AUSSIE MONTH with Lee Christine
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I began writing song lyrics for a band I was playing in. I progressed to writing magazine articles and eventually to novels.
Tell us about In Safe Keeping and what inspired the novel:
In Safe Keeping is book #3 in my loosely linked romantic suspense series. The split between James Packer and Erica Baxter. My ‘In Safe’ series is based around a fictitious Sydney law firm. I’d always wanted to write a story where two lawyers are personally involved and have to cope with a professional conflict of interest. The split between the Packers gave me the idea of two lawyers representing a high profile couple while contending with the glare of the media spotlight. The Australian military, the New South Wales police force and two opposing bikie gangs also play a role in this series and in this book, so it’s not purely a legal story.
What are you reading right now?
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Write more books.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
The sense of optimism and ‘can do’ attitude most Australians possess. And the climate.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That it doesn’t necessarily fit the stereotype. That the genre is broad. That there’s something for everyone, and you can be assured of a happy ending.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
A free novella is coming out in March. In Safe Company features the character, Dickson Cross, a detective in the Sydney Gang Squad. Dickson appeared in In Safe Arms and In Safe Keeping. Also, my standalone romantic suspense should be released around April/May.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
Writing two books, In Safe Keeping which released December 8, 2014 and a standalone romantic suspense set in Italy. I can’t reveal the title of the second novel because I plan on changing it. J
In Safe Keeping
It was only supposed to be a casual affair, a stress-relieving night time romp, a secret just between the two of them. But when divorce lawyer Laila Richards ends up on the opposite side of the bench to high powered lawyer, Evan Barclay, in a very public, very high profile divorce, she knows their fling will jeopardize the case of her career, and breaks off their relationship.
Stunned by Laila’s decision, Evan vows to make the beautiful lawyer deal with him, both in and out of the courtroom. But when suspicious activity begins to emerge, and Laila’s safety is threatened, Evan fears his client — his best friend, the son of the only family Evan has ever known, may be involved.
Bound by client confidentiality and battling a massive conflict of interest, Laila and Evan fight to win, fight for justice, and fight for a chance at a relationship that’s anything but casual.