One of my absolute favorite authors is stopping by today to give us the dirty secrets about her new series, living in Germany, and PTSD research on her new book. Janie Crouch is the author of several Harlequin Intrigues including Countermeasures, Untraceable, and her upcoming release Fully Committed.
Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview, Janie! I really appreciate you taking the time to be with us.
Tell us a little about the inspiration behind the Omega Sector series published with Harlequin Intrigue. Did you expect the series to be such a hit?
Well, I’m not sure I would call the series a hit, but thanks very much for doing so! My first book, PRIMAL INSTINCT, was a stand-alone novel that I had hoped to turn in to a 3-book series (about three sisters). Unfortunately, my editors at Intrigue didn’t feel like the other two books would be a good fit for their line (particularly because there are some slight paranormal elements in them). I had another idea about an FBI-type agent who had been in on a deep undercover assignment for a long time when he came across an innocent woman in the bad guys’ clutches. He has to try to complete his mission while also keeping her alive. I knew that writing about the FBI had its own set of headaches – a lot of FBI stuff involves following their many rules. So I created Omega Sector where I could make the rules. 🙂
Thus, the book INFILTRATION was born. The other three books of the original Omega Sector series were based on the siblings of that hero (two brothers and a sister), who all also had ties to Omega Sector. When that 4-book series completed in 2015, it came time to submit a new proposal. I knew I didn’t want to write about undercover agents again, but still liked the thought of the Omega world continuing. So I just made it bigger! I created the Critical Response Division. Still Omega, but not covert, undercover work. Instead, the Critical Response Division included SWAT, hostage rescue, profiling, hostage negotiation, etc. So much fun to write! The Omega Sector: Critical Response series releases throughout 2016. [Read more…]