Wednesday, April 19, 2017

{Character Interview} Hans Jaeger of 'The Feet Say Run'



We’re thrilled to be talking to Hans Jaeger from Dan Blum’s The Feet Say Run.  It is a pleasure to have Hans with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am eighty-five.  I started working in my father’s factory in Germany, making brass instruments before the war.  After the war I sold refrigerators for the Amana Corporation.  After that I became a kidney dealer for wealthy transplant-recipients.

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

In spite of my age, my erection is firm as a senator’s handshake.

What would I love the most about you?

There is nothing to love or hate.  What do these words even mean?  I am who I am. 

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I am at present on a deserted island with a few survivors, hoping for a rescue.  There is no refrigerator.  In our food collection there are dove eggs, roots, snails, a coconut-like fruit we call “assfruit”. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My memories, especially of the women I have loved, but also of childhood, in the 1930s, in Germany. 

What is the trait you least like about yourself?

Some say that I committed a terrible crime.  That I fled.  My son believes this.  I will leave it to others to judge.  

Who is your best friend?

Her name is Dawn.  She is as young and beautiful as I am old and unbeautiful.  We play chess together.  We are equally matched.  She is the perfect opponent. 

Do you have children?

I have a son who has not spoken to me in decades. 

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

I had few career aspirations.  Vague dreams, really, and all shattered by the war anyway, so it’s just as well I had no fixed plan.  But I knew I loved girls, even a young age.  I knew I wanted to fall in love. 


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

I probably am going to die tomorrow.  Yet there is nothing more to do.  My day will be the same as any other.  I will gather roots.  Keep the fire going.  Mix memory and delusion.  Dream. 

About the Author

Daniel A. Blum grew up in New York, attended Brandeis University and currently lives outside of Boston with his family. His first novel Lisa33 was published by Viking in 2003. He has been featured in Poets and Writers magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and most recently, interviewed in Psychology Today.

Daniel writes a humor blog, The Rotting Post, that has developed a loyal following.

His latest release is the literary novel, The Feet Say Run.

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About the Book:

Title: THE FEET SAY RUN
Author: Daniel A. Blum
Publisher: Gabriel’s Horn Press
Pages: 349
Genre: Literary Fiction

At the age of eighty-five, Hans Jaeger finds himself a castaway among a group of survivors on a deserted island.  What is my particular crime?  he asks.   Why have I been chosen  for this fate?  And so he begins his extraordinary chronicle. 

It would be an understatement to say he has lived a full life.  He has grown up in Nazi Germany and falls in love with Jewish girl.  He fights for the Germans on two continents, watches the Reich collapse spectacularly into occupation and starvation, and marries his former governess.  After the war he goes on wildflower expeditions in the Alps, finds solace among prostitutes while his wife lay in a coma, and marries a Brazilian chambermaid in order to receive a kidney from her. 

By turns sardonic and tragic and surreal, Hans’s story is the story of all of the insanity, irony and horror of the modern world itself.  

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

{Character Interview} Roxie Honeycutt of 'Wooing the Wedding Planner'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Roxie Honeycutt from Amber Leigh Williams’s Wooing the Wedding Planner.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Let’s not get into too many specifics on the matter of age. We’ll just say early thirties and I’m a wedding planner.

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

My smile. I’m an optimist. Some would say I’m the eternal optimist. I think a good smile reflects that.

Where do you go when you are angry?

Well, I’ve smacked a couple of men so it seems I’m in need of a more constructive outlet in terms of aggression. Don’t worry, the second guy definitely deserved it. The first was kind enough to laugh it off with me later. He’s that hot new neighbor guy. Did I mention Byron?

What is in your refrigerator right now?

A bottle of Cristal. It was a housewarming present. I’m teaching myself to cook so there’s an odd assortment of test ingredients. Oh, and a casserole from my friend Briar – just in case my cooking efforts fall through.

What is your most treasured possession?

Right now – this house! It’s gorgeous – old-fashioned Victorian and everything I’ve ever dreamed of living in! Only there’s Byron. He seems to think it’s his, too. There’s some dispute about that. You can be sure of that.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

Doubting myself – my appearance or abilities. I have one of those mothers. You know the type: never satisfied with who you are. I think that’s why I’m as positive and forward-thinking as I can be – to drown out that doubting voice in my head that sounds too much like her.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

I think at times she had a little too much fun planting me and a stubborn cynic in the same living space. Sometimes I think she did this for her own enjoyment. However, the payoff is…rewarding. I’ll say that!

