Interview with Ron Calvin, Tik Michi and Gus Ugde Ghaolh

Each weekend I let Katelina, the main character from my Amaranthine series, conduct interviews. I use special author mumbo jumbo magic to allow her to talk to characters from other authors’ books. However, this week Katelina is busy so I’m going to fill in for her!

Today we’re interviewing Ron Calvin, Tik Michi and Gus Ugde Ghaolh from Terry Compton’s Alien Abduction (which is free on Smashwords through July!)

Joleene:  “Tell me a little about yourself, what do you look like, where do you live, what book are you in.”

“Well, I guess I can start.  I’m Ron Calvin from Kalispell, Montana right here on Earth.  I’ve been traveling with these two super-heroes for almost three years now….”

“Big boy, can you read lips?  Pbbbt!” Tik interrupted.

“You two better behave.  Joleene is trying to do a serious interview,” Gus exclaimed.  “I’m Gus Ugde Ghaolh and I’m from Prokne in the Coddington’s Nebula.  I’m a Sandghost and I have to put up with this all the time.  Ron is much more involved in rescuing planets and damsels in distress than he lets on.”

“Yeah, the two big boys keep me hopping to keep up.  I’m Tik Michi from Vesta IV in the Melpomene Galaxy.  As you can see, I’m the little one of the bunch.  Gus is over seven feet tall and must weight close to 400 pounds.  Ron is six feet one and I think he is almost 250 pounds now…”

“Wait a minute, I’ve been losing weight ever since we picked up Dolores and I’ve been eating right.  I’m in really great shape for someone sixty-three years old.  Besides, appearances can be deceiving.  Look at you; you’re only thirty inches high when you walk on two legs and a little over twelve when you walk on all four paws.  You could be mistaken for a small dog on Earth…”

“Yeah, until she opened her mouth.  Then they would have no doubt that she isn’t from Earth.  If they said something to her that she didn’t like, she’d probably bite them,” Gus said with a grin.  “Joleene, just watch her tail.  If it stands straight up in the air with a little curl on the end, that’s the ‘fight mode’.  Someone is about to be in trouble.”

“Keep it up and we know who will be in trouble.  Stick your finger over here and I’ll show you a thing or two,” Tik said, but she grinned and ruined the threat.  “You have to be careful with these big sand creatures.  Gus looks like someone started carving him out of rough sandstone and forgot to smooth out all the corners or finish sanding the skin but when you need someone to move heavy things, those broad shoulders and big arms come in handy.  Look at the size of those hands.  Its hard to believe that something that big can make machinery work like he does.  Several bureaucrats have learned the hard way that those hands can help uncooperative bureaucrats change their minds on a lot of things.”

“Tik, we weren’t going to talk about that.  Remember?  One of those involved might read this blog and be embarrassed.  What’s your next question, Joleene?” Ron changed the subject.

Joleene:  “How do you evolve during the course of the story/series?”

“I think we become a team during Alien Abduction.  Later in The Alcantaran Key, we become a family or at least we are joined by Gus’ and Ron’s families….”

“My daughter Xator and Ron’s granddaughter Jessie will never be the same since they met up with Tik.  I must say that I don’t worry as much about their safety anymore.  She’s taught them some nasty self-protection ideas.  She has taught both of them to be pretty fair pilots as well,” Gus replied.

“You’re getting off the subject.  How did we evolve?  We are a team now and we have grown in self-confidence in what we do.  We have decided to be space traders around the universe and to explore new planets.  We actually have a plan sometimes now instead of just firing from the hip,” Ron steered them back to the question.


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  “Do you have an enemy or nemesis?  If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?”

“The Bugs,” the trio said in unison.

Ron explained, “The Bugs are Challeka Traders of Elgebar V.  They are like giant cockroaches that can walk upright.  They stand almost 4 feet high and they wear a robe with a hood that covers them from head to toe.  They have a full mask inside the hood to block all light.  They kidnapped the three of us off our home planets and forced us to work as slave labor until we escaped.  We will do everything we can to stop this….”

“Yeah, and I don’t care if they read this and get their feelings hurt.  If I get half a chance, I’ll do more than hurt feelings.  They are the sewer crawlers of the universe and deserve to be squished under foot,” growled Tik.

