Friday, June 23, 2017

{Character Interview} Harry Chapman of 'The Discovery'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Harry Chapman from Louis Kraft's, The Discovery.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Harry Chapman.  What do you do for a living? 

I’m a physician in private practice. During my tenure at the Westside Hospital in Los Angeles I served as chief of obstetrics and gynecology twice. During that time—a little over twenty-four years—I delivered over 5,000 babies. That ended a year ago and now I only practice gynecology. My office is in West Los Angeles. … Oh, I’m also a full professor at USC.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I go to my 50-foot yacht, The Newborn, whenever I’m angry, stressed, or need to relax. The Newborn is docked at Marina del Rey in LA County. I don’t go for a voyage; instead I kick back, enjoy some vodka, and talk away the evening with a good friend or my sons.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Sid Shapiro. He’s a top-notch lawyer who has a mischievous tongue. By that I mean, his mind is sharp and that he takes no prisoners with his humorous barbs.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing my practice, my wealth, and my radiant and stunning wife, Helen. I don’t know what I would do without her.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, … yes he has although at times he has been too truthful. He shared things about me to the world, things that people shouldn’t know. When I read some of what he wrote I felt like driving to his house and giving him a piece of my mind. I didn’t, but who knows maybe some day I will.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Spending time with Helen and my sons and their families on the Newborn. I don’t mean in the harbor, but on a cruise to Catalina Island where we’d live onboard while enjoying the city of Avalon.

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

I wouldn’t call myself a loner as I do have friends, but I don’t socialize often. When I do most of my time is spent with Helen and our sons and their families; or with Helen and Sid Shapiro and his wife.

Who is your best friend?

You should have guessed by now. It’s Sid Shapiro. He’s a big-time lawyer. We hit it off the moment we met in November 1960 when he was one of the members of the Beverlychrest Country Club in West Los Angeles who interviewed me when I applied to become a member. He’s funny, caring, and always has my back. I’m lucky to know him.

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

I’d spend all my remaining time making love to Helen.

Louis Kraft, Co-Author The Discovery

Meet the Author

Author/historian Louis Kraft has focused his energy on producing work that highlights racism and the human experience of people who have put their lives on the line to prevent war. He has written articles for magazines, including Research Review and Wild West, as well as fiction (The Final Showdown) and nonfiction (Gatewood & Geronimo) books. Kraft returned to fiction writing when he collaborated with Robert S. Goodman on The Discovery.
Visit his website at www.readthediscovery.com.


About the Book:

In THE DISCOVERY by Robert S. Goodman and Louis Kraft, a young obstetrician/gynecologist delivers a premature baby after attending a dinner party. The child survives the delivery, but complications lead to a malpractice lawsuit two decades later.
In 1952, a pregnant seventeen-year-old gives birth in a Los Angeles hospital. Two nurses attend to the young woman while they wait for the doctor on call to arrive for the delivery. Dr. Harry Chapman arrives at the hospital clearheaded but with alcohol on his breath. The premature baby is born blue and placed in an incubator. The nurses turn the oxygen to the level recommended to pediatricians for preemies the year before to prevent blindness. When the baby’s color doesn’t change, Harry instructs the nurses to turn the oxygen up to maximum. They protest, but Harry insists that the nurses comply to save the baby from brain damage or death.
In 1972, Greg Weston, a twenty-year-old paralegal meets a young woman who works with a renowned pediatrician. When she questions the attractive young man about his blindness, Greg reveals that his adoptive parents told him he was born blind. After agreeing to see the doctor Gail works for, Greg becomes aware that his blindness may have occurred as a result of physician error. Greg requests his medical records from the hospital and the adoption agency, and he finds that the hospital records tell a different story about what took place after his birth. In both records, Dr. Harry Chapman is indicated as the doctor who delivered him. Greg shares his findings with a partner in his law firm, and they build a case against Dr. Chapman based on fraudulent changes in the hospital records, which allows the statute of limitations to be thrown out.
After Harry receives word that he is being sued, his attorney advises him that the malpractice insurance he carried in 1952 will not cover even a fraction of the multimillion-dollar lawsuit. The stress and uncertainty of the case, along with the accusation of fraud, breaks Harry, leading him down a road of depression and alcohol dependence. As Harry’s wife, Helen, watches her husband deteriorate, she makes an unthinkable choice to put an end to the plaintiff’s case.
In THE DISCOVERY, the authors connect the lives of two individuals across two decades, exposing vulnerabilities, bitterness, and frailties. As the case moves forward, a key witness’s testimony alters the lives of both men.
In writing THE DISCOVERY, Goodman and Kraft’s intentions were to offer readers multidimensional characters with real-world problems and to bring awareness to the severe affect malpractice lawsuits can have on physicians’ professional and personal lives.
The Discovery is available at Amazon.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

