posted on May 3, 2021 by Katie Delahanty

Keeping Love Real with a Steal, plus a Giveaway!

I’ve known my husband for twenty years and we’ve been married for fourteen. There isn’t much we don’t know about each other, so when we’re out and about or out to dinner (or back in the days when we could be out to dinner!) or waiting for something, we try to figure out how we’d rob the place. Breaking and entering. That’s our schtick. It usually goes something like this:

“Two chef’s jackets, your hair pulled back tight and me with a clipboard… We’re in…”

It was during one of these heist planning sessions that my husband suggested I write (don’t tell him I admitted it was his idea) a book about teenage thieves stealing analog history. He’s great at coming up with ideas and leaving me to do all the work, but I loved the concept.

When I was a teenager, I came to a point where I’d read all my books, so I started burning through the paperbacks on my parents’ bookshelf. I fell in love Sidney Sheldon’s novels, books like If Tomorrow Comes and Master of the Game. I was also a HUGE Christopher Pike fan—Remember Me is still one of my all time faves—and even though I was currently writing romantic women’s fiction about characters in their twenties, I was excited to try my hand at crime fiction for teens (and teens at heart!).

In trying to craft thieves readers could root for, my novel became more dystopian than something Sidney Sheldon or Christopher Pike would write, but those authors were still my inspiration. I imagined the characters Whitney and Jeff from If Tomorrow Comes had a son, and the “Keystone Series” character Garrett was born. I also loved Whitney and Jeff’s “rival thieves with a crush” narrative and I wanted an accomplice for Garrett that was his rival and match in every way, so along came my MC Elisha.

Now, my husband is my accomplice in everything, so I dragged him along on all my research adventures. Together, we cased the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (where I’m originally from) and figured out how we’d break into Warhol’s Time Capsules, which play a big role in Incognito, book 2 in the “Keystone Series” that has just released. We also attended a Spy School taught by a former CIA agent. He taught us how to pick locks, hide a cache, escape handcuffs, and be a human lie detector. The final exam required us to be handcuffed and locked in the trunk of a car and escape.

And we both 100% chickened out.

Maybe we aren’t such great thieves after all. But it sure is fun to pretend.

Do you and your significant other have any tricks to keep things interesting? Or, if you could steal anything, what would you steal? Or what kind of books were your favorite when you were a teenager? Comment below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card!


Katie Delahanty

Katie Delahanty

Katie never knew she was a writer. Her childhood obsessions centered on old movies, costumes, fashion, playing dress up, and books. Lots of books. On her quest to play make believe for a living she decided she wanted to be a fashion designer and after satisfying her practical parents by graduating from UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies she went on to pursue her design dreams with a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. She spent five years helping to design romantic dresses that were sold everywhere from Anthropologie to Nordstrom before the economic downturn led to a career shift and that practical degree came in handy. Now in charge of the ecommerce business for In Bloom Lingerie, she was asked to start the company blog. Not knowing what to say about lingerie but needing to use bridal keywords, she decided to start a fictional serial about how a girl named Olivia Bloom, who worked for In Bloom Lingerie, became engaged. And that is when Katie fell in love with storytelling and the path to make believe became clear. She has not looked back since. Katie lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

9 thoughts on “Keeping Love Real with a Steal, plus a Giveaway!”

  1. Rachel D Flesher says:

    Recently, hubby and I got into 3d resin printing. We are more of a team. He likes printing things out. I started painting them (because according to him he sucks with colors). He buys a monthly subscription to Loot-Studios that has awesome figures to print. He will ask “Hey paint this for me”. He has a thing for orc females. LOL.

    1. Katie Delahanty says:

      Lol! That’s awesome. Love that you compliment each other so well!

  2. bn100 says:

    Dr. Seuss books

    1. Katie Delahanty says:

      I love reading “Oh the Places You’ll Go” to my kids. “Kid, you’ll move mountains.” I believe that!

      1. Katie Delahanty says:

        Hi! You are the winner! If you can email me at with the email address I can send the gift card to, I’ll get it right out to you!

  3. GB says:

    Wow, I would have loved to have been the person eavesdropping on your breaking and entering conversations. My favorite books when I was a teenager were romance, fantasy and suspense. Hmmm…I don’t know what I would steal, I am not attracted to things just because they are beautiful. On the other hand, if it were an item that would bring me an ongoing stream of income with little work on my part…count me in. My husband and I apparently spontaneously indulge in banter. My daughter noticed when she graduated and lived at home for a time and it apparently shocked her. We were not aware of it, but I suppose that has always kept things interesting for us.

    1. Katie Delahanty says:

      I would love to eavesdrop on your banter! How fun. And I second the little work, big income heist.

  4. Amber says:

    Hubs & I are super close, so I asked – a gourmet grocery store robbery cause we LOVE to eat as well.
    Reading, then and now anything makebelieve that let’s me dream 📚

    1. Katie Delahanty says:

      Good call on the gourmet grocery store! And yes, an escape, please!

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