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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About the Book:


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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Character Interview: Kate Beckham of 'Beckham 101'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Kate Beckham the author from The Kate and Robert Chronicles and her new book, Beckham 101.  It is a pleasure to have you with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Yes, thank you for this opportunity. My name is Kate Beckham. I am 26 and I have my nursing license but I am newly wedded and currently a stay at home wife taking care of my husband Robert and our household.

What makes you laugh out loud?

  Oh… a lot of things… but lately it’s been getting away with surprising my husband Robert. He is a very well trained police officer and can read people very well. Usually nothing gets by him but I have managed to pull a few surprises out of my hat without him finding out until it was time. There was this one time a few months ago when we were on our honeymoon in San Diego that he had planned and everything was just perfect. He spared no expense I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start our life as a couple… anyways I wanted to do something  nice for him so I managed to pull off an evening at the Padres game.. My husband loves baseball… that night was amazing and his reaction was even better when he found out…

What is your greatest fear?

Right now my greatest fear would be if something happened to my husband. He is a highly trained police officer and he is the top man on the municipal police SWAT team. He has only been called out once so far since we have been together but that was once too much for me. It took that night to really make me hate his chosen profession with all the danger that he faces on a daily level... There are some really crazy people out there and he has such a high risk job… so yes my greatest fear is losing Robert. He really has become my world.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

 My perfect day would just be spending quiet time with my husband.. We do so much and Robert is constantly training… I still can’t believe the energy he has.. he is a machine and being a nurse I just worry he is gonna burn himself out.. so my perfect day would be hanging out with the hubby, cooking some food together and chilling on the couch.

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

Oh… my three must haves are my list from Robert and I planning our meals for the week, me sticking to the budget when I walk down the cookie aisle and number three.. number three… umm.. oh.. I never remember to buy laundry detergent… I don’t know why it never makes the list. So I should go down every aisle just for that reason.

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

I am equally both. I love to be around my friends and family. My husband right now wants me to be everywhere with him so my down time lately is only when he is at work and I have to say… I am enjoying that at the moment to get the housework done but here is the funny thing, when I am home alone all’s I think about is Robert and how I can’t wait to see him again.

Do you have children?

 We do not have children but my husband wants a houseful. He would like nothing better than to keep me barefoot and pregnant the rest of my life. We have been back and forth on when to start a family and as much as I want a little Robert running around right now that my husband has introduced me to the world of travel and I am liking it just being us at the moment. His mother lives in Ireland and his dad lives in England. We got to spend some time over there and I can’t wait to go back. Oh I went to France for a very quick trip too! We are definitely going back there for at least a week without a baby.

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

 Oh jeez… I pray for their sole… My over protective lug will bury them. Let’s home there is nobody secretly in love with me because if Robert finds out they will be dead.

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

 Oh… I am becoming a cook book hoarder.. I cannot throw out a single recipe… I have several chef hero’s … Julia Childs, Lucinda Scala Quinn to name a few and I love watching cooking shows and trying new recipes. Sometimes planning Robert’s meals for the week is challenging because there are many good things out there… I try to balance it out by his training for the week because he needs a lot of lean proteins. I just love to cook always have since I was little. Seafood is new to me and Robert loves seafood, I’m not that big into it. I like fish and chips, that’s about my history with seafood so I am now learning to cook seafood.

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

 I would cry. My life is just starting. I have a husband that I adore and new responsibilities I am getting use to with new family I am adjusting to and love very much. I will never give up, never surrender!

About the Author

Suzanne Eglington is the author of the Kate and Robert Chronicles series. The three-book series follows the unfolding romance of top cop Robert Beckham and the ravishing Kate Quinn. The titles in the series are Inceptions, You and I, and the recently released Beckham 101. A fourth book in the Kate and Robert Chronicles series is forthcoming.

Suzanne currently resides in Central Massachusetts with her family.

