Monday, March 20, 2017

{Character Interview} Dhara of 'The Mountain Goddess' by Shelley Schanfield





We’re thrilled to be talking to Dhara from Shelley Schanfield’s, The Mountain Goddess.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m twenty six now, but I must tell you that when I was fifteen I could already talk to tigers and vanish into thin air! You see, as a girl I ran away from my little village to a sacred Himalayan cave to study with a mysterious woman yogi. She promised she’d teach me yoga’s supernatural powers. I frightened her with how gifted I was—and still am.

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

I’m descended from a beautiful celestial nymph who seduced the god Himalaya, and I inherited her silky black hair and dark, almond-shaped eyes.

What would I love the most about you?

I am passionately loyal to those I love. Like my best friend Sakhi. Or I was loyal to her, until I ran away and became a powerful yogi and warrior and captured Prince Siddhartha’s heart. In the years since I became his princess, Sakhi and I have drifted apart…but it’s not all my fault! And I’ll make it up to her, I swear…

What would I hate the most about you?

I am so good at so many things—archery and riding and yoga and, well, everything—and I’m beautiful, too. All Prince Siddhartha’s companions are in love with me. So the women at court hate me. You might, too, but when you read my story, you’ll understand me. Understanding begets love. I’m selfish, but I’m brave, too, and I want to fight for my kingdom!

What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is that my husband Siddhartha will give in to his secret yearning. There was a prophecy when he was born that he would forsake his royal duty and become a Buddha, the wisest sage to ever live. He might slip away to become a homeless truth seeker and leave me here alone with our newborn son. How can I be a mother, the most unselfish of all beings, without him? If only I could talk to my beloved friend Sakhi…

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

It was hard work on my part to get Shelley to ignore how the legends about the Buddha portray me.  Some of them say I was a saint, some say I was unfaithful, some hardly mention me at all! In the end, though, I think Shelley put me on the page as I really am.


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

I’m a princess and I don’t shop at grocery stores; besides, there weren’t such things in northeastern India 2500 years ago! While I was living at the sacred cave I learned to survive on what mountain and forest had to offer. So I’m not afraid of hardship, even if I’ve become accustomed to palace luxury, and this serves me well in these difficult times.

(I think, though, if I were living in your day and age, I would always have bittersweet chocolate around. Shelley always does!)

Who is your best friend?

As I’ve said, Sakhi is my best friend. She’s modest and wise and a good mother to her five sons. I even think Siddhartha is a little in love with her. (I’m not jealous. Really.) But she’s not perfect either. Rumor says she’s taken a lover…

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

No one is secretly in love with me. All Siddhartha’s companions openly adore their warrior princess! Here’s the real secret: I love Siddhartha’s best friend, that charming rogue Chandaka, and I don’t know what to do about it…


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

Everyone should ask herself this question the first thing every morning, but who among us does? There will be a day, though, in the sequel to The Mountain Goddess, when its answer will truly mean life or death for me. You’ll want to read that book, too, when it comes out in 2018.

About the Author

Shelley Schanfield’s passion for Buddhism and yoga arose sixteen years ago, when she and her son earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do. The links between the martial arts and Buddhist techniques to calm and focus the mind fascinated her. By profession a librarian, Shelley plunged into research about the time, place, and spiritual traditions that 2500 years ago produced Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha. Yoga, in some form, has a role in all of these traditions. Its transformational teachings soon prompted Shelley to hang up her black belt and begin a yoga practice that she follows to this day.

Because she loves historical fiction, Shelley looked for a good novel about the Buddha. When she didn’t find one that satisfied her, she decided to write her own novels based on the spiritual struggles of women in the Buddha’s time. She published the first book in the Sadhana Trilogy, The Tigress and the Yogi, in 2016 and will publish the second, The Mountain Goddess in early 2017.
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A beautiful warrior princess. A tormented prince. A terrible choice between love, duty, and spiritual freedom.

