Viktor Brandewyne, Main Character of the Waves of Darkness series by Tamara A. Lowery

528742_357809830922603_683430238_nHi, Pat and thank you for providing this platform. After much fuss and cajoling, I convinced the main character from my Waves of Darkness series, Viktor Brandewyne, to do an interview for you. —Tamara A. Lowery

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Hello, Pat. Allow me to introduce myself: Captain Viktor Brandewyne, at your service. Perhaps you have heard of me. No? I am more commonly known as Bloody Vik Brandee by those who ply the seaways and am a pirate by trade.

Please to meet you, Captain. What is your story?

My story begins in Blood Curse, the first book in the Waves of Darkness series by Tamara A. Lowery, and is continued in Demon Bayou.

In 1771, at a time when piracy had nealry been purged from the Atlantic and the Caribbean, I was one of the most feared pirates in those waters. Naturally, that did not sit well with the Royal Navy. They shot my ship to shivers and chased me into a hurricane.

The lads, what were left of them, and I made it to a small port on the north shore of Hispañola. Whilst we shopped for a new ship, I killed a local lad in a disagreement over a tavern wench. The fool was in love with her and got drunk enough to insult me in public.

How was I to know he was a favorite of the witch, Juma? She sent zombies to fetch me the next night, and she cursed me to become a living vampire.

Where do you live? I live aboard my ship, but I hail from Savannah, in the thirteenth colony, Georgia.

Are you the hero of your own story?

Aye, although there are those who would object to the word “hero” being applied to me. (smiles wickedly) I am not a nice person.

Do you embrace conflict?

I am a pirate, pet. It would be hard to avoid conflict. I do strive to always be victorious, with varying degrees of success, however.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Aye, a little too accurately, sometimes. Tamara has entirely too ken of an eye into my psyche. She shows almost all the aspects of my personality without bias of judgement and doesn’t shy away from my darkness or my weaknesses. Only a few times have I had to remind her of my character and “voice.”

I would demand more loyalty of her, but she enjoys immunity to my power and influence. The willful wench insists on keeping a full-time job to “pay the bills” and divides her writing time between my story and another series she is developing. She posts updates on http://facebook.com/Waves.of.Darkness .

While she is not as devoted to my story as I would wish, she is a diligent scrivener. Blood Curse and Demon Bayou, the first two volumes, are available as ebooks from Gypsy Shadow Publishing and can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and other purveyors of fine ebooks. They can also be found in .pdf form at http://gypsyshadow.com/TamaraLowery.html#BloodCurse and http://gypsyshadow.com/TamaraLowery.html#DemonB .

Silent Fathoms, the third volume, is being prepared for submission to the publisher after New Year, volume four is in its first draft, and she is drafting volume five now, with two more after that to round out the series.

Do you have a goal?

Aye, my curse will eventually destroy me unless I can find the Sisters of Power and earn a portion of theri magic from them. it is not an easy task. They make themselves difficult to find, try to trick, trap or destroy me, and delight in setting seemingly impossible tasks as the price for their help. I have learned that anything dealing with the Sisters that seems easy is usually false dealing.

There are seven of them, eight if you count my foster mother Celie.

Do you have any special strengths?

Besides my ability to ruin a woman for any other man? (chuckles) Yes, I do. I am no ordinary vampire. I never died, nor was I bitten. I have all the abilities of a vampire but none of the weaknesses… save for the Hunger and one other that even most vampires do not know of, which I will not name here.

Do you have any special weaknesses?

(smiles and waggles a finger) Yes, but I would be a fool to name that, pet. I was 32 when I became a vampire. That is old for a pirate; most of us never live past our mid-twneties. The rigors of shipboard life and any number of tropical diseases, not to mention the pirate hunters, tend to take their toll. I did not survive so long by revealing weaknesses.

What, if anything, haunts you?

(solemnly stares off into the distance for a few moments before reponding) You tread dangerous waters with the question, but I will answer: the death of my former first mate, Jim Rigger, by my hand. He had been my first mate since we were lads and I took my first command at age 17. Jim was like a younger brother and one of the few men I ever trusted enough to call friend.

He was my second blood meal.

Has anyone ever betrayed you?

None that still draw breath.

Do you keep your promises?

Aye. I keep my promises, and I repay my debts.

Do you have any distinguishing marks?

I’ve been told that my eyes are a striking shade of emerald green. Mother Celie says my glossy black hair and bronze complexion come from my mother’s people. I stand 6’3″, which is tall for a man of my era. However, a couple of my crewmen are taller than I. Thanks to my father’s heritage, I can and do maintain a beard and mustache. I prefer a neatly trimmed goatee.

