Tuesday, October 10, 2017

{Character Interview} Emily Stone of 'Dead Cold'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Emily Stone from Jennifer Chase’s Dead Cold.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!


Thank you for your interview, Emily. How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I’m thirty-six and I hunt down serial killers and abductors of children.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

If I had to speculate, it would be my blonde hair, even though I have dyed it brunette for a covert assignment.

What would I love the most about you?

I’m a true and honest friend no matter what.

What would I hate the most about you?

I take too many dangerous chances in order to save victims and I work by my own code, not for anyone else.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I like to be alone. I usually find myself running at the beach because that is where I get my most clarity and relaxation.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Not much. I’m not sure if anything isn’t past expiration.

What is your most treasured possession?

A gold locket my mother gave me.

What is your greatest fear?

Not saving a victim in time—it haunts me every day.

Who is your best friend?

Rick Lopez is my partner, my best friend, and the love of my life.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, I think Jennifer Chase gave me strength, intelligence, and integrity to do my covert job. I just wish that she would let me rest occasionally or even take a vacation. 

About the Author:

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning crime fiction author and consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master's degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

Her latest book is the crime thriller, Dead Cold.

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About the Book:
                                     
                         
Title: DEAD COLD
Author: Jennifer Chase
Publisher: JEC Press
Pages: 326
Genre: Crime Thriller

BOOK BLURB: 

What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute.

On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet. Stone’s proven top-notch profiling skills and forensic expertise may not be enough this time.

Young and ambitious, Detective Danny Starr, catches the homicide cases and discovers that it will test everything he knows about police work and the criminal mind. Can he handle these escalating cases or will the police department have to call in reinforcements—the FBI.

Emily Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer. She then forces the killer out of their comfort zone with her partner Rick Lopez, and with help from a longtime friend Jordan Smith. A revelation of the serial killer’s identity leaves the team with volatile emotions that could destroy them.

The killer continues to taunt and expertly manipulate the police, as well as Stone’s team, and as they run out of time—they leave behind everyone and everything—in Dead Cold.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

{Character Interview} Elliott of 'Day Moon' by Brett Armstrong




We’re thrilled to be talking to Elliott from Brett Armstrong’s Day Moon.  It is a pleasure to have Elliott with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Elliott.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

Well I’m seventeen and I’m part of a special work/study program for kids identified as “exceptional”. I’ve been in the program since I was nine, but in the past three years I’ve been doing my master’s work on Project Alexandria, the global software initiative meant to give the whole world equal and unencumbered access to all accumulated knowledge.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

Um, I don’t know. I’ve never considered myself “distinguishable” from most others out there. A couple time I’ve been told my eyes are “pretty”. They’re a kind of sage color, if you can tell. And I have long lashes, but I really hope that doesn’t get through the editing room.

Maybe I should say something more meaningful? Like about myself? I’m a Christian, and I’m the only one I know. There aren’t many of us left. It was my grandfather who really started me on that path, though my parents did too. I just never have seen much of them. Work keeps them at arm’s length so to speak.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I have a roommate who’s pretty crazy. Shane Parsons. He, uh, he’s just out there, you know? He’s big on video games and he’ll do the silliest things in them like run off ledges he knows he shouldn’t or sneak up on enemies and run past them even though he could’ve taken them out. Shane jokes a lot, though I won’t torment you by trying to replicate one of them. I could never tell it the way he does anyway. There’s just an intangible quality about how he does it that makes you laugh. Sometimes cringe or sigh, but mostly laugh.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Oh man, I haven’t been to the store! It was my turn to pick up the groceries for the week. Ugh. Shane is probably plotting all the ways to torment me over forgetting. I’ve just been really distracted with school, and then there’s this girl, Lara, and the book my grandfather left is about to be recycled like all the others…I’ve just had so much on my mind lately, I suppose groceries didn’t make the cut. Hopefully there’ll at least be cold pizza for Shane. That should keep his griping to a minimum.

What is your most treasured possession?

For a little while longer, anyway, my grandfather’s book of Shakespeare’s complete works. He left it to me in his will. We lost him a few months ago to a car accident. You know those almost never happen anymore with the cars being controlled by the city networks. It’s really impossibly high odds that something like his crash would happen…But um, yeah. That book is probably my last tangible link to him. Beyond DNA of course, and his house. My cousin John is living there now, so I suppose I could visit it, but I don’t think I’ll ever want to go there again now. It won’t feel right without him there.

