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I am excited to have Nancy Mehl back with us today! Nancy writes great suspense stories, and if you haven’t yet had a chance to read one, you’re missing out… 🙂 We visited with Nancy about Deadly Echoes, and I have shared reviews for both Deadly Echoes and Rising Darkness. Nancy’s newest novel, Fatal Frost, is on my list! Before we visit with Nancy, here’s a quick peek at the story.
Mercy Brennan followed in her father’s footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she’s assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis’s most powerful gang.
When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent–a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy’s ex-boyfriend–to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.
Initially unaware of the danger she’s in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy’s frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn’t until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive–if help is even coming at all?
Welcome back, Nancy! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite season: Winter! I adore winter.
Favorite animal: My dog, Watson!
Favorite movie: A Trip to Bountiful. Love, love, love that movie!
I haven’t heard of that one. Sounds like I need to get with it! Favorite ice cream flavor: Butter pecan!
Tell us about Fatal Frost. What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?
I have great respect for law enforcement. In the past few years they’ve been unfairly attacked by those with an agenda. I live in Missouri, not far from Ferguson. I know the facts of that situation, and they don’t line up with the narrative of groups like Black Lives Matter. To see a police officer so viciously attacked by lies really affected me. Unfortunately, this is just one of many examples across the country. The lies perpetrated by people in some of these groups have cost officers their lives. This shouldn’t be. My passion to support the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us made this series personal and important to me. I pray I’ve done them justice in Fatal Frost, the first book in my Defenders of Justice series.
There are so many who risk their own safety to provide for ours, and attacking them for doing so is crazy! I’m looking forward to reading this one! Who is your favorite secondary character in Fatal Frost, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
I fell in love with police lieutenant Booker Taliaferro Williams, nicknamed Tally. Tally was a slight, geeky kid with a genius I.Q. growing up in north St. Louis amid gangs, poverty and violence. He and my main character, Mercy Brennan, befriended each other and became more like brother and sister than just friends. Tally still carries scars from his childhood, but he has become an incredible law enforcement officer, respected by everyone who knows him. But when violence against the police frightens Tally’s son, he begins to wonder if he should leave the force. During Fatal Frost, Tally will face those fears…and others. I created him to be a strong man…with an incredible heart. Hopefully, I succeeded in my efforts.
He shows up in book two in my series, Dark Deception. I have a feeling he’ll be around in book three as well. ☺
Oh, good! 🙂 Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I recently started doing embroidery again. I used to embroidery, but over the years I got busy with writing and pushed it aside. Because I spend so much time writing during the day, I’ve started watching TV in the evening. (It relaxes me.) But I started feeling as if I was really frittering away my time. However, if I work on gifts for other people while I’m sitting in front of the TV, I feel a lot better about it. I’ve made quite a few things over the past year or so. And I really enjoy it!
I don’t watch much, but I can definitely relate to that logic! Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
He is really teaching me not to follow my feelings. Feelings lie, and the devil is good at using them to attack our faith. We need to live life in the spirit, not the flesh. Our spirits are full of faith, patience, love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We need to walk in these fruits instead of allowing ourselves to be tossed around by the fear, intimidation and lies from the enemy of our souls.
Recently, I got all shook up about something that turned out not to be true at all. What a waste of time! Even if it had been true, God could have turned it around.
I remember being really upset about something years ago. Suddenly, God spoke to me. He asked, “Has this thing you’re worried about happened?” I said, “No, Lord. It hasn’t.” His response was, “Well, then why are you so distressed?” I didn’t have an answer. The end result? The thing I feared never manifested. I began to realize that usually, the things we spend time worrying about don’t happen.
I try to remind myself of this now when fear crouches in the shadows.
It can be so hard not to worry. Thanks for sharing this great encouragement! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
Right now I’m writing a book for a new Guideposts’ cozy mystery series. Then I’ll start on the third book in my Defenders of Justice series. Still turning over the plot in my mind. I love this part of the process. Finding a plot and a purpose for a book. So exciting!
Oh, the possibilities! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Nancy!
Your turn! Do you like to keep your hands busy while you watch TV/movies? If so, with what do you occupy them?
More about Nancy:
Nancy Mehl is an award winning author who lives in Crystal City, Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her puggle, Watson. She’s authored twenty-five books and is currently writing a new series for Bethany House Publishing based on the U.S. Marshals. The first book, FATAL FROST, in her Defenders of Justice Series, released on November 1st. The second book, DARK DECEPTION, will hit store shelves in May of 2017. She is also working on a new cozy mystery series for Guideposts.
Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.
‘Fatal Frost’ Giveaway:
Nancy has generously offered to give away a copy of Fatal Frost (winner’s choice of paperback or e-book). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.