{Character Interview} Emma Willis of 'I Can Find You'




We’re thrilled to be talking to Emma Willis from Joss Landry’s, I Can Find You.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Well, I just turned fifteen on April fifteen, so as my friend Tommy Carson says, this should be my lucky year. I am a student at Belleville High, in Newark, New Jersey, and next year will be my graduation year. So, I have a lot on my mind, career choices and all. Not that I am being pressured to make a decision, but my dad, my aunt Franka and my friends are all concerned about me. They want
me to make the right choice, you understand.

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

Sure, that’s easy. Most people I meet, including my friend Amelia Swift, say it’s my eyes. People find the light ale color pleasing. I love Amelia’s eye color. Hers are sky blue. As for myself, I would say I prefer my smile. Didn’t have a lot of occasions to smile when I was younger, I was in so much trouble. Lucky I remembered about it because when you don’t practice happiness, you forget how to be happy. Now, I like to flex my smile whenever I can. I find even the slightest grin tends to relax everyone around me.

What would I love the most about you?

Well, my friend Christina Tyler, who used to be my fifth-grade teacher and is more like a big sister now, enjoys my childlike innocence, so she says. She believes my innocence has been my saving grace over the years. She has since admitted that this is her way of letting me know she appreciates my honesty and my lack of pretension.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Well, Hank Apple, chief of police and another dear friend, hates the fact I can read his thoughts. I can read most people’s thoughts though I try not to invade anyone’s privacy. Nevertheless, he reminds me not to peek inside his head once in a while when I’m too dead on with my reasoning. On the other hand, my friend Tommy hates when I use any magic, mostly my traveling through the Astral World. He’s afraid I might stay stuck there someday, and no one I know would be able to rescue me. You see, I can transport my mind, and do so corporeally to go anywhere I wish—well on Earth, of course. Tommy hates this and made me promise time and time again not to use this mode of transportation. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, I need this form of locomotion. Very practical in a pinch, I’m sure you understand.

Where do you go when you are angry? 

Anger is not a sentiment that touches me often. I don’t think I’ve ever been genuinely angry. Ever since I can remember, I could read fear in others when they lashed out. Instead of an angry response, pity welled up in me, as well as the wish to help whoever needed my help. Anger and I have never been compatible. When I want to be alone, I retreat within myself and find absolute peace.

What is your most treasured possession?
So glad you ask. This Oudjat I wear around my neck. The Eye of Horus keeps me grounded. Allows me to block all the troubles around me. The pendant also prevents me from traveling unexpectedly. According to Luigi, the owner of Martin and Son Jewelers, it is worth more than a few dollars. My Granny Dottie handed it to my mother when I was ten years old, on her death bed. I still miss Granny Dottie. She also left me the big book of ages written over several centuries by my ancestors. A tome of dos and don’ts with magic and how to hone our powers. Some of the skills listed in the book don't figure in these women's capabilities. They wrote about them in case some of their descendants might be able to do so one day, and I applaud their foresight.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

The Universe is the real author of my life. Of course, the Cosmos will tell my story with precision while sticking to the facts. So to answer your question, I believe the author revealed in an accurate manner all that is possible at this time and will allow more to shape my future in the next installment of my adventures.

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

Christina Tyler is teaching me some of her favorite recipes. She taught me how to make boeuf bourguignon, and duck à l'orange. She also shared all her skills in making puff pastry, and even simple pie crust to get it as flaky as possible.

