Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Character Interview: Sadie from Paulita Kincer's 'Paris Runaway'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Sadie from Paulita Kincer’s, Paris Runaway.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Today is my 50th birthday. I teach elementary school art. Those tiny kids are such a relief compared to teenagers.

Do you have children?

I have two daughters. Evangeline, 19, just finished her first year of college at Tulane. She’s staying there this summer to take classes.
Scarlett is 17. I planned to spend the summer with her, but she surprised me by going to stay with her dad for two weeks on the first day of summer break. I haven’t heard from her yet today, even though it’s my birthday. I hope she didn’t break her phone.

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

My hair definitely stands out – a brassy red, sometimes kindly described as copper.

What would I love the most about you?

I think you’d admire how devoted I am to my daughters. I don’t really ask a lot for myself, but I’m a Mama bear when it comes to defending them.

What would I hate the most about you?

Maybe the same thing that you love. My friends are getting tired of seeing me put my life on hold while I raise my daughters. They think I’m wasting years waiting for my kids to grow up, but one of their parents needs to put them first.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Low fat milk – for cereal – the easiest meal possible when I don’t have to cook for anyone, and leftover Chinese that was delivered last night. I’ll have to go to the grocery store before my girls get home.

What is your greatest fear?

The thing I fear most is letting my daughters down. As a single mom, I try to put them first, but I’m so afraid of messing up that sometimes I just freeze. Other times, I try to make them happy, so I overindulge them, trying to buy their love, almost, but I know they love me.

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

Ever since the divorce, I’ve been a loner. I avoid hanging out with my happily married friends because people are always trying to fix me up with their friends or encourage me to date. I tell my friends that I have two more years to raise my girls and then I can think about doing something for myself.

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

I always dreamed of being an artist. From the time I could hold a crayon, I’ve been creating art. Pastels were my favorite, mixing the chalky colors together, but they’ve kind of fallen out of popularity. I never tried to earn a living on my art. I figured I’d better be a teacher and then I could spend the entire summer on my art. I’m not sure where the time goes, but I don’t mind teaching art to young children. They’re usually enthusiastic.

What is your most treasured possession?

Other than my daughters, of course, I’d have to say my cat is most important. Since I spend a lot of evenings home alone, he gives me silent companionship.

About the Author

Paulita Kincer has an M.A. in journalism from American University. She has traveled to France 11 times, and still finds more to lure her back.

She currently teaches college English and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her three children, two cats and one husband.

Her latest book is the women’s fiction, Paris Runaway.
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About the Book:

When divorced mom Sadie Ford realizes her 17-year-old daughter Scarlett has run away to Paris all she can imagine are terrorist bombings and sex slaves. After learning her daughter chased a French exchange student home, Sadie hops on the next plane in pursuit. She joins forces with the boy’s father, Auguste, and the two attempt to find the missing teens. The chase takes Sadie and Auguste to the seedier side of Marseille, where their own connection is ignited. Since the divorce, Sadie has devoted herself to raising kids and putting her dreams on hold, but when her daughter needs her most, Sadie finds that concrete barrier to life beginning to crack. In her journey, she learns the difference between watching the hours pass and living.

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Interview with Jackie Coleman of 'Floor 21' by Jason Luthor

We’re thrilled to be talking to Jackie Coleman from Jason Luthor, FLOOR 21.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m, uh, 17 years old. Technically, I’m a student. Part time, I’m a snoop. You know, sneaking into places I shouldn’t be. Getting in trouble. Running for the hills. A full time mess.

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

Well, I’m pretty smart, so that’s something. I can also shoot a basketball like nobody’s business.

What is your most treasured possession?

It’s kind of a combo deal. I have a baseball cap and bat I got from my mom and dad. This was like, years ago. I still remember when I hit my first homerun and he slapped it on my head. I guess those were just better times. You know?

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I think I just really like to explore. I want to know everything about everything. So, obviously that gets really frustrating living in a place like the Tower. It literally takes someone dying to get any answers from Tower Authority.

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

Definitely a loner. I’m not sure if that’s by choice, but that’s how it is. I’ve got friends! Just, not many. I mean, I’ve got some issues connecting with people. That’s not a surprise to anyone that knows me. I don’t know if that means I prefer to be alone or not. It’s just the way things are.

Who is your best friend?

Allison. She kind of grinds my gears sometimes though. She’s just way too perfect. It’s just, it’s like everyone loves her. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I loved her first. I just wish she was a little more curious about what life’s like outside the Tower. Still, I mean, she’s the only person I know who can get me dancing. That’s got to count for something.

