We’re thrilled to have here today Sam Grist, from Jody Gehrman’s new psychological suspense novel, Watch Me. Sam is a twenty-two-year-old student living in Blackwood, Ohio. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Sam. 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?
A lot of readers will no doubt write me off as a sociopathic stalker. Ladies and gentlemen of the book-reading jury, answer me this: Was Romeo a stalker? He hung out around Juliet’s balcony, watching her from the shadows. Did that relegate him to the category of literary scum? Not at all. It elevated him to the highest order of romantics. That’s me. I’m passionate. I have single-minded focus when it comes to getting what I want. If that’s a crime, so be it. I’m a criminal for love.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
She did okay. I feel for the poor thing; I’m not an easy guy to capture.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
My commitment to the moment.
My commitment to the moment.
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!)?
A young Wes Bentley (circa American Beauty).
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Kate Youngblood. She’s my professor, my obsession, my world.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Pretty much page one.
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?
Kate goes out with this guy a couple times, Raul. He’s unworthy of her. Things don’t go well for Raul; let’s keep it at that.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Disaster is its own reward.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Thank you for this interview, (name of character). Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
I’m a star burning bright and hot that will not come again.
About the Author:
Jody Gehrman has authored eleven published novels and numerous plays for stage and screen. Her Young Adult novel, Babe in Boyland, won the International Reading Association’s Teen Choice Award and was optioned by the Disney Channel. Jody’s plays have been produced or had staged readings in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. Her newest full-length, Tribal Life in America, won the Ebell Playwrights Prize and will receive a staged reading at the historic Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She holds a Masters Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is a professor of Communications at Mendocino College in Northern California. Watch Me is Jody Gehrman’s debut suspense novel