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Character Interview: Rudyard Bloodstone from Chris Karlsen’s suspense/thriller ‘Silk’

character interviewWe’re thrilled to have here today Rudyard Bloodstone from Chris Karlsen’s new suspense, Silk.  Rudyard is a 31 year old Detective Inspector with London Metropolitan Police Service and living in London, England.

Silk HighRes (2)It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Rudyard.  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. Ms. Karlsen showed several different sides of my personality, which I appreciate. I’m not just a detective. I do have outside interests and friends. She also portrayed me as a bit rough around the edges, which I am. I’m not, and never have been, a smoothie. She was honest about me not being one spoiling for a fight but not afraid to mix it up either.

I’d like to clarify that it might seem like I don’t miss my family in Wales as I don’t speak about wishing to go for a visit or having them visit me. I do miss my family and the lovely countryside around Brecon where I grew up. But, I had nine brothers and sisters, most of whom are married with children of their own. Chaos rules the day when we’re all together. I always need a rest after, plus, my work keeps me busy. Opportunities to go home aren’t many.

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

She mentioned my Victoria Cross for extreme valor in the face of battle. Those are the Queen’s words, not mine. I do not feel a hero. I did what was necessary at the time. Nothing more, nothing less.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Steadfastness.

Worse trait?

I’ve a short temper.

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!)?

Karl Urban

Do you have a love interest in the book?

There are two different ladies I see socially. Not at the same time, though. I enjoy their company, but I’m not in love with either.

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

When Chief Superintendent Effingham and Detective Inspector Napier from the City of London Police Department interfered in my investigation.

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?

Viscount William Everhard. I never want to slip into madness the way he did and become fiend.

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

I approve. I was surprised and glad my partner and I finally discovered what we needed to solve the difficult case.

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

I hope she does write another. I understand she plans to. I look forward to trouncing Napier who is, and always has been, a thorn in my side so please include him. I enjoy my police colleagues so I’d like to see most of them again. I’d like to have more fun with my adopted stray, Winky. He’s as incorrigible as a canine can be, but I love him.

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

Yes, sometime early next year, I believe.

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Title: Silk

Genre: Thriller

Author: Chris Karlsen

Website: www.chriskarlsen.com

Publisher: Books to Go Now

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SUMMARY

London-Fall, 1888

The city is in a panic as Jack the Ripper continues his murderous spree. While the Whitechapel police struggle to find him, Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner are working feverishly to find their own serial killer. The British Museum’s beautiful gardens have become a killing ground for young women strangled as they stroll through.

Their investigation has them brushing up against Viscount Everhard, a powerful member of the House of Lords, and a friend to Queen Victoria. When the circumstantial evidence points to him as a suspect, Rudyard must deal with the political blowback, and knows if they are going to go after the viscount, they’d better be right and have proof.

As the body count grows and the public clamor for the detectives to do more, inter-department rivalries complicate the already difficult case.

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Chris is a Chicago native. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was in her late teens where she later studied at UCLA. She graduated with a Business Degree. Her father was a history professor and her mother a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books.Her parents were also passionate about traveling and passed their passion onto Chris. Once bitten with the travel bug, Chris spent most of her adult life visiting the places she’d read about and that fascinated her. She’s had the good fortune to travel Europe extensively, the Near East, and North Africa, in addition to most of the United States.

After college, Chris spent the next twenty-five years in law enforcement with two agencies. Harboring a strong desire to write since her teens, upon retiring from police work, Chris decided to pursue her writing career. She currently writes three different series. Her historical romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters, and he latest book, Silk, is book one in her mystery/suspense series, The Bloodstone series.

She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs.

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Character Interview: Tom Evanger from Joel Fox’s paranormal suspense, “The Mark on Eve.”

character interviewWe’re thrilled to have here today Tom Evanger from Joel Fox’s new paranormal suspense, The Mark on Eve.  Tom Evanger is a 34-year-old newspaper reporter living in Los Angeles, California.

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

Cover (3)Thank you so much for this interview, Tom.  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?

The readers should know I’m a damn good reporter and that’s how I should be judged. My sex should have nothing to do with the assignments I get. I think I’m as fair and just in my dealings with all people no matter their gender. I don’t like to leave any doubts — I am not prejudiced against female reporters. I just think I can do the job and don’t like to be denied because of the way I was born. Sorry if that attitude offends anybody.

