Author of the series:
O’Halleran Security International
Release date: 08/21/19 – Publisher: TJL Creative Works, LLC
Editor: Hanna Rhys Barnes, Chris Kridler – Cover Artist: Dar Albert
He steps into the shadows to pursue a killer…
F.B.I. Special Agent Beckett O’Halleran values Family, Honor, and Loyalty. A botched undercover assignment results in the brutal murder of his partner. When the killer is set free by a Deputy Director on the take, Beck walks away from the Bureau. He vows to stop at nothing to avenge his partner’s death, including using an innocent woman.
She is dragged into the shadows by her mother’s past …
A deadly secret from the past threatens Gwendolyn Tamberley’s life. Thrust into the crosshairs of a merciless psychopath who will destroy anyone who threatens his empire, she becomes the center of a firestorm between the Russian mafia, the F.B.I. and a former agent hell-bent on retribution.
Will deadly secrets destroy them?
Gwen’s only hope is the man who’s been deceiving her. And Beck must choose between his obsession with vengeance and the woman who’s come to mean everything to him.
Hello and welcome to The Spotlight T.J. It sounds like a fantastic book! I wanted to start by asking if you’ve ever gone on any literary pilgrimages?
If by “pilgrimages” you mean writers retreats or conferences, I’ve done both. I’ve done a couple of multi-day writers retreats where a lot of words were written and wine was enjoyed! I’ve also been to the RWA national conference and the Emerald City Writers Conference multiple times.
Well, that first one sounds awesome, I’ve never done that but have been to both RWA and ECWC. Fantastic conferences? How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
As a self-publisher, it’s all on you. Which means I had to learn to set my own deadlines and stick to them. The second you commit to a release date, the clock starts on getting SO MUCH done. Some of which depends upon outside sources (editors, cover designers, etc.) And, again, it’s all on you to make sure you’ve scheduled everything accordingly.
Very overwhelming! How many hours a day do you write?
I’m fortunate, in that, writing is now my job and I can set my own hours. I try to carry over the discipline I built during years worth of working in a professional environment. I’m usually in my office by no later than 9:00 a.m., will take periodic breaks to clear my brain, eat, etc., then I’m back at it again until 4:00 or 4:30. That’s not all writing time; I will create graphics for marketing, tapped into my social media, work on my website, etc.
So tell the readers what was an early experience you had, when you learned that language had power?
I grew up with three older brothers and two younger brothers. I’ve always known that language had power. When you have that many guys/kids in your family, you learn to speak up at an early age.
I love it! One of my favorite things to do is name characters. How do you select the names of your characters?
I LOVE naming my characters. Some come to me out of the blue, others I will research to make sure their name matches who they are. For example, in book 3, Deadly Deception, my hero has a baby girl who was born prematurely and almost didn’t survive. Her name is Ashling, which means “dream” or “vision”.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
First thing I will do is try to find a human resource. For example, my brother inspired the hero in book 2, Deadly Disciple, and I interviewed him like I was making a documentary about his career. After that, I will scour multiple sites on google, trying not to rely too heavily on Wikipedia. It can take anywhere from hours to days, depending upon how detailed I want to be. Because I write military, covert ops romantic suspense, my research is usually pretty fun and interesting.
What do you think are some common traps for aspiring writers?
Not getting their story edited by a professional. Taking bad advice. Not working on the craft of writing.
I wholeheartedly agree! That and surrounding yourself with honest critics. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
L.E. Wilson, Carmen Cook, Samantha Saxon, and so many more. L.E. and Carmen have been invaluable in helping me navigate the rough waters of self-publishing, and Samantha is an amazing plotting partner.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Andi Swain in Deadly Deception, book 3. She is the equivalent of a human lie detector, is a tough as nails badass who can hold her own against any man. Yet she has a soft, gooey center for the hero’s baby girl.
My favorite kind of woman! And if you had to put a fine point on it, what does literary success look like to you?
