Friday, September 30, 2016

Character Interview: Amy from 'Truthsight'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Amy from Miriam Greystone’s, Truthsight.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m in my late twenties, and I’m a doctor and a Healer. In case that isn’t clear, I mean to say that I work in the local ER during the day. But at night I run a secret clinic for supernatural creatures out of the abandoned barn on the edge of my property.

What would I hate the most about you?

Lots of people hate me, actually, and I can’t really blame them for it. You’d probably feel pretty much the same as they did, once you heard the story. Just like them, you’d hate me for a decision I made in the past. I did what I felt I had to do. Honestly, I was trying to do the right thing. But I know that my actions had consequences; huge consequences. Things I could have never seen coming. Now I’ve got a whole clan of mages that wants me dead and I have to live in hiding. That’s the reason I can’t use my healing powers – if I did the other mages would sense where I am. I can’t even use my real name. They’re all still out there . . . hunting me.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I don’t really understand the question. I don’t go anywhere when I get mad. I get angry a lot – but what difference does that make? I’ve got my job to do, and I do it. Period. I’m not bragging here, but the truth is that, even without my healing abilities, I’m still a damn good doctor. And there are plenty of people who need a doctor like me real bad. When I get angry, I just keep doing what I’m doing. I keep taking care of the folks that need it. And I’ll always do that – for as long as I possibly can.


What is in your refrigerator right now?

We always keep our fridge stocked with everything we might need to care for our preternatural patients. We’ve got several different kinds of wild honey, large containers of various selections of dirt, mud, and sand. We’ve got every kind of wild herb and a bunch of homeopathic medicines that I brewed myself. I also have beer and sausages, and a large selection of freeze-dried frogs. Don’t judge. Sometimes our patients come in here hungry. We’ve got to feed ‘em, or they might just take a bit out of us!

What is your most treasured possession?

It isn’t mine really. I’m holding onto it for someone. I’d rather not talk about it too much, if you don’t mind. But I will just say that I don’t ever have to be afraid of losing it; you see- I carry it around inside my own body. And someday, if my past mistakes don’t catch up with me first, carrying it inside me like this will most probably cost me my life. Power like this isn’t meant to stay burrowed away inside a human’s chest. I’m a doctor – I know what carrying it is doing to me, but it isn’t like I have much of a choice.


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

Cash, so that my credit card can’t be traced. Knowledge of the nearest exit, in case I need to make a mad dash out the back. And tea. Raspberry tea. It is one of the best things in the world.

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

You won’t see much, I’m afraid. I mentioned a minute ago that I’m carrying something inside my body? Well, doing that takes a pretty big toll on me. Truth is, it’s pretty hard for me to keep much of anything down. I drink raspberry tea almost every morning and night, and some days it is my main source of calories. When I feel up to it I make myself green smoothies. They are the best way I’ve found to get as many calories and as much nutrition as I can into my body.

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

I wouldn’t mind having friends, but it’s been so long that I don’t exactly remember what it feels like. The creatures I care for in my clinic aren’t my friends, even though I care about them. I am an outsider to them, and they don’t trust me any more than they have to in order to get the help they need. Jason is the closest thing to a friend that I have here – but he doesn’t know my past, or even my real name. So being a loner is something I’ve had to get used to. I’m still working on that, I guess.

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

My healing abilities began to surface when I was very young, so there was never much doubt about what I’d grow to be. Healing was always what I wanted to do, the only thing I really cared about. I wasn’t even much interested in exploring other ways to use my magic – it was always the idea of saving others that called to me more than anything else. I’m not sure if it was a coincidence, but my abilities to heal others began to be apparent not long after my own parents were killed. Almost as though I was making myself into someone who could have saved them . . . if only I had been there.


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

I’m not going to die tomorrow . . .I am going to die in three days. At least, that’s the best I can guess, based on what’s happened and how long I think it will take for them to find me. All I want to do before then is convince my friend to keep the clinic open after I’m gone, and eat as much lasagna as I can manage. Then I’m going to get as far away from everything and everyone I care about as I can, so that when they come, they won’t hurt anyone but me. Right now, keeping the clinic and my patients safe is the most that I can hope for. For myself, I haven’t got any hope at all.