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

I spent too much of my life torturing myself over whether my appearance is up to standards. I’m done with that now. I’m me and that’s plenty.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Something I don’t burn or undercook. So far, that’s pie. Would you like a slice? It’s packed with juicy apples, cinnamon and sin. Oops! Did I say sin? I wasn’t thinking about sin. Even if I was, it’s Byron’s fault. He might’ve kissed me somewhere along the lines of the baking process and now I can’t remember exactly what that process entailed.

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

My friends keep telling me it’s Byron. Also his sisters. His mother, too, keeps hinting it. Oh, and his great-aunt. But I’m not ready to get involved with anyone this soon after the divorce. And neither Byron nor I are the kind of people who are capable of casual dating…are we??

About the Author

Amber Leigh Williams is a Harlequin romance writer who lives on the US Gulf Coast. She lives for beach days, the smell of real books, and spending time with her husband and their two young children. When she’s not keeping up with rambunctious little ones (and two large dogs), she can usually be found reading a good book or indulging her inner foodie. Amber is represented by the D4EO Literary Agency.

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About the Book:

Title: WOOING THE WEDDING PLANNER
Author: Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: Harlequin (Superromance)
Pages: 380
Genre: Series Romance/Contemporary Romance/Superromance
No more wedding marches for her! 

Wedding planner Roxie Honeycutt can make happy-ever-after come true for anyone except herself. Freshly divorced and done with love, she's okay with watching clients walk down the aisle. What's not okay? Sharing a charming Victorian house with accountant Byron Strong. He's frustratingly sexy and determined to keep her confused. 

Roxie thought Byron's expertise was numbers, yet somehow he sees her for who she really is. Somehow he understands the hurt she hides behind a trademark smile. Suddenly romance is tempting again, even if it means risking another heartbreak.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

{Character Interview} Max Doler of 'The Investment Club'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Max Doler from Doug Cooper’s The Investment Club.  It’s a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Max: I’m thirty-six and an entrepreneur. Perhaps you’ve heard of one of my products, The Lapkin, a napkin specially designed for your lap. We had an infomercial that ran pretty consistently a few years back then McDonald’s did a drive-thru promotion with it for about a year.

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

Max: Well you can see from looking at me, I’m a dwarf, or little person, if you want to be politically correct. Technically, it’s known as achondroplasia, my trunk is average size, but my arms are proportionately smaller.

What would I love the most about you?

Max: I’m a doer. I built my company, Max Doler Investing, from a small operation in the living room of my one-bedroom apartment in Henderson, Nevada into a multi-million-dollar international company.

What would I hate the most about you?

Max: I’m completely lovable. I don’t think there is anything you would hate. (laughs) Nah, I guess if I had to pick something, I’ve been known from time-to-time to be a bit arrogant and self-destructive.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Max: Only Voss bottled water. I eat out for all my meals. I’m too busy to shop and cook.

What is your most treasured possession?

Max: The original prototype of the Lapkin I created when I was ten years old. Only thing I kept from my childhood. Had a special safe with a an unbreakable viewing window designed for it for my bedroom so I could see it every day as a reminder of how it all started.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Max: Yeah, I think Doug got me pretty well. I was probably a bigger jerk in the beginning than he let on, but everything in there is true.

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

Max: I’d be less handsome. It makes me uncomfortable how people stare at me for being so good-looking. (laughs)

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

Max: I’m a total loner. When you’re given up for adoption at birth and shuffled around foster homes, you learn to rely on only yourself. It’s served me fairly well though. Although this blackjack crew in the book softened me up a bit.

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

Max: I would donate all of my wealth and holdings to a trust to support the businesses, the Oasis Mission and Miss C’s Music & Dance School at my facility at the Western Hotel in downtown Vegas except for one million dollars. I’d take that million to the El Cortez Casino down on Fremont Street and play blackjack and drink cognac until either the money or I was gone. If any money  was left at the end of the day, I’d give it to a random stranger.