Have you ever had an adventure?

I plunder and pillage at will. I bed any wench that striked my fancy. I brave raging hurricanes, the Royal Navy, and other pirates. I keep company with a man-eating siren and a shape-shifting cat. I seek seven very powerful witches. I Blood Curse, I face carnivorous plants and hunt mermaids. In Demon Bayou, i encounter smugglers and other vampires, and I battle an ancient demon.

Have I ever had an adventure? (strokes beard thoughtfully) No, nothing spectacular comes to mind.

What is you favorite food/beverage?

I am partial to a 30/70 blend of brandy and blood. The brandy gives the blood an interesting flavor and keeps it from clotting during long voyages. My favorite would have to be fresh human blood, however. (eyes start to glow with an emerald fire… smiles wide enough to reveal fangs) Oh, and I am always Hungry, pet.

Then let’s call this interview to a halt. Thank you for talking with me.

Loki, Villain of “Love’s Second Sight” by Darragha Foster

Who are you?

I am Loki, Norse god of Mischief. I am Fire. Flame. Passion.

Are you the hero of your own story?

The hero? That’s an interesting thought. I’ve never been a hero before. I like the idea. In this case, I believe the author meant for me to be the villain. It’s a part a played well.

What is your problem in the story?

The church. It claims my adherents and I am given praise and glory less and less. I found a place—and a woman—wherein I could take root and be worshiped and loved. But she is resistant. And then she falls in love with a mortal male. Really…when she could have me. I’ll never understand the need for mortal women to have mortal spouses. Thorgunna wants a Greenlander, of all things. The most lowly Norseman of all.

Do you embrace conflict?

I cause conflict.

How do your friends see you?

It varies from person to person. I am elemental flame. I am a tall, handsome red haired man. I am a wolf. I am a hawk. I am a salmon. I am the flicker at the end of a wick.

Do you have any special strengths?

A curt question. I am a god. I am without limit. I am clever. I am a shape-shifter. I can be everywhere. Anytime. As anyone or anything. Special strengths? Why don’t you invoke My name and we’ll talk in person.

What do you want and need?

Your love and devotion.

What makes you happy?

When my wives are happy. When I find a “horse” like Darragha. Oh…a “horse” is a mortal who can “aspect” me and write as I wish, or speak to mortals on my behalf. She and I write well together. Our is a lovely partnership. I am her Muse. She is my “writer chick,” or more properly, my skald.

What do you regret?

Regret? Really? I have no regrets. I am Loki.

Do you keep your promises?

Of course. But it is not so simple as that. I offer the dilemma with one hand and solution with the other. You must choose. But always, I promise to give you exactly what you need.

Do you have any distinguishing marks?

Hair of flame and scarred lips. But do not be distracted or frightened of my scars. My lips can kiss and coo with great skill and bring immense joy and pleasure.

What in your past had the most profound effect on you?

I am change. I am the god of change. It was my hand that set the wheels in motion for the end of one era and the beginning of another for the gods.

Was there a major turning point in your life?

The editing process of Darragha’s book, “Love’s Second Sight” brought me into a state of rapture I have not felt in some time. When she followed the call of one of her readers, I was reborn and renewed by their love. I am afoot. Do you want me?

What is your favorite scent?

I love the scents of my mortals. They are a bouquet of brilliance. Amber, a field of flowers, roses, rainfall. Green herbs and honey. Oh, lovely.

Where can we find your story?

Let’s see. “Love’s Second Sight” by Darragha Foster, release date 11/26/12 from LSBooks.com and “With Intent” by the same author, to be released 1/4/13 by Forevermore Publishing. I’m also in “Teaching Old Gods New Tricks,” by Darragha Foster, LSBooks.com.

Interview with Cody, the Hero of “Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo” by John Stack

Who are you and where do you live?

My name is Cody. My mom said not to tell my last name because of the publicity. I live in Treble City.

Do you have any special strengths?

I’m pretty smart for an 8 year old, at least my Mom thinks so.

Do you have any skills?

I’m very curious. Sometimes it gets me into trouble. I also like to set things right if I can, like if someone is being treated bad.

Do you have a hero?

I really like Spiderman. Some of the other superheroes are okay, too. But, he can climb walls. So, Spiderman is my favorite.

Are you honorable?

I like to think so. My Mom and Dad taught me to do things that were right.

What makes you happy?

I’m happy when I feel that my Mom and Dad are proud of me.

Do you get along with your parents?

