The Undercover FBI Series – At this time there are 7 standalone books to the series, with the 8th in the pipeline.
I started writing these books back in April of 2014, and I came up with the idea when a friend of mine had built his own plane and took me for a ride. All I could think about was how cool it would be to have a character who could fly her own plane.
The FBI connection came soon after when I decided I wanted to write a series about kick-ass characters and not be restrained by their gender. I mean, there are as many strong, cagey, classy women in law enforcement as there are men…. Right?
After I started writing Special Agent Francesca, book #1, I’d found my niche. It was fun… pure unadulterated fun to let my imagination roam while I forced her into conflict after conflict that would test her mettle. Since I love humor, it seeped through. Many of my Amazon and Goodread reviews have mentioned that the book is enjoyable for that reason.
After I wrote the first book, my hubby asked me to write the next one with a male protagonist, and he suggested I call the agent Finnegan. Just the name sparked all kinds of fun situations and it became my Christmas book for that year. This time, I added a secondary character called Joker who was Finnegan’s Irish, New York bar-owner father. (It was the name my husband always used for his own Dad.)
That’s when I realized the beauty of having people I know being slipped into my fictional stories. Turns out, The Joker became a favorite – if most of the reviews are to be believed.
Since then, almost every book in the series has a character from my own life and it’s been a hoot to take the best from those I love and let the world see them as I do. (Special Agent Charli – the character Poppa John is a dead-ringer for my beloved pops. He’s funny, adorable and smart – just like the real Poppa John used to be. So many of his high jinks are factual which made it very enjoyable to write.)
My latest in the series – Special Agent Rylee – is also unique because my favorite niece brainstormed the plot with me. I wanted to set the story on a Caribbean Cruise, and she took it a step further, demanding a stowaway. Ha! I added two, one based on her own kitty. I wonder… did she recognize a few of the heroine’s sweeter peculiarities based on her own behavior?
The book in the pipeline is one I’ve been plotting in my head for some time. I lost my best friend – the only man I’ve ever wanted – last year, and his book will be tender-sweet to write. My guy was a hell of a character in life, so it’s going to be a real challenge to make Special Agent Murphy realistic with the many facets to his personality that the man I lived with for over 50 years was so respected for. But it will be done…
Mimi Barbour, Author
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