I am so excited to share this article with you. In today’s Meet the Author Monday article, I’ll be sharing my Q&A with none other than Tee O’Fallon. If you aren’t aquatinted with her work yet, no worries. I’m going to get you a bit up to speed before I put down the Q&A and by the end of this article, I’m sure you’ve added at least one of her books to your wishlist 😉
GO BUY ALL THE BOOKS hihi.
Tee O’Fallon is the author of the Federal K-9 Series and the NYPD Blue & Gold Series. Tee has been a federal agent for twenty-three years, and is now a police investigator, giving her hands-on experience in the field of law enforcement that she combines with her love of romantic suspense. Tee’s job affords her the unique opportunity to work with the heroic men and women in law enforcement on a daily basis.
When not writing, Tee enjoys cooking, gardening, chocolate, lychee martinis, and all creatures canine.
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Tell us about your upcoming release with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:
A – is for Andi Hardt, the heroine of Armed ’N’ Ready.
R – is for the futile resistance Nick and Andi put up fighting their burning-hot mutual attraction.
M – is for Massachusetts, where the story takes place.
E – is for the deep emotions I hope Armed ’N’ Ready brings out in all who read it!
D – is for the Dog Park Café, the restaurant backdrop in the story that caters to dogs as much as people.
N – is for hunky Massachusetts State Police K-9 Sgt. Nick Houston.
R – is for the rush of excitement Andi wishes she didn’t get every time Nick is near.
E – is for Nick’s friend, ATF Special Agent Eric Miller, the hero of Book 4 of my K-9 series.
A – is for arrest, something Nick prays he doesn’t have to do to Andi.
D – is for the incredible danger awaiting Nick and Andi in the final scenes.
Y – is for yummy, something I try to make all my heroes
If there’d be a playlist for Armed ‘N Ready, what kind of songs – you can be specific or keep it general – would be on it?
I actually do have a playlist in the story itself, but I don’t want to spoil it for readers, so I’ll keep it general. The playlist is comprised of songs that everyone can relate to, that bring people together, and make us all want to jump up from our chairs and get dancing.
What is your most favorite element to write about in the books you’ve written about so far?
A specific character for example? The romance or the mystery/suspense elements or maybe the law enforcement elements or something else entirely?
There are so many aspects to writing that I love, but I really enjoy coming up with super-poignant moments toward the end, where the conflicts get resolved in a way that resonates with readers of any age.
Do you have a personal favorite character and/or book you wrote so far?
Which one of them you loved writing most and why?
Tough question. I’d have to say Nick in Armed ’N’ Ready, and Matt in Lock ’N’ Load, and the reason is that out of all my characters, I think I tortured those guys the most. Not literally. I just mean that I gave them the most heart-wrenching backstories, with the most difficult journeys to overcome before they can find love.
What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary)
did you draw from while writing your books?
Since my stories always have law enforcement characters, I’m constantly drawing from my own job experiences for plots, crime elements, tactical descriptions, to name a few things. But, I also draw from some of the interesting and unique people I meet on the job. Suffice to say, I’ll never lack for ideas.
Is there anything you can tell us already about your upcoming projects, if there are any?
I’m finishing book 3 of my K-9 series, and gearing up to start outlining book 4.
What does a normal (work) day look like to you?
A work day looks like this: coffee, workout, horrible commute, interviews, report writing, an occasional arrest or two. Another lousy commute, but hopefully while listening to a great audio book, followed by writing, marketing, hopefully seeing my boyfriend for a bit, then passing out from exhaustion and dreaming of the day when I can write full time!!!
Favorite past-time occupation; any hobbies maybe?
I love anything to do with dogs, but I’m sure you figured that out by now, plus cooking and gardening.
Would you tell us something about yourself to give us a chance to get to know you better?
Maybe something like giving us a couple of facts about yourself?
1) It’s been 3 years since I’ve had a dog, partly due to the logistics of my work schedule, but also because I’ve needed that time to recover. When they go, they always take a big piece of my heart with them. I’m finally at the point where I’d love to get puppies again. They bring such incredible joy to my life, and I look forward to when I open the front door after a long day and get greeted by happy, smiling, wriggling puppies.
2) I really miss my parents. They passed away years ago.
3) On line dating scares me to death!
4) Personal friendships are very important to me, and I cherish each and every one of my best friends as if they were my own family.
Have you always wanted to become a writer? How and when did you decide you wanted to pursue becoming a published writer for real and how did you experience this journey?
I didn’t always want to be a writer. That idea took root after I found a romance novel in the hotel room I was staying in, and liked it. I went to the library and started reading more romance, only to be disappointed at finding out that they weren’t all as enjoyable as the first one I’d read. After years of reading more, I started to brainstorm on how to take all the best elements of the books I’d read, and pen my own story. Thus, an idea was born. Jump ahead a few years, and I’m sitting on the beach in North Carolina with my boyfriend, reading a story that didn’t quite grab me, and my boyfriend says: T, just write one! And so it began.
Are their certain ‘subjects/themes/elements’ you haven’t written about, but want to?
I have an idea for a contemporary romantic suspense set in Scotland. I love that country so much, and every time I go there, I get great ideas for this story. Someday… I also have ideas for a paranormal romantic suspense and a romantic comedy. If you’ve read any of my books you’ve probably figured out that I have a sense of humor, but one can only put so much fun and laughs in a suspenseful story.
Do you set certain goals for yourself as an author?
Things you hope to accomplish in the writing-and publishing world?
Of course, every writer wants to be a best selling author. Lock ’N’ Load was recently an Amazon Best Seller, and I’d sure like that to continue with future books. I really do dream of being successful enough as an author that I can write full time.
Looking back on your writing so far: what are some memorable, special moments for you?
There are so many. The most memorable milestones are getting my first book contract, seeing my first published novel in the flesh, reading reviews from people who loved my books, and hearing directly from fans who can’t wait to read my next story. There’s no better compliment.
What is your writing process like?
Every book starts out the same, with an outline that’s anywhere from 50 to 80 pages long. The outline includes the plot, the conflict, a summary of who and what each main character is, along with any supporting characters, dogs, and bad guys. Each outline gets expanded, with fairly detailed chapter/scene summaries, conflict expansion, the Black Moment when all seems lost and the hero and heroine are torn apart, the action scenes, the love scenes, the poignant resolution and finally…the HEA. After that, I sit down and start writing.
Thank you for this opportunity to chat!
Buy all of Tee’s Books over here on Amazon
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Buy her newest release Armed ‘N Ready Here:
*While each novel in Tee’s Federal K-9 Series is a “stand-alone” book,
you may also enjoy reading Lock ’N’ Load, the first book in this series:
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