What inspired Fighting Chance?
I always wanted to write a small town romance, but I knew that with my fondness for fast-paced plots, I would need to be creative about it. If many writers find their inspiration in music, I find my inspiration in movies or TV series. It is a well-known fact that I’ve based the pacing of my first few books on the series 24. I love movies with good characterization and great dialogue that would keep me engaged. This always made me strive to be a better author by never rushing the plot and making sure it is always moving forward, giving my characters interesting character arcs, and eliminating frivolous dialogue that would put a reader to sleep.
There are two movies that served as an inspiration for “Fighting Chance.” Although their storylines are very different from my book, they planted the seed for a story I wanted to write. These movies are “Red”—the movie with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, and the Chinese film, “Kung Fu Hustle.”
Actually, Dame Helen Mirren inspired one of my favorite secondary characters in this book. The series “Justified” also encouraged me to look into character relationships and how to make them richer. That series also had one of the best-written dialogues on TV. I also do a lot of research on websites maintained by ex-military or anonymous active-duty personnel. These are news and alternative point-of-views you don’t really read in mainstream media. It was on one of these sites that I found scientific data to support one of the main plot points of this book. ☺