Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Character Interview: Lyle Hall of 'Ghost Hampton'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Lyle Hall, Esq. from Ken McGorry’s Ghost Hampton.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m 55 but friends say I look about 69. I’m trying to not work but, frankly, I hear voices.

What would I love the most about you?

My droll sense of humor. My girlfriend says, “That was droll,” about three times a night.

What would I hate the most about you?

My former life as a greedy lawyer who’d stop at nothing to get to a bar.

Where do you go when you are angry?

A bar.

What makes you laugh out loud?

My ex-partner, Fraser Newton, damn his eyes. His voice mails are my one guilty pleasure.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Don’t go there.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

All three meals at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, LI.

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

My spine injury at the L4 vertebra.

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

I’m alone a lot, but surrounded by annoying dead people.

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

It’s embarrassing because she’s a clairvoyant and knows I think she resembles Phyllis from The Office sitcom.

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

Write my daughter, Georgie, a heartfelt apology.

About the Author

Ken McGorry has been writing since third grade. (He learned in first grade, but waited two years.) He started a school newspaper with friends in seventh grade, but he’s better known for his 23 years as an editor of Post Magazine, a monthly covering television and film production. This century, he took up novel-writing and Ghost Hampton and Smashed are examples. More are in the works, like the promised Ghost Hampton sequel, but he’s kinda slow.

Ken lives on Long Island with his wife and they have two strapping sons. There are dogs. Ken is also a chef (grilled cheese, and only for his sons) and he enjoys boating (if it’s someone else’s boat). He has a band, The Achievements, that plays his songs (try Back at Manhattan College (English major!), he was a founding member of the venerable Meade Bros. Band. Ken really was an employee of Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons one college summer, and really did mow Dan’s lawn.


About the Book:

Lyle Hall is a new man since his car accident and spinal injury. The notoriously insensitive Bridgehampton lawyer is now afflicted with an odd sensitivity to other people's pain. Especially that of a mysterious young girl he encounters outside a long-abandoned Victorian house late one October night. “Jewel” looks about 12. But Lyle knows she’s been dead a hundred years. Jewel wants his help, but it’s unclear how. As if in return, she shows him an appalling vision—his own daughter's tombstone. If it’s to be believed, Georgie’s last day is four days away. Despite Lyle’s strained relations with his police detective daughter, he’s shocked out of complacent convalescence and back into action in the real world.

But the world now seems surreal to the formerly Scrooge-like real estate lawyer. Lyle’s motion in court enjoining the Town of Southampton from demolishing the old house goes viral because he leaked that it might be haunted. This unleashes a horde of ghost-loving demonstrators and triggers a national media frenzy. Through it all strides Lyle’s new nemesis in high heels: a beautiful, scheming TV reporter known as Silk.

Georgie Hall’s own troubles mount as a campaign of stationhouse pranks takes a disturbing sexual turn. Her very first case is underway and her main suspect is a wannabe drug lord. Meanwhile, Lyle must choose: Repair his relationship with Georgie or succumb to the devious Silk and her exclusive media contract. He tells himself seeing Georgie’s epitaph was just a hallucination. But a few miles away the would-be drug lord is loading his assault rifle. Berto needs to prove himself.

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