Romantic suspense author Lynette Eason has written several popular series. She continues her Blue Justice series with Called to Protect (Revell). When K-9 cop Chloe St. John stumbles across a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin, she must mobilize all her resources before another girl goes missing. In this interview, the author shares why the new series revolves around a law enforcement family, what she learned about K-9 divisions writing the book, and why Chloe St. John is her favorite character in the book…
Why did you decide to write a series based on a law enforcement family?
I thought it would have interesting dynamics and be fun to write characters who understood each other yet had a lot of differences too. I wanted to show that a family can disagree and still come together to support each other when needed.
Your series is set in Columbia, South Carolina. Why did you utilize this location for your new series?
I went to college in Columbia, so I’m fairly familiar with the area. I also liked the setup of the law enforcement for the city because it fit into my plans with what I wanted to do with the series.
Chloe St. John is a K-9 cop working with her Dutch shepherd partner, Hank. Was there anything new you learned about K-9 divisions when writing Called to Protect?
I did! I learned a lot. I learned about the way dogs track and how they’re trained. It’s an incredibly interesting process. I had a K-9 trainer who was willing to answer any questions I had, so having the input of a professional was especially cool.
Do you have a favorite character in Called to Protect?
I love Chloe St. John. She just really appeals to me. She’s strong and fierce and funny. She’s also got an independent streak but isn’t afraid to ask for help when she needs it. For the most part anyway.
What do you want readers to get out of the book?
First, I want readers to love the story. Next, I want them to get how big a problem human trafficking is and that we can’t turn a blind eye to it.
Human trafficking is prevalent and a huge moneymaker for those who exploit others. I think it’s also something that people have a hard time believing can happen in their own backyard, so to speak.
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Called to Protect
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