Sunday, February 27, 2011

Child of Grace Interview

How exciting to have Captain Luke Turner, the hero from Child of Grace, by Irene Hannon, a February 2011 release from Love Inspired Romance .

1. Captain Turner, tell me the most interesting thing about you. Or should we address you as doctor, now that you’ve left the service?
First of all, make it Luke. After years of salutes and protocol and field medicine, I’m ready to chill and regroup. I don’t know that I’m all that interesting. But if you’re asking about quirks—even though I was born in the South, I hate grits…much to my mother’s dismay.

2. What do you do for fun?
There’s not much time for fun on the battlefield. But my medic, Carlos Fernandez, could always make me smile. He’s also the reason I found my way back to God. That’s why my first priority now that I’m out of the service is to make sure his dream didn’t die with him.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Not much. The army—and the life-and-death nature of field medicine—taught me to do what needs to be done as soon as possible, no matter how difficult it might be.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?
At the moment, Kelsey Anderson, my temporary neighbor here on the shores of Lake Michigan. I’m starting to fall for her. But it’s obvious she has issues, and the last thing I need after caring for wounded soldiers is one more person to worry about. I’m here to heal. Keep a promise. And move on.

5. What do you want out of life?
A calm, normal, settled existence and a family to go home to at night.

6. What is the most important thing to you?
Keeping promises.

7. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?
I read a lot of medical journals. Now that I’ve returned to civilian life, though, I’m hoping to dive into suspense novels again.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I’d gotten to know my kid sister, Hannah, better. She was in diapers when I went away to college, and I only came home after that for short visits. She’s coming to stay with me for a couple of weeks in Michigan, however. It’s unexpected, but hopefully we’ll reconnect. Though I have to admit I’m worried. What do I know about relating to a seventeen-year-old girl.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
No pets. They don’t belong in a war zone.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
Interesting question. Maybe the late 1800s. I’ve always thought it would be gratifying to practice medicine in a small town, back when life was simpler and doctors made house calls. They didn’t have the technology we have today, but I think there was a lot more heart. Then again, that could simply be looking at things through rose-colored glasses. To be honest, I’m happy where I am in life right now—if I could just figure out what to do about Kelsey.

Irene Hannon, who writes both romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than thirty-five novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico suspense series. A four-time RITA award finalist (the “Oscar” of romantic fiction), she took home the golden statuette in 2003. Her books have also been honored with two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT BOOKreviews magazine, a Daphne du Maurier award and a HOLT medallion. A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time. She and her husband make their home in Missouri. For more information, visit


  1. Hi Irene:

    Good questions. I like him enough to read the book. Thanks,


  2. Doesn't this book sound good! Thanks for stopping by Vince.

  3. Hi Irene,

    I love these kinds of interviews. Luke sounds like a great hero. Looking forward to reading his story.

  4. MaryC,
    He does sound like a great hero. Irene always manages to nail the hero's journey.


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