Last week, I made dinner rolls and potage Parmentier, a fancy name the French have for cream of potato and leak soup. My mother was impressed, and so was my dad.

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

Well, it’s no longer a secret. Thomas Carson says he would like us to be a couple, a real couple. I’m fifteen, and he’s sixteen and a half. We have our whole life in front of us. Where does he think this will go? He’s handsome, and all, the best quarterback the Buccaneers have had in years. Still, I don’t feel this way about him, but I don’t want to lose his friendship so I would love our amity to continue unchanged. I discussed this with my aunt Franka, and she recognizes how Tommy’s feelings have changed toward me. I don’t understand. I can read everyone’s mind and thoughts, but I never saw this coming. Is Tommy more adept than others at blocking his mind? Aunt Franka says it’s not his fault, and that he’s loaded with testosterone and young bucks his age go through this phase. He kissed me at the theater last Saturday night, and it was nice.

About the Author

Joss Landry has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies to launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.
Blessed with four children and six grandchildren, she resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis, and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says they fulfill her need to think outside the box.
Her latest book is the urban fantasy/paranormal, I CAN FIND YOU (Emma Willis Series #2).

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About the Book:

Title: I CAN FIND YOU (Emma Willis Series #2)
Author: Joss Landry
Publisher: Book Beatles Publishing LTD.
Pages: 372
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
    Emma just turned fifteen. Her powers have spiraled to include unusual magic, and she gladly relies on Hank and Christina’s friendship to mark the way. Thomas Carson’s feelings for Emma have changed, her aunt Franka tells her—a young man her aunt describes as a young buck whose testosterone plays a big role in his life. 
    New friends around Emma surprise her. They appear to be like nothing she could have imagined, and their goals stir more disturbance than their presence until she bumps into the scourge of her existence: entities who wish to control what humans do and say. She learns they are powerful, vindictive and will stop at nothing to obtain what they want. Will Emma be able to protect the people she loves?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

{Character Interview} Zane Hollister of Pop-Out Girl




We’re thrilled to be talking to Zane Hollister from Irene Woodbury’s POP-OUT GIRL. It is a pleasure to have Zane with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m 31 and I’m living on Kauai, an island in Hawaii, right now because I’m hiding out from the cops in Vegas. They want to talk to me about the kidnapping of my girlfriend, Jen, and the drive-by
shooting of her boyfriend’s boss. So I’m laying low, but I do help my bud, Pork Pie, over here with his drug business. I deliver stuff to his customers around Kauai and sometimes on the other islands too.

What would I love the most about you?

I’m a one-woman kind of dude. I’ve loved Jen since the day we met, and I’ll love her till the day I die. Another thing about me: I’m loyal and I like to help my friends.

What would I hate the most about you?

That I have a violent temper and I can be cruel and impulsive when I’m on drugs. I’ve done some things I regret, but I felt it was justified at the time.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Beer, bacon, eggs, leftover Chinese, poke (raw fish and seaweed), saimin (Hawaiian noodle soup), Malasadas (Hawaiian sugar doughnuts), frozen waffles, mango ice cream

What is your greatest fear?

That I will be sent back to prison and die trying to escape—just like my dad.

What is the trait you most like about yourself?

I’m stubborn. I don’t quit till I get what I want. I wanted to marry Jen—and I did--whether she wanted to or not.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, she did. She showed many sides of me, from some of the more violent, traumatic things I’ve done, to the love I have for my mom, Jen, and my kids. As long as people don’t screw with me, I’m the coolest dude on the planet, but if you mess with me—there’s hell to pay.

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

My real hair is black and straight. I have to dye and perm it to disguise my appearance. I would like to have naturally red, curly hair.

Do you have children?

Yeah, three, all under 10. Two boys, Danny and Diego, and my little princess, Dakota. They’re the reason I didn’t go to Mexico or South America to get away from the cops. I didn’t want to be that far from them, so I came to Hawaii.

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

A professional poker dude. My dad was an awesome player. He taught me young. Those were some of the best times we had.

What is your most treasured possession?

