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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

{Character Interview} Emma Willis of 'I Can Find You'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Emma Willis from Joss Landry’s, I Can Find You.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Well, I just turned fifteen on April fifteen, so as my friend Tommy Carson says, this should be my lucky year. I am a student at Belleville High, in Newark, New Jersey, and next year will be my graduation year. So, I have a lot on my mind, career choices and all. Not that I am being pressured to make a decision, but my dad, my aunt Franka and my friends are all concerned about me. They want
me to make the right choice, you understand.

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

Sure, that’s easy. Most people I meet, including my friend Amelia Swift, say it’s my eyes. People find the light ale color pleasing. I love Amelia’s eye color. Hers are sky blue. As for myself, I would say I prefer my smile. Didn’t have a lot of occasions to smile when I was younger, I was in so much trouble. Lucky I remembered about it because when you don’t practice happiness, you forget how to be happy. Now, I like to flex my smile whenever I can. I find even the slightest grin tends to relax everyone around me.

What would I love the most about you?

Well, my friend Christina Tyler, who used to be my fifth-grade teacher and is more like a big sister now, enjoys my childlike innocence, so she says. She believes my innocence has been my saving grace over the years. She has since admitted that this is her way of letting me know she appreciates my honesty and my lack of pretension.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Well, Hank Apple, chief of police and another dear friend, hates the fact I can read his thoughts. I can read most people’s thoughts though I try not to invade anyone’s privacy. Nevertheless, he reminds me not to peek inside his head once in a while when I’m too dead on with my reasoning. On the other hand, my friend Tommy hates when I use any magic, mostly my traveling through the Astral World. He’s afraid I might stay stuck there someday, and no one I know would be able to rescue me. You see, I can transport my mind, and do so corporeally to go anywhere I wish—well on Earth, of course. Tommy hates this and made me promise time and time again not to use this mode of transportation. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, I need this form of locomotion. Very practical in a pinch, I’m sure you understand.

Where do you go when you are angry? 

Anger is not a sentiment that touches me often. I don’t think I’ve ever been genuinely angry. Ever since I can remember, I could read fear in others when they lashed out. Instead of an angry response, pity welled up in me, as well as the wish to help whoever needed my help. Anger and I have never been compatible. When I want to be alone, I retreat within myself and find absolute peace.

What is your most treasured possession?
So glad you ask. This Oudjat I wear around my neck. The Eye of Horus keeps me grounded. Allows me to block all the troubles around me. The pendant also prevents me from traveling unexpectedly. According to Luigi, the owner of Martin and Son Jewelers, it is worth more than a few dollars. My Granny Dottie handed it to my mother when I was ten years old, on her death bed. I still miss Granny Dottie. She also left me the big book of ages written over several centuries by my ancestors. A tome of dos and don’ts with magic and how to hone our powers. Some of the skills listed in the book don't figure in these women's capabilities. They wrote about them in case some of their descendants might be able to do so one day, and I applaud their foresight.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

The Universe is the real author of my life. Of course, the Cosmos will tell my story with precision while sticking to the facts. So to answer your question, I believe the author revealed in an accurate manner all that is possible at this time and will allow more to shape my future in the next installment of my adventures.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook? 

Christina Tyler is teaching me some of her favorite recipes. She taught me how to make boeuf bourguignon, and duck à l'orange. She also shared all her skills in making puff pastry, and even simple pie crust to get it as flaky as possible.

Last week, I made dinner rolls and potage Parmentier, a fancy name the French have for cream of potato and leak soup. My mother was impressed, and so was my dad.

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

Well, it’s no longer a secret. Thomas Carson says he would like us to be a couple, a real couple. I’m fifteen, and he’s sixteen and a half. We have our whole life in front of us. Where does he think this will go? He’s handsome, and all, the best quarterback the Buccaneers have had in years. Still, I don’t feel this way about him, but I don’t want to lose his friendship so I would love our amity to continue unchanged. I discussed this with my aunt Franka, and she recognizes how Tommy’s feelings have changed toward me. I don’t understand. I can read everyone’s mind and thoughts, but I never saw this coming. Is Tommy more adept than others at blocking his mind? Aunt Franka says it’s not his fault, and that he’s loaded with testosterone and young bucks his age go through this phase. He kissed me at the theater last Saturday night, and it was nice.

