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Character Interview: Shari from LIndy S. Hudis’ ‘Crashers’



We’re thrilled to have here today Shari from Lindy S. Hudis’ new book, Crashers. Shari is a 20-something student living in Los Angeles, California.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Shari.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I felt it was a fairly accurate portrayal, however, Ms. Hudis made me a bit high strung. Well, I was in a very stressful situation – that Ms. Hudis put me into! How could I not be a bit upset? However, I do appreciate that the author did make me determined to make a better life for myself and my fiancé. I’m a bit easily influenced by outside forces. I was doing the best I could.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I think Ms. Hudis did show the multi dimensions that make up my personality. I was put in a desperate situation and I really had no other choices. My fiancé, Nathan, and I were just doing what we had to do to survive after a run of pretty bad luck. She did create me as a very confused and desperate young person in a very unhappy situation.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My ability to be a quick learner.

Worse trait?

My neurosis.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I’m torn between two lovers, literally. I love my fiancé Nathan, but Bryce is so dangerous and sexy. I even start smoking because of Bryce.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

The final staged auto accident on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. I won’t give too much away, out of respect for the author who created me, but that is when I began to think “oh….what did we get ourselves into?”

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I would love to be the character of Louise, the detective. She is so cool and has her act together. She is also a black belt in karate!

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I go onto my next existence – you have to read the book to see what I mean.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Challenges in life are a good thing, they help us grow and develop into our own people. However, sometimes challenges become far too difficult and it’s too easy to get sucked into something that is not cool.

Thank you for this interview, Shari.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Again, you have to read the book for me to answer that question. Ms. Hudis also made me coy!

Lindy S.Hudis is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied drama. She is a former actress, having appeared on such television shows as “Sunset Beach” and “Married with Children”. Her romantic murder mystery, Weekends, is currently available from Lachesis Press. She is also a filmmaker, her independent short film “The Lesson”, which she wrote, produced and directed, screened at the Seattle Underground Film Festival. She is co-owner of an independent production company called Impact Motion Pictures. She and her husband Steve, a Hollywood stuntman, have just completed the screenplay adaptation of Charmaine Hammond’s best selling book, “On Toby’s Terms.”  She lives in California with her family.

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Fraudulent car accidents is a multi-million dollar racket, involving unscrupulous medical providers, personal injury attorneys, and the cooperating passengers involved in the accidents—and who also receive a portion of the illegal proceeds. Such is the fate of newly engaged, Nathan and Shari, whose joy is tempered by the dark cloud of mounting debt.

A chance encounter with a stranger in whom Shari confides her troubles proves fortuitous: he tells her of a get-rich-quick scheme that will put her and her fiancé on easy street. Seduced by the chance to move from hard times to good times in no time, Shari takes the carrot offered her, and finds herself acting as a “stuffed passenger”—the “victim” in a staged auto accident. The act goes according to plan and Shari gets her payday, but getting out and breaking free of the insurance fraud underworld will take nothing short of a miracle.

A modern day cautionary tale, Crashers is a true-to-life novel that uncovers how the innocent get lured into the scheme of “cappers” and “hammers.”

A riveting story of love and desperation, greed and redemption.


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