Today I would like to welcome award-winning author Gail Pallotta. She’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former Grace Awards Finalist and a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner, she’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. She loves to connect with readers. Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.gailpallotta.com/mainphp.html and visit her website at gailpallotta.com.
In this action-packed thriller gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting she’s attacked by a terrorist but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.
Can you tell us about your heroine and hero in Breaking Barriers? Ann Jones loves Christianity. When a terrorist kills most of the members at her church, she forms True Light Guardians, an underground organization, to keep their faith alive. Other churches are attacked, and True Light Guardians spreads across the country. Those who want to destroy Christianity make Ann their target. She’s determined to succeed, and James Crawford’s determined to protect her. At the same time he can hardly bear to see her in such a dangerous situation. Is he strong enough to continue in the constant battle against this evil?
What is your favorite part about writing in the suspense genre? I enjoy plotting situations that lead to suspense and writing the scenes. In Breaking Barriers, I have a third POV person who’s the villain, so readers know who’s stalking Ann. She and James try to identify him with each dangerous situation while the suspense mounts.
What is the most suspenseful movie you’ve ever seen? “North by Northwest,” an old movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Many would probably say “Psycho,” but “North by Northwest” scared me more.
What is next for you writing wise? I’m excited about a book coming out soon, Hair Calamities and Hot Cash. A romantic comedy with mystery, it was inspired by my mother’s beauty shop. While some of the hair stylists’ techniques may have changed over the years, the atmosphere of a salon hasn’t. Also, in this book, different cultural backgrounds, colorful characters and unexplained events create mystery and humor.
Thank you having me on your interesting blog for spring suspense.
You’re welcome, Gail. Thanks so much for being my guest today. I will see you all back next week for an interview with author Robin Patchen.