Wednesday, May 31, 2017

{Character Interview} Rebecca Underhill of 'The Ashes'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Rebecca Underhill from Vincent Zandri, The Ashes.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m in my late forties (I would never tell you my real age….LOL), and I’m an artist and an art teacher. My best friend Robyn Painter (that’s no pun) run The School of Art which offers private lessons to students of all ages inside a renovated barn behind our farm house.

What would I love the most about you?

That I still see and talk to my identical twin sister, Molly. She died of cancer many years ago, but she’s still with me somehow. Still there to protect me. 

What would I hate the most about you?

That I have trouble letting go of the past, especially my memory and love for my ex-husband, Michael. We divorced before he was murdered, but we still loved one another very much.

What is your most treasured possession?

My memories.

What is your greatest fear?

At present, my greatest fear comes in the form of a psychopath named, The Skinner. He’s escaped a maximum security for the criminally insane, and now he’s coming after me and my son.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I hold onto the past and my past love with Michael. It’s a source of pain for my present boyfriend and lover, Sam Goodman. But Sam is here to protect me from The Skinner.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

He’s captured my terror and my frantic need to escape The Skinner perfectly.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

A day free from fear…from The Skinner

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

I would become young again.

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

I would spend the day with my son, and I would share everything I know about life and how to live it, free from fear. I would also suggest that he check out all of Vincent Zandri’s books at WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM

Meet the Author

Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and AMAZON KINDLE No.1 bestselling author of more than 25 novels including THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, EVERYTHING BURNS, and ORCHARD GROVE. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer and Polis Books, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri's, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the "Best Books of 2014." Recently, Suspense Magazine selected WHEN SHADOWS COME as one of the "Best Books of 2016". A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular "lit blog," The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He lives in New York and Florence, Italy.



Inside the Book:

Author: Vincent Zandri
Publisher: Bear Media
Pages: 277
Genre: Thriller/Horror/Romantic Suspense

It’s been eight years since artist and single mom, Rebecca Underhill, was abducted and left to die in an old broken down house located in the middle of the dark woods. But even if her abductor, Joseph William Whalen, has since been killed, another, more insidious evil is once more out to get her in the form of the Skinner. The son of an abusive butcher, Skinner intends on finishing the job Whalen started but failed at.

How is he going to get to Rebecca?

He’s going to do it through her children, by luring them into the cornfield behind the old farmhouse they live in.

Now, armed with the knowledge that the Skinner has escaped incarceration at a downstate facility for the criminally insane, Rebecca must face the most horrifying challenge of her adult life: Rescuing the children not from a house in the woods, but from the abandoned tunnels that run underneath her property.

But the Skinner is watching Rebecca’s every move.

Horrifying question is, will she live long enough to save the children?



Monday, May 1, 2017

{Character Interview} Addy Verges of 'Chasing Hindy'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Addy Verges from Darin Gibby’s, Chasing Hindy.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am 28 years old, and I’m a patent attorney with a prestigious law firm in Palo Alto, California.

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

I was born in Vietnam and adopted by an America couple, who had their problems. My father had an affair and left my mother. His side of the story is that she was an alcoholic and he couldn’t live with her. The end result was that I was mostly left to fend for myself.

What would I love the most about you?

I am driven to succeed. Even without help from my parents, I earned a chemical engineer degree and put myself through law school.

What would I hate the most about you?

I don’t dare to trust anyone. I’ve been hurt too many times. That’s why I like science—it can’t let you down.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I bury myself in my work. I just became the youngest partner at my law firm and I always have plenty of cases to distract me.

What is your most treasured possession?

That would be Hindy, my cherry red Shelby Mustang. I’ve retrofitted my car so that it runs on hydrogen. And, I’ve strapped a rather large hydrogen-filled balloon to the roof. It looks like a blimp floating above my car. I use it to market my law practice to all the clean tech companies in the Bay Area. I want them to know that I understand innovation.

What is your greatest fear?

Being let down by somebody I might fall in love with. That’s probably why I’m not in a serious relationship.

What is your favorite weather?

I live in Sunnyvale, California and I love it in the morning when the fog is just burning off and the sun peaks through. It’s the perfect time to get in my bike and take a ride down to the local coffee house.

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

There’s this guy named Quinn who wants me to leave my law firm and join his startup company. He claims that he needs a smart and ambitious patent lawyer to protect his new invention. But the way his eyes shift when he speaks with me makes me wonder if there isn’t another motivation. I should be concerned about that, but for some reason it intrigues me.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a scientist or an engineer. I love dealing with facts. Science can’t let you down.

About the Author

In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend ( With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.

Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.  His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever. His third book, Gil, is about a high school coach who discovers that he can pitch with deadly speed and is given an offer to play with the Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil soon discovers, however, that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.
An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.
His latest book is the thriller, Chasing Hindy.



About the Book:

Title: Chasing Hindy
Author: Darin Gabby
Publisher: Koehler Books
Pages: 284
Genre: Thriller

ADDY’S DREAM AS a patent attorney is to help bring a ground breaking energy technology to the world. Addy’s hopes soar when she is wooed by Quinn, an entrepreneur, to join his company that has purportedly invented a car that can run on water using an innovative catalyst. After resigning her partnership to join Quinn, Addy discovers things aren’t as they seem. The patent office suppresses the company’s patent applications and her life is threatened by unknown assailants if she doesn’t resign.

When she is arrested for stealing US technology from the patent office she realizes Quinn has used her. Now, Addy must find a way to clear her name while salvaging her dream of propelling this technology to the world, all while powerful forces attempt to stop her.


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