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About the Book:

Title: Beckham 101: The Kate and Robert Chronicles
Author: Suzanne Eglington
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 280
Genre: Romantic Suspense

BECKHAM 101 is the third installment in the Kate and Robert Chronicles by author Suzanne Eglington. Eglington invites readers into the intimate inner world of the newly wedded duo as they learn to navigate life as a committed couple. Settling down brings new perspectives and people into Kate’s and Robert’s lives, along with the exposure of more of Robert’s mysterious past. For Kate, being married to a top cop means managing both desire and reality.
Following a one-week courtship, Kate submits to her love for Robert, an intense super cop who has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to seize the one women he truly desires. Their quick marriage means frequent amorous entanglements, but it also means that Kate’s knowledge of her new husband’s personal history is limited. Kate must steady herself to cope with the slow unveiling of her husband’s past.
Being the wife of an influential and respected police officer means a change in lifestyle for Kate. Robert is fiercely protective of his wife and enjoys spending as much of his free time with her as possible. Marriage to Robert means Kate has inherited a family of high-performing cops who not only open their hearts for her but also provide protection when ghosts from Robert’s past threaten to harm her.         
In BECKHAM 101, the author introduces new characters into the series, including Robert’s best friend, Jimmy and Kate’s wise and skilled Uncle Jack. As with the two previous books in the Kate and Robert Chronicles, Eglington’s mission is to offer readers a respite from their daily lives. “First and foremost,” Eglington says she wants her readers to feel “I have entertained you with my characters and possibly left a lasting enjoyable impression that fed the passion and intensity of the love between Kate and Robert. Second, that I was able to take you away from your everyday routine to enjoy some downtime with a story you are falling in love with.” Beyond the steamy intimacy and the thread of danger embedded in her stories, Eglington’s books also highlight the lives of cops. “My stories are about the lives cops lead away from the police department. I want readers to think of the men behind the badge and the people who could be in their lives.”
By gradually revealing some elements of Robert’s past in BECKHAM 101, Eglington is priming readers for the fourth book in this sexy and suspense-filled series.

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Character Interview: Macy from 'Macaroni and Cheese'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Macy from Cheryl C. Malandrinos’, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m ten years old, so I don’t have a job. Except going to school.

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

Mom and Dad think I’m smart. I like school too.

What would I love the most about you?

I like to help out. I’m the oldest, so I get to help Mom with the cooking and cleaning.

What makes you laugh out loud?

My dog, Dino. He’s the best dog. He loves to play.

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

Milk because Mom says it will help me grow up strong; Apples because they are so yummy; and carrots—my favorite vegetable.

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

Boxes of macaroni, salt, herbs and spices Mom and I use when we cook, and a box of dog treats.

What is your favorite weather?

Fall is my favorite time of year because the leaves are changing and my Mom bakes a lot.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Macaroni and cheese. We don’t buy the boxed stuff. Mom’s is homemade and filled with tons of gooey cheese.

What is your most treasured possession?

Dino. I love him. Sometimes he sleeps on my bed at night.

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

I love cooking! Mom and I do that together. I really like to help on the holidays, like Thanksgiving. Apple pie is fun to make.

About the Author

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.

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About the Book:

Title: MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR THANKSGIVING
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 16
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Character Interview: Aakti of 'Unawqi, Hunter of the Sun'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Aakti from Kali Kucera’s Unawqi, Hunter of the Sun.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Lets’ see, I’m getting on about 4 and a half billion years last time I checked.  I’ve been around quite a while, before any of you were here for sure.  My job is not one I necessarily enjoy, which is keeping you warm and alive.

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

I’m recognizably yellow; sometimes orange or purple if you throw up enough smog or dust in front of your eyes.

What would I love the most about you?

Love? A lot of people worship me, I know that much.  They have either a ceremonial way of loving me, or they just love me after it’s rained too much.

What would I hate the most about you?

That the love is not mutual.  Or maybe you just hate me after you’ve fallen asleep at the beach too long.

Where do you go when you are angry?

Oh, that’s a good one.  My mother says I’m always angry about something, but I’m also moving all the time, so it depends on where you’re standing.

What is your most treasured possession?

My seeds. They are the only reason I’m here. They’ve been stolen from me and I have to get them back, no matter what the cost, no matter how long it takes.
What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

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

I don’t have friends. I have audiences and admirers, and I surround them, not the other way around.

Do you have children?

No, that’s a vicious rumor that’s floating around, and I challenge you and anyone else to prove it!

About the Author:

Kali Kucera is an American lorist and short story writer living in Quito, Ecuador, where he also rides and writes about bus and train travel. Since he was 9 years old he has been composing plays, operas, short stories, and multi-disciplinary experiences. He has been both a teacher and performer as well as an arts mobilizer, and founded the Tacoma Poet Laureate competition in 2008.

