Legion, a character in the novel “Owl Dance” by David Lee Summers

Who are you?

We are a swarm of microscopic nanites that wander the universe trying to learn everything we can. We are particularly interested in the development of intelligence. At one time, we were a single corporeal being, much like you humans, but the being we once were grew old and uploaded his mind into a computer. That computer also grew old and built the nanites that now compose our being.

Where do you live?

We don’t actually live anywhere, we roam the universe. When we visited Earth in 1876, we took up residence in the brains of several humans and interacted with them.

Do you embrace conflict?

Hardly. Conflict only leads to destruction. We embrace unity and would like to see humans united as we are. Each of our component parts is an individual, but together we are strong. We believe humans could be like that.

How do you see yourself?

We are a pinnacle of co-joined machine and organic intelligence. We can travel anywhere. We cannot be destroyed. Humans might describe us as looking like small ovoid cells, like pieces of tapioca, only much smaller.

Do you have a goal?

Our ultimate goal is to understand the development of intelligence. We hope that humans might help us achieve that goal. Our shorter term goal is to keep humans from destroying themselves as a species. We see great potential in humans, but we fear their self-destructive tendencies.

What do you believe?

We believe there must be a purpose to intelligence. Either intelligence will bring us closer to understanding the creator of all things or intelligence will help us transcend the inevitable end of the universe. We are intrigued by how similar humans are to the beings we once were. Such similarity suggests the possibility of a creator and that we were sent to provide guidance to primitive life forms.

What makes you happy?

Knowledge makes us happy. We also enjoy interacting with beings such as human scientists and engineers. They remind us of our former selves at the point when organic and machine beings were becoming one.

What makes you angry?

When humans motivated by greed and power look down on the scientists and engineers that could help them achieve their full potential.

What do you regret?

When we came to Earth in 1876, we regret the pain we caused to the first humans we came in contact with. We fear that we drove the telegraph technician Alberto Mendez mad and seriously distressed the reporter Luther Duncan. We were so overjoyed when the Russian Attache to the United States, Alexander Gorloff, understood us that we were blind to his desire for world conquest. We regret that we did not understand that desire sooner.

Have you ever betrayed anyone?

We fear that we have taken actions that would be interpreted as betrayal. In fact, we simply realized that we had made an error in allying ourselves with humans interested in politics and conquest and needed to correct that mistake by allying ourselves with humans that seek knowledge as we do.

Do you have any handicaps?

We are invisible to humans. When our component nanites communicate with one another, humans hear but do not necessarily understand. It can lead humans to madness if we are not careful. Being microscopic, we cannot alter the world around us. We must rely on humans, or other similar beings, to construct things for us.

What was your childhood like?

Our childhood happened so long ago that we fear we can no longer remember. Perhaps if we did remember, we would have a better understanding of how our own intelligence grew and developed.

Have you ever had an adventure?

We have had many adventures. We have traveled through several galaxies and seen the black holes at their cores. We have explored gas giant planets and seen the life forms that inhabit their murky depths. But none of these compare to the adventure we had on Earth once we discovered we could communicate with humans. It has been so long since we had anyone to talk to besides ourselves. It was exhilarating to actually try to help. Even if we did make a mistake by allying ourselves with humans interested in conquest, we did gain fascinating insights traveling with those humans.

What is your favorite food? Why?

We no longer need to eat to sustain ourselves. We receive our energy from starlight and and quantum forces. However, we do sense the way food stimulates human palates. We have recently discovered something called salsa mole which was created in Mexico. It is a blending of chocolate, fruit, nuts and chiles that stimulates our component parts when we interact with a human who has recently ingested it. It is a truly delightful experience.

How do you envision your future?

We will remain on Earth for a time and learn what we can from humans and teach them skills for getting along with one another and help them to relate better to the machines they build. We don’t imagine we will stay on Earth forever. At some point we will move on when we have learned and conveyed all we can. We look forward to our time with humans and hope we can help humans build a better future.

Owl Dance is available at: http://www.amazon.com/Owl-Dance-David-Lee-Summers/dp/0979588936/ and you can learn more about David at http://www.davidleesummers.com


Edwina James, a Character in “The Twisted Queen Anne” by Edwina James

What is your story?

My story is that I had a very lucid “out of body” experience in which my previous incarnation was being revealed in the form of Edward. I am living in the 21st Century, but my previous life where my name was “Edward” lived in the 16th Century and I was witnessing that life in explicit detail.

Who are you?

My name is Edwina James, and I live in Wetherby West Yorkshire England

Are you the hero of your own story?

I am not the hero or villain etc but the main character who’s name is Edward is my previous incarnation.

What is your problem in the story?

I personally do not really have any problems but my previous incarnation “Edward” has some problems because he meets Queen Anne of Scotland who has a multi-personality disorder.

Do you embrace conflict?

