Friday, November 17, 2017

{Character Interview} Nadya Buzina of 'Nadya's War'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Nadya “Little Boar” Buzina from C.S. Taylor’s Nadya’s War.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’ll turn twenty-one in a few months in October. As for what I do, right now I’m trying to settle into th fighter regiment. I just got transferred here from training at Engles. I’m thrilled to be flying to help fight off the Germans, and even more so that I get to fly the Yak-1. The other two regiments only fly bombers, and one of them only has tiny little biplanes that shouldn’t leave a barn, let alone an airfield near the front. Still, even if I was assigned to one of those with the 588th, I wouldn’t complain. I was selected as a pilot ahead of literally thousands of other girls that wanted to fly.
my new unit, the 586


What is in your refrigerator right now?

Very funny. I live in a literal hole in the ground. Our dugout does have the nicety of a wood roof, but there’s not exactly a place for a refrigerator against the earth walls. Besides, with the floor constantly flooding, I’m sure the refrigerator would short out the first day.


What is your greatest fear?

Failing to live up to my long lineage of proud Cossack warriors. Their ferocity in battle and unwavering devotion to The Living God has always been an inspiration to me. Now that it’s my turn to go to war, I can only pray I live up to our proud name.


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

I could stand to gain a few pounds. That would be nice. That would mean I’m eating a lot better than I am now, or have before. Food isn’t exactly in abundance out here with the war raging on. Rations are limited, and what we get tastes bland at best.

Who is your best friend?

Klara Rudneva without a doubt. She’s my mechanic at the airfield and takes care of me and my plane like no other. We get a little quiet time to spend together here and there in between sorties, which I really like, and she always sees me off each mission with a hug and encouragement to shoot down every fascist I see.


Do you have children?

One day, maybe. Father and Mother would love to be grandparents if I met the right special someone. That said, with the war raging, I’m not interested in motherhood right now. I only want to fly and become an ace.


What is your favorite weather?

Light winds, clear skies. The former makes it easier to land and the latter means it’s easier to spot planes in the sky. Every time we go up on patrol, I’m always fearful that an enemy fighter will slip in behind us and start shooting before we spot him. Not that I know, personally, but I’ve been told that most aerial kills are made against planes that never saw the shooter coming. That’s pretty scary, because I can’t imagine getting complacent, but apparently, pilots do all the time.


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

I’m a terrible cook. You don’t want me in the kitchen whatsoever. You’d probably get food poisoning if I prepared a potato for you. I’m that bad. Then again, the food in the mess hall isn’t much better, so maybe you’d want to roll your dice with me and see what I can make.


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

I try not to think about that, to be honest. Every day I wake up, in the back of my head I know it could be my last day. With that in mind, I only do what I can. I try and fly my best, stay devoted to the one true faith, and keep all of my family and friends in my prayers. Ask me this question again in ten years when the war is long gone and I’m throwing myself into dogfights.

About the Author

C.S. Taylor is a former Marine and avid fencer (saber for the most part, foil and epee are tolerable). He enjoys all things WWII, especially perfecting his dogfighting skills inside virtual cockpits, and will gladly accept any P-38 Lightnings anyone might wish to bestow upon him. He’s also been known to run a kayak through whitewater now and again, as well give people a run for their money in trap and skeet.

His latest book is the historical fiction, Nadya’s War.

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About the Book:

Title: NADYA’S WAR
Author: C.S. Taylor
Publisher: Tiny Fox Press
Pages: 300
Genre: Historical Fiction

BOOK BLURB: 

Nadezdah "Little Boar" Buzina, a young pilot with the Red Army's 586th all-female fighter regiment, dreams of becoming an ace. Those dreams shatter when a dogfight leaves her severely burned and the sole survivor from her flight.