What is your greatest fear?

We’re really hitting deep with this interview, huh? Sure. Ok…If I’m honest, I guess it would have to be failure. Failing those I care about. It’s been on my mind for a while now with my advanced placement program ending soon and Project Alexandria nearing its full go-live date. I can’t say I’m in love with the work I’m doing now or will be doing. Art has always been my thing, you know? I could spend hours just sketching. That doesn’t pay the bills though and my aptitude tests placed me on the engineering/sciences track, so I guess that’s what I should focus on, but I just don’t feel as comfortable with it. I don’t want to let anyone down, but I don’t know I’m headed the way I should be right now.


Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

I don’t know when it started, but I guess I’m kind of a loner. I’m not by choice or anything. I guess I just never had a huge friend pool to start with and then my first roommate, Terrance, and I kind of drifted different ways a bit and Shane works a lot on top of school, so I don’t really hang out with anyone. I mean there’s Lara, but she, uh, she I don’t spend enough time with. To be considered surrounded by friends. That is. Erhm.


Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Are you serious?

I can’t believe I’m talking to you about this.

Ugh, if I tell, make sure this goes nowhere, okay? Because I can’t have her knowing. Not like this. But…if I had my choice of who is secretly in love with me, it would be pretty great if it were Lara. She’s been in my art classes I take on the side for a while now, and she’s, well she’s beautiful, of course, but she’s just everything you could hope for in a girl. The way she smiles you’d think you didn’t know what beauty was before and she’s so clever. And she’s kind and thoughtful and incredibly opinionated. Like feisty even. I don’t know, it just makes her more endearing to me. Not that she knows that, because I’m pretty sure it would take an act of God for me ever see us become more than friends. I think sometimes she knows I like her, maybe I’m goofy when I’m with her or something, but I feel like she knows. Anyway, she’s a friend and if it turned out she wanted to be more, then I would be all for that.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

What didn’t I want to be? I mean they pretty much coined the term “dreamer” for me. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. I know I’ve always loved art. Maybe be an architect or an illustrator for graphic novels, because I really like reading as well. Something creative I’m sure.  I mean I think an archaeologist a ’la Indiana Jones was in there somewhere, but it’s been a pretty long time since I’ve had a say in the matter, so I don’t know. For most of my life that I can remember I’ve been training to be a programmer or analyst so everything else seems kind of fuzzy. Give me enough time and I might be able to piece something together, but even then, it’s all just very hazy.



If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

Wow, it’s not something I’ve really thought about before. At least not in terms of what I’d want done right before it happens at least.

I don’t know, maybe I would finally tell Lara I like her. Maybe not even then though, because who wants to find out someone loves them in that kind of scenario?

Whatever I did on that day, I would want it to matter, you know? For my life to mean something, to accomplish more than pushing bits of data around. I’d like to play a part in saving someone else’s life, physically or spiritually. And I’d definitely pass on my grandfather’s book to someone else. Maybe then they won’t be able to recycle it. That way we’d both be living on in a way.

About the Author

Brett Armstrong, author of the award-winning novel, Destitutio Quod Remissio, started writing stories at age nine, penning a tale of revenge and ambition set in the last days of the Aztec Empire.  Twenty years later, he is still telling stories though admittedly his philosophy has deepened with his Christian faith and a master’s degree in creative writing.  His goal with every work is to be like a brush in the Master artist’s hand and his hope is the finished composition always reflects the design God had in mind.  He feels writing should be engaging, immersive, entertaining, and always purposeful.  Continually busy at work with one or more new novels to come, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and playing with his beautiful wife and son.
His latest book is Day Moon (Tomorrow’s Edge Book 1).

