Interview With Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

Fish & Chips, book 3 in the series which started with Cut & Run in 2008 and continued with Sticks & Stones last January, will be released on December 6. This newest adventure starring Ty Grady and Zane Garrett takes place on a cruise ship and here’s the blurb:

Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they’re assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring—an out-and-proud married couple—on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean. As their boss says, surely they’d rather kiss each other than be shot at, and he has no idea how right he is.

Portraying the wealthy criminals requires a particular change in attitude from Ty and Zane while dealing with the frustrating waiting game that is their assignment. As it begins to affect how they treat each other in private, they realize there’s more to being partners than watching each other’s backs, and when the case takes an unexpected turn and threatens Ty’s life, he and Zane will have to navigate seas of white lies and stormy secrets, including some of their own.

I’ll be interviewing Madeleine and Abigail on December 1st to celebrate the launch of Fish & Chips. If you have any questions for them please leave a comment on this post by Monday November 8.

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For those of you who want more, here’s a link to two excerpts to  Fish and Chips


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I’m excited for Fish & Chips, and counting down the days. I love the character’s & their adventures,Ty and Zane make a great pair. Like Sunshine I find myself curious about Zane and his background, he’s obviously very intelligent, and in his 40’s has apparently been successful in the FBI. Although the mystery is part of Zanes complexity–maybe I really wouldn’t want everything revealed. I’d also like to know what prompted Dick Burns to pair the 2 together? There must be enough similarities in their experiences that he thought he’d work well together. Great books, Hope to see even more… Read more »

Will we ever find out why Zane is so alienated from his family (he hinted his mom hates him?) and why he didn’t turn to them when he was having addiction trouble?

Also, I find Zanes character really hard to pin down. Is that on purpose? He started out as very moody in book 1 but seemed almost solid (dependable) in book2. He is sometimes emotionally very mature and sometimes like a scared rabbit. Sometimes he seems like a very dull and secure guy and next time he is a daredevil?


Is there going to be a sequel to The Archer? Because that ending was so abrupt! Loved it though; it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

I just wanted to say that you guys are the best writing duo ever.

How does your writing process work? Is one of you better at writing certain things than the other?

What are some possible story ideas floating in your head(s) right now?

Can’t wait for Fish & Chips!


I second- or third- the chorus of voices who love Caught Running. While I would enjoy reading more about Brandon and Jake (do they end up in California, does Jake kick his pain med habit, and how does he deal with his pain after that?), I would like to know more about Troy. Jake makes a joke about Troy being a “closet queer.” Troy seems to really care about Jake and I wonder just how deep those feelings run. Is Troy gay? Is there a possibility of a story featuring Troy?

Finally, thank you for wonderful stories!


I would like to know what they like to read. I also hope for the sequel to Caught Running. There seems to be so much demand.


Such good questions! I really can’t think of any, so I’ll add my voice to the chorus of those wishing for a sequel to Caught Running. And of Fish & Chips finally being published, all I can say is, “It’s about bloody time!” Thanks for creating such engaging and memorable characters, ladies!

Ann beat me to the Duece question, and if we will be seeing more of him in future books. I certainly hope to see more Duece!! He’s as funny as Ty. Is Duece gay? My other question is about continuing the series. Madeleine has mentioned on her site that you two would love to do several more books on Ty and Zane. It looks like you are taking them out of their comfort zone in book 3. Is this your way of keeping the storyline fresh and exciting? Taking them in so many different directions to keep us fans wishing… Read more »

Ty’s brother Duece was a fun addition to Sticks & Stones will he have a re-occuring role in future books?
When you start a story do you generally have an idea of the outcome of the story?
Do you let the story evolve as you write it or do you try and stick to a defined outline?
Will we meet Zane’s family?
Is there any chance for a sequel to Caught Running?
Thank you.


Oh, and also wonder why Zane and Ty are always stuck working undercover? They’ve got some impressive credentials; Both are bilingual, Zane is supposedly very strong with numbers and logic (not that we’ve seen much of it), Ty can do profiling, both have experience from working undercover in different environments and organisations, Zane must also know a bit about computers. I wonder why their employer don’t use these talents better and maybe put them on more investigating assignements?

I wonder why Zane and his wife never had any children? If I remember correctly they married when Zane was 27 and were married for 10 years before she died. They must have been financially secure for at least the latter part of their marriage and they seem to have been really close. I also wonder what made Zane decide to become an FBI agent? He was apparently not physically strong but excelled in academics and it seems like a weird choice to make unless it was something he really wanted. And if so, why did he want that so… Read more »

Their characters are such wonderfully realistic men. To what do they attribute their ability to get inside the male psyche?


If you could pick any actor to play Ty and Zane who would you choose.


I’d like to know more about Zane’s backstory. We know he was married and very much in love with his wife, but was he always bisexual? Since he’s the more angsty personality of the pair, did he ever have issues with his attraction to men as well as women? I love these guys and their story, so thank you, Abigail and Madeleine, for writing such absorbing characters that readers like myself can’t help getting invested in.


I’m curious how their writing process goes– one person writes one character and the other, the other? One does dialogue, the other description? One rough draft, one polishes?

How do they get the ideas for their characters? Is it something that just comes (i.e. he’s going to be this type of person and look like this…) or is it more methodical? Also, and this is more of a big wish than a question, but will there ever be a sequel to “Caught Running”? As much as I adore the “Cut & Run” series (and I most definitely do — the two books are in my top five m/m favorites), “Caught Running” will always be my favorite m/m title. So I’d love another glimpse into the lives of Jake… Read more »
Diane S.

Will there be more Ty & Zane books? (Please say Yes!)

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