by Tim Smith
Genre: Multi-Cultural, Interracial, Mystery Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Former CIA operative Nick Seven has worked hard to create a new life in the Florida Keys with his Barbadian lover, Felicia Hagens. Their life in paradise takes an unexpected turn when a double agent that Nick sent to prison is granted an early parole. Nick still remembers what Simon Larch said when he was sentenced– “Someday I’ll get you for this. You won’t know when or how. Just wait for it.” Larch is supposedly in another state, so who’s responsible for the ominous threats Nick receives, and how does Larch seem to know everything about Nick’s past? What kind of payback is he really planning?
Tim Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author whose books range from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. He is also a freelance photographer. He can often be found in The Florida Keys, doing research in between parasailing and seeking out the perfect Mojito. His website iswww.timsmithauthor.com
Thank you for taking time to answer my questions!!!
1.) So can you tell us how you came up with the idea for this book? The Title?
Throughout this series I’ve used the common thread of something from the hero’s past coming back to haunt him. He’s a former spy who made a lot of enemies, so it isn’t a stretch. I had the idea of a double agent that he sent to prison getting paroled then coming after him for revenge. The title “Operation Payback” seemed to be a good fit. After several stories where Nick Seven was the hunter, I thought it would be fun to shake things up and make him the prey, just to see what he’d do.
2.) Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
The heroine, Felicia Hagens, is my favorite character in this story. In the previous installments I’ve established her as very strong and tough (she’s also a former CIA spook), but this one gives her the chance to take a more active role in solving the big puzzle. I’ve developed the relationship between the two leads into something strong and this adventure gives them the chance to show how much they really care for each other.
3.) Is this book different from the others you have written in the past? If so how?
This one is a little different because I worked in a message, which is something I try to avoid. I wanted to show how easily the average person can be stalked and then implicated in something they didn’t do. My hero, Nick Seven, doesn’t realize at first that he’s being targeted by an ex-con with a grudge until little things begin happening. The psychological warfare he’s put through is very real and could happen to any of us.
For the record, I am not paranoid – except for all those people out to get me! I know who you are.
4.) What is your favorite genre to write and why?
My favorite genre is mystery/thriller but I’m also comfortable writing the occasional romantic comedy. I gravitate toward mysteries because that’s what I enjoy reading, and I’m a big fan of old film noir B-movies. My other series features a private eye who’s an old school gumshoe in a contemporary setting. I try to incorporate the pulp fiction style in all of my stories, using complex plot twists, tough heroes and heroines, quirky characters, vivid atmosphere and snappy dialogue laced with sexual tension. Liberal doses of hot sex don’t hurt, either.
5.) Does your family and friends read your book?
My family and friends do read my books. My late mother was one of my biggest fans, and she didn’t even blush at the erotic scenes. Of course, she read everything written by Harold Robbins and Mickey Spillane so I think she was beyond being shocked. I always tell my friends and family if the book contains adult content, though. I have a cousin who won’t read my stuff because of that but I respect her convictions and we’re still close.
6.) What are you currently working on? Do you have a release date yet? Title?
I’m currently working on two more Nick Seven adventures and another installment in my private eye series. I recently completed a holiday-themed story that I’ll be releasing next year. I also have an anthology of erotic short stories in need of a publisher, if anyone is interested.
7.) What inspired you to become an author?
I developed an interest in writing while in high school and wrote a number of short stories that never saw daylight. About fifteen years ago I had an idea for a story and challenged myself to either write it or shut up about it. I found a publisher who liked it and we were off to the races. That’s when I decided to pursue my dream of being an author. Fifteen books later and I’m still at it.
8.) Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an award-winning, bestselling author whose books range from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. I also dabble as a freelance photographer when I have time. I live in Dayton, Ohio and my day job is working with adults with special needs. I can often be found in the Florida Keys, doing research in between parasailing and seeking out the perfect Mojito. If I’m not there, try the Buckhorn Tavern in Dayton.
This or That: (Just for Fun)
1.) Erotic Novels or New Adult?
Erotic novels, especially if they’re hot enough for me to turn down the furnace.
2.) Paranormal or Sci-fi?
Sci-fi, because I’ve never understood paranormal.
3.) Cat or Dog?
I’ve always been a dog person, but I like certain breeds of cats, too.
4.) Night or Day?
Night, especially when it’s preceded by a beautiful sunset over water.
5.) Winter or Summer?
Summer. I’m definitely an outdoors person.