Monday, October 23, 2017

{Character Interview} Ben Bracken of 'A Wanted Man'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Ben Bracken from Robert Parker’s A Wanted Man It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m 34, and for a living, as you put it, I was a soldier. A Captain – Her Majesty’s Royal Army, Welsh Guards. I had 10 years on the record before they wiped it.

What would I love the most about you?

Who knows? My witty repartee, or my ability to put someone in a leg-lock which breaks both their legs above the knee in less than five seconds? Both are great at a party, so it’s completely up to you.

What would I hate the most about you?

You can’t take me anywhere. We spend more than an hour together, and I’m agitated and want to get moving. I can’t sit still. My legs just can’t do it. You’d be irritated to hell by me.

What is your most treasured possession?

I don’t have any trinkets, or heirlooms. Nothing like that. But I do have a bag I’m rather fond of - in it there are five prison guard shirts soaked in a dead inmate’s blood. I’m not telling you were it is, but it’s an insurance policy which keeps me free.

What is your greatest fear?

Ah, you’ve gone all Freud on me. Fear is nothing to be ashamed of – it’s a natural response to pressure, and we all take on pressure differently. I don’t do fear often, but I’m open enough to admit it’s there. I’m worried I’ll die, and my record will still say ‘dishonourably discharged’. I didn’t piss away a decade in the dust and blood for that. You can have the medals, you can have the certificates, you can have the damn uniform – but you can’t take away the effort or the scars, so I don’t want either to be forever meaningless.

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

Jerky, chocolate and water. If the world goes belly up in a heartbeat, you can make it a few days on just those three.

Do you have children?

Nearly did once. I can be candid here right? She got rid of it before I even knew she was expecting – I didn’t get a say. I’d have changed everything about myself to make that work, but… we’ll never know if it would have I suppose. Now? I think that ship has sailed.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

A guaranteed one. Seriously, ten years in the army gives you a sense of perspective.

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

Didn’t have a clue. Unless you’re blessed with a divine sense of purpose – and that’s not a bad thing, I might add – then it’s too much to ask a question like that of a kid. I wasted my teens wondering what I was going to be, pestered by school all the damn time. How could I decide what I wanted to do at forty? I was a bloody kid. 

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

Exactly what I’m doing right now – try to make a difference somehow. I’ll be trying to keep it off for some time yet, but dying tomorrow sometimes does seem like a possibility.

About the Author

Robert Parker is a new exciting voice, a married father of two, who lives in a village close to ManchesterUK. He has both a law degree and a degree in film and media production, and has worked in numerous employment positions, ranging from solicitor’s agent (essentially a courtroom gun for hire), to a van driver, to a warehouse order picker, to a commercial video director. He currently writes full time, while also making time to encourage new young readers and authors through readings and workshops at local schools and bookstores. In his spare time he adores pretty much all sport, boxing regularly for charity, loves fiction across all mediums, and his glass is always half full.

His latest book is the crime/thriller, A WANTED MAN.



About the Book:

Author: Robert Parker
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Pages: 307
Genre: Crime Thriller
It’s down to fathers and fatherhood.

Ben Bracken, ex-soldier, has just got out of Strangeways.

Not by the front door.

With him, he has his ‘insurance policy’ – a bag of evidence that will guarantee his freedom, provided he can keep it safe – and he has money, carefully looked after by a friend, Jack Brooker.

Rejected by the army, disowned by his father, and any hopes of parenthood long since shattered, Ben has no anchors in his life.

No one to keep him steady. 

No one to stop his cause…

The plan: to wreak justice on the man who had put him in prison in the first place. 

Terry ‘The Turn-Up’ Masters, a nasty piece of work, whose crime organisation is based in

But before Ben can get started on his mission, another matter is brought to his attention: Jack’s father has been murdered and he will not rest until the killers are found.

Suddenly, Ben finds himself drawn in to helping Jack in his quest for revenge.

In the process, he descends into the fold of
Manchester’s most notorious crime organisation – the Berg – the very people he wants to bring down…

This action-packed and fast-paced story will keep you turning the pages.
Manchester is vividly portrayed as Ben races around the city seeking vengeance.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

{Character Interview} Emily Stone of 'Dead Cold'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Emily Stone from Jennifer Chase’s Dead Cold.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I’m thirty-six and I hunt down serial killers and abductors of children.

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

If I had to speculate, it would be my blonde hair, even though I have dyed it brunette for a covert assignment.

What would I love the most about you?

I’m a true and honest friend no matter what.

What would I hate the most about you?

I take too many dangerous chances in order to save victims and I work by my own code, not for anyone else.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I like to be alone. I usually find myself running at the beach because that is where I get my most clarity and relaxation.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Not much. I’m not sure if anything isn’t past expiration.

What is your most treasured possession?

A gold locket my mother gave me.

What is your greatest fear?

Not saving a victim in time—it haunts me every day.

Who is your best friend?

Rick Lopez is my partner, my best friend, and the love of my life.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, I think Jennifer Chase gave me strength, intelligence, and integrity to do my covert job. I just wish that she would let me rest occasionally or even take a vacation. 

About the Author:

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning crime fiction author and consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master's degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

Her latest book is the crime thriller, Dead Cold.




About the Book:
Author: Jennifer Chase
Publisher: JEC Press
Pages: 326
Genre: Crime Thriller


What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute.

On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet. Stone’s proven top-notch profiling skills and forensic expertise may not be enough this time.

Young and ambitious, Detective Danny Starr, catches the homicide cases and discovers that it will test everything he knows about police work and the criminal mind. Can he handle these escalating cases or will the police department have to call in reinforcements—the FBI.

Emily Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer. She then forces the killer out of their comfort zone with her partner Rick Lopez, and with help from a longtime friend Jordan Smith. A revelation of the serial killer’s identity leaves the team with volatile emotions that could destroy them.

The killer continues to taunt and expertly manipulate the police, as well as Stone’s team, and as they run out of time—they leave behind everyone and everything—in Dead Cold.