In ancient India, rebellious Dhara runs away to a sacred mountain to study with the powerful yogi Mala, a mysterious woman with a violent past. Flung by war onto an adventure-filled journey, Dhara meets and captures the heart of Siddhartha, whose skill in the martial arts and extraordinary mental powers equal her own.

Worldly power and pleasure seduce Dhara, creating a chasm between her and her husband, who longs to follow a sage’s solitary path. She takes on the warrior’s role Siddhartha does not want, and when she returns wounded from battle court intrigue drives them further apart. As Siddhartha’s discontent with royal life intensifies, Dhara’s guru Mala, who has returned to her life as a ruthless outlaw, seeks her former pupil for her own evil purposes.

Dhara’s and Siddhartha’s love keeps evil at bay, but their son’s birth brings on a spiritual crisis for the prince.  If he leaves his kingdom to seek enlightenment, he turns his back on love and duty and risks destroying his people. Only Dhara can convince him to stay. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Character Interview: Gayle of 'A Shaman in Kensington Square'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Gayle from Alba Lewis’s A Shaman In Kensington Square.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m 35 and in your country your call me a Shaman, though it is not a name I call myself in Peru.

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

I have big brown deep eyes. 

What would I love the most about you?

You will know when you talk that I am really hearing what you are saying and that I understand.

What would I hate the most about you?

I only do what I want to do.  Sometime people get angry with this.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I run in nature.  For hours.  I am one of the fastest runners across the mountains in Peru.  I do the 24 hour race every year.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I like the English man – Mr Bean. He is very funny.

What is your most treasured possession?

It is a stone I found one day. It called to me.   I carry it everywhere.

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

Ha ha.  I would like to be taller.  We are a strong people, but not tall.

Who is your best friend?

My best friend is Merlin. He is my dog.

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

Sarah.  She is in love with me.  She is scared about her life, but she is also so strong.  I am happy to have met her.

About the Author

Alba Lewis was clear she wanted to be a writer at the age of 13 as she smoked cigarettes in the cubicles with her friends.  It took her 20 years to start writing and so far she has published seven books, two fiction and five annual factual books on life.  Committed to an interesting life, despite the paradoxes, Alba continues to write, work with not for profits, and support others to take their creative spirit and get it out into the world via her mentoring programmes.  'We live in a world where a creative resource is paramount to solving problems and having an expansive life".

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Title: A SHAMAN IN KENSINGTON SQUARE
Author: Alba Lewis
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 191
Genre: Women’s Fiction
This is a story about a mouse, an eagle, a shaman, Sarah who’s run away to London from her husband leaving her children, Janet who’s been loyally married to Roger for decades and wants to stand by her husband but has fallen for the charms of a much younger man, and Doug who frequents back room bars whilst holding down a important job. But all their lives change as the energy of the shaman comes to stir things up.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Character Interview: Sheriff Dearborn from 'Cat O' Nine Tales'


We’re thrilled to be talking to Sheriff Dearborn from the story The Eternal Sheriff in the book, Cat O’Nine Tales by Krystal Lawrence.  It is a pleasure to have the sheriff with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Well now, my age…that’s a toughie. I been around since the first book in the Sidewinder Series done come out on the market, and that’s a spell back now, yah’ hear? What I do for a livin’ is keep law and order ‘round these parts. I’m the sheriff here in Sidewinder.

What would I love the most about you?

Why shucks, ma’am I’m charming.

What would I hate the most about you?

Hate? ‘Bout me? Can’t think of a thing.

Where do you go when you are angry?

To the Ace High Saloon to have a whiskey with my deputy, Johnny Starr. I tell you, I been spending a fair amount of time there just lately.


What is your most treasured possession?

My Patterson 12 shot. Just about the finest pistol ever made.


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

Oh, hon, you’ll have to ask Min and Momma what they fetch when they’re up at the general mercantile. I honestly don’t know.

I’m opening up your cabinet.  What foods do I see?

“Minnie, Momma! Can you come in here and talk to this gal please?”

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

Well, just between you and me——I can never seem to get my badge to sparkle just right the way I like. It’s never shiny enough to suit me. But, shush now, don’t you tell anyone I said that or I’ll flat out deny it.

