MY INTERVIEW WITH R.L. DUNN
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
R.L. Dunn Romantic Suspense
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My current release is Secure Again. It is the second book in my series: A Chase Group Story. The story line came from the news about privately run prisons.
The characters are a continuation from the first book in the series, Secure Desire.
The Chase Group was started by Billionaire Brothers, Ian and Kieran Chase. Both former SEALs came off contract after they realized the war in Afghanistan and Iraq had politics as the third combatant. They decided to make a real difference. In Secure Again,
Dr. Elizabeth Reed is a trauma surgeon at Horizon Hospital in Silverton Iowa. She prides herself on knowing the value of human life and doing everything in her power to save anyone who ends up on her table. When prisoners from the local jail start coming in with similar mysterious injuries, she sets off on a mission to uncover the truth.
Martin “Farmer” Bailey is settling into his new role as the CEO of Chase Security International when he’s called home for a family emergency. His brother, Austin, has been shot in the line of duty while investigating the assault of a young child. It’s up to Elizabeth to ensure Austin’s heart keeps beating, but it’s hard for Martin to keep faith when she’s the same woman that shattered his twenty years earlier. Will Elizabeth be able to overcome Martin’s distrust?
Martin Bailey’s investigation of his brother’s critical wounds and Doctor Elizabeth Reed’s investigation into prisoner injuries put the long-lost lovers on a collision course where all roads lead to the Silverton Jail. Will the men and women of Chase Security International be able to solve the mystery before a misstep leads to Martin and Elizabeth’s physical or emotional downfall? When death comes knocking, will anyone survive?
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I prefer reading romantic suspense. I also come from an adrenalin junkie background, I am a former EMS chief with a group of family and friends involved as first repsponders, law enforcement, special ops, medicine and law.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I reached out to my community, who when necessary referred me to others. I also spent time on the internet, google maps, up to date, state pertinent laws and protocols.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The series are individual stories from the Chase Group, a large venture capital/private security/ medical company. Billionaire brothers, Ian and Kieran Chase founded the company to make the world a better place. A band of brothers who served together in the military, now work privately providing high level protection and medical care. Each story is centered on one character from the group as they solve a problem and find love. Though each novel is a stand-alone, certain elements carry through.
Was it always meant to become a series?
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I try to find a private place in my home. I try to keep a daily writing goal, but interruptions happen.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Secure Heart Book 3 of A Chase Group Story series
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Names are very important. Some have special meaning, they are based on people I know. Some the name embodies the character. I can close my eyes and see them.
Where do your ideas come from?
The news, conversations, my imagination
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding a block of uninterrupted time.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have a trailer for each book.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
After having my four kids, being here. I have no expiration on the bottom of my foot. In 2010, my health started to tank. By 2013, I’d sustained two strokes and had a cardiac stent put in my heart. Diagnosed with Lupus, which attacked all my organs, I was told to make arrangements. To recover from the strokes which weakened my right side and interfered with my ability to read, word find and think, I started writing using dictation software. Soon, I rebuilt pathways.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Sharing my stories with others.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing, and hopefully having grandchildren
Have you always liked to write?
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just write. Grab a journal and write. Do censor yourself…write.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I miss my career as a first responder…the mind is willing, but the body is unable.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read my reviews. Bad reviews: If there is constructive criticism I respond. Bad reviews come with the territory. You can’t respond to the trolls. Everybody can’t like you.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Julian Dupart, an emotional recluse after the death of his wife while waiting for a heart transplant is promoted to become the co-director of the San Diego Branch of Chase Security International. Now near his family, he learns to readjust to being part of the world again. He encounters a new client, Holly Morrison, a talented musician and singer who for the first time, Julian feels an interest for. She is being stalked and threatened. Holly a single mother of a four year old child who has a bad heart. Can Julian handle potentially losing someone else.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I like my crime raw and my sex hot.
Where did your love of books come from?
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
The classics: Poe, Dickens, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie More current: Ed McBain, Lynne Raye Harris, Phoebe Alexander, Elle James, Marie Force. I could go on.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Julian Dupart. He is a warrior with flaws who like control but can be in touch with his emotions. He speaks with a Cajun accent, speaks French, works hard, honest and honorable.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
It’s a combination. You have to find a balance.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I belong to a group of incredibly talented writers at the LIRW. (Long Island Romance Writers). We are a collective of writers that support each other, offer advice and camaraderie.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
There is no expiration written on the bottom of my foot: A story of tragedy and triumph.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Tell me about your pets. I have a wonderful supersized yellow lab who eats everything he can but who is my gentle old boy (10) protector.
I have two black cats: Luna, a cerebral animal who watches over everything and Stinky: a crazy cat that loves exploring and is very vocal. She also likes to burrow under the covers.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️