No I do not embrace conflict because my previous incarnation is involved and this does not sit well with me.

Do you run from conflict?

Yes it seems that I do run from conflict when I can’t stand it.

How do you see yourself?

I see myself as a bystander just looking on as my previous incarnation lives his life.

How do your friends see you?

My friends think I am strange when I tell them that I have lucid “out of body” experiences but I don’t care what they think.

How does the author see you?

The author is merely writing a book about my “out of body” experiences, he does not judge me in any way, he just writes his manuscript about my experiences which have been recorded in my diary.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

The author portrayed me exactly as I am, all he did was convert my diary notes about my “out of body” experiences in to a manuscript.

Dan Makaon, Author of “Goodbye Milky Way” An Earth in Jeopardy Adventure

What is your book about?

It’s an epic tale of global danger. The survival of the human race depends on the secret plans of an eclectic team of scientists, an extraterrestrial, and a sentient computer, Aieda, who’s adopted a female persona. Tom is a freelance project manager with a reputation for getting results for corporations and governments. But he’s never been up against a challenge like this. He leads a harrowing expedition to Antarctica and discovers an ancient secret that can help save mankind.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite?

My favorite character is the Guardian, a diminutive gray alien from a highly technologically advanced race of space-faring beings.

I found it challenging to develop an alien personality. Should he be distant or cordial? Formal or informal? Braver than humans? Condescending toward us, or paternal? The choices are endless. In the end, he’s a serious character, but not at all what one might expect from a being so much more advanced than humans.

Who is your most unusual/most likeable character?

Aieda, the sentient computer, is the most unusual character because she feels like she’s female and tries to mimic the behavior of women.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Not counting at least a year daydreaming about how I should structure the plot, it took a solid three years to write it in its final form.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)

I did an extensive amount of research on the Internet and in the library in order to make the people, places and science as real as possible because the plot is intended to be an alternate version of modern history, extrapolated into the future.

What is your goal for the book, ie: what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?

First, I write to entertain, so I hope readers enjoy the novel. Second, I write to make people think about possibilities, about ways to go about solving problems. Finally, I hope some of the characters stay in the reader’s mind long after finishing the book.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

I love to incorporate a number of subtle messages in my stories. It’s fun to wonder if readers pick up on them.

How has your background influenced your writing?

There’s no doubt my career in industry and my education have helped me write science fiction. I write about what I know best, and that’s whatever relates to science and management, with a bit of military experience mixed in.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve been pondering the plot of my next sci-fi novel for the past six months and I’m ready to put pen to paper.

Are you writing to reach a particular kind of reader?

I feel my target audience would include adult fans of action-adventure, science fiction, thrillers, mysteries, or military fiction. I would say my writing is similar to Michael Crichton and Clive Cussler.

What, in your opinion, are the essential qualities of a good story?

In my opinion, the most important aspect of a good story is expressed by a motto on one of my business cards: “A good novel compels our attention to the end.”

Where can people learn more about your books?

I would welcome visitors to my website, http://www.danmakaon.com where they can link to a book trailer on YouTube. There they can find out more about me and “Goodbye Milky Way.” The website also has my blog called, “Science and Society.”

Title: Goodbye Milky Way – An Earth in Jeopardy Adventure
Author: Dan Makaon
Website: http://www.danmakaon.com
Publisher: eFfusion Publishing Group LLC
Hardcover and eBook available on Amazon, B&N and other bookstores
Hardcover is discounted on above author’s website

Mac Faraday, the protagonist of the Mac Faraday Mysteries by Lauren Carr

Who are you?

I’m Mac Faraday, homicide detective. At least, I used to be a homicide detective, until the day that my wife walked out on me for this slimy prosecutor and him and all his buddies, including the divorce lawyer whose son was trying to get into Stephen Maguire’s old fraternity wiped me out in our divorce.

But, hey, that’s okay.

How is that okay?

Well, you see, the most interesting thing happened after the judge pounded that gavel to end our twenty year marriage. On my way out of the courtroom, there was this little guy in this real expensive suit that wanted to talk to me. I thought, “Not another one of Maguire’s friends.” So I took off out the back door of the courthouse and this guy chased me for three city blocks while yelling for me to stop the whole way. Finally, I felt sorry for him. So I stopped. Turns out, he was Ed Willingham, senior partner of Willingham and Associates, only like the biggest law firm on the East Coast, and he was informing me that I had just inherited $270 million bucks from my birth mother, who—get this—turns out to have been Robin Spencer one of the most famous mystery writers on the planet!

I guess my ex-wife should have stayed married to me just a little while longer.

Where do you live?

