Friday, November 16, 2018

{Character Interview} Fyrndagas Underdel Dearth the Third of John Paul Tucker's Shelter Island

We’re thrilled to be talking to Fyrndagas Underdel Dearth the Third from John Paul Tucker’s, Shelter Island, Vol. 1 of The Song of Fridorfold.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview Fyrndagas…

You may dispense with the title. I am commonly referred to as Dearth, or Ghost of the Underworld by my enemies, which are plentiful enough.

How old are you, Dearth, and what do you do for a living?

It is for questions such as these I tried in vain to dissuade the author from subjecting me. I am older than you would believe, and am living well and long enough to answer such foolish questions.

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

I am an Underdel, to be distinguished from the rather talkative and skittish Underdens. Plainly, to your kind, I am a rat. Not of the figurative type, of which there are many, but a creature with claws, sharp teeth and two blades crossed upon my back if tooth and claw do not suffice. This is the first and shall be the last time you will hear the pejorative three-lettered term, at least in my presence. Whatever you choose to use among your fellow Earth-dwellers is not my concern.

What would I love the most about you?

Very little, unless of course, you are backed into a dark corner, whose only means of escape is through a snake’s gullet. I can enter any stronghold I choose, confiscate what I require, and leave at my own convenience, skills which the Guardian of Husgard calls on regularly.

What would I hate the most about you?

I am smarter than you, quicker to enter a fray, more likely to survive, and have covered more territory than any folc of fur or feather on the Fragile Lands and Shelter Island — has the interrogation come to an end?
What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I am too patient with foolish questions.

Where do you go when you are angry?


What is in your refrigerator right now?

Whatever I found in yours — I will permit one last imposition.

What is your most treasured possession?

Ah! Better. The Hope and Song of Fridorfold.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be? Wait. Don’t leave. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? Who is your best friend?

I am afraid our guest has left the building — through an air duct. That concludes our interview with Fyrndagas Underdel Dearth — the Third, the Ghost of the Underworld.

About the Author

John Paul Tucker holds degrees in Theatre and Theology and has many years experience as an Ontario Certified English Language Teacher, in addition to teaching mime, puppetry and Drama to teens and children. His unique journey has furnished him with an eclectic head of ideas.
He is currently celebrating his 50th article on, an educational website he created for writers, featuring writing tips and techniques harvested from the books we love to read. He has published poems in the Toronto Sun, Little Trinity Print Magazine and Imago Arts e-magazine. His poem City Sidewalks won first prize in a Toronto wide poetry contest. Two of his short stories, The Crooked Tree and The Debt Collector have each won a prize awarded by The Word Guild and The Prescott Journal respectively. You will find one of his fantasy stories recently published in the popular Hot Apple Cider anthology Christmas with Hot Apple Cider. JP has been busy polishing up The Rooster and the Raven King & The Rise of the Crimson King, Books II & III of The Song of Fridorfold trilogy, pursuing Cary, Clarisse and Gregory on their fantastic adventures.

John Paul is excited to be putting the final touches to his fourth novel, a YA fantasy inspired by the remarkable storyteller, George MacDonald. Gather the latest news about JP’s upcoming novels, enjoy a book trailer, dive into some free stories and poems, contribute some art work, take a peek at some photos, or for no other reason drop by to say hello at his official author website

John’s latest book is the middle grade fantasy adventure, Shelter Island.

About the Book:

Author: John Paul Tucker
Publisher: Brownridge Publishing
Pages: 224
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure

Thirteen-year-old Cary and his sister Clarisse must return home every day after school to mind their eight year old brother, Gregory. “It’s a non-negotiable,” insist their work-obsessed parents. There is another problem. Clarisse and Gregory don’t like Cary much, and Cary doesn’t much like anything, especially being tagged with his gummy-fingered little brother. But their troubles are about to grow talons.

While bickering over the contents of a small, intricately embroidered pouch, the siblings unintentionally summon three mail-clad birds, who hasten their three young conscripts to Shelter Island, refuge to a long divided realm hidden from the children’s homeland for hundreds of years. Spotted above enemy territory, the small company is attacked. Clarisse and Gregory escape to the caves of Husgard. Cary’s captors dispatch him to Vangorfold, a centuries old stronghold sworn to Husgard’s destruction. Entangled in a centuries old conflict, the children’s own blur of problems comes into sharp focus, hastening the fortunes, for good or ill, not only of a forgotten civilization of birds, but of the children’s homeland.