Do you have children?

God, no. I mean, no offense to the girls that have kids when they’re young. I just don’t know why you’d want to have kids when we live in a place like this.

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

How many people are going to read this? God. Uh, Mike Chapman. He’s this, um, friend of mine. Well, the truth is, he saved my life once. Basically, he saved me from going nutters once when I was exploring the Tower. I don’t know. Ever since then, I just . . . I crush on him, I guess. He’s the only other person I know who wants to get out of this place. Plus, he’s a Scavenger, so he gets to go down into the lower floors. It doesn’t get any cooler than that.

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

When I was super young, I wanted to be like my dad. I knew he did research, so it was like, I wanted to do the same. I’m at least as smart as he is, so it kinda makes sense. When I got a little older, I started wanting to become a Scavenger. At least that would give me a chance to explore the Tower.

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

That’s . . . That’s hard, you know? One part of me says I’d just try to get to ground floor and get out of the Tower. But, I think that, if I were being super honest about it, that I’d just try and get my parents to hang with me like we used to. I guess . . . I don’t know. I guess I miss that. 

About the Author

Jason Luthor has spent a long life writing for sports outlets, media companies and universities. His earliest writing years came during his coverage of the San Antonio Spurs as an affiliate with the Spurs Report and its media partner, WOAI Radio. He would later enjoy a moderate relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, writing lore and stories for potential use in future games. At the academic level he has spent several years pursuing a PhD in American History at the University of Houston, with a special emphasis on Native American history.

His inspirations include some of the obvious; The Lord of the Rings and Chronciles of Narnia are some of the most cited fantasy series in history. However, his favorite reads include the Earthsea Cycle, the Chronicles of Prydain, as well as science fiction hits such as Starship Troopers and Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?
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Title: Floor 21
Author: Jason Luthor
Publisher: Scout Press
Pages: 355
Genre: Sci-fi/Dystopian
The last of humanity is trapped at the top of an isolated apartment tower with no memory of how they got there or why. All travel beneath Floor 21 is forbidden, and nobody can ever recall seeing the ground floor. Beneath Floor 21, a sickness known as the Creep infests that halls of the Tower. A biological mass that grows stronger in reaction to people’s fear and anger, the Creep prey’s on people by causing them to hallucinate until they’re in a state of panicking, before finally growing strong enough to lash out and consume them. Only a small team known as Scavengers are allowed to go beneath Floor 21 to pillage the lower levels in search of food and supplies.

Jackie is a brilliant young girl that lives far above the infection and who rarely has to worry about facing any harm. However, her intense curiosity drives her to investigate the bottom floors and the Creep. To deal with her own anxiety and insecurities, she documents her experiences on a personal recorder as she explores the secrets of the Tower. During the course of her investigation, Jackie will find herself at odds with Tower Authority, which safeguards what remains of humanity, as she attempts to determine what created the Creep, how humanity became trapped at the top of the Tower, and whether anyone knows if escape is even possible.

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  • Floor 21 is available at Amazon.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Interview with Petir Capota of 'Fairly Certain'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Petir Capota from Deborah Ann Davis' FAIRLY CERTAIN.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m eighteen…no, wait…I’m nineteen. I just had a birthday. I go to college at UConn (University of Connecticut). I start my second year in a few weeks. I have a summer job as a waiter, but I blew it off to go Geo-dashing for a week.

What would I love the most about you?

I dunno. I guess that I’m a good friend. I’m very loyal to the people around me. And I’m curious. I like to learn new things. I tend to gravitate away from what everybody else is trending. I lean toward more macho pursuits, like Ping-Pong. JK. I’m a computer geek. If you love computer geeks, you’ll love me.

What would I hate the most about you?

Probably the fact that I get a little…umm…insecure around the ladies…that can get a little annoying. I’d rather spend my time hanging out with Chris and Jimmy. They understand me. Girls don’t get me. If you’re a hater, you won’t get me either.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Watching old-time movies with my abuelos. Some of those old movies are so stupid, you have to laugh. Have you ever seen Abbott and Costello? Or Monty Python and the Holy Grail? >chuckling and shaking his head< They’re the best. Oh, yeah, and the funnies. I like to read the comics in the Sunday paper. I laugh out loud when I read the comics. So do Jimmy and Chris.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

You mean at our new apartment? The apartment that has our very own fridge? The apartment that we scored even though we just finished our freshman year? Do you mean the fridge in that apartment? Well, I do believe we have some arroz y habichuelas, and some platanos. You didn’t expect real food, did you? I’ll bet you predicted three guys would have Doritos and beer. Actually, if we had the money, we’d probably would have Doritos and beer. But we don’t, so nearly everything in the fridge is leftovers from Abuela’s last care package. She’ll make sure we don’t starve until the semester starts.

