Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Autobiography of Tally Francis

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.

Ian will award a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/05/virtual-book-tour-no-remorse-by-ian.html 

About the Author

Ian Walkley has had a career in social and market research, and has been writing novels, short stories, travel articles and copywriting since 2008. He has co-authored two publications on small business and his first novel, No Remorse, was published in 2012. Ian's screenplay "Deniable Justice" placed fourth in the Writer’s Digest 2011 Competition for best screenplay. Ian has traveled extensively and researched his subject, and brings a knowledge of location and technical detail to the exotic settings and big screen thrills. Ian lives in Brisbane with his wife and three children.



  1. I can see I'm going to love Tally Francis & look forward to getting to know her better.


  2. I enjoyed meeting Tally.

  3. What a great review with Tally. You really get to know her. I am really looking forward to reading your book.

  4. Tally's story sounds very engaging!


  5. It is great to hear first hand from the main character. Tally sounds like she's had a very interesting and complex life.

  6. Thanks for hosting me today! And I'm glad you enjoyed finding out a little more about Tally. I enjoyed posting it. Cheers, Ian.


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