Right On Target

Author and Paradise Valley Resident, Diane Lynn, dishes on the details of her thrilling mystery-romance novel

What motivated you to pursue your passion for writing?

Well, I’ve had two pervious careers. First, as an emergency room nurse, then after 10 to 12 years of that, I decided I needed a change of pace. I had always loved looking at homes, so I decided to sell real estate and became very good at what I did and enjoyed it very much. I had that career for over 35 years, but now writing has become my love and the third career of my life, so to speak.

What initially inspired your idea for 
The Secondary Target?

Well, I love to read mysteries and I love to read romance, so if I can find them in one book that’s great. However, a lot of times a mystery is just a mystery and a romance is just a romance, so I wanted to do something different and combine the two genres into one book. That’s really what inspired me to write The Secondary Target.

Will you tell a little about the novel and how you interweaved all the different elements into it?

The main character, Beth Scott, is beaten up in her apartment and left to die. Then she is brought into the trauma unit of the emergency room, where she is cared for until she is better. She then sets out on a mission to find her assailant.

I knew where I was going with the novel when I sat down to write it. The story just naturally lent itself to include the mystery aspect, which was to find Beth’s assailant, and to romance aspect because it shows what young, single women get involved with when they’re dating. However, I did have to give a little thought to how I was going to write in the hospital scenes because I wanted the book to appeal to every reader, so I didn’t want them to be too gruesome.

Will you speak to the character of Beth Scott?

Beth Scott is a 31-year-old divorce attorney living in New York City. She is very good at what she does, very strong-willed, very focused and very determined to do well for the clients she represents, most of whom are suffering from spousal abuse and wanting to divorce their husbands. She plows into every situation as if it were her own and works her tail off to defend her clients in the best way she feels is suited for them. She’s just a wonderful character that everybody falls in love with.

You are currently in the final stages of publishing a sequel to The Secondary Target. Will you tell about that?

The sequel is a continuation of Beth’s life. Whereas the first book is about Beth fighting for her life and love interest, finding love, getting married and having a child, the sequel, Missing, without giving too much away, center’s on the kidnapping of her baby.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

The main thing is to have confidence in yourself, to believe in yourself and believe in what you are doing. If you have a strong belief in what you are doing and that it’s good, then go for it. Whatever avenue you have to go, take it and just never give up, because if you don’t give up you will eventually succeed.

To learn more about Diane Lynn, and to purchase her books, please visit DianeLynnAuthor.com.