With Dolly Parton as a fan and reviewers comparing her to Janet Evanovich,Christy Tillery French feels great about her 9-year-8-books-and-counting career as a romance novelist. Her latest title, The Bodyguard and the Snitch, hit the shelves last summer and her upcoming title, The Bodyguard and the Bodyguard, is slated for release in 2010. Visit Christy Tillery French’s website at ChristyTilleryFrench.com for contests and more.
Here’s the teaser for The Bodyguard and the Snitch:
Bodyguard Natasha Chamberlain risks more than her life when she guards a defense attorney targeted by the mafia.
Protection specialist Natasha Chamberlain thinks guarding a defense attorney from a disgruntled client should be a fairly normal job, but when she learns he’s been targeted by the mafia, she’s ready to call it quits. However, the attorney holds her to their contract and Natasha finds her own life placed in danger along with her bodyguard cohorts Pit and Bigun.
Natasha’s fiancé Jonce Striker is fit to be tied when he learns this, which only confirms to him the bodyguard field is too dangerous for his love. After Natasha is shot trying to protect her client, Striker delivers the final ultimatum: leave the bodyguard field for good or lose him. Natasha makes her choice but will she live to regret it?
Q: What made you want to become a romance writer?
A: I didn’t start out to be a romance writer, but it seems everything I write is not complete to me without having the romance component. I’ve always loved the relationship tango, the conflicts, the teasers re; will they or won’t they. I like writing action and suspense with a bit of hot romance. With my Bodyguard series, I also mix in humor and zany characters, which makes it fun to write.
Q: What makes your stories unique compared to other romances out there?
A: My Bodyguard series features a young, Southern woman with a chip on her shoulder. She’s committed to protecting those who cannot protect themselves, including animals. She’s a contemporary woman involved in a relationship with a traditional man who is very protective of her and would like nothing better than to see her out of the dangerous career she’s chosen. However, as a bodyguard, she feels she’s found her niche in the world, which leads to heated conflicts between the two of them.
Q: Tell me your favorite “when I was doing research for this novel you wouldn’t believe what I did/what happened” story:
A: My resource while researching Wayne’s Dead, a psychological suspense, was Arthur Bohanan, a forensic scientist and the acclaimed inventor of the method for lifting prints off bodies. He travels the world, assisting with identifying bodies when tragedies strike. Arthur and I were going to lunch one day and he asked me to stop by the police station. He showed me his patented machine and then sat me down in front of a computer terminal and proceeded to show me pictures of mutilated corpses while telling me about his investigation into each one and how the case was solved. I think Arthur was testing me, seeing if he could freak me out. But I managed to get through it without throwing up. Instead I was fascinated by the forensics and the stories he told.
Q: Tell me the story about when you got the call from your editor/agent about that first publishing contract—that’s always so exciting to hear:
A: I remember it was on my dad’s birthday when my agent called to tell me the news. I’d just gotten in from a run to the grocery store, had a bag of groceries in one hand, the phone in the other. When my agent told me, I was so shocked, I dropped the bag. My luck, it had eggs in it! But I didn’t care. I always figured when/if I heard the news, I’d yell, scream, run through the house. Instead, other than dropping the bag, I was frozen mentally and physically. I remember my agent asking if I’d heard what he said.
Q: Tell me about your most fascinating inspiration for a book or story.
A: My dad grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and he tells such wonderful stories about the mountain people. His grandfather was a blacksmith and the marshal of Hot Springs, NC. His daughter Bessie, my great-aunt, was a progressive woman born at least 100 years too early. The stories my dad tells of Bessie and her dad are just too good to let die, so my sister Caitlyn Hunter and I are working on a book entitled Whistling Woman about Bessie and her life growing up in the mountains of NC.
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