What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I started writing the main character’s story about a year before I actually wrote the manuscript for Purple Knot. I was in the Pacific Northwest visiting a friend who was going through a terrible time in her personal life. She had called and asked me to sit in on a surgery she was having and I agreed despite reservations about blood and how it made me faint without notice.
After her surgery, I stayed with her in the hospital for almost a week. Being an insomniac, I wandered the halls and cafeteria at odd hours. Sitting in the booth near the rear of the room, I had a view of all the drama and day to day happenings inside that huge hospital. From dating doctors to grieving parents it all unfolded for me during that trying time.
I always have a notebook with me. Often it is pocket sized, but this time it had a black and white composition book and I filled it with everything I saw. I scribbled down impressions of character, interesting quirks I noticed, gossip that floated over the steaming soup barrels whatever came my way.
When I began constructing Purple Knot’s plot a while later, the experience flooded back to me as I paged through the notebook. An amalgam of what I’d been through came tumbling out of me and onto the pages of my novel; the fears and frustrations in dealing with a friend on the edge of destruction, the hopelessness of seeing they’re past your reach, and the sliver of hope that keeps you going.
I wrote Purple Knot, not only as a suspenseful romance, but as a testament to the power of hope and the abundant grace available to us even in our darkest moments.
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A killer strikes. A love rekindled. A life-altering choice.
When her best friend, is murdered, Reyna Cruz doesn't believe the police have the whole story. An investigator by trade, she has the talent to track Summer’s killer, but when clues lead to a family connection and a vicious gang, she suddenly becomes the hunted. At the end of her rope, Reyna must decide to trust the God she believes abandoned her.
Wanting justice for his sister’s murder, lawyer Jimmy Corbeau agrees to help Reyna—even though she’s his ex-fiancé, and their break-up devastated him. Romance is reawakened, but so are memories of their tragic undoing. Jimmy must decide if he will fight for a future with Reyna or allow their past to derail the investigation and his second chance at love.
When the investigation goes awry and Summer’s infant daughter is kidnapped, Reyna must put her life on the line. Will Jimmy and Reyna survive the desperate measures it takes to recover his niece, catch a killer, and secure a happily-ever-after for them all?
Raquel Byrnes lives in Southern, California with her husband of sixteen years and their six children. She considers inspirational fiction a wonderful way to minister to others. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-your-seat pace. Her first book the Shades of Hope Series, Purple Knot, is set to release from White Rose Publishing.com on June 3rd. You can visit her at her website: www.raquelbyrnes.com and her writing blog, Edge of Your Seat Romance.