Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Collateral Damage by Gwenan Haines

Please welcome Gwenan Haines author of Collateral Damage.

Gwenan Haines will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Collateral Damage

by Gwenan Haines


GENRE: Romantic suspense



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?


Like most writers, I’ve always wanted to write. When I was very young my mom would read me mystery stories at night, especially Nancy Drew books. It’s one of my first memories and I’m certain that experience gave me my love for mystery and suspense novels.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    What expertise did you bring to your writing?


For Vertigo, my first suspense novel, I used what I knew about Maine from years of vacations spent on the coast. I also did a lot of research about the 1920s, which is a key part of that story. For Collateral Damage I drew on what I knew from working in Washington – and, I confess, from some of the great TV shows and novels out there. For Collateral Risk I read a lot about the scientists who study infectious diseases and did a lot of online research as well. The odd thing about Collateral Risk is that I had already written about a third of the book when the Ebola outbreak in Africa hit the news. Mia Lindgren, my protagonist, studies Ebola almost exclusively, so it was a little strange to be writing things and then seeing them turn up, in a slightly different form, in the headlines. At one point I nearly decided to stop working on the novel because of that—I didn’t want it seem like I was capitalizing on such a terrible situation.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?


I can make decent desserts but other than that, I’m a pretty horrible cook. Aside from romantic suspense, I write a lot of poetry. And I’m a Netflix binge watcher.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?


In the fall I signed a contract for Collateral Risk, the second novel in the series, with Wild Rose Press. Collateral Risk tells the story of Dalton’s boss at the FBI and a scientist, Mia Lindgren, who researches some of the deadliest diseases known to man. That novel is in the editing stage and should be out during the next year. I also recently completed a shifter novella and a follow-up novel set in Alaska.


  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?


That’s a tough one. Definitely not Mia Lindgren, who regularly works with viruses that kill you in gruesome ways! And while Laura Drake’s life in the capital appeals to me, I’m at a different point in my life. So I guess I’ll go with Blake Cartwright in Vertigo, which is available through Amazon Encore (by the way, it’s on sale for 99 cents through April 4). Blake is a successful New York lawyer who gives up her career to renovate a lighthouse in Maine and open an inn. Though I can’t cook to save my life (unlike Blake, who is a great amateur chef), I’d love to do something similar. And I absolutely love the Maine coast. As for the ghosts and the murders, I’m not so sure I’d want to deal with that…


Here’s a link to Vertigo, if you’re interested.


  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novels, who would play your leading roles?


I love this question. So fun to daydream about one of my books turning into a movie. For Vertigo I’d pick Uma Thurman for Blake Cartwright. When I wrote that novel, I actually had pictures of Uma on my character board. So no question there. As for Laura Drake in Collateral Damage, I’m thinking maybe Alexis Bledel or Elisabeth Moss I recently binge-watched the mini-series Top of the Lake, which stars Moss, and really liked her character. I can see many aspects of Laura in Robin Griffin in that series – her past, her vulnerability and need to distance herself in relationships, her courage.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?


Unfortunately I don’t, though I’m very open to the idea and am on the look-out for a good one (feel free to send me suggestions). I had several beta readers critique Collateral Damage and also was lucky to work with Wild Rose editor Ally Robertson a second time. Between the beta readers and Ally’s suggestions, I got great feedback.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who

encouraged you to take this big step?


It took me a long time to finally submit. A few summers ago I saw a blog entry about Ally Robertson, one of the editors for the Crimson Line at Wild Rose Press (mentioned above). She said she liked novels where the suspense was integral to the story or something like that. Anyway, what she said resonated with me and I sent off my synopsis for Vertigo to her with a couple of days. She responded right away and asked for the first three chapters. Within a week, she requested the full manuscript but ended up sending it back to me because the novel wasn’t ready for a contract. She actually sent the email and some editing suggestions on Christmas Eve. I couldn’t believe she’d take the time on a major holiday to help me. I made the changes she asked for and the novel was accepted within a few months. This summer Vertigo got picked up by AmazonEncore. If it hadn’t been for Ally, the novel might still be languishing on my hard drive so I’ll always be grateful to her for her dedication.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?