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About the Book:

Title: DAY MOON (Tomorrow’s Edge Book 1)
Author: Brett Armstrong
Publisher: Clean Reads
Pages: 389
Genre: Christian/Scifi/Dystopian

BOOK BLURB:

In A.D. 2039, a prodigious seventeen year old, Elliott, is assigned to work on a global software initiative his deceased grandfather helped found. Project Alexandria is intended to provide the entire world secure and equal access to all accumulated human knowledge. All forms of print are destroyed in good faith, to ensure everyone has equal footing, and Elliott knows he must soon part with his final treasure: a book of Shakespeare's complete works gifted him by his grandfather. Before it is destroyed, Elliott notices something is amiss with the book, or rather Project Alexandria. The two do not match, including an extra sonnet titled "Day Moon". When Elliott investigates, he uncovers far more than he bargained for. There are sinister forces backing Project Alexandria who have no intention of using it for its public purpose. Elliott soon finds himself on the run from federal authorities and facing betrayals and deceit from those closest to him. Following clues left by his grandfather, with agents close at hand, Elliott desperately hopes to find a way to stop Project Alexandria. All of history past and yet to be depend on it.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

{Character Interview} Kyle Broder of The Mentor





We’re thrilled to be talking to Kyle Broder from Lee Matthew Goldberg’s, The Mentor. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Kyle.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I just turned 30 and I’m a book editor and the prestigious Burke & Burke Publishing house.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I have golden hair that others have described as Roman. But it makes me sound like a jackass to say that.

What would I love the most about you?

I have a pretty solid self-deprecating sense of humor that gets me into just as much trouble as it gets me out of too.

What would I hate the most about you?

I just signed the author Sierra Raven for a half a million-dollar book deal (my first) so some in the business are jealous of landing such a big deal early on in my career.

Where do you go when you are angry?

To the bottom of a bourbon bottle.

What makes you laugh out loud?

My girlfriend Jamie. We have the same sense of humor. No holds barred.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Fried cheese curds that Jamie made for me. We’re both from Wisconsin.

What is your most treasured possession?

Probably my J.M. Hulme leather briefcase that was my first purchase after signing the big deal.

What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll be a one-hit wonder and won’t edit any other great books.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Spooning with Jamie in the morning, killing it at a work-out, reading an amazing manuscript for a new author I want to sign, and then a great dinner at ABC Kitchen, followed by some Four Roses bourbon.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

Considering what the thriller The Mentor is about, don’t put that thought out there!

About the Author

Lee Matthew Goldberg’s novel THE MENTOR is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in June 2017 and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment. The French edition will be published by Editions Hugo. His debut novel SLOW DOWN is out now. His pilot JOIN US was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Verdad Magazine, BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.

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About the Book:

Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house.

When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He would love to read the opus his mentor has toiled over.

Until the novel turns out to be not only horribly written, but the most depraved story Kyle has read.
After Kyle politely rejects the novel, William becomes obsessed, causing trouble between Kyle and Jamie, threatening Kyle’s career, and even his life. As Kyle delves into more of this psychopath’s work, it begins to resemble a cold case from his college town, when a girl went missing. William’s work is looking increasingly like a true crime confession.

Lee Matthew Goldberg's The Mentor is a twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected and hanging in the balance.

PRAISE FOR THE MENTOR:
From Booklist - A junior editor at a Manhattan publisher reunites with his college mentor with disastrous results in Goldberg's second thriller (after Slow Down, 2015). Kyle Broder has just acquired a probable best-seller for Burke & Burke publishing when he hears from his former literature professor, William Lansing, who pitches the still-unfinished opus he’s been working on for 10 years. Lansing’s book is not only badly written, it’s also disturbing, featuring a narrator literally eating the heart of the woman he loves. Lansing turns vengeful when his "masterpiece" is rejected, but Broder’s concerns about his mentor are dismissed both at home and at work: Broder’s girlfriend considers Lansing charming, and a rival editor feigns interest in Lansing’s book. Broder revisits his college and delves more deeply into the cold case of a missing ex-girlfriend, and as the plot darkens and spirals downward, it’s unclear who will be left standing. The compelling plot is likely to carry readers with a high enough tolerance for gore to the final twist at the end.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

{Character Interview} Alice Taylor of When the Sky Falls




We’re thrilled to be talking to Alice Taylor from Joseph Bendoski’s When the Sky Falls.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Alice Taylor.  How old are you and what do you do for a living? 

I’m twenty-six and work as an agent for CIA case officer Jones. You see I can’t actually work for the CIA because I’m not an American. Oddly enough I’m considered an un-sovereignted entity, that means no country claims me, but working with Jones I can get all kinds of fake IDs from the U.S
government.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features? 

My eyes, their big and blue and makes people think I’m naive and innocent, and in need of protection. Makes it a lot easier to manipulate people they see you as borderline helpless.

What would I love the most about you? 

