A single mom with a precocious daughter; a workaholic man on the way up the ladder of success; an older woman with a poignant secret; and older man who knows that love and relationships are what matter – mix them all together, shake them up, and what do you get? One Perfect Spring!
Irene says that this book was fun to write because she could explore so many different emotional issues that the adoption experience gives people. She has no personal experience with adoption, but it has always intrigued her. Having a story where she could explore the experience from both angles – that of the one who gave her baby up and that of the person adopted was both fascinating and educational.
Irene has always written – although she relates that she inserts in her bio that her career really started with she won an award in a “Complete the Story” contest when she was 10. She has 45 books to her credit, “pure” romance as well as suspense. She told me that one of her most challenging books to write was her first suspense book, Against All Odds, because she had no background in law enforcement and had to do lots and lots of research to ensure her facts and portrayals were accurate. Like most authors who care about the accuracy of what they write, she may have 10 pages of research on an area and use less than 5% – sometimes only a sentence or two is impacted.
Irene and I share a corporate background – both of us rose in the ranks of a large corporation and are very interested in communication and personal relationships. We both worked for people high up in the company – she for the chairman, I for a group Vice President – and learned how important it is to communicate effectively and how that communication can positively or, all too often, negatively impact a company’s image. Irene and I both prayed about whether we should stay or leave our corporate positions and both left when the management team for whom we worked changed. Irene’s answer to prayer was that shift as well as winning a national award for one of her books (she’d kept writing while working) and being offered a three-book contract.
Something you may not know about Irene is that she is very musical and loves to sing. She sings in her church choir as well as in local musical theater. She loves to travel and has done such fascinating things in her travel as riding a camel in Egypt, participating in a monkey dance in Bali, and flying over the glaciers in a float plane in Alaska.
If you’ve not read Irene Hannon’s books, you’ve missed a real treat – be sure and pick up and read One Perfect Spring – you’ll be so glad you did!
I was given a copy of One Perfect Spring by Baker Publishing Group for my unbiased review.