About the Author


Doug Cooper is the author of the award-winning novel Outside In and The Investment Club available October 2016. He has a BS in Mathematics Education from Miami University and a MA in American Studies from Saint Louis University. Always searching, he has traveled to over twenty countries on five continents, exploring the contradictions between what we believe and how we act in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and love. Originally from Port Clinton, Ohio, he has also called Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, and Oslo, Norway home. He now lives in Cleveland working on his third novel Focus Lost.

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Forty million people visit Vegas every year but most never get past the strip. What about the people who live there? What brought them there? What keeps them there?

Told from the perspective of a seasoned blackjack dealer, The Investment Club tells the stories of a self-destructive, dwarf entrepreneur, a drug-addicted musical performer-turned-stripper, a retired, widowed New Jersey policeman, a bereaved, divorced female sportscaster, and a card-counting, former Catholic priest before and after their fateful meeting at the El Cortez Casino in downtown Vegas.

As the five learn the greatest return comes from investing in one another, their lives stabilize and take on new, positive directions. But their love and support for each other can take them only so far before they must determine the meaning and value of their own lives.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

{Character Interview} Daniel Danten of 'The Heatstroke Line'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Daniel Danten from Edward L. Rubin, The Heatstroke Line.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m thirty-nine years old, and I’m a research entomologist on the faculty of Mountain America University, one of the few universities left in our country, or anywhere in the former United States, after the climate change and the Second Civil War.

What would I love the most about you?

I genuinely care about people and I want to help them.  The thing I like most about being an entomologist is that I’m able to help the farmers who are suffering from insect infestations.  This has become a much more serious problem, even apart from the biter bugs, since the climate has gotten so much hotter.  So farmers really appreciate my work, and that makes me feel good.  One of the things I hated most about being held captive below the Heatstroke Line is that I didn’t know what was going on, and whether the things I was being forced to do, or had to do in order to survive, were helping or hurting other people.  And I couldn’t figure out a way to help Deborah, even though she was of such great help to me. 

What would I hate the most about you?

I guess I have to admit that I’m pedantic.  When anyone asks me something about my work – anything about insects, really – I want to tell them everything I know about the subject, and so I tend to run on until someone stops me.  I’m not usually inattentive to other people’s feelings.  I think the reason I do this is that I’m trying to convince myself that I’m really interested in what I do. I never realized this; it was Deborah who pointed out to me that I was still upset about the fact that I had to give up my real aspiration, which was to become an astronomer, and study something practical, like combatting insect infestations.  So my over-enthusiasm about my work may be a way for me to suppress my regrets.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I don’t have very good judgment.  I didn’t realize this until recently, when I made some important decisions that turned out very wrong.  The worst one was thinking that I could go below the Heatstroke Line and do something about the biter bug problem.   That’s what lead to my capture -- and to Stuart’s horrible death. It made me realize how important it is to think ahead and avoid giving in to the needs of the moment.  The decisions that we make at any given time have consequences for the future, and sometimes those consequences can’t be reversed, no matter how much we regret them.

What is your greatest fear?

I’m terribly afraid for my family – everyone is so vulnerable these days.  My wife, Garenika, has seemed so fragile for the last few years, although she turned out to be much stronger than I expected when she had to be.  I’m also afraid for our society, and for all the larger things I care about. I see us losing all the admirable and gracious aspects of our culture – one by one – under the stress of climate change.   Our coastal cities are gone, our country has broken apart, most of it is no longer under democratic government, none of it is producing any art or culture, and people seem to be getting more ignorant and mean.  Things are better in Canada, where I live now, and where I’ve managed to find a relatively safe place for my family. But who knows how long that’s going to last.

Who is your best friend?

My best friend is dead.  His name was Stuart McPherson, and he was my colleague at the University.  A leading expert on American history.  He was killed – hideously tortured to death – by the people below the Heatstroke Line.  Those people are   -- were – all crazy, but the woman who killed Stuart  -- I call her the leopard woman because she was wearing a leopard print dress when she did it.  I never did find out her name.  Anyway, she was not only crazy but a vicious sadist.  I’ve wound up with a good position here at the University of South Baffin Island  -- I was lucky, in the long run – but I miss Stuart.

Do you have children?