His latest book is the mythical realism novel, Unawqi, Hunter of the Sun.

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About the Book:

Title: Unawqi, Hunter of the Sun
Author: Kali Kucera
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 218
Genre: Mythical Realism

In a time when supernatural and industrial worlds are staged to collide, an Andean boy finds himself in the center of an epic struggle between the cosmos and the earth. Unawqi is born with both insurmountable power and a fate of certain death, both of which are challenged by his hunt of the emperor, Aakti, the Sun: the very force that desires to abandon the earth unless Unawqi can overcome him.
Premise: How easily we take the Sun for granted. We are conditioned to its rising and setting on time, and assume it enjoys doing so, or more likely is indifferent. Unawqi, Hunter of the Sun reveals a more perilous tale: the Sun, Aakti, is a being who is a reluctant player in providing light and warmth to our world, and even more has always desired to leave us to die if he didn’t have certain personal complications standing in his way. Aakti will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if that involves murder of his own kin or annihilation of an entire living planet. Ironically, what holds him back is the very life he is creating; the family from which he tries to but cannot wrest control, and among them a young intrepid boy emerges, a hunter who sets out on a journey, not to stop the Sun, but to overcome him with a force we also take for granted: our humanity.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Character Interview: Thom Burroughs of 'Scarecrow on the Marsh'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Thom Burroughs from Don Weeks’s Scarecrow on the Marsh.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I recently celebrated my fifty-second birthday. I’ve been working as Chief of Police in Sandwich, Massachusetts for over ten years now.

What would I love the most about you?

I don’t text and I don’t have an iphone. When I talk to people, they have my undivided attention. I can’t tell you how many times a day I end up repeating myself because the person I’m talking to is texting with someone else or watching something on the internet. It’s rude. I prefer the old days when people actually made eye contact and listened to one another.

Where do you go when you are angry?

There’s nothing like a brisk walk around the Sandwich marsh. It’s only a couple of minutes from my house on foot. I have to admit it’s a little weird for me now after the murder. Every time I pass the observation deck, I still picture that headless body. The image haunts me.

What is your greatest fear?

I’m afraid of not making a difference. Life is short and it’s important to establish some kind of legacy. That’s why I chose police work. In my opinion, there’s nothing more rewarding than keeping people safe. The terrorist threat here on the Cape last year—that was the scariest situation I’ve ever handled. But I’m not much of a story teller. You can read all about it in Weeks’s book.      

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Well, there were two authors actually. I think maybe the first guy had it right. I’m not so sure about the guy who stepped in later. But I’ll give him credit for trying.


What is your idea of a perfect day?

Spending it with my girlfriend, Abby. When my wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver twelve years ago, I shut down emotionally. I didn’t think I’d ever love again. But time is a great healer and Abby is one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met. It doesn’t matter where we go or what we do, we enjoy each other’s company. We worked together for seven years before actually noticing each other. She’s been through a lot herself and I guess neither of us was interested in pursuing a romantic relationship.   


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

I have a hard time getting close to people. It’s a side effect of losing the people I loved most. Moving from Monterey, California to Cape Cod was the best decision I ever made. I’ve had a chance to reinvent myself here on the Cape. But it’s been a slow process. I have a very small circle of friends. I’m still a little skeptical about letting people in.   


Who is your best friend?

Paul McLeod. He owns the Laughing Gull Pub in Dennis. I’m very close with his wife and daughter too. They’re like family to me. Paul has a small yacht and, when the weather is nice, we go fishing. A lot of the stuff we catch ends up being served in his restaurant. The food is great there. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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

Oh, yes. Good food is one of my passions. And I’m lucky to live on Cape Cod, where you can get fresh seafood year round. I like to try out new recipes at least once a week. I’ve thought about opening my own place, but I’d feel strange competing with my buddy Paul.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
Tell Abby I love her. That’s the one thing I’ve learned in life. When you love somebody, you need to tell them so. On any given day, you may never get another chance.