I’m unpredictable, and the irony of that is that it takes a lot planning to make sure it stays that way. All people have patterns of behavior, certain interests and if you want to really break out of that, you have to plan. Recognize what you would do on a whim, and then do something different.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Some people think I’m too crazy, but crazy is what I want them to think. That means they aren’t trying to figure me out, they’ve given up.

Where do you go when you are angry? 

Plan my revenge.

What makes you laugh out loud? 

Just about anything. Life is easier when things are funny instead of frustrating. Jones taught me that. Not that he laughed a lot, but during out first shoot out my hands trembled. He told me I needed to find a way to see the world and everything in a way that my hands wouldn’t shake. So now I try to see everything as funny, and now I can shoot straight.

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

Mostly salad, but I do have  a jar of pickled fingers.

What is your most treasured possession? 

A good knife.

What is your greatest fear? 

That I can’t protect the people I’m supposed to.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself? 

I have a hard time connecting with people. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me, but I wonder what it would be like. I see people just together, and they look happy and I wonder why they do, is it worth it? I don’t really understand it, but I want to try it. I just don’t know how.

About the Author

Joe Bendoski studied psychology in college and was fascinated by all the insights it provided into human behavior, only to realize most the information never reach people, and when it did, rarely was it in a form that allowed for practical application. He started writing non-fiction, but soon came to understand how few people read that genre and began the difficult transition into fiction writing. His non-fiction works include; the Chemistry of Attraction and the Language of Emotion. 
He worked as the head writer for the television show ‘Saved by Grace.’ After being frustrated with comments like "make this scene cheaper," "What's my motivation?", and "Do we need this scene?" he decided to go in to literature.
His latest book is the thriller/espionage/conspiracy/historical novel, When the Sky Falls.

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“What makes you believe a lie? I’m not asking how you know someone is lying. What makes you
believe? Because if you don’t understand how that works, then you won’t know when you’re being manipulated.”

In 1938 the War of the Worlds hoax panicked millions of Americans, then in 1988 another fictional media broadcast convinced nearly half of Portugal that sea monsters had risen from the ocean to destroy their cities. A team of CIA agents was sent to study the aftermath of this 6th Skyfall Event in the hope that they could turn it into a weapon of war. When the team consultant turns up dead, everyone scrambles to be the last man standing: the one who will decide if or when the sky falls.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

{Character Interview} Lee Thomas of 'Port in a Desert Storm'



We’re thrilled to be talking to Lee Thomas from Tom Fugate’s, Port in a Desert Storm.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Lee.  How old are you and what do you do for a living? 

I am 61 years old and now run a clandestine government agency that employed me as a field agent. Port in a Desert Storm is a story that happened several years ago.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

The fact that I am an unrepentant southern boy.  I went to college just a couple of hours from my hometown.  Other than that, I try to be as nondescript as possible.  In my line of work being noticed can be dangerous.

What would I love the most about you?

I am loyal to friends and family.  I believe in right and wrong.  I am not a white knight on a horse but I try my best.

What would I hate the most about you?

I am capable of doing things that people don’t not want to know about.  I do them not because I enjoy them but because they have to be done.  If I liked them I should probably quit.

What is your greatest fear?

Getting someone else killed because I screwed up

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I am capable of cold blooded killing.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, I have known Tom since college and I think we may have played sports against each other in high school.  He wanted to be a secret agent and I got to be one.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

Yes.  Both of those are true.  I like being around friends and family but I am very comfortable alone.


Do you have children?

Not that anyone told me about but I have seen a couple of kids who look very familiar in some way.


When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

James Bond.  I guess I sort of got there.
About the Author

Tom Fugate is a 1978 graduate of Virginia Tech.  Born in the baby boom (1956) he still lives in his hometown of Hiltons, Virginia.   He has worked in radio, television news, the printing industry and in computer support.  Port in a Desert Storm is the fourth book in the memoirs of Lee Thomas.  Mr. Fugate has never worked for any government agency, but he did grow up reading a lot of spy novels.

