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Character Interview: Maxine Ford from Sally Fernandez’ political fiction ‘Climatized’

character interviews logoWe’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?

climatizedbookimageOn 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.

Worse trait?

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.

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Title: CLIMATIZED

Genre: Thriller

Author: Sally Fernandez

Websitewww.sallyfernandez.com

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.

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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.

Links: 

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Character Interview: Summer Silva from Anna del Mar’s romantic suspense, ‘The Stranger’

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We’re thrilled to have here today Summer Silva from Anna del Mar’s The Stranger, her newest romantic suspense and the second book of her Wounded Warrior Series, following on the heels of the Amazon bestseller, The Asset. Summer is a twenty-nine year old architect living in Miami, Florida.

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

Hi. It’s a pleasure to be here.

Thank you so for this interview, Summer. 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?

Well, I’d like to start by saying that my trip to Alaska was sudden and unplanned, which explains why I wasn’t exactly prepared for the Alaskan weather and the Bering Sea superstorm that overtook me after my rental skidded on a patch of ice in the middle of nowhere and tumbled down a ravine. I mean. Black ice. Really? We don’t have that in Miami.

Why did you come to Alaska in the first place?

I would’ve never come to Alaska if my sister hadn’t run away with a guy she met on the Internet. But that’s Tammy for you and it fell on me to find her.

I know that, at first, Seth didn’t know what to make of me. But honestly, I didn’t know what to make of him either. He seemed…grumpy and not exactly friendly. All of that, combined with my…err…little secret, made for a bumpy beginning.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I’m sensible, dependent, dutiful. I love my family. I’m curious, driven and hard-working. I think I’m pretty smart as well and I’m a very good architect. I design plans, buildings, lives. That’s what I do.

Worse trait?

I can be a little fiery at times. And I have a lot of attitude. I’ve got this little problem that limits me sometimes. I’m what the Athabaskans call a “dream chaser.” But if you want to know more about that, you’ve got to read The Stranger.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Are you kidding me? Yes, yes and yes! That’s really what the novel is all about. In The Stranger I fall for the stranger himself, the enigmatic Seth Erickson. When I first met him, I thought he was the most aggravating man in the world. I also thought he was delicious to the eyes. Come to find out, he had his hands full. He is a powerful Alaskan tycoon, the scion of his family’s extensive fortunes, fighting off a takeover attempt and dealing with his quarreling family.

Seth is also a helicopter pilot, a wounded warrior struggling to recover from injuries he sustained while serving in Afghanistan, a man haunted by his past and fighting his own set of demons. Seth is a total alpha, brilliant, blunt, systematic and precise, always cool and in command, a man who despises emotion and sticks to his icy logic… well, that is, until he met me!

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

The whole time I was in Alaska I was wondering if I would survive. Not only was there someone inexplicably trying to kill me, but the weather was challenging and summer is a rather brief season in Alaska. I’m essentially a tropical being and I didn’t know if I could make it in Alaska. I mean, Not only did I get stuck in a Bering Sea superstorm. I got charged by a bear. A brown bear. That would never, ever happen in Miami. Not even in my wildest dreams—and I have a lot of those. As to the crash, when the plane went down in the middle of the Alaskan Rage I thought I was dead. Finito. Over.

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

I loved the ending, because I love Seth.

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

Give me some good gear from the start, lady, not a fashion coat and a pair of expensive heels, but something warm and heavy. And boots, give me boots that grip the ground so I’m not sliding all over. Tell me who I’m dealing with, a man haunted by his past, a sexy hunk, inside and out, a deliciously passionate soul whose icy exterior challenges the flame that burns in him, a brave, loyal, generous, kickass warrior who needed me as much as I needed him. Did I tell you Seth is sexy and mouthwatering gorgeous? I mean, that part I could see right away. The rest would’ve given me a head start.

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

If Anna del Mar returns to Alaska, for sure you may catch up with Seth and I. If not, you’re off to Africa with Jade Romo and her scrumptious game warden, Matthias Hawking. Those two, you don’t want to miss.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

When her sister runs away with a guy she met on the internet, a warmth-loving Miami architect chases her reckless sibling to Alaska and finds her life in danger from more than the elements. Only a stranger, a wounded warrior who is also Alaskan tycoon with a quarreling family as complicated as her own and no time for a lady in distress—let alone one who walks on her sleep—can save her from disaster. Together, two strangers from different worlds and opposite spectrums of the thermometer must unravel the intrigues that threaten their lives to chase after a new dream, together, in majestic Alaska. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.