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

Not everyone’s as good a writer as me so I’ll give the author a pass. He did all right. Maybe he made me look a little sneaky, I’m not really that way, I was just doing my job. I could have gotten the information and the interviews without all the stealth. But, that’s not the way he colored me.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I’m aggressive.

Worse trait?

I’m aggressive. I tend to offend when I push for the truth but sometimes that’s the only way I’ll get 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!)?

Brad Pitt. Right. Tough but good looking; good with the ladies, but faithful, too. I like that. At least, I try to be faithful.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes, at least I thought so, but we started drifting apart. As to, Eve, very intriguing lady, but not love.

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

When they took the plum assignment from me. I was covering a presidential campaign and they kicked me off. Needed a woman to do the job. I’d never live up to my father’s superstar reputation if they wouldn’t let me do important reporting. Little did I know where the new assignment would lead me and how big a story that could be.

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 Governor Judith Rhodes. I don’t need to run for president. I don’t need the attention a politician requires. What I need is to take them apart. That’s what I’m built for. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of investigative reporters like me.

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

The real ending, the last sentence makes a statement about me. I’m good with that. But there were some delicious reporting opportunities that ended in disappointment for me personally.

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

Make me the star. Give me an opportunity to show what I can do and let me do it.

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

It’s up to the big guy, although I hate having to listen to another editor tell me what to do.  I’m told this book is a stand alone, whatever that means. But I’m available.

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Title: The Mark on Eve

Genre: Suspense

Author: Joel Fox

Website: http://www.joelfox.com/

Publisher: Bronze Circle Books

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Joel FoxJoel Fox has spent over 30 years in California politics, serving on numerous state commissions, working on many ballot issue campaigns, and advising candidates. An adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University, Fox has authored hundreds of opinion pieces for numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, USA Todayand Los Angeles Times. Joel Fox is also the author of the Zane Rigby mystery series—Lincoln’s Hand and FDR’s Treasure— in which an FBI Special Agent must solve a puzzle from the past of an American president to solve modern day murders.  A native of the Boston area, Joel Fox lives in Los Angeles.

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Character Interview: Joseph Dangelo from Robert Lane’s mystery, Cooler Than Blood

Cover ArtWe’re thrilled to have here today Joseph Dangelo from Robert Lane’s new mystery, Cooler Than Blood.  Joseph Dangelo is a 44-year old business owner living in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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

Thank you so for this interview, Joseph.  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 don’t read books; such a tedious exercise. But I want to take this opportunity to say that I run clean, legitimate businesses. We do not tolerate or endorse violence. If everyone understands that, then we should have no problems.

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

‘Colorizing my personality.’ Okay, that’s a good one. Listen, I’m a family man. I got a daughter. She means the world to me. I hope that’s how that nut case, Travis, portrayed me, because nothing is as important as family. Travis? I think he understands that. I think he understands a lot.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My family and my businesses.

Worse trait? 

My family and my businesses. They’re my only traits. Capise?  They have to be both traits.

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!)? 

You seen Frozen? My daughter, she teaches third grade, took her whole class to see it. Made me watch it. Not bad for a ‘toon. Maybe one of those cartoon characters could do me. I don’t want any flesh and blood pretending to be me.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

You listening? My family and my businesses.

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

Again…I don’t know about the book, but I can tell you this: when Travis slammed me against the wall in my condo because he thought I insinuated that, well…you know…I knew his girlfriend, Kathleen? Was I nervous? Yeah. But—and he doesn’t know this, which is going to kill him because that smart-aleck thinks he knows everything—I was eating a cashew and it got stuck in my throat. So he’s thinking he’s putting the fear of god in me, and I’m thinking, I hope I don’t choke on this thing.

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? 

There’s this one guy and he’s cooked, you know. Way over his head. A shame, really. But he did it to himself. Don’t we all?

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

I don’t know how the book ended, but I can tell you about the last time I saw Jake Travis. I can—but I won’t.

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

Leave me out. I’ve got businesses to run.

