Crash & Burn Interview with Abigail Roux #Interview


Hello and thank you for joining me as I bid a fond farewell to Ty and Zane on the Crash & Burn virtual tour! For the next five days, join me on my virtual stops to help me say goodbye to the Cut & Run series with cut scenes, playlists, behind the scenes looks at the process of writing this last book, and a peek at the original plan for the series and the twists and turns it took on its journey to the end.

Did I mention the prizes? I have incredible prizes for two winners; a go-bag put together by one B. Tyler Grady. Each bag has over $370 worth of goodies in it. For more detail on the contents, you can click the link at the end of this post! Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of these bags. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on April 4, and winners will be announced on April 6th. Contest is valid worldwide.

 Sophia Rose interviewing Abigail Roux

Hi Abigail! Come on in, kick your shoes off, curl up under that throw blanket, and sit a spell as we watch the snow and sleet fall for the opening days of spring in Michigan. No worries, it will probably be shorts and flip-flops weather tomorrow (I refer again to the fact that it’s spring in the Mitten State). I always pity our baseball team and their visiting opponents trying to play a ball game in this stuff. Do you follow any sports?

But how rude of me, may I offer you some refreshments? Maybe something to drink before we dive into our interview (Fair warning, I make lousy coffee)?

Eh, I don’t like coffee anyway! I do follow sports, pretty fanatically. I’m a huge football fan. The Carolina Panthers are my hometown team. And I likely know more about baseball than one person needs to. I’ve been a fan of the Atlanta Braves since I was little. I used to sit up at night with my grandfather, and he taught me everything he knew. I went on to play, and then coach softball for about 5 years. I also played volleyball in the Junior Olympics, toured across several countries in Europe on a team. We played in the World Youth Games that year, and that’s where I tore my shoulder to shreds. I hung on until my early twenties, but then I had to give it up. I was coaching until the injuries made me stop. I guess it’s a good thing I had writing to fall back on.

Thank you for visiting Delighted Reader blog for the occasion of releasing your final Cut and Run series book into the Wild. It is exciting and momentous as you’ve been with this pair of heroes a long time. I imagine- like any relationship- there has been some good and some ugly moments while spending all this time with such a volatile pair of heroes.

While I am a long time fan since you and Madeleine were teaming up and then later, when you successfully went solo, many of our readers aren’t familiar with Ty and Zane’s (or is it Zane and Ty? I suppose it depends on which guy is doing the talking) stories. How would you briefly describe this series to hook new readers?

I’m not sure this is possible for me. I guess . . . FBI agents fall in love and hate it.

And beyond that, what about the characters themselves? What are some descriptive words of what your two heroes are like? I remember that first unforgettable scene setting the tone for what was to follow with these two ‘I don’t play well with others’ types so its perfectly cricket to be brutally honest. Haha!

Ty? Crazy. Brazen. Loyal.

Zane? Pedantic. Intelligent. So freaking done with his partner.

Describing those two was a daunting task. We started with the tough questions and hopefully they’ll get easier. Hopefully.

I have found so many moments in this series riveting for various reasons whether it was to practically pee my pants laughing (usually at Ty), biting my nails with fear over their dangerous escapades, or gulping back emotion when these guys tie me in knots over their relationship. I am curious what scenes you, as the author, found to be momentous. Would you share a couple of pivotal moments in the series that really stuck out for you?

Alrighty, but first I need to put a pig ol’ SOILER ALERT on this answer. I think that first scene in the bathroom in Cut & Run is pretty pivotal. In Sticks & Stones when Ty realizes he’s in love, and then in Fish & Chips when he confesses to Zane that he loves him. Of course, in Divide & Conquer Zane finally comes to terms with his own feelings, Ty comes clean to Sidewinder, and then when Ty bails on him and runs. Armed & Dangerous was pivotal not only as the turning point for Ty and Zane’s relationship, but also with Nick stepping up as Ty’s friend. Stars & Stripes gave us the absolutely necessary information that Ty is terrified of moths, and in then Touch & Geaux Ty finally gives the reader, and Zane, and idea of the truth behind what’s been going on. I think the scene in T&G when he tells Zane he was meant to be watching Zane all this time was perhaps the biggest moment in the series.

What sort of emotions can we expect to feel from this latest book? Got a fun scene you can share about?

I think emotions are going to be all over the board. I know writing it, my main emotion was mourning a lot of the time. Every sentence, it seems like there was a goodbye. This is the last time we’ll see Ty and Zane annoying each other with puns. This is the last time we’ll see Ty doing something that should kill him. This is the last time we’ll see this or that character, it was heartbreaking. But there was also a lot of excitement and joy. This has been a long road, and no matter how enjoyable the road is, it’s always nice to reach the end.

And I have another curiosity question. Who is your favorite secondary character? Was it Ty’s grandpa wielding his deadly shovel? Haha!

Chester Grady is based on my great-grandmother, who sat on her front porch with a shotgun. He’s definitely got a special place in my heart.

