Without giving away any more I will encourage you to pick up this book--if you like good thrillers you will like Adrenaline and The Last Minute--and proceed to the interview.
Would you mind setting the stage for The Last Minute is a direct sequel to Adrenaline, the first book in the Sam Capra series. In it, former CIA agent Sam Capra is trying to find his infant son, hunting the international criminal network that has kidnapped his baby. He's told he can have his son back as long as he commits an impossible murder: finding and killing the one person who has the evidence to destroy the bad guys.
How did the ideas for this new book come about?
Since The Last Minute directly follows Adrenaline, many of the ideas for it (but not all) came from thinking about the first book. One that wasn't, though, is that I take a very minor unnamed character from Adrenaline who only appears in one scene and make him a major character in The Last Minute. That was an unexpected idea, and since it wasn't planned when I wrote Adrenaline, it was a fun challenge.
Was it hard picking a plot line that kept up the frenetic energy and, well, adrenaline of your last book, Adrenaline?
No, not at all. A parent searching for their child is a very emotional and propulsive plot, inherently. I am glad readers seem to find the book frenetic, but all that energy is wasted if there is no emotional investment in Sam and his search for his son. So I can't just think about the action, the muscles, I have to think about the heart as well.
Do you outline your books extensively before you start or are you one of those writers who writes and then waits to see where things go?
I outline in some detail, but even after the outline is done I often get a new idea that is an improvement, so the outline is a living, breathing thing as well. I also re-outline when I'm two-thirds done, to be sure that there is an emotional payoff from all the plot lines and to be sure the story is as tight as it can be.