The Story Behind the Story.
Justice at Dawn is the third novel in the Stolen Lives Trilogy. An International Retrieval Organization (IRO) agent in the first novel, Weep in the Night, is highlighted in the second, and an agent in Day of Reckoning is highlighted in the third. I always knew I wanted to tell Cooper’s story after his brief appearance in the second novel. How did he get his scar? Why was he one-track minded in his work? Why was he single?
It is always exciting to create a backstory for a character. To uncover his fears, his shattered dreams, his greatest desire for the future, and discover how those events shaped his personality and his present life.
Of course I had to create a heroine worthy of Cooper’s attention. I hope I don’t offend any authors when I say this, but in my opinion, there are enough novels where the heroine is petite, helpless, always concerned about her perfect makeup. So…my heroine in Justice at Dawn is anything but petite or helpless, and she has a unique backstory. Now, don’t get me wrong, KC is vulnerable and has issues from her past she has to overcome, too, but she is the perfect foil for Cooper.
Justice at Dawn by Valerie Massey Goree