About the Author

For over thirty years, Don Weeks was among the most popular radio personalities in the Capital District region of New York State. He received a Marconi Award for radio excellence in 2005 and was inducted into to the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame four years later. He had just completed a rough draft of Scarecrow on the Marsh when he died of Merkle Cell Cancer in March of 2015. Author royalties from this project will be donated to the WGY Christmas Wish Campaign, which benefits a variety of charitable causes. Weeks worked tirelessly over the years to help raise money for the campaign.

Jonathan Weeks has published several books on the topic of baseball--four non-fiction projects and one novel. His latest work, a mystery-thriller entitled Scarecrow on the Marsh, is a posthumous collaboration with his father--former radio icon Don Weeks, who passed away in 2015. Weeks finished the book in fulfillment of a promise he made to his father before he died.  

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About the Book:

Title: Scarecrow on the Marsh: A Cape Cod Thriller
Author: Don Weeks
Publisher: All Things That Matter
Pages: 192
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

When the mutilated body of renowned cosmetic surgeon Randall Landry turns up at a secluded bayside marsh in the town of Sandwich, Police Chief Thom Burrough's life is turned upside down. While investigating the murder, he and Barnstable County coroner Abby Rhodes will uncover a plot more sinister than anything they could have imagined. On the outskirts of Chatham, a group of terrorists has assembled to unleash destruction on Cape Cod.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Character Interview: Enoch of 'Fair to Hope'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Enoch from Sam Reed’s Fair to Hope.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Thanks for having me, I normally don’t do interviews, this should be fun. The age question is difficult, it’d probably be easier to answer based on how old I look, that’s probably something around what you would call 25 years old. I mostly keep secrets and twist wills for a living. It has its ups and downs.


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

My eyes, the last person I, um…assisted (Velma is her name, sweet girl, stubborn, will probably never be ready for what’s coming but I did the best I could to help), well, she called them kaleidoscope eyes, which is probably the most accurate description. They tend to change colors. A lot.

What would I love the most about you?

I make a great breakfast, that’s something to love if you like to eat as much as I do. And I could out dance you, but you’d have one hell of a time while it’s happening, cause really, who doesn’t love dancing right? We all do it, even if you only do it alone in your bedroom, where no one else can see it, you do it, I know you do.

What would I hate the most about you?

The fact that knowing me would probably mean things weren’t going so well for you.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I’m assuming you mean the one in my kitchen and not the one in the Cleansing Room so…Jones soda in long neck bottles organized by color, left over pizza and thai takeout, Envy apples (the only apple I eat), maple syrup, butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (cause they taste better cold), marinated olives, bacon, and Pillsbury Grands Biscuits.


What is your most treasured possession?

My house. It’s a lot like me, one thing on the outside, completely different on the inside. It’s the only place where I feel most myself and I’ve spent a lot of time and energy to make that true. I’m proud of it. Even though I can probably count on one hand the number of people who’ve seen it…or would remember seeing it.


Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

She did alright, I guess about as well as could be expected. It’s not like I’m an easy guy to pin down, though she got my house pretty close to right, and that’s important to me. So brownie points there. Honestly, I think she could have used me more, I’m full of nothing but knowledge…but if I think about it long enough, she probably did what was right, it wasn’t my story she was telling. It’s just…I’m not used to being a sidekick. Maybe I’ll take it up with her later, she if she’d be willing to revisit some things, or create something new. I have tons of stories I could tell.

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

My hands would be perfectly symmetrical, my left pinky finger is a hair shorter than my right pinky finger, and it drives me insane.

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

I’m supposed to be a loner…the whole, “live on the outskirts…move in secret…don’t let people know who you are or what you do…” thing. But I’ve lived enough lifetimes to know life is way too boring that way. At the same time…I don’t really have friends. Velma might be a friend, if I ever see her again…but people, I do prefer to be around people. I like to be reminded of the fullness of the world, and why I do what I do.


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

Relax, finally. It would be a relief to know that I could, that I’m more like you than I’ve ever let myself believe. And then I’d eat one hell of a breakfast.

About the Author


Sam Reed is a born and bred southern girl who grew up reading Toni Morrison, Archie Comics, Christopher Pike, Octavia Butler, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. When she’s not thinking of what to write, she is napping or eating, going to church, wishing she could sing, trying to perfect her Grandma’s biscuit recipe, watching A Different World reruns, sitting in the sun—or reading a book.