This has been a fantastic series to read and I have also enjoyed the spin-off series with Ty’s battle buddies on his Force Recon team. What can readers expect next? More of the guys of Sidewinder or are you tackling something altogether different? Or do you plan a break to maybe go lie on a beach somewhere?

Oh, I take breaks all the time because I’m incredibly lazy. But the next book I’m working on is Sidewinder 3, titled Part & Parcel. It was supposed to come out last year, but my spine surgery and subsequent issues during recovery had a huge impact on my release schedule. It got pushed back, and because of that, the plot has changed a little. After reading Crash & Burn, you can imagine how different the book will be coming after instead of before. That one’s due out this winter from Riptide. I’ve got several books that were half finished when I went down for the count, including a sweet romance about neighbors who hate each other at Christmas, and the sequel to my western, According to Hoyle. I’m also working, very slowly, on a project with Sam McAuley that has us super excited, but I’m not sure when it will come to fruition simply because it’s more for fun than anything else. I’ve got a lot of writing to catch up on since the last year of being out of commission.

Anyhoots! We appreciate you stopping by today to chat about your book, Abigail, and the Cut and Run series. Looking forward to diving into Ty and Zane’s last book. Let me go grab your 20 lbs of outdoor wear and do take this bag of sweets for the road.

Thank you for having me!

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It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.

There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.

Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. What a great interview, and it’s fun to meet an author who enjoys football AND baseball! Hope all is well since the surgery, and glad you’re back writing and doing what you love! Hugs…

  2. Great interview! It is good to know there is more on the way on Sidewinder… Although I hope we get glimpses on Ty and Zane now and then. I do love these boys… They were my first M/M couple!

  3. Great interview! And who doesn’t love Chester! His scene in Crash & Burn had be laughing… maybe I shouldn’t have been. lol

  4. Great interview!!! I’m so excited for the Sidewinder books that I think I’m going to cry!
    Crash & Burn was amazing!!! <3

  5. Wonderful interview. I teared up a little at the whole goodbye in ever sentence thing, while laughing at Ty doing things that should kill him. More lives than a cat. 😉 I’m super excited for the upcoming Sidewinder book and can’t wait to read more of what you’re writing.

  6. I’m seriously going to miss this series. It’s tearing me up inside that it’s over.

  7. Great interview! I can’t wait for the third Sidewinder book (and all the other works-in-progress)!

  8. So many pivotal moments, although the little sweet or funny moments will stick with me just as much. Thanks to Abi for an amazing ride.

  9. Crash & Burn was a very fitting and amazing end to Ty & Zane’s story arc. While I will mourn this series, I am also filled with anticipation for what happens with Nick & Kelly next!!

  10. it’s definitely hard saying goodbye to Ty and Zane. I hope they pop up from time to time and let us know how they’re doing. 🙂

  11. Great interview! I’m really looking forward to Part & Parcel in the aftermath of everything that happened for Nick and Kelly in Crash & Burn.

  12. “FBi agents fall in love and hate it” is the best description ever! This series is amazing!

  13. Thank you Abi for a great interview, it’s always interesting to hear the author’s side of things. Will miss your boys so much!

  14. And I was just brought to tears again with this interview in my school library…yay me! Time to go find My dignity again…

  15. I loved the way you described Ty and Zane. It’s absolutely perfect. I’m going to miss them so much but at least I can revisit them whenever I want to.

  16. That answers one question I had–continuing Kelly & Nick’s story. So happy to hear there will be more.

  17. Crash and Burn was an amazing roller coaster of emotions. Thank you so much, Abi, for these wonderful little insights into the guys and into yourself as well.

  18. Love the interview! Abigail is awesome!! (P.S.- Excited to hear that there will be a sequel to According to Hoyle!) ♥

  19. Being able to have your readers both on the edge of our seats with anticipation and dread for a book takes great talent and Abi has it in spades!

  20. Great interview! It’s nice to hear about the author who created the characters we love. Also, I’m very excited to hear about all these new books already planned.

  21. Ty is right to be scared of moths!

    See, C&B is the last book in the series, but… maybe I’m not as sad as I thought I would be because the story had such an amazing ending, and the whole journey is still there to be enjoyed? I can go back any time I want and enjoy those moments over and over again. Or maybe I’m still in shock/denial. Probably the shock and denial…

    Why didn’t I know Abi didn’t like coffee? Why do I like this fact? I actually liked Nick all the more when I found out that he too dislikes the drink too.

  22. Ha! Chester is one of my all-time favorite characters in any series! I’m already rereading C&B again, because I just can’t let go yet. I’m so glad there’ll be more from Sidewinder, though! Thank you, Abi!

  23. What a bittersweet end. It may be denial, but i’m still kinda hoping for a big ol gotcha from Abi that it ain’t over yet.

  24. Every line did feel like a goodbye. I did my best to put off reading this book, but as soon as I got the notification from Riptide that it was available for download I POUNCED. Thanks so much for the insights and characters Ms. Roux! And thanks for hosting this author chat, Delighted Reader 🙂

  25. The weird thing is that when I read the books they’re funny with threir brief serious issues (OK, not in the last few books, but still), but when I try to wrap my mind around all the events that brought our guys to this end….. it’s incredibly depressing. After finishin one of the books I always went back to reread the highlights of the previous ones, but now…. God, Abi is the MASTER of foreshadowing!