Amazon:

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Carina Press:

http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781459294301_the-stranger.html

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stranger-anna-del-mar/1123670965?ean=9781459294301

Kobo Books:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-stranger-69

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Anna_del_Mar_The_Stranger?id=j7T-CwAAQBAJ

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Character Interview: Dana McGarry from Lynn Steward’s literary fiction What Might Have Been – Book Two in the Dana McGarry Series

e4acd-wmhb2bfront2bcover2baugust2b2014We’re thrilled to have you here today Dana McGarry from Lynn Steward’s novel What Might Have Been, Book Two in the Dana McGarry Series. Dana is a thirty year old fashion buyer at a glamorous New York City department store. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so much for this interview, Dana.  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?

Yes, I was fairly portrayed. Lynn understood that I was stressed and conflicted about my desire to suddenly end my marriage last December when I discovered my husband’s affair, and she helped me work it out with a kind priest, who I met in London, and through dear friendships in New York. I have no regrets. We had many good years and fond memories, but the marriage was beyond repair. Lynn has also experienced challenges at work and she understood how important it was for me to create The English Shop, in the vein of the new women’s department at Brooks Brothers. It’s very frustrating when senior management is set in their ways, not willing to think outside the box: if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

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

Lynn had the same problem, people underestimated her, so she did an excellent job painting the two sides of my personality: I am accommodating but at the same time ambitious and determined.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Fortitude and independence.

Worse trait?

Pefectionist. Too intense.

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)

Felicity Jones. 

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes. Mark Senger, president of the Senger Display Company.

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

When I met my boyfriend’s spoiled college age daughter and she was cool to me. 

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?

My boss, Helen Kavanagh, the divisional merchandise manager. She was an obstructionist in book one, A Very Good Life, and she’s obstinate in What Might Have Been.  She’s only in her late forties, but she’s inflexible and controlling. She resists my suggestions at every turn. I would not want to treat my staff that way and stifle their creativity.

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

I am convinced that the right choices were made.

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

I would like an exciting career in the fashion industry, more romance, and a handsome and charming soul-mate!

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

Yes you will! There are five volumes in the Dana McGarry series and the synopses for the remaining three are written. Lynn tells me that I will love the English influence and characters in the next book, so I’m looking forward to it! As you will learn if you read What Might Have Been, I’m an Anglophile!

 

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Genre:  Literary fiction/women’s fiction

Author: Lynn Steward

Website: www.LynnSteward.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/What-Might-Have-Been-McGarry-ebook/dp/B00U8CR2KG

About the Author 

Lynn Steward, a veteran of the New York fashion industry and a buyer on the team that started the women’s department at Brooks Brothers, created the Dana McGarry series, set at a transformational time in the 1970s world of fashion and in the lives of multigenerational women. What Might Have Been is the second volume in the series. A Very Good Life,Steward’s debut novel, was published in March 2014.

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Twitter: @LynnStewardNY

Character Interview: Brunhild from Joan Schweighardt’s historical novel, The Last Wife of Attila the Hun

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Brunhild from Joan Schweighardt’s historical novel, The Last Wife of Attila the Hun. Brunhild is a valkyria who lost her family when she was very young and raised herself in the forests near Sapaudia, now know as Savoy, a region in France.

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


Thank you so for this interview, Brunhild. 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 was not fairly portrayed at all. A valkyria is a very important woman. She must choose who lives and who dies on the battlefield, and then she must lead the dead to the afterlife. In addition most valkyrias share a knowledge of rune-wisdom, and as such they can alter events even off the battlefield. The author, however, left it up to the reader to decide whether or not my professed powers were real, and this in spite of the fact that many of the other people in the book were convinced my powers were real and lived in awe—if not in fear—of me.