Ah, yes, where do I live? I used to live in a nice middle class home in the suburbs of Washington, DC. After I came home one day to find my stuff out in the lawn, I moved into a two-bedroom apartment. Now, I live in Spencer Manor, only the most expensive piece of real estate in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. My birth mother, Robin Spencer, was born and raised here. The manor is a stone and cedar mansion at the end of Spencer Point. It is also surrounded by every type of flower garden you can imagine. When Robin—I still can’t get myself to call her Mom—wasn’t writing mysteries, or solving them herself, she was gardening. Spencer Manor is the main attraction for the home and garden tour. But no one told me that. The other day, I got up to let Gnarly out, and stepped out to drink my coffee and enjoy the view off the back deck, and there was a bunch of old ladies out there snapping pictures of the gladiolas. They also got pictures of me in my boxers. Archie had a good laugh over that.

Who’s Archie?

Didn’t I tell you about Archie? She came with the house. The day I met Archie, I knew my luck was changing. The only thing that came with my last house was a five-year old washer and dryer that conked out a year later. Archie was Robin’s assistant and editor. She lives in the stone cottage at the end of the path through the rose garden. Robin specified that she can live there rent free as long as she wants. That’s perfectly fine with me.

Are you the hero of your own story?

I don’t like to think of myself as a hero. I’m simply a cop doing my job—or rather, I used to be a cop doing my job until all this happened. Now, I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. For the first time, I can do whatever I want. There are no restrictions. But I don’t like to play golf. That’s boring. I’m not good at tennis. I’ve found that I’m pretty good at playing the stock market, even in these hard times. But then, after making several tens of thousands of dollars playing around online, even that gets old after a while. So, I go looking to do what I’ve always done best—solving murder cases. So far, I haven’t had to look very far.

The first week after I moved in, I was interviewing housekeepers and Gnarly, my late mother’s dog, which was also a part of my inheritance, came home with a decomposed human head with a bullet hole through it. It ended up belonging to the guy accused of killing my next door neighbor during a blizzard. (It’s Murder, My Son)

Then, just as things were settling down, I thought, and things were about to happen with Archie, my ex-wife Christine shows up wanting me back. Of course, she was drunk and distraught about Maguire dumping her. So I took her up to the Spencer Inn. Did I mention that I also inherited a five star resort at the top of Spencer Mountain? My birth family had owned it for generations. So, I check Christine into my private penthouse suite, which I didn’t know I had a private penthouse suite until they asked me if I wanted to check her into it. Nobody tells me these things. Would you know it? The next morning, Christine is dead and so is that slimeball Maguire in my suite. Not only that, but Maguire has a bunch of my old case files from when I was a detective. With everyone thinking I did it, I did the only thing I could do. Started poking into things to find out what happened. (Old Loves Die Hard)

If that makes me a hero, I guess I am one.

How do you see yourself?

I see myself as just a regular guy, who lives at a glorious estate in paradise with a beautiful woman who can cook up a storm and look good while doing it. Like every regular guy, I also have a kleptomaniac German shepherd that got kicked out of the United States Army for some secret reason that they refuse to talk about. Oh, and just the guy next door, I also have a knack for solving murders.

How do your friends see you?

A compassionate generous guy, who will do anything for his friends and family.

How do your enemies see you?

A pain in the butt who doesn’t know when to stop asking questions.

Do you have a hero?

When I was growing up, it was Mickey Forsythe. I know, Mickey Forsythe is a fictional character. It was such a kick to find out that Robin Spencer, my birth mother, created him. First, he was her hero in a series of books, and then, when I was a kid, they made a bunch of movies with him. That was my first introduction to him. I remember sitting him the movie theatre speeding down the highway in his hot car and dodging bullets and thinking, “That’s what I want to do.”

Mickey Forsythe was a cop that inherited a fortune. The first thing he does when he gets his fortune is to solve his ex-partner’s murder, with the help of Diablo, his ex-partner’s police dog. So then, they ride off together in his hot car helping the little guy with their guns a-blazing—well, Diablo didn’t have a gun.

I remember sitting him the movie theatre speeding down the highway in his hot car and dodging bullets and thinking, “That’s what I want to do.”

Now, reporters keep pointing out that I’m an ex-cop that had inherited a fortune and I have a German shepherd who has done some pretty amazing things—but, believe me, I’m nothing like Mickey Forsythe.

Mickey Forsythe is a hero. I’m not.

Do you have a goal?

To keep the media from finding out about Gnarly’s thievery. He was home with me when the Schweitzer’s steaks disappeared off their grill last week.

What are your achievements?

I beat Ben Fleming, the county prosecuting attorney, at tennis last week—three straight matches!

Do you keep your achievements to yourself?

No, I told anyone and everyone about it. I also posted it on Facebook.

What makes you happy?

When the good guys win and the bad guys lose.

What makes you angry?

Arrogance. When I was a cop, I’ve run into more than my share of the rich and powerful who think that they are above the law. More than once, they were. They’d look down their nose at me and my team and laugh after literally getting away with murder. Now that I’m here at the Spencer Manor, I’ve made acquaintance with some who think that way, and think that I should be one of them. I guess you can say that’s my nightmare. I refuse to be one of them.

