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You may recognize Kelly Irvin. She’s visited several times, sharing her Amish stories with us. I’m excited to have her back today to share her new suspense with us! Before we visit with Kelly, let’s take a quick peek at Tell Her No Lies.
Even the most admired families have secrets to hide . . .
Nina Fischer carries a camera wherever she goes—so she can view life through a filter. Safely. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio
But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She’s determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them? She’s known Rick since they were children, but now he’s an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss. And then there’s Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career.
Following the evidence leads Nina on a journey of discovery into her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove fatal, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.
Combining romance and suspense, bestselling author Kelly Irvin’s Tell Her No Lies is a high-stakes race for the truth.
Welcome back, Kelly! Do you have a favorite character from Tell Her No Lies? Why is this character your favorite?
I think it’s Nina. She’s a complicated, creative woman who cares deeply about the people in her life and her art. She volunteers at Haven for Hope because she wants to help people experiencing homelessness because she knows how it feels to be without a safe place to lay her head at night. Using her photographs to tell the stories of homeless people helps to educate others about the issue. When she sells the photos, she donates the money to Haven, another way of giving back. Also, she loved her father and wants to see his killer brought to justice. She’s willing to put herself in danger in order to do it.
She sounds like someone we would want to know! Who is your favorite secondary character, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Definitely Aidan. He’s a big-hearted, smart, brave man who will do anything to protect the woman he loves—even lose his life. Also, he’s a videographer who works for a TV news station, which is what my husband did for a living for 25 years. Aidan’s honorable and faithful. For a long
Big-hearted. I love that! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
My adopted hometown of San Antonio is a great place to set a romantic suspense novel. It has so much history and culture and iconic landmarks that people will recognize. I set my first two romantic suspense novels, written about seven years ago, in San Antonio, so it was nice to get back to it. My heroine lives in an historic home in King William District and you’ll find mentions of the Riverwalk, Tower of the Americas, and the Alamo in this story.
Those who’ve never been will likely enjoy experiencing a taste of the city through your story. Do you have personal experience with any of the events in Tell Her No Lies, and if so, could you share about that?
The story’s seed impetus comes from the childhood experiences of my son-in-law. He and his brother and sister were abandoned by his biological father in a tent city in Florida. His biological mother had already left them. Eventually they were rescued from foster care by his aunt and uncle who brought them to San Antonio and after a few years adopted them. Of course, my account in Tell Her No Lies is completely fictionalized, but I was fascinated by how such a traumatic experience might impact on children as they grow up and become adults. My son-in-law grew up to join the Navy and become a husband and father. It’s possible to overcome these difficult beginnings and that is reflected in Nina’s story, but her past comes back to haunt her in Tell Her No Lies.
That would definitely be quite an experience to overcome. What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
Sometimes you have to let go of old hurts and forgive family members in order to let go of the past and move forward in your life. That may mean creating your own family going forward. Your family may have a different look to it, but love will make it special. People you love are not perfect and will fail you but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t love them. You’re not perfect either!
Family expectations are definitely an interesting challenge sometimes. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m writing the second book in my Amish of Sky Country series, which features families in Northwest Montana impacted by wild fires. The first book, Mountains of Grace, takes place in West Kootenai and Eureka, two small towns in far northwest Montana. The second one includes those communities, but our heroine goes to stay in St. Ignatius, an Amish community on the Flathead Indian Reservation. I’m excited about this series because it takes me some places I haven’t been before and examines some interesting variations in the way the Amish practice their faith.
That sounds like it would make a fun road trip! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Kelly!
Your turn! Have you visited San Antonio before (so you can recognize these landmarks), or will you be “visiting” through the story?
More about Kelly:
Bestseller Kelly Irvin is the author of fourteen books, including romantic suspense and Amish romance. Publishers Weekly called her first romantic suspense novel, A Deadly Wilderness, “a solid romantic suspense debut.” She followed up with No Child of Mind. The two-time ACFW Carol finalist worked as a newspaper reporter for six years writing stories on the Texas-Mexico border. Those experiences fuel her romantic suspense novels set in Texas. A retired public relations professional, Kelly now writes fiction full-time. She lives with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin, in San Antonio. They are the parents of two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats.
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