over and over again with Jennie and Jared.
Secret Garden – Adagio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfc-AMFSoHM
Secret Garden – Songs from a Secret Garden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sWnEWpS_fA
Any suggestions for would be writers?
You will never know if writing is your passion unless you give it an honest try. Dump all those reasons why you shouldn’t be writing in the trash and set your butt in the chair, hands on the keys, and drive into your own world. If you decide it just isn’t for you—if it just isn’t giving your pleasure, then move on and find your passion. It’s out there waiting for you. But if you find you love writing, then give it what it deserves to grew. It takes an incredible amount of self-devotion. Allow yourself the time and commitment to write. And don’t ever let anyone ever tell you you’re not good enough … because someone will.
Do you believe writers are born or made or both?
Wow, what an interesting question. I believe that all of us have what we need inside us to be the person we are supposed to be. Finding the courage, passion, insight to become that person is the challenge. And sometimes things happen that are completely out of our control that make the process almost impossible to achieve. For example, I have always wanted to be one thing, a mom. I know, I should have said president or a rocket scientist … but I adore kids. After a car accident that left me a paraplegic at 20, that dream seemed like an impossibility. The first thing out of the doctor’s mouth was I would never walk again. The second, and more devastating, was I could never have children. Well, he may have been right on the never walking thing, but he was completely off about children. I gave birth to two precious miracles without any complications. Being a mother has been my greatest joy in my life, and hands down, my greatest achievement. I may have always had it in me to be a mom, but life sure the hell didn’t make it easy. It was the scariest thing I have ever done.
Now that my kids are grown and off in college, I write. If you told me even 4 years ago I would have two books published in 2013, I would laughed in your face. Did I have it in me to write…heck yes! Was I born to write? Maybe. Stories have always lived in my head. Maybe that isn’t normal. LOL.
Has it been an easy road? Heck no! Being a writer is the second hardest thing I’ve ever done. Am I having the time of my life? Since we are not sitting across from me, you are just going to have to believe me when I say I have the silliest grin on my face. I just can’t seem to stop smiling. I love this new journey I’m on and want to share it with the world.
Besides getting published, what was your awe moment?
This is such an easy question. I have three lifetime awe moments: thirty-two years ago I married my best friend and soul mate–the smartest thing I have ever done; the day I gave birth to my precious son; the day I gave birth to my mini-me, my incredible daughter. Just typing this, I have tears in my eyes because I know what an amazing life I live and I never take a moment of it for granted.
Andrea, thanks again for inviting me today. I have left a blurb and excerpt of In the Shadow of Evil. If your readers would like to read the first book in the series, In the Shadow of Greed, get it now at Amazon because it’s on sale this month for only $1.99. Don’t you just love a deal like that?
Blurb for In the Shadow of Evil
Elías Mendoza’s personal vendetta against the McKenzie family rests on Jennie’s shoulders. As she cradles the bullet ridden body of her ten-year old student, she knows Mendoza is responsible. Quinton’s death is a message. Jennie’s life belongs to only Mendoza. But she has her own message. No one else dies. Her life means nothing as long as Mendoza is free.
Jared McNeil has spent ten years with Maryland’s Special Crime Unit and very little rattles him. When the haunted teenager he once tried to protect walks into his precinct now a beautiful woman, he wants nothing more than to wrap her in his arms and never let her go. But he soon realizes she is there only to settle her debts before she goes after his nemesis, Mendoza. Jared’s vow to stay away from Jennie until the task force destroys Mendoza now means nothing.
What Jared and Jennie don’t understand is there are forces at play greater than the evil shadowing them, but time is running out. United, they can do anything. Alone, they will fail.
Excerpt for In the Shadow of Evil: Meet Jennie and Jared
Jared rested his head against the column and listened to the hauntingly sad music coming from the piano. As Jennie’s fingers waltzed across the keyboard, a tear slid down her cheek. Whatever gut-wrenching pain she was trying to rid herself of through the music, it wasn’t working. Every note echoed what only could be a deep hurt—the kind of hurt that dug itself into the darkest crevasses of the heart. Just listening to her pain ate away at him. What the hell had he missed that would cause this kind of grief?
Jared stepped out of the shadow and waited for her to notice him. It didn’t take long before her fingers froze and she sought him out. “Jared,” she whispered.
He took another step closer. “Hey, Jennie.”
“What are you doing here?”
“I could ask you the same thing.” He strolled up the side aisle, keeping as much in the shadows as he could. The one question he wanted to ask all day came stumbling out of his mouth. “How could you just run off like that, Jennie? You know Noah. He’s all bark. He never would have . . .”
“You shouldn’t be here.” Her expressive, deep hazel eyes widened as she searched the sanctuary. When Jennie turned and faced him, her features were clouded with fear.
Jared straightened his stance and his hand went to his weapon. “Who else is here?”
“No one, except Father Anthony.”
“Why are you so spooked? Hell, Jennie, you look like you are about to jump out of your skin.”
Jennie stood and lowered the piano lid over the keys. “It’s just late. I didn’t expect anyone to be here. You just startled me . . .”
Damn. What the hell is going on?
“I think that is the first lie you ever told me.” Jared took several steps, closing the space between them. Even in the dim light he could tell his words affected her. He reached for her hands clutched in front of her. His fingers rubbed against several layers of gauze wrapped around her left palm. He lifted it so he could get a better look. He couldn’t see what was under the bandage, but the skin was red, and blisters formed on each joint. “What the hell? You didn’t have this earlier.”
She yanked her hand free. “Nothing. It’s nothing.”
“That’s two lies.” Jared shook his head. “And this,” he said, holding up her hand, “is definitely something. How did it happen?”
In all the years they have known each other, Jennie never tried to close herself off from him. In fact, he teased often that her eyes gave away exactly what she was thinking. But not tonight. She was definitely hiding something.
Where was the smile that lightened his mood, or the hug that stayed with him for hours? Their friendship was solid. She was one of the few people with whom he felt completely comfortable. He didn’t think there was anything he didn’t know about her.
So what had he missed? Could the distance he placed between them have finally led her to stop believing in him? The thought was crushing.
“Why did you come to the station today?”
“I left you a note.”
Jared edged in close enough that her citrus and jasmine scent surrounded him. She didn’t back away but she kept her gaze on the floor. “Since when do you need to leave a note? Why didn’t you just let me know you were coming? I’m would have been there to meet you.”
Jennie brushed a hand through her auburn shoulder length hair while her eyes darted everywhere but at him. So many emotions passed across her features—desperation, guilt, sadness.
With the tip of his finger, he lifted her face. “Jennie, what’s wrong?”
“Read the note, Jared. It’s all in there,” she replied in a hushed whisper.
It took everything in him to keep from blaring out where she could stuff the damn note. “You could always talk to me before. What’s changed?” He cupped her face with both of his hands. His thumb caressed the tender skin along her jaw. “I’m here, Jennie. Please don’t shut me out.”
“You’re not here, Jared. I can’t . . . won’t—”
“Won’t what, Jennie? Count on me, trust me?”
Nancy C. Weeks has loved happy-ever-after romances since she was in her early teens. While still in college, she met and married her hero and spent the next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Today, she lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. Her two children are in college and she spends her days out on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company. She loves to hear from her readers.
In the Shadow of Evil- release date 26 August 2013
In the Shadow of Greed – released 29 April 2013