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

She did describe my unfathomable beauty, I’ll give her that. And I don’t just mean my physical beauty, which I possess in good measure. Knowing so much about death, I was able to live more fully than other people, especially other women, of my times. I loved to laugh, to eat, to drink… I cherished nature, my truest parent. I did not care for domestic chores and I did not engage in them. I think she saw all that in me and related it well.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

 Even though the author seemed not to fully believe in the power of my rune-knowledge, I can tell you that it was real and it enabled me to survive on my own from childhood. I knew what would happen before it happened, and thus I avoided danger. I knew instinctively, even from the age of three years, what I could eat to keep myself alive and what would poison me. Sometimes, when I chose to, I used my rune-knowledge on behalf of other people.

Worse trait?

When, in spite of my runes, I could not get what I wanted on my own terms, I agreed to concessions. These concessions led not only to my downfall but to the downfall of all that I loved most in the world.

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!)?

Perhaps Gemma Ward.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Ah, my beloved Sigurd. If not for Sigurd I would not have appeared in the book.

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

Given my rune-wisdom, I knew I would there would be losses, but I felt the rewards would justify them.

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 not want to be Gudrun, little mousey woman and trouble maker that she was. Gudrun went and married Sigurd, even though she knew very well what had transpired between us. Everything bad that happened thereafter was really her fault.

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

Ha! I can’t believe you would even ask such a question! Let us just say, I did not care for the ending at all.

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

I would refuse to be in the book if she continued to insist that I marry Gunner, Gudrun’s brother, so that I could be near Sigurd. That didn’t work out at all.

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

Of course, when The Last Wife of Attila the Hun film comes out!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Last Wife of Attila the Hun

Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction with a Legendary Component

Author: Joan Schweighardt

Website: www.joanschwweighardt.com

Publisher: Five Directions Press

Purchase on Amazon

Two threads are woven together in The Last Wife of Attila the Hun. In one, Gudrun, a Burgundian noblewoman, dares to enter the City of Attila to give its ruler what she hopes is a cursed sword; the second thread reveals the unimaginable events that have driven her to this mission. Based in part on the true history of the times and in part on the same Nordic legends that inspired Wagner’s Ring Cycle and other great works of art, The Last Wife of Attila the Hun offers readers a thrilling story of love, betrayal, passion and revenge, all set against an ancient backdrop itself gushing with intrigue.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan Schweighardt is the author of several novels. In addition to her own projects, she writes, ghostwrites and edits for private and corporate clients.

Links:

www.joanschweighardt.com

www.facebook.com/joanschweighardtwriter

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Character Interview: Lynch from Thomas Rottinghaus western/fantasy Graaywullf: Book One of the Dragonspawn Trilogy

GraywullfWe’re thrilled to have here today Lynch from Thomas Rottinghaus new western/fantasy, Graywullf: Book One of the Dragonspawn Trilogy.  Lynch   is an ageless Dark Wizard living in the country of Norland.

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

Thank you so for this interview, Lynch.  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?

First of all, I must maintain my innocence in any wrongdoing. Also I feel that I have been portrayed as a self serving, arrogant, egotistical, murderous, cold blooded man with only a sliver of morality…wait, I guess that is correct. But, in my own defense I do feel that I evolved throughout the story, and I did play a huge role in all of the action.

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

I could have been portrayed as a new and improved Dark Wizard, with a more prominent sense of humor. But, I have to admit that being known as the most daring, handsome, rugged and dangerous man in the known World is somewhat flattering.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I have so many strong traits it’s hard to choose. Perhaps it’s my unwavering determination.

Worse trait?

I am a little quick with my blade at times, but only with those who truly deserve it.

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!)?

Hugh Jackman, without a doubt. He’s strong and dangerous. Think Wolverine. With magical capabilities and a sword.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I’m Lynch. I have many love interests.

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

Oh, I’ve knocked on Death’s door so many times I was never really nervous. I found myself in some very tight situations, but Lynch always perseveres.

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 hate to be anyone who opposes me. Why? Really, do you have to ask? Look at me. I am the epitome of strength, intelligence, daring and good looks.

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

Personally, the ending of the book was quite frustrating. But from a more neutral standpoint it is the perfect introduction of the World of Norland and the bloodline of Graywullf.

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

Please don’t be so reluctant to heap praise and admiration on me. We both know I deserve it.