For the latter half of 1942, she struggles against crack Luftwaffe pilots, a vengeful political commissar, and a new addiction to morphine, all the while questioning her worth and purpose in a world beyond her control. It's not until the Soviet counter-offensive at Stalingrad that she finds her unlikely answers, and they only come after she's saved the life of her mortal enemy and fallen in love with the one who nearly kills her.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

{Character Interview} Det. Lily Blanchette of 'Her Final Watch'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Det. Lily Blanchette from Marguerite Ashton’s, Her Final Watch. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!
Thank you for your interview, Lily. How old are you and what do you do for a living?
I’m enjoying my thirties.
I work for the Fort Atkinson Police Department as a homicide investigator.
Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
The part on my right eyebrow. I had stitches when I was younger after banging my head on the corner of the television while playing tag with my little sister.
What would I love the most about you?
That I have an ability to think outside of the rules and test my leadership to find the guilty party, while setting aside strife in my personal life.
What would I hate the most about you?
That I left my dog, Max with my ex. I did it for my husband who was jealous of the previous relationship and didn’t like animals. Although, after everything that happened, I’m beginning to wonder if he lied about not liking animals.
Anyway, it wasn’t until later on in the marriage that I realized I’d made a mistake.
Where do you go when you are angry?
I pick up my tools and work on my Victorian. I want to restore the 105-year-old home to its former glory. I’m obsessed with details, especially in older homes.
What is in your refrigerator right now?
Two percent milk, cheese curds and raspberry ice tea. By the way, if anyone checked my freezer, they’d see a half-gallon of French silk ice cream sitting next to walleye fillets.
What is your most treasured possession?
My father’s badge. He meant the world to me.
What is your greatest fear?
Explaining the circumstances surrounding the death of their father.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
No. I’m waiting patiently as Ms. Ashton reveals more of my character traits in upcoming books.
Who is your best friend?
Morgan Danvers. She’s still recovering and I’m hoping Ms. Ashton has plans for bringing her back.
About the Author
When Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online library for crime writers who need help with their book research.She’s a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe. A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in Colorado, but is now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible.

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About the Book:
Title: HER FINAL WATCH Author: Marguerite Ashton Publisher: Endeavour Press Pages: 296 Genre: Crime
BOOK BLURB:
Speaking second-hand truths can be deadly … Detective Lily Blanchette will stop at nothing to solve a murder. Her current case involves the killing of an undercover cop working to bring down the mob for prostitution and drugs. But Lily's usual laser-like focus on the case has been disrupted. Two weeks earlier, she learned she was pregnant by her murderous husband whom she'd killed in self-defense. Unsure whether to keep her baby or place the child of this cruel man up for adoption, Lily keeps the pregnancy a secret from her colleagues. Under mounting pressure to solve the case, Lily arranges a sit-down with a local mob boss only to find out her suspect is also wanted by them. But before Lily can warn her team, she and her new partner, Jeremiah, are shot at, and another body is found. When she discovers Jeremiah has a connection with the underworld, she is pulled into a conflict that swirls around the boss's son who's hell-bent on revenge. To add to the complexity of the situation, Lily learns that her victim might still be alive if it wasn't for opportunistic Assistant District Attorney, Ibee Walters, who has a twisted vision of justice. As Lily gets closer to finding the killer, she unravels ugly secrets that point to Ibee and Jeremiah - placing Lily's life and her unborn child in danger.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

{Character Interview} Night in Jerusalem's Sarah




We’re thrilled to be talking to Sarah from Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy’s Night In Jerusalem.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m a twenty-three year old childless widow. Because I was unable to conceive during my marriage, the only man willing to marry me is an older widower with children of his own – not an attractive
prospect. I work as a teacher of religious studies in an all-girls school.

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

I have long, lustrous auburn hair, but I must cover it with a wig or scarf as that is required in my orthodox community.

What would I love the most about you? 

My kindness and generosity of spirit are the qualities I most appreciate, though the first thing you might notice about me is my singing voice. I sing every Saturday at our family’s Shabbat dinner.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My spiritual books which I read every morning and night. They are my best friends and advisors. Whenever I’m in need of an answer, I close my eyes and open to a page which always presents the guidance I need.

What is your greatest fear? 

To go through life never having known the love of a man again, and not having children.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself? 

I live in a close religious community where my father is the rabbi. I am always worried about what others might think or say about me. It causes me a great deal of fear, because of not wanting to hurt my father or family’s reputation.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Yes. She seemed to know what I was thinking before I did. She knew my fears, and my deepest desires.

