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T. Lynn Ocean | Reliving My Tomboy Days

September 18, 2007

It all began when I was five or six years old and saw a boy peeing on a tree. I remember being outrageously jealous. Not because he had something down there that I didn’t, but rather because he could pee standing up and I couldn’t. I know this for a fact because I tried, and trust me, it wasn’t easy having to explain to my mother why my shorts and socks were wet when I went in from the neighborhood playground.

I never tried to pee on a tree again, but I did grow up playing with matchbox cars instead of Barbie dolls. By the time adolescence rolled around, I could outrun and out-climb all the boys my age. So when the idea for SOUTHERN FATALITY came to me, I decided to relive my tomboy days by writing from the first person male point of view.

A mystery, tough guy action adventure, it was so much fun to write as I tried to think and talk and fight like a guy. But then something strange happened. The character woke me up in the middle of the night and told me she was a woman. So I gave her a sex change and did a rewrite.

Who is Jersey Barnes? Take the toughest, most hardcore military-trained dude you can imagine. Then stuff him inside the body of a 5′ 8 female with a gorgeous set of size D breast implants and a knockout smile. Give her a penchant for quality lingerie and a quick wit. Oh, and don’t forget to strap on a .45 caliber Glock. Getting the idea? The first in a new mystery adventure series, SOUTHERN FATALITY is due out today. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

T. Lynn Ocean

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