Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of twenty inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married “the boy next door” and now she and her husband and their two children make their home in Simpsonville, South Carolina.”
Why did you decide to write a series based on a law enforcement family?
I’m a huge fan of Blue Bloods, so I suppose I thought it would be fun to come up with my own version of a law enforcement family. Fortunately, I have quite a few law enforcement friends who are willing to share their expertise.
Your series is set in Columbia, South Carolina. Why did you utilize this location for your series?
I went to school at the University of South Carolina and I liked the way they have their police regions set up. There are five regions—east, west, north, south, and Metro. I didn’t want to have dirty cops as a part of any of those real regions, so I made up my own . . . Midtown.
This is the third book about the St. John family. What makes the main character in Code of Valor, Detective Brady St. John, different from his family members?
Brady is a lot like his other family members, but he’s also very much his own person. He’s been hurt in the past, much like his siblings, but he’s determined not to let that interfere with finding true love—even while he immerses himself in work. When Emily Chastain comes along and needs his help, he’s more than willing to jump into the fray to save her life and catch a would-be killer.
What type of research was required for writing about underwater criminal investigations?
I did a lot of research. I talked to a fellow author friend of mine, Lynn H. Blackburn, who is a certified scuba diver, and she gave me some great tips. Since her series is about a dive team, she’d already done most of the “legwork” research, and I was able to ask her to pass on the info to moi. It worked out GREAT for me. In fact, I even used a few of her dive team members to help out when Brady was desperate to rescue Emily. So, don’t be surprised when you read Code of Valor and see a few familiar characters from Beneath the Surface. J
Tell us about Detective Brady St. John’s love interest in your book.
Emily Chastain hasn’t had an easy life, but she’s an overcomer. A victim of sexual assault, her life fell apart and for a while she struggled to find a way to cope. With the help of a loving family member, Emily found God and a measure of peace. She’s worked hard and managed to build a life that she’s very comfortable with. At least until someone kills her best friend, then comes after her.
What do you hope readers gain from your book? I hope readers are, first and foremost, completely entertained with the story. It is my sincere desire to write a story that will leave the reader breathless in the end, but satisfied with the ending—yet sad at the same time that it’s all over. I also pray that any reader who’s been affected by violence or assault will see that healing and peace are possible and that while the journey may be a tough one, it’s not an impossible one. I also hope that the reader sees God at work in the lives of the characters and desire to see him work in their lives as well.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on Vow of Justice, the fourth book in the Blue Justice series.
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