Lucy Kincaid inspired me from the beginning. I introduced her in FEAR NO EVIL, the third book of my NO EVIL trilogy when she was kidnapped the morning of her high school graduation. I had no intention of writing her series when I wrote FEAR because I thought the Kincaid family storyline was over.
“Good luck with that,”my muse whispered.
By the end of the book, Lucy had become so alive on the page that I knew she’d get her own series. She was strong, smart, troubled —she’d killed her unarmed rapist in cold blood. That event shaped and changed her. When I was ready to write her series, I wanted a series character who wasn’t a seasoned veteran —Lucy was 24, and I planned on telling stories of her going through Quantico and being a rookie FBI agent.
Lucy needed the a love interest—someone who could bring her back to life in a world that had become all work for her. I’d intended to “make him up”and introduce him in the first book …except Sean Rogan walked in from my FBI trilogy and said, “I’m with her.”
Sean is the best thing to happen to Lucy, and vice versa. Sean is strong, fun-loving, brave, smart, and has a much darker past than first appears. I’m still learning about him! That’s what makes this all so much fun …my characters often surprise me.
I often get the question about where to start. I write my books to stand alone, but because this is a series, there are some books that are better to start with than others. Now that Lucy has 10 books, there are three good places to start:
In the Beginning …
LOVE ME TO DEATH is the first book in the Lucy Kincaid series. She’d met Sean through her brother, but always kept her distance …until she finds out that her family kept a secret from her and she needs Sean’s help. The first three books in the series have stand-alone mysteries but the over-arching story thread is how Sean and Lucy fall in love and make a commitment.
The Quantico Stories …
SILENCED is also a great place to start reading. Lucy has been accepted into the FBI Academy and she and Sean are together …but are so busy with work their time together is limited. The three Quantico stories have an over-arching theme of how the past affects the present for both Sean and Lucy, but each story is a stand-alone mystery.
The Rookie Year …
In DEAD HEAT, Lucy is an FBI Agent and sent to San Antonio, Texas. These three books focus on Lucy growing as a new agent and how the choices she makes during her first two months on the job have unforeseen consequences. The over-arching storyline in these three books is the drug trade and specifically one cartel leader sees Lucy as the enemy. While each book has a separate mystery, they are connected through the bad guy.
And the Future …
While Sean’s career is stagnant and Lucy has to walk on eggshells at work because of choices she made, personally Sean and Lucy are at a high point at the end of the Rookie Year …so expect that they’ll be shaken up a bit next year. But this is romantic suspense! the story promise is that no matter what, Sean and Lucy will survive, together. It just might take them longer than they think, and the road won’t always be smooth. But the journey will be exciting.
[The suspense is killing me...]