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

You know I live in downtown St. Petersburg unless I get called back to Chicago. You seen the winters there? Travis is only fifteen minutes from me and that guy gets involved in some nasty stuff. I don’t know how he ended our story, but I’d be surprised if it’s the end of our story.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: COOLER THAN BLOOD

Genre: Mystery

Author: Robert Lane

Website: http://www.robertlanebooks.com

Publisher: Mason Alley

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18-year-old Jenny Spencer is missing after a violent nighttime encounter on a Florida beach. Jenny’s aunt, Susan Blake, asks wisecracking PI Jake Travis to investigate.

Susan and Jake had only spent one dinner together, but both felt an instant, overpowering attraction. Jake walked away.  After all, he was—and is—committed to Kathleen.  But having Susan in his life again could be dangerous:   dangerous in more ways than one.

As Jake and his partner, Garrett Demarcus, close in on finding Jenny, they uncover a shocking secret in Kathleen’s past.  Even more shocking is that Kathleen and Jenny’s life are strangely intertwined.

For Jake, this case may hit way too close to home—and what started as a race to find Jenny could become a fight to protect Kathleen.

As the case heats up and the danger escalates, Jake is forced to examine his moral boundaries.  How far is he willing to go for the woman he loves?   At what cost?  And what about that question that has dogged him since the beginning of the case: was there another person on the beach that night?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Lane resides on Florida’s west coast.  He is also the author of The Second Letter.

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Character Interview: Nicholas Blackwell from Jonathan L. Ferrara Young Adult/Fantasy The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin

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We’re thrilled to have here today Nicholas Blackwell from Jonathan L. Ferrara’s new Young Adult/Fantasy, The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin.  Nicholas Blackwell is a sixteen-year-old student living in Epping Forest, England.

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

blackwellThank you so for this interview, Nicholas Blackwell. 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?

Honestly, I was being a little cocky in the beginning. I want to make it clear that it wasn’t exactly my fault. Look, I’m stuck at St. Christopher’s Academy all year round. I have no family to go to. I have to have some fun and make the best out of a bad situation. Right? Maybe I shouldn’t have thrown the party in the woods, but I got punished for it. I shouldn’t be judged by that.

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

Jonathan L. Ferrara really showed every part of me, the good and the bad. Sure, I would have liked him not to have shown my arrogant side, but he did show the readers how courageous and selfless I could be. Jonathan L. Ferrara did a great job showing everyone how cool I looked when I started to take down each of the Seven Deadly Sins. But did he really have to show the readers my teddy bear?! My parents gave him to me and it’s the only thing I have left of them. But geez, he didn’t have to tell the whole world that I had Dexter hidden beneath my pillow. That was downright embarrassing!

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I would have to say my sly charm and cleverness. With my dimples I can charm my way out of just about anything.

Worse trait?

My pride! You’ll learn all about that soon enough I’m sure. That, and the other of the Seven Deadly Sins. Pride might be my worst trait, but I can’t help it. I would also have to say my asthma. I have to hide it just so I don’t look too weak in front of this girl I like.

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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!)?

You know me already. That’s exactly who I would have picked! Hmm, let me think about this one for a quick second. He would need to be the perfect actor. I mean, not just anyone could do it. I think I’ll settle with Logan Lerman.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I do and she’s gorgeous! I can’t seem to figure her out though. I mean she’s hiding something from me and I just can’t figure it out. She’s not like any girl I’ve ever dated before. The dimples aren’t working on her.

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

My family’s secret flew me through a loop. My parents died trying to keep this secret from me, and I always wondered why they would’t have told me all those years ago. Now I know. Every family has their secrets, but mine I had to discover in the City of Demons. It’s a secret for a reason.

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?

The archangel Gabriel. He’s a good guy, with lots of power, but he stays at my school as the janitor. I love him, but he’s flawless. I need a little more excitement in my life.

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

That’s a hard one to answer. I’m still struggling with it. I discovered my family’s secret, but I wish I hadn’t. It humbled me a bit, but it truly has the power to not just change my own life, but if it got out, it could potentially change the whole world. We’re all living a lie!

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

No more playing around. I discovered my family’s dark secret and so I know now what I have to do. It’s time we start this war.

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

I’m not going anywhere. A family like mine is bound to have more secrets and I’m going to discover them all.

