Friday, January 27, 2017

Character Interview: Sheriff Dearborn from 'Cat O' Nine Tales'


We’re thrilled to be talking to Sheriff Dearborn from the story The Eternal Sheriff in the book, Cat O’Nine Tales by Krystal Lawrence.  It is a pleasure to have the sheriff with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Well now, my age…that’s a toughie. I been around since the first book in the Sidewinder Series done come out on the market, and that’s a spell back now, yah’ hear? What I do for a livin’ is keep law and order ‘round these parts. I’m the sheriff here in Sidewinder.

What would I love the most about you?

Why shucks, ma’am I’m charming.

What would I hate the most about you?

Hate? ‘Bout me? Can’t think of a thing.

Where do you go when you are angry?

To the Ace High Saloon to have a whiskey with my deputy, Johnny Starr. I tell you, I been spending a fair amount of time there just lately.


What is your most treasured possession?

My Patterson 12 shot. Just about the finest pistol ever made.


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

Oh, hon, you’ll have to ask Min and Momma what they fetch when they’re up at the general mercantile. I honestly don’t know.

I’m opening up your cabinet.  What foods do I see?

“Minnie, Momma! Can you come in here and talk to this gal please?”

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

Well, just between you and me——I can never seem to get my badge to sparkle just right the way I like. It’s never shiny enough to suit me. But, shush now, don’t you tell anyone I said that or I’ll flat out deny it.

Who is your best friend?

Deputy Starr.

What is your favorite meal?

Why, I’m a meat and potatoes man, ma’am. Why? You wanna cook me supper?

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

I’m startin’ to think it’s you… and well, that’s fine, hon, just don’t let Minnie find out or I’ll be sleepin’ out back on my saddle.

About the Author

Krystal Lawrence lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of three novels—— two vampire stories, Risen and Risen II: The Progeny, and a trilogy entitled, Be Careful What You Wish For which is currently under consideration to be turned into a television series. Cat O’Nine Tales is Krystal’s first and much anticipated collection of short stories. Her books are available through Amazon and all major book retailers.

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About the Book:

Title: Cat O’ Nine Tales
Author: Krystal Lawrence
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Pages: 284
Genre: Horror/Suspense
What evil dwells within the pretty lady next door or the ordinary house cat?
What happens when you pursue your dreams into the desert after dark?
Beware the man borne of your imagination. He could seek vengeance on the one who created him.
Visit a bookstore offering a most alluring and sinister service.
Journey to the dark side with ten twisted tales of horror, malevolence, and the truly uncanny.

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Character Interview: Mike Stone of 'Kracken: Dawn of Destiny'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Mike Stone from Ray Ellis’, KRACKEN: Dawn of Destiny. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character! 

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

Hi there, thanks for having me. I’m 33 years old what I used to do before all this happened is design—rather, engineer planets for human habitation.

What would I love the most about you? 

I guess that, what you see is what you get. I’m not a very complex man, but at the same time I am very passionate.

What makes you laugh out loud? 

People. Life. Over confident people—people who think they have the whole thing figured out, now, that makes me laugh.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My Bible and my blaster. My wife gave me the Bible, it was the only thing I had left from her after Ted Waters attacked my family and destroyed our home.
 
What is your greatest fear? 

Oh, that’s easy. Insignificance. The idea of living my entire life and not having mattered in the larger scheme of things…that scares me.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Ahhh, yeah, he’s funny like that. I think he put just a little bit of himself in me. I guess you’ll have to be the final judge of that.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal? 

Anything someone is willing to cook for me…I’m a lousy cook.

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

When you have a woman like mine, you can care less what else is out there. I’m sure its flattering, but with Mary in my corner, I’m just not interested.

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

King of the world. That’ where my problems kind of started.

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

I love to cook, but like I said, the process doesn’t really like me. You’re looking at a guy who really appreciates CPMs, computer prepared meals.