About the Author

Joss Landry has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies to launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.
Blessed with four children and six grandchildren, she resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis, and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says they fulfill her need to think outside the box.
Her latest book is the urban fantasy/paranormal, I CAN FIND YOU (Emma Willis Series #2).

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About the Book:

Title: I CAN FIND YOU (Emma Willis Series #2)
Author: Joss Landry
Publisher: Book Beatles Publishing LTD.
Pages: 372
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
    Emma just turned fifteen. Her powers have spiraled to include unusual magic, and she gladly relies on Hank and Christina’s friendship to mark the way. Thomas Carson’s feelings for Emma have changed, her aunt Franka tells her—a young man her aunt describes as a young buck whose testosterone plays a big role in his life. 
    New friends around Emma surprise her. They appear to be like nothing she could have imagined, and their goals stir more disturbance than their presence until she bumps into the scourge of her existence: entities who wish to control what humans do and say. She learns they are powerful, vindictive and will stop at nothing to obtain what they want. Will Emma be able to protect the people she loves?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

{Character Interview} Zane Hollister of Pop-Out Girl




We’re thrilled to be talking to Zane Hollister from Irene Woodbury’s POP-OUT GIRL. It is a pleasure to have Zane with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m 31 and I’m living on Kauai, an island in Hawaii, right now because I’m hiding out from the cops in Vegas. They want to talk to me about the kidnapping of my girlfriend, Jen, and the drive-by
shooting of her boyfriend’s boss. So I’m laying low, but I do help my bud, Pork Pie, over here with his drug business. I deliver stuff to his customers around Kauai and sometimes on the other islands too.

What would I love the most about you?

I’m a one-woman kind of dude. I’ve loved Jen since the day we met, and I’ll love her till the day I die. Another thing about me: I’m loyal and I like to help my friends.

What would I hate the most about you?

That I have a violent temper and I can be cruel and impulsive when I’m on drugs. I’ve done some things I regret, but I felt it was justified at the time.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Beer, bacon, eggs, leftover Chinese, poke (raw fish and seaweed), saimin (Hawaiian noodle soup), Malasadas (Hawaiian sugar doughnuts), frozen waffles, mango ice cream

What is your greatest fear?

That I will be sent back to prison and die trying to escape—just like my dad.

What is the trait you most like about yourself?

I’m stubborn. I don’t quit till I get what I want. I wanted to marry Jen—and I did--whether she wanted to or not.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, she did. She showed many sides of me, from some of the more violent, traumatic things I’ve done, to the love I have for my mom, Jen, and my kids. As long as people don’t screw with me, I’m the coolest dude on the planet, but if you mess with me—there’s hell to pay.

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

My real hair is black and straight. I have to dye and perm it to disguise my appearance. I would like to have naturally red, curly hair.

Do you have children?

Yeah, three, all under 10. Two boys, Danny and Diego, and my little princess, Dakota. They’re the reason I didn’t go to Mexico or South America to get away from the cops. I didn’t want to be that far from them, so I came to Hawaii.

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

A professional poker dude. My dad was an awesome player. He taught me young. Those were some of the best times we had.

What is your most treasured possession?

The gold band I bought at a pawn shop in Reno the day before I married Jen. I’ve never taken it off.

About the Author

Irene Woodbury’s third novel, Pop-Out Girl (2017), pushes a lot of buttons. It’s a gripping look at the tumultuous life of a 23-year-old showgirl-wannabe named Jen Conover who pops out of cakes at special events in Las Vegas for a living. The novel offers riveting glimpses into the loves, lives, triumphs, and tragedies of Jen’s family and friends as well.