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

I prefer being with my family, close friends and my students. I cherish my time alone to meditate, connect to God, and have the luxury to dream of love and far away places.

What is your favorite weather? 

I love Fall. The trees turn color and cast a spell over the city, especially at sunrise and sunset, when the stone houses look so alive.

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

I hope it is the Englishman, David, because I am secretly in love with him. I dream of him all the time, and can’t keep him out of my every thought.

            About the Author

Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy worked as an actress and writer in film and television in the United States and Israel. Night in Jerusalem is her debut novel, which she has adapted to film. She lives in Ojai California with her husband and daughter.

She writes, “I lived in Israel in the 1960s, a naive twenty-year-old, hoping to find myself and my place in the world. The possibility of war was remote to me. I imagined the tensions in the region would somehow be resolved peacefully. Then, the Six Day War erupted and I experienced it firsthand in Jerusalem.

I have drawn Night in Jerusalem from my experiences during that time. The historical events portrayed in the novel are accurate. The characters are based on people I knew in the city. Like me, they were struggling to make sense of their lives, responding to inherited challenges they could not escape that shaped their destiny in ways they and the entire Middle East could not have imagined.

I have always been intrigued by the miraculous. How and where the soul’s journey leads and how it reveals its destiny. How two people who are destined, even under the threat of war and extinction, can find one another.

Israel’s Six Day War is not a fiction; neither was the miracle of its victory. What better time to discover love through intrigue, passion, and the miraculous.

Writing this story was in part reliving my history in Israel, in part a mystical adventure. I am grateful that so many who have read Night In Jerusalem have experienced this as well.”

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About the Book:

A bewitching love story that is also an extraordinary portrait of Jerusalem, its faith, spirituality, identity, and kaleidoscope of clashing beliefs, Night in Jerusalem is a novel of mystery, beauty, historical insight, and sexual passion.
David Bennett is invited to Jerusalem in 1967 by his cousin who, to the alarm of his aristocratic British family, has embraced Judaism. He introduces David to his mentor, Reb Eli, a revered sage in the orthodox community. Despite his resistance to religious teaching, David becomes enthralled by the rabbi’s wisdom and compassionate presence. When David discloses a sexual problem, Reb Eli unwittingly sets off a chain of events that transforms his life and the life of the mysterious prostitute, Tamar, who, in a reprise of an ancient biblical story, leads both men to an astonishing realization. As passions rise, the Six Day War erupts, reshaping the lives of everyone caught up in it.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

{Character Interview} Sgt. Winston Windflower of 'A Tangled Web'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Sgt. Winston Windflower from Mike Martin’s A Tangled Web.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Hi. I am an RCMP officer, a Canadian Mountie. I’m a Cree from Northern Alberta who is stationed in a small fishing community on the east coast of Canada, called Grand Bank.

What would I love the most about you?

I think you would love my honesty and basic decency. I try and treat everyone and everything with respect. Somebody once called me the ‘nicest Mountie’ in Canada.


What makes you laugh out loud?

Eddie Tizzard, my long-time friend and side-kick always makes me laugh. He has these funny sayings that all Newfoundlanders use that make no sense at all, and he is a true innocent in the world. That makes him a joy to be around. I smile every time I see him, and as soon as he opens his mouth, I almost always start laughing.


What is your most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession is an eagle feather than once belonged to my grandfather who was the chief of my nation. I use it to smudge in the morning. Smudging is part of my spiritual traditions. You light a bowl of sacred herbs and medicines and then use the feather to pass the smoke over your heart, your head and your body.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

I think so. Sometimes he screws up and gets things a bit wrong, but then I give him a gentle nudge to help him get back on track. I wish he wouldn’t always be pointing out my faults, especially to the love of my life, my wife, Sheila Hillier. She loves that.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

A perfect day for me would be a run with Lady, my dog, in the morning. Then breakfast with my wife, Sheila, followed by an afternoon spent picking blueberries. I love the quiet, meditative act of picking berries. Plus, Sheila might make a blueberry buckle for dessert later. The perfect ending would be an evening in with Sheila and some special time together, if you know what I mean.