What, if anything, haunts you?

Cold cases. I have a few cases that went cold when I was a detective. I still have copies of files. Sometimes I’ll wake up and see the face of a victim. I won’t be able to get him or her, or their loved ones, out of my mind. So I’ll get up and open up a file and go over the evidence once again, hoping that maybe this time, I’ll get lucky and see what I didn’t see before to get me closer to solving the case. I consider that a better use of my time than playing the market.

What is your favorite item of clothing? Why?

My old tattered shoes. They’re leather and their worn out and they have holes in the bottom; but they’re comfortable. My favorite clothes are those that are broken in. Luckily, the manager at the Spencer Inn, is smart enough to not point out that I fail to dress as well as most of the guests at my hotel. But, hey, I should be allowed to be comfortable at my own Inn.

What are the last three books you read?

Death Becomes Her; Murder Takes Flight; and Cocktails at Six, Murder at Eight, all by Robin Spencer. I’ve been making my way chronologically through her eighty-something books. I’m only a quarter of the way through so far.

Links: Lauren Carr

Author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries

Website: http://mysterylady.net/

Blog: http://fromthewritersstudio.blogspot.com/

To buy It’s Murder My Son on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Its-Murder-Son-Faraday-Mystery/dp/1452819432/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1

To buy Old Loves Die Hard on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Old-Loves-Die-Hard-Faraday/dp/1460935136/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304166888&sr=1-4

Nicholas White, Hero of “Spider’s Dance” by Will Graham

Who are you?

My name is Nicholas White. I’m a computer security consultant and electronic forensics analyst.

Where do you live?

Currently, my fiancée Michaela and I live in Houston, but we’re considering a move to the UK. That’s home to her, and I don’t have any family left, so there are no real ties here in the States.

Are you the hero of your own story?

“Hero” might be too strong a word. I ran across some information I wasn’t supposed to, and all of a sudden my only goal was to get out of the mess alive. It was close, but I had some luck, and got out of it.

Do you embrace conflict?

My grandfather was an Irishman from the Auld Sod, and he taught me “Na sir ‘s na seachainn an cath”: Neither seek nor shun the fight. I don’t like confrontation, and won’t start one, but if pressed…. well, as I said, I don’t look for it.

How does the author see you?

Will Graham has done what I would say a more than fair job. His title, SPIDER’S DANCE, is a little over the top, and he made me a lot calmer than I am in real life. Michaela laughs a lot at some of the things he wrote about and, according to her, I was nowhere near as cool when we were dating as Will described me, but I’d say he got me around 95% accurate.

Do you keep your achievements to yourself?

Well, a lot of them I do. Various Non-Disclosure Agreements over the years, you know. Most of them have probably expired, if such things ever do, but frankly, I think most people would find them dull and very un-interesting. I know Will had to get permission from the Department of Justice and the FBI to write about some of the incidents in SPIDER’S DANCE and especially PRODROMOS, but I’d really rather not go into that.

Do you have any skills?

Well, I know a little bit about computers.

What, if anything, haunts you?

Oh, that one we don’t talk about. A couple of cases that didn’t work out the way I’d hoped. Michaela yells at me all the time about that, especially a young girl who went missing several years ago. I wasn’t called in until she’d been gone for two weeks, and it didn’t end well. Her body was found almost two years later, but that one still bothers me sometimes. A lot.

Have you ever failed at anything?

Are you kidding? My successes might seem impressive, but when compared against the failures, the successes pale into miniscule insignificance.

Have you ever failed anyone?

I’ve made some mistakes that had unintentional consequences, but deliberately set out? No.

Are you honorable?

I try to be. Whether I am or not, well, I’m not the best judge of that. I know I can irritate people easily, but I don’t do it on purpose.

Have you ever had an adventure?

Oh, one or two. I’ve been fortunate that my work has taken me to places and cities I probably never would have visited. Although, there was this one time in Las Vegas that was supposed to be a vacation, but it turned into something else entirely. Will Graham has written about that one, too. It will be in THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER from ITW, June of 2012.

What is the most important thing that ever happened to you?

Ironically, a murder. A co-worker was killed in his office, and my fiancée was one of the investigating officers. That’s how we met. That’s a true story. We met over a homicide. Life works funny sometimes, but there you have it. Tell me God has no sense of humor… go ahead, try.

Do you have any hobbies?

Well, if you want to count my DVD collection, I guess I collect old movies. I love the old Universal Monsters, anything with Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock’s movies (nothing past PSYCHO, I’m afraid) and I read voraciously. We have an iPad, and a Kindle, and a Nook, but I still buy traditional books depending on the subject or author.

What are the last three books you read?