About the Author


Ray was ordained into the ministry in March of 1989 and was sworn in as a uniformed police officer in April of that same year. He began writing in the fall of 1991, although like many before him, it had been his lifelong dream to be a writer. He completed his first manuscript, a science fantasy, in late 1999, but it was his fifth book published.

His first three books published was an inspirational mystery series, Nate Richards Mysteries, which was followed by a paranormal short story called “I”. Ray drew from his almost 30 years experience working in law enforcement to create the world of his mystery thrillers and from the same three decades in ministry to integrate the principals and truths of the Christian Gospel throughout all his stories . In his career, he worked as a jail deputy in a maximum-security facility in Orange County, California before being transferred to street patrol. While working in Orange County he also served as the captain of the department’s Martial Arts stunt and demonstration team.

In June of 1997, Ray transferred to Idaho, where he continued to work as a police officer, serving in patrol, then as a sex-crime investigator, and finally as a SRO, School Resource Officer. Being a pastor and a police officer, Ray offers a unique view of the human experience, binding the two worlds to tell his stories from his own distinctive perspective.

Since releasing his first book, Ray has been selected as Top 50 Author for the state of Idaho, a Top 10 Author and the ACFW Author of the Year for the State of Idaho. He has also served as the president of the IWL: Idaho Writer’s League from 2001-2003, and as president of Idahope, a Christian Author’s Writers Group.

He is currently working on the second installment of the Dawn of Destiny Series: Shadow of the Serpent, the follow up to KRACKEN.

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About the Book:

Title: KRACKEN
Author: Ray Ellis
Publisher: NCC Publishing LLC
Pages: 367
Genre: Inspirational Science Fiction

The year is 135 New Reckoning. A Godless world is rebuilding itself.

When a stranger from Mike Stone’s past appears on his doorstep, his ordinary life is suddenly and violently destroyed. Mike’s past has come back to haunt him. Now with his family attacked and his home destroyed, Mike finds himself running for his life through a jungle-planet filled with terrors and a monster known only as the Kracken.

In the midst of the chaos, Ted Waters launches his plan for domination. In a post-apocalyptic world, Waters sets himself up as the sole leader of the emerging world government. Using children as slaves, he mines a new narcotic used to subdue the people’s will.

Kracken, the story of two men, two opinions and two bases of power set on a collision path. When the two collide, Mike finds himself confronted by the God he thought he left behind.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Character Interview: Pope Pius XIII from 'Dominion'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Pope Pius XIII from Doug Hewitt’s, Dominion.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am 74. I am the Pope. That is not only what I do for a living, it is my life.

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

I am celibate and always have been.

What would I love the most about you?

It is my hope that my desire to seek the truth is so raw and pure that it is admirable.

What would I hate the most about you?

Well, allow me to say that the word hate is distasteful to me. It is difficult for me to imagine hate because I have purposefully tried to eradicate it from my vocabulary. But, in my opinion, it is truth that people hate.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I take a walk on the Vatican grounds and pray.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I love the innocence of children. They make me laugh. God bless the children.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I’m afraid you would need to speak to the Vatican chief chef.

What is your most treasured possession?

My rosary beads. They were given to me by Mother Theresa. I can feel the holiness in them.

What is your greatest fear?

That our Church will not be as effective as it needs to be to spread the Word as humanity leaves its Earthly confines. My fear is that the Church does not accompany the expansion of our species into space.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I am human; therefore, I’m a sinner. Christ forgives, but sinners we all are.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

I thought it was too harsh. I mean, I only watched. I was a concerned adult. But I understand the need for drama. Still, why involve a pontiff?

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Judgment Day.

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

Oh, it’s been a while, but I have a secret desire for Diet Coke, nutty donuts, and raspberries.

I’m opening up your cabinet.  What foods do I see?

Again, speak to the Vatican chief chef.

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

To be honest, I wish I could climb the staircases in the Vatican more quickly than I do now.

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

The human spirit shines brighter when surrounded by friends. So, yes, friends.