“I agree with Tik.  If we can help it, they won’t come anywhere near Earth, Vesta IV or Prokne ever again.  We’ll try to stop them wherever we find them.  Read this Bugs, and be warned to stay away from us!” Gus declared.

Joleene: “I can see none of you like them.  What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?”

“That’s easy.  At first it was the escape from the Bugs and now it’s trying to figure out the Galactic Antiquarian or Auntie as we call her.  She’s our space ship which was built by the Alcantarans.  They disappeared roughly 25,000 years ago and left a big mystery of what happened to such an advanced race.  Auntie has features which are even more advanced than anything our friends the Dar Es Salaam traders have.  It seems we learn something new about every day,” Tik jumped in.

Joleene:  “How about you two?  Do you agree?”

Ron and Gus nodded yes.

Joleene:  “What is the one event that you feel has helped to shape your personality?”

Ron thoughtfully said, “I think the struggles we went through to get ready for the escape and then the struggles to stay free.  Gus’ wife Kikula says that we are stronger than the sum of our beings and I have to agree.  We have built a team and relationship that was forged in the fire, so to speak.  We have fun with each other but don’t try to mess with any of us.  You will get all three responding.”

“I agree.  We are one team and even their families are now my family,” Tik replied.

“Me, too.” Gus said.

Joleene:  “Are you involved in a romance?  If so, with whom and what is it about them that you find appealing?”

Gus started, “My romance is my wife of seventeen years.  She is the light of my life and I try to show her all the time.  I’m just sorry that she had to be alone for four years before I could get back to her.”

“Mine is my wife Jill.  She was my high school sweetheart and we’ve been married for forty-three years.  I only was away for a little over two years, but now we are together in Auntie and that’s the way I plan to keep it.”

Joleene:  “What about you Tik?”

“I don’t have any romance in my life.  I’m too busy working on the computer on Auntie trying to unlock secrets.”

“Oh, how about Sim Sulawesi?  He sure gets this funny grin every time he’s around you,” Ron teased.

“I seem to remember someone almost breaking the sound barrier in Los Angeles trying to get to him when you heard he’d been attacked,” Gus joined in.

“I was only in a hurry to check on the kids,” Tik protested.

“Didn’t Xator say something about being snapped at when she didn’t carry Sim to the fliter?  He wasn’t even injured.  It was the thug’s blood on him.  And who was it that had to keep an eye out for him when we captured those pirates’ space ships?” Ron snorted.

“He’s just a scientist studying the Alcantaran relics and; besides, he’s not even a full time scientist.  He teaches at a college on Vesta IV and does his anthropologist studies on his own time,” Tik sniffed.

“But he sure knows his sword fighting.  I will admit that he’s helped all the rest of us even if you won’t,” Ron grinned.

“I will admit that and also that he’s pretty good with computers.  He can’t keep pace with me but for a scientist he doesn’t do too badly,” Tik agreed.

Joleene:  “It seems there is a developing story here.  What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?”

“The Bugs to stay away from our planets,” the trio said in unison again.

“I would like to see our planets have the opportunity to expand into space.  We as a team have just barely started and have already seen some wonderful places.  Just look at the covers on our books to see some the beauty we’ve already seen,” Ron said.

“I want my kids to have the opportunity to travel in space if they choose.  So far, they are having a blast and have been a big help.  Hopefully, more of my countrymen will want to go into space later,” Gus said.

“Right now, I want those secrets in Auntie’s computer opened up.  I do want my planet to have access to the stars, too,” Tik said.

Joleene:  “If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?”

“Well, I would warn them not to start these stories at night if they have to get up the next morning.  Some of our adventures get pretty intense and you hate to put them down,” Ron explained.

Joleene:  “Do you two have anything to add?”

Both shake their head no.


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  “If you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?”

“Quit putting layers in the computer and let me solve the secrets,” Tik said.

“Make sure our families stay safe,” Gus said.  Ron agreed.

Joleene:  “Do you think there are questions I should have asked or do you have comments?”

Gus said, “I noticed you looking at our weapons and didn’t ask about them.  I just want to explain that we wear them to save the Bug’s allies lives as well as other evil doers’ lives.”

Joleene:  “How do they save someone else’s life?”

