Thursday, July 20, 2017

{Character Interview} Alice Taylor of When the Sky Falls

We’re thrilled to be talking to Alice Taylor from Joseph Bendoski’s When the Sky Falls.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m twenty-six and work as an agent for CIA case officer Jones. You see I can’t actually work for the CIA because I’m not an American. Oddly enough I’m considered an un-sovereignted entity, that means no country claims me, but working with Jones I can get all kinds of fake IDs from the U.S

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

My eyes, their big and blue and makes people think I’m naive and innocent, and in need of protection. Makes it a lot easier to manipulate people they see you as borderline helpless.

What would I love the most about you? 

I’m unpredictable, and the irony of that is that it takes a lot planning to make sure it stays that way. All people have patterns of behavior, certain interests and if you want to really break out of that, you have to plan. Recognize what you would do on a whim, and then do something different.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Some people think I’m too crazy, but crazy is what I want them to think. That means they aren’t trying to figure me out, they’ve given up.

Where do you go when you are angry? 

Plan my revenge.

What makes you laugh out loud? 

Just about anything. Life is easier when things are funny instead of frustrating. Jones taught me that. Not that he laughed a lot, but during out first shoot out my hands trembled. He told me I needed to find a way to see the world and everything in a way that my hands wouldn’t shake. So now I try to see everything as funny, and now I can shoot straight.

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

Mostly salad, but I do have  a jar of pickled fingers.

What is your most treasured possession? 

A good knife.

What is your greatest fear? 

That I can’t protect the people I’m supposed to.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself? 

I have a hard time connecting with people. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me, but I wonder what it would be like. I see people just together, and they look happy and I wonder why they do, is it worth it? I don’t really understand it, but I want to try it. I just don’t know how.

About the Author

Joe Bendoski studied psychology in college and was fascinated by all the insights it provided into human behavior, only to realize most the information never reach people, and when it did, rarely was it in a form that allowed for practical application. He started writing non-fiction, but soon came to understand how few people read that genre and began the difficult transition into fiction writing. His non-fiction works include; the Chemistry of Attraction and the Language of Emotion. 
He worked as the head writer for the television show ‘Saved by Grace.’ After being frustrated with comments like "make this scene cheaper," "What's my motivation?", and "Do we need this scene?" he decided to go in to literature.
His latest book is the thriller/espionage/conspiracy/historical novel, When the Sky Falls.



About the Book:

“What makes you believe a lie? I’m not asking how you know someone is lying. What makes you
believe? Because if you don’t understand how that works, then you won’t know when you’re being manipulated.”

In 1938 the War of the Worlds hoax panicked millions of Americans, then in 1988 another fictional media broadcast convinced nearly half of Portugal that sea monsters had risen from the ocean to destroy their cities. A team of CIA agents was sent to study the aftermath of this 6th Skyfall Event in the hope that they could turn it into a weapon of war. When the team consultant turns up dead, everyone scrambles to be the last man standing: the one who will decide if or when the sky falls.