British Columbia’s CFJC supports sexual assault survivors with this interview and review of two of the “J” Team novels.
Wyoming Secrets, 30,000 Secrets and the “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which focus on women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their lives.
The novels’ inspiration develops through Rebecca, Elisabeth and Jessica who experience violence both in their professional and person lives. The agents’ physical and emotional responses to antagonists draw the reader to the protagonists’ techniques and style used to overcome adversity. Girlfriend conversations over Long Necks and burgers at Casandra’s draws light on their shared problems socializing with male dates and colleagues.
McCormick explains the Series’ genesis:
Jessica Fukishura, the team’s leader, is 5’7” of solid. She’d taken to working out as a kid hangin’ at her mom’s gym. It was fun to play on the rowing machines and stationary bikes. As a teen, she noticed her body changing as puberty and exercise meshed, producing energy that needed direction. That was what hockey was for, and running, lots of running.
As her teen years evaporated and her hormones meshed with her athleticism, she emerged with a body often cherished and sought by other women, who by their early 20s were already starting to lie about their thigh cheese. Jessica’s slow estrogen levels kept her bra size around 34 C and she had no desire for more. She adhered to the seldom coined male phrase of more is less, that it is what a woman does with what she has that is the key to good sexual attraction. Or at least she could fool herself into believing men followed that train of thought.
Fukishura’s first pick for her team is Rebecca Simpson:
Rebecca Simpson had been a high school rodeo participant, not the Queen but a solid continuous involvement from junior high school. Decent secondary school grades with rodeo again as her chosen sport-barrels and something called dobbing. No buckin’ broncs or bull riding, so Jessica figured maybe these were limited to male participants. Simpson graduated from Montana State University with an education degree and spent two years teaching elementary school, then quit. Boredom? That would have been Jessica’s excuse. Jessica loved kids, but friend’s, not hers and certainly not twenty-five all day long. Reading along, she saw that Simpson returned to school for a graduate degree in Criminology, then Montana Department of Justice and finally Flathead County Deputy Sheriff.
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