Irene grew up in Pittsburgh, and has lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Denver. The University of Houston 1993 graduate also called Texas home for seven years. Her writing career began In 2000. After five years as a successful travel writer, she switched to fiction. Irene’s first novel, the humorous A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis, was published in 2011. The darkly dramatic A Dead End in Vegas followed in 2014. Pop-Out Girl is another dramatic effort. With her husband, Richard, editing, Irene completed the novel in eighteen months. She hopes audiences will enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it. 

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About the Book:

When Zane Hollister returns home to Las Vegas after two years in prison and discovers his showgirl-lover is with another guy, he goes ballistic. After stalking and taunting the couple for
months, his toxic jealousy takes a darker turn. To wipe out Colton, Zane masterminds a devilish zip line accident and a terrifying car crash. When those fail, he resorts to kidnapping Jen and forcing her to marry him. And it gets even worse when Zane shoots Colton’s boss, Matt, by mistake as he aims for Colton in a horrific drive-by shooting.
        
With Matt lingering in a coma, Jen’s cocktail-waitress mother, Brandi, absorbs a seismic shock of her own. After hearing Matt’s name on the local news, she realizes he’s her first love of decades past—and Jen’s real father.
        
Will Matt emerge from his coma to reunite with Brandi and Jen? Do the cops nab Zane, who’s hiding out in Hawaii? And can Jen and Colton’s love survive Zane’s lethal jealousy?
           
There’s a happy ending for some, but not for all, in Pop-Out Girl.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

{CHARACTER INTERVIEW} Mionee of 'Call to War'



We’re thrilled to be talking to Mionee from Andi O’Connor’s, Call To War.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I have violet eyes. It’s a feature I shared with my father.

What would I hate the most about you?

The terrible crimes I’ve committed simply because I could. At the time, I had the power and the freedom.

What is your greatest fear?

I’m living through my greatest fear right now. There is nothing I could fear more than the Hellborn.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

One where I am free.

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

Absolutely nothing. I’m content with my features, even though others claimed me because of them.

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

I don’t have friends to surround myself with. The only friend I have is Détaldin, and for his sake, I can’t allow myself to get too close to him.

Do you have children?

No, although I was pregnant with a little girl.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

One where I could eat in peace and not fret over what abuse the Hellborn had in store for me next.

What is your most treasured possession?

My life, though at the moment, it doesn’t truly belong to me.


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

I wouldn’t hold back from the person I love. 

About the Author


Andi O'Connor is the award-winning author The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. She’s written multiple books, including the critically acclaimed Silevethiel, which is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy, and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. Andi's short story collection, Redemption, is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist.

You can frequently find Andi as a ​guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Philcon, Conclave, WizardWorld, and Chessiecon. Andi also writes for Niume where she provides writing tips, advice, and insight on her career as an author. You can connect with Andi on
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, visit Andi’s website.

About the Book:


Darrak's adventure concludes with this thrilling finale of The Dragonath Chronicles!  

Following the betrayal of two of his trusted companions and a devastating battle in Mystandia, Darrak's talents are desperately needed by the citizens of both Earth and Dragonath. Torn with the decision of where his loyalty should remain, he finally decides to confide in Andillrian. Together, they craft a plan they hope will save Darrak's home planet, but their optimism is short-lived.

The Hellborn's army has begun the march to war.

With less than two weeks of preparation remaining, their weaknesses become unavoidably apparent. Planning for defeat suddenly becomes as important as planning for victory. Darrak's insecurities continue until the moment the first arrows begin to fly. He can only hope that help from a few unlikely sources will be enough.

For if they fail, Dragonath will fall.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

{Character Interview} Rebecca Underhill of 'The Ashes'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Rebecca Underhill from Vincent Zandri, The Ashes.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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


I’m in my late forties (I would never tell you my real age….LOL), and I’m an artist and an art teacher. My best friend Robyn Painter (that’s no pun) run The School of Art which offers private lessons to students of all ages inside a renovated barn behind our farm house.



What would I love the most about you?

That I still see and talk to my identical twin sister, Molly. She died of cancer many years ago, but she’s still with me somehow. Still there to protect me. 


What would I hate the most about you?


