The Story Behind This Book
I've always been drawn to Romance and romantic storylines. I've also always been drawn to superhero stories on TV and in movies. Unfortunately, movies and TV often fall short on the romance aspect, and comics often miss the point completely. So here are all these wonderful, heroic people, and fantastically creative plots, never living up to their romantic potential. I wanted to work on a series that would allow me to combine my love of both genres for all the readers out there who love the heroic characters and superhero vibe of shows like Buffy and Smallville, but keep watching for the soapy, melodramatic relationship drama.
In my fictional world, Talents are people born with supernatural abilities. They represent a small percentage of the population, and through a natural progression of human nature, the Talents become feared and persecuted by the general population. The government, ever helpful, creates laws to “deal” with them, as well as a special agency, the National Institutes for Ability Control, or NIAC, as it is commonly known.
Unfortunately, although NIAC is charged with protecting the Talents from themselves, as well as protecting the public, their purpose is also to study these phenomenal abilities. NIAC isn’t shy about stepping on civil liberties and human rights in the name of protecting the public and advancing science.
And so the Talents try, as best they can, to keep their abilities secret–some more successfully than others. For some, keeping that secret begins to define who they are. That’s where Hush Money begins the series, in which a high school girl must choose between keeping her secret and doing what’s right to save a friend.