I have three children, Joshua, Senly and Michael.  Actually, that’s not true, but I still think that way.  Michael died while I was being held captive.    He’s one of the many people who got sick as a result of the climate change.  I could see he was declining rapidly and I had a sense, when I was in captivity, that he was going to die.  Even so, it was devastating when I got back home and my wife told me he was dead.  My great regret is that I feel that I ignored him while he was alive.  That was partially because of my work, but also because he was quiet, and my other two kids have more forceful personalities.  Joshua, who’s seventeen now, is a wonderful student and a serious, mature human being –- he impresses everyone.  I used to think that he was pretty close to a perfect child, but after my own horrific experiences, I worry that he’s trying too hard and lacks a real center.  Senly is fourteen and just as smart as Josh, but she’s hooked on Phantasie and filled with cynicism – she has no ambition.   Ever since I brought Joanna home, though, she’s mellowed out a bit.  She’s great with Joanna; I don’t know how we would have managed the situation without her.  Joanna’s the daughter of the family I was placed with when I was below the Heatstroke Line.  I brought her with me when I escaped because her own family was gone.  She’s thirteen now.  So, as  I think about it, I guess I really do have three children after all.

What is your favorite weather?

My favorite weather is late Autumn, when the last leaves are falling and the air is turning crisp.  It doesn’t happen in Mountain America any more, or anywhere in the former United States, but I read a lot of nineteenth century literature and I love the scenes that are set at that time of year.  I can’t say I feel truly at home in my new position here in Canada -- at the University of South Baffin Island -- but we do get a real fall here and that’s been a pleasure for me.  When I get a chance, I go hiking with the kids -- all three of them.  Senly and Joanna complain about the cold, but they’re getting used to it.

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

I wanted to be an astronomer.  Astronomers  - -in the U.S. and other places -- had discovered a number of Earth-like planets in the years before the country broke apart as a result of the climate crisis.  I think we were on the verge of making some amazing discoveries at that time. My dream –when I was a kid -- was to pick up that kind of research again and learn about the way other civilizations had managed, and maybe did a better job than we have.  It was a childhood fantasy of course.  The climate crisis and the Second Civil War had put an end to any research of that kind more than a century ago.  So I went into entomology, one of the few areas where we’re still doing research.  That’s because it has practical uses of course – there are so many insect infestations as a result of the warmer climate.

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

I would say goodbye to my wife and children.  I would ask them to remember me for the things that I’m proudest of –- my commitment to them, and the good I tried to do for other people.  It’s terrible to lose someone without being able to say goodbye, to be able to look into their eyes and hear their voice that one last time.  That’s what happened with Michael, who died while I was being held captive below the Heatstroke Line, and also what happened with Stuart and Deborah.  I think those who are left never get over the loss of that final chance for some sort of closure. 


About the Author

Edward Rubin is University Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University.  He specializes in administrative law, constitutional law and legal theory. He is the author of Soul, Self and Society:  The New Morality and the Modern State (Oxford, 2015); Beyond Camelot:  Rethinking Politics and Law for the Modern State (Princeton, 2005) and two books with Malcolm Feeley, Federalism:  Political Identity and Tragic Compromise (Michigan, 2011) and Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State:  How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons (Cambridge, 1998).  In addition, he is the author of two casebooks, The Regulatory State (with Lisa Bressman and Kevin Stack) (2nd ed., 2013); The Payments System (with Robert Cooter) (West, 1990), three edited volumes (one forthcoming) and The Heatstroke Line (Sunbury, 2015) a science fiction novel about the fate of the United States if climate change is not brought under control. Professor Rubin joined Vanderbilt Law School as Dean and the first John Wade–Kent Syverud Professor of Law in July 2005, serving a four-year term that ended in June 2009. Previously, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1998 to 2005, and at the Berkeley School of Law from 1982 to 1998, where he served as an associate dean. Professor Rubin has been chair of the Association of American Law Schools' sections on Administrative Law and Socioeconomics and of its Committee on the Curriculum. He has served as a consultant to the People's Republic of China on administrative law and to the Russian Federation on payments law. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his law degree from Yale.
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He has published four books, three edited volumes, two casebooks, and more than one hundred articles about various aspects of law and political theory. The Heatstroke Line is his first novel.