“If we weren’t wearing them, they might try something stupid.  When they see us wearing them they are hesitant to start anything.  If they’ve heard any of the stories, they know better than trying anything.  If they see them and still start something, we improve the universal gene pool by eliminating undesirables.”

Ron said, “You didn’t ask how you could talk directly to Tik and Gus.  Their language is normally beyond our ability to speak or hear.  We have a personal shield that also has a built in translator.  These were made by the Alcantarans and made our lives much easier once we discovered them.”

Joleene:  “Tik, any last words?”

“Just remember, ‘Well behaved women seldom make history or headlines.’  I think the women on Auntie will make both headlines and history.  Thanks for having us on your blog.”

Ron and Gus chimed in, “Yes, thanks for having us here.”

(This very fun exchange was written by Terry Compton!)

Thanks so much to Ron, Tik and Gus for stopping in. You can find them in Alien Abduction available on


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And a special thanks to Terry Compton for playing along and writing up this great exchange!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

Interview with Jenny Reed

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

Today we have Jenny Reed, the main character from Red Wine for Breakfast by Raven West.

Katelina: Hello Jenny, thanks for coming! No offense, but you look like you’re kinda pissed off…

Red Wine for Breakfast by Raven West

Jenny: Yeah, I am. I’m the host of my very own radio show “Reeding In The Morning” on KTKM FM radio in Los Angeles, California. The station manager just informed me that he hired some jerk by the name of Johnny King to be my co-host. He came to the station with a bottle of Beaujolais to celebrate and now the boss wants to change the name of MY show to “Red Wine for Breakfast” Can you believe the nerve? I’ve been here for more than five years, and just because this King jerk is the boss’s brother-in-law, he gets to rename my show. I guess sleeping with the station manager wasn’t such a great idea after all.

K: Oh crap! That’s a great how do you do. So what’s this Johnny King like?

J: He’s brash, he’s full of himself and a real egomaniac. The problem is that he also has THE best radio voice I’ve ever heard, although I would never tell him.

K: Can’t say I blame you! It sounds like it’s going to be a real challenge to work with him.

J: I wish I could say he was the ONLY challenge, but in the world of radio, there’s a different challenge almost every day. First, I found out that I was going to have a co-host for my show, then I find out that he’s the station manager’s wifes’ brother, and I just broke off my very non-committal  affair with him. I’m single, over 30 and my job has always been my life, but now I’m not so sure I made the right choice.

There is a rumor that the station is going to be sold, and that we may change formats from music to all talk, which I hate. I was in control of my life, but now it seems that the only thing I can control is writing my resume, which I’m going to do right after my shift ends.

Author Raven West

K: Thank you! I get some slack for the non-committal “situation” I used to have with Patrick. There’s nothing wrong with not wanting to leap down the altar! So what happened to end the relationship, and do you have your eye on anyone new?

J: I broke it off mostly because I got bored and he got boring. Right now I don’t see anyone here at the station that I’d be interested in, although I hear the new owner is a pretty sexy Italian, so I’ll keep my options open. Just as long as I keep my door closed where Johnny King is concerned.

K: You said you’re from LA, right? There’s probably a lot of masculine candy running around there-

Jorick: (in the wings) *glares*

K: Moving on… Um, LA, huh? *nervous laugh* Are you from LA or did you move there?

J: No, I’m from New York.

K: Do you think that moving from the East to the West made a big difference in your life (besides the obvious ones)?

J: After I moved to Los Angeles, I also changed my name from Doris Cohen to Jenny Reed, dyed my hair blond and lost a ton of east coast flag. Along with those transformations, I’ve developed a great deal of self-confidence, which was going strong until this Johnny King threatened to take everything away from me. If I lose my job at KTKM, I have no idea what I’ll do. Radio is the only thing I’ve even loved, or so I thought.

K: Speaking of changes, how do you change during the course of this story?

J: I discovered that first impressions aren’t always correct and that sometimes men can surprise you in a good way.

K: It sounds like it works out for you then. You must have a good author.

J: I do. I thank Raven for not making me a typical female victim who needs saving, even when she faces the worst day of her life.

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K: So no running, screaming and twisting your ankle? *laughs*. I’m not sure how that could get worked into a radio station anyway.

J: Definitely no running, screaming or ankle twisting. But, this is not a story about what happens at a Los Angeles radio station, it’s a story about a strong, independent woman, ME, who is drowning in a sea of testosterone and manages to beat the odds.

