Interview with Maureen Rogers

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 Maureen Rogers from Mark Mackey’s Maureen: A Vampire Tale.

Maureen: A Vampire Tale

Katelina: Hello, Maureen, and welcome! Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Maureen: Sure, Maureen Rogers, eighteen, believe it or not, I’m five foot nine, completely unmanageable jet black hair, a body to kill for.

Loren: *suddenly appears – as if summoned by something Maureen said* Well hello there.

K: Did you need something, Loren?

L: Well, it’s just you’re interviewing a vampire and all, and since Jorick’s busy I thought someone should keep an eye on… things. *winks at Maureen*

K: Uh-huh. And it has nothing to do with that “body to kill for” line, right?

L: No, of course not!

K: *rolls eyes* Anyway, where were we. Oh, right. You were telling us about yourself.

M: My best friend is Wendy Listers, she’s obsessed about vampires, and has fantasy dreams about them

L: Really?

K: You’ve been down that road before, remember? Jorick had to chase them off.

L: Yeah, but they were crazy.

K: Moving on. *looks back to Maureen* So, is Maureen: A Vampire Tale you’re only book?

M: I’m also in a short story in The Comet: An Alison Duncan Tale and Other Stories

K: sounds like you’re pretty busy! How would you say that you evolve or change during the course of your story?

M: Tough one. I started off as a super smart, gorgeous geek, and ended up a blood craving vampire hell-bent on revenge.

K: Okay, that’s a pretty big change.

L: Yeah, it is. I remember when I got changed and-

K: Loren, I’m not interviewing you. Chat Maureen up on your own time. *back to Maureen* I imagine that’s probably going to figure pretty prominently in the events that changed your life and shaped your personality, huh?

M: Yeah, My violent death ranks number one.

K: I could see that. DO you think your life would have been better if you hadn’t been turned into a vampire?

M: No, and this issue will be shown in a future book.

K: That sounds interesting. I always like to see what would have been, you know?

L: Yeah, me too! So-

K: As I was saying-

L: Aw, come on, let me ask some questions at least. I’ve got one! A real one! *turns to Maureen* So, do you have a boyfriend – or a girlfriend *waggles brows*?

M: My precious Peter, he’s my heart and soul, but Miriam’s a close second. It’s sort of unconventional, what with the whole werewolf thing.

A