Saturday, June 13, 2020

Harlequin's Tactical Crime Division Series Tour: Author Elizabeth Heiter Q&A

A new miniseries from Harlequin Intrigue. 

Stopping criminal activity wherever it happens. The agents at the Tactical Crime Division are ready for anything.

More and more, federal law agencies have to mobilize to remote locations to address large-scale crime scenes and criminal activity—terror, hostage situations, kidnappings, shootings and the like. Because of the growing concerns and need for ever increasing response times to these criminal events, the Bureau created a specialized tech and tactical team, combining specialists from several active divisions—weapons, crime scene investigation, protection, negotiation, IT. Because they are a smaller unit, they are more nimble for rapid deployment and assistance to address various situations. This joint team of agents is known as the Tactical Crime Division (TCD).


Publishers Weekly bestselling and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists and a little romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages. Visit her at www.elizabethheiter.com


Author Q&A with Elizabeth Heiter. 

  1. The Tactical Crime Division is a specialized unit of the FBI. Did you do any research before writing about this type of fast-paced, high-adrenaline lifestyle? 

A: Yes! I love doing research for my books, the more hands-on, the better. I’ve written a number of FBI characters across my different series, so I’ve spent years researching the FBI. That research starts online and with informational books. But the best part is getting to talk to agents, support staff, and specialists within the FBI. I’ve visited the FBI Academy at Quantico, where I got to speak with Special Agents about their cases, go to their shooting range and shoot a variety of weapons their agents and tactical teams use, and tour the facility. I’ve also visited the New York field office, where I got another chance to talk to different specialists. And I was lucky enough to have a Special Agent review my debut book, Hunted, which has given me insight I’ve used across all of my books!

 

  1. The Tactical Crime Division series includes four books written by four different authors; what was it like to collaborate with other authors and how did you decide who got to write each storyline?

A: Although I’ve participated in multi-author anthologies before, I’ve never been part of a multi-author series until now. It was a lot of fun – and a lot less complicated than I expected! Harlequin provided us with an overview of the concept – what the Tactical Crime Division was and their vision for the series. We also received an overview of the team members and some details about our storylines. From there, each of us adjusted and added to the existing material. We shared changes with each other and connected via email or social media with questions or information about characters who appeared in each other’s books. We each fleshed out our own storylines, but there was really no concern about overlap – there are so many possibilities with a team like TCD! Now that the books are written, I’m excited to be able to read all the final versions from the other authors!

 

  1. Can you share a recent book you have read that you would like to recommend?

A: Right now, I’m in the middle of reading Reining in Trouble by Tyler Anne Snell. It’s the first book in her Winding Road Redemption series, about a woman who’s trying to stay isolated to stay safe from threats she’s not willing to talk about, a detective who has his own demons in the form of a childhood kidnapping that was never solved, and an arsonist threatening both of their futures. I’m really enjoying it and plan to grab the next two books as soon as I finish!



Secret Investigation
by Elizabeth Heiter

In the wake of a tragedy, the Tactical Crime Division is the first call. When ironclad body armor inexplicably fails and soldiers perish, the Tactical Crime Division jumps into action. Agent and former ranger Davis Rogers asks to go undercover to find the traitor responsible for the death of one of his friends, and Petrov Armor CEO Leila Petrov is happy to provide access to her company…especially once she discovers she’s being framed. But will their joint efforts be enough to uncover the truth?


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