What is your most treasured possession?

My computers. You should see them! I have ’em all set up exactly the way I want them. Of course there’s always something else you can add on, but they cost money…

What is your greatest fear?

It used to be losing my abuelos in a car accident, like I did my parents. Then I’d be all alone. Correction: Chris and Jimmy have my back. They’ve been there since the accident. But now, my biggest fear is waking up from this bizarre dream and never seeing Maid Rianne again. I mean, it’s inevitable, right?

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I wish I wasn’t so geeky, that I knew how to talk to girls. Sometimes I think about it, but, nah. Why bother? I mean, how would you like to spend your day off, rocking Assassin’s Creed with your best buds, or trying to figure out how to approach a girl? Exactly.

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

Are you kidding me? Money, more money and cans we find on campus to recycle for money!

Who is your best friend?

I have two best friends, Chris and Jimmy. I’ve known them since before my parents…since elementary school. We’re all college roommates now. They both have pretty impressive computer setups, but they like to mess with mine when I’m not around. I can smoke them at Ping-Pong, even when I play them two-on-one. They both pretty geeky, but I think they’re cool. Except that Chris says “Dude,” like, all the time, and Jimmy tells him to shut up…all the time.

Do you have children?

Get real. Did you even read #7?

About the Author:

DEBORAH ANN DAVIS has been writing since she was assigned to keep a Journal in her 5th grade English class. She began to look around for writing inspiration. Lo and behold, she found her world was full of funny stories just waiting to be told. As she grew older, occasionally she could manipulate one into some school assignment, but it never occurred to her to pursue writing, not even when she discovered her flare for telling stories at college parties.

After a string of college majors, she realized she could have a captive audience EVERY DAY in the public school system. As it turns out, teenagers love to laugh, and what could be more entertaining than Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science? Then there's the added bonus that once kids know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh.

Go figure.

In addition to Writing, she is also an Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer. She taught for 25+ years, although somewhere in the middle of all that educating, she stepped out of teaching for 6 years to do the Mommy Thing, and run the office for their family construction company.

Even though they had followed separate paths, Deborah reunited with, and married her childhood sweetheart, twelve years after their first kiss.  Together they coached their daughter’s AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years their daughter and their money went to college.

They currently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. She enjoys dabbling with living a sustainable life, writing novels for her Love of Fairs series, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. She promotes increasing the amount of movement throughout your day via Wiggle Writer posts on Merry Meddling.

Remember, you can do anything if you set your mind to it— including becoming an author at any age— but it’s way more fun if you are grinning back when the Universe smiles down on you.

Deborah’s latest book is the new adult novel, Fairly Certain.
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Title: Fairly Certain
Author: Deborah Ann Davis
Publisher: D&D Universe
Pages: 196
Genre: New Adult

What happens when a Computer Geek challenges a Medieval Outlaw?

PETIR TAKES A ROUGH TUMBLE IN THE CONNECTICUT WOODS, and awakens in the middle of old England. His instinct to freak out is tempered by the arrival of a fair maiden wearing a bow… and arrow. In his college world, fair maiden types don’t ordinarily go for computer geek types, but for some reason, he is no longer in his world. Petir’s fairly certain he can try whatever he wants without consequence… but the fair maiden isn’t playing fair.

WITH THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE ROYALS ESCALATING, MAID RIANNE has joined the outlaws hiding in the woods, outwardly defying the handsome and accomplished knight to whom she is promised. She is fairly certain she is simply flattered by Lord Petir’s uncensored admiration of her skills with the staff and bow, the same unmaidenly pursuits disdained by her knight. But, that doesn’t explain her reaction to Lord Petir’s unguarded gaze.

TO PETIR’S DELIGHT, AND MAID RIANNE’S DISMAY, the outlaws invite him to join their merry band. What better way to get close to her? Throwing caution to the wind, Petir decides he has nothing to lose by pursuing Maid Rianne. It’s fun and games, until Maid Rianne is captured by the enemy. Now, a geek with no ability to defend himself must find a way to rescue a fair maiden who has become much more than fair game.