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Jonathan L. Ferrara was born in San Pedro, California to an Italian fisherman and a mother from New York. Growing up with one older brother, Jonathan had several hobbies: finding the best hiding spots to jump out and scare his mother, discovering new fantasy book series, and imagining outrageous, whimsical worlds full of magic. He is now happily married, residing in California in the City of Angels. He has two wonderful children—his dog Koda and cat Merlin. He’s currently touring the blogosphere to promote the release of his YA urban fantasy novel, The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin, just published by Dragonwell. Find out more about his work on http://jonathanlferrara.com. Check out his book on Amazon.

Character Interview: Harker Brown from Greg Byrne’s supernatural thriller Nine Planets

7654We’re thrilled to have here today Harker Brown, from Greg Byrne’s new supernatural thriller Nine Planets. Harker Brown is a 65 year old retired postman living in Perth, Western Australia.

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

Thank you so for this interview, Harker.  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 fairly portrayed, although it was a very difficult time for me, with Ruth passing on and me retiring just a year apart. I would really have loved to share my retirement with her. (pauses, turns away.) Yes, the novel did me justice, although the circumstances were not what you would call normal so maybe the reader didn’t get a chance to see me in normal life. Normal life? Will life ever be normal again after what just happened?

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

Yes, it was fair enough. He interviewed me often enough and we talked together a fair bit over a beer, so he would have incurred my wrath had he not. (chuckles.) I was a fair bit easier to understand as well! Peter and Rebecca both had their ‘deep and darks’, as Peter always called it, their pretty sordid hidden past lives, to deal with, and Peter with his brain-change, his synesthesia thing, made it difficult. But, all told, I think I was dealt a fair hand.

What do you believe is your strongest trait? 

Loyalty. Determination. Courage. Again, the author bloke had enough chats with me and others to get these three sorta drilled into him, so it would have been hard for him to leave them out. George and Frank took him aside and laid down the law a bit. Since they weren’t main characters, they really wanted to make sure that their mate was portrayed in the best light. They’re good blokes, if a little too keen. (laughs) I owe them a carton each, they reckon.

Worse trait? 

(chuckles) I have many so which one would you like? The book rather played to my strengths too, but I’m as bad as the next bloke when it comes to character flaws. I get a little lazy and I often lack focus if I don’t have a project. One of the reasons we went travelling so much, Ruth and me, was because I never wanted to do those jobs around the house that normal blokes do. The author made a bit of a joke about my reticulation and dead grass – I’m sure it was Frank who put him up to that – but it’s true. One of the things the whole adventure taught me was that some projects are world-changing. If you’re gunna do something, do it well!

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!)? 

The movie house have already asked James Cromwell, and I must say I’m delighted that he accepted. I met him on the set the other day and he has the same lack of hair as me and he doesn’t say much. In that sense, we are very similar. I really liked him in Babe as Farmer Hoggett and also in the Green Mile, although neither character was like me. He’s practicing his Aussie accent and his cricket stance (chuckles.)

Do you have a love interest in the book? 

(snorts) You haven’t read the book then. Ruth was hardly a love interest. She was more a love completion. I wasn’t interested in Ruth as much as captivated, entranced and fulfilled. Even in the last scenes in the book, a year after she died, she was still there in my head, offering suggestions. Life after the book was never going to be the same, of course, given what happened, but (sighs) it would have been much richer and grander to share it with Ruth.

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

I never did. In real life, it was when Jacob gave me the second task, but you’ll need to read the book to know why. Up to that point, I believed in him, but that moment at the Sentry really shook my confidence. I think the scene in the book tells it well. We all had extensive interviews with the author, and the story was such an important event historically that it was pretty hard to mess it up or change things.

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? 

Ed. (grimaces.) Mind you, everyone says that. In the movie, they got Benedict Cumberbatch to play him and he does it really well. His story was pretty dire, especially at the end. Apart from him, I’d just hate to be the Second. In the movie, they couldn’t work out how to do the smoke thing so I think the special effects people did it all with computers.

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

Grand. It’s a great ending, and I’m so glad I was there at that wonderful moment in history. (falls silent for a moment.) Just wish . . . well, Ruth would have loved it. Brought back memories of the kids and grandkids, but in a different way. You’ll just have to read the book to know what I’m talking about.

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

Don’t. I’ve had my fifteen minutes of fame. I’ve done my bit for humanity. Focus on Peter and all his amazing crew, or Ivan the Magnificent, or Rebecca and Benedict. There are plenty of stories there to be told, all smaller tales, but all important. We are all important, you know. We all have our stories. I was just a retired postie who got swept up in a mighty worldwide thing, not for anything special about me, but just because I was retired and available. 

