Meet the Squad

How we found each other…

The Suspense Squad came to be when our agent put us together as a group or writers to help each other brainstorm and critique our work. The group decided to call ourselves the Suspense Squad since we are suspense writers and love all things suspense! We are truly blessed to know and write together.

Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense with Love Inspired Suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring Gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.

Dana R. Lynn grew up in Illinois. She met her husband at a wedding and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. She believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. Her books have been on the Publishers Weekly Best Sellers lists. She has been a Holt Medallion finalist, a Selah finalist, and a New England Readers Choice finalist and Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website

Darlene L. Turner’s love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. Darlene won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense twice and an ACFW Genesis award. She’s represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. Her debut book, Border Breach, was released in April, 2020 with Love Inspired Suspense. Darlene met her husband Jeff at the turtle races in Ontario, Canada. She loves flavored coffee and plaid shirts. You can connect with Darlene at where there’s suspense beyond borders.

Shannon Redmon remembers the first grown-up book she checked out from the neighborhood bookmobile. A Victoria Holt novel with romance, intrigue, dashing gentlemen and ballroom parties captivated her attention. Those stories whipped up a desire and passion for writing. Shannon hopes her stories will immerse readers into that same kind of escape while encouraging faith, hope, and love.

Shannon’s debut novel, Cave of Secrets, will be released in October 2020 by Love Inspired Suspense. Her writing has been published in Splickety and Spark Magazine, The Horse of My Dreams compilation book. She is a regular contributor for the Seriously Write blog and won first place in the Foundation Awards. Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency is her literary agent.  

Sami Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn’t until her 30’s that she found authors that captured her attention. Now, most evenings you can find her engrossed in a Romantic Suspense. In her opinion, a crime and a little romance is the recipe for a great story.

Sami has finaled 15 times in writing contests, including receiving first place in American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis Contest in 2019 and Faith Hope and Love’s Touched By Love Awards in 2018. She lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list. 

Loretta writes Romantic Suspense from her small, cozy home in North Mississippi. Her writing journey began with freelance articles in denominational Sunday School curriculum and shifted to published short-stories in multiple Anthologies. The desire to write fiction pushed her to participate in a four-year online writing course by Jerry Jenkins. Upon completing the course, she began pursuing my dream of writing romantic suspense and attending writers conferences. She loves God, family, friends, and all her social media followers. Her thrill of adventure comes from marrying a Memphis Police officer, Kenneth Eidson, raising three sons and one daughter.

Award-winning author Hope Welborn writes spine-tingling suspense, sprinkled with romance, and saturated with faith. By day, she masquerades as a digital content marketing technology specialist, and by night, she stays up too late putting words on the page. Hope is co-owner and technology manager for Spark Flash Fiction and a member of the Suspense Squad. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

Multi award winning writer, Patty Nicholas-Boyte lives with her Husband Brian in the mountains of North Carolina. She is a busy event planner for the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, and is a member of the Blue Ridge Writers Group. She is a mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of three. Patty and Brian lead a singles life group at Brookstone Church in Weaverville, NC.She writes Bible studies and devotionals as well as contemporary romance. She is a regular contributor to the Cove Blog and to the Seriously Write Blog Devotions are published in compilations by Lighthouse Bible Studies.