Welcome to Under the Covers! We’re excited to talk to you about your brand new series Zero Day. Since this is the first time we are chatting with you here, tell us 5 things about yourself that we normally wouldn’t know.
*I can twist my foot almost all the way around. It’s a really gross party trick, lol.
*I once hitchhiked from Virginia to Pennsylvania to go to a rave. It was one of the dumbest things I can ever remember doing.
*I had a poem published in Highlights magazine when I was seven. I thought I was pretty awesome.
*I’ve also had an independent study I wrote my senior year in college comparing the feminist writings of playwright Aphra Behn and modern poet Adrienne Rich published in a scholarly journal.
*I taught myself to play the guitar when I was fourteen. I wasn’t too bad either.
Can you please tell us what the series is about and what can readers expect from it in comparison to some of your previous work?
The Zero Day Romance series, in a nutshell, is about Hannah, a prolific hacktivist who is out there trying to right the wrongs of the world by taking down one evil corporation at a time. She falls in love with Mason, the FBI agent tasked with finding her hacker alter ego and bringing her to justice—only he has no idea that his girlfriend is the person he’s hunting. It’s a fun cat and mouse game with lots of twists and turns. This series is pretty different than anything I’ve written before. I’m mostly known for emotional romances and the occasional thriller or two. I’ve done light and fluffy romances as well but have never written a romantic suspense. It’s a bit of a mixture of my sexier stuff with my thrillers which is cool.
The first book, EXPLOITED, has an interesting heroine named Hannah Whalen. How would you describe her character and what’s your favorite thing about her?
Hannah is a woman you don’t want to mess with. She’s unassuming. In a crowd, she’s not someone you would notice, but she’s incredibly dangerous to the wrong people. I love that she’s tough. That she takes care of her family. That she has a strong sense of right and wrong—even if it’s skewed at times. She has a lot of layers. Nothing with Hannah Whalen is black and white.
What about the hero?! Describe Mason in three words.
Determined, kind, maybe a bit oblivious
Hacking is an interesting topic to center a book on. How much research went into writing this book?
SO. MUCH. RESEARCH! I think I researched more for this series than I have for anything I’ve ever written. My husband works in networks and technology. He knows network security inside and out so he was a huge resource for me. When I first started writing the book he sat me down and showed me how he can easily hack into my email. It freaked me out a bit that everyone is so vulnerable to that sort of thing but it opened my eyes to this dark cyber world that’s out there.
What was your favorite scene or quote from the book without being spoilery?
I loved the first time Mason and Hannah sleep together. Mason just called her out on one of her many deceptions that he had discovered. He’s angry at her. She’s feeling desperate. He’s questioning whether he trusts her or not but there’s this primal attraction between them that can’t be ignored. But most of all this is the point in the story where Hannah realizes how much she cares about Mason. How for her this isn’t a game but something real.
*“Everyone has secrets, Mason,” I whispered, pulling away from him, still trying to hold onto the deception. The role of the temptress. But she was breaking apart. Shattering. Tattered and fading.
I couldn’t play coy with Mason. Not anymore. We had stepped into something else.
Something scarily real.*
What part of writing do you find easiest and which is the hardest for you?
The easiest is the end. I often write it first then work backwards. The hardest is usually around the 20K mark when I’m into the story but trying to figure out which direction to go. I often get stumped at that point and have to step away from it for awhile.
What’s the last book you read and loved?
I just finished Into the Water by Paula Hawkins and LOVED it! I’m a huge thriller fan. If I have time to read, that’s the sort of book I pick up.
What things are you currently loving? (this can be anything, not just book related… food, makeup, clothes, games, movies, tv… anything)
I just finished binging on the TV show Preacher. I love how weird it is. I’m also in a bit of a tea phase. My daughter and I mix our own teas using different herbs and fruits and brew them. It’s become something of a hobby. I also have developed a slight addiction to Lebanese food…OMG, it’s soooo good!
What are you currently working on?
I have several things in the works. I have two thrillers I’m finishing up, the second book in my new Man of the Match series about sexy English football players, as well as a new emotional romance that’s strictly on the down low. 😉
Thanks so much for sharing with us today!
Available July 25, 2017!
by A. Meredith Walters
Released: July 25, 2017
Published by Loveswept
In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.
At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.
My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.
My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.
Until I fell in love.
Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.
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