I outline them fairly thoroughly. If I don’t I get lost and the writing stalls. But I also let the writing take me where it will sometimes. When I was writing Collateral Risk, the story took off about three quarters of the way through and the ending changed from the outline. But I think it works (at least I hope so).

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?
  2. What is your favorite reality show?


I’m going to alter this slightly so I can tell you that my favorite series is House of Cards. Again, I’d written most of Collateral Damage, which is set in Washington and deals with political intrigue, when I first discovered HoC. But I absolutely love (to hate) Frank Underwood and think Kevin Spacey is spectacular in that role. I’ve been trying to avoid social media until I can finish Season 4, which just came out on Netflix.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.
  2. Anything else you might want to add?

Thanks for having me!



For three years Laura Drake has watched Senator Pete Worthington promote a series of gorgeous women while she sits in a forgotten corner answering constituent letters on an outdated computer. When Worthington asks her to find an elusive file one Friday night he sets off a series of events that brands her as a killer and puts her life in jeopardy. The path she sets out on forces her to confront not only the nature of evil but the ghosts from her past that have never been set to rest.FBI Agent Dalton Ross transferred from Chicago to Washington to escape his own ghosts. When his investigation leads him to Laura he’s torn between his desire to keep her safe and the need to protect his own heart. As the mystery that surrounds them deepens, Laura and Dalton race to save themselves and the nation from someone willing to sacrifice anything to protect a secret.







Dalton checked his gun and opened the driver’s side door as quietly as possible. “Appearances can be deceiving.”


She opened her door too. “You leave me here, I’m gone when you get back.” She flashed an object in front of his face. “And I’ve got the key.”


“Do you have a death wish or something?” How had she managed to get hold of the key? He was sure he’d put it in his wallet, which was tucked away in the glove compartment. He would have remembered it if she’d opened it. “I thought you said you were dull.”


“I am.” She deposited the key down the front of her dress. “But I’m kinda getting the hang of this adventure thing.” A grin tugged at the corner of his mouth, but he suppressed it. She was charming, no doubt about that. And damn mysterious, too. As she stood there smiling with cat-like satisfaction, he had to resist the urge to take her in his arms and kiss her. Just the idea of pressing his lips to hers was making him hard. The trouble was Laura had no idea what she was up against. She thought of all this as an exciting change from her ordinary life. But this was real life, and real life was full of people whose sole purpose was to inflict as much pain as they possibly could. It was all too easy to go about one’s business without ever seeing the dark side of things—he’d done it for years, and in a way, he wished he could go back to being that twenty-year-old kid who signed up for an interview with the FBI mostly to impress his buddies. But after more than a decade spent hunting killers he knew that like all fairy-tales, the happily-ever-after of suburbia had its monsters.


In real life, people died.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


I live in an old Cape house with my daughter, too many books, and a red-and-white Siberian husky born on Halloween. After working in Washington, D.C. for several years and traveling to Russia, Europe and Pakistan, I moved back to New England. I’m the author of the romantic suspense novel Vertigo, which is available as an E-book from Amazon Encore and in paperback from Wild Rose Press. Collateral Risk, the follow-up novel to Collateral Damage (which features Dalton’s boss Nick Doyle and scientist Mia Lindgren), is forthcoming from Wild Rose Press. When I’m not working on fiction, I write poetry, teach literature and am still trying to learn how to cook.

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Author Page







Gwenan Haines will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.


14 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Collateral Damage by Gwenan Haines

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    March 16, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    March 16, 2016

    Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

    • Gwenan Haines
      March 16, 2016

      The characters are a mix of many people I met when I worked in D.C. – politicians, staffers and even an ex-CIA agent. 🙂

  3. Gwenan Haines
    March 16, 2016

    Thanks for having me!

  4. achristay
    March 16, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Eva Millien
    March 16, 2016

    Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  6. Valentina B.
    March 16, 2016

    This sounds like a great book. Enjoyed this excerpt. Can’t wait to read it.

  7. Rita Wray
    March 16, 2016

    I liked the interview.

  8. Victoria
    March 16, 2016

    Great post – thanks for sharing!

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