[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Lee! Can you please describe yourself in five words or less.
[Lee Christine] Loyal, loving, friendly, motivated, Australian.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about ‘In Safe Arms’
[Lee Christine] ‘In Safe Arms’ is the second romantic suspense novel in the Grace and Poole Lawyer series, although the novel can be read as a stand-alone. It’s centered around the current bikie turf wars in Sydney, Australia. Josie, a legal secretary with Grace and Poole, witnesses the murder of the president of one of the motorcycle gangs, on Skype. A directive is given to find her, and shut her up—permanently. With her life on the line, she turns to the only man who can help her, Nate Hunter.
[Manga Maniac Café] How do you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Lee Christine] Josie had a very small role in ‘In Safe Hands’, my debut novel, as Allegra Greenwood’s secretary at the law firm Grace and Poole. Allegra, a criminal lawyer, acts for The Southern Cross bikie gang, and there’s a scene in the first book where she’s making application for bail for Lizard Mulvaney, the chapter leader of the Southern Cross motorcycle gang.
I wanted the second book to begin with Lizard Mulvaney’s murder, which intensifies the bikie war. I also wanted to write Josie’s story. I was watching the news on television and there was a horrible report about somebody witnessing someone dying whilst speaking on Skype. The person had a heart attack or a stroke or something and the person on the other end was powerless to do anything about it. I started thinking of how it would be possible to witness a murder on Skype. Also, I was intrigued with the concept that the physical divide between the murderer and witness gave my heroine time to get away.
[Manga Maniac Café] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Lee Christine] I enjoyed researching the bikie gangs and creating the bikie characters, namely the Viper, Bull and Bolt. Writing the scenes inside the bikie compound were also a lot of fun.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had a theme song what would it be?
[Lee Christine] Elevation by U2. I love the high energy and the merged rock/hip hop beat.
[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Lee Christine] Without a doubt, my iPhone. If I do, I go back and get it. It has everything on it. Email, Facebook, Twitter, Viber, the Internet in general. It also has my music on it which I listen to when I walk—and photos, mainly of my kids.
[Manga Maniac Café] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Lee Christine] Coffee, of course. My iPhone. My glasses.
[Manga Maniac Café] Name some books that you enjoyed recently.
[Lee Christine] Kate McCarthy’s ‘Fighting Redemption’and Jaye Ford’s ‘Blood Secret’.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Lee Christine] Play the alto saxophone, which I’ve been playing for twelve years now. I wish I had time to practise more. And I really love going to music concerts. Last concert I saw was Of Monsters and Men in Sydney at the Enmore Theatre. Practically anything to do with music.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Lee Christine] Readers can find me at:-
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
About the book:
Smooth, seductive and savage: Lee Christine returns to the dark, criminal underbelly of Sydney with her follow-up toIn Safe Hands.
Legal secretary Josephine Valenti has no idea why a notorious bikie president would be contacting her, but when he is murdered in front of her eyes, she knows that she is in very deep trouble. Fleeing to her home, she’s intercepted by Nate Hunter, a man she used to know and lust after…a man she used to care about.
However, Nate has changed. His leathers and his bike tell of a lifestyle that Josie can’t begin to accept or understand. His is a life of drugs, money laundering and prostitution.
But all is not what it seems, and Josie must fight harder than she ever has before — for the truth, for what’s right, and, ultimately, for the man who still has a hold of her heart.