by Vijaya Schartz
When you live in Arizona, like me, stories of the Border Patrol abound in the news. Most of those stories are sad and dramatic, a few are humorous. All of them make me think. You see, born in France, I am a legal green card holder, so I understand what it’s like to go through the red tape of immigration. The topic is controversial.
I’m not afraid of controversy. In my stories, however, I stay away from politics to consider only the human factor, the emotional factor, and emotions run high when the stakes are high.
As I researched my novella on many government sites, inquiring about what kind of weapons the officers carried on border patrol, I realized Big Brother was probably watching me, wondering if I was planning something nefarious. I just wanted to get my facts straight. In the story they are, except that I wrote this in 2008, and a few things have changed since then. Still, smugglers run the border every night with drugs, arms, and people, despite sophisticated surveillance and patrols.But after doing all that research, I asked myself what if... What if one of the girls smuggled from Mexico was about to give birth on Christmas eve? What if a group of terrorists planned an attack on the Palo Verde nuclear facility on Christmas day? What if my Border Patrol agent was a rookie, and a woman? What if her partner was corrupt? What if an FBI agent had infiltrated the smugglers’ ring and a big operation was about to come down on Christmas morning?
All my stories have an international flair, and most of my heroines carry weapons, whether blasters, guns, or swords. This one carries a Beretta and a knife in her boot, and she keeps a Glock in the jeep. Yet, as in life, a story wouldn’t be complete without romance. This one is unlikely at first, but become more believable as we learn more about what’s really happening. Some call it romantic suspense, some call it action romance. I just call it A DESPERADO FOR CHRISTMAS.
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