My Mom and Dad are great. At times, they do get fed up with some of the things I do, but I know they still love me.

Who was your first love?

If you don’t count my Mom then it would have to be Ms Morgan, my 3rd grade teacher. She is only a few years older than me and she is a pirate. I do have a few girls in my class, but most of them are still yucky.

Have you ever had an adventure?

Just one, but very few people believe me. Here’s what happened. Our class went on a field trip and our bus turned into a pirate ship. We bumped into a jel-urtle and escaped by using chocolate chip cookies. Then we went to Host Isle and found an Arang-a-roo and a Croc-adill-phant. Then we came home. I have no idea where Host Isle is, but I have been there.

What is your most prized possession?

My most prized possession is my emergency backpack. Even though I put stuff in there, I can always find what I need for an emergency.

What is your favorite food?

I really like pizza with lots of cheese, but it gets messy. I usually get it all over my face. My next favorite is cookies, especially chocolate chip. The best cookies come from Suzanne’s Bake Shop in Treble City.

What is your favorite beverage?

I really like almond milk. My Mom won’t let me drink much else except water.

Name five items in your pockets or backpack?

I carry my favorite marbles, a cat’s eye and a shooter. It’s blue. I have a small screwdriver. I also carry a small flashlight and my lucky quarter.

If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you rather be stranded with, a man or a woman?

If I had to be stranded on deserted island I think I would like Mr. Fletcher, the school custodian. He can do lots of things and speak several languages. If not him, then Mr. Arang-a-roo. Not only can he hop up high, he can climb trees too. He would be real good at finding food.

Where can we find out more about you and your story?

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Heather Kerry, the main character in “Buried Truths” by Viola Russell

Who are you?

I am Heather Kerry, the main character in “Buried Truths” by Viola Russell. I am a youngish widow who receives a shock when she meets a young woman in a book store.

Where do you live?

I live in New Orleans, and it is shortly after Katrina has devastated the city. Many changes will come about because of the devastation, and I’m at the forefront of those changes as a deputy superintendent of Catholic schools.

What is your problem in the story?

Before Thanksgiving, I was shopping in a local book store when a young woman working behind the counter asked me if I’d had a child and given it up for adoption. She explained that her husband was adopted, and they wanted to find out who his birth parents were because they were contemplating a family. I deny it, but when she says her husband is part Asian, I know he’s the child I gave up over twenty years ago when I was seventeen. Sarah, the young woman, says our eyes are alike–gray. Over twenty years before, family pressure separated me from Wesley Chou, the love of my life. Even though I married, I never forgot Wesley, now Dr. Wesley Chou.

Do you run from conflict?

No, I can’t afford to run from conflict. As a deputy superintendent, I have to stand up to the bishop who wants to close schools. I then have to stand up to people who want to condemn me when my past becomes public knowledge. And lastly–I have to stand strong when my son Ezra’s child is diagnosed with leukemia and I am the donor. I have to face his anger and possible rejection in order to save his child.

How do you see yourself?

I see myself as capable, but my resolve doesn’t come easily. I have self-doubt, but I’ve seen the danger running can cause. Wesley and I should have stood against our parents and kept our child.

How do your friends see you?

My friends and family see me as someone who isn’t strong and who has little resolve. I have to work against type to achieve my career goals, to fight the beast, and show the bishop he’s wrong.

How do your enemies see you?

My enemies see me in two ways: The people who think I oppose them about school closures see me as a bitch. Because I’ve always been a good girl, some people see me as a hypocrite or a whore when they discover my past indiscretion.

What are your achievements?

I have a doctoral degree and I’m at the pinnacle of my career, but it is lonely at the top and even lonelier in my bed until I reunite with Wesley. We, however, will have many ups and downs as we face our past.

Do you have any special weaknesses?

When I was younger, I didn’t stand up to people. That was the weakness that led to my separation from Wesley and my giving up my child. I’ve changed, but how much?

What do you want?

I want a relationship with my son, and I also still want Wesley. Wesley and I must decide if we can look past the hurt of years gone by and form a relationship again. The man can still set me on fire with even the slightest touch. I go wet when I see him, and he makes me shiver with an all-consuming passion when I look into his eyes. He makes me a teenager again–in body at least–but I’m also now mature enough to know much has happened to change us.

What are you afraid of?

I’m afraid of losing my son Ezra again, and I’m afraid of losing Wesley yet again.

What do you regret?

I regret not running away with Wesley when I became pregnant. None of my accomplishments can replace what I lost.

We should have run to the Quarter and become French Quarter mimes.

