Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Television Characters as Inspiration

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By Jessica E. Subject
While many of my stories involving aliens are ideas that pop into my head, my most recent release, Made For Her, was partially inspired by a science fiction romance television show I used to watch as a teen. No, it’s not the popular Firefly. I was an adult by then. It’s a lesser-known show from 1995 that lasted about as long on television. Space: Above and Beyond takes place in the year 2063, and shows the story of five young recruits in the United States Marine Corps Space Aviator Calvary. They are heading for the front lines in Earth’s first battle with extraterrestrial life.
But that’s not the part that inspired Made For Her. It was one of the characters. Rodney Rowland played Lt. Cooper Hawkes, a human, conceived through in-vitro fertilization, then placed in a tank to develop, rather than a womb. While his squadron called him Coop, others referred to him as “The tank” because of how he came into the world. And, although he is not a clone, it was the torment he experienced that helped to inspire the story of a clone longing for the woman whose late husband donated his genes, and the woman who wants what she can never have.
It didn’t help the fact that I had a huge crush on the character, too. But that’s another story…
Made For Her Blurb:
After terrorists murder the love of her life, Colonel Mikayla Jones trains squadron after squadron of the clones he brought to life, to take to the skies. When she discovers a young clone of her husband in her newest class, her world spins out of control. How can she command the look-a-like when she can’t help but yearn for him to fill an ache in her heart?
Dare was created to be the best. As the first Daniel clone to leave Onatria labs, he needs to prove he is more than just a DNA copy. To do that, he must rely on the wife of the man who donated his genes. But when she refuses to train him, Dare faces discharge and returning to the labs. Can he convince Colonel Jones to finish his training and find a way into her bed? Or will long kept secrets unhinge the entire clone project?
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Colonel Jones eyed each one of her new cadets, examining the neatness of their uniforms, while inspecting for signs of stress or over-anxiousness. She’d never seen the telltale muscle twitches or sweats in any previous clones, only in human-borns, but she had to look for them anyway.
The first generation of clones didn’t live long enough to become cadets. Their hearts gave out within a year after incubation. But the scientists at Onatria had plowed on, utilizing more of Daniel’s research, speeding up the aging process with hormones to create the perfect generation she saw before her.
She’d had female clones in previous squadrons, but the government filled the one in front of her with testosterone-driven masculinity. If she’d been younger, she’d have a hard time concentrating. But her days of crushes and fantasies were long over. She was devoted to serving her country and planet, and nothing else.
That didn’t stop her from going out on the town for a stress-relieving fuck from time to time. But these young men in front of her appeared so virile, sure to last longer than any of her previous sexual partners.
No. As junior officers, and more importantly, as clones, they were off limits.
Inspecting them gave her the opportunity to check out more than their fatigues and tics, but if they knew her thoughts, they’d walk all over her. She’d be done.
They were of varying nationalities, builds, and heights, all fit to serve the planet. None of the cadets revealed any indication he would put the lives of others in jeopardy. This will be an easy squadron, every one of them ready to fly in a matter of weeks.
She reached the last cadet and froze. Her stomach clenched. No, they couldn’t have!
She pivoted on her heel and rushed off the tarmac, leaving the squad without an instructor.
Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from her readers.

Leave a comment telling me your favorite television show from your teenage years for your chance to WIN an ebook copy of one of my backlist titles. Winner will be notified by email January 26, 2013. Good luck!


Barbara Elsborg said...

I used to write fan fiction when I was a teenager so with aroun 150 stories in my notebooks, you can see how much I was inpsired by TV characters. I've just been lucky enough to win one of yours so don't enter me again. Let someone else find out what a great writer you are!!!
If I name a program you're going to guess how old I am...

Susan W. said...

Favorite show from my teenage years? That was so long ago I had to look up what shows were on TV at that time! LOL! Chips, Macgyver, Hawaii 5-0, any show with cops, car chases, explosions. Yep, I watched a lot of TV with my dad and brother! LOL! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jessica E. Subject said...

Hey Barbara! That's one thing I've never written, is fan fiction. Though, I have (obviously) watched TV shows, and thought, What if? Thanks so much!

Jessica E. Subject said...

Hey Susan! Oh, I used to watch Macgyver ALL the time. Quantum Leap is another one I remember from my childhood. Great shows back then! :)

Fierce Dolan said...

Hey, I remember that show!
This sounds awesome! Definitely on my Wishlist.
xo Jessica!

Faith Bicknell said...

The title of the show is familiar, but I don't think I've ever watched it.

Anonymous said...

That show title does ring a bell! I was a fan of Quantum Leap right around that time. No, I think it was on before '95, but still awesome show.

*Firefly FOREVER* Sorry, I know that's not what this blog is about, but I'm a fangirl :)

Best of luck on sales!

Jessica E. Subject said...

Fierce - I'm glad someone remembers it. Space: Above and Beyond is definitely not as popular as Firefly, but I still loved it. Thanks so much! :)

Faith - It was awesome! Military sci-fi with a touch of romance. Had clones, aliens, and artificial intelligence. So cool! :)

Olivia - I was a huge fan of Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap. Though I didn't watch Firefly when it was on. Was at university then, and didn't watch much television. Thank you! :)

Arlene said...

I was addicted to Barabus Collins (Dark Shadows) as a teenager. I havent seen the movie yet with J Depp, but expect to be disappointed. Love the excerpt. Another one I'm looking foward to reading. Congrats on all the releases!!!

Krista said...

I swear I could never pick just one of your stories, they all sound good and this one is no exception!!! Congrats Jessica

lexcade said...

Omg, this sounds AMAZING. I cannot wait to dig in.

Jessica E. Subject said...

Arlene - Oh, yes, I remember Dark Shadows. It was a great show! Thank you so much!

Krista - Wow, thank you!

Lex - Thank you very much! I hope you do enjoy Made For Her! :)

Unknown said...

I love your inspiration! I don't think I've seen that show though. And your excerpt, wow, what a way for her to find out!

Jessica E. Subject said...

Thank you Valerie, for posting my posts for my new releases! And thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Congratulations to Arlene, who wins one of my back list titles!