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July of 1990. The world is once again a dangerous place. The powder keg that is the middle east is once again ready to explode. The small oil rich country of Kuwait has been invaded by the forces of the Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq. The world is on the brink of war as a coalition is formed and preparations are made. Lee Thomas is once again right in the middle of the situation even before it starts. Sometimes your dreams can turn out to be nightmares, or even worse they can turn out to be reality. From Washington, DC to MI6 Headquarters in London England and then to the hotbed of the Middle East Lee is once again a witness and participant to history.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

{Character Interview} Arthur Lowe of 'The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Arthur Lowe from U.L. Harper’s, The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Arthur.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I’m in my mid-forties, and I’m lucky enough to do something as simple as being a custodian at an elementary school. I like the time by myself, and the lack of stress. You can just do your job and go home. Thank you for asking.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

Undoubtedly, one of my most distinguished features is I can animate things and people. When I say animate, I mean making an object, basically, have a soul. I can make it real. On top of it, if a person is dead, I can animate them too, and bring them back to life. I don’t think you’ve met anyone like me. If what you want to call what I can do a power, then I basically never use my power.

What would I love the most about you?

You would love how much I love my wife. I love her enough to bring her back to the living. I’m not sure if she appreciates it too much, to be honest.

What would I hate the most about you?

Well, my wife, Sandra, thinks I’m abusive. I’m not sure if she’s wrong. I don’t hit her or yell at her. I only try to do good things by her, but what she says is relatively convincing. It’s hard for me. Not sure if you’d like it.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I’m probably at work when I’m angry. I just keep sweeping or wiping or whatever. I try not to dwell on too much.


What is in your refrigerator right now?

Some eggs, some fruit, condiments. Obviously I don’t do a lot of shopping.

What is your most treasured possession?

A possession that I’ve been attached to is my old teddy bear from when I was a kid. It had a deep impact on me.


Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yeah, he did well, in my opinion. He left me with some secrets. He didn’t let everything out to the public, which was gracious of him. I think people can piece together who I am in more detail if they want to. Also, I’m not sure if he’s done writing about me. We’ll have to see.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Just being with my girl would be perfect to me. I’m not in a situation necessarily to make that happen but if you’re asking, that’s what I got.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

I kind of wish I could have my hair back. In my teens, I had a huge afro. Now, I’m balding. What man wouldn’t want to have their hair back?

Do you have children?

No children. We tried for a while but kids weren’t for us, I suppose. Just never happened. I want to say I tried more than she did, but she was there, if you know what I mean. But there’s something to the fact that she’s got something against me. Again, she says I’ve been abusing her. But we tried for a long while. Just never happened.

About the Author

U.L. Harper is a speculative fiction/horror author, influenced by magical realism. A former journalist from Long Beach, California, he now resides in the evergreen state of Washington with his wife. He is a soon-to-be father, and an avid Dodgers fan.
His latest book is the speculative fiction/horror/magical realism novel, THE SECRET DEATHS OF ARTHUR LOWE.

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Title: THE SECRET DEATHS OF ARTHUR LOWE Author: U.L. Harper Publisher: Independent Pages: 235 Genre: Speculative Fiction/Horror/Magical Realism
 
While in the process of bringing his wife, Sandra, back to the living, Arthur journals about moments from his past that changed him.

During the journal writing, he rediscovers how, as an orphan, his ability to animate objects and people to life may have ultimately destroyed the lives of the few who grew close to him. The old stuffed teddy bear that helped him assemble puzzles when he was a child might have been too much of a secret for his adoptive mother to keep. His friend Quincy, who had abilities similar to his, might have been scared away by Arthur’s abilities. And his grade school teacher is still harboring a secret about his biological father that she can only hope to be true.

Once Sandra is alive again, things become more complicated. She claims Arthur is not who or what he thinks he is. Her ire shines a spotlight on the insidious but most likely true, unspoken nature of their relationship.

In the meantime, a mysterious smell envelopes the community—a stench so heinous it can be fatal. As the number of deaths from the stench mounts, Arthur must decide who to animate back to life and who remains dead.

The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe is available at AMAZON.
 

Friday, June 23, 2017

{Character Interview} Harry Chapman of 'The Discovery'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Harry Chapman from Louis Kraft's, The Discovery.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Harry Chapman.  What do you do for a living? 

