Release date: October 10, 2017
Jess Albion has recently started a new life on the other side of the world with a new identity. She used to be MI5. Then a job went bad, someone died and she was made an example of in the British courts. But MI5 look after their own. Or they did until rumours of a planned Al Qaeda biological terror attack on London started circulating. Now someone in the British security services is giving agents up in return for information. No price, it seems, is too high to save London from the ultimate threat.
When Jess’s fresh start is compromised she has a choice to make: run and hide and spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder or go looking for the threat and snuff it out. On her own, she’d run, but she has Nick on her side.
The Fallen Agent is a story of love and hate, of loyalty and betrayal, of revenge and all that goes with it.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Fallen Angel! I have a character spotlight to share today.
| Who is Jess?
Jess is an ex MI5 officer. She is in her late twenties. She was in the job only a handful of years before finding herself at the centre of a show trial for causing the death of a civilian. She went to prison. Now she is trying to start a new life somewhere far away from all that.
| The Inspiration for Jess’s Character
The Fallen Agent was inspired by that finest of BBC TV dramas: Spooks, in particular Season 3 Episode 6. In Spooks, Zoe, an MI5 officer is convicted in a British court of the unlawful killing of someone unpleasant. She is sentenced to gaol time. I finished watching the episode thinking, now, what if this happened.
| The Creation of Jess Albion
Seeing as Jess is based on the character Zoe from Spooks, played by Keeley Hawes, I could not help but see that person every time I thought of Jess. I found it a help to have a ‘ready made’ character waiting to be manipulated.
| About Jess’s Character
Jess displays many of the character traits one would expect to see in a seasoned spook. She is tough, pragmatic, intelligent, capable, no nonsense, determined and resourceful, for example. But she also retains some humanity. She still cares. She can be affected emotionally by events. She has not become completely hardened to life.
| Does she have any similarities with anyone ‘real’?
About as close to anyone real as Jess gets is Keeley Hawes, or rather the character Zoe she played in Spooks. (Am I beginning to sound obsessed?)
| What do you like most about Jess?
Her strength and dedication. That she looks like Keeley Hawes. (I am obsessed!)
| What do you dislike about your protagonist’s character?
I can’t readily think of anything that I dislike about Keeley Hawes. Sorry, I mean Jess, of course.
| Would you and Jess be friends ‘in real life’?
In real life I fear that Jess (and Keeley Hawes) would both dismiss me as a bit of a dimwit, undeserving of their attention. Sad but true.
| What’s Next?
I am going to write another Jess Albion. But before that I need to pen the fourth installment in the Booker & Cash series.
About the Author:
Crime writing author Oliver Tidy has had a life-long love affair with books. He dreams of one day writing something that he could find in a beautifully-jacketed hard-cover or paperback copy on a shelf in a book shop. He’d even be happy with something taking up space in the remainder bin, on a pavement, in the rain, outside The Works.
He found the time and opportunity to finally indulge his writing ambition after moving abroad to teach English as a foreign language to young learners eight years ago.
Impatient for success and an income that would enable him to stay at home all day in his pyjamas he discovered self-publishing. He gave it go. By and large readers have been kind to him. Very kind. Kind enough that two years ago he was able to give up the day job and write full-time. Mostly in his pyjamas.
Oliver Tidy has fourteen books in three series, a couple of stand-alone novels and a couple of short story collections. All available through Amazon (clickable link to Am Author Page). Among his books are The Romney and Marsh Files (British police procedurals set in Dover) and the Booker & Cash novels, a series of private detective tales set in the south of England and published by Bloodhound Books.
Oliver is back living on Romney Marsh in the UK. His home. He still wakes in the night from time to time shouting about seeing his books on a shelf in Waterstones.
For more on Oliver Tidy and his books, check out his website: https://olivertidy.com/
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