Breach of Trust by Jodie Bailey

jodie baileyToday we welcome Jodie Bailey to discuss her latest release, Breach of Trust.

Hi, Jodie! How long have you been writing?

Jodie: My whole life.  I honestly do not remember a time when I wasn’t writing or telling stories.  When I say “I’m wired that way,” I mean it sincerely.  It’s just in me.  My brain constantly makes up stories. I added a second major in college–writing–simply because I enjoyed it.  My advisor asked me what I was going to do with my writing and I said, “Keep it all in a drawer if I have to. I just want to write the stories, I don’t care if anyone reads them.”  (Of course, this was because he was “encouraging” me to write “marketable” fiction by his terms: sex, drugs, and violence.  Nope.)

I started “for real” writing in 2008.  I had taken time off of teaching when my daughter was born and was deciding what to do when she started kindergarten.  It was like God whomped me in the head and said, “I didn’t give you this writing heart for you to stick it in a drawer.  It’s now or never.”  So I decided to write Bible studies, because I thought that was the only way to write and honor God EVEN THOUGH I WAS READING CHRISTIAN FICTION!  It never hit me that I could write the kind of fiction I loved.  I’m dense?  I don’t know.  Maybe I was too scared to embrace my unspoken dream coming true.  After a fruitless 2007 of trying to write Bible studies, hitting brick wall after brick wall, I turned to my real love of fiction and have been happy putting words on paper ever since.  This.  This is my calling.  🙂

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

Jodie: I am a romance novel junkie.  Have been since I was in elementary school.  I love love.  I love the intricacies of relationships, the road blocks, the heart racing, the heart dropping, the joy, the pain… all of it.  And I love a good happily ever after at the end of the journey.  I started out writing romance as chick lit, right as that genre dipped.  My agent loved my voice enough to take me on, but we had to find another genre and she suggested I dip my toe into military suspense, being an Army wife and all.  I did.  And I figured out I like it!  Now there is even MORE drama in the love stories, more obstacles… and more creative ways to create roadblocks.  So much fun!

What are some of the references you used while researching your book?

Jodie: Breach of Trust (I love that title, by the way!  A friend of mine brainstormed it and my editors chose it.  I love symbolism and this title packs it.  So does Compromised Identity, the book before it.  Gives me chills just thinking about all of those layers!)…

Where was I?  Oh, yeah. Breach of Trust is the third book in a loosely connected “series” that started with Smokescreen, then Compromised Identity.  It follows an elite cyber terrorism unit, so I had to do a lot of talking to people.  Google is my best friend sometimes, especially for some of the murder scenes.  (It’s cliche’ but true…  Don’t look at my browser history.)  My husband is my greatest “reference.”  He is a saint for dealing with my “dumb” Army questions and explaining things to me.  He helped me design the whole cyber terrorism unit, even though a lot of it doesn’t show up on the page.  It just helped me to know.  I am more of a people person than a book person, so I ask friends for connections to people who know the facts I need.  It’s more fun than book research, and they tell me fun side stories too.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Jodie: Tate.  Hands down.  I love his character, even though he gave me fits at first.  He first appeared in Smokescreen, and he was never meant to have his own book.  Funny “backstage” story:  My cousin and I have a game we play. He gives me a challenge for every book, something unusual that I have to fit into the story somewhere.  It can be a word, a character a scene…

For Smokescreen, it was someone mowing the lawn with a manual push mower.  Okay, tricky, since it took place in New York in early April.  But Tate was my man for the job, and he came onto the page with this presence in that book.  After he told part of his backstory to Ashley in that book, I had tons of people wanting to see more of him.  He showed up in Compromised Identity, and I decided he might be worth exploring, so he got his own book.

At first, because he’d been this big “hero” in the first two books, I had trouble finding his flaw, so he wasn’t talking much.  But then one of my critique partners said, “Duh.  He’s so cocky!”  Ah!  From that point forward, Tate was fun.  He’s this wise, no-nonsense, formerly broken soldier whose whole restored life is based on his faith in God, but he’s cocky too, because he’s always been the one called on when the chips where down and they needed someone to clean up the mess.  So the most fun part of this book was exploring his character and getting him onto the page… and then throwing Meghan into the mix to totally mess with his neatly ordered world.

What do your plans for future projects include?

Jodie:   I have some more suspense novels in the works for Love Inspired, including a book in a series on Texas Rangers. I’m also working  on a series set on the Outer Banks and dealing with a family that is knee-deep in some crazy psychological operations.  I’m toying with a couple of contemporary romance novellas as well, “for fun,” so to speak.  There is always something happening!

Thanks for dropping by, Jodie!


Breach of Trust

Meghan McGuire’s ready to put her military career behind her 9780373447688and start her dream job helping troubled children—until a man from her past reappears. Tate Walker is supposed to be dead. But now he’s standing on her doorstep, telling her she’s in danger. Tate never thought he’d see Meghan again…and certainly not as the target of the hacker he’s trying to bust. With both of their lives in danger, they have to work together to hunt down the criminal. But when Tate learns about the past Meghan’s been hiding, he’s not sure if she’s still the woman he once loved. Or if he can trust her with his survival—and his heart.


jodie baileyJodie Bailey writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it.  Her military romantic suspense, Crossfire, won a 2014 RT Reviewers Choice Award. Quilted by Christmas, a contemporary romance from Abindgon, spent two months on the CBA bestseller list and won a 2015 Selah Award. She is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. Visit her at www.jodiebailey.com.

