Becoming Leah Givens

I must confess, when I started writing The Galadima Conspiracy, I had no intensions of making Leah Givens the lead character (probably why she appears pretty late into the book). Leah was supposed to be the damsel in distress, a fairly trained CIA operative that our hero rescues eventually, but after a rough draft, I fell in love with Leah and she easily became my lead.

Leah's physical attributes and beauty are inspired largely by actress Jessica Lucas, her butt kicking and killing skills however are 100% me. While The Galadima Conspiracy was supposed to be a standalone book, half way into it I decided Leah would return at least one more time for Vengeance Alley (hopefully due before the end of the year). I am also considering redrafting my next book 'Yahooligans' to feature Leah in the lead.

Creating a woman sleuth was never my idea but when I decided to do it I went back to Sidney Sheldon who usually had women in the lead and who happens to be one of my biggest inspirations and I was comfortable with what I had created.

Don't expect Leah to ever fall in love again. I know love or the hope for love is a good ingredient for great stories. With Leah though, I hope to create a super spy that would one day be compared to the great JB's.

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About Dan Abubakar

Dan Abubakar

Dan Abubakar started writing at the age of nine and for years writing remained just a hobby. After University and working in the I.T industry as a Web Developer/Consultant for almost ten years, Dan decided to give writing a real chance. His debut novel is the political thriller The Galadima Conspiracy.

When not writing, Dan is an avid reader, a movie buff and sometimes a music enthusiast. His favorite movies include The Usual Suspects, Con Air, L.A Confidential, The Shawshank Redemption, 50 First Dates, Inception, The Dark Knight and Casino Royale.

Dan's influences include Sidney Sheldon, James Patterson, Vince Flynn, Dean Koontz and Lee Child. More recently, writers like Rachel Abbott and Simon Wood have also inspired him.

Dan loves thrillers and mysteries but is open to all genres.He is currently working on his second and third books simultaneously. They are Hersassin and Yahooligans.