Welcome back, Angela. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
At first glance, my main character in False Security is nothing like me. She’s a tough former cop with a temper and trust issues. Though we both have a passion for justice. We both stink at business. And we both have amazing grandmothers who love to buy us purses.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
It’s a toss-up between riding on the shoulders of a unicyclist and winning a hamster ball race.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
4th grade when we had to write tall-tales for a class assignment. I would pretend to lose the stories so I would have to write a new one each day. The kids in my carpool would read them aloud on the way home, and we would laugh and laugh.
My favorite one was about a dog that caught bank robbers. Funny I’m still writing about bank robbers today.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I prefer my books to be light-hearted and thought-provoking. Which might be why I like children’s books so much. I also prefer contemporary. My apologies to all you amazing sci-fi, fantasy, and Amish authors.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Names are one of my favorite things. I try to vary syllables and letters when naming different characters in a story, but it always comes back to intuition. Then I try to give the name meaning, as well.
For example, Laney Winters runs All-Seasons Security. And you find out later in the story that she changed her name to Winters when she moved in with her grandmother as a child. The last part of her life has (figuratively) been a very long winter, and she has to learn trust so that the sun can shine again.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Letting go of who I thought I should be.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
What is your favorite food?
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Fear of failure. I overcame it by failing. A lot. And becoming stronger because of it.
Tell us about the featured book.
False Security is part of a boxed set of romantic suspense novellas with a couple other romantic suspense authors here in
They all write for Love Inspired Suspense, while I’m new to the genre. We call
ourselves Team Love on the Run. Here’s a little blurb about each of our
Angela Ruth Strong
Alex Pierce needs Laney Winters to help him prove neither of them is responsible for the millions of dollars that went missing after Laney arrested him for bank robbery five years ago. Besides Laney not believing he truly repented in prison, there’s the problem of the real thief trying to kill her and the police department treating her like a dirty cop. With the possibility of another crime being pinned on them, Laney finally teams up with Alex to save her life. If only she could trust him with her heart, as well.
Small town girl Kathleen Wicks has been looking forward to her first real art show all her life. When Matt Kaplan, handsome stockbroker and her college nemesis, is the first in attendance, Kathleen is sure it's a sick joke ... until he buys one of her paintings to have shipped back home. Elated after a foreign investor then purchases all her work, Kathleen figures she must be on the fast track to making a name for herself. But when the investor returns with a gun and demands to know where the other frame went Kathleen and Matt must find the frame, and the secret it holds, before they get killed. Or worse … fall in love.
Sanctuary Hidden (
Series 2.5) WITSEC Town
When Cyan Greene finds decades-old evidence hidden among her dead mother’s belongings she’s plunged back into a world of run and hide. NFL quarterback Nate Mason knows more than he should about the secret witness protection town of
where Cyan grew up. He’s the perfect person to protect Cyan; except he doesn’t
know a thing about being a bodyguard. When the mob catches up with them, and an
old nemesis interferes, Nate is the only one who stands between the woman he’s
come to care about … and the people trying to silence her forever.
They all sound intriguing. Please give us the first page of the book.
It wouldn’t take a pro to break into the new law office on Broadway. Glass doors with standard locks and a lack of cameras? Heck, Laney’s own grandmother could do it.
She handed her business folder to the young attorney. It was really a no brainer. He needed security. He’d hire her.
“Basically, I’m offering a consulting package that will help you choose the best equipment and services to prevent crimes—both physical and electronic.”
Joseph Morgan Jr. rifled through the contents of her folder. “And your background is with the Spokane Police Department?”
“Yes.” Hopefully he wouldn’t ask why she didn’t work for them anymore. “I investigated robberies, so I have a lot of experience with what works and what doesn’t.”
Morgan nodded. “Well, thank you very much for your time, Ms. Winters. I have one more consultant I’m going to meet with before making a decision.”
Laney tilted her head. Did he say another consultant? Who else was in the area? There were tons of providers but not any other consultants that she knew of.
Morgan motioned past her. “Oh, here he is now.”
She pivoted, squinting to make out her competition’s face as he strode toward the building. Or more like strutted. He was one of those guys who wore designer jeans with a sports coat and lots of goo in his hair. He wasn’t a consultant. He was a salesman—more interested in getting paid than actually doing the job.
Why did his strut look familiar? Why did her guts turn with dread?
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