Friday, September 21, 2018

{Character Interview} Buddy Cullen of Marty Roppelt's Mortal Foe @martyroppelt




We’re thrilled to be talking to Buddy Cullen from Marty Roppelt's, Mortal Foe.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Thanks for having me! I'm 27 years old, and teach journalism at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I've got Styrofoam boxes of restaurant left-overs, a package of Braunschweiger liverwurst and one of Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, ketchup, and a six pack of Miller Lite.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

I think so, and I say that grudgingly. I'm not sure I like everything I've read, if I'm going to be honest with myself. One of the things I drill into my students is journalistic integrity. Look at a story from all angles before reporting on it. Of course I'm imperfect, flawed. But I don't like every angle I see of myself.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

My girlfriend, Kelly, has the day off. We start the day making love. Then we hang out together until going to dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant. After dinner we head for the ball park, to our seats right behind the third base dugout. We watch the Cleveland Indians win the seventh game of the World Series—their first Championship since 1948. Then we drive back to my apartment and celebrate the rest of the night in bed.

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

Mac and cheese, cans of Chef Boy-R-Dee ravioli, chicken-flavored ramen, a loaf of store-brand wheat bread… I suck at cooking. More than three ingredients, and I just lose interest.

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

I'd be a little taller and a little more muscular. Just a little. I have no interest in becoming the Incredible Hulk.

Who is your best friend?

RJ, Rick Jankowski. We've been friends since grade school. We get together once a week or so at our favorite pub, the Come On Inn, drink a few beers and play darts. I have never beaten him at darts. Not once.

Do you have children?

No. I'm not sure I want any, either. Kelly and I have never really talked about it. We live in the moment.

What is your favorite weather?

I love autumn, the crisp chill of sweater weather. It's that middle ground between the extremes of summer swelter and winter freeze. Spring is just mud to me.

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

I think I always wanted to be a journalist. I wrote an article for our school paper once, and the praise gave me a kind of high. I don't write for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but teaching journalism satisfies me as the next best thing.

About the Author

Marty Roppelt was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His original profession was acting on stage, in local commercials and training films and in film. This means that he has experienced life through a wide variety of day and night jobs, from barista to waiter and bartender to security guard, amongst many others. He lives in Illinois with his wife, Becky, and their eccentric cat, Fritz. Mortal Foe is his debut novel.

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About the Book:

A picture is worth a thousand words… But what if that image can only be seen through the lens of one camera? What is the snapshot can only be seen by a select few? What if the photo has its origins in the pit of Hell? What is that face belongs to an enemy bent on destruction? This is Buddy Cullen's fate when he first dreams of his grandfather's death and then inherits his grandfather's antique camera and captures an image that haunts him and seeks his death. Can Buddy survive the curse that he sarcastically dubs "Popcorn"—a curse that no one wants to believe exists and stalks the city of Cleveland, beginning with its baseball team—a mortal foe?

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

{Character Interview} James Gauthier from Shawn M. Beasley's Killing the Rougarou



We’re thrilled to be talking to James Gauthier from Shawn M. Beasley’s, Killing the Rougarou.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am 18 years old and I stay at home with my daughter.

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

My eyes, the color is unusual, they’re amber. My daddy said they were a gift from him.

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

Rice, beans, and Tabasco Sauce®

Who is your best friend?

My husband, Cat! He’s my best friend but a girl always needs her mama.

Do you have children?

Yes, a daughter. We call her, Junior.

What is your favorite weather?

Cold weather on the bayou. Snow is rare but when it happens, it’s magical!

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

A veterinarian.

What is your most treasured possession?

My daddy’s cowboy hat.

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

I love to cook. I love to make seafood gumbo for my family.

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

I would have a fais do do (Cajun dance party) at my house with my family and community!

About the Author

Author Shawn Beasley was born and raised in small town Louisiana. She has a BSRN and has traveled the world only to return to the same small town where she was raised. Shawn has three grown children, one girl and two sons. She lives with her oldest son and grandson and has three other grandchildren that she adores. She has two fur babies, Pete and Taz. Killing the Rougarou is her debut novel and is the first book in a series of five. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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Author Shawn Beasley captivates readers with the enthralling saga of two southern families-the Gauthiers from the South Louisiana bayou country and the Thomases from rural Texas-and the nightmare that will ultimately touch them both. In her sweeping and richly evocative novel, Beasley unfolds two remarkable family histories, populated by unforgettable, deeply human characters, and then rocks their worlds with tragedy and true horror. A novel that succeeds brilliantly on many levels, Killing the Rougarou is, at once, moving and terrifying, tense and thrilling, while capturing the sights, sounds, and vibrant life of Louisiana's Cajun country and Brazos County, Texas.

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