Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Character Interview: Christopher Styles of 'Material Things'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Christopher Styles from Larry Spencer’s, Material Things. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

I am 24 years old and I write TV sitcoms and also own a hip clothing store in Sherman Oaks, California. Selling bellbottom pants and trendy apparel.

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

I would say my sarcasm.

What would I love the most about you?

My wit and edgy humor.

What would I hate the most about you?

My sarcasm. Once had a date with this girl who at the end of the evening said I was the most sarcastic person she’s ever met and to never call her again.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I drive in my car, chain smoke and yell at horrible drivers for making stupid mistakes on the road.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Watching George Carlin do his stand up routine. The Man is a genius. His observations on life, death and happiness are spot on.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

A six pack of Pepsi, Coors beer, cheese and a bottle of cheap wine. Maybe a leftover cold slice of pepperoni  pizza.   

What is your most treasured possession?

My 1960 Porsche 350 SC.

What is your greatest fear?

Root canal. Being trapped in an elevator, heights and any chance World War III might break out.  

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes. But I’m better looking and have a better hairline.

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

Better hair. It’s curly and I hate curls.

Who is your best friend?

Matthew Street. My business partner in the boutique.

Do you have children?

Not any that I know about.

What is your favorite weather?

Sunny California. .

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Steak, baked potato, green beans, chocolate cake.

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

I wouldn’t let it go to my head. Although it would boost my ego. I would hope it was Ina Byers and girl I always had the hots for in high school but never could get to first base. My kind of perfect.

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

Cartoonist. Started drawing when I was five.

What is your most treasured possession?

I answered that already. Pay attention, man.

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

Get a second opinion. 

About the Author

LARRY SPENCER published his first novel, The Tipping Point Of Oliver Bass in the summer of 2017. A story that covered the life of a pathologically arrogant, wealthy young man who sets off on a journey of self-discovery, family tragedy, and sexual conquest in a modern California noir backdrop.   Spencer has been a Writer’s Guild of America member since the late 70s, having written and produced a multitude of highly successful TV shows, which culminated into writing several feature films. He was then encouraged to pen his second book, Material Things, a story based on true events that takes place in the 60s &70s and tackles organized crime, drugs and embezzlement during a time when bellbottom pants ruled the fashion scene.  He lives in Valley Village, California.

Visit his website at www.larryspencerauthor.com.

About the Book:

Larry Spencer’s riveting, interlocking narratives circle the lives of Matthew Street, Jon Lewis and Christopher  
Styles, in a 1970s California backdrop that takes them from owning and operating a fashionable clothing boutique into the gripping world of an FBI under cover operation, drug trafficking, prostitution and a nefarious criminal element, that brings to light a Mafia contract killer, who’s out to bump off a stoolie in their midst.
Material Things is based on true events surrounding the store that introduced bellbottom jeans to a hip Southern California crowd and how it became, not only a cottage industry but also an arena fraught with danger and moral strife that put the store and it’s owners under close scrutiny after an alarming number of felonious activities surface.

The climax is anything but conventional as Matthew, Jon and Christopher are confronted with a life threatening reality that they never imagined could happen just by selling bellbottom pants.




Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Character Interview: Glory from A.L. Bryant's 'Blessed'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Glory from A.L. Bryant’s, Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

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

Thanks for having me. I’m in my mid to late twenties and I don’t believe I’ve ever had a conventional job before.

What would I hate the most about you?

Sometimes I’m too serious.

What is your most treasured possession?

A weather-beaten alarm clock with big golden bells that look like ears.

What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll Spiral out of control.

What is the trait you most not like about yourself?

I see . . . things.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

She does the best with what she has but she has only seen me at my worst.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Lying in a field of vibrant flowers, the salt breeze gently brushing my cheeks. The sun is warm; I am dozing but not asleep. There are people I love around me and we talk and laugh until the sun goes down and the sky is covered in stars.

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

One box of Cheez-its with one Cheez-it left. I just haven’t thrown it out. Even though this is temporary housing it feels good to have something in my cupboards.

Do you have children?

No. Maybe. Not with me.

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

I don’t . . . I can’t . . . Can we skip this question? It’s just, I’m not feeling well.

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

I can’t. I won’t. Not until I find out who tried to kill me.

About the Author

A.L. Bryant was born and raised in St. Petersburg FL. She became interested in writing at an early age; an interest that depending on the circumstance brought punishment (detention for passing out the latest installment of her novella during class) and praise (being chosen for a youth writers conference at the Poynter Institute.)  A.L. Bryant gets her inspiration from both her mother and her Great Grandmother. Her mother recently published an inspirational children’s book under a pseudonym and her great grandmother is South Carolina’s first published African-American female author and playwright.

Until recently writing had simply been a pastime for A.L. Bryant who although she attended several writing courses, graduated with a B.A. in International Business. It was shortly after her second job as a Financial Office Manager at a Goodwill correctional facility that she realized she loved writing more than anything else. It would still be some years before she would convert the short story she wrote in college into a novel.

Besides writing, A.L. Bryant loves traveling the world. God has blessed her with the opportunity to visit a total of seven countries. She has studied abroad in Seoul and has traveled throughout Kenya; two locations she researched for her Blessed series. Her dream is to visit every country in the world.

Her latest book is the supernatural Christian thriller horror novel, Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter.

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About the Book:

Author: A.L. Bryant
Publisher: HSW Publications LLC
Pages: 279
Genre: Supernatural Christian Thriller/Horror

On New Year’s Eve 2021 the staff at St. Ann’s Hospital witness a medical miracle when a semi-conscious woman walks into the emergency room. The Jane Doe has been stabbed multiple times and as the staff struggle to keep the woman alive in the end all they can do is stand back and watch as their mysterious patient revives herself.

Glory wakes up in St. Ann’s Hospital gravely injured from an attack she cannot remember. However, her memory loss is no ordinary amnesia and she is no ordinary patient. Much to the shock of the hospital staff Glory heals at three times the rate of an average person. Soon the administration hears of her unique case and waste no time convincing the recovering Glory to be a part of an experiment to discover the origins of her power.

Once outside the comforting walls of the hospital it becomes apparent that healing is just a small portion of Glory’s capabilities. Abilities that to Glory’s distress are becoming increasingly unstable. Deciding that the hospital’s experiments are in vain, Glory embarks on her own Journey to discover the source of her power, unaware that she is a major pawn in a war between two secret organizations.

The two syndicates continue to clash in their fight for control and their battles result in several casualties. The crimes of their warfare surface and draw the attention of Dennis Wilson, a NYPD Detective known for solving his cases in the first forty-eight hours. Dennis follows the trail of bodies out of curiosity. But when his curiosity causes the deaths of his loved ones Detective Dennis becomes obsessed with the case.

In his overzealous attempts to find the murderer Dennis becomes the syndicates’ next target. Now the Detective must run for his life and the only person capable of saving him is the very person he suspects.

Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter is a hybrid of government espionage and supernatural Thriller. This novel is intended for audiences 18+ that seek an edgier outlook on Christian fiction. Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter is the first installment of the Blessed trilogy.