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
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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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 forColton, 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.