Who was your first love?

Wesley was my first and only love. Anything I felt for my husband Peter pales compared to what I feel for Wesley.

Why do you think change in your life would be for the best?

My life has been too safe but too empty. I need love, danger, and risk.

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Hudson Catalina, Hero of “Hudson Catalina” by Linda Merlino

Who are you?

My name is Hudson Catalina — no, not the river but the car, a Hudson Jet, 1955 and not the car but the island, Catalina off the coast of California. The book titled HUDSON CATALINA, written by fiction author, Linda Merlino, is about me, my story and where I live, Ten Nettles Cove in Gloucester Massachusetts, that’s where we live, me, my family and our dog.

What is your story?

I am thirty-eight, a mother of four children, the wife of a loving husband and I have breast cancer. My story takes place in twenty-four hours during the worst blizzard that Cape Ann has experienced in many decades. This morning I lost all hope of surviving my disease. Depressed and cynical I went to my chemotherapy session while my family got snowbound at my mother-in-laws. I took the old pick up out into the storm after I was dropped off at home from the hospital by my best friend Kathy. I didn’t tell her I was going to buy all-occasion decorations for my daughter’s fifth birthday party tomorrow. I figured I’d be dead from cancer before Annalise turned six. Now I’m afraid that I’m dead before she turns five.

Are you the hero of your own story?

Readers will have to decide about the heroes in my story. What I can tell you is that the grocery cart collector that I met at Whales Market –he’s my idea of a hero. Some people might disagree. They might argue that Willy Wu, that’s his name, isn’t capable of being a hero in the true sense of heroism. Which to me, means giving up your life for another-pure and simple. See, Willy is autistic and no one really knows how much he processes, but Ruby Desmond, the market’s owner, she said that Willy was special. I believe that. Willy saved my life, I think, I’m still not sure.

What do you regret?

I regret that I gave my family such a hard time this morning. Most of all I regret not telling my husband, Jack Emerald, that I love him and not kissing him before I left for the hospital. Now I’m not sure whether I’m alive or dead and the thought of not being able to whisper…Jack like the beanstalk-Emerald like your eyes-Jack Emerald I love you, breaks my heart.

Who was your first love?

Jack Emerald is my first love, my only love and my one true love. He is my best friend’s brother. I had a crush on him when we were teenagers and he played high school basketball. Kathy and I would go to the games and root for Beanstalk Emerald. I never knew he loved me too. Not until later, after college, after his father died out on the ocean like so many fishermen who work on the sea.

What, if anything, haunts you?

I am haunted by my demon…death. He wears a hood and stalks the periphery. Since I was fourteen he’s been dogging my heels.

Have you ever failed at anything or failed anyone?

Today I feel like a failure. I could line up my whole family starting with my mother, Anna O’Malley and say yes I failed you all by giving up hope.

Do you have any distinguishing marks?

I am bald, except for a few stubborn patches of hair on my scalp and the front of me is like the back of me and you can’t tell which end of me is up or down.

Do you like remembering your childhood?

Not really-my brother and I had an okay childhood until my mother got sick and my dad brought us to live with our grandparents on Cape Ann. My brother thought nothing of it, but I was a resentful fourteen year old.

Did you get along with your parents?

As a little girl I thought my parents were the best-they were so in love and they passed that on to my brother and me. When my mother got sick from breast cancer and our world turned inside out, I blamed my father for everything. Teenagers do that-they are selfish-I was the queen of selfish.

What in your past when you like to forget?

I’d like to forget my mother’s wake. The way the funeral home smelled of gladiola’s and old people’s stale perfume.

What in your past had the most profound effect on you?

My mother dying of breast cancer turned into a familial legacy. Later I found out that her mother died of breast cancer as well, and since I was Anna O’Malley’s only daughter I was sure the same fate awaited me and now I fear the same destiny for my daughter, Annalise.

Was there a major turning point in your life?

Yes, coming here to Whales Market changed everything. Willy Wu, Ruby Desmond and I are hostages of a killer named Buddy Baker. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Harley Michel, Protagonist of “The Doctor and the War Widow” by Viola Russell

Who are you?

I am Harley Michel, a lonely schoolteacher in the vibrant city of New Orleans, and the protagonist in Viola Russell’s THE DOCTOR AND THE WAR WIDOW.

What is your problem in the story?