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Nothing has been done to prevent climate change, and the United States has spun into decline.   Storm surges have made coastal cities uninhabitable, blistering heat waves afflict the interior and, in the South (below the Heatstroke Line), life is barely possible.  Under the stress of these events and an ensuing civil war, the nation has broken up into three smaller successor states and tens of tiny principalities.  When the flesh-eating bugs that inhabit the South show up in one of the successor states, Daniel Danten is assigned to venture below the Heatstroke Line and investigate the source of the invasion.  The bizarre and brutal people he encounters, and the disasters that they trigger, reveal the real horror climate change has inflicted on America. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

{Character Interview} Dhara of 'The Mountain Goddess' by Shelley Schanfield





We’re thrilled to be talking to Dhara from Shelley Schanfield’s, The Mountain Goddess.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m twenty six now, but I must tell you that when I was fifteen I could already talk to tigers and vanish into thin air! You see, as a girl I ran away from my little village to a sacred Himalayan cave to study with a mysterious woman yogi. She promised she’d teach me yoga’s supernatural powers. I frightened her with how gifted I was—and still am.

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

I’m descended from a beautiful celestial nymph who seduced the god Himalaya, and I inherited her silky black hair and dark, almond-shaped eyes.

What would I love the most about you?

I am passionately loyal to those I love. Like my best friend Sakhi. Or I was loyal to her, until I ran away and became a powerful yogi and warrior and captured Prince Siddhartha’s heart. In the years since I became his princess, Sakhi and I have drifted apart…but it’s not all my fault! And I’ll make it up to her, I swear…

What would I hate the most about you?

I am so good at so many things—archery and riding and yoga and, well, everything—and I’m beautiful, too. All Prince Siddhartha’s companions are in love with me. So the women at court hate me. You might, too, but when you read my story, you’ll understand me. Understanding begets love. I’m selfish, but I’m brave, too, and I want to fight for my kingdom!

What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is that my husband Siddhartha will give in to his secret yearning. There was a prophecy when he was born that he would forsake his royal duty and become a Buddha, the wisest sage to ever live. He might slip away to become a homeless truth seeker and leave me here alone with our newborn son. How can I be a mother, the most unselfish of all beings, without him? If only I could talk to my beloved friend Sakhi…

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

It was hard work on my part to get Shelley to ignore how the legends about the Buddha portray me.  Some of them say I was a saint, some say I was unfaithful, some hardly mention me at all! In the end, though, I think Shelley put me on the page as I really am.


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

I’m a princess and I don’t shop at grocery stores; besides, there weren’t such things in northeastern India 2500 years ago! While I was living at the sacred cave I learned to survive on what mountain and forest had to offer. So I’m not afraid of hardship, even if I’ve become accustomed to palace luxury, and this serves me well in these difficult times.

(I think, though, if I were living in your day and age, I would always have bittersweet chocolate around. Shelley always does!)

Who is your best friend?

As I’ve said, Sakhi is my best friend. She’s modest and wise and a good mother to her five sons. I even think Siddhartha is a little in love with her. (I’m not jealous. Really.) But she’s not perfect either. Rumor says she’s taken a lover…

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

No one is secretly in love with me. All Siddhartha’s companions openly adore their warrior princess! Here’s the real secret: I love Siddhartha’s best friend, that charming rogue Chandaka, and I don’t know what to do about it…


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

Everyone should ask herself this question the first thing every morning, but who among us does? There will be a day, though, in the sequel to The Mountain Goddess, when its answer will truly mean life or death for me. You’ll want to read that book, too, when it comes out in 2018.

About the Author

Shelley Schanfield’s passion for Buddhism and yoga arose sixteen years ago, when she and her son earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do. The links between the martial arts and Buddhist techniques to calm and focus the mind fascinated her. By profession a librarian, Shelley plunged into research about the time, place, and spiritual traditions that 2500 years ago produced Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha. Yoga, in some form, has a role in all of these traditions. Its transformational teachings soon prompted Shelley to hang up her black belt and begin a yoga practice that she follows to this day.

Because she loves historical fiction, Shelley looked for a good novel about the Buddha. When she didn’t find one that satisfied her, she decided to write her own novels based on the spiritual struggles of women in the Buddha’s time. She published the first book in the Sadhana Trilogy, The Tigress and the Yogi, in 2016 and will publish the second, The Mountain Goddess in early 2017.
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A beautiful warrior princess. A tormented prince. A terrible choice between love, duty, and spiritual freedom.

In ancient India, rebellious Dhara runs away to a sacred mountain to study with the powerful yogi Mala, a mysterious woman with a violent past. Flung by war onto an adventure-filled journey, Dhara meets and captures the heart of Siddhartha, whose skill in the martial arts and extraordinary mental powers equal her own.

