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Are you looking for a quick read? Sometimes life is too busy for a full-length novel, and a shorter story is much more appealing. Today we have the privilege of meeting Theresa Lynn Hall. Her new novella, Ransom in Rio, may be just the length you’re looking for! Before we visit with Theresa, let’s take a quick look at the story.
Private Investigator, Braden McCoy wants nothing more than to finish out the week doing a little fishing from his boat. The ex-special ops vet enjoys his peaceful life and loves his new career. He’s learned to put his past behind him and enjoy his blessings. Until a mourning redhead walks into his office and changes his plans.
Lexi Ramos always knew her family was dysfunctional. Until the sudden death of her brother, she never knew exactly how much. Consumed with questions surrounding his accident, she seeks the help of a private investigator. What starts out as a murder investigation in Cozumel, quickly crosses borders and escalates into a race against time to save them both from Brazilian kidnappers, who somehow know more about her family secrets than she does. Lexi soon realizes that life comes with a price.
2017 First Place winner of the OKCRWA International Digital Award (IDA) for Short Inspirational
2015 First place winner in the Windy City RWA Four Seasons contest for Inspirational category
Welcome, Theresa! Brazil is not a common location in Christian fiction right now. Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I wish I could say I’ve been to Rio! My publisher, Pelican Book Group, started a series called Passport to Romance. I was ready to start a new book and my husband had just returned from Brazil on a business trip. He had spent two weeks in Rio. I used his pictures and stories to me to help with my research. Some of my favorite pictures he brought back are the one of Christ the Redeemer.
I imagine that would be an impressive sight in person! Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
If I’m reading for pleasure, my favorite is e-reader. I can download books immediately and read them at night without bothering my husband with the light on. If I’m reading for research, I’d prefer a paper book.
I saw a study once that indicated we retain information better from a paper book because of the mind-mapping we do as we read. (You know that information you’re looking for, and you can’t remember exactly where it was, but you know it was on the right page, about halfway down…) So that makes sense! Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This is the verse I have hanging in my office. It’s my daily reminder that God is my strength in every situation.
That’s a great reminder! What is your favorite part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
My favorite part is researching and writing. I love starting a new book and researching the details. I love getting to know my new characters and figuring out what predicament I want them to get into.
What do you feel is the most challenging part of the process?
Hands-down the most challenging part of the process is self-promotion. We rely so much on social media and the opinions and feedback of our readers. Authors help each other a lot by promoting each other, but it would be so awesome if readers would post reviews or share authors’ posts on the books they enjoy reading. Word of mouth is everything to authors who don’t have a name-brand.
Very true! Thanks for taking the time to share with us today, Theresa, so we can help get the word out. 😉
Your turn! How often do you leave reviews for the books you read? (They don’t have to be lengthy, nor do they have to be on a blog!)
More about Theresa:
As a native Texan, Theresa loves to write suspenseful stories that happen in small Texas towns with old fashioned Southern values. She’s an elementary teacher and mom to two boys—the oldest being in law enforcement, which comes in handy when she’s researching. When she’s not teaching kids or writing, she loves to cook, read a good suspense, and binge-watch episodes of Dateline. She is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She actively promotes fellow Christian Fiction authors on her blog. She also loves to hear from readers who enjoy Christian Fiction and can be found at www.theresalynnhall.com and @theresalynnhall.
Ransom in Rio Giveaway:
Theresa has generously offered to give away a copy of Ransom in Rio (winner’s choice of paperback or e-book). Note: Ransom in Rio is not offered in print version, however, the publisher allowed Theresa to purchase print copies for promotional use only — and she’s offering to share one of those with the winner!
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