Today I’m thankful for returning thriller authors, and the thriller author I’m thankful for is:
Romily Bernard (Author of Trust Me)
Title: Trust Me
Author: Romily Bernard
Wick Tate’s never heard these words so much in her life. And with all her secrets, who can she really trust?
There’s Milo, her new hacker boyfriend, who’s keeping a dark secret of his own. Griff, the ex who’s always had her best interests at heart but who mostly wants to stay out of Wick’s mess. There’s Looking Glass, an organization that can supposedly offer Wick protection…and a future.
And then there’s her family. They should be easy to trust, right? Not if you’re Wick. Not when “family” means so many different things, including a criminal father who may not stay locked up for long.
Wick is used to relying on herself…and only herself. But she’s going to have to learn to trust someone if she’s going to finally escape her demons…
Description taken from Goodreads.
Favorite Television Hackers and Detectives
One of the most frequent questions I get about the FIND ME series is “why did you use a hacker for a heroine?” This is usually closely followed by “How did someone like you write a techie thriller anyway? I heard you think hamsters power your computer.”
My hons, all I can say is I’m super grateful for Boy Genius. He consults heavily on all of Wick’s antics. You can trust me on life skills like how to hide/burn/destroy bodies and how to put drop-shadows in your PowerPoint presentations, but if you want to access someone’s web cam, Boy Genius is your resource.
My point? I know. I know. You didn’t think I had one, did you? The point is, while I can’t be trusted to necessarily know how to reset my laptop, I’m more than slightly obsessed with computer geeks and hackers. They’re the closest our world is ever going to get to wizards. Computer bad-assery (yes, it’s a word) might even be pretty close to magic since so few of us actually understand it and even fewer of us can actually wield it.
Luckily, we can live through characters that do though and, for fun, I thought I’d include some of my favorite hackers and detectives.
1. Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock in BBC’s SHERLOCK series. He’s such an amazing Sherlock Holmes. The new adaptation is stylish, slick, and I am completely hooked. I also love how when Sherlock goes to his “mind palace” it looks like some sort of gorgeous, techie screen. Wick would be all over a computer system where you just wave your hands to go from file to file. All while wearing the perfect trench coat,
2. Sonja Sohm as Kima Greggs in THE WIRE. This series was a mic drop for me. It’s just so astonishingly good. Kima is my favorite kind of heroine. She’s cold, takes no prisoners, and is really good at her job. But it’s the softer moments, when you see Kima off the job, that make her strength so much more than bad-assery. She chooses to shut down her humanity to get the job done. She knows what she’s doing and the cost it’s going to take on her. It’s truly heroic.
3. Lisbeth Salander from THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. You had to be expecting this one, right? Lisbeth is violent, does not play well with others, and is one of the most honorable characters you’ll meet in Stieg Larrson’s universe. Don’t believe me? Take a closer look. Lisbeth only goes after people who have wronged her and, frequently, these people are far, far worse than she ever was. It’s a chilling code. You do not want to mess with this girl.
4. Chloe O’Brien from 24. She’s a computer science whiz and, though she rarely gets out of the office, she can still wield weapons when needed. I love her loyalty even though, sometimes, it comes at a very high personal price. She believes in people even when they don’t believe in her.
5. Rachel Gibson from ALIAS. Like Lisbeth, Rachel is no stranger to violence. She was recruited into an organization she thought was a black ops CIA branch. It wasn’t. And her life was never the same again. I love how she didn’t know if she could do the job at hand, but she did it anyway because the thought of not trying, not knowing if she had what it took was way worse than failure.
I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.
So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.
Thanks so much to Romily for appearing on TSW, and for writing AMAZING books. I can’t wait to read TRUST ME <3_<3. In the meantime, find Leila at her website, Twitter and Facebook for all things FIND ME related and comment below with if you’re team Griff or team Milo! Tomorrow’s author is Kristen Simmons.