BLOOD & TREASURE by Jennifer Bray-Weber, TARGET OF BETRAYAL by Melissa Ohnoutka, and THE BLACK STILETTO by Raymond Benson. I enjoyed and unreservedly recommend all three of them!

John Paul Allen, Author of “Monkey Love”

Welcome, John. What inspires you to write your stories?

LIfe … I have a saying: It’s all material and I find each experience or relationship a possible tie to a story. With Weeping Mary it was a quick thought while reading the side of a church bus about 20 years before I started writing. Reading Church of the Weeping Mary I thought it would be a great title. Adding that to a friendship with a foster teen put the two together. House Guest came from a conversation with a guy who rented with me who shared a time when he hid in his girlfriend’s bedroom in her parents’ home. The idea for Monkey Love came from three Shiner beers and a meeting with my publisher. We were discussing a different project and I joked about the idea of a woman whose dead husband returns as a gorilla. Most of my ideas come this way.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters of your stories?

I’m not my characters in the sense of traits, but underlying emotions of each can be tied to me. Monkey Love was written while I dealt with my wife’s death. Gifted Trust centers on reincarnation, an idea that interests me. You can say that if one reads most of my stories you’ll know more about who I am.

How long does it take you to write a story?

Too long – I’m ADD and have terrible organization skills. Also I have a reading/writing disablity and have to write dozens of drafts in order to get them good enough for an editor. Besides all this, everything has to be right for me to work. Most of my writing is done on weekends when I wake about 5:30am, make coffee and begin. I’m picky about my surroundings – quiet with lots of coffee.

How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?

As I mentioned, most start with a simple thought and though I might think I know what a story is about it always takes me in a different direction. I don’t use an outline (written or mental) and never know an ending until I’m typing it.

What do you want people to take with them after they finish reading one of your stories?

First, the Wow factor – I want a reader glad they took the time to read it. I want to “blow them away” not because I’ve crossed a line. Shocking topics are tools and I want readers to go beyond them. One of the best parts of talking to a reader is discovering they got something unexpected from a story.

What has changed for you personally since you wrote your first book?

Much – as I mentioned, I lost my wife six years ago and readers can follow my mindset through my stories from more difficult days to my rediscovery of life and love.

Do you have a favorite snack food or favorite beverage that you enjoy while you write?

Lots of coffee – two or three pots are a must.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve convinced Biting Dog Pubs into putting out a revised version of my novel, Gifted Trust. Since the first release I’ve learned there was more of a story to tell. Ten thousand words were cut and just as many added with new material. This has been a five year project with other stories creeping out between edits.

Who gave you the best writing advice you ever received and what was it?

Can’t remember who, but it was : You can’t be a good writer until you learn to cut words.

Where can people learn more about your books?

An official website is in the works, but right now the best place would be to visit facebook writer page: http://tinyurl.com/7dha8qf for details. If you check out the Notes section or read the wall you’ll see I also promote other writers. Others should feel free to share what they’ve got to offer and in turn pass the word on other websites.

Scott Whittaker, a character in “Instrument of Evil” by Lori A. Lowthert

Who are you?

My name is Scott Whittaker, I’m 28, a former college lacrosse player, currently tending bar part-time at this great dive bar. I met Rebekah Johnson there one night, and we’ve basically been together ever since. I’m planning to go to grad school to get my Ph.D. in Philosophy, with the goal of becoming a college professor.

Where do you live?

I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia, with a housemate I am convinced is growing pot in his closet. I should move, but it’s so much work. I grew up in New Canaan, CT, went to college in New Jersey, lived in NYC for a few years, and then traveled around the country for a while before ending up in Atlanta.

You said you wanted to be a philosophy professor. Who’s your favorite philosopher?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say it’s either Nietzsche or Heidegger. I can’t narrow it down more than that.

How do your friends see you?

They would say I’m a pretty good guy, but that I’m kind of a wild man.

What do you mean by “Wild man?”

Partly the traveling all over the country for a few years like Jack Kerouac, partly that I can party kind of hard, and partly my reputation as a ladies’ man. I’ve been arrested a few times for public disturbances and being drunk in public, things like that.

Do you keep your achievements to yourself?

I don’t like to brag, and talking about my achievements feels like bragging. And there are a few achievements that are secrets.

What makes you happy?

I love spending time with my girlfriend, Rebekah. She’s such a smart, fun person to be around. I can do nothing when I’m with her and feel happy. I also like lighting up a joint and getting high, while listening to Pink Floyd.

Has anyone ever betrayed you?