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

No. I’m retired now. (chuckles) Truly retired.

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nine2ABOUT THE BOOK

In the world of despair, Father Nick’s Day is the only hope…

Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn’t recognize. Without memory or identity, all he has are nine random images. Nine planets. Eight he can see, although he does not understand them, but the impenetrable ninth is the secret that two opposing and hidden brotherhoods have been seeking for nearly two millennia. Pursued, betrayed, Blackwell has twelve days to unlock his Ninth Planet and prevent terminal worldwide suicide. And his only ally is a manic assassin sent to extract the secret and kill him.

NINE PLANETS is a debut Christmas-themed science fiction thriller from an Australian author.

Find out more on AMAZON.

gregABOUT THE AUTHOR

Greg Byrne is an English teacher, grammar consultant, and lecturer. He enjoys exploring places, ideas, history, languages and science, dinners with friends, watching his family grow, and living life’s great adventure. His next projects are a young adult thriller with a twist, developing a grammar teaching system for schools, and writing a grammar text for ESL students. He lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his beloved wife and family and an overweight British Blue.

Character Interview: Jesus Jackson from James Ryan Daley’s Young Adult Mystery ‘Jesus Jackson’

jesusWe’re thrilled to have here today Jesus Jackson from James Ryan Daley’s new Young Adult Mystery, Jesus Jackson.  Jesus Jackson is a 33 ¾ year-old Spiritual Contractor who can usually be found lingering around empty high school football fields.

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

Thank you so for this interview, Jesus Jackson.  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, first of all, thank you for having me. Normally, I like to stay out of the spotlight, but given the momentousness of the occasion, I’m happy to have the opportunity to speak directly to the public. That said, I think Mr. Daley did an okay job with the portrayal of my character. He opted to tell the story from the point-of-view of a not-entirely-satisfied client of mine (a young would-be atheist named Jonathan Stiles), so the portrayal was not exactly glowing. I mean, it could have been a lot worse, but I don’t think the book will be sending many new clients my way.

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

The author certainly made my personality quite colorful (and he was spot on with my wardrobe, from the color of my jogging outfits, to the texture of my leisure suits), which I do appreciate. However,  I think he did me a real disservice by questioning the sincerity of my offer to whip up some new faith for young Jonathan. I mean, sure, claiming that you can give someone 100% faith in nothingness may sound like a load of baloney, but that’s why I offer the money-back guarantee!

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

You know, I’m a people person. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is think about all of the people I can help that day. Well, actually the first thing I do is a twenty-seven minute Ab-Buster Pilates routine, but right after that: I think about the people.

Worse trait?

Sometimes I just care too much.

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!)?

I can’t play myself? Are you sure? I have a SAG card, you know. Okay, fine: If I have to choose, I’m going to go with Russel Brand. He’s got the hair and the beard, and he looks great in sunglasses.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Alas, no. My occupation leaves me little time for romance. But if I were to be so bold as to make a suggestion for the author (should he decide to write one in for me someday), I would have to say Emma Stone. She was so good in The Help.

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

Nervous? Me? No way. Not even for a second. I knew how the whole thing was going to turn out all along. Sure, there were some unexpected twists and turns, and a few points where I had to push Jonathan to get him where he needed to be (sorry about that whole thing on the bleachers, by the way), but in the end, it all went exactly according to plan. Honestly….

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 Mr. Finger, the school psychologist. His office is way too small, and his clothes are atrocious.

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

I was really pleased with the way that everything worked out. In my line of work there’s just no way of knowing what a client will do once you set them off on their own, but I’ve got high hopes for Jonathan. I think the kid will be alright. Also, I made twelve bucks on the whole deal. So you know: I’ve got that going for me.

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

I have exactly five words of wisdom for James Ryan Daley: America’s Next Top Spiritual Contractor.

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

I can’t say for sure, but you if you ever need my services, I’d be happy to provide you with a free estimate. I’ll just leave my card right here….

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JRD1James Ryan Daley is a writer, editor, and digital designer. After earning an MFA in fiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004, James has spent most of the years since teaching writing to college students, creating websites about video games, and editing anthologies of fiction and political rhetoric. When he’s not glued to his computer, James can usually be found skiing the slopes of Vermont’s famous mountains or sailing the harbors of Rhode Island. He lives in Newport, RI with his wife and two daughters.