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

Absolutely. I have a HUGE part to play in the rest of this story!

ABOUT THE BOOK

 Title:  Graywullf

Genre: Western / Fantasy

Author: Thomas Rottinghaus

Website:www.thomasrottinghaus.com

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Purchase on Amazon

About the Book:

The Dark Wizard Lynch had lived several ages of men being loyal only to himself. But when he was accidentally rescued from certain death by the Warrior Lorn Graywullf, he found himself in the unfamiliar position of being indebted to another. To repay that debt, Lynch offers to help the Warriors reverse a spell that would wreak havoc on their World. Of course, he neglected to mention that action would serve his own interests as well. In the process, Lynch discovers much to his chagrin that he does still have a soul and a conscience.

He also discovers that the Warriors are fighting a battle they can’t win against a common enemy, a Wizard named Timon Backhelm. Only Lynch knows his complicated history with Timon, and the real reason he has sworn to kill him or be killed trying. But when Lynch realizes the extent of Timon’s power, he knows the only way to win is to initiate the creation of the Dragonspawn, a magical, physical blend of the strengths of a Dragon and an ultimate Warrior. The question is, will the Dragonspawn be loyal to those who created him, or will he simply destroy them all?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas Rottinghaus has been an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, as well as a student of the written Word, since becoming enamored with J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” as a freshman in high school. Drawing from influences as varied as Tolkien, Stephen King, and Isaac Asimov, he wrote his first foray into the publishing world, “Graywullf: Book One of the Dragonspawn Trilogy” Thomas studied literature and journalism at Colorado Mesa University before pursuing other interests. He resides in beautiful Western Colorado with his wife, Lisa, a herd of barn cats and their friend Scout, a shepherd and Labrador mix.

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Character Interview: Fyx from Patrick C Greene’s horror novel THE CRIMSON CALLING

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We’re thrilled to have here today Mister Fyx from Patrick C Greene’s new vampire novel THE CRIMSON CALLING.  Fyx is a four hundred and thirty seven year old professional soldier living in The Balkans.

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

crimsonThank you so for this interview, Mister Fyx  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?

FYX: Lemme tell you something, mate. I don’t really give a good goddamn what anybody says or thinks about me, especially not some warmie barely outta his mum. “Warmie,” that’s shorthand for you mortals. But as for the facts, this bloke Greene seems to have colored pretty close to the lines, I’ll give him that.

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

FYX: “Colorizing?” What in the bloody hell is that s’posed to mean? I aint no bloody Turner Classic Movie. Look, some poor misguided newbloods, that’s what we call fresh-turned vamps, popped up and I gave ‘em hell. Put me boot in their raggedy asses. You wanna bloody play-by-play, hire one of them ESPN clowns.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

FYX: I’m caring, nurturing, well-versed in the works of all the poet-philosophers, and I find great joy in flower arranging. Jeez, you warmies ask silly questions. I kick ass. It’s my job AND my hobby. You want a negotiator, I’ll fetch you my buddy Vargas.

Worse trait?

FYX: When I feed, I tend to waste a drop or two in my fervor, if you will.

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!)?

FYX: Vinnie Jones is just about the only meaningful choice. He’s a bit soft, but maybe he could turn it up a bit to wear my shoes.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

FYX: Mate, right now I don’t know whether to laugh at you or bleed you dry.

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

FYX: My best mate Jiang was kidnapped by those turncoat fucking newbs. Anyone who can lay mitts on Jiang and still be walkin’ round aint no comedy act if you catch my wave. He’s a former warlord you see, gone all… introspective here lately. I reckon those bastards pumped him for a lot of info, and likely didn’t get it. But the short-candle science geeks working with ‘em probably made some eureka or other, squinting into their little microscopes. Bottom line; bad warmies working with bad newbloods is a bad mix.

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?

FYX: Well I damn sure wouldn’t want to be any fucking newb that crossed my path, I’ll tell you that. But our girl Olivia, the lass you might call our “heroine,” she’s got more to lose, and to gain, than I ever did. She’s barely an adult, even by warmie standards, and already up to her ears in hurt. Then we’re asking so much of her. If I had any pity, I’d feel it for her.