Worldly power and pleasure seduce Dhara, creating a chasm between her and her husband, who longs to follow a sage’s solitary path. She takes on the warrior’s role Siddhartha does not want, and when she returns wounded from battle court intrigue drives them further apart. As Siddhartha’s discontent with royal life intensifies, Dhara’s guru Mala, who has returned to her life as a ruthless outlaw, seeks her former pupil for her own evil purposes.

Dhara’s and Siddhartha’s love keeps evil at bay, but their son’s birth brings on a spiritual crisis for the prince.  If he leaves his kingdom to seek enlightenment, he turns his back on love and duty and risks destroying his people. Only Dhara can convince him to stay. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Character Interview: Gayle of 'A Shaman in Kensington Square'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Gayle from Alba Lewis’s A Shaman In Kensington Square.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m 35 and in your country your call me a Shaman, though it is not a name I call myself in Peru.

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

I have big brown deep eyes. 

What would I love the most about you?

You will know when you talk that I am really hearing what you are saying and that I understand.

What would I hate the most about you?

I only do what I want to do.  Sometime people get angry with this.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I run in nature.  For hours.  I am one of the fastest runners across the mountains in Peru.  I do the 24 hour race every year.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I like the English man – Mr Bean. He is very funny.

What is your most treasured possession?

It is a stone I found one day. It called to me.   I carry it everywhere.

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

Ha ha.  I would like to be taller.  We are a strong people, but not tall.

Who is your best friend?

My best friend is Merlin. He is my dog.

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

Sarah.  She is in love with me.  She is scared about her life, but she is also so strong.  I am happy to have met her.

About the Author

Alba Lewis was clear she wanted to be a writer at the age of 13 as she smoked cigarettes in the cubicles with her friends.  It took her 20 years to start writing and so far she has published seven books, two fiction and five annual factual books on life.  Committed to an interesting life, despite the paradoxes, Alba continues to write, work with not for profits, and support others to take their creative spirit and get it out into the world via her mentoring programmes.  'We live in a world where a creative resource is paramount to solving problems and having an expansive life".

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Title: A SHAMAN IN KENSINGTON SQUARE
Author: Alba Lewis
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 191
Genre: Women’s Fiction
This is a story about a mouse, an eagle, a shaman, Sarah who’s run away to London from her husband leaving her children, Janet who’s been loyally married to Roger for decades and wants to stand by her husband but has fallen for the charms of a much younger man, and Doug who frequents back room bars whilst holding down a important job. But all their lives change as the energy of the shaman comes to stir things up.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Character Interview: Sheriff Dearborn from 'Cat O' Nine Tales'


We’re thrilled to be talking to Sheriff Dearborn from the story The Eternal Sheriff in the book, Cat O’Nine Tales by Krystal Lawrence.  It is a pleasure to have the sheriff with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Well now, my age…that’s a toughie. I been around since the first book in the Sidewinder Series done come out on the market, and that’s a spell back now, yah’ hear? What I do for a livin’ is keep law and order ‘round these parts. I’m the sheriff here in Sidewinder.

What would I love the most about you?

Why shucks, ma’am I’m charming.

What would I hate the most about you?

Hate? ‘Bout me? Can’t think of a thing.

Where do you go when you are angry?

To the Ace High Saloon to have a whiskey with my deputy, Johnny Starr. I tell you, I been spending a fair amount of time there just lately.


What is your most treasured possession?

My Patterson 12 shot. Just about the finest pistol ever made.


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

Oh, hon, you’ll have to ask Min and Momma what they fetch when they’re up at the general mercantile. I honestly don’t know.

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

“Minnie, Momma! Can you come in here and talk to this gal please?”

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

Well, just between you and me——I can never seem to get my badge to sparkle just right the way I like. It’s never shiny enough to suit me. But, shush now, don’t you tell anyone I said that or I’ll flat out deny it.

Who is your best friend?

Deputy Starr.

What is your favorite meal?

Why, I’m a meat and potatoes man, ma’am. Why? You wanna cook me supper?

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

I’m startin’ to think it’s you… and well, that’s fine, hon, just don’t let Minnie find out or I’ll be sleepin’ out back on my saddle.