I’m a physician in private practice. During my tenure at the Westside Hospital in Los Angeles I served as chief of obstetrics and gynecology twice. During that time—a little over twenty-four years—I delivered over 5,000 babies. That ended a year ago and now I only practice gynecology. My office is in West Los Angeles. … Oh, I’m also a full professor at USC.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I go to my 50-foot yacht, The Newborn, whenever I’m angry, stressed, or need to relax. The Newborn is docked at Marina del Rey in LA County. I don’t go for a voyage; instead I kick back, enjoy some vodka, and talk away the evening with a good friend or my sons.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Sid Shapiro. He’s a top-notch lawyer who has a mischievous tongue. By that I mean, his mind is sharp and that he takes no prisoners with his humorous barbs.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing my practice, my wealth, and my radiant and stunning wife, Helen. I don’t know what I would do without her.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, … yes he has although at times he has been too truthful. He shared things about me to the world, things that people shouldn’t know. When I read some of what he wrote I felt like driving to his house and giving him a piece of my mind. I didn’t, but who knows maybe some day I will.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Spending time with Helen and my sons and their families on the Newborn. I don’t mean in the harbor, but on a cruise to Catalina Island where we’d live onboard while enjoying the city of Avalon.

Are you a loner or do you prefer to surround yourself with friends?

I wouldn’t call myself a loner as I do have friends, but I don’t socialize often. When I do most of my time is spent with Helen and our sons and their families; or with Helen and Sid Shapiro and his wife.

Who is your best friend?

You should have guessed by now. It’s Sid Shapiro. He’s a big-time lawyer. We hit it off the moment we met in November 1960 when he was one of the members of the Beverlychrest Country Club in West Los Angeles who interviewed me when I applied to become a member. He’s funny, caring, and always has my back. I’m lucky to know him.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I’d spend all my remaining time making love to Helen.

Louis Kraft, Co-Author The Discovery

Meet the Author

Author/historian Louis Kraft has focused his energy on producing work that highlights racism and the human experience of people who have put their lives on the line to prevent war. He has written articles for magazines, including Research Review and Wild West, as well as fiction (The Final Showdown) and nonfiction (Gatewood & Geronimo) books. Kraft returned to fiction writing when he collaborated with Robert S. Goodman on The Discovery.
Visit his website at www.readthediscovery.com.


About the Book:

In THE DISCOVERY by Robert S. Goodman and Louis Kraft, a young obstetrician/gynecologist delivers a premature baby after attending a dinner party. The child survives the delivery, but complications lead to a malpractice lawsuit two decades later.
In 1952, a pregnant seventeen-year-old gives birth in a Los Angeles hospital. Two nurses attend to the young woman while they wait for the doctor on call to arrive for the delivery. Dr. Harry Chapman arrives at the hospital clearheaded but with alcohol on his breath. The premature baby is born blue and placed in an incubator. The nurses turn the oxygen to the level recommended to pediatricians for preemies the year before to prevent blindness. When the baby’s color doesn’t change, Harry instructs the nurses to turn the oxygen up to maximum. They protest, but Harry insists that the nurses comply to save the baby from brain damage or death.
In 1972, Greg Weston, a twenty-year-old paralegal meets a young woman who works with a renowned pediatrician. When she questions the attractive young man about his blindness, Greg reveals that his adoptive parents told him he was born blind. After agreeing to see the doctor Gail works for, Greg becomes aware that his blindness may have occurred as a result of physician error. Greg requests his medical records from the hospital and the adoption agency, and he finds that the hospital records tell a different story about what took place after his birth. In both records, Dr. Harry Chapman is indicated as the doctor who delivered him. Greg shares his findings with a partner in his law firm, and they build a case against Dr. Chapman based on fraudulent changes in the hospital records, which allows the statute of limitations to be thrown out.
After Harry receives word that he is being sued, his attorney advises him that the malpractice insurance he carried in 1952 will not cover even a fraction of the multimillion-dollar lawsuit. The stress and uncertainty of the case, along with the accusation of fraud, breaks Harry, leading him down a road of depression and alcohol dependence. As Harry’s wife, Helen, watches her husband deteriorate, she makes an unthinkable choice to put an end to the plaintiff’s case.
In THE DISCOVERY, the authors connect the lives of two individuals across two decades, exposing vulnerabilities, bitterness, and frailties. As the case moves forward, a key witness’s testimony alters the lives of both men.
In writing THE DISCOVERY, Goodman and Kraft’s intentions were to offer readers multidimensional characters with real-world problems and to bring awareness to the severe affect malpractice lawsuits can have on physicians’ professional and personal lives.
The Discovery is available at Amazon.