Author Amy Lignor
Being the daughter of a Research Librarian, books and information were always a ‘gift,’ and there is nothing I like more. In fact, if the NYPL would let me live in their basement, that’s where I would be. I am very proud of my books – especially the ‘Tallent & Lowery’ series – which has been so well-received that I am beyond humbled. Being able to ‘link’ historical locations together and create puzzles that bestselling authors have called, “The Da Vinci Code With Heart”; “Action/Adventure Gold”; and “The Best of the 21st Century” has been beyond my wildest expectations. I am the Owner/Operator of The Write Companion; and I recently was beyond honored to be asked to take on the role of Editor-in-Chief of Hallowed Ink Press – an amazing traditional publisher that will break new ground in the industry. Life is busy…but it’s good. And I have a wealth of friends, family and fans to thank for allowing that to happen! My favorite advice? “While I live, let me LIVE!”
Top 5 Countdown of Favorite Literary Characters
5) Jane Austen’s, Mr. Darcy: I have to hit the romance side of things with Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. To this day, romance writers strive to create a man who will light up a woman’s heart like Mr. Darcy did…and no one has come close. Elegant, eloquent, condescending with a heart of gold–he was completely knocked out by the intelligent woman making him THAT kind of guy women are STILL trying to locate!
4) Authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s, Aloysius Xingu L. Pendergast: He started out as just a supporting character in Relic, but this New Orleans very special agent was the star of The Cabinet of Curiosities (One of the BEST books written). His personality can border on the hysterical, move to the frightening, and then move to the completely nuts, but the guy always rules!
3) Sherlock Holmes and his buddy Watson are still the best detectives out there. They have the banter, the wit, the brother relationship – they had it all. With resurgence of this duo in the form of great movies and a great TV show, it’s a shame author/creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle couldn’t be around to see what a huge impact these characters STILL have on the world.
2) J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter: There are a gazillion YA books from vampires to werewolves to vampires to angels and to…vampires. But Harry Potter was the one who brought the YA world back to life. He had the innocence and the smarts, but he was more common sense than anything else. And his courage to stand up and fight never disappeared. He is the real superhero when it comes to the literary world, and he is sorely missed.
1) Dean Koontz’s, Odd Thomas: I have to give my fav, Koontz, a shout-out for this guy. Although his books are all solid, Odd Thomas is fantastic! The dry wit, the paranormal characters and the characters from the past (like Alfred Hitchcock in the latest), are just about the best supporting cast you can ask for! The screen version is done and Hollywood needs to get Odd out there to the fans! The character is phenomenal and completely unforgettable.
Top 5 Countdown of Favorite Movies
5) Indiana Jones: This whole series was great. Fast-paced action mixed with historical locations and old myths and legends that needed to be solved – the writing was A+. But what will always keep these in the ‘Top’ movies of all time are the fact that there was a perfect team behind them: Spielberg will forever be the master of the fantastical and the fun; George Lucas understands the sci-fi and legendary myths angle; and, let’s face it, Harrison Ford was THE actor to do this. Rugged, older, wise but could play silly, the right half-smile, the fear of snakes – this geeky professor was the ultimate hero!
4) Harry Potter: A series that was supposed to be for kids, Rowling’s imagination erupted onscreen. No, she didn’t write the screenplays, but this character was someone everyone wanted to see. The kids were mesmerized by him, and adults fell so in love with the little wizard and his friends that they stormed movie theaters to see the next one. Everything was perfectly executed!
3) Star Wars (The First Three Movies Volumes 4-6): Many say this whole thing was perfect but, sadly, it wasn’t. The new generation may have loved seeing the first three volumes, but when Volume IV was introduced with Luke dreaming of getting off that remote planet and exploring the big, wide world – the story lured people in and kept them there. Leah was a bit mean, and she SO liked Han (as we all did), and you could see it right off the bat. Han was the rebel with a heart; Chewbacca was basically a man in a furry outfit, but the Wookie stole viewers’ hearts anyway. Heck, even R2-D2 and C-3PO became icons. This was sci-fi at its finest!
2) Psycho: No one has even come close to the work Anthony Perkins did in this film. This guy was the sweetest-faced boy with the nicest, kindest demeanor and voice. Yet, when he turned around and those black eyes flashed (it didn’t matter that the movie was black-and-white), HE came through in Technicolor. You trembled, you believed he was completely psychotic, and on road trips from then on no one wanted to see anything that even resembled The Bates Motel along the highway. The movie still proves after all this time that offering fans bloodbaths on screen is not nearly as scary as offering the right story. This is horror at its best and it’s because of Perkins!
1) Christine: When this car comes around the corner playing that upbeat music, the headlights flash and you know you better run. Why they never ran inside a building or climbed up a ladder – I’ll never know. The actor played the scale of nerd to crazy amazingly. And when Christine sat in front of him and repaired herself, she proved she was ‘Bad to the Bone.’ I still want that car!
