Author Q&A: T.R. Ragan’s New Series
Bestselling author T.R. Ragan gives us a peek at her new series–and her writing schedule!
Furious is the first book introducing us to a brand new series starring Faith McMann. What are readers in for with this read?
Readers are in for a fast-paced read that begs the question: what would you do if your children were taken? After barely surviving an attack on her family, Faith McMann’s debilitating grief turns to anger. She then uses that anger as fuel to keep her going as she journeys into the dark world of human trafficking in search of her kids.
You’re best known for your Lizzy Gardner series. How would she feel about your new heroine?
It wouldn’t take too long for Lizzy Gardner to realize she has a lot in common with Faith McMann. They’re both survivors. They’re both strong women. And they’re both fighters who take matters into their own hands. Lizzy and Faith will do anything to get results and hopefully justice. Lizzy would be very proud.
What is your writing schedule like?
I write eight hours a day, rain or shine, seven days a week. As deadlines loom, eight hours often stretch into 10 or 12. Most nights, my husband and I spend time together brainstorming possible scenes. I drop everything when any or all of my four children come to visit.
What authors inspire your writing?
Most books I read inspire me in some way, but some authors inspire me on a consistent basis: Lisa Gardner, Laura Lippman, Liane Moriarty, and Stephen King. I started writing 25 years ago because of the escapism I experienced after reading Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor. I switched from writing romance to thrillers after reading Lisa Gardner’s The Killing Hour.
What is the best book you’ve read lately that you can’t stop thinking about?
I just read Lisa Gardner’s Find Her so that’s the book that comes to mind. I thought it was brave of Lisa to write about a complex victim who I refer to as a “questionable victim” because this main character ends up doing things that make it difficult, at times, for the reader to sympathize with. And yet there is no question that she is a victim. Lisa knows how to write an entertaining story while keeping it real—sometimes a little too real. Yikes!
I have also recently devoured all of Liane Moriarty’s books and I really enjoyed Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Bits of each are still floating around in my head.
What can readers expect next from you?
No matter what book I’m writing, I usually have a new idea for my next book or series percolating. After I finish writing the third book in the Faith McMann Trilogy (working on that now), I have plans for an exciting new series that revolves around a female P.I. whose sister has been missing for a decade and a man with amnesia who, before and after his accident, was and still is a crime reporter for a local newspaper. Both have questions. Both want answers. I would say to these characters—be careful what you wish for.
Learn more and order your copy of Furious here.
T.R. Ragan (Theresa Ragan) is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Her exciting Lizzy Gardner series (Abducted, Dead Weight, A Dark Mind,Obsessed, Almost Dead, and Evil Never Dies) has received tremendous praise. In August 2015 Evil Never Dies hit #7 on the Wall Street Journal Bestselling List. Since publishing in 2011, she has sold two million books and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, PC Magazine, Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly.
Theresa grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. An avid traveler, her wanderings have carried her to Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, China, Thailand, and Nepal, where she narrowly survived being chased by a killer elephant. Before devoting herself to writing fiction, she worked as a legal secretary for a large corporation. Theresa and her husband Joe have four children and live in Sacramento, California.
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