“Adorably romantic!”   An absolutely fun, adorable, romantic read that will thoroughly entertain you, no ifs, ands, or buts! The plot was extremely unique and I l-o-v-e-d just how unusual it was. It was thoughtfully planned out and written with a smooth glide, seemingly effortless on the author’s part. The ending was surprisingly unexpected and I’m thinking I really, really like this new-to-me-author, Ms. Deborah Ann Davis! I’m already anxiously awaiting her next book. Don’t miss Fairly Certain or I’m completely certain you’ll be upset you did!
-- Review by bookshellz

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Character Interview with Danny of I HAVE FAITH

We’re thrilled to be talking to Danny from Davin Whitehurst’s, I Have Faith.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am eight years old and currently a third grader at Wilson Elementary School. I enjoy playing in the backyard with my new dog and active in baseball, basketball and golf.

What is your most treasured possession?

My faith is what I treasure the most. I know that my toys and clothes and everything else will change but my faith I will have forever, so I don’t take that for granted. 

What would I love the most about you?

I am a very caring person. I love to help people out and always there for my friends when they need me. I think I am patient so I don’t get mad very easily and I just love people.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I go to my room. It gives me time to cool down and not say things I shouldn’t say. My older brother gets on my nerves a lot, and so instead of egging it on I just go to my room to get away.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I am a very silly person so jokes will make me laugh. My brother and I laugh a lot. So much so, many times no one else is laughing but we are rolling around on the floor.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

A summer day, spending time with my friends in the neighborhood, playing football in the back yard or riding around on our bikes makes a perfect day. Summer days are so awesome as we can just play all day and stay up at night.

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

I love being around my friends and family. There is always something to be done whether we are playing board or video games indoors or camping or playing sports outdoors. I like being active and doing it with other people.

Who is your best friend?

My best friend is Sam. He knows me and we get along really good. He lives at the end of the block and we are almost inseparable. Sam is the one from the book that did not believe I would get a dog. He had heard my mother say many times that we were not allowed to get a dog, so he never believed it would ever happen.

What is your favorite weather?

I love the snow. I will spend hours outside building forts, snow sledding, or snowball fights with the all my friends around the neighborhood is awesome. My mom does not like the cold weather but I like the snow and especially the snow days, NO SCHOOL!   

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

I like to cook, and one of my favorites is pizza. Rolling the dough out and putting all the toppings on top is so much fun. Then eating it is the best part. My mom let’s me help out in the kitchen so I get to pretend I am a chef.

About the Author

Davin Whitehurst lives in the beautiful high desert of Southern Arizona with his wife and son. He is releasing his first book "I have Faith" in May of 2016 but has so many more that are in the making. The motivation behind the books are deeply rooted from in his own past. He is a living testimony of Proverbs 22:6. Growing up in Southwest Kansas and in a Christian household, he was trained up in the way he should go. By the time he became a teenager, Davin turned away from God and left church. Fast forward into his late twenties and God brought him back with a powerful calling. He and his family have been faithfully serving at Seed of Abraham Christian Center International for over seven years now. Proof that when we teach our children the way they should go. When they get older, they know where to turn and will not depart from God. Davin wants each book written to be a resource that parents have to help train their children in the way they should go. He writes stories in a simple way that will be fun and practical for every child. He wants children to get excited about faith and the things of God.

His latest release is the children’s book, I Have Faith.

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Title: I Have Faith
Author: Davin Whitehurst
Publisher: Childlike Faith Publishing
Pages: 26
Genre:  Children

Are you ready to get your child excited about faith? “I Have Faith” puts your child right in the footsteps of Danny as he begins to learn about faith. Danny and his older brother have been wanting a dog, but both know their parents don’t think they are ready for a dog. When Danny’s mom begins teaching him what the bible says about faith, he puts his faith into action. After praying and releasing his faith for a dog, doubt and even his best friend keep telling him that he will never get a dog. Over time Danny never loses his faith in the promises of God and finds that God is faithful and that faith works. Come along on this journey that is a real life event that took place in the author’s life as a child.

This book has great illustrations that support a wonderful story about finding faith in God. As you are teaching your child about principals in the bible; this book will help you teach faith. What a wonderful experience it is when we can see our children begin to develop their faith in God, and grow from a tiny mustard seed to a firmly planted tree. The back of the book has a parent/child discussion which will help children gain understanding in faith and some scriptures that Danny’s mom used to get him excited about faith.

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