Who is your best friend?

Deputy Starr.

What is your favorite meal?

Why, I’m a meat and potatoes man, ma’am. Why? You wanna cook me supper?

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

I’m startin’ to think it’s you… and well, that’s fine, hon, just don’t let Minnie find out or I’ll be sleepin’ out back on my saddle.

About the Author

Krystal Lawrence lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of three novels—— two vampire stories, Risen and Risen II: The Progeny, and a trilogy entitled, Be Careful What You Wish For which is currently under consideration to be turned into a television series. Cat O’Nine Tales is Krystal’s first and much anticipated collection of short stories. Her books are available through Amazon and all major book retailers.

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About the Book:

Title: Cat O’ Nine Tales
Author: Krystal Lawrence
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Pages: 284
Genre: Horror/Suspense
What evil dwells within the pretty lady next door or the ordinary house cat?
What happens when you pursue your dreams into the desert after dark?
Beware the man borne of your imagination. He could seek vengeance on the one who created him.
Visit a bookstore offering a most alluring and sinister service.
Journey to the dark side with ten twisted tales of horror, malevolence, and the truly uncanny.

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Character Interview: Mike Stone of 'Kracken: Dawn of Destiny'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Mike Stone from Ray Ellis’, KRACKEN: Dawn of Destiny. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character! 

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

Hi there, thanks for having me. I’m 33 years old what I used to do before all this happened is design—rather, engineer planets for human habitation.

What would I love the most about you? 

I guess that, what you see is what you get. I’m not a very complex man, but at the same time I am very passionate.

What makes you laugh out loud? 

People. Life. Over confident people—people who think they have the whole thing figured out, now, that makes me laugh.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My Bible and my blaster. My wife gave me the Bible, it was the only thing I had left from her after Ted Waters attacked my family and destroyed our home.
 
What is your greatest fear? 

Oh, that’s easy. Insignificance. The idea of living my entire life and not having mattered in the larger scheme of things…that scares me.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Ahhh, yeah, he’s funny like that. I think he put just a little bit of himself in me. I guess you’ll have to be the final judge of that.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal? 

Anything someone is willing to cook for me…I’m a lousy cook.

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

When you have a woman like mine, you can care less what else is out there. I’m sure its flattering, but with Mary in my corner, I’m just not interested.

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

King of the world. That’ where my problems kind of started.

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

I love to cook, but like I said, the process doesn’t really like me. You’re looking at a guy who really appreciates CPMs, computer prepared meals.

About the Author


Ray was ordained into the ministry in March of 1989 and was sworn in as a uniformed police officer in April of that same year. He began writing in the fall of 1991, although like many before him, it had been his lifelong dream to be a writer. He completed his first manuscript, a science fantasy, in late 1999, but it was his fifth book published.

His first three books published was an inspirational mystery series, Nate Richards Mysteries, which was followed by a paranormal short story called “I”. Ray drew from his almost 30 years experience working in law enforcement to create the world of his mystery thrillers and from the same three decades in ministry to integrate the principals and truths of the Christian Gospel throughout all his stories . In his career, he worked as a jail deputy in a maximum-security facility in Orange County, California before being transferred to street patrol. While working in Orange County he also served as the captain of the department’s Martial Arts stunt and demonstration team.

In June of 1997, Ray transferred to Idaho, where he continued to work as a police officer, serving in patrol, then as a sex-crime investigator, and finally as a SRO, School Resource Officer. Being a pastor and a police officer, Ray offers a unique view of the human experience, binding the two worlds to tell his stories from his own distinctive perspective.

Since releasing his first book, Ray has been selected as Top 50 Author for the state of Idaho, a Top 10 Author and the ACFW Author of the Year for the State of Idaho. He has also served as the president of the IWL: Idaho Writer’s League from 2001-2003, and as president of Idahope, a Christian Author’s Writers Group.

He is currently working on the second installment of the Dawn of Destiny Series: Shadow of the Serpent, the follow up to KRACKEN.

