5 ways FBI Agent Sam Cooper is like my husband.
Sam Cooper is the hero of my upcoming book, In Deep with the FBI Agent. My husband is about as far from an FBI gun-toting agent as you can imagine, and yet Mr. Silver was the unconsciously the model for Sam.
- They both have sandy blond hair.
- They are both computer nerds. Sam is on the Cyber Action Team. Mr. Silver runs an enterprise software company. I could try to describe what they do, but I’m not sure I understand myself.
- They’re tenacious when it comes to love. Sam falls in love with Casey at age fourteen. He knew she was the girl for him even if it took her fourteen years to realize it. I was a silly college freshman, Mr. Silver, a senior. I had no interest in a serious relationship. Mr. Silver kept calling. I’m so glad he did.
- They love the steady romantic gesture over the grand one. Throughout high school, Sam left little sweet notes in Casey’s locker. She could always count on them to make her smile. Mr. Silver rarely buys me roses on Valentine’s Day. Instead, I find my favorite Peppermint Patties in the fridge when I wake up, or my favorite ice tea drink. I haven’t gone to a gas station for a refill in years. He always makes sure my car is full.
- They plan interesting dates. Sam takes Casey to a cooking class and to play Bocce for dates. Rarely is it dinner and a movie with Mr. Silver. We’ve gone to a trivia night, to see John Stewart, and once instead of stopping for breakfast he kept driving ending up in a whole other state to visit some friends!
To Casey Cooper, Montgomery Prep isn’t just DC’s most prestigious private school—it’s her alma mater, the place where her fondest memories were made. It’s also her current employer and the target of a dangerous cyber criminal. But even more shocking than the crime is the sexy FBI agent who comes to investigate . . .
With his six-plus frame and gym-sculpted body, no one would suspect FBI special agent Sam Cooper was once an awkward teenage computer geek—no one, that is, except Casey, the gorgeous girl who captured his heart on the first day of high school and held it for the last fourteen years. When a hunt for a hacker brings Casey back into Sam’s life, his long-denied desire becomes impossible to ignore. He knows just how to make her forget the boy he was . . . and show her the man he’s become.
Romance author, Lynne Silver, writes the popular Coded for Love series and other hot contemporary romance novels, such as Love, Technically. Before writing romance, she wrote fiction of a different sort, drafting press releases for technology corporations. Washington DC is her home (non) state, where she resides with her husband and two sons. She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC.
Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?
I live in Washington DC. My whole Alpha Heroes series is set in the confines of the Beltway. The area is a great mix of big city and small town.
Tell us your latest news??
Book 3, the final alpha heroes series releases on January 12!
When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I began writing when I was pregnant with my second son. I’d been writing a parenting blog, but every time I sat down to blog, dirty stories kept jumping onto the page. I stopped fighting it and joined the Romance Writers of America.
What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Historical author, Maud Hart Lovelace influences my life. If you haven’t read her original YA series, The Betsy-Tacy series, do it.
Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
My books are always character driven. I hear conversations in my head first and then I get those snippets down. In Deep with the FBI Agent, is one of my favorite books because the hero is as close to my husband as I’ve ever written. He’s alpha computer geek with a snarky sense of humor.
What motivates you to write?
I like to turn the characters in my head into fully fleshed out people on the pages.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Writing when shits happening in your life. This has been a rough year for my family and my writing has suffered.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I always learn something from my books- mainly from the research. The alpha heroes all have jobs I was unfamiliar with, so I had to learn about firefighting, being a secret service agent, and the Cyber Attack Team with the FBI.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. My family loves to call me with stories they think are romantic about people who just met and got married, but I can never use those ideas as sweet as they are because there’s no conflict in those stories. People meet, fall in love, the end. Romance novels need a little drama.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are 200% supportive.
What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
What book are you reading now?
I generally have a paperback on my nightstand, one on my Paperwhite and one on my iPad. Right now I’m reading the Bourbon Kings (JR Ward), Only a Kiss (Mary Balogh), and The Trouble with Love (Lauren Layne)
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