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First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in northern California, used to teach high school English, married with two kids.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since my teens. I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. It was a teen romance, naturally.
Do you have a favorite place to write?
My kitchen counter is my favorite place. I used to write in my office but I hated facing the wall. Now I can look outside and see my big trees and sunshine.
Why did you decide to write Lies in Wait?
LIES IN WAIT is the second book in my FBI romantic-suspense series. I love my hero and wanted to put him through a very difficult test and undercover assignment.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
My hero, Jake Bernstein, is a former SEAL/Navy officer turned undercover FBI specialist. He has linguistic abilities and is fluent in four languages: German, Hebrew, Arabic and Farsi. He’s also very handsome and somewhat of a ladies’ man.
How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
In LIES IN WAIT, the villains are Islamic terrorists who are plotting to set off bombs in five different football stadiums on Super Bowl Sunday.
Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I proofread/edit my own work but I also have two critique partners who are very adept at catching mistakes I have overlooked. Three pairs of eyes are better than one set. Additionally, my editor at The Wild Rose Press is exceptional at finding problems in the plot.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
As a hobby, I sing in a Sweet Adelines women’s chorus. In 2018, I’ll be traveling with a group of singers in Italy. Evidently, the barbershop style of singing (four-part harmony) is popular in Italy.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read voraciously! Most of my favorite authors are Daniel Silva, Michael Connolly, Brad Thor, James Rollins, Tami Hoag and Sandra Brown.
What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
Where do your ideas for the FBI plots come from? I have an FBI source but in addition, I get the ideas from real life events reported on various media and from nonfiction books.
A riveting blend of romantic thriller, mystery and WWII espionage that spans sixty years of lies. England’s secret service agency MI5 recruits Jewish-American FBI analyst Jake Bernstein to go undercover and investigate an elderly, naturalized American grandmother, suspected of being a notorious Nazi spy wanted for war crimes during WWII. Jake runs into a series of complications: This spy knows a secret that could endanger the British royal family; Jake’s attraction to the old woman’s beautiful granddaughter; a ruthless and violent Irish neo-Nazi group is tracking him; and a clever, cagey old lady stands in the way of justice. His priority shifts from finding the evidence to staying alive!
Enjoy an Excerpt:
Breakfast in the hotel dining room was to be served at 7 a.m.. Next stop: Cardiff, the capital of Wales, then their ferry ride to Ireland. He’d finally looked over the itinerary. The motor coach would be leaving that afternoon, after a tour and lunch in Bath. A quick perusal of the day’s agenda showed him they had the afternoon free to wander around Bath and do some shopping. Maybe he could invite Meg and her grandmother to spend some time with him.
Still drowsy with sleep, he looked over at the pillow next to his. Visualizing Meg lying there, her lush hair with all its variegated blonde hues fanned out, stirred him. The erection he’d awakened with grew harder; not surprising, he thought, considering his celibacy of late. Strictly his choice, despite the offers tossed his way.
The opportunities had been there and he’d ignored them, stubborn man that he was. Even late last night, when the two New Jersey sisters had called and invited him to a private party in Hank’s room. He’d declined tactfully.
At thirty-two years old, he found himself holding out for more.
Stupid fool, he scolded himself. Or as the Brits would say, sodding wanker! Or something to that effect. He should learn to take it when it was offered to him on a platter, free of charge. All he had to do was be nice to a girl for a few hours, promise to call her, and then…
Ah, but as Grandpa Nate would say, “nussing is free in dis vorld”.
Dreams of Meg had plagued him—rather entertained him—all night. Even now, recalling how her small, plump breasts bounced up and down while she ran alongside him, how her long ponytail swung back and forth, filled him with unbridled lust. The one time they’d stopped at the Roman ruins, they’d let their arms brush together. Neither had pulled away. Just that light touch had flooded his insides with longing. She appeared to feel the same. She’d flushed to the roots of her hair and after that, had touched him in some small way every chance she got. Each touch was electric, sizzling!
What he liked about her was her total lack of coyness or flirtatiousness. Meg was straightforward, without guile; she wasn’t playing games. He could read the honesty in her face when she told him about her breakup with the ex-fiancé and her distrust of men and their empty promises and vows. All lies, she’d mused with just a hint of bitterness. She’d finally come to accept the reality of men.
Or some men, she’d amended, adding quickly that she’d apologize if she was offending him. No, he’d said; I agree with you. Most men lie through their teeth. It’s a guy thing.
That admission had elicited a small, rueful laugh from both of them. And she’d let her arm brush his again, as if to reassure him. He was different, she was saying.
No, I’m not, he’d wanted to say. I’m a liar, an impostor. And you’re going to hate me when this is all over.
About the Author:Donna is a retired high school English teacher and is finally able to fulfill her dream of writing fiction. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing novels, she’s singing with the Sacramento Valley Chorus or traveling with her husband. Life is good and she feels very blessed.