Monday, August 14, 2017

{Character Interview} Kyle Broder of The Mentor





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

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

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

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

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

What would I love the most about you?

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

What would I hate the most about you?

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

Where do you go when you are angry?

To the bottom of a bourbon bottle.

What makes you laugh out loud?

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

What is in your refrigerator right now?

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

What is your most treasured possession?

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

What is your greatest fear?

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

What is your idea of a perfect day?

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

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

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

About the Author

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

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About the Book:

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

{Character Interview} Alice Taylor of When the Sky Falls




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

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

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

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

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

What would I love the most about you? 

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

What would I hate the most about you? 

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

Where do you go when you are angry? 

Plan my revenge.

What makes you laugh out loud? 

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

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

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

What is your most treasured possession? 

A good knife.

What is your greatest fear? 

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

What is the trait you most not like about yourself? 

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

About the Author

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

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About the Book:


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

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

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

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



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

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

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

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

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

What would I love the most about you?

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

What would I hate the most about you?

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

What is your greatest fear?

Getting someone else killed because I screwed up

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I am capable of cold blooded killing.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

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

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

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


Do you have children?

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


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

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

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

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About the Book:

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

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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





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

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

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

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

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

What would I love the most about you?

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

What would I hate the most about you?

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

Where do you go when you are angry?

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


What is in your refrigerator right now?

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

What is your most treasured possession?

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


Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

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

What is your idea of a perfect day?

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

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

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

Do you have children?

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

About the Author

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

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About the Book:

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

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

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

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

The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe is available at AMAZON.
 

Friday, June 23, 2017

{Character Interview} Harry Chapman of 'The Discovery'




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

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

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

Where do you go when you are angry?

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

What makes you laugh out loud?

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

What is your greatest fear?

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

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

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

What is your idea of a perfect day?

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

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

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

Who is your best friend?

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

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

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

Louis Kraft, Co-Author The Discovery

Meet the Author

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


About the Book:

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

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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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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