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

FYX: I had some fun getting there – and some harsh bumps in the road I’ll say.  What a bloody fucking mess we all made!

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

FYX: I’d say if you ever get the guts to do it instead of writing it, come to our castle stronghold out in The Balks. We’ll bring you into our little club right proper.

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

FYX: Heh. Depends what you mean by “future” mate.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With the success of his first novel PROGENY from Hobbes End Publishing, Patrick C. Greene became known for a brand of horror as emotional as it is terrifying, as engaging as it is suspenseful. Living at night, deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his wife and two sons, Greene expresses his morbid interests via painting and illustration when not writing. In addition to his novels Progeny and The Crimson Calling, the short story collection Dark Destinies, and multiple appearances in both The Endlands and Wrapped anthology series, Greene is currently hard at work on what he hopes to be a perennial Halloween favorite called The Death of October. Follow the author on Facebook.

 

Character Interview: Frank Swinicki from Brian W. Matthews’s Horror/Science Fiction thriller, The Conveyance

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Frank Swinicki from Brian W. Matthews’s new horror/science fiction thriller, The Conveyance.  Frank is a 42-year-old police detective living in Rock Mills, Michigan.

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

Thank you so much for this interview, Frank.  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?

 

Front_Cover_Image_The_Conveyance.jpgThanks for having me, and I appreciate the chance to offer up my side of the story. Brian’s a pretty good guy and all, but come on, do you really think he can capture every part of my charming personality? (Laughs)

 

So, the book—overall, I think I got a fair shake. At first I was upset at being the “sidekick” to the book’s main protagonist, Brad Jordan. But as the story unfolded, I got a larger role in what happens. By the end, I go from sidekick to hero. Well, co-hero would be a better word. Brad also had a little something to do with the outcome.

 

So yeah, I’d like the readers to know, while I’m a pretty cool in the early parts of the book, I end up a major badass by the end.

 

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

 

At times, I do come off as rough around the edges. He wrote me like I didn’t care about the feelings of others, especially toward Ricky Womblic, this grease monkey with a serious hard-on for space travel and aliens. I mean, I liked Ricky a lot, and I really tried to understand his fascination with little green men, but he was just so weird about it. Kinda makes me wonder what he does while watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

 

Anyway, I think Brian could have worked harder at bringing out my more sensitive side.

 

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

 

I’m a get things done kinda guy. Comes with being a cop. You got a problem, I solve it. In a story like this, you need someone with focus.

 

Worse trait?

 

Hmm. Don’t think I have one, but if I had to choose, it would be my impatience. I expect others to work as hard as I do, and I get frustrated if they don’t.

 

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!)?

 

Clint Eastwood! No, wait. He’s too old. How about Russell Crowe? He’s ruggedly handsome. Just not Pauley Shore. God, not him.

 

Do you have a love interest in the book?

 

It’s not that kind of story. My family is my love interest. Brad’s the same way. But I will tell you, there’s one scene in the book that’ll melt the pages, or the circuits if you read on one of those e-reader thingies. Can’t wait to hear how Brian’s mother reacts to that one.

 

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

 

About two-thirds the way in. Brian threw me and Brad into this big fight scene with some bad guys. I lost a vital part of my anatomy (which wasn’t part of my original agreement with Brian, by the way). That’s when I knew things were going south quickly.

 

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?

 

That’s easy—the Green Queen. Didn’t like her. Whenever she was in a scene, she did her best to upstage the rest of us. “Look at me everyone, I’m the Green Queen!” Blah, blah, blah. Nope, didn’t like her at all.

 

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

 

I like it. Full of drama and action. I have a few stunts and stuff that makes it more exciting. It also leaves the door open for the story to continue, if “you know who” wants to go there.

 

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

 

Prequel, Brian. Think prequel.

 

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

 

I hope so. I’d hate to be a one-and-done kind of character.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Brian W. Matthews’s latest book is The Conveyance, a horror/science fiction novel about a child therapist who uncovers a secret long kept hidden form the world. Together with his friend, police detective Frank Swinicki, he doggedly follows a trail of murder and madness, eventually exposing a sinister conspiracy that threatens the existence of the human race. The Conveyance can be purchased directly from the publisher at www.journalstone.com or from Amazon.  

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