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About the Book:

Title: FAIR TO HOPE
Author: Sam Reed
Publisher: North Loop Books
Pages: 222
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Velma had lived two lives: her first as a former foster kid, and her second as an unlikely recruit into a secret order that satisfied her need for retribution. Her fifteen-year-old self had given up on hope, but after three years with the Taram, she’d found her life’s purpose.

That is, until she is surprisingly named Kachina, the fabled chosen empowered to fight the last battle for the fate of the world. Having to kill someone she loves was never part of the bargain, even if it means saving everyone else from damnation.

Building a normal life free from the pull of the Taram—seems like the only answer to her prayers. Except her best friend, the other Kachina, is coming. The legend is clear that one of them must die.

Velma will have to weigh the cost of her life against a world that’s constantly betrayed her and quite literally decide if she’ll be damned in dying, taking the whole world with her.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Character Interview: Ludwig van Beethoven of 'Beethoven in Love; Opus 139'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Ludwig van Beethoven from Howard Jay Smith’s novel, Beethoven in Love; Opus 139.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, ‘B.’ May we call you ‘B’ as your friends do? How old are you and what do you do for a living?

Odd you should ask.  I am fifty-six years old and only seconds from my death.  I am a musician and a composer.

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

Those who know anything about my life, will recall that beginning at age 26 or so, I began to lose my hearing.  By the time I was in my mid-forties I was totally and utterly deaf. Nonetheless, when I was 54 I composed what is arguably the most single important piece of Western Classical music ever created, my Ninth Symphony which concludes with the ‘Ode to Joy.’

What would I love the most about you?

My passion for music, my passion for life, my passion for my Immortal Beloved.

What would I hate the most about you?

I do not suffer fools lightly. Go on.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Though in my novel I experience many things from the future, such as flashlights, hot air balloons and an astonishing magnificent Bosendofer Piano from 1906, I never had the luxury of owning a refrigerator.  Nor could I cook anything beyond my morning pot of coffee.  Every night in Vienna I would head out to a local pub and dine with friends.  Fresh fish was my favorite.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

Tell me why I, whose hearing once surpassed all others in sensitivity and degree must suffer such humiliation and torment? To be cast out by our Creator as history’s cruel joke, a deaf musician, a composer unable to know the vibrancy of his own scores.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Many biographers and now even moviemakers (whatever that is) have described my life.  Those idiots portray me as an angry misanthrope.  How can that be when every night I dine with friends who surround me with their love and affection?   Howard Jay Smith is the first one to even come close to getting me right.  And his son, Zak Smith’s portrait of me, captures my state of mind and persona better than anyone else in the past.

What is your idea of a perfect day?   

Oh for one day of Joy, to be in the embrace of my Immortal Beloved anon while listening to my Ninth Symphony.

Who is are your best friends? 

Steffan von Breuning, his older sister, Leonore von Breuning, and her husband, Franz Wegeler. But a better question to ask are who are all of the many women whom I loved?  And among all of them, which one is my Immortal Beloved?

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

I am not going to die tomorrow, for today, March 26, 1827 at 5:00 pm, is when I will die.  Truly, in a matter of seconds I am going to emerge from this dream like journey to Elysium; my eyes will open, glassy unfocused.  I will look upward – only the gods know what I see, if anything.  I will raise my right hand, a hand that has graced a thousand sonatas and clench my fist for perhaps the last time.  My arm will tremble as if railing against the heavens.  Tears will flood my eyes…   Then, spent, my arm will fall back to the bed, my eyelids will close and I will be gone...  You had to ask?

And if you want to know what is in my head at this very instant, the very last seconds of my existence on this earth, read Howard Jay Smith’s novel, “Beethoven in Love; Opus 139.”  You will not be disappointed.  After all, what is a novel but a collection of lies that strive to tell a greater Truth? And that is just what Smith has done.

About the Author


Howard Jay Smith is an award-winning writer from Santa Barbara, California. BEETHOVEN IN LOVE; OPUS 139 is his third book. A former Washington, D.C. Commission for the Arts Fellow, & Bread Loaf Writers Conference Scholar, he taught for many years in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and has lectured nationally. His short stories, articles and photographs have appeared in the Washington Post, Horizon Magazine, the Journal of the Writers Guild of America, the Ojai Quarterly, and numerous literary and trade publications. While an executive at ABC Television, Embassy TV, and Academy Home Entertainment, he worked on numerous film, television, radio, and commercial projects. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Symphony - "The Best Small City Symphony in America" -  and is a member of the American Beethoven Society.