My life is currently devoid of any real adventure. I teach high school and go home every afternoon to my chocolate lab, Nico. My beloved mother recently died, and my husband John died ten years ago in Iraq. My colleagues, sensing my loneliness, challenged me to enter an online dating site. I was reluctant to do it, and some of the early dates were a disaster. Then, I met an older, handsome Egyptian doctor named Abisi. He also is widowed, and his marriage was marked by unhappiness and loss. Throughout the story, we both must adjust to each other and learn to trust after a great deal of grief.

Do you run from conflict?

I don’t think many people “like” conflict, but romance with Abisi, my new lover, puts me on the path toward conflict with my mother-in-law, some of my family and friends, my school administration, and even a psycho ex-girlfriend of Abisi’s.

How do you see yourself?

I see myself as a more than competent teacher and as a very creative writer, but I’m not a person who trusts easily. I long for adventure and for someone with whom I can restart my life and share adventures.

How do your friends see you?

My friends see my life as sad and lonely. Not all of them know of my secret writing life. No one understands the intensity of my feelings for my late husband or the passion I feel for Abisi, my new lover. None of them would believe I’m a tiger in the sack.

Do you have a hero?

My mother Eden was my hero. She taught me to respect myself and follow my dreams. I do that with my writing. I also know my mother would want me with someone I love and who could share my life with me. She wouldn’t want me to succumb to grief or to wallow in self-pity.

Do you have a goal?

My goal is to be a successful writer and to leave behind the paralyzing conformity of my current life. In many ways my life is good, but I am too locked in my comfort zone right now.

What do you regret?

I regret not having a child with my first husband. We tried but weren’t successful. I also regret that I didn’t follow my heart and pursue my writing much earlier.

Has anyone ever failed you?

In the novel, Abisi fails me on an issue of trust, and I wasn’t sure I could forgive him.

Did you get along with your parents?

I was the adored only child of my parents. My father used to take me riding on his Harley. That is how I acquired my name. My mother and I were best friends. I’m mourning her when the novel begins.

What is your most closely guarded secret?

I secretly write contemporary and historical romances. My colleagues and administrators have no idea I do this. My books are adventure-filled and deal with frank issues of sexuality.

What are the last three books you read?

I’ve recently read TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN by James Lee Burke. I love mysteries set in Louisiana, and Burke is a poet. I also recently re-read Barbara Tuchman’s A DISTANT MIRROR because I want to write a novel in that time period. Lastly, I read Julia Baird’s IMAGINE THIS. It’s a wonderful portrait of growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s and provides a compelling look at John Lennon’s early life.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

My life is too safe, too ordered. The writing is fulfilling, but I sometimes need someone and something to take me from the safety of my computer. Working at the computer is fine, but need to leave the isolation of the computer–only to return and create a better world when I write.

How do you envision your future?

I hope that life with Abisi will be filled with new experiences, challenges and love.

Where can people find out more about you?

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Peter Markham, Hero of “Divide by Zero” by Sheila Deeth

Who are you?

Name’s Peter Markham. I own the garage in Paradise, north end of town. You’ve probably seen it, right?

Are you the hero of your own story?

Sure, I’m a hero. You should ha’ seen me when the bus broke down on the corner. I’m out there with my tool-belt around my waist like some kinda cowboy. You know, Peter Markham, the garage guy, marching out to save the day.

What is your problem in the story?

Don’t know why everyone assumes you have a problem. Sure, my wife’s sleeping with the man upstairs but, well, she’s got her reasons and I’m not complaining. I don’t have problems. I solve them.

How do you see yourself?

The last great superhero? No, seriously, I’m a good enough guy. I’m no angel, sure, and I’ve had my moments. But I’ve never hurt anyone. I wouldn’t do that.

How do your friends see you?

Well… There was that sweet young thing came into the garage the other day, offered to buy me a drink…

How do your enemies see you?

I don’t have enemies. Not me.

What are your achievements?

I’ve got my garage. And I’ve got my son. He’s my greatest achievement I guess. Got a grandson on the way too; did you know that? Grandchild anyway, I guess they don’t know yet if it’s a boy or a girl.

What makes you happy?

Really? A job well-done.

What makes you sad?

Nothing. I’m not that type of guy.

What do you regret?

Ah, you’ve got me there. Regrets, I’ve got my regrets… I regret leaving I guess, all those years ago, missing young Troy growing up. I regret coming back and things not being the same. You know, you can’t help wondering sometimes can you? If you’d done things different, said something else. I don’t know. Mary, she never was quite the same and I regret that, I know. So now she’s got her fancy man upstairs and I’m left with nothing, no-one. I mean… But I’m fine with it really. Not a problem. Not really.

Have you ever failed at anything?

