Monday, December 1, 2014

Felipe from Mike Hartner's 'I James' #historicalfiction #romance

We’re thrilled to be talking to Felipe from Mike Hartner’s, I, James.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Felipe.  Can you tell us your story?   

I am a lonely goatherder from the middle of Spain…. Hehehee… sorry, just wanted to laugh.   No, I’m a saylor.  I’ve spent most of my life working on boats for the Iberian Empire, and my home port has been Madras.

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

Well, there’s my brawn, and my size, and my good looks…

What would I love the most about you?   

Everything.  And how could you not.  I’m Spanish.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Hate.  You can’t hate me.  I’m a lover not a hater.

Where do you go when you are angry? 

When I get angry, it’s usually because someone else is hurting my crew.  I grab my sword and fight.

What makes you laugh out loud?  

 Small children, bad jokes, and people having fun.

What is in your refrigerator right now?   

What is this thing… refrigerator?  ( hears whispers telling him to keep food cold)… Nothing.  I don’t eat cold food.  Just salted meats and fresh hot food.

What is your most treasured possession?  

The title of Godfather that my best friend gave me to her daughter Mary.

What is your greatest fear? 

That I won’t be there to defend my god-daughter or my friend.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?   

My ability to love quickly, and leave just as quickly.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?   

What I saw and what he said was accurate.

What is your idea of a perfect day? 

Sun, very little wind, and pleasant seas on our Barque in the Med.

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

Dried meat, oranges and dates.

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

None.  The only place I have food is on the boat or in a tavern.

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

Nothing at all. I’m perfect. (swipes hair with hand)

Who is your best friend?   

My best friend is Mary, and the second is her husband James.

Do you have children? 

No, but I’m working on it.

What is your favorite weather?   


What’s your idea of a perfect meal?   

The only one I had was from Mary.  She makes fish with citrus and it tastes good. 

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

As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to sayl.

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

I like to eat.  But I can’t cook.

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

Everything I can to make Mary happy.

About the Author

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He's traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.

His latest book is the historical fiction/romance, I, James.

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About the Book:

James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?  

For More Information

  • I, James is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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