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?

Bread, home-made or a fresh baquette. Cheese, several varieties including hard and soft and if they have it, a Stilton with mango pieces. I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. And some fresh fruit, whatever is in season is the best.

Who is your best friend?

I have three best friends. Eddie Tizzard who I describe above. My wife and confidant, Sheila Hillier who I trust with my life. And Lady, my collie who truly is this Mountie’s best friend.

Do you have children?

No. But we are expected our first child. My Auntie Marie says it’s a girl. And she should know because she is a dream weaver, someone who can interpret dreams. She and my Uncle Frank are teaching me how to do it as well.


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

I love to eat. But I also love to cook. My specialty since I came to Grand Bank is pan-fried cod with something called scrunchions. They are small pieces of fat-back pork that are fried to a crisp and sprinkled over the top of the perfectly browned cod fish. I’m hungry just thinking about it. Aren’t you?

About the Author

Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a longtime freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home.

A Long Ways from Home was shortlisted for the 2017 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web is the newest book in the series.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017




We’re thrilled to be talking to Det. Lily Blanchette from Marguerite Ashton’s, Her Final Watch.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m enjoying my thirties.

I work for the Fort Atkinson Police Department as a homicide investigator.

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

The part on my right eyebrow. I had stitches when I was younger after banging my head on the corner of the television while playing tag with my little sister.

What would I love the most about you?

That I have an ability to think outside of the rules and test my leadership to find the guilty party, while setting aside strife in my personal life.

What would I hate the most about you?

That I left my dog, Max with my ex. I did it for my husband who was jealous of the previous relationship and didn’t like animals. Although, after everything that happened, I’m beginning to wonder if he lied about not liking animals.

Anyway, it wasn’t until later on in the marriage that I realized I’d made a mistake.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I pick up my tools and work on my Victorian. I want to restore the 105-year-old home to its former glory. I’m obsessed with details, especially in older homes.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Two percent milk, cheese curds and raspberry ice tea. By the way, if anyone checked my freezer, they’d see a half-gallon of French silk ice cream sitting next to walleye fillets.

What is your most treasured possession?

My father’s badge. He meant the world to me.

What is your greatest fear?

Explaining the circumstances surrounding the death of their father.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

No. I’m waiting patiently as Ms. Ashton reveals more of my character traits in upcoming books.

Who is your best friend?

Morgan Danvers.  She’s still recovering and I’m hoping Ms. Ashton has plans for bringing her back.

About the Author

When Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online library for crime writers who need help with their book research.

She’s a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe. 

A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in
Colorado, but is now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible.

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About the Book:

Title: HER FINAL WATCH
Author: Marguerite Ashton
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Pages: 296
Genre: Crime

BOOK BLURB:
Speaking second-hand truths can be deadly …

Detective Lily Blanchette will stop at nothing to solve a murder. Her current case involves the killing of an undercover cop working to bring down the mob for prostitution and drugs.

But Lily's usual laser-like focus on the case has been disrupted.

Two weeks earlier, she learned she was pregnant by her murderous husband whom she'd killed in self-defense. Unsure whether to keep her baby or place the child of this cruel man up for adoption, Lily keeps the pregnancy a secret from her colleagues.

Under mounting pressure to solve the case, Lily arranges a sit-down with a local mob boss only to find out her suspect is also wanted by them. But before Lily can warn her team, she and her new partner, Jeremiah, are shot at, and another body is found.

When she discovers Jeremiah has a connection with the underworld, she is pulled into a conflict that swirls around the boss's son who's hell-bent on revenge.

To add to the complexity of the situation, Lily learns that her victim might still be alive if it wasn't for opportunistic Assistant District Attorney, Ibee Walters, who has a twisted vision of justice.

As Lily gets closer to finding the killer, she unravels ugly secrets that point to Ibee and Jeremiah - placing Lily's life and her unborn child in danger.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

{Character Interview} Elwyn "Derrin" Derringer of THE NATURE OF ENTANGLED HEARTS @theemmahartley #characterinterview




We’re thrilled to be talking to Elwyn “Derrin” Derringer from Emma Hartley’s novel, The Nature of Entangled Hearts.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am thirty-one years old and I’m a professor of ceramics at the College of Art in Portland, Maine.  I’ve been there for eight years.  I’m also a practicing artist.  You might have seen some of my work around in the local galleries.