Well, it’s like I said. Failed at being a husband and father I guess. But it wasn’t my fault; you’ve got to understand that. I did my best by them. Heart in the right place.

Has anyone ever failed you?

Failed me? Sure. Her with her fancy man for one.

Has anyone ever betrayed you?

Sure, but what are you getting at? Trying to be my therapist are you? Think I’m going to tell you something I shouldn’t?

What was your childhood like?

Yeah. Let’s stop this. Let’s not talk about that. I’m not my father. I never will be my father. And whatever it is you’ve dug up about my father it doesn’t matter. I’m not him.

Do you like remembering your childhood?

Do you like upsetting people? What game are you playing at? I’m a busy guy and the garage won’t run itself so I think we’re done. Yeah, we’re done. See ya around. And bring your car in if it breaks down on your way out of town.

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“Divide by Zero by Sheila Deeth: It takes a subdivision to raise a child, and a wealth of threads to weave a tapestry, until one breaks. Troy, the garage mechanic’s son, loves Lydia, the rich man’s daughter. Amethyst has a remarkable cat and Andrea a curious accent. Old Abigail knows more than anyone else but doesn’t speak. And in Paradise Park a middle aged man keeps watch while autistic Amelia keeps getting lost. Pastor Bill, at the church of Paradise, tries to mend people. Peter mends cars. But when that fraying thread gives way it might take a child to raise the subdivision…or to mend it.

Author bio: Sheila Deeth grew up in the UK and has a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. Now living in the States near Portland Oregon, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, telling stories and meeting her neighbors’ dogs on the green.

Links: http://www.amazon.com/Divide-Zero-Sheila-Deeth/dp/1600763405/

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Zachary White, Hero of “The League of Delphi” by Chris Everheart

What’s your story?

My father died mysteriously ten years ago. My mother changed my name and took me away from home, forbidding me to ever return, then went into hiding to die alone. Now I’m seventeen and on my own … and I’m back. I’m hiding in plain sight in my own hometown and uncovering an ancient conspiracy that will control my life – or kill me trying.

Who are you?

I go by the name Zachary White, but I can’t tell you my real name. If I did, you and I would both be in grave danger from the Committee who runs this town and the League of Delphi they answer to.

How do you see yourself?

I’m lost, without a family, a home, or an identity. It’s like there’s a giant hole in the middle of my life.

How do your friends see you?

The friends I left behind at the boarding school in France know me as a regular, low-key teenager. But most of them don’t know the real me. I met Ashley after I moved here. She’s the only one who sees me for who I really am – even though she doesn’t know my real name.

How do your enemies see you?

They don’t see me. They don’t know I’ve returned. And they have no idea what I’m capable of doing to them – but they’ll find out.

Do you have money troubles?

Money is one problem I don’t have. My parents left me with a secret bank account, which is supposed to be for my education. They wouldn’t like knowing that I used the money to come back to Arcanville.

What do you want?

I want to reconnect with my hometown, find out who I am, who my parents were, and why my mother took me away. I also want to know why Sutton, a kid I knew in grade school before I left here, killed himself a few days ago – and why no one in this town seems to care.

What do you need?

I need something to anchor me. If I don’t find out where I belong in this world I’m afraid I’ll just drift away into nothingness.

What, if anything, haunts you?

Burying an empty casket in my father’s grave when I was seven years old.

Do you like remembering your childhood?

No. Dad died in a plane crash in the Atlantic when I was seven years old. Mom changed my name, and abandoned me in a French boarding school. She rarely visited — and only in secret when she did. Childhood was miserable, lonely, and full of lies. But I can’t escape it.

Did you get along with your parents?

Dad died mysteriously ten years ago and Mom died alone last year. I never fought with my parents, never rebelled, never decided I don’t want to be like them when I grow up — I never had the chance.

What in your past would you like to forget?

The hollow look in my mother’s eyes the last time I saw her. She looked exhausted and empty. She’d been pursued by the League of Delphi from the day she stole me away and had deteriorated mentally and physically so much that I hardly recognized her. It scared me. I wish I could only remember her as young and pretty — not the prematurely old and tired face I saw in the school chapel that midnight.

How do you envision your future?

I can’t see my future because I don’t even know what my past is. I only want to crack into the Committee’s secrets and expose the deception that the League of Delphi uses to stay in control. The rest doesn’t matter.

What is your favorite item of clothing?

My black hooded sweatshirt. Because it allows me to cover my face, sneak around at night, and not be seen by the Committee and the League of Delphi. When I make them pay for what they’ve done to Sutton, to Ashley, to my parents, and to my life, I’ll show them my face at last and make them wish they’d never seen it.