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About the Book:

Title: KRACKEN
Author: Ray Ellis
Publisher: NCC Publishing LLC
Pages: 367
Genre: Inspirational Science Fiction

The year is 135 New Reckoning. A Godless world is rebuilding itself.

When a stranger from Mike Stone’s past appears on his doorstep, his ordinary life is suddenly and violently destroyed. Mike’s past has come back to haunt him. Now with his family attacked and his home destroyed, Mike finds himself running for his life through a jungle-planet filled with terrors and a monster known only as the Kracken.

In the midst of the chaos, Ted Waters launches his plan for domination. In a post-apocalyptic world, Waters sets himself up as the sole leader of the emerging world government. Using children as slaves, he mines a new narcotic used to subdue the people’s will.

Kracken, the story of two men, two opinions and two bases of power set on a collision path. When the two collide, Mike finds himself confronted by the God he thought he left behind.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Character Interview: Pope Pius XIII from 'Dominion'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Pope Pius XIII from Doug Hewitt’s, Dominion.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am 74. I am the Pope. That is not only what I do for a living, it is my life.

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

I am celibate and always have been.

What would I love the most about you?

It is my hope that my desire to seek the truth is so raw and pure that it is admirable.

What would I hate the most about you?

Well, allow me to say that the word hate is distasteful to me. It is difficult for me to imagine hate because I have purposefully tried to eradicate it from my vocabulary. But, in my opinion, it is truth that people hate.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I take a walk on the Vatican grounds and pray.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I love the innocence of children. They make me laugh. God bless the children.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I’m afraid you would need to speak to the Vatican chief chef.

What is your most treasured possession?

My rosary beads. They were given to me by Mother Theresa. I can feel the holiness in them.

What is your greatest fear?

That our Church will not be as effective as it needs to be to spread the Word as humanity leaves its Earthly confines. My fear is that the Church does not accompany the expansion of our species into space.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I am human; therefore, I’m a sinner. Christ forgives, but sinners we all are.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

I thought it was too harsh. I mean, I only watched. I was a concerned adult. But I understand the need for drama. Still, why involve a pontiff?

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Judgment Day.

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

Oh, it’s been a while, but I have a secret desire for Diet Coke, nutty donuts, and raspberries.

I’m opening up your cabinet.  What foods do I see?

Again, speak to the Vatican chief chef.

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

To be honest, I wish I could climb the staircases in the Vatican more quickly than I do now.

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

The human spirit shines brighter when surrounded by friends. So, yes, friends.

Who is your best friend?

I feel that Christ is my best friends, but I want to be flexible here, so I’ll add that Doug Hewitt, author of Dominion, is a great, true friend. I recommend that you visit his website, www.StinkyUniverse.com.

Do you have children?

Although Roman Catholic, I do not.

What is your favorite weather?

I view weather as a daily miracle. It’s all wonderful. I’ll admit to a bit of a thrill during a thunderstorm. Remember, I travel to the Moon in Mr. Hewitt’s book.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Bread and water.

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

I feel sorry for this person. This person does not understand who I am. And I hope that this person can confess and do away with any carnal thoughts.

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

Shortstop for the Yankees. (chuckles)

What is your most treasured possession?

My rosary beads, as I explained earlier.

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

No, I do not cook. Perhaps I could make a sandwich.

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

Pray.

About the Author


D.A. Hewitt is an award-winning author of four novels and over a hundred short stories. One novel was awarded a gold medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for best regional fiction. He attributes his success to hard work, honing a skill and providing an outlet for his passion for writing.

Born in Michigan, he lived for 25 years in North Carolina before returning to live in his home state. In addition to enjoying sky diving and mountain climbing, he is a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps and has earned a degree in mathematics.

Mr. Hewitt admits to a fascination with the work of Carl Jung and of the Gnostic religion. He’d always thought intertwining these topics in a science fiction novel was a stretch, but one day the storyline of Dominion came to him. He wrote the novel in a stream of consciousness. “It makes sense, tapping into the collective unconscious,” Mr. Hewitt says, “very much like Carl Jung might have predicted.”

