Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Back, Valerie Goree!
Valerie: Since this is the last novel in my Stolen Lives Trilogy, I wanted to return to characters from the first novel. Although they feature in the plot, the story revolves around Cooper, IRO’s training officer, and his new recruit. What does it take to become an IRO agent? What training do they undergo and what skills do they need?
LM: What draws you to write in the suspense genre?
Valerie: I read romantic suspense so it seemed natural for me to write in that genre. I love to create a hook at the end of a chapter to entice the reader to keep turning the pages. A story that only focuses on perfect characters and their wonderful lives would be boring, in my opinion. So I love to put my hero and heroine in difficult situations and ratchet up the trouble.
LM: How did you come up with the idea for the International Retrieval Organization? Is there something similar in “real life?”
Valerie: IRO is my creation, a detective agency on steroids, with superior technology and unlimited funds. What fun to create a story world where my characters’ ingenuity is supported by the organization’s resources.
LM: Your story is set in California. Did you choose that location for a specific reason? Have you had the opportunity to visit the area where you set your story?
Valerie: Weep in the Night and Day of Reckoning, books one and two in the Trilogy, are set in
LM: What authors have influenced your writing?
Valerie: I’ve been privileged to be part of a critique group for many years. As I write today, I can “hear” various members’ comments from the past. Corrections to problems I always made, the comma guru adding or deleting, insightful suggestions to improve the scene. I appreciate all the help I received from Catherine Leggitt, Marcia Lahti, Marcy Dyer, and you, Linda.
LM: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?
Valerie: I wish I could ice-skate. As a youth, I loved to roller skate, but since I grew up in a small town in Central Africa, we had no access to frozen ponds. When I attended university in the USA, I visited friends in Colorado one Christmas break. They took me ice-skating at Estes park. Well, I spent a lot of time on the ice but not on my feet.
LM: What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer to fledgling writers?
Valerie: Read novels in your genre, attend workshops or conferences, read craft books, join a critique group, but most importantly, hone your skills by writing, writing, writing. You can only improve your skills by “practicing”.
LM: What is your next project?
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/ValerieMasseyGoree/
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