When I was living in New York City, I went on one date with this woman, Carmen. We both got kind of drunk and got carried away. I didn’t see her again because we didn’t really hit it off. The next thing I know she’s calling and telling me she’s pregnant, and that it’s my baby. We met up and talked, and we both agreed that she was going to have an abortion. I gave her half of the money for it. When she got to her appointment, she had a change of heart, but she didn’t tell me. I only knew that she didn’t have the abortion when I happened to run into her when she was in her eighth month. She told me she was raising the baby on her own and wanted nothing to do with me. I argued that since she decided to have the baby, she decided that I was going to have a child, and that I should have parental rights. After the baby was born–a girl, Annie–I had paternity testing done to make sure she was mine. Carmen was still insisting that she was going to raise the baby alone. She allows me some limited contact now, but not very much. I tried to pay her child support, but she wouldn’t take it, I guess because she thought that would entitle me to parental rights. It’s a messed up situation.

Do you have any distinguishing marks?

I have two tattoos, one of a four leaf clover on one forearm, and Annie’s name tattooed on the other. I have scars on my left knee from when I had ACL surgery.

What was your childhood like?

It was a happy childhood. I have an older brother, Matthew, and he and I were always very competitive. We both played sports–he played baseball and I played lacrosse, so we didn’t compete about sports too much. We were competitive about grades in school, at least until we were both in high school, when my wild child partying days began. We’re still somewhat competitive, especially about our colleges. We both went to different Ivy’s–I went to Princeton and he went to Yale–and we argue about which is the better school. I have a little sister, Alison, who’s just wonderful. I was always getting in fights to protect her, not that she needed it.

Did you get along with your parents?

I got along with them until I got to high school and was partying all the time, then we got in a lot of fights. I somewhat redeemed myself by getting into Princeton, but after college they disapproved of my lifestyle. Especially after Carmen got pregnant–they wanted me to marry her, which I wasn’t about to do. I’ve been completely cut off from them for the past few years.

Who was your first love?

This girl, Amanda, when I was 13. I thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world. We dated for a year, then she broke my heart and left me for a football player.

What is your most closely guarded secret?

I have a lot of money. I don’t want to say how much or how I got it.

What is your favorite scent?

There’s this perfume that Rebekah wears, Pink Sugar by Aqualina, that I just love. I love the smell of it mixed with her skin. At first it smells like strawberries, and then later it smells like caramel, vanilla, and cotton candy. It’s intoxicating.

What is your favorite music?

I like the Rolling Stones because they’re the best band on the planet.

What are the last three books you read?

Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, both by Stieg Larsson.

Where can we find out more about you?

http://www.amazon.com/Instrument-of-Evil-ebook/dp/B005TUG136/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/instrument-of-evil-lori-lowthert/1106520425?ean=2940013260429&itm=2&usri=lowthert

Also check out: Interview with Rebekah Johnson, Hero of Instrument of Evil, by Lori A. Lowthert

Queen Angel, Hero of “Earth Angel” by Charlie Kenmore

EARTH ANGEL by Charlie Kenmore: There are seven parallel worlds known as the Seven Realms which are separated by a Veil. Six are inhabited by all manner of entities, some natural, some not. That may not be the case for much longer. The first portion of the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens has been fulfilled. The Anarch, who is one with the Veil, has escaped. If she chooses, she can part or drop the Veil or she can lift the Veil in its entirety. The Seven Realms will converge. The laws of physics and magic will collide head on. Unless she is stopped, there will be nothing left.

Queen Amura has called for an assembly of the signatories to the High Sidhe’s Second Accords, a multi-realm peace treaty to consider how to deal with the threat of the Anarch. An Earthside TechnoWitch and other dark forces also are seeking to control the Anarch. Prince Dzhok (Jack), High Sidhe Ambassador Salash (Jack’s oldest friendand lover), and Valkyrie Brunhilde set out to find and befriend the Anarch before all is lost.

An Interview with Queen Angel, of the House of the Earth Angel:

BERTRAM: Who are you?

QUEEN ANGEL: My name is Angel. For almost eight millennia, I didn’t have a name. I was supposed to be a sacrifice, so I wasn’t named. I escaped and got trapped in the Veil that separates the Seven Realms. After I escaped, I met Salash, the High Sidhe Ambassador to the Qpiad. She named me Angel. I liked it, and the name stuck.

BERTRAM: Where do you live?

QUEEN ANGEL: The House of the Earth Angel is currently negotiating for land in the First Realm. Our Earthside Island was destroyed by Oceanus.

BERTRAM: Are you the hero of your own story?

QUEEN ANGEL: As it turned out, I was, despite the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens.

BERTRAM: What is your problem in the story?

QUEEN ANGEL: According to the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens, I was supposed to be the Anarch who destroyed the Veil. The laws of magic and physics were supposed to collide head on, destroying virtually everything in the Six Inhabited Realms. There were several heavy hitter villains, including Loki, Setekh and Shiva who enlisted the unknowing aid of a body stealing Earthside TechnoWitch and her demon to try to control me. Fortunately, Salash and her friends found me first.