    What I’m really trying to say is – it’s only now starting to sink in that this journey is truly over and how much I’m going to miss them.

  26. This is such a wonderful series and I hate to see it end, but Abi, what you did was amazing! Kudos to such a perfect ending! Thank you!

  27. “Mourning” is a good way to describe it. Every line did feel like a goodbye, but it was the best goodbye I could have ever hoped for. I absolutely loved this book.

  28. God I love knowing the ins and outs… makes it all the more exciting when I reread these books in the future.

  29. Foreshadowing, indeed! Now I need to re-read the books knowing what’s REALLY happeing! Thank you, Abi for creating a wonderful series!

  30. I love this series so much, these books kept me company through a very rough summer and fall. I am sad to see them end but I am very happy that ty and zane got their happy ending

  31. I’ve loved this series since I read the first book. I’ll be sad to see it go. I’ll keep reading the Sidewinder books as long as they keep coming. Great interview.

  32. Thanks for the great interview. I loved so many of the answers in this. “FBI agents fall in love and hate it.” Is a perfect summary. Just perfect.

  33. I really enjoy getting insight into the C&R ‘verse from Abi’s perspective–thanks for that!

  34. I love when Abi talks about the books and the characters. It is great insight into how she feels about these amazing characters she has created. Loved C&B and thought it was a fitting ending to the Ty&Zane story.

  35. I always enjoy the extra insights into the C&R world! I love this series and this is a lovely added bonus!

  36. Great interview!! I agree with some of those pivotal moments in the books. Each of them were great. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

  37. I’m glad Chester Grady was mentioned in this interview. I love it when secondary characters get a moment of total righteous satisfaction! Can someone print me a shirt that says: Chester Grady with the words Beast Mode in large red friendly letters across the top. Thank you.

  38. I love this series and reread it regularly. I’m glad to know we have more Sidewinder stories coming.

  39. It’s 5 am in Austria and I just finished the book. Loved it but I am still kinda sad to say goodbye. Great work Abi!

  40. Great interview! I love seeing the author talk so fondly (not so fondly) about her characters and descriptions for the characters and series =)

  41. I love reading author interviews! It’s always a great little bit of insight and this one is no different. <3

  42. “Stars & Stripes gave us the absolutely necessary information that Ty is terrified of moths…”

    Yep, that about sums it up in a nutshell! (But seriously, S&S is my favorite of the books because a) it’s set in Texas, and b) I feel like we learn SO MUCH about Zane!)

    Can’t wait for the next Sidewinder book, hopefully it’s more sexy hot Nick and Kelly on adventures 😀

  43. Can’t wait to see what Abi comes up with next. But I’m still going to miss my Ty and Zane fixes.

  44. I’m going to miss Ty and Zane so much. Looking forward to more Nick and Kelly, but Ty and Zane will always have a special place in my heart.

  45. Love the quick summary. And Sidewinder #3…can’t wait.

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  46. I just wanna say, I absolutely love Chester Grady. He’s one of the funniest characters, and he’s a total bad ass. Also, I can wait to read Part & Parcel, I love reading more about Nick and Kelly.

  47. I love Ty and Zane, and it’s so hard to say goodbye to them, but thank you for such a wonderful ride! I hope they will make some cameo appearances in Sidewinder books?

  48. Loved Crash & Burn. Sad to know it is the last in the series. Ty & Zane will always be close to my heart.

  49. This was such a great blog. It truly makes me feel like i got a bit more info into Ty and Zane. Loved ItQQ

  50. Great interview! I loved seeing which pivotal points Abi chose and what’s coming up next (yay! more Sidewinders!).

  51. This series is what led to my love of m/m literature. They always say all good things come to an end, but this is one end I’m going to hate.

  52. “Stars & Stripes gave us the absolutely necessary information that Ty is terrified of moths”
    This was vital information that was very important to me! That might be why that was my second favourite book of the series.
    I can’t wait for Sidewinder 3 though!

  53. This book was absolutely amazing. The whole series is absolutely amazing. I will miss Ty and Zane dearly…! So glad that another Sidewinder book is coming out though!

  54. Finishing Crash & Burn will make me so sad, I love Ty and Zane and all the other sidewinders, look forward to reading more Sidewinders.

  55. I miss Ty and Zane already, but I can’t wait to read the rest of the Sidewinder series!

  56. It kind of breaks my heart to even think about saying goodbye to these two. And I just won’t! Can’t really… I hope we can see them again in some of the Sidewinder books or somewhere.
    These books, stories and especially the characters are great and taught me a lot over the years.
    I think we all owe Abi a big thank you for bringing Ty and Zane into our lives, so…Thank you Abi!!!

  57. Thanks for the interview! I’m hopeful that we will indeed see Ty & Zane make an appearance (or twelve) in future “secondary” character books, whether it be Sidewinder or Liam Bell or Julian & Cam. They are all part of the same story and I’ll keep reading & re-reading because I LOVE them ALL!!

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