Friends, please welcome my dear friend, Connie Queen. Wherever you are, grab a chair and join us as we talk about her debut, Undercover Justice, releasing June 2020!!
Connie, I’m excited to share Undercover Justice with our readers! Friends, let me introduce you:
Connie Queen spent her life in Texas where she met and married her high-school sweetheart. Married for 34 years, they’ve raised eight children and are enjoying their grandchildren. As a child, Connie remembers her mom and sisters reading, but she preferred to be outside. It wasn’t until later, she found the joy of being whisked away into another world. Today she resides in Nebraska with her husband, and Nash, her Great Dane, where she’s working on her next suspense.
Alright! Let’s jump right in.
CONNIE: Hello Sharee and thank you for having me. It’s an honor to be on your blog today!
SHAREE: Is there a character in your new release who stole your heart? Or one you love to hate?
CONNIE: I love both my hero and heroine, but I also love my villain. To me, it’s creates a slew of challenges when the bad guy is someone the community loves, especially if he’s respectable in many aspects of his life. Hal Alcott is a businessman who donates to charities, well-dressed and friendly. You know, someone you’d like to have as a neighbor. But he has a dark side that my heroine knows all too well.
SHAREE: I agree, a good villain is definitely a necessity. What’s the one message you’d love readers to gain from your book?
CONNIE: Forgiveness. Whether is forgiving someone who has done you wrong or how to deal with it when you’ve hurt others. I think we can all relate with then need to let go.
SHAREE: Always a timeless message. Would you share a little about your writing journey?
CONNIE: I started writing about 20 years ago. Considering I was raising 8 kids, a lot of that time I wasn’t working consistently, but occasionally I’d sit down and type out some chapters. Last year, Love Inspired had a writing contest and I knew I had to enter. I had an idea but didn’t have much of the story on paper. Being on a strict deadline, I had no time to second guess myself and sat down and got work. In August, I received the call from my editor, and it was truly one of the best days of my life.
SHAREE: What advice would you give to writers?
CONNIE: To keep writing, keep learning, and keep submitting. There are no short cuts or magic pills. A few publish their first book, but many do not. Don’t be discouraged.
SHAREE: A hearty amen there! Never give up, never give in! When you’re struggling for inspiration/motivation, what’s your go to?
CONNIE: It depends on why I’m struggling. Sometimes I’m just distracted with other things and need to force myself to sit and get to work. Other times, I can’t make the ideas come together and then I normally pray and talk with my husband about the story.
SHAREE: I love that you pray through your books and that your husband is in the fight with you. Will we see any characters from Undercover Justice in your upcoming books?
CONNIE: Texas Ranger Jax O’Neill is the hero’s friend and co-worker. I have most of his story on paper. Now I just need to convince my editor to buy the book. 😊
SHAREE: Oh yes, I was hoping Jax would return! What’s the biggest challenge of being an author?
CONNIE: As much fun as it is to create stories in my head, talk about ideas with my fellow writing friends, and to find photos of celebrities who look like my characters, it’s HARD to write the story.
SHAREE: I agree, writing is definitely not for the weak! Connie, thanks so much for being here today. And friends, it only gets better because Connie is giving away one paperback copy of Undercover Justice (US ONLY) to one lucky commenter.
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