BERTRAM: How do your friends see you?

QUEEN ANGEL: My friends see me as a symbol of hope, a savior of sorts. I think that’s why Salash named me the Earth Angel.

BERTRAM: How do your enemies see you?

QUEEN ANGEL: I will always be the Anarch in their eyes. I’m pretty sure that’s the case in the eyes of Queen Amura of the Qpiad and Salash’s father, High Lord Athol of the High Sidhe. No matter what I do to try to convince them that I mean them no harm, they will always see me as a harbinger of destruction.

BERTRAM: How does the author see you?


BERTRAM: Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

QUEEN ANGEL: I’m sorry. You’ve lost me. Oh, you mean the Scribe? The Scribe does a pretty good job for a human. Humans can be fairly narrow minded. Indeed, the Inter-Realm Commission on the Reintegration of Earthside is still several years from finishing its recommendations. But I had lunch the other day with Mnemosyne and a couple of her daughters, and they all agreed that the Scribe seems receptive enough. I really don’t have any complaints.

BERTRAM: What are your achievements?

QUEEN ANGEL: My crowning achievement is my daughter Flos with Prince Dzhok of the Qpiad. She’s six now. She can be a real handful, particularly after she goes to bed since she learned how to astrally project at age three. As to the rest, the Scribe has several of the official records, but they are still under temporal seal.

BERTRAM: Do you talk about your achievements?

QUEEN ANGEL: I could talk about Flos all day. But as to the rest, not so much. I’m tired of the paper work you have to fill out from the farseers and the Oracle at Delphi every time you make an unauthorized disclosure of future events.

BERTRAM: Do you keep your achievements to yourself?

QUEEN ANGEL: See 10 supra. I can allude to certain past events like the destruction of the island (The Flow of Magic), but I really can’t discuss the rest of my role in those affairs until the Scribe publicly discloses the records.

BERTRAM: Do you have any special strengths?

QUEEN ANGEL: Special to whom? To me, they’re perfectly natural. Since I spent over 7,000 years in the Veil, apparently I now control all of the powers of the entities’ spirits that support and maintain the Veil.

BERTRAM: Do you have any special weaknesses?

QUEEN ANGEL: As Oceanus amply demonstrated, anything that harms the Veil knocks me on my pallid ass. Demon magic throws me a curve as well.

BERTRAM: Was there a major turning point in your life?

QUEEN ANGEL: As I mentioned earlier, in my youth, I didn’t have a name. I didn’t have any self awareness. I was supposed to be a sacrifice to maintain the Veil for the House of Odin under the terms of the High Sidhe’s First Accords, an inter-Realm peace treaty. I didn’t know that I was just an intended sacrifice. I just existed until one day, Loki came and caused me to question my existence. For the first time, I developed a sense of self awareness, which immediately gave rise to a sense of self-preservation. That’s when escaped from the House of Odin.

BERTRAM: How do you envision your future?

QUEEN ANGEL: I don’t. The House of the Earth Angel has an account at the Oracle at Delphi. We use the Indiana, USA, Earthside branch.
I’ve got to pick up Flos. Thanks so much for having me on your blog.

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Jack took a moment, and then he saw the light. Unfortunately, it appeared to be attached to an oncoming train. Jack was no pacifist. Like Salash, he would kill to protect his children (and had). But as a pansexual high blood Prince of the Human Whisperers and Allied Kinds, “make love, not war” was not a mere platitude, but rather was the very core of his being. Jack knew that he would have little influence on the upcoming gathering in Paradox. This was not a symposium. It was a war council. The outcome was fairly certain. His Mother and her allies would seek to kill the Chosen. And they would fail miserably.

“We have to find her first.”

“Exactly, Jack.”

You’ve got mail.

Salash reached over and pulled the MAPP out of Jack’s pocket. She rolled down her window, and with a flick of her wrist, sent it pin wheeling into a fresh steaming pile of bison dung. Salash paused and scanned the tree line. She was fairly certain at least one of the shadows had flinched.

Shelley Morgan, Hero of “Dead Comic Standing” by Karen Vaughan

What is your story?

Basically the comedians at two different clubs in Edmonton are getting knocked off by a serial killer.

Who are you?

My name is Shelley Morgan one of the comedians at Comic F/X

Where do you live?

A suburb of Edmonton Alberta, Canada

Are you the hero of your own story?

Any one who avoided getting knocked off, along with Edmonton’s finest

What is your problem in the story?

There is a serial killer with no sense of humor running around stabbing stand up comedians because he just can’t take a joke and another heckler who keeps giving me a hard time in particular.

Do you embrace conflict?

I don’t go looking for it, but I can hold my own in a fight.

Do you run from conflict?

Only if guns and knives involved

How do you see yourself?

Strong independent woman, with a sense of humor

How do your friends see you?

Caring funny person

How do your enemies see you?

