James David Jordan has created one of my favourite characters in Taylor Pasbury. Edgy, alone and emotional with the finely honed instincts of a well trained former secret service agent, Taylor is unique and has so much more to tell us!
Enjoy this insider's look into what makes Taylor tick!
Brief physical description
Taylor Pasbury is long, lean, beautiful and athletic, with wavy auburn hair. She is twenty-nine years old.
The best representation of Taylor is on my book covers. Think of a more human and less super-heroish Lara Croft.
Strengths and weaknesses
Trained in self-defense and marksmanship by her Special Forces father, Taylor really knows how to take care of herself. She's cool under pressure, and she's the person most of us would like to have standing next to us in a life-threatening crisis. On the other hand, her personal life is a wreck. She lacks self-confidence, she's a binge drinker, and she makes bad choices in men.
Quirk (if any)
Taylor is so sentimental that she cries at the drop of a hat, which is totally out of character with her "tough-gal" exterior. Also, she's not a particularly religious person, which makes her an unusual narrator for a Christian novel.
Your inspiration for the character
I wanted to create an immensely flawed heroine with enough insecurities and quirks that we're drawn to her despite her flaws. I also wanted a generally non-religious person to tell my stories, to bring an outsider's view to the faith issues I raise.
Background to the story
When the top assistant of Taylor's former client is found dead after she's caught embezzling money, it appears to be an obvious suicide. But a few things don't add up, and Taylor investigates. When Taylor's mother, who ran out when Taylor was nine, appears at her doorstep, Taylor's investigation turns into a search for the truth about her own past. It's a search in which her mother quickly becomes entangled. It doesn't end until Taylor returns to the place where her dad sacrificed his life to save her from a brutal crime when she was a teenager. That's where she learns that some sacrifices can never be earned.