Guest Post from Author Geoffrey M Gluckman on Inspiration
The inspiration for The Secret Keepers, the sequel to the award-winning spy thriller Deadly Exchange (2007), came slowly. In fact, it was the urging of readers for a sequel that set the creative wheels in motion. Unlike Deadly Exchange, which was writing itself unconsciously for several years before being put to paper, I had no workable ideas for a sequel. Then, after a prolonged stay in Europe in spring of 2008, a story began to emerge along with new and compelling characters. Key to the story was the new character, Katya Drachovna, who is rescued from a sex trafficking operation by Sara and Frank and the rest of Peter Wellington's elite team (carryovers from Deadly Exchange). This sparks the deeper mysteries within the thriller. Another key to The Secret Keepers was the element of cyber warfare, especially as the next terrorist threat. And that is how The Secret Keepers germinated into a novel.