Credit where it is due...

I firmly believe in promoting great stories when I read them. This time the credit goes to Susan Vaughan for her latest release DEADLY MEMORIES, a Silhouette Intimate Moments August release. And because I love to know just what motivates authors to create their stories I asked Susan if she would be kind enough to give us a few answers.

Thank you for coming along for the ride, Susan. You newest book, DEADLY MEMORIES is set in Italy. Ahh the romance of Venice, the wonderful food, the beautiful architecture crowding the canals filled with gondoliers… or are they the guy's guiding the boats with the funny hats and striped shirts? Anyway, what is it about the location that urged you to set your book there?

Hi, Teagan. Thanks for interviewing me about my book.
Venice, huh? You're probably expecting me to say that I'd met my own hero there and wanted to remember it in a book. Or that it was the romance of the ancient city, the canals, the history, the architecture, right? The truth is not at all romantic, only a plotting demand.

When I came to the end of BREAKING ALL THE RULES (SIM 2/06), I wanted to send the character of Jack off to Europe and picked Italy. Then when I started DEADLY MEMORIES, I chose Venice because the courier with the uranium could arrive there easily by ferry from farther east. I will say that I got into all the romance of Venice as I researched and wrote. Now I want to know Venice first-hand, not just via guides and other people's travels. Bellissimo!

I see that the men of ATSA, the Anti-Terrorism Security Agency, are at it again. This time your hero Jack Thorne is hottie who's a bit jaded at the beginning, but the "hottie" title is well earned when he meets Sophie Rinaldi. There is some definite heat between them! Did the hero and heroine come to you first, or the story and then the characters?

You're really nailing me on this book, aren't you?
I started with the character of Jack. When I created him as a secondary character in BREAKING ALL THE RULES, I knew he had an emotional, personal agenda and a deep inner conflict. The plot grew both from where I'd been going with the entire ATSA series and from Jack's vendetta against Vadim. Then I created a heroine who was Jack's opposite and who would challenge him as well as tempt him. Sophie is one of my favorite heroines.

>>Ahh the romance of Venice, the wonderful food, the beautiful architecture, the canals filled with gondoliers… or are they the guy's guiding the boats with the funny hats and striped shirts?

Ooh, back to question one for a moment. The gondoliers are the men who guide the gondolas. And by law, all gondolas are black. Probably more than you wanted to know.

Any plans to see more of the men of ATSA? And are there any more holidays, ah, err, research trips that you would like to take?

DEADLY MEMORIES was the last book in the ATSA series. At least for now. Another idea was nagging at me as I was finishing that book, so I'm moving on. Ah, yes, there was a research trip to the Yucatan so I could tour Mayan ruins and learn about the modern Mayan people. The beach time and the margaritas weren't bad either. I have more about the Mayan adventure on my website for anyone interested.

The new project involves a Mayan artifact with a curse. The idea of proving or disproving ancient legends fascinates me, so that may become a series. Who knows?

You can find out more about DEADLY MEMORIES and Susan Vaughan at!

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