Book info:

Title:  Jesus Jackson
Genre:  Young Adult Mystery
Author: James Ryan Daley
Website: www.jamesryandaley.com
Publisher:  The Poisoned Pencil
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Character Interview: Mama Ringtail from Sylvie Michaud’s Bedtime Story ‘Book of Dreams’

We’re thrilled to be talking to Mama Ringtail from North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Book of Dreams coverThank you so much for this interview, Mama Ringtail.  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 like how I was portrayed. The author set me in an environment that I feel comfortable with, natural and green, so I could be myself. Raccoons are very family oriented, so being able to spend so much time with my son and partner exploring the natural world felt great!

What do you believe is your strongest trait? 

My strongest trait is my ability to live in a world that is constantly changing but stay in the present moment at the same time.

Worst trait? 

Oh, I suppose I could be better at making plans for the future.

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!)? 

Angelina Jolie as a voice over.

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

I can’t say that I felt nervous. There were no warning signs that our adventures were going to go sideways. Although, I was a bit concerned when Papa and Baby Ringtail were so close to the grizzly bears.

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 think it would be hard to be Baby Ringtail. Children are so dependent on the environment they find themselves growing up in. It’s a wild world out there!

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

It ends as it should, with a feeling of security and safety.

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

I would say to keep true to the heart and let that guide the story.

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

Yes you will. In fact, I can be found in the two other titles that make up the Ringtail Series, the Book of Love and the Book of Wishes.

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Sylvie Michaud is a North Vancouver, BC based writer and graphic designer. After years as a writer, editor and designer for The Canadian Red Cross Society newsletter, “The Responder”, Sylvie has gone on to write for several other groups & magazines including Pacific Yachting, GardenWise and the North Shore’s own Lynn Valley Literary anthology, “Wintertide.” 

In 2011, Sylvie won the Lynn Valley Literary Society’s short story contest for “Fire and Fortune.” 

In addition to her literary background, Sylvie is the ower of Blackbarn Crafts where she designs, produces and sells handmade crafts for crafts shows and other online venues. 

Learn more about Sylvie Michaud and the Ringtail Family collection at www.craftycanuck.com and http://shop.craftycanuck.com/

Character Interview: Arkas from K. Madill’s YA Fantasy Novel ‘The Stolen Herd’ – Win $25 Amazon Gift Card

We’re thrilled to be talking to Arkas from Green Forest, Deep Forest, The Silver City, Harshlands, Azure Caves, Elphinstone Mountains…hey, he has wings – he gets around.


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Thank you so much for this interview, Arkas.  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?

Arkas: It was moderately accurate. She (the author) missed how utterly terrified Mandamus and Luco were when we first met. It was their own fault. They blundered into my territory, so I attacked them. It was written a little more comically than it actually was. Those two were scared out of their minds.  I thought that human, Luco, was going to cry and Mandamus may look like a big, tough horse but he was shaking in his hooves.  

What do you believe is your strongest trait? 

Arkas: My strength, agility, wingspan, and fighting skills.  Not to mention …I can breathe fire!

Worse trait?

Arkas: Well, I have been called short tempered. But I don’t see that as a bad thing at all.

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!)?

Arkas: Probably… Christian Bale. He was a pretty darn good Batman…and seeing as I’m an actual bat, I feel the transition would go smoothly.

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

Arkas: I must admit, I did get a little worried when we were attached by Aicha, that dirty slug of a water imp. I wasn’t sure I could take him by myself, he’s pretty quick.  Just in the nick of time, Gideon showed up and helped me out, thank goodness.

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?

Arkas: I definitely would not want to be Luco.  Alright, granted, for a human he’s not that bad…but he has only two legs and can’t fly.  He also doesn’t have the nerve to tell that naiad, Lethe, that he likes her. Even after he built her that glass room at the Gates to the Underworld!  He just hangs around mooning over her until Mandamus’ hoof heals, then we leave. Pathetic, if you ask me. I might have to do a little matchmaking there.

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

Arkas: Hey, Luco may be complaining because he’s afraid of getting eaten, but I’m full on ready to journey to the Azure Caves to see King Farzad and the rest of the Snowbreth tribe.  They’re supposedly man-eating monsters, but Gideon wouldn’t have sent us there if that was the case. I will tell you this though – if they do try anything, they’ll be sorry!