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Jodie Bailey

jodie baileyToday we welcome award-winning author, Jodie Bailey, to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Welcome back to our blog, Jodie! First question…

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Jodie: That is a tough question, because there are so many ways to answer it, depending on where I “am” at the time.  Craft books?  The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell is my very favorite.  It covers everything in small chunks, and every time I get to the end, I start right back over.  It’s smart, encouraging, and realistic, all at the same time.  The Emotion Thesaurus helps me craft my characters.  And there are some fiction books/writers that I read over and over, because they inspire me like mad:  Rachel Hauck’s characters, Siri Mitchell’s settings, Jessica Patch’s “kissing scenes…”  But when I really want to remember why I’m a writer, I read Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It’s my favorite book of all time because I so “get” Francie in all of her emotions and her heart.  She’s a writer, and it infuses her entire view of the world.

Great choices! I read The Art of War for Writers at least once a year.  Now about you…

What secret talents do you have?

Jodie: I can ride a Harley.  I am not afraid to ask anybody anything when it involves research, which has taken me some crazy places.  I have the uncanny ability to remember the world’s most useless facts, but I can’t remember names to save my life sometimes.  Not sure those are talents though.

To me, riding a motorcycle takes lots of talent. 🙂 Last question:

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Jodie: I am a HUGE fan of our charcoal grill.  So… I’m thinking steak, loaded baked potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and salad, with homemade banana pudding for dessert.  Or, if we’re not grilling, I have a recipe for chicken and cheese enchiladas with green onions and sour cream sauce that will bring you back for seconds!

Wow. Where do you live again? Thanks, Jodie, for stopping by!

Jodie has graciously offered to give away a print copy of Compromised Identity to one blessed reader. So leave a comment below for your chance to win!

Compromised Identity

Staff sergeant Jessica Dylan confronts a female soldier in the 9780373447169act of stealing her laptop—and almost pays with her life. But a blue-eyed mystery man rushes to her aid just in time, and Jessica learns the handsome army staff sergeant has been investigating her. Sean Turner believes a ring of cyber terrorists who’ve been attacking military bases are now specifically targeting Jessica. And he’s determined to figure out why they are tracking her every move. As the threats against Jessica escalate and attempts are made on her life, Sean vows to stop the hackers. Yet the heart-scarred soldier is set on keeping an emotional distance…especially when they discover what the terrorists are really after.

Jodie Bailey writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it.  Her military romantic suspense, Crossfire, won a 2014 RT Reviewers Choice Award. Quilted by Christmas, a contemporary romance from Abindgon, spent two months on the CBA bestseller list and won a 2015 Selah Award. She is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs.

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Today we welcome Jodie Bailey, avid reader and life-long writer, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]

Jodie: I would have to say A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I just love Francie. The book is almost episodic in how it tells the story of Francie’s life, but it’s a beautiful character arc. I love how real she is, and how much she grows from beginning to end, while still remaining the same character at the core. I read it over and over.

(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?

Jodie: Hm. That’s a tough one. I am not a fan of conflict, so right there goes pretty much every character ever written.  I guess I’d pick just about any Jane Austen character, but not for the reasons you’d think. I would love to spend a day walking around those beautiful houses and grounds and exploring them. Every time I read her work, I think, “Wow, I’ll bet I could sit down in that garden she’s describing and write an awesome book.”

(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

Jodie: I hate to fly, so it would have to be a “blink my eyes and be there” kind of thing, but I’d love to see Ireland and Scotland. My husband is Irish and I’m Scots-Irish, and it would be awesome to go there and see where we came from!

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Thanks, Jodie, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Leave a comment to win a copy of Crossfire.

Jodie Bailey is an Army wife, a mom, and a teacher who believes Mountain Dew, dark chocolate and a trip to the Outer Banks will cure all ills.  In her spare time, she reads cookbooks, rides motorcycles, and searches for the perfect cup of coffee. She is the author of Freefall and Crossfire, from Love Inspired Suspense, and Quilted by Christmas, coming from Abindgon Press in October 2014.  Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband and her daughter.

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Today we welcome Jodie Bailey, avid reader and life-long writer, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

 

 

(1) Do you watch reality television? Why or why  not?

Jodie: I’m not a fan of the crazy “drama” of reality TV, but I do love me
some Shark Tank and some Amazing Race. My family got hooked on
Duck Dynasty this summer. For the most part, though, I’m not a fan
of reality TV. It pretends to be reality when a lot of it is
editing and contrived situations. It gives kids a kind of twisted
view of reality that I don’t think straight up fictional TV does.
Can you tell I’m a teacher? 🙂

(2) What are your thoughts on  e-publishing?

Jodie: I’m of two minds. I will never, ever let go of physical books.
That’s a full on experience, touching and feeling and smelling a
book. But I love the convenience of my Kindle too. I think the
challenge of e-publishing is going to be maintaining quality
across the board.

 (3) Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?

Jodie: It’s so much more of a social interaction. I LOVE seeing
what everyone is up to!

freefallcrossfireThank you, Jodie, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Jodie is offering a “win it before you can buy it” giveaway of Crossfire, which comes out 1/1/14 and a copy of Freefall in a drawing from comments given. So stop by and say hello!

Jodie Bailey is an avid reader and a life-long writer. When not tapping at the keyboard, she teaches middle schoolers how to love the written word. Jodie is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.