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Book: THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI
Genre: Thriller; YA; Conspiracy
Formats: Paperback; e-book
Length: 300 pages
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/The-League-Delphi-Chris-Everheart/dp/0985912502/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1344010243&sr=1-1

Click here to read an: Excerpt From “The League Of Delphi” by Chris Everheart

Kora, Hero of “Persephone” by Kaitlin Bevis

Who are you?

My names Kora. Well, it’s actually Persephone, Kora is my middle name, but I go by Kora. My first name is weird, and no one knows how to pronounce it right (think Her-Stephanie).

Anyway, I’m sixteen and I’m a junior in high school. I work at my mom’s flower shop, and a week ago, I would have said that was it. That there was nothing interesting about me. But then things started getting weird…

Where do you live?

Athens, Georgia. If you’ve heard of it, you must like UGA, or more specifically the football team. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry. You’re not missing much.

What is the problem in your story?

Where to start? Well… I’m being stalked by a season. Or the god of a season, Boreas the god of winter is apparently a psychopath…. backtracking

I’m a goddess. Yeah, it’s news to me too. My mom told me after this crazy guy Pirithous tried to kidnap me. I think he was working for Boreas. Then Boreas almost got me, but then Hades, another god, dragged me to the Underworld. It’s pretty much the only safe place so I’m stuck here all winter, or at least until my mom can deal with Boreas.

Oh and by the way, to be able to enter the Underworld and not be, like, dead, Hades had to marry me. Don’t freak out, it’s not like married married, it’s more of a title? Or a job? I mean we’re not… together, or anything. Not that it would be bad to be, erm, right, problems. It’s not a short list.

If you had the power to change one thing in the world that didn’t affect you personally, what would it be?

Funny you should ask that, because I do. Have that power, I mean. I want to end world hunger, and stop death, and make sure everyone lives happily ever after… but my mom and Hades say it’s more complicated than just fixing people. I’m sure they’re right, but it seems so wrong. There are people, gods, whatever, with the power to set everything in the whole world right. How could they have let things get this bad? Do they just not care?

What is your favorite music?

OMG, you even have to ask? Orpheus! He’s like a rock god. Well, not a god god, not like… me. Sorry, I’m still getting used to this. He’s… amazing. And he’s really hot, and everything he sings is like perfect. I met him once at a concert. It was awesome.

Was there a major turning point in your life?

Getting attacked by ice and snow then being dragged down to the Underworld/married was a pretty big turning point. So was finding out I’m a goddess. I’m done with turning points. I’ve had enough change now, I just want to get back to my normal life.

Are you lucky?

Am I a horrible person if I say no? I know people would kill to find out they’re special, that they have powers, immortality, goddess stuff, and all that. But so far it hasn’t been a good thing. I was happy before, and now people keep coming after me. I can’t control my powers, and I have to stay down here away from my family and friends. Boreas may come after people I love to draw me out, and Hades… is complicated. There is so much that I am lucky for, if it wasn’t for him….

But I don’t feel lucky. I don’t feel powerful or special or anything extraordinary. I feel powerless, and alone, and terrified. Is this what my whole life is going to be like? And if so, is it a good thing that it’s going to last forever?

Do you keep your promises?

I have to. Gods can’t lie. It doesn’t mean we’re honest though. My mom managed to keep me in the dark about what I am my entire life. You can’t trust them. They twist words so much that it’s almost worse than lying.

Did you get along with your parents?

I’ve never met my dad. He’s Zeus apparently. It’s funny, I always dreamed I’d find out my dad was someone famous and amazing, or at least really cool, like a spy or something? Like… maybe there was some big secret reason he’d never met me, and it was worth it somehow.

Now I know he’s pretty much the god of having sex with everything that moves. And he’s been dead for centuries… don’t even ask me how that works. It’s complicated.

And my mom… My mom who I trusted more than anyone in the entire world… I don’t know if we’re ever going to be okay again. I mean, I get that she was trying to protect me, but how can you trust someone that’s been deceiving you your entire life?

How do you envision your future?

At this point, I’ll just be happy to have one.

Where can we learn more about you?

http://www.kaitlinbevis.com

Rod Marsden, Author of “Desk Job”

What is your book about?

Desk Job – Sarah in Office-land is my salute to Lewis Carroll. it contains my views on working in various offices in Sydney, Australia in the mid-1990s. Lewis Carroll inspired me to whack in some humor which I felt it needed anyway if it was to be both read and enjoyed. Plenty of crazy goings-on here worth a smile or a laugh.