That I have trouble letting go of the past, especially my memory and love for my ex-husband, Michael. We divorced before he was murdered, but we still loved one another very much.


What is your most treasured possession?


My memories.



What is your greatest fear?


At present, my greatest fear comes in the form of a psychopath named, The Skinner. He’s escaped a maximum security for the criminally insane, and now he’s coming after me and my son.


What is the trait you most not like about yourself?


I hold onto the past and my past love with Michael. It’s a source of pain for my present boyfriend and lover, Sam Goodman. But Sam is here to protect me from The Skinner.


Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?


He’s captured my terror and my frantic need to escape The Skinner perfectly.


What is your idea of a perfect day?


A day free from fear…from The Skinner



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


I would become young again.


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


I would spend the day with my son, and I would share everything I know about life and how to live it, free from fear. I would also suggest that he check out all of Vincent Zandri’s books at WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM

Meet the Author


Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and AMAZON KINDLE No.1 bestselling author of more than 25 novels including THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, EVERYTHING BURNS, and ORCHARD GROVE. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer and Polis Books, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri's, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the "Best Books of 2014." Recently, Suspense Magazine selected WHEN SHADOWS COME as one of the "Best Books of 2016". A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular "lit blog," The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He lives in New York and Florence, Italy.

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Inside the Book:

Title: THE ASHES
Author: Vincent Zandri
Publisher: Bear Media
Pages: 277
Genre: Thriller/Horror/Romantic Suspense
HORROR IN THE DARK WOODS

It’s been eight years since artist and single mom, Rebecca Underhill, was abducted and left to die in an old broken down house located in the middle of the dark woods. But even if her abductor, Joseph William Whalen, has since been killed, another, more insidious evil is once more out to get her in the form of the Skinner. The son of an abusive butcher, Skinner intends on finishing the job Whalen started but failed at.

How is he going to get to Rebecca?

He’s going to do it through her children, by luring them into the cornfield behind the old farmhouse they live in.

HORROR IN THE DEPTHS
Now, armed with the knowledge that the Skinner has escaped incarceration at a downstate facility for the criminally insane, Rebecca must face the most horrifying challenge of her adult life: Rescuing the children not from a house in the woods, but from the abandoned tunnels that run underneath her property.

But the Skinner is watching Rebecca’s every move.

Horrifying question is, will she live long enough to save the children?

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Monday, May 1, 2017

{Character Interview} Addy Verges of 'Chasing Hindy'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Addy Verges from Darin Gibby’s, Chasing Hindy.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am 28 years old, and I’m a patent attorney with a prestigious law firm in Palo Alto, California.

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

I was born in Vietnam and adopted by an America couple, who had their problems. My father had an affair and left my mother. His side of the story is that she was an alcoholic and he couldn’t live with her. The end result was that I was mostly left to fend for myself.

What would I love the most about you?

I am driven to succeed. Even without help from my parents, I earned a chemical engineer degree and put myself through law school.

What would I hate the most about you?

I don’t dare to trust anyone. I’ve been hurt too many times. That’s why I like science—it can’t let you down.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I bury myself in my work. I just became the youngest partner at my law firm and I always have plenty of cases to distract me.


What is your most treasured possession?

That would be Hindy, my cherry red Shelby Mustang. I’ve retrofitted my car so that it runs on hydrogen. And, I’ve strapped a rather large hydrogen-filled balloon to the roof. It looks like a blimp floating above my car. I use it to market my law practice to all the clean tech companies in the Bay Area. I want them to know that I understand innovation.

What is your greatest fear?

Being let down by somebody I might fall in love with. That’s probably why I’m not in a serious relationship.

What is your favorite weather?

I live in Sunnyvale, California and I love it in the morning when the fog is just burning off and the sun peaks through. It’s the perfect time to get in my bike and take a ride down to the local coffee house.


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

There’s this guy named Quinn who wants me to leave my law firm and join his startup company. He claims that he needs a smart and ambitious patent lawyer to protect his new invention. But the way his eyes shift when he speaks with me makes me wonder if there isn’t another motivation. I should be concerned about that, but for some reason it intrigues me.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a scientist or an engineer. I love dealing with facts. Science can’t let you down.