I, like most authors, hope to achieve some level of financial success. Heck, at this point I’d just like to cover the cost of my “writing habit”! Ha-ha-ha. Seriously, though, if I were to see someone I don’t know reading one of my books and looking like they’re enjoying it … that would be pretty awesome, too.
Finally, what made you want to become a writer?
The voices in my head demanded to be heard.
Amen! Let’s have an excerpt…
Beck shook his head, then stared at the hand-carved bureau emblem mounted on the wall behind his boss, a gift from his team when he hit his twenty-year mark. It pissed him off that the deputy director was dirty. Even the rank and file within the bureau—the men and women in the field doing the real work—knew he was, but proving it was the challenge. The guy was Teflon.
“Looks like I need to add the deputy director to my investigation.” Beck scrubbed his hand down the scruff on his face, started pacing back and forth.
“You know how this works, O’Halleran. You’re out.”
Beck stopped midstep and turned to his boss … his friend.
Sam’s hand went up to cut off any protest. He leaned forward, his elbows on his desk. The dark circles under his eyes suddenly made him look twenty years older. Shit like this did that to you.
“You’re too close to this thing—you’ve lost your objectivity—not to mention you’re burned out. I’m moving you to another case.” Sam pointed at Beck. “And I’m ordering you to stay clear of Radoslav and especially Barlow.”
“I have been tracking this psychopath for three years. Three years, Sam. And Jodi was my responsibility.” Beck shook his head, his voice steady, resolute. “No, you can’t pull me off this now. Radoslav is mine.”
“That’s where you’re wrong. As of right now”—Simmons rose from behind his desk and got in Beck’s face— “you are off this task force. If I find out you’ve disobeyed my order, I will yank your shield, your creds, and your weapon, before I notify the Office of Professional Responsibility. Are we understood, Special Agent O’Halleran?”
Beck didn’t flinch at the stern edge in his old friend’s voice. He knew it came from a place of concern. And being reported to the OPR no longer mattered to him. His course had been set the minute he’d found Jodi lying dead in that filthy warehouse.
To read more: https://www.tjloganauthor.com/deadly-secret-chapter-one
(answer in one or two words)
City or country?
What color best describes your personality?
What are you most passionate about?
What do you consider your best attribute?
What’s your favorite beverage?
Iced Tea with Equal
What does your desk look like right now? Clean or messy?
Are you a night owl or an early bird?
What book are you reading at the moment?
Just finished The Lemon Sisters, by Jill Shalvis
What would you take with you to a desert island? (three items)
Water, my hubby, a loaded kindle
If you could invite anyone, dead or alive, to dinner, who would it be?
What would be your ideal holiday destination?
What time in history would you have liked to be born in?
I prefer indoor plumbing, so I’m fine with when I was born.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?
DIY or call an expert?
What is your favorite fruit?
What is your favorite thing to learn about in your free time?
What is your favorite time of day?
Late in the evening
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Music or silence?
Silence, when I’m working. Music when I’m not.
Where can we buy Deadly Secret?
Where can we find you?
TJ Logan is an award-winning author of romantic suspense anchored by strong themes of Family, Honor, and Loyalty. Her writing journey began one day, back in 2012, when a bunch of strange voices popped into her head. Hoping to exorcise the craziness, she started typing, which simply ushered in more–as if she’d cracked open some sort of portal for fictional characters to charge through.
Those random voices morphed into the O’Halleran family. The family grew with the addition of lovers, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Voila, the first six books of the O’Halleran Security International (OSI) series was born.
TJ grew up in a military family, lived all over the country and was surrounded by five brothers … and, amazingly, lived to tell about it. She was also a key member of a team who managed a Secret program for one of the world’s top defense companies. All of these things have given TJ an interesting perspective on life. And every bit of it goes into her writing!
Family, Honor, and Loyalty aren’t just words in a tagline to TJ, they are everything.
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