Camy here! I will admit to loving certain television shows, although I’ve been trying to limit my TV consumption.
Among my favorite series right now are Nikita (the newly remade series) and Covert Affairs, and one of my all-time favorite series was Alias, all three of which star kick-butt heroines.
What’s more, when I came up with the idea for my December release, Protection for Hire, I had just come off of a marathon of watching the original Nikita series (starring Peta Wilson) on DVD, thanks to Netflix, AND watching the Dark Angel series (starring Jessica Alba) on DVD, which I had bought. Both series star yet more kick-butt heroines, so I was feeling a bit feisty, to say the least.
I think that’s what influenced me the most when I was coming up with my heroine, Tessa. Her uncle is the head of the San Francisco Japanese mafia, and while she wasn’t “officially” mafia, she did “odd jobs” for him. She could take care of herself, to say the least, much like Nikita and Max (from Dark Angel). (And can you see the influence of The Sopranos, too?)
Then Tessa went to prison–for a crime she didn’t commit–and she found Jesus in jail. When Protection for Hire opens, Tessa has gotten out of prison and is trying to convince her mafia boss uncle that no, she really doesn’t want to continue breaking people’s kneecaps for him.
Except no one wants to hire an ex-convict, much less the niece of a mafia boss, and so in order to be able to move out of her (psycho) mother’s house, she agrees to work as a bodyguard for a Southern belle heiress whose husband just happens to be trying to kill her. The problem is that the heiress’s lawyer is Charles Britton, who had been instrumental in putting Tessa away for maximum time behind bars.
Can you see the sparks flying yet???
When I was telling my husband about my story idea for Protection for Hire, he gave me a dry look and said, “Why don’t you name her ‘Nikita Max Annie Sydney Bristow’?” (For those of you who don’t know, those are the heroines of Nikita, Dark Angel, Covert Affairs, and Alias in order. My husband thinks he is just sooooooo clever.)
So alas, television has not only rotted my brain, it influenced my next story heroine’s character.
Protection for Hire releases December 1st (officially). I hope you all enjoy it!
Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is the first book in her new series, Protection for Hire, which is a cross between Stephanie Plum and The Joy Luck Club. She is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders frivolous things like knitting, running, dogs, and Asiana. Visit her website to sign up for her quarterly newsletter.
Click here to find out how you can join my Street Team—it’s free and there’s lots of chances to win prizes!