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

Arkas: If? I’m one of the three main characters of this story so she’d BETTER have me in it.  Hmm…words of wisdom….well, I would like to get back to Luco’s village for more cherry stars and fire whiskey though that’s more of a suggestion, I guess.

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

Arkas: Of course. Those two (Mandamus and Luco) couldn’t last a day without me. Why, you should see what those dunderheads got themselves into just last week. Only, you’ll have to wait for the 2nd book to find out – ha!

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Karai MadillA chronic “head in the cloudser” K. Madill lives in a rickety house on a well treed street in British Columbia, Canada.  When she’s not hanging out with her best equine friend in the woods she can be found trying to stay upright on her roller skates or mediating the affairs of her various furred and feathered friends that rule the aforementioned rickety house. 

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Character Interview: Mike Zorich from Ken Malovos’ Legal Thriller Contempt of Court

We’re thrilled to be talking to Mike Zorich, a trial lawyer from Sacramento, California whose story is told in Ken Malovos’ legal thriller, Contempt of Court.

Contempt of Court cover Thank you so for this interview, Mike.  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 feel that I was accurately portrayed, although there is so much more to me than was stated in the book.  I realize that most of my life is pretty boring, so it was good that that not everything was included.  But I do love to cook and would love to have you and others over to my house to share a meal, a good glass of Chardonnay or Zinfandel and to talk about writing fiction.  I love the outdoors, as you might guess from my running.  I love reading books when I have the time. I really care about others, especially those in my life.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My strongest trait is my desire for justice.  I feel that I need to do my absolute very best for all of my clients, and I will fight for them and do whatever is needed.  This desire keeps me going when it is darkest or when I have suffered some setbacks.  When I was a kid, my father always encouraged me to be for the underdog.

Worse trait?

I get too personally involved in the sense that I sometimes lose my objectivity.  I identify with my clients.  As a result, I don’t do my best for them.  I constantly have to work on stepping back a bit and looking at the big picture.  This is true not just for my law career but for my relations with others in general.

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!)?

Matthew McConaughey who played Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer (book by Michael Connolly), is like the lawyer I would want to be, but he doesn’t look like me at all.  Maybe, Richard Gere would be a better fit.  Anyway, I come out better on this deal.

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

I was nervous from day one.  When I got mugged on the bike trail when I was out for a morning jog, I was very concerned. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen to people in their normal lives.  When the mugger told me that I wasn’t such a big shot lawyer, I instantly knew that he knew who I was. That scared me.  Then when my car was stolen, my home was ransacked and my office was burglarized, I knew I was in big trouble.  As bad as that was, the order by the judge to hold me in contempt of court and to throw me in jail took the cake.  I was in way over my head.  Then everything got worse and I was really worried that I was going to be killed.

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 don’t think I could be Robert Cannes, the opposing lawyer in the Darnoff case.  He went along with the system and took advantage of another lawyer.   That was just wrong and he knew it but did it anyway.   I don’t like to look at life or at the practice of law that way.

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

I liked the ending.  For me, it meant that I had no regrets and that I could live with myself and with those I love.  Maybe there was a bit too much excitement for my rather boring life.

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

Be true to my character and don’t make me out to be someone I am not.  I have my faults, for sure.  I am not perfect.  I still have not quite figured out how to resolve my feelings for my wife who died six years ago and I don’t quite know what to do with this new woman that I think I love.  I could probably learn how to handle alcohol a bit better.  I know that, but easier said than done.

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

Yes, I understand that I will be next appearing in Fatal Reunion.  I am asked to represent an innocent man, who is accused of killing his old girlfriend when they hook up at a 20-year high school reunion.   The evidence is weak and winning the case should not be a problem.  It makes it so much better that the man I am representing is a likable high school English teacher with no prior record, but I do hate the cases when the defendant is obviously innocent. They are the hardest and put a lot of pressure on me.  Oh well.