About the Author


In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend (www.kilpatricktownsend.com). With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.

Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.  His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever. His third book, Gil, is about a high school coach who discovers that he can pitch with deadly speed and is given an offer to play with the Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil soon discovers, however, that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.
An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.
His latest book is the thriller, Chasing Hindy.

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About the Book:

Title: Chasing Hindy
Author: Darin Gabby
Publisher: Koehler Books
Pages: 284
Genre: Thriller

ADDY’S DREAM AS a patent attorney is to help bring a ground breaking energy technology to the world. Addy’s hopes soar when she is wooed by Quinn, an entrepreneur, to join his company that has purportedly invented a car that can run on water using an innovative catalyst. After resigning her partnership to join Quinn, Addy discovers things aren’t as they seem. The patent office suppresses the company’s patent applications and her life is threatened by unknown assailants if she doesn’t resign.

When she is arrested for stealing US technology from the patent office she realizes Quinn has used her. Now, Addy must find a way to clear her name while salvaging her dream of propelling this technology to the world, all while powerful forces attempt to stop her.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

{Character Interview} Hans Jaeger of 'The Feet Say Run'



We’re thrilled to be talking to Hans Jaeger from Dan Blum’s The Feet Say Run.  It is a pleasure to have Hans with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am eighty-five.  I started working in my father’s factory in Germany, making brass instruments before the war.  After the war I sold refrigerators for the Amana Corporation.  After that I became a kidney dealer for wealthy transplant-recipients.

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

In spite of my age, my erection is firm as a senator’s handshake.

What would I love the most about you?

There is nothing to love or hate.  What do these words even mean?  I am who I am. 

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I am at present on a deserted island with a few survivors, hoping for a rescue.  There is no refrigerator.  In our food collection there are dove eggs, roots, snails, a coconut-like fruit we call “assfruit”. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My memories, especially of the women I have loved, but also of childhood, in the 1930s, in Germany. 

What is the trait you least like about yourself?

Some say that I committed a terrible crime.  That I fled.  My son believes this.  I will leave it to others to judge.  

Who is your best friend?

Her name is Dawn.  She is as young and beautiful as I am old and unbeautiful.  We play chess together.  We are equally matched.  She is the perfect opponent. 

Do you have children?

I have a son who has not spoken to me in decades. 

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

I had few career aspirations.  Vague dreams, really, and all shattered by the war anyway, so it’s just as well I had no fixed plan.  But I knew I loved girls, even a young age.  I knew I wanted to fall in love. 


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

I probably am going to die tomorrow.  Yet there is nothing more to do.  My day will be the same as any other.  I will gather roots.  Keep the fire going.  Mix memory and delusion.  Dream. 

About the Author

Daniel A. Blum grew up in New York, attended Brandeis University and currently lives outside of Boston with his family. His first novel Lisa33 was published by Viking in 2003. He has been featured in Poets and Writers magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and most recently, interviewed in Psychology Today.

Daniel writes a humor blog, The Rotting Post, that has developed a loyal following.

His latest release is the literary novel, The Feet Say Run.

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About the Book:

Title: THE FEET SAY RUN
Author: Daniel A. Blum
Publisher: Gabriel’s Horn Press
Pages: 349
Genre: Literary Fiction

At the age of eighty-five, Hans Jaeger finds himself a castaway among a group of survivors on a deserted island.  What is my particular crime?  he asks.   Why have I been chosen  for this fate?  And so he begins his extraordinary chronicle. 

It would be an understatement to say he has lived a full life.  He has grown up in Nazi Germany and falls in love with Jewish girl.  He fights for the Germans on two continents, watches the Reich collapse spectacularly into occupation and starvation, and marries his former governess.  After the war he goes on wildflower expeditions in the Alps, finds solace among prostitutes while his wife lay in a coma, and marries a Brazilian chambermaid in order to receive a kidney from her. 

By turns sardonic and tragic and surreal, Hans’s story is the story of all of the insanity, irony and horror of the modern world itself.  

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