Thursday, March 23, 2017 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Writing Real-Life Issues in Romantic Suspense by R.T. Wolfe

The Write Way Café welcomes R.T. Wolfe, who discusses how real-life concerns and issues, such as endangered species and human trafficking, play in her books.

Can I first just say how much I love your blog? The two of you are dedicated and awesome. Thank you for having me back!

Tell us a little about Savage Alliance.
Duncan Reed’s need to bring closure to his Nickie’s history of human trafficking captivity morphs into an addiction. In Lima, Peru, following a lead discovered on a mole’s computer, Detective Nickie Savage and Duncan are undercover as traffickers. The plan: infiltrate the compound. Rescue the children.

Nickie hadn’t planned on pinning the trafficker who abducted her as a child. But discovering the King Pin’s identity, the very person who sold her into slavery, just might bring Detective Nickie Savage to her knees. And this time, escape is not an option.

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If Savage Alliance was made into a movie, who would play your main characters, and why? 
Ashton Kutcher would play the hero mostly because of his real-life involvement with trafficking. Check out and Like his Thorn Facebook Page. The heroine could be … I don’t know. Help me out here. I am asked this question all the time, and I’m always at a loss. I need someone who’s strong but has a load of issues. She’s smart and blonde and uses her sexuality when needed in a case. She brazen and unrefined and bit crazy, but when it comes to helping those who cannot help themselves, she is careful and warm. Yep. I got nothin’. Haha

How is this book related to your Nickie Savage series?
Savage Alliance is the fifth and final book in the Nickie Savage Series. Bittersweet and surreal all wrapped up into one. 

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Readers of either gender ages 20-99 who enjoy a PG-13 cop fiction/mystery. 

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
I like to learn something as I read my fiction novels. Irony. LOL. So, as with most of my books, I start with a conservation/non-profit organization to help me with authenticity. And as with all of my books, I soon become steeped in their cause. Endangered whooping cranes, protected bald eagles, sea turtles…and human trafficking. I write intelligent mysteries for today’s romantic suspense contemporary reader with some pretty amazing real-life facts and stories you can sink your teeth into. In each R.T. Wolfe novel, someone dies and someone hooks up, but the characters are somehow involved in making this planet a better place.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Detective Nickie Savage. She was raised a debutante, but with her history, she becomes a brass, unrefined, intelligent train wreck who not only gets herself into all kinds of trouble, but lives to save the day. She is, most definitely, my favorite. 

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
The antagonist in the Nickie Savage Series is awful. The character is heartless. I mean the kind of heartless that has no emotion whatsoever. I have a hard time relating and Nickie has a harder time finding bread crumbs from a person with no feelings.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
This is actually an interesting story. When authors sign a contract with a publisher, the book no longer belongs to the author. Technically, the publisher can make whatever edits they want. The author has very little say on the cover as well. My first book, Black Creek Burning, had a previous publisher. When my current publisher took over the contract, they wanted a face on the cover rather than the creek, rocks, and trees the previous publisher had chosen. 

However, I had created a trailer with this first book. Here is the link:  It was just for fun. My niece was the model, my son wrote and composed the music, and the photo shoot was done in my backyard and even features Goldie, my golden retriever. It had 1,000 hits on YouTube at the time and since there was a face out there in the world connected with this character, my publisher used it on the cover. 

10 books later…all four of my sister’s daughters are on the covers of my books. They are completely amazing humans and perfect cover models of romantic suspense books that are heavy on the suspense.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series.
I was first published in January of 2013 and hit bestseller the very next month. Humbling. I have worked with the East Coast Center for Conservation Biology, Operation Migration, Master Gardeners of Illinois, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring, as well as Child Rescue and Catalyst Ministries human trafficking prevention organizations. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 
Nora Roberts regarding the way readers learn something (how to train a rescue dog, what fire chasers do, in’s and out’s of running a vineyard, etc.) when they read her books as well as her talent for character diversification. 

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Unique? Hmm. I raise and release endangered monarch caterpillars in the summer months, am a complete eagle nest cam addict, am dedicated to anything sea turtle conservation related, rescued a Saint Bernard adolescent puppy, have been to Liberia and Haiti, and have been found viewing a flying over of highly endangered Whooping cranes. Now, I have loads to share with my psychiatrist this week. 

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Tips for readers? Reviews are a scam and you can find amazing authors who are indie published. 
Tips for authors? Get a shrink. You’ll need one. 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Okay, but I’m going to contradict myself here…leave an honest review. Tell others about said book(s). 

What can we expect from you in the future?

I am presently working on the next book in the Island Escape Series. It is light and funny, sexy, and full of missing treasure and whodunit murder. 

Thank you for having me back, lovely ladies. It is always an honor.

Duncan has finally found his life's purpose—rescue trafficked children—while Detective Nickie Savage still seeks closure.

In Lima, Peru, following a lead discovered on a mole's computer, Nickie and Duncan are undercover as traffickers. The plan: infiltrate the compound. Rescue the children. Blow the place up.

Then Nickie goes radio silent. Recognized by the man who abducted her as a child, she's once again in his hands. And this time, escape is not an option.

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R.T. was born and raised in the beautiful Midwest, the youngest of six ornery children. She married at a young age and began her family shortly after. With three amazing small boys, life was a whirlwind of flipping houses, working two jobs in between swim lessons and Candyland. Now that her boys are nearly grown, R.T. spends much of her time on the road traveling from one sporting event to another serving as mom and cheerleader. She works to assist the several non-profit organizations that have supported her books and promote the work they do for those who cannot help themselves.

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Angela Adams said...

Cool book title. Best wishes with your release, R.T.

RT Wolfe said...

Thank you for having me, lovely ladies!

HiDee said...

I think it's neat that you have a cause in all your books. Clever and informative, all in one! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with the Island Escape series! Thansk for being with us!