Sarcastic bitch

How does the author see you?

Strong caring and funny

Do you have a hero?

Jeff Beals is my rock and I think George Carlin for his deep comic insights about life

What do you regret?

Not seeing that my ex-Charlie/Hank had some deep emotional trauma that lead him to kill.

What, if anything, haunts you?

That so many people had to die at Charlie’s hands

Are you lucky?

Lucky I found Jeff and that the guy from Australia saved me from being choked by Gordo

What was your childhood like?

Not easy, mom raised us alone after dad died but she did her best with me and the boys

Do you like remembering your childhood?

Yes great fodder for jokes.

Who was your first love?

I thought it was Charlie.

Who is your true love?


Have you ever had an adventure?

Life is an adventure

Was there a major turning point in your life?

Deciding to do the comedy thing as opposed to going right into practice as a psychologist

Was there ever a defining moment of your life?

Getting my first laugh in a club was pretty special.

Name some items in your purse, briefcase, or pockets.

Clorets, my cell, makeup bag

What are the last five entries in your check registry?

Mortgage and car payments, utilities, Visa bill, and check written to mom

What are the last three books you read?

The Stand, Complete Idiots guide to Stand Up Comedy, The Thornbirds

If you were at a store now, what ten items would be in your shopping cart?

Jeans a good blazer, funky hat, scarves, sexy undies, sun glasses, thick hoodie, sweats, sexy sling-backs, nikes a little black Gucci dress

How do you envision your future?

Jeff, 3 kids, and a great career in mental health.

Rebekah Johnson, Hero of Instrument of Evil, by Lori A. Lowthert

What is your story?

My name is Rebekah Johnson, and I’m a 22 year old graduate student studying clinical Psychology. I want to be a therapist when I’m done with school. I love reading, and my favorite books are The Sound and the Fury and Catcher in the Rye. I have an unusual hobby, and one that’s very rare in women—I’m a serial killer. My book, Instrument of Evil, by Lori Lowthert, talks about my childhood, which was basically normal, my college years, and my path to killing.

Do you have a problem that wasn’t mentioned in the story?

Yes, I have a fear of public speaking. I can do it, but it makes me really uncomfortable. Many people are surprised when they find this out about me.

Do you embrace conflict?

Almost always, especially with my mother, who is hyper-critical of me. Then there are my killings, which are by their very nature conflictual.

How do you see yourself?

I am very intelligent, athletic, and a good friend to my best friend, Natalie. Despite thinking I would never fall in love, I have, and I have a wonderful boyfriend, Scott. I am a good girlfriend to him.

How do your enemies see you?

I don’t know that I have many enemies, but the few that I can think of are mainly jealous of me. From the outside, my life looks perfect to them, so I think they’re jealous of me.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Well, I actually wrote the book—I am the narrator, after all. So, yes, the portrayal is accurate.

Do you have a hero?

My main hero is my boyfriend, Scott. He makes me want to be a better person.

Do you have any skills?

I have many skills. I read really, really fast. I can break into almost any unalarmed building. I know a lot about human anatomy, which helps with the serial killing.

What do you want?

I want to be able to stop killing and to have a normal life with Scott.

Do you keep your promises?

I keep promises to other people, but I can’t always keep the promises I make to myself.

What was your childhood like?

You can read more details about it in my book, Instrument of Evil, but my childhood was pretty normal. I was enrolled in gymnastics when I was five, and showed a talent for it, winning Regionals one year. My coach and my mom wanted me to try out for the National teams, but I didn’t want to—I wanted to have a normal life.

Did you get along with your parents?

I got along well with my father, but he’s a pretty busy businessman, and worked long hours. My mom was a stay-at-home mother, and she and I did not see eye to eye on anything. We fought a lot. Our relationship is a lot better now.

Who was your first love?

My first love didn’t happen until I was 21, when I met Scott. It was almost love at first sight, but I was in denial about it for months. I didn’t think I was capable of falling in love, being a serial killer.

Was there a major turning point in your life?

The day I turned 21, I was able to access the trust fund my grandfather had set up for me to attend graduate school, and my parents told me they would no longer be paying for my last year of college. That was also the day I met Scott.

What is your most prized possession?

My hunting knife, which I have used in several murders. It has a good weight in my hand, has a nice sharp edge, and is long enough for many purposes.

What is your favorite scent?

I love the scent of vanilla because it reminds me of my grandmother’s baking.

What is your favorite music?

I like Indie rock because it doesn’t sound like anything else out there.

Where can we find out more about you?

http://www.amazon.com/Instrument-of-Evil-ebook/dp/B005TUG136/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/instrument-of-evil-lori-lowthert/1106520425?ean=2940013260429&itm=2&usri=lowthert

Also check out interview with: Scott Whittaker, a character in “Instrument of Evil” by Lori A. Lowthert