About the book: Sacramento trial lawyer, Mike Zorich, is finally coming to grips with the death of his wife from cancer five years ago. There is a new woman in his life.  His son is making his way in the business world. His law practice is going well. And he has a new case that promises to be very demanding.  Members of the Darnoff wine family are at odds with each other, amidst a divorce and partnership dissolution. Then things go wrong. Mike becomes the target of some unexplained personal attacks.  He is mugged on the bike trail and his house is ransacked. Is it someone connected to the Darnoff case?  Is it an old client from his years in the Public Defender’s Office?  Is it some disgruntled witness from a trial? To top it off, Mike is held in contempt of court and remanded to jail.  The attacks continue and only get worse. The authorities don’t have a clue. Can Mike figure it all out before someone is killed?

Purchase on AMAZON! Ken Malovos photo About the author: Ken Malovos is a mediator and arbitrator in Sacramento, CA. Previously, he was a trial lawyer, a public defender for 12 years and a business litigator for 25 years. He is a graduate of Stanford University (philosophy) and UC Hastings College of the Law. Ken is a past president of the Sacramento County Bar Association and Legal Services of Northern California. He is a panel member for the American Arbitration Association, a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and a member of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Contempt of Court is his first novel. He lives in Sacramento with his wife. You can visit Ken Malovos’ website at www.malovoslaw.com

Interview with Margaret from Genevieve Crownson’s Paranormal YA, The Soul of the Sun

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We’re thrilled to have here todayMargaret from Genevieve Crownson’s young adult book, The Soul of the Sun.  She is coming to us all the way from the great state of South Carolina.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Margaret.  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?

For the most part I do think I was accurately portrayed. I suppose it’s hard to look at yourself from another’s point of view. Although I was rendered prettier than I really am. Not to disappoint the readers but I am rather plain. My sister, Abby, was the pretty one. And I’m not sure The Soul of the SunI turned Ian’s head as strongly as readers might think. But being characterized as attractive really isn’t a hardship is it?

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I believe I was born with an inner resilience. I always face my adversities head on. You must always accept your fate and deal with whatever life puts on your plate. In my mind it is the only way to survive in this world. We all have a destiny to fulfill in this lifetime and it is important that we do not try to tamper with it. As I always say destiny is destiny, it is not for us to alter what is preordained.

Worst trait?

I can be too independent and tend to resist help from others. I’ve always felt that I should be the one to take care of the family. As far back as I can remember I’ve had this conviction that I should always be the strong one. I always thought Mama and my sister Abby were delicate creatures, and Daddy, well; he didn’t have much time for anything but hitting the bottle. In my old age I’ve learned that sometimes it helps to have someone to lean on and support you through dark times. Ian taught me that. So don’t be too stubborn and take assistance when it’s offered. You will be a better person for it. Another unfortunate trait I possess is that I’m a little vain. I never leave the house without a little red lipstick on, it just doesn’t seem like the Lord intended me to go out into the world without a little dash of color.

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!)?

I am a little partial to Betty White, to play my older self. That girl has some spunk in her I really have to admire. As for my younger self, I think it’s a toss-up between Amanda Seyfried and Alexis Bledel.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I do. His name is Ian. He’s a very handsome doctor. He accepted me right from the beginning. He never doubted my special gifts and always accepted the magic within me.

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

When I had a vision/dream of my own passing, I realized I was going to die at the hands of a madman. I pleaded and prayed but only ever saw death. I understood that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my destiny. I must admit I was petrified.

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?

Oh that’s easy, definitely Wilfred. He was such a spineless jelly knees kind of a lad. He didn’t have an ounce of compassion for anyone but himself.

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

The ending was bittersweet. There was gain and loss. Good cannot exist without the evil. Many issues have been swept under the rug. There is much more to come. We will have to wait and see how life unfolds in book two, The Power of Alchemy.

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

Make sure you are accurate. I don’t need you to fluff the details. The telling of the story is important. It is bigger than me and my family. There could be dire consequences for our world if we are not portrayed truthfully. History is being written here so it’s important to be thorough.

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

Absolutely. Book one The Soul of the Sun is only the beginning of the story. There is much more peril to come. Stay tuned. Book two, The Power of Alchemy, continues the story of the Argos Dynasty.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Genevieve Crownson

Genevieve Crownson graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science degree. A love of writing led her to pen her debut novel, The Soul of the Sun. This is book one in her highly anticipated trilogy, The Argos Dynasty. She currently lives in beautiful Charleston, SC with her family and beloved four-legged friends.

You can find her at www.genevievecrownson.com.

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