About the Author

Krystal Lawrence lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of three novels—— two vampire stories, Risen and Risen II: The Progeny, and a trilogy entitled, Be Careful What You Wish For which is currently under consideration to be turned into a television series. Cat O’Nine Tales is Krystal’s first and much anticipated collection of short stories. Her books are available through Amazon and all major book retailers.

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About the Book:

Title: Cat O’ Nine Tales
Author: Krystal Lawrence
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Pages: 284
Genre: Horror/Suspense
What evil dwells within the pretty lady next door or the ordinary house cat?
What happens when you pursue your dreams into the desert after dark?
Beware the man borne of your imagination. He could seek vengeance on the one who created him.
Visit a bookstore offering a most alluring and sinister service.
Journey to the dark side with ten twisted tales of horror, malevolence, and the truly uncanny.

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Character Interview: Mike Stone of 'Kracken: Dawn of Destiny'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Mike Stone from Ray Ellis’, KRACKEN: Dawn of Destiny. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character! 

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

Hi there, thanks for having me. I’m 33 years old what I used to do before all this happened is design—rather, engineer planets for human habitation.

What would I love the most about you? 

I guess that, what you see is what you get. I’m not a very complex man, but at the same time I am very passionate.

What makes you laugh out loud? 

People. Life. Over confident people—people who think they have the whole thing figured out, now, that makes me laugh.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My Bible and my blaster. My wife gave me the Bible, it was the only thing I had left from her after Ted Waters attacked my family and destroyed our home.
 
What is your greatest fear? 

Oh, that’s easy. Insignificance. The idea of living my entire life and not having mattered in the larger scheme of things…that scares me.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Ahhh, yeah, he’s funny like that. I think he put just a little bit of himself in me. I guess you’ll have to be the final judge of that.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal? 

Anything someone is willing to cook for me…I’m a lousy cook.

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

When you have a woman like mine, you can care less what else is out there. I’m sure its flattering, but with Mary in my corner, I’m just not interested.

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

King of the world. That’ where my problems kind of started.

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

I love to cook, but like I said, the process doesn’t really like me. You’re looking at a guy who really appreciates CPMs, computer prepared meals.

About the Author


Ray was ordained into the ministry in March of 1989 and was sworn in as a uniformed police officer in April of that same year. He began writing in the fall of 1991, although like many before him, it had been his lifelong dream to be a writer. He completed his first manuscript, a science fantasy, in late 1999, but it was his fifth book published.

His first three books published was an inspirational mystery series, Nate Richards Mysteries, which was followed by a paranormal short story called “I”. Ray drew from his almost 30 years experience working in law enforcement to create the world of his mystery thrillers and from the same three decades in ministry to integrate the principals and truths of the Christian Gospel throughout all his stories . In his career, he worked as a jail deputy in a maximum-security facility in Orange County, California before being transferred to street patrol. While working in Orange County he also served as the captain of the department’s Martial Arts stunt and demonstration team.

In June of 1997, Ray transferred to Idaho, where he continued to work as a police officer, serving in patrol, then as a sex-crime investigator, and finally as a SRO, School Resource Officer. Being a pastor and a police officer, Ray offers a unique view of the human experience, binding the two worlds to tell his stories from his own distinctive perspective.

Since releasing his first book, Ray has been selected as Top 50 Author for the state of Idaho, a Top 10 Author and the ACFW Author of the Year for the State of Idaho. He has also served as the president of the IWL: Idaho Writer’s League from 2001-2003, and as president of Idahope, a Christian Author’s Writers Group.

He is currently working on the second installment of the Dawn of Destiny Series: Shadow of the Serpent, the follow up to KRACKEN.

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About the Book:

Title: KRACKEN
Author: Ray Ellis
Publisher: NCC Publishing LLC
Pages: 367
Genre: Inspirational Science Fiction

The year is 135 New Reckoning. A Godless world is rebuilding itself.

When a stranger from Mike Stone’s past appears on his doorstep, his ordinary life is suddenly and violently destroyed. Mike’s past has come back to haunt him. Now with his family attacked and his home destroyed, Mike finds himself running for his life through a jungle-planet filled with terrors and a monster known only as the Kracken.

In the midst of the chaos, Ted Waters launches his plan for domination. In a post-apocalyptic world, Waters sets himself up as the sole leader of the emerging world government. Using children as slaves, he mines a new narcotic used to subdue the people’s will.

