Hi Stephanie! Welcome back! Since you’ve last been here, you’ve recently released a new novella in your Shadow Force series. Would you like to tell us a bit about this book?
Thanks so much for having me back! And yes, Lonely is the Night is the 5th in the Shadow Force series—it’s a longer novella (about 35K) and it focuses on Reid and Grier, whose relationship ended on a bit of a cliffhanger in the previous book, Night Moves.
What would you say is Reid’s best quality? What do you think he needs to work on?
I’d say one of Reid’s best qualities is his loyalty, although sometimes that can get him into trouble.
Grier is a US Marshall and that makes her tough, independent and intelligence. What was it about Grier that made you want to write a story about her?
I loved that Grier was so well adjusted, despite some tragedies in her life. She loved her job, had a firm sense of right and wrong. And sometimes, being so black and white about things can make for some interesting challenges.
Can you take us through your writing process? What are the steps that you take to get a polished and completed book?
Lots of chocolate and Diet Coke. A soundtrack for each book (which I create when I’m starting the first chapters) and my treadmill, which is where I listen to the music and see the book play out in my mind like a movie. The actual writing time is quick, maybe about a month or less, but I’ll have been doing the writing in my head and in bits and pieces before I dive in. And then, it goes to my editor and comes back for a revision. Sometimes that’s a quick process, sometimes it takes a little more ripping apart and putting the book back together again (and I usually have an idea which it’s going to be when I hand it in, but I always need the extra set of eyes to provide some clarity for me)…and then it’s copy edits and galley proofs.
What does your writing space look like? Is it clean and tidy or a complete hazard? Any pics?
I need the space around me decluttered so I can write, so it’s pretty neat. I do have a whole office to myself with a great couch, pretty ottomans, a space for all my books, etc. But for some reason, I write better in bed, with the laptop and the TV and the music and the dog. I took a quick picture for you—you can see my laptop and blanket, the TV and if you look closely, a sleeping Weimaraner.
What is your favorite trope to read or write and why?
I love anything with emotional angst. I also love writing guys with troubled pasts, because I love showing how it shapes their futures. Usually, it makes them so strong and tough. They’re survivors.
Of your characters, which one would you : 1) be friends with 2) like to marry and 3) like for one night?
Friends with…Dylan (Shadow Force) or Gunner (from the Section 8 series), because they get shit done. Marry…Honestly, any of them J For one night—Chris from Hold on Tight, because how much fun would that be?
If you and your favorite character you’ve written could spend a day together what would you do?
That might be Jake from the Hold series. We would just go around causing all kinds of trouble, but I’d be safe with him. There would probably be a car chase, bar hopping, bar fights and various other barely legal activities. And it actually sounds like Reid would have fun too, so maybe we’d drag him along.
Are you planning on continuing the Shadow Force series from here? If so, what would be next?
I have plans for a couple of the characters you’ve already met in the series. But I do feel as though I’ve brought the Shadow Force series into the Section 8 series at this point, with Lonely. So, no matter what it’s called, yes, you’ll keep seeing those characters.
What are you currently working on?
Surrender, book one in the Section 8 series is all set and ready to greet the world on April 2nd. I just handed in Unbreakable, which is book 2 in the Section 8 series and I’m just about to start the third book in the series! Lots of romantic suspense coming your way!
Recently retired Delta Force Operator Reid Cormier utilizes his special skills by working black ops jobs all around the world with his former teammates and their wives. Reid’s career keeps him busy, but he can’t get his last job—or the woman involved—out of his head.
US Marshall Grier Vanderhall faked her own death without telling Reid of the plan first, and he couldn’t forgive her duplicity. But when Reid learns that Grier has been kidnapped by a dangerous ring of criminals, he drops everything and heads to New Orleans to rescue her. And while Reid knows that his skills make him the best option to get Grier back, he’s not sure if this mission will give them another chance—or get them both killed.
About the Author
New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read – romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. She also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.