Who is your best friend?

I feel that Christ is my best friends, but I want to be flexible here, so I’ll add that Doug Hewitt, author of Dominion, is a great, true friend. I recommend that you visit his website, www.StinkyUniverse.com.

Do you have children?

Although Roman Catholic, I do not.

What is your favorite weather?

I view weather as a daily miracle. It’s all wonderful. I’ll admit to a bit of a thrill during a thunderstorm. Remember, I travel to the Moon in Mr. Hewitt’s book.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Bread and water.

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

I feel sorry for this person. This person does not understand who I am. And I hope that this person can confess and do away with any carnal thoughts.

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

Shortstop for the Yankees. (chuckles)

What is your most treasured possession?

My rosary beads, as I explained earlier.

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

No, I do not cook. Perhaps I could make a sandwich.

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

Pray.

About the Author


D.A. Hewitt is an award-winning author of four novels and over a hundred short stories. One novel was awarded a gold medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for best regional fiction. He attributes his success to hard work, honing a skill and providing an outlet for his passion for writing.

Born in Michigan, he lived for 25 years in North Carolina before returning to live in his home state. In addition to enjoying sky diving and mountain climbing, he is a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps and has earned a degree in mathematics.

Mr. Hewitt admits to a fascination with the work of Carl Jung and of the Gnostic religion. He’d always thought intertwining these topics in a science fiction novel was a stretch, but one day the storyline of Dominion came to him. He wrote the novel in a stream of consciousness. “It makes sense, tapping into the collective unconscious,” Mr. Hewitt says, “very much like Carl Jung might have predicted.”

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About the Book:

Title: DOMINION: FIRE AND ICE
Author: D.A. Hewitt
Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks
Pages: 372
Genre: Science Fiction
It’s the year 2075. Lunar mining and processing facilities have prospered near the lunar south pole, where the Moon’s largest city, Valhalla, rests on the rim of the Shackleton Crater.

Dominion Off-Earth Resources has beaten the competition into space and is ready to establish its monopoly with the opening of the orbiting space resort Dominion. But Pettit Space Industries has a secret plan to emerge as a major contender in the commercialization of space. The upstart company is training the first space rescue squad at a secluded off-grid site in Barrow, Alaska.

The rescue squad gets nearly more than it can handle when its first mission involves the Pope, who’s traveling to the Moon to establish the Lunar See. During the rescue attempt, they discover Earth is imperiled by an asteroid large enough to cause mass extinction. Using the unique skills taught during their training, skills emphasized by the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung, these Jungi Knights must elevate their game if they are to save both the Earth and the Pope—while not getting killed in the process.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Character Interview: Nathan Hill from 'Sealed Up'





We’re thrilled to be talking to Nathan Hill from Steve Dunn Hanson’s Sealed Up.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Early 40’s—that close enough? I’m an anthropology professor at UCLA.

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

I’m not sure what you mean by distinguishable. I have a pretty good reputation in the world among my peers because of the work I’ve done with Maya epigraphy and some of my landmark Mesoamerica archeological digs—at Piedras Negras, Guatemala especially.

What makes you laugh out loud?

I don’t laugh out loud.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Not much. I live by myself and mostly eat out.

What is your most treasured possession?

Memories of my wife. She died a couple of years ago.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yeah. He did a pretty good job. Hard to bring out stuff about someone who doesn’t talk much.

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

Ha! My hair. Just give me some. Any color’s fine.

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

Don’t really have a lot of friends, probably because I like to be by myself. Thinking is better than talking.

Who is your best friend?

Hyrum Bentley. He does what I do at the University of Texas. We went on all our digs together—until the accident. He’s a quadriplegic now.

Do you have children?

No. My wife’s dead.

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

I’d call Hyrum. He doesn’t wear his religion on his sleeve, but he’s a believer. Deep. I’d probably ask him what he thinks is going to happen to me.

About the Author


I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

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About the Book:

Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

 

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?

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