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About the Book:

Title: DOMINION: FIRE AND ICE
Author: D.A. Hewitt
Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks
Pages: 372
Genre: Science Fiction
It’s the year 2075. Lunar mining and processing facilities have prospered near the lunar south pole, where the Moon’s largest city, Valhalla, rests on the rim of the Shackleton Crater.

Dominion Off-Earth Resources has beaten the competition into space and is ready to establish its monopoly with the opening of the orbiting space resort Dominion. But Pettit Space Industries has a secret plan to emerge as a major contender in the commercialization of space. The upstart company is training the first space rescue squad at a secluded off-grid site in Barrow, Alaska.

The rescue squad gets nearly more than it can handle when its first mission involves the Pope, who’s traveling to the Moon to establish the Lunar See. During the rescue attempt, they discover Earth is imperiled by an asteroid large enough to cause mass extinction. Using the unique skills taught during their training, skills emphasized by the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung, these Jungi Knights must elevate their game if they are to save both the Earth and the Pope—while not getting killed in the process.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Character Interview: Nathan Hill from 'Sealed Up'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Nathan Hill from Steve Dunn Hanson’s Sealed Up.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Early 40’s—that close enough? I’m an anthropology professor at UCLA.

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

I’m not sure what you mean by distinguishable. I have a pretty good reputation in the world among my peers because of the work I’ve done with Maya epigraphy and some of my landmark Mesoamerica archeological digs—at Piedras Negras, Guatemala especially.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I don’t laugh out loud.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Not much. I live by myself and mostly eat out.

What is your most treasured possession?

Memories of my wife. She died a couple of years ago.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yeah. He did a pretty good job. Hard to bring out stuff about someone who doesn’t talk much.

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

Ha! My hair. Just give me some. Any color’s fine.

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

Don’t really have a lot of friends, probably because I like to be by myself. Thinking is better than talking.

Who is your best friend?

Hyrum Bentley. He does what I do at the University of Texas. We went on all our digs together—until the accident. He’s a quadriplegic now.

Do you have children?

No. My wife’s dead.

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

I’d call Hyrum. He doesn’t wear his religion on his sleeve, but he’s a believer. Deep. I’d probably ask him what he thinks is going to happen to me.

About the Author


I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

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About the Book:

Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

 

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Character Interview: Scrooje from 'On Top of the World'






We’re thrilled to be talking to Scrooje Ebonyzer from David Lamb’s On Top Of The World.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m thirty-two years old. What do I do for a living? I do me. I’m a music star, fashion mogul, talent agent, music producer. I’m getting into making films and doing theater.

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

What would I love the most about you? 

Underneath my egotistical, materialistic, uncaring persona I’m a hopeless romantic who cares deeply about people and longs for a chance to win back, Belle, the woman I drove away with my greed and stupidity.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself? 

My disbelief that I’m worthy of love because I believe that no matter how successful I am that I’m doomed to end up back where I started, broke and alone. And my unwillingness to admit to the people who matter most to me that I regret some of the things I’ve done. 

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

Look at me—I’m handsome, suave, rich. You can’t be serious.(Well, actually, I do wish that as a kid I hadn’t had a pip-squeak voice, needed coke-bottle glasses and been the smallest boy in school, but that’s it.)

Who is your best friend? 

My best friend was Marley. He dies at his birthday party in Brazil when he fell into his pool and drowned (he was a little tipsy at the time). When I was in elementary school I was the most picked on kid all the way through freshman year of college. But Marley was an athlete that everyone looked up to and he always protected me. His family even adopted me and rescued me from foster care.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal? 

A private dinner with Belle on a yatch sailing around Manhattan.

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

Not poor! I grew up in foster care, my sister Fan and I were forcibly separate when I was 12 and more than anything I wanted to have money so I wouldn’t be subject to people’s whims.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My Janjaap Ruijssenaars million dollar Floating Bed. (Trust me—it’s the best sleep you’ll ever have.) Well, actually, if was completely honest. My real most treasured possession my ring. Even though Belle and I haven’t spoken in three years, I wear it under my shirt every day, and even take it out and polish it every now and then.