Top 5 Countdown of Favorite T.V. Shows
5) Once Upon a Time: This fairly new show took a chance on combining fairytale characters with a reasonably believable story set in Maine. There really is no stand-out actor to me, except for the always cool Robert Carlyle, playing the evil Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin. But every week, thus far, they have been able to make this show credible and bring back characters from literature that everyone loves!
4) NCIS: It’s been on forever and there’s a reason why. Mark Harmon is the quiet, dry, stand-up ex-Marine who will always be in charge. No matter how many chicks come along to outrank him at NCIS, the guy is King. He also loves his team like he’s their father. Tony is adorable; his joking, teenage ways are funny, and just when you think he’s becoming annoying, he shows the softer side and turns into a stand-up man. Probie has the brains; Abby has the uber-brains and rockin outfits; and Dr. Mallard is perfect talking to his corpses about everything from history to his latest date. It’s still the #1 show in America and that’s not a shock. This team rules!
3) Elementary: Sherlock Holmes was always a great character in fiction, along with his pal, Watson. When Robert Downey Jr. plays him on the big screen, he brings the funny, odd, slightly scary Holmes to the screen and does it well. For this show, they took a chance on making Watson a female and changing the entire storyline of who Sherlock was and is for the 21st Century. It works. The cast is great, the writing is interesting each week, and Jonny Lee Miller brings his own brand of dry wit to the show. He has a wall built up of condescension, but every once in a while he shows that big heart.
2) Sleepy Hollow: Maybe not a good thing to put this on the list so soon, but the show is great. Taking Ichabod Crane and revamping his whole past with the Headless Horseman, is supernatural cool! His silliness about 2013 and not understanding what the heck is going on is fun, and evens out the supernatural aspect. The Horseman rising from his grave to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a perfect storyline (shout-out to the writers!) Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones are great! And, this Tom Mison guy? Well, let’s just say he makes more hearts flutter than just the ‘On Star’ lady he talks to in one of the episodes. I hope this goes on for a good, long time.
1) 24: Jack Bauer was cool. The plots were amazing. Each 24-hour period was filled with twists, turns, red herrings, and even one President who looked like a geek at the prom and turned out to be the most evil of them all. Sutherland was perfect. Men wanted to be him; women wanted to be with him…he hit on all cylinders. Luckily, this show is coming back next summer for 12-episodes leading to a movie. Fingers crossed that they haven’t lost the magic.
In 2012, Leah Tallent is Head of Research at the New York Public Library. Stoic and stable, brilliant and cynical, she has forever enjoyed her existence among the book stacks. But even with her unparalleled intellect, there was no way to know that on the historic steps between America’s famous lions, she would become involved with a crazy man on a fanatical quest.
Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact that he is certain exists. His life’s pursuit has been to retrieve twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept. To find the keys he must enlist the help of an unwilling guide who, unfortunately, knows much more than he bargained for.
From the first page to the last word, this fantastic duo become immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the strange and eerie Winchester House to the blustery darkness of Loch Ness, Gareth and Leah will quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists…Hell.
The Sapphire Storm:
After going up against a man who believed he was the Devil, himself, the beloved characters from 13 – Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery – are beyond exhausted. Now they are about to embark on the most terrifying journey imaginable…a trip to meet Leah’s parents.
When Leah arrives where the ‘home fires burn,’ her sarcasm burns even brighter, while Gareth Lowery – the handsome adventurer – uses his charm to sway the ‘odd’ Tallent clan. But when a frightening call from Gareth’s sister arrives telling him that her love has disappeared, the daring duo is soon running away from one horrific situation directly into another. A new puzzle from the past has come to life. Following clues left behind, the courageous couple becomes embedded in a world filled with liars, killers and greed.
And when the riddle of a famous ‘Bard’ is solved, a strange woman appears who has far more in common with Leah than she can possibly imagine! The heart-stopping suspense of this new quest takes them from Coptic Cairo to the magical world of Petra, in search of a cave deep underground that once housed a true ‘Illuminator.’
Yet again, they must find the answers and stay one step ahead of true villains who are determined to make sure that – this time – Tallent & Lowery do not survive.
The Hero’s Companion:
With their second battle behind them, Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery find themselves still knee-deep in hell. What should’ve ended with a celebration of passion wrapped in each other’s arms becomes a nightmare once more, as a mysterious man demands Leah to return home, or else her beloved father will be found at the bottom of the sea.
Scrambling to figure out what’s happened Tallent & Lowery walk in on a family that has literally gone insane: A mother filled with accusations, three sisters who wish them nothing but certain death, and a frightening story of a blood-red eye that leads to a puzzle with immense repercussions. The woman named Anippe who readers questioned in The Sapphire Storm is back, with an item in her possession that will have Tallent & Lowery heading out on an adventure based on pure emotion and ultimate fear – where victory may just depend on their willingness to sacrifice each other.
The time has come for Tallent & Lowery to go head-to-head with the mysterious voice from 13, as a villain is unveiled…and a war begins!