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Monday, March 16, 2015

Valerie Goree - Weep in the Night

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today, Valerie Goree visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, Weep in the Night.

Welcome, Valerie!

Give readers your brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
Tagline: Stories of Passion and Intrigue . . .  I wanted something that evoked both aspects of romantic suspense.

Tell us a little about Weep in the Night.
I like to compose interesting first lines to future stories. Several years ago, when in a first-person writing mode, I thought about a story that begins: “I was in the witness protection program for three years when . . .” That line stuck with me, and I developed Weep in the Night from it.

Sadie Malone lost it all—husband, daughter, faith, and her freedom. After three years in WITSEC, her identity is compromised. Now, who can she trust? 

Help comes from an unlikely source, but will Bowen’s lies prove more than Sadie can handle?

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Hobbies, etc?
I love to knit, embroider, sew, and paint. However, I don’t have much time for these activities any more. I help take care of my 94 year-old mother, and with writing, there is just not much time left.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes. I am a terrible time-manager. If I don’t have a deadline, then I can procrastinate all day.

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
The marketing. I do not like to blow my own horn. I would not make a good sales person.

If you could have one of your senses (Touch, sight, taste, smell, hear) be a superpower which would you choose and why?
I think I’d like super-sight. Details fascinate me. With super-sight I could see far into the distance or examine something up close. I wouldn’t want X-ray vision, but I would really like to see every detail that God has created.

What's the worst job you've had and how has it helped your writing?
The worst job I ever had was cleaning the communal bathrooms during my college freshman year. As a foreign student, I had to work on campus and had to accept the job offered. Thankfully, the other students did not make fun of me. Lesson learned – all jobs are worth doing well. Accept your lot in life, but don’t be content there. Work hard and move ahead.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m working on the sequel to Weep in the Night. It is a standalone story, but will feature the same organization and a couple of the same characters. However, a new hero and heroine work together and solve the problem.

eReader or Paper book? Paperback book for sure.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Dogs or Cats? Both.
For Thanksgiving: Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Pie? Pecan pie, made by my mother-in-law.
Socks or slippers or both? Socks.

Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains close to the water.

Weep in the Night

After three years in the witness protection program, Sadie Malone’s life in Texas is bland and humdrum—until she meets a new co-worker. Bowen Boudine ignites a flame in Sadie’s long-dormant heart, but when she discovers he knows her true identity, she attempts to flee. He thwarts her escape and reveals the reason he’s been sent to locate her.
Bowen, a seasoned operative with International Retrieval Organization takes his job escorting Sadie back to California seriously, but quickly finds he’s falling for her. Can he maintain a professional relationship while he protects her from the crime boss her testimony helped to convict?

American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree was born in South Africa and grew up in Rhodesia—now Zimbabwe. She attended a Christian university in the USA and then returned to Zimbabwe with her husband, Glenn, where they served as missionaries.
After they settled back in Texas, Valerie served 25 years in the public school system, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, she resides in the Texas Hill Country with Glenn, two dogs, and two cats, and spends her time writing and spoiling her grandchildren.

Valerie loves to hear from her readers.

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Valerie, thanks for sharing!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.

I pray you find 
"a little something extra" 
in each of your days.


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