Q&A: Irene Hannon (Trapped)
Q: This book is the second in your Private Justice series. What can readers expect from this installment?
Lots of edge-of-the seat excitement! This villain is v-e-r-y scary. Honestly, even though I wrote the book, he creeped me out. Trapped is definitely not a story you want to start late at night or when you’re home alone! In addition, readers will meet a swoon-worthy hero and a heroine with an intriguing past.
Q: Can you tell us where you found inspiration for this book?
As for inspiration—that was an easy question to answer for Vanished, the first book in the series, because I can remember the exact moment it struck. That doesn’t happen with most of my books, though. In general, my ideas are triggered by a snippet of conversation I overhear, an article I read, a situation I witness. But I can tell you that once I delved into the world of runaways, lots of ideas came to mind. I can also tell you that this villain surprised me. I thought I had him pegged, but about five chapters in I discovered a shocking secret about him. I literally stopped typing, stared at the screen and thought, “You did what?!” So I’m often inspired as I write, too.
Q: What sort of research do you typically do for a book?
I’m a stickler for research, so I dig into every topic covered in a book. For Trapped, those included runaways, homeless shelters, PIs and the ATF, among many others. Often I spend an hour searching for information that becomes a line or two in the book. I also have a whole network of sources I go to for firsthand information, especially in law enforcement. And those efforts pay off. My books have been recognized for their accuracy and authenticity by both readers and experts. One of my most gratifying comments on the research front came from a former commander of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (featured in Against All Odds), who’d heard about the book from a colleague and emailed to tell me I’d gotten it right, down to the very radio call signals operators use during a mission.
Q: How was this book different from previous projects?
Every book is unique because I tackle different subject matter in each one. In Vanished, the first book in the series, I dealt with pediatric surgery, nonprofit organizations, newspaper reporting and some serious ethical questions. This book delves into a world I knew nothing about—runaways, homelessness, and some serious psychological issues. But the one thing that remains consistent from book to book is a compelling romance—plus some lighthearted banter to break up the heavier stuff!
Q: What future plans do you have for the Private Justice series?
The series will conclude next year with Deceived, Connor’s story. Connor is a former Secret Service agent, so he has an interesting backstory. The heroine is a widow who thinks she sees her dead son on a mall escalator and goes to the PI firm for help. Suffice it to say, this story takes some very interesting—and dangerous—twists and turns!