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

If the angels are winning – find Belle and apologize. And then apologize to Cratchit for being a prick instead of a good friend.

If the demons are winning – put on a free concert in Central Park entitled Me. Myself and I. Copyright the phrase and sell a million t-shirts at $40 a pop. Then have the money buried in a mausoleum with me and have engraved on the Mauseleum – You Can Take It With You!

About the Author


David Lamb is a native New Yorker, born and raised, bitten with the writing bug since he was in elementary school and had handwriting nobody could decipher. Like Charles Dickens, David grew up a poor boy in the big city who found that the pen really is mightier than the sword. In middle school Lamb's hero was David Lampel whose velvet voice could be heard reporting the news over David's grandmother's radio. Whenever he heard him on the radio, David would substitute Lamb for Lampel and pretend he was delivering the news. Sure that he was destined to be a famous reporter David was happy to go to a high school with a journalism program. Like most kids, by the time he finished high school he had a whole new career in mind. After high school he went to Hunter College and majored in Economics because he wanted to be cool like that college kid who came to speak at his last year of high school. He was an Economics major, he was dressed sharp and above-all the girls thought he was the man! So like any unreasonable high school boy fueled by overactive hormones David figured if he majored in Economics they'd think he was cool. After finishing college David went on to law school at NYU, but all the time writing was still his heart. While working as a lawyer by day, at night he transformed into a writer and eventually wrote and produced the award-winning hit off-Broadway romantic comedy Platanos Y Collard Greens. Being a writer and having the chance make people laugh out loud while challenging them to think about the world around them, and inspire each of us to believe in the power of love and our own ability to overcome life's challenges is a great gift that David truly enjoys and thanks you for allowing him to share with you in On Top Of The World (Until The Bell Chimes).

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2016 BEST FICTION-Pacific Book Awards. FROM THE FUNNY AND NATURALLY BRILLIANT DAVID LAMB, award-winning playwright of the New York Times celebrated play, Platanos Y Collard Greens, comes a modern spin on Dickens' classic tale that perfectly combines humor and romance in a story re-imagined for our digital, consumerist age.  This version of Scrooge and Belle is familiar, yet unlike any you've come across before. Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is music's
biggest superstar, with one hundred million albums sold, fifteen million devoted YouTube subscribers, two and a half million Facebook likes, and twenty-five million fanatical Twitter followers known as Scroojites. Belle, is a legal shark who gulps down her opposition voraciously and whose beauty and stunning figure causes traffic accidents as she zips through the sidewalks of Manhattan stylishly adorned and taking no prisoners.   They never imagined being music's most powerful couple, but that's exactly what happened when Belle fell head over heels and gave the Coke-bottle glasses wearing, plaid and stripe attired, scrawny, biggest nerd on her college campus the ultimate makeover, turning him into a fashion impresario whose style sets trends from Milan to NY Fashion Week and who can be seen courtside at the NBA Finals sporting a perfectly-fitted cashmere suit.   Then it happens. Belle realizes too late that she's created a chart-topping monster as Scrooje's ego explodes and he starts acting a fool.   Now, it's been three years since they ve spoken. But tonight at Hollywood s biggest red carpet event, with the whole world watching, they'll be given a second chance.   Will Scrooje listen to the ghostly-advice of Marley, his best friend since the fourth grade, who at the time of his untimely drowning at his Brazilian poolside birthday bash was as big a star as Scrooje? Will Scrooje finally do right by his number one artist, Cratchit, a genius comedian, who Scrooje invariably rip offs every chance he gets?   And with twenty-five million viewers tuned in will Scrooje finally shed his ego, jeopardize his image and declare his love for Belle, the one he betrayed and let slip away?   Second chances don't often come around. Will Belle even give him a chance?   Mixing heart, soul, bling and romance in a fresh, original satire about race, class and celebrity worship Lamb establishes himself as one of the most talented and amazing writers today. And leaves no doubt that the Pacific Book Awards chose wisely when they selected On Top Of The World as the year's Best Fiction.

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