Author Nichole Severn on Sharing a Miniseries
How can four authors write for one miniseries? We had a chance to chat withNichole Severn, author of Midnight Abduction, on what her experience writing for the Tactical Crime Division miniseries was like, and how she worked with Harlequin editors and the other authors to create such an exciting miniseries!
Tactical Crime Division is a miniseries shared between you and three other authors. How did sharing a world with other authors affect your writing style/approach?
To make the Tactical Crime Division world fit the narrative of our readers’ favorite crime shows such as Law and Order, Criminal Minds, Bones, etc, we really wanted to give that experience of the case unfolding with the help of the entire TCD team, so we were asked to write other characters from the series into ours, from their point of view.
Which nearly gave me a heart attack!
When our editor, Denise, first pitched this series idea to us, we were filled with so many questions (because none of us had done this before), but my main concern was including other authors’ character point of views in my book.
Midnight Abduction is the third book in the series so Carla Cassidy and Elizabeth Heiter would already have their manuscripts written and turned in by the time I was set to write the book. I was worried by including the heroes of their books in mine, I’d get something wrong, I wouldn’t do their characters justice or I’d just completely screw it up for all of us. Luckily, we had a lot of communication and access to the whole team to ask questions about each other’s characters in order to get the scenes right.
Working with three other authors and being asked to follow a specific plot from our editors to write one book was definitely a whole new approach I wasn’t familiar with and really, one of the best experiences I’ve had in my career.
Did you do any kind of special research while writing Midnight Abduction?
Small town Tennessee is not my usual jam! Thank goodness for fellow Intrigue authors and readers who live around Knoxville. Oh, and Google Maps. Fun fact: I chose the town of Sevierville to base this story simply for the cool suspense-y name.
How does this miniseries differ from your other Intrigue stories? What are you most excited for readers to discover when they read Tactical Crime Division?
I’d have to say Midnight Abduction is probably one of the most emotional books I’ve written compared to my other Intrigue stories simply because I had to put myself in a position to feel what it would be like to have one of my kids taken from me and obsess about how far I’d go to get them back. That may have also contributed to me writing this book a lot slower than my other Intrigues and going to sleep with my telescoping baton under my pillow.
But really, I’m most excited for readers to discover the “realness” of this series! All of the authors and editors who worked on the Tactical Crime Division had one goal: to take an everyday scenario and make the reader feel as if she was in the hero and heroine’s shoes. Whether you read just one book or the entire series, you’re going to be up all night reading!
About Midnight Abduction:
no case is left cold.
When Benning Reeves’s twins are kidnapped, the frantic father knows who can help: the Tactical Crime Division and Ana Ramirez. Even though Ana once shattered Benning’s heart, the special agent is the only one he can trust. But Ana is still tormented by the unresolved case that brought them together years before—a case somehow entangled with Benning’s children. It’s up to the TCD and Ana to discover why…before it’s too late.