Stanalei Fletcher (Author Interview)
Please tell us something unique about you we can’t learn from your bio.
I grew up in a small town right in the center of Idaho where my father taught me to not be afraid of snakes. I’ve been bitten twice, but neither of the snakes were poisonous. He also taught me how to recognize certain edible wild mushroom. I still enjoy hunting for and eating mushrooms, but I don’t play with snakes so much.
What inspired you to write romance fiction?
It’s no secret one of my favorite authors is Alistair McLean. In my early 20s, I was reading every book of his I could get my hands on. At the same time, I’d discovered romance novels—Victoria Holt, Betty Neals, Barbara Cartland. If only Mr. McLean would add a bit more romance like I found in a Harlequin novel. Or if only someone would write a romance with all the intrigue and espionage like Mr. McLean offered. So… I decided I would write the stories. It wasn’t until much, much later that I was able to fine tune my craft enough to publish.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching a book?
To date, the strangest research I’ve done had to do with a time-travel story I wrote in 2013. I made a trip specifically for that book to some ghost towns near Stanley, Idaho. I found the town my characters would travel back to in the year 1891. It was exactly how I had envisioned it in my mind. What I didn’t learn until after I’d completed the story, was that my grandmother’s father had been born in that very same mining town before it abandoned. In fact, just like in my story, his mother had died in childbirth. I suspect that as a little girl, I’d heard that story and it stay buried in my subconscious and I was drawn to the place where my own family had a very personal history. But how strange it was for me to learn about it all after I’d already written and published the book.
If you could live in one of your stories, which one would you choose and why?
I think I’d like to live in my book Dead Reckoning. I think living on a boat and visiting different marinas along the coastlines would be fun. Since it’s all fiction anyway, I wouldn’t be prone to motion sickness and meeting new people wouldn’t be as scary for me as it really is.
What would you most like to accomplish as a writer?
I would love to be able to write long into my old age and have my stories feel fresh and enjoyable to readers for a long time to come. To create and use my mind as a writer for many more years would be a great accomplishment for me.
When Northstar Security agent Justine Shelby is assigned to protect world-famous author Rosalee Kane, the last thing she wants is help from the author’s nephew, prickly but attractive FBI Special Agent Nelson Kane. Shelby is used to depending on herself and is content to work alone, but Rosalee and Kane make Shelby wish for something more. Of course, he may never forgive her if the assignment isn’t successful, and the threats are escalating.
Kane doesn’t trust Northstar Security, blaming them for his close brush with death. His first encounter with the deceptively innocuous agent doesn’t improve his attitude, but circumstances compel them to join forces. As things turn deadly and their every move is countered, Kane comes to depend on Shelby in a race against the clock to keep Rosalee alive. Shelby and Kane must uncover the deadly betrayal without dying first.