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

{Character Interview} Jenna Jones of Sheila Roberts' 'Winter at the Beach'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Jenna Jones from Sheila Roberts’ Winter at the Beach. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

 I turned forty last spring. And guess what I got for my birthday? A divorce. Sigh. But, like they say, living well is the best revenge. I now live in Moonlight Harbor, a charming beach town on the Washington coast and I’m running a vintage motel, the Driftwood Inn, for my Aunt Edie. My daughter and I live with her in her house next to the motel, along with Jolly Roger the parrot.

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

Distinguishable? Do hair highlights count? Probably not.

What would I love the most about you?

My determination. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of carving out a new life for myself and I’m proud of the renovations I did on the Driftwood. And I like to think I’ve got a pretty good sense of humor. When you’re in the hospitality business you need one.

What would I hate the most about you?

Nothing, I hope!

Where do you go when you are angry?

To the beach. There’s nothing like a walk on the beach to help a woman sort out her feelings.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, I do, especially considering the fact that she’s never had to go through a divorce.

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

Chocolate, of course. And plenty of baking supplies. My Aunt Edie loves to bake, which makes my taste buds very happy. My hips, not so much. If I don’t stop eating her cookies I won’t need a car. I’ll be able to just roll myself down the street.

Who is your best friend?

I have great friends, but I’ve got to say my best friend is my sister Celeste. She’ll be joining me at the beach in December for my Seaside with Santa festival. Celeste never misses a party!

What is your favorite weather?

Sunny and warm. There’s no place like the beach on a sunny summer day.

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

Actually, I have two men in my life, and neither one is making a secret of the fact that he wants me. They’re both gorgeous and fabulous. But, my cheating ex-husband left me more than a little leery of jumping into love again. My mom keeps encouraging me not to give up on love. Maybe, down the road, I’ll be able to take her advice.

About the Author

USA Today best-selling author Sheila Roberts has seen over fifty books, both fiction and non-fiction in print. Her novels have appeared in many different languages and been made into movies for both the Lifetime and Hallmark Channels. She writes about things near and dear to women’s hearts – love, friendship, family and chocolate.

Her latest book is the women’s fiction, Winter at the Beach.

About the Book:

Jenna Jones, manager of the Driftwood Inn, a vintage motel in the Washington beach town of Moonlight Harbor, is convinced that a winter festival would be a great way to draw visitors (and tourist business) to town during those off-season months. Everyone in the local chamber of
commerce is on board with her Seaside with Santa festival idea except one naysayer, local sour lemon, Susan Frank, who owns a women’s clothing boutique in town. The beach gets hit with storms in the winter, no one will come, too close to Christmas. Blah, blah. What does Susan know?

It turns out that Susan knows a lot. A big storm hits during the weekend of the festival, wreaking havoc with the parade and producing power outages all over town. Including at the Driftwood Inn.

Jenna finds herself with a motel filled with people, all with no power. What to do? Enlist the help of friends, of course. Her friends take in many of the stranded visitors, and Jenna and her Aunt Edie take in the others, stuffing them into Aunt Edie’s house next door to the Driftwood.

All the guests come with their own unique stories. The last thing Taylor Marsh wanted was a getaway with her husband. His refusal to give up on his dying business is taking them down financially and killing their marriage. But her sister Sarah (she who has her financial act together and never lets her sister forget it) insists this will be fun for both their families. It will only be fun for Taylor if her husband gets eaten by a giant squid. Then there’s Darrel Wilson, who planned the perfect anniversary getaway for his wife, who’s been undergoing chemo. So much for the perfect anniversary. And the sisters, Lisa and Karen, who can’t seem to go on a sister outing without it turning into a Lucy and Ethel adventure. Unlikely roommates, all of them. But perhaps each one has a valuable lesson to share with the others. And perhaps, what looked like a disaster will prove to be the best holiday adventure of all.