K: It looks like we’re running out of time, so before we have to go, what is it that you want most in the world?

J: For my show to continue to place #1 in the Arbitron ratings every week!

K: Doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. Last question. Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?

J: I really hope that you’ll read my story and get to know the real Jenny Reed, and not believe all those terrible things that Johnny King has been saying about me! Please read the story and  let me know how you liked it! Then, you can meet my favorite writer, Rachael Coark, when you read “First Class Male”, also by Raven West!

K: Thanks so much to Jenny for stopping in and answering my questions. You can find her in Red Wine for Breakfast, available on

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Interview with Grace Langdon

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 


Finding Grace

Today, not only are the literary universes mixing, but it seems someone’s doing a little time traveling! Our victim – er, interviewee – is Grace Langdon from the novel Finding Grace by Sarah Pawley, and she joins us from 1920’s America!

Katelina: Hello Grace, and thanks for joining us! Wow, you’re from the 1920’s. Anywhere I’ve ever been?

Grace: I came from Virginia, but I live in Lincoln Park now, just outside of Chicago.

K: I think I’ve been to Virginia, actually. For those of you who can’t see us, Grace has blue eyes and an interesting shade of hair. What is that called?

G: It’s dish-water blond. That’s a country term, which means I’ve got light hair in the summer and darker hair in the winter.

K: Oh! Yeah, I’ve heard that term before. So what would you say is your biggest challenge in “Finding Grace?

G: Finding peace. It seems everybody wants something from me in one way or another.

K: Oh wow! Do you have a lot of enemies?

G: I don’t figure on calling my Mama and Daddy my enemies, but we ain’t exactly friends. They never did think much of me, but that’s a long story and there’s no point in diggin’ it up. Then there’s Charlie, who used to be my friend when we were kids. He’s not anymore, and that’s all I have to say about that.

K: I’m sorry to hear that, but you’re right. No point in dredging it up. Hopefully, though, you get a chance to move past it.

G: I do. I learn to put the past behind me, and I learn to trust people. That one hasn’t been so easy for me.

Jane Eyre

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K: Trust is never easy, is it? What would you say is the one defining moment that changed your life?

G: Sounds funny to say, but when I was in school, my teacher gave me a copy of Jane Eyre and it changed my life. I’m not kiddin’ you.

(Jo: *prods Katelina* – “That’s by Charlotte Brontë. You’ve probably seen the movie.”)

K: *glares*. Yes, I know. *looks back at her guest* It definitely didn’t inspire you to be a governess!  So it must be…

G: I want to be a writer. My imagination goes wild sometimes with all sorts of ideas. I really should get it all down on paper.

K: Exactly what I was thinking! I hope you’re better to your characters than the author I have! Speaking of that, are you happy with your writer?

G: Oh yes, I’d like to say thanks to her for getting me out of there. And thanks for my wonderful husband.

K: Oh Husband! I can’t believe I didn’t ask about that, already!  

Chicago in the 1920's - from wikimedia commons

G: Yes, I’m a married woman now. My husband is Henry Shaw. He owns a nightclub in the city, and I worked there for a little while. He’s a stubborn jackass sometimes, but he’s got a sly sense of humor and a good heart, although he don’t like to admit it. He’s a pure city boy and I’m as country as they come, but we actually have a lot in common. We’re both from Irish blood, and out tempers prove it. We’ve both come from the school of hard knocks, as they say. And by the way, did I mention that my husband is a looker? He’s about 6’2” with baby blue eyes and black hair. I’m a lucky woman to have him.

K: *looking far too interested* He sounds like a looker…. *clears throat quickly* Of course, erm, that vampire I’m dating is, too… um… moving on… It looks like we’re about out of time. Before the rules of the universe fall back into alignment, is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

G: Something my teacher once told me. Helen Keller said it. She said, “Never bend your head. Hold it high, and look the world straight in the face.”

K: Excellent advice! Thanks so much for coming to talk to us, today, Grace! It’s been a real pleasure!

G: Thanks for the talk.

K: You’re very welcome!

You can find Grace in Finding Grace (ha ha! Get it? find Grace in… oh never mind.) which is available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle. Look for it in other ebook formats, soon.



A special thanks to Sarah Pawley for playing along with us today!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

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