I’ve listed a few spoken and unspoken questions about my first novel.
Why not a cyber thriller?
Since my day job is cybersecurity and helping find cyber criminals in
the bits and bytes, most of my friends and family thought a Dan Brown
thriller would be my first novel. While I LOVE
working in cybersecurity -
I wanted to make myself laugh. And I’m writing what I know - southern
culture and silly antics.
Why Fat Assassins? David
and I always have interesting conversations on road trips and the idea
for Fat Assassins (and the rest of the series) spawned from one of these
sugar and caffeine filled roadtrips. If I remember correctly, the
conversation started with a funny bumper sticker I’d purchased.
Fat people are harder to kidnap.
love this bumper sticker because it’s true. I couldn’t imagine someone
trying to shove me in the back of a non-descript van. My size and my
fight are the two reasons I think a kidnapper would find it difficult to
snatch me. So, the discussion evolved into stereotyping and how two fat
people could be great assassins and nobody would suspect them. And the
idea for Fat Assassins was born.
Do I think fat is funny? No. Maybe. Depends. I don’t know. What I do know is that you have to live your life 100%, regardless of size.
Isn’t F-A-T a taboo word?
Um, fat is an adjective. Nothing more, nothing less. And the main
characters are fat according to the BMI, but I think they’re fabulous
and strong. The book is about friendship and adventure. Like Thelma and
Louis, but with curves. And mobsters. Oh, and explosions and southern
charm. If Shasta and Ulysaa were real (spoiler alert, they’re imaginary)
- I would want to hang out with with because they’re fun and a tad
crazy like a lot of my human friends.
I hope I’ve created
heroines that you can cheer for......and ladies I’ll be blogging about
Hodde versus McCallister later.....so get your votes ready!
I want to thank all my wonderful friends and family members who are an
endless supply of support and inspiration (um, any resemblance to
persons living or dead is completely coincidental).