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Have you been reading Lisa Harris’s Nikki Boyd Files series? I have been anxiously awaiting Vanishing Point, the final book in the series. (If you missed them, you can find more about Vendetta, Missing, and Pursued by clicking their titles.) I’m excited to have Lisa visiting today to share about Vanishing Point. I’ve heard the story can stand alone, but I wouldn’t — the others are excellent! 🙂 Before we visit with Lisa, let’s take a look at the story itself.
During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.
The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.
Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.
Welcome back, Lisa! What inspired you to write this series or Vanishing Point in particular?
After finishing my Nikki Boyd Series, my publisher asked me to write a follow up book that would wrap up the series and in particular the storyline of Sarah Boyd, Nikki’s sister who disappeared a decade ago. I was really excited for the chance to write this story, because I felt it need a book of its own and not just a quick paragraph wrap up. So after writing the series, this became the perfect ending for me and I hope for my readers!
I know I can’t wait to read it! And I’m glad Sarah will get her own full story. What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
To be honest, this was a really tough story to write. Not only did I need to write a fast paced suspense novel that needed to be set over a ten-year period, it was also about a serial killer. And I hate serial killer stories. Ha! But once it started to come together, I found myself challenged by the spiritual thread as my characters struggled over questions about how God allowed such terrible things to happen in our world. It’s a question I believe we all have asked at least once in our lives, and I pray that the response found in the book is one that will encourage my readers. I know it really encouraged me.
While it’s harder to write, I love when there’s more depth to a story like that! What does your ideal writing space look like (whether you actually write in an area like this or not)? What do you have to have handy, and what would you surround yourself with to make it easiest, and most inspiring, to write?
I had to smile at this question, because over the past few months we’ve traveled so much that my writing space is literally wherever I am! I’ve written in the car, on a ferry, in a hotel room, on a plane, in the airport, on a train, and—my husband just counted it up for me—seven countries since July. I agree. That’s crazy and probably why I’m so tired! But, right now I’m sitting inside this hundred-year old farmhouse, surrounded by antiques, and outside, miles of nothing. It’s beautiful and so peaceful and quiet and it’s mine for the next few days. This is my ideal writing space!
Wow! A lot of traveling to get to such a peaceful place, but I hope you enjoy it while you’re there! What do you feel is the most challenging part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
Right now, it’s learning to be creative on demand. I only have snippets of time to write and I have to write whether I feel inspired or not. It’s definitely been a challenge, but in a way, the progress becomes all the more rewarding because I’ve had to fight for it. ☺
That would be tough. The fight for words is not something we see as a reader. Great stories just come to such gifted writers, don’t they? 😉 (I’m teasing, because I know that’s absolutely not true!) Can you share about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
Our family is going through a lot of huge changes right now. Besides all the traveling of furlough, our oldest is in boot camp, my daughter just started college, and before I know it I’ll be an empty nester. Through the transition, God’s been teaching me to let go and trust him. To let go of the loss and fear and let him hold me beneath his wings. I’m learning (and yearning) to be more quiet and find my peace in Him.
We’re approaching the time of year when we sing about peace and silent nights, yet that quiet can be elusive when things are so hectic. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us, Lisa!
Your turn! What is one way you find peace and quiet during the day/week?
More about Lisa:
LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent over thirteen years working as missionaries in Africa. When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com
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Vanishing Point Giveaway:
Lisa has generously offered to give away a copy of Vanishing Point (paperback within the US; e-copy internationally). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.