Kracken, the story of two men, two opinions and two bases of power set on a collision path. When the two collide, Mike finds himself confronted by the God he thought he left behind.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Character Interview: Pope Pius XIII from 'Dominion'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Pope Pius XIII from Doug Hewitt’s, Dominion.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am 74. I am the Pope. That is not only what I do for a living, it is my life.

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

I am celibate and always have been.

What would I love the most about you?

It is my hope that my desire to seek the truth is so raw and pure that it is admirable.

What would I hate the most about you?

Well, allow me to say that the word hate is distasteful to me. It is difficult for me to imagine hate because I have purposefully tried to eradicate it from my vocabulary. But, in my opinion, it is truth that people hate.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I take a walk on the Vatican grounds and pray.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I love the innocence of children. They make me laugh. God bless the children.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I’m afraid you would need to speak to the Vatican chief chef.

What is your most treasured possession?

My rosary beads. They were given to me by Mother Theresa. I can feel the holiness in them.

What is your greatest fear?

That our Church will not be as effective as it needs to be to spread the Word as humanity leaves its Earthly confines. My fear is that the Church does not accompany the expansion of our species into space.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I am human; therefore, I’m a sinner. Christ forgives, but sinners we all are.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

I thought it was too harsh. I mean, I only watched. I was a concerned adult. But I understand the need for drama. Still, why involve a pontiff?

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Judgment Day.

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

Oh, it’s been a while, but I have a secret desire for Diet Coke, nutty donuts, and raspberries.

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

Again, speak to the Vatican chief chef.

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

To be honest, I wish I could climb the staircases in the Vatican more quickly than I do now.

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

The human spirit shines brighter when surrounded by friends. So, yes, friends.

Who is your best friend?

I feel that Christ is my best friends, but I want to be flexible here, so I’ll add that Doug Hewitt, author of Dominion, is a great, true friend. I recommend that you visit his website, www.StinkyUniverse.com.

Do you have children?

Although Roman Catholic, I do not.

What is your favorite weather?

I view weather as a daily miracle. It’s all wonderful. I’ll admit to a bit of a thrill during a thunderstorm. Remember, I travel to the Moon in Mr. Hewitt’s book.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Bread and water.

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

I feel sorry for this person. This person does not understand who I am. And I hope that this person can confess and do away with any carnal thoughts.

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

Shortstop for the Yankees. (chuckles)

What is your most treasured possession?

My rosary beads, as I explained earlier.

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

No, I do not cook. Perhaps I could make a sandwich.

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

Pray.

About the Author


D.A. Hewitt is an award-winning author of four novels and over a hundred short stories. One novel was awarded a gold medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for best regional fiction. He attributes his success to hard work, honing a skill and providing an outlet for his passion for writing.

Born in Michigan, he lived for 25 years in North Carolina before returning to live in his home state. In addition to enjoying sky diving and mountain climbing, he is a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps and has earned a degree in mathematics.

Mr. Hewitt admits to a fascination with the work of Carl Jung and of the Gnostic religion. He’d always thought intertwining these topics in a science fiction novel was a stretch, but one day the storyline of Dominion came to him. He wrote the novel in a stream of consciousness. “It makes sense, tapping into the collective unconscious,” Mr. Hewitt says, “very much like Carl Jung might have predicted.”

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About the Book:

Title: DOMINION: FIRE AND ICE
Author: D.A. Hewitt
Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks
Pages: 372
Genre: Science Fiction
It’s the year 2075. Lunar mining and processing facilities have prospered near the lunar south pole, where the Moon’s largest city, Valhalla, rests on the rim of the Shackleton Crater.

Dominion Off-Earth Resources has beaten the competition into space and is ready to establish its monopoly with the opening of the orbiting space resort Dominion. But Pettit Space Industries has a secret plan to emerge as a major contender in the commercialization of space. The upstart company is training the first space rescue squad at a secluded off-grid site in Barrow, Alaska.

The rescue squad gets nearly more than it can handle when its first mission involves the Pope, who’s traveling to the Moon to establish the Lunar See. During the rescue attempt, they discover Earth is imperiled by an asteroid large enough to cause mass extinction. Using the unique skills taught during their training, skills emphasized by the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung, these Jungi Knights must elevate their game if they are to save both the Earth and the Pope—while not getting killed in the process.