We’re thrilled to have here today Maxine Ford from Sally Fernandez’ new political fiction, Climatized. Max is a 45-year-old private investigator living in Washington DC.
It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Max. 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 wasn’t thrilled with sharing some of my darkest secrets, but on the other hand, I suppose it was necessary to keep the series moving and the readers entranced.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
On the whole my persona was captured accurately. I’m fortunate that Sally thinks and acts as I do in many ways, even though I consider myself a bit more of a risk taker and certainly more acerbic. However, I assume I’m still in the development stage.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
My intelligence and decisiveness.
My intelligence and decisiveness…it oftentimes gets me into messy situations.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Megan Boone. Currently, she plays Elizabeth Keen in Blacklist. Once she dyed her hair blond she resembled me. Now she is back to being brunette, but her attitude…that’s me all the way.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Mmm, of course. An old one and a new one. Stanton was my ex-lover and still is a dear friend who would protect me with his life. Then there’s Noble, the love of my life. Before that he was my boss. Life sometimes takes unpredictable turns.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
We weren’t even half-way through the book before I had two attempts on my life from a world-renowned assassin. So what do I do? Head off to Italy on a hunch, with a broken ankle. Don’t ask. It’s a long story.
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?
Did you notice the book title? It read a Max Ford Thriller. I’ve finally made it to the top and I’m not trading places with anyone.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I’m not completely out of danger, but all ended well. Antonio is safe and Noble and I are together. However, the president was left in a bit of pickle.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Start writing and keep me true to form. But don’t forget to ask me for advice along the way.
Thank you for this interview, Max. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
I’m just getting started and I can only imagine what Sally has in store for me.
Author: Sally Fernandez
Publisher: Dunham Books
Purchase on Amazon
About the Book:
She’s been an analyst, a spy, an investigator, and the deputy director of the States Intelligence Agency. After resigning her post at the SIA, Max Ford formally declares her independence when she bursts onto the Washington DC scene as a private investigator. While her new incarnation as PI indulges her penchant for sleuthing, her style remains unchanged. Seems Max is still brash, tenacious, tough—and unwilling to bow down to anyone, including elite and powerful politicians. Right out of the starting gate, Max finds herself embroiled in an unseemly web of mystery, murder andintrigue. When Senator Sherman Spark, a prominent Republican from Florida, is found dead in Lincoln Park, the police quickly rule the death a suicide. But Isabelle Spark, the late Senator’s wife, isn’t buying it and hires Max to prove there is something more sinister at work. Max quickly finds suspicious circumstances surrounding the Senator: two world-renowned scientists died days before they were scheduled to testify before the late Senator’s investigative committee on climate change initiatives. But when she realizes the connection to global warming, big money, deceit, and treachery, Max’s investigation accelerates in a most dangerous way. No sooner than Max starts to unravel the mystery, a third scientist dies under questionable circumstances. Then a fourth scientist goes missing—and this missing scientist could be the key to unearthing the motives behind the deaths. Against the backdrop of a ticking clock, Max and her partner, Jackson Monroe, launch a pulse-quickening quest to find the missing scientist, and find the truth. This twisty, circuitous path leads them to the powerful organization behind the killings. But Max Ford might find herself on the wrong side of a lot of powerful people, because what she discovers could have devastating, worldwide implications. And when that evidence is presented to the president, he will be forced to make a crucial decision: cover up a diabolical plot, or bring down a multi-trillion-dollar worldwide economy…
Suspenseful, spellbinding and sensational, Climatized delivers red-hot action, a sizzling storyline, and a scorcher of a plot. Briskly paced, steeped in facts, and resplendent with political intrigue,Climatized is an extraordinary—and extraordinarily provocative—thriller. Sally Fernandez turns upthe heat in Climatized, a tale that will leave readers breathless.
About the Author:
Sally Fernandez is a world traveler and political junkie with a vivid imagination. She and her husband divide their time between their homes in Florida and in Florence, Italy.