About the Author

Debut author Miriam Greystone writes urban fantasy stories filled with magic, romance and the occasional centaur. She fuels her creativity with an insatiable appetite for reading and frequent episodes of Doctor Who. She lives just outside of Washington DC with her husband and children, and when she isn’t hunched over her laptop, she can often be found baking or going on long hikes with her family.
Her latest book is the urban fantasy, Truthsight.

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Title: Truthsight
Author: Miriam Greystone
Publisher: City Owl Press
Pages: 286
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Doctor Amy spends her nights running a secret clinic for supernatural creatures. When she is forced to use her magic to save the lives of a centaur infant and its mother, she vows never to regret her decision, no matter the consequences. Not even when the Mages capture her, beat her, and condemn her to die.

Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is abducted by a mysterious being named Rowan, who demands she use her healing abilities to save his father. But when Amy fails to save the ailing man, her actions unintentionally force Rowan into an exile that will soon turn into a death sentence.

Now Rowan and Amy must join forces with the creatures who were once her patients and fight to uncover the one secret that may be powerful enough to save them all.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Author Interview: Emilio Corsetti III, author of 'Scapegoat'




We're doing something a little different today.  Instead of talking to a character, we're talking to the author himself. We’re thrilled to be talking to author Emilio Corsetti III. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’ve made 59 orbits around the sun and half way through my second. I work as a pilot for a major airline.

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

Okay. I have unusual ears. For some unknown reason, my ears flatten at the top. It’s not really noticeable unless you happen to be sitting behind me and staring at the back of my head. It happened to me once in a classroom. The kid behind me must have been looking at me for some time without my knowledge. Suddenly he blurted out, “there’s something wrong with your ears.” That was an embarrassing day.

What would I love the most about you?

My sense of humor.

What would I hate the most about you?

My wife claims that I have an opinion on everything. She suggested that I start my own radio show and call it “Ask Emilio.”

Where do you go when you are angry?

To a quiet place.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I’m not into slapstick. I’m more into humorous scenes. Remember the Coen Brother’s movie Raising Arizona. I laughed a lot watching that movie. The whole bank robbery scene is great. “You wantin’ us to freeze or you wantin’ us to lie down…”

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Sloppy joe I made last night. Store bought broccoli soup. And four ears of corn on the cobb. That’s tonight’s dinner.

What is your most treasured possession?

A picture of my daughter Allison who died at seven-and-a-half weeks.

What is your greatest fear?

A good measure of your anxiety level are your dreams. People chasing you. Perpetual falling. I don’t have those dreams, though I’ve had them in the past.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

My optimism.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

72 degrees and a round of golf, dinner with my wife, and a chance at getting lucky.

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

Bananas, bread, and something to go between the slices.

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

Cheerios, canned peaches, oatmeal, and spaghetti and sauce

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

My perpetual frown. I can be in the greatest mood, and someone will come up to me and ask me why I look so pissed.

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

A loner who also enjoys the company of friends

Who is your best friend?

That’s easy. My wife.

Do you have children?

My wife and I had a baby girl. She was born with a birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). She lived for seven-and-a-half weeks. Due to an under-developed left lung, she never took a single breath on her own. She never left the hospital. But she’s been our guardian angel ever since.

What is your favorite weather?

Partly cloudy and a temperature of 72 degrees.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

My famous linguini and asparagus

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

I do have someone who keeps endorsing me for job skills on LinkedIn. I have no idea who this person is.

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

An astronaut.

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

Visit my daughter’s gravesite.

About the Author

Emilio Corsetti III is a professional pilot and author. Emilio has written for both regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Multimedia Producer, and Professional Pilot magazine. Emilio is the author of the book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980. The upcoming book Scapegoat: A Flight Crew's Journey from Heroes to Villains to Redemption tells the true story of an airline crew wrongly blamed for causing a near-fatal accident and the captain's decades-long battle to clear his name. Emilio is a graduate of St. Louis University. He and his wife Lynn reside in Dallas, TX.

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"This is the kind of case the Board has never had to deal with-a head-on collision between the credibility of a flight crew versus the airworthiness of the aircraft." NTSB Investigator-in-Charge Leslie Dean Kampschror.

