Hi, I’m Tally Francis, the main female lead in No Remorse. I’d like to tell you a little about myself.
I’m probably more comfortable with computers than people, and in some areas I’m a little obsessive compulsive. My friends are mostly work buddies, because I’m employed in a secret organization known as ASTA––the Agency for Seizure of Terrorist Assets––which is part of the CIA but operates out of Montreal to reduce US Government oversight.
I’ve got an eidetic memory. I found when I was eight I could remember just about anything I read or was told. My dad gave me a book by Isaac Asimov, The Realm of Numbers. I used to read it every day. I realized one day I could recite it, word for word. I could visualize every number, equation, problem solution and pattern. Rubik’s Cube takes me less than a minute. It’s strange, ‘cause I don’t really understand why other people aren’t the same as me. When I was eleven, my high school math teacher, Mr. Eddie, got me into programming. By the time I was fifteen, I was maintaining the school’s website and doing jobs for local businesses—databases, online stores, websites, security… that sort of stuff.
I came from a dairy farm in northern Vermont––my folks sold milk to Ben& Jerry’s. They were killed in 9/11. My sister and brother and I had paid for them to go to the Windows on the World restaurant in the North Tower that morning for breakfast. I still feel terrible guilt for that, because it was my suggestion.
After they died, I went to work for Homeland Security, and later followed a boyfriend to Montreal where I was recruited by ASTA.
I had a nasty experience with an ex-army guy, who beat me up. I ended up having to shoot him in self-defense. That has made me wary of military types like the Lee McCloud character in No Remorse, who I’m ordered to work with. I even had to pretend I’m his wife when we’re in Dubai. That made for an uncomfortable time.
I guess the experience of working with Lee McCloud changed me. I grew to respect his abilities and his determination, perhaps even…ah, but I shouldn’t spoil the story for you here. We certainly had some high stakes conflict along the way, and I suffered some pretty awful experiences with the evil characters in the story, that hopefully I won’t ever have to confront again.
I work in an office, usually, but in No Remorse I get out in the field and show that I can be a pretty strong woman when I need to be. And manipulate situations to my advantage.
I hope you get the chance to share my story in No Remorse.