Riverbend K-9s Book 1
When materials engineer Zoey Butler lands her dream job at Future State Energy, she believes her research in renewable energy will make headlines. Unfortunately for her, she’s right. Zoey is working on her latest experiment when FBI Special Agent Alexis Thompson and her K-9 partner, Waffle, raid Future State and arrest the head of the development for fraud. Zoey helps the FBI find answers in the aftermath, but she soon finds herself jobless and unemployable. Desperate and out of options, she reaches out to Alexis, the one person who knows Zoey was duped like everyone else.
Liam Graham is an FBI special agent and instructor at Riverbend K-9 Academy. When Alexis brings in a new recruit with an unusual background, Liam pairs her up with Tasha, a dog in need of a handler to stay in their competitive program. Zoey is thrilled to put her past behind her and give the mischievous rescue dog her own second chance. However, shortly after she arrives, the FBI realizes the Future State case is far from closed. And Zoey may be the key to solving it.
Zoey offers to go back to Future State to help the FBI end things once and for all. Only this time, she’ll have Liam and Tasha for backup. But, the problems at Future State are more explosive than any of them suspect.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
Wherever I can and whenever I can find the time! I look forward to the time I spend writing, but I often have to fit it into the margins, if you’ll forgive the pun. I’ve written on the couch, on airplanes, in the car (when I’m a passenger), on the notes app on my phone, you name it.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I always go through my final draft before sending for line edits on a printed copy with different colored highlighters for different types of information to make sure I don’t repeat or contradict myself. I can’t send the book out for edits before I do this (usually with a large cup of coffee in hand).
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I love Lipton stress therapy tea any time in the evening, a glass of wine sometimes when I am drafting, and coffee for editing!
– What is your favourite book?
This is like picking a favorite dessert! For feel-good inspiration, The Alchemist; For lovely, well-written escapism, anything by Julia Quinn; a good page-turner, Michael Crichton; a bite-sized mystery, my giant volume of short Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Always! I generally mash-up genres a bit with cozy mysteries, thrillers, and sweet romance, which gives me a lot of room to be flexible. In the near future, I’ll be writing more in the Riverbend K-9 series, but I’ve always got a few extra genre irons in the metaphorical fire. I’d love to write fantasy but I just don’t have a story that is quite there yet.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
No way – I don’t need that kind of drama in my life! I may take a characteristic or two or even a sentence I’ve heard and use that as a jumping-off point for character development. Now, for the dogs, that’s a whole different story. Waffle bears a striking resemblance to my giant, red Labrador retriever and Tasha is an awful lot like a dog I had growing up. But, as long as I give Waffle’s lookalike kibble, she doesn’t really mind if I use her for inspiration.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I use the notes app on my phone ALL the time. It syncs to my laptop so I have my notes wherever I go. A very modern take on a notebook addiction!
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Horror. I don’t have the stomach for it. There are amazing horror writers I just can’t read because my overactive imagination gets just a little too much fuel.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
E.M. Storm-Smith and I have definitely talked about it. She writes Pride and Prejudice variations and if we ever find the right story to tell, I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather work with. Wildly talented, incredibly kind, and tough as nails. And her debut novel, Reputation (An Easy Thing to Lose), is coming out in January (shameless plug!).
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Hiking in New Zealand, for sure. It’s been on my bucket list for ages but it’s a huge trip, so I would find something to write about if it meant I could go!
Thank you, K.T. Lee and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
K.T. Lee is a writer, mom, and engineer who grew up on a steady diet of books from a wide variety of genres. She’s the author of multiple books, including those in the Riverbend K-9 Series and The Calculated Series.