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Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about DETECT ME.
A failed artist falls for a hot but troubled detective and helps him hunt down an art thief.
That was way too easy, I am on Twitter FAR too much.
Did the idea for this book come to you in a dream perhaps or were you inspired by an incident or image?
This was one of those books that warped its way out an entirely different novel. Originally the novel was about an actress who starts dating her director only to fall for his brother… You see my point.
What was your favourite/most difficult scene to write?
Probably my favorite scene was the one where Nikki took that first purposeful step forward and decided, against her better judgment, that she wanted to be a part of Mark’s life.
Nikki was pretty sure there was no chance of this man sticking around in some non-work related capacity. She knew his type; she saw the signs. They were there in the intensity of his gaze, the ink-stains on his fingers, the extra clothes hung at the back of the room. More than that, it was in the way that Mark refused to come too close. His eyes slid away from her body instead of lingering, and he either wouldn’t or couldn’t cross that invisible boundary that kept them strangers instead of soon-to-be-lovers.
She’d dated this person before; hell, sometimes she’d been this person. No need for her to go there again.
“Look,” Mark said, and her eyes snapped back up to his face. He looked as bewildered by the way things had snowballed as she felt. He scrubbed a hand over his face, pinched his eyebrows together, and exhaled. “Why don’t you just… come in to my office tomorrow morning, okay? You don’t need to commit to a job right this second, just come back tomorrow. We can talk about the case a little more. Maybe figure some things out about it. Maybe figure some things out about you.” His gaze seemed to pierce right through her, leaving her breathless. “Does that sound alright?”
It sounded more than alright. It sounded unbelievable, quite frankly, as in she couldn’t believe a man this handsome would be this interested in her. It didn’t make any sense.
Seeing her hesitation, Mark smiled wryly.
“I’ve been working on this case for six months now,” he said in a gently cajoling voice. “I could really use some help.”
Nikki bit her lip and nodded hesitantly. Her muscles felt achy and unsure. Everything felt like a misstep, but she couldn’t quite bear to say no.
“Alright,” she said quietly. “Tomorrow morning. I’ll be here.”
Mark gave her a lopsided grin. “That’s all I ask,” he said. “For now.”
What’s next for you in 2013?
I have a short story about secret agents and the guides who love them coming out at the beginning of April. And then later on this spring I’ll be releasing a novel about a female bodyguard!
If your were offered a TV or movie deal for DETECT ME, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?
Well, first of all I would fall over dead from shock. Lol! Probably I’d pick a movie because movies can pack alllll of the drama into just a couple hours, which is the kind of thing I love.
I’m not very knowledgeable about actors and actresses, so this is a tough question for me. But I’ll try…
I know he’s not necessarily the most traditionally handsome man, but I kind of had Jeremy Renner in the back of my head when I thought about Mark:
Emma Stone is a wee bit on the young side, but I think she would be great for Nikki’s mix of humor, insecurity, and occasional fierceness:
And I think Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje would be perfect for Mark’s cop friend Julian:
Pantser or plotter?
I used to be a pantser until I realized that working that way caused my stories to meander into a Bermuda Triangle of suck. I’m a pretty rabid plotter now, though I do end up adjusting my outlines a lot.
Dogs or cats?
I’m a total animal person and adore both, but dogs tend to be indifferent to me whereas every cat in the world wants to be my BFF. Hey, don’t they say cats are evil and dogs are good judges of chara- you know what, never mind, I don’t like where this is going.
I’ve never once vacationed anywhere warm. Anywhere below the equator would be good!
If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?
This is the hardest question in the world for me because I’m a huge history nerd. But in the end if it’s just one single person, it would have to be Alexander the Great. To give you an idea of how much I love Alexander the Great, in high school I wrote a horrible historical romance novel with him as the hero. Oh dear, your interrogation skills have gotten to me, I HAVE REVEALED TOO MUCH.
Thanks for the great interview! 😀 This was loads of fun.
I had fun too 😀 Love your sense of humour!
When Nikki Reed walks into Mark Harrison’s office, she’s there to sell out. Nikki is finally ready to give up her dream of being a professional artist and get a sensible 9-5 job. Working in marketing probably won’t be so bad, especially with a hot boss like Mark.
Only it’s Detective Harrison, and Nikki’s in the wrong office.
Mark is hot on the trail of notorious art thief Ghost, and when Nikki’s art knowledge proves useful, she finds herself dragged along for the adventure.
As she starts to fall for Mark’s brilliance and gruff kindness, Nikki knows she has to fight it – Mark is a workaholic who clearly isn’t interested in a serious relationship. And while Mark finds himself wanting to investigate Nikki as closely as one of his cases, he knows the consequences could be dire if he gets too close.
Because every detective has a past, and the secrets in Mark’s could prove deadly for both of them.
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