Please welcome author Colleen Thompson to Get Lost in a Story today. I’m so happy to have her with us! Her newest book The Best Victim is available now from Montlake.
RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling author Colleen Thompson writes stories that explore how love can kill, and how it can also empower us to seek healing and justice. From her fast-paced contemporary romantic thrillers to her sweeping historical romances (written under the pseudonym Gwyneth Atlee) she puts the reader in the heart of the story... when she's not busy exploring remote corners of her adopted home state of Texas, working with her rescue dogs, or speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BEST VICTIM
You don’t deserve to live.
The ugly words delivered online finally hit their mark. The younger sister of web security specialist Lauren Miller took the taunts to heart—and took her own life. Devastated, introverted Lauren has nowhere else to turn but the arms of a man who shares a similar pain…and a burning need for vengeance.
FBI agent Brent Durant is determined to unmask the Troll King, a vicious Internet stalker he suspects of preying on the weak, goading his victims into suicide. Victims like Lauren’s sister. Working off the grid as a rogue agent, Brent risks it all—even his freedom—to bait the clever killer. But when he involves Lauren in his deadly game, their unexpected chemistry complicates an already tangled web. With his dark obsession all-consuming, can there be any room in Brent’s life for the passion Lauren stirs within him?
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LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT COLLEEN WITH HER FUN A's to our Q's!
LIZ: How often do you get lost in a story?
COLLEEN: Almost every evening, I spend time reading, and at least several times a week, I get so lost in a story that I lose all track of time…thank goodness!
LIZ: What’s the first book you remember reading?
COLLEEN: H.A. Rey's Curious George is the first book I can remember reading on my own. I was enthralled!
LIZ: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
COLLEEN: I just started Kendra Elliot's Buried. Next up: Allison Brennan's Notorious, Melinda Leigh's She Can Hide, Harlan Coben's Missing You, and Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet…unless I'm hijacked by another story, anyway!
LIZ: What one thing about your hero drives his heroine crazy? And what one thing about your heroine drives her hero nuts?
COLLEEN: The Best Victim's heroine, Lauren Miller, is introverted and obsessive to the point that you could probably classify her as having Asperger's syndrome, on the autism spectrum, but Lauren's never met anyone as obsessive as disgraced FBI agent Brent Durant, who will go to any lengths to find the Internet troll he believes responsible for driving a number of young women to take their lives. Although she shares his goal, his total focus drives her crazy.
LIZ: Name three things that are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse.
COLLEEN: Dog treats for her fat, old rescue dachshund, Dumpling, a flash drive, and a wireless bug—because a white hat hacker never knows when an opportunity will present itself.
LIZ: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
COLLEEN: My two rescue terriers. They're naughty as all get-out but hilarious.
LIZ: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
COLLEEN: That's a tough call, but I'd probably say Casablanca. Every time I watch it, I love the dialogue and characters more.
LIZ: Who’s your favorite villain?
COLLEEN: Joffrey from Game of Thrones is my pick. I've hated him from the book to the TV series, but whenever he's on-screen or on the page, I can't get enough of that sadistic little jerk.
LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
COLLEEN: The heroine of my romantic suspense, The Salt Maiden, struggles with the emotional fallout of infertility after having to have an emergency hysterectomy at a young age. Although I was fortunate enough to have had one child, I went through something similar. Writing the book helped me process those emotions, just as I hope it can help others.
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
What's the last great romantic suspense novel you've read? Who are your go-to authors in the genre?
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WHAT'S UP NEXT FOR COLLEEN?
Lone Star Redemption, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, June 1st
CHECK OUT COLLEEN'S PREVIOUS RELEASES: Fatal Error and The Salt Maiden