In terms of story, there’s a murder and an investigation. During the investigation we discover just how dysfunctional a dysfunctional office can be.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I wanted to write about what it was like working in various offices in the mid-1990s. I decided on one particular fictional office that is truly weird but in some respects typical of the times. Maybe not that different from offices today. For over a decade I couldn’t get my head around how to proceed in this writing then Lewis Carroll showed me the way with his Alice books.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters of this book?

A lot of myself and my experiences in various offices is in this book.

Tell me a little about your main character. Who was your favorite? Why?

My main character is Sarah Hollingsworth, a psychic detective exploring a dysfunctional office. Gary Whitebridge is the man driven to murder and Kaze Majo is the victim. She is also the wind witch terror of the office. My favorite characters would have to be Ms. Slimbeam, the Cheshire cat like receptionist, and Sir Morris, a talking cat from another universe. Ms. Slimbeam should be a butterfly but instead she is an able worker. Sir Morris is a swashbuckler and I like swashbucklers.

Who is your most unusual/ most likable character?

I suppose it is a toss up between Ms. Slimbeam who is pretty enough to be a butterfly but prefers to work for a living and Julio Piazza who is a mule with wings.

Why will readers relate to your characters?

A lot of people work in offices throughout the world. I do not believe offices and the way they are run today are that much different from the mid-1990s. I have talked with a number of current office workers and they seem to get my creatures. There’s a lot of truth in Desk Job served up on a polished surrealist plate.

How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

Many of the characters in Desk Job follow the particular pattern of the creature they best represent or best represents them.

An owl guards and protects. This guarding and protecting may simply be about property. It can also be about the mind and the soul.

A hawk is a high flying business creature. They get the contracts and organize the mules.

Now a mule works behind his or her computer in support of their hawk.

Where there are praying mantises, this damaged creature looks for rule breakers she can deal harshly with. Close by she has her faithful and rather foolish dung beetle.

Butterflies and moths play and get hawks on side rather than do an honest day’s work. And the caterpillar rests in his room most of the day, not wishing to be disturbed.

What is your goal for the book?

What I want readers to understand is that rules and regulations need to be tempered with humanity. Also you can’t really make someone more equal than someone else without doing some damage to the idea and ideal of equality.

What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?

I realized straight off that if it was too dry it would just blow away and be forgotten. If I didn’t make the reader smile and occasionally laugh I wouldn’t get the readership I so wanted.

I am a big Terry Pratchett fan because in his discworld novels he gets the reader to laugh at things that happen in our world but viewed in a surrealistic way. He can write about the absurdities of how we conduct our lives and by so doing tickle our funny bones. He touches upon serious subjects such as pollution and political correctness gone mad but in a way where he drives his points home by making us, at the very least, smile at the craziness.

I decided that Terry Pratchett as mentor wasn’t quite right for me at this stage in my growth as a writer but perhaps the author of the Alice books comes closer to the guide I was looking for. Inspired by Lewis Carroll I could write this novel and not have within it that dryness I know doesn’t work.

Yes, I could find humor in a kind of Wonderland I could think of as Office-land.

What was the most difficult part of writing the book?

The most difficult part in writing Desk Job was in finding something simple and straightforward both writer and reader could immediately focus in on. Someone had to come into the office to give the outsider’s and thus, to some extent, the reader’s point of view. At the same time I wanted the inner workings of the minds of the office personnel out there for the reader. Once I decided on an office murder and a psychic investigator it all clicked.

How does your upbringing color your writing?

I believe in a fair go for all and I don’t like the idea of some people being more equal than others because of strange politically correct reasons . I also believe in beaches where bikini clad lika-lika birds are most welcome and always will be.

Do you prefer to write at a particular time of day?

No but I do prefer to do my rough writing on the train and polish it up at home.

What writer influenced you the most?

For this book it was Lewis Carroll and his Alice books. In general I would say either Franz Kafka or Terry Pratchett.

What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you’d written yourself?

Off hand I would say Catch-22.

What is something you never leave home without?

Pens, paper and a book to read.

Thank you for answering my questions, Rod. Where can we learn more about Desk Job?

http://bloodredshadow.com/about/night-to-dawn-magazine-and-books/rod-marsden-supernatural-thriller-vampire-lore/desk-job/

Click here to read an: Excerpt From “Desk Job” By Rod Marsden

Click here to read an interview with: Sarah Hollingsworth, the main character of “Desk Job” by Rod Marsden