Once known as the infamous hacker Artemis, Amy Wilson now works in a coffee shop. With only months until the end of her probation from working in the technological industry that she loves, Amy is determined to keep Artemis dead and buried.
When incidents similar to the ones Amy did begin occurring, all fingers start pointing in Artemis’ direction, and three people want Artemis to come out of retirement.
Quail City’s superheroes Dark Master and Calypso (multibillionaire Noah Adams and his assistant, Vanessa London) know Amy’s secret, and they also know that she is being set up. Having spent months in a "flirtmance" with Amy, they are tired of waiting and want both her and Artemis in their bed.
Hinderer wants to hold technology hostage, but in order to do that he needs Artemis’ assistance, and he will use any methods necessary to gain her cooperation.
An interview with Izzy
A. I was dared to write by a friend; she was in a chat and heard the plot of a book that had her scratching her head and saying, “I bet you could write better.” I was resistant at first, but she kept sending me publishers that were looking for submissions.
One of my favorite TV shows is the reality show Big Brother. I’ve watched every season, and I watch the live feeds. I always had this idea, what if someone comes to audition and instead of the network version they ended up at the adult cable version?
I never admitted that I had story ideas running in my head. I had this fear of being locked in my own writer’s closet. LOL
Q. What prompted you to write a superhero story?
A. One of the stories that I had in my head was that of a superhero. I’d started it somewhat but didn’t get more than a couple of pages written. One day while at work, there was a huge cell phone outage in Texas, and we were slammed with calls. People were freaking out. It turned out that a fiber-optic line or something like that had been cut.
It gave me the idea, what if someone deliberately did it? At the same time, Bobbi Romans, Candi Fox and I were planning an anthology idea. We’d decided to do superheroes and super villains, and Artemis was born.
I swear the hardest part of writing Artemis was trying to find superhero names that hadn’t been used yet.
Q. What are you working on now?
A. I have a problem working on just one project at a time. I really wish I was one of those who can just write one at a time.
Right now, I’m writing Bella and the Beast, which I hope to finish soon. The story can’t decide how it is going to end.
Bobbi, Candi and I are doing another anthology together. This time it’s going to be “hot summer nights.” Mine is going to be FF and is based on the song by the Four Seasons, Oh What a Night.
Q. Have you ever had a plot wake you up in the middle of the night and you just had to write it now?
A. Yes, it happens a lot. Usually about 3 a.m.
Q. Are your characters ever inspired by someone you've met?
A. A few. In Artemis I “killed” a customer. She was rude and obnoxious, and I was in the middle of writing the book. I originally was going to kill only two, but this one begged for it.
Q. When you aren’t busy writing, what do you like to do?
A. I like to watch movies, play with dog. Read.
Q. Do you have a favorite background noise you like to have going while you write (TV, music, kids playing)?
A. I have Amazon Prime, and they have these awesome channels that let you listen to thunderstorms or sounds of the beach. I love listening to the thunderstorm ones. Some even have a crackling fireplace.
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“People have been mentioning Artemis,” Calypso said. “You wouldn’t have heard anything?”
They knew, Amy thought. Somehow they knew. “No, Artemis isn’t here anymore. At least from what I heard.”
“Damn shame, too,” complained one of the customers in the shop. “Not the Artemis that is playing with the lights and stuff. But the Artemis who liked to help people with their problems.”
“Yeah, I think if someone is behind it, it’s someone pretending to be Artemis, or trying to shift the blame on her,” said another customer. “She may have done some things, but she’d never deliberately set out to get people hurt.”
Amy smiled at the person who made the comment. “I’ve been here all day. But it’s more than the traffic lights. Didn’t I hear that the other day the Financial District was shut down because the money showed at zero?”
“That is something that Artemis had fun with,” Dark Master commented. “Or had in the past.”
“I’m sure that whatever has been happening in Quail City has nothing to do with Artemis,” Amy replied.
“Hope for Artemis’ sake it’s true,” Calypso said. “Williams is ranting and raving in Commissioner James’ office asking for her to be arrested.”
Just bet he is, thought Amy. “Is there anything else I can get you?” she asked them. Amy saw that it was almost six and the last bus going toward her apartment would be there any minute.
“You in our bed,” Calypso said in her ear. “Your blue hair will look glorious on our pillows.” Then out loud stated, “That’s all for now.”
New York Times best-selling author Izzy Szyn was born in May 2014 when a friend dared her to write. Born and raised in Detroit, Izzy now lives in Oklahoma City with her furchild, Misty, the friendliest Chihuahua/terrier you will ever meet. Izzy currently works in a call center, where she writes between phone calls. Izzy loves to keep in touch with her readers. E-mail her at email@example.com.
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