Award winning, multi-published author Terri Reed found solace from a chaotic childhood in the pages of books that took her far away to different realms and realities. When she discovered Christian fiction, she also discovered her own story telling voice. Now she writes books of heart-warming romance and heart-pounding suspense infused with faith.
Her latest page-turner is Christmas Protection Detail (Love Inspired Suspense): When a call from a friend in trouble leads Nick Delaney and Deputy Kaitlyn Lanz to a car crash that killed a single mother, they become the baby’s protectors. Now figuring out why someone is after the child is the only way to save her.
In this exclusive interview, the author talks about the inspiration behind the story, shares the spiritual themes of the book, and reveals her favorite part of writing romantic suspense.
What inspired the story in Christmas Protection Detail?
This is the third book set in my fictional town of Bristle Township Colorado and I wanted to give Nick and Kaitlyn their own story. These two had sparks flying from the moment they met in the first book.
It was fun to explore the assumptions and expectations each had about the other. Throwing the two together to protect a baby was the perfect way to expose their true selves which meant they each had to let down their guard to fall in love.
What are the spiritual themes or ideas in your book?
The themes I wanted to explore in this book were of looking beyond the surface and digging deep into our own assumptions, expectations, and bias of other people. Kaitlyn thought she knew Nick because of the way he acted and the things the press said about him but to really know him she had to let go of all that and see him as a man worth loving.
And Nick had to draw out the real Kaitlyn who was afraid of trusting because she’d been burned by love in the past.
What do you bring to the genre that is uniquely yours?
I write action-packed, fast-paced, emotionally charged stories that keep readers engaged and eager for more.
What are your favorite things about writing suspense fiction as a Christian author?
My favorite things about writing suspense fiction as a Christian is the chance to show my characters relying on their faith and seeing faith as a strength that helps in the face of danger. I enjoy exploring different aspects of faith that tie into the situations the characters find themselves in.
Weaving a story with suspense, romance and faith is a delicate challenge. All the pieces have to work together to create a beautiful story.
What do you want readers to take away after reading Christmas Protection Detail?
I hope readers will see the beauty in looking beyond the surface and dig deep within themselves and others to find the truth of who God made them to be.
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He’ll do anything to protect a baby in jeopardy…
When a call from a friend in trouble leads Nick Delaney and Deputy Kaitlyn Lanz to a car crash that killed a single mother, they become the baby’s protectors. Now figuring out why someone is after the child is the only way to save her. But they must find answers soon…or this baby’s first Christmas might just be Nick’s and Kaitlyn’s last.