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

If you’re talking about physical features, I guess I’d go with my eyes.  My dad always said they were pretty.  They’re amber-brown with a dark ring around the iris.  I have nice eyelashes too.  If you are
wondering what distinguishes my personality from that of others, I’d say I’m just a tad sarcastic.

What would I love the most about you?

I’m a really good teacher.  Have you ever made anything out of clay?  If you haven’t, I could teach you.  It might be fun.  You’d get to see the creative side of me.  Clay is my happy place.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I go to the punk bar down the street.  It’s full of ill-tempered people, loud music, cheap beer, and I love it.  Being there always makes me feel better.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Left over tom kha gai soup, a bottle of white wine, almond milk, fruit and yogurt.  The most important commodity in my food arsenal, however, is the coffee.  That, I keep in the freezer.

What is your most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession is probably the picture of me and my dad from the day I graduated from grad school.  He looks so happy.  I miss him.

What is your greatest fear?

I’m not really afraid of anything anymore.  After my experiences with James, after going through the most intense fear I had ever experienced, I understand that fear is destructive.  It doesn’t do us any good in the end.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

Whenever I’m nervous, I make stupid jokes.  It seems pretty non sequitur to the people I’m with, and it only makes matters worse.  I also tend to push people away when they get too close.  I guess that’s not the best approach to making relationships last, but I just can’t seem to help it.


What is your idea of a perfect day?

A perfect day for me would be sailing with James.  I love being out on the water with the wind tying my hair into knots and the sun on my face.  I feel completely free when I’m on the ocean, as though my body has found exactly what it needed all along. 

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

I am pretty clumsy.  I would change that about myself.  I watch graceful people sometimes and wonder how they do it.  They move through the world without hurting themselves at all.  It seems almost miraculous!

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

Happy.  When I was a kid, I just wanted to be happy.  I never had that kid-like talent of capering with abandon.  I always felt weighed down, somehow.  I started making art to keep myself from being downright unhappy, but it only took me so far.  I always felt like something, or someone, was missing.  Then, I met James.  And the rest?  Well, read it for yourself!

About the Author

Emma Hartley is an author and artist living in picturesque Maine. She has been writing and making art since childhood and has been insatiably curious and industrious her whole life. Emma was a double major in English and Fine Arts and she received her Masters in Art and Design Education. She is a specialist in ceramics and includes much of this expertise in her novel The Nature of Entangled Hearts. Her other interests include playing drums, making art and exploring every square inch of the Maine coastline. The Nature of Entangled Hearts is her first novel.

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About the Book:

The Nature of Entangled Hearts is a fast-paced, edgy, romantic thriller, with a subtly supernatural twist.  Enter the story of Elwyn and James, two strangers entangled by their past-life experiences, who are mired in an unquantifiable present.  Throughout the novel they work to understand the bonds
that hold them together, just as an unforeseen danger threatens to tear them apart. 
                                                   
Elwyn “Derrin” Derringer is a ceramic artist and a professor at the local college of art in Portland, Maine.  She has always felt insecure and disconnected, unsure of how or why she fits into the world, seeking through her art to fill in the missing pieces of herself.  When Elwyn’s eyes lock on those of a stranger across the market, everything she has taken for granted as reality is thrown into question.  Understanding blooms in fits and starts, interrupted by her fears of attachment and eventually by the unwanted attentions of an obsessed and disturbed art student.

Throughout the novel, Elwyn discovers reservoirs of strength and independence as she faces these challenges, endearing the reader with her feisty nature and her fierce desires to create authentically, to love intensely and to transcend the destructive links to her past.  “The Nature of Entangled Hearts” takes us on a thrilling ride through past and present, through love and dread, through loss and reclamation, leaving us thankful that we don’t understand all the mysteries of the universe just yet, and reminding us never to take our lives - or our loves - for granted.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

{Character Interview} Ben Bracken of 'A Wanted Man'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Ben Bracken from Robert Parker’s A Wanted Man It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!