The gold band I bought at a pawn shop in Reno the day before I married Jen. I’ve never taken it off.

About the Author

Irene Woodbury’s third novel, Pop-Out Girl (2017), pushes a lot of buttons. It’s a gripping look at the tumultuous life of a 23-year-old showgirl-wannabe named Jen Conover who pops out of cakes at special events in Las Vegas for a living. The novel offers riveting glimpses into the loves, lives, triumphs, and tragedies of Jen’s family and friends as well.

Irene grew up in Pittsburgh, and has lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Denver. The University of Houston 1993 graduate also called Texas home for seven years. Her writing career began In 2000. After five years as a successful travel writer, she switched to fiction. Irene’s first novel, the humorous A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis, was published in 2011. The darkly dramatic A Dead End in Vegas followed in 2014. Pop-Out Girl is another dramatic effort. With her husband, Richard, editing, Irene completed the novel in eighteen months. She hopes audiences will enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it. 

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About the Book:

When Zane Hollister returns home to Las Vegas after two years in prison and discovers his showgirl-lover is with another guy, he goes ballistic. After stalking and taunting the couple for
months, his toxic jealousy takes a darker turn. To wipe out Colton, Zane masterminds a devilish zip line accident and a terrifying car crash. When those fail, he resorts to kidnapping Jen and forcing her to marry him. And it gets even worse when Zane shoots Colton’s boss, Matt, by mistake as he aims for Colton in a horrific drive-by shooting.
        
With Matt lingering in a coma, Jen’s cocktail-waitress mother, Brandi, absorbs a seismic shock of her own. After hearing Matt’s name on the local news, she realizes he’s her first love of decades past—and Jen’s real father.
        
Will Matt emerge from his coma to reunite with Brandi and Jen? Do the cops nab Zane, who’s hiding out in Hawaii? And can Jen and Colton’s love survive Zane’s lethal jealousy?
           
There’s a happy ending for some, but not for all, in Pop-Out Girl.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

{CHARACTER INTERVIEW} Mionee of 'Call to War'



We’re thrilled to be talking to Mionee from Andi O’Connor’s, Call To War.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I have violet eyes. It’s a feature I shared with my father.

What would I hate the most about you?

The terrible crimes I’ve committed simply because I could. At the time, I had the power and the freedom.

What is your greatest fear?

I’m living through my greatest fear right now. There is nothing I could fear more than the Hellborn.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

One where I am free.

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

Absolutely nothing. I’m content with my features, even though others claimed me because of them.

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

I don’t have friends to surround myself with. The only friend I have is Détaldin, and for his sake, I can’t allow myself to get too close to him.

Do you have children?

No, although I was pregnant with a little girl.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

One where I could eat in peace and not fret over what abuse the Hellborn had in store for me next.

What is your most treasured possession?

My life, though at the moment, it doesn’t truly belong to me.


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

I wouldn’t hold back from the person I love. 

About the Author


Andi O'Connor is the award-winning author The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. She’s written multiple books, including the critically acclaimed Silevethiel, which is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy, and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. Andi's short story collection, Redemption, is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist.

You can frequently find Andi as a ​guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Philcon, Conclave, WizardWorld, and Chessiecon. Andi also writes for Niume where she provides writing tips, advice, and insight on her career as an author. You can connect with Andi on
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information, visit Andi’s website.

About the Book:


Darrak's adventure concludes with this thrilling finale of The Dragonath Chronicles!  

Following the betrayal of two of his trusted companions and a devastating battle in Mystandia, Darrak's talents are desperately needed by the citizens of both Earth and Dragonath. Torn with the decision of where his loyalty should remain, he finally decides to confide in Andillrian. Together, they craft a plan they hope will save Darrak's home planet, but their optimism is short-lived.

The Hellborn's army has begun the march to war.

With less than two weeks of preparation remaining, their weaknesses become unavoidably apparent. Planning for defeat suddenly becomes as important as planning for victory. Darrak's insecurities continue until the moment the first arrows begin to fly. He can only hope that help from a few unlikely sources will be enough.

For if they fail, Dragonath will fall.

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