While the crew's efforts to save TWA 841 were initially hailed as heroic, that all changed when safety inspectors found twenty-one minutes of the thirty-minute cockpit voice recorder tape blank. The captain of the flight, Harvey "Hoot" Gibson, subsequently came under suspicion for deliberately erasing the tape in an effort to hide incriminating evidence. The voice recorder was never evaluated for any deficiencies.

From that moment on, the investigation was focused on the crew to the exclusion of all other evidence. It was an investigation based on rumors, innuendos, and speculation. Eventually the NTSB, despite sworn testimony to the contrary, blamed the crew for the incident by having improperly manipulated the controls, leading to the dive.

This is the story of an NTSB investigation gone awry and one pilot's decades-long battle to clear his name.
On April 4, 1979, a Boeing 727 with 82 passengers and a crew of 7 rolled over and plummeted from an altitude of 39,000 feet to within seconds of crashing were it not for the crew's actions to save the plane. The cause of the unexplained dive was the subject of one of the longest NTSB investigations at that time.

Scapegoat: A Flight Crew’s Journey from Heroes to Villains to Redemption is available at Amazon and B&N.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Character Interview with Rachel Angeletti from 'Touching Death'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Rachel Angeletti from Becky Johnson’s, Touching Death.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m twenty-eight and a curator at the Chicago Museum of Anthropology and Archeology.

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

My hair. It’s thick, black, and curly.

What would I love the most about you?

I’m a great friend. I’m loyal and always there for the people I love. I also have great fashion sense!

What would I hate the most about you?

I have horrible taste in men. I mean really, deplorable taste in men.

Where do you go when you are angry?

The light hall in the museum. It’s quiet and the lights and colors make the real world seem far, far away.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Samuel Cartwell, but don’t tell him that. He’ll never let me forget it.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Not much. Maybe a jar of pickles.

What is your most treasured possession? 

The St. John of the Cross medallion that my Nonna gave me. It may not be worth much, but it means everything to me.

What is your greatest fear?

Having everyone find out just how much of an idea I was over Robert.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I can be a little snobbish. I really like nice clothes.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

She did a pretty good job. Maybe sometimes she was a little too honest.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

No drama. No death. No unexpected visions. I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

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

Money? Isn’t that sad. I don’t get much choice in what I eat right now.

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

Cup of noodles and cereal.

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

My nose a little smaller and my height a little taller.

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

I’ve become a bit of a loner, but I used to love to be surrounded my friends. I guess that’s what happens when you lose everything.

Who is your best friend?

Kat. She is amazing.

Do you have children?

No, much to my mama’s dismay.

What is your favorite weather?

Warm! It gets way too cold in Chicago.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Oh man, I to love eating at fine restaurants. Now I’m happy if my meal is warm. That’s what happens when you are in debt up to your eyebrows.

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

It’s probably Derek Shanks. Creepy.

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

I’ve always wanted to be exactly what I am. I love my job.

What is your most treasured possession?

My St. John of the Cross medallion. It grounds me.

Do you like to cook? 

If so, what is your favorite thing to cook? Not really. Don’t tell my mother.

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

Punch Robert, and maybe key his car. I know it’s a little violent, but trust me, he deserves it.

About the Author


Books are Becky Johnson's passion and always have been. She used to get in trouble in school for reading during class!

Becky has Master's degrees in social work and history, and for her day job she is a social worker. In her writing she tries to answer a question that is important to both social work and history: Why? She always wants to know why people do the things they do or feel the way they feel.

When not reading or writing she enjoys yoga, photography, cooking, and makes a pretty mean chili!

Her latest book is the mystery/suspense, Touching Death.
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Title: Touching Death
Author: Becky Johnson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 209
Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Rachel Angeletti knows things. She always has. With one touch she sees secrets, emotions, lies. Her gift helps her to be the best museum curator in Chicago. It also makes her personal relationships difficult. 

Her life is complicated enough when a run in with her ex and an unanticipated vision sends her reeling. One touch and she sees death. One touch and she is thrown into the midst of killer’s dark fantasy. Now Rachel is in a fight for her life against a killer she knows too little about.

With danger stalking her around every turn Rachel is in a thrilling race against the clock. Can she catch a killer before he catches her?

Touching Death will take you on a riveting, page-turning, journey into the mind of a killer and the heart of a survivor.

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  • Touching Death is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.