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About the Book:

Title: BEETHOVEN IN LOVE; OPUS 139
Author: Howard Jay Smith
Publisher: SYQ
Pages: 385
Genre: Literary Fiction/Biographical Fiction

At the moment of his death, Ludwig van Beethoven pleads with Providence to grant him a final wish—one day, just a single day of pure joy. But first he must confront the many failings in his life, so the great composer and exceedingly complex man begins an odyssey into the netherworld of his past life led by a spirit guide who certainly seems to be Napoleon, who died six years before. This ghost of the former emperor, whom the historical Beethoven both revered and despised, struggles to compel the composer to confront the ugliness as well as the beauty and accomplishments of his past. 
As Beethoven ultimately faces the realities of his just-ended life, we encounter the women who loved and inspired him. In their own voices, we discover their Beethoven—a lover with whom they savor the profound beauty and passion of his creations. And it’s in the arms of his beloveds that he comes to terms with the meaning of his life and experiences the moment of true joy he has always sought.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Character Interview: Maggie Harris of 'The To-Do List'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Maggie Harris from Sharon Struth’s, The To-Do List.  It is a pleasure to have Maggie with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Thank you for having me. I’m thirty-seven the proud owner of Books, Beans and Beyond, a bookstore/cafĂ© located in the small waterfront town of Brockport, CT. My aunt passed away and left me her used bookstore, so it’s an honor to update the place the way my aunt had always wanted.


What would I love the most about you?

People say I’m a woman who always gets the job done! You know what helps with that? My lists. An easy way to stay on task.

What would I hate the most about you?

Well, I’m not sure most people would hate this, but I know it drives Cooper Stanton mad… He hates when I step on his toes, like trying to help him figure out who is behind the threats for me to leave town. Coop’s the detective in charge of my case and I’m not sure he’s really listening to my suggestions. So I tried to help out—clearly a touchy subject for him. But now that we are rekindling some of our old feelings for each other, he says I should trust him more. It’s just so hard to do sometimes, but I know he’s right…


What is your most treasured possession?

A locket. It’s the last gift my father ever gave me before he disappeared from town, leaving my mother and me behind. Now that I’ve returned to town, I hope to find out why he left us.


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

Since my return to Brockport, I’ve been enjoying a few of the local eateries a little too much. There’s Frankie’s with it’s celebrity sandwiches like The Cool Hand Luke Egg Salad, and Sugar Coated Bakery for a morning sweet, and  Chi-Chi’s Chocolates, where I get a late afternoon pick-me-up. So maybe I’ve indulged in a little too much stress eating and I’m feeling it when I button my pants.

Who is your best friend?

Celeste Donovan is my best friend and always has my back. Heck, she even came with me when I tried to help Coop solve my case without him knowing. She specializes in the one-card tarot reading because it’s too hard to give readings with many cards, but nobody takes her too seriously. Then again, she may have been right when her card suggested there would be danger in my store…

About the Author

Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail.

The Hourglass (Etopia Press), her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards for Best First Book and winner of the Chatelaine Award For Romantic Fiction. Her follow-up release, Share the Moon (Kensington Publishing) is a Barnes & Noble Romance Bestseller and first in the Blue Moon Lake Novel series.

She writes from Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived along with her husband and dogs.

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Maggie Harris has her ultra-organized life well in hand, until she finds her neighbor and husband together, in her bed, and the tight hold she keeps on her world unravels, leaving her grasping for an escape. So how can she refuse when she’s handed the dream job of running her aunt’s bookstore and a chance for a fresh start? Even though the bookstore is in Brockport, Connecticut, her former hometown, and a place she’d vowed to leave behind forever.

When someone breaks into Maggie’s new business and leaves a threat on the wall, Detective Cooper Stanton is assigned the case. It’s been twenty years, but Coop hasn’t forgotten the way Maggie once charmed him at every turn—even with her controlling ways. This time, though, Coop refuses to let her seize the reins. What he doesn’t know is she plans to grab them anyway…and she’s got a secret she never shared.

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