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

I’m 34, and for a living, as you put it, I was a soldier. A Captain – Her Majesty’s Royal Army, Welsh Guards. I had 10 years on the record before they wiped it.


What would I love the most about you?

Who knows? My witty repartee, or my ability to put someone in a leg-lock which breaks both their legs above the knee in less than five seconds? Both are great at a party, so it’s completely up to you.

What would I hate the most about you?

You can’t take me anywhere. We spend more than an hour together, and I’m agitated and want to get moving. I can’t sit still. My legs just can’t do it. You’d be irritated to hell by me.

What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t have any trinkets, or heirlooms. Nothing like that. But I do have a bag I’m rather fond of - in it there are five prison guard shirts soaked in a dead inmate’s blood. I’m not telling you were it is, but it’s an insurance policy which keeps me free.

What is your greatest fear?

Ah, you’ve gone all Freud on me. Fear is nothing to be ashamed of – it’s a natural response to pressure, and we all take on pressure differently. I don’t do fear often, but I’m open enough to admit it’s there. I’m worried I’ll die, and my record will still say ‘dishonourably discharged’. I didn’t piss away a decade in the dust and blood for that. You can have the medals, you can have the certificates, you can have the damn uniform – but you can’t take away the effort or the scars, so I don’t want either to be forever meaningless.

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?

Jerky, chocolate and water. If the world goes belly up in a heartbeat, you can make it a few days on just those three.

Do you have children?

Nearly did once. I can be candid here right? She got rid of it before I even knew she was expecting – I didn’t get a say. I’d have changed everything about myself to make that work, but… we’ll never know if it would have I suppose. Now? I think that ship has sailed.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

A guaranteed one. Seriously, ten years in the army gives you a sense of perspective.

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

Didn’t have a clue. Unless you’re blessed with a divine sense of purpose – and that’s not a bad thing, I might add – then it’s too much to ask a question like that of a kid. I wasted my teens wondering what I was going to be, pestered by school all the damn time. How could I decide what I wanted to do at forty? I was a bloody kid. 

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

Exactly what I’m doing right now – try to make a difference somehow. I’ll be trying to keep it off for some time yet, but dying tomorrow sometimes does seem like a possibility.

About the Author

Robert Parker is a new exciting voice, a married father of two, who lives in a village close to ManchesterUK. He has both a law degree and a degree in film and media production, and has worked in numerous employment positions, ranging from solicitor’s agent (essentially a courtroom gun for hire), to a van driver, to a warehouse order picker, to a commercial video director. He currently writes full time, while also making time to encourage new young readers and authors through readings and workshops at local schools and bookstores. In his spare time he adores pretty much all sport, boxing regularly for charity, loves fiction across all mediums, and his glass is always half full.

His latest book is the crime/thriller, A WANTED MAN.

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About the Book:

Title: A WANTED MAN
Author: Robert Parker
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Pages: 307
Genre: Crime Thriller
It’s down to fathers and fatherhood.

Ben Bracken, ex-soldier, has just got out of Strangeways.

Not by the front door.

With him, he has his ‘insurance policy’ – a bag of evidence that will guarantee his freedom, provided he can keep it safe – and he has money, carefully looked after by a friend, Jack Brooker.

Rejected by the army, disowned by his father, and any hopes of parenthood long since shattered, Ben has no anchors in his life.

No one to keep him steady. 

No one to stop his cause…

The plan: to wreak justice on the man who had put him in prison in the first place. 

Terry ‘The Turn-Up’ Masters, a nasty piece of work, whose crime organisation is based in
London.

But before Ben can get started on his mission, another matter is brought to his attention: Jack’s father has been murdered and he will not rest until the killers are found.

Suddenly, Ben finds himself drawn in to helping Jack in his quest for revenge.

In the process, he descends into the fold of
Manchester’s most notorious crime organisation – the Berg – the very people he wants to bring down…

This action-packed and fast-paced story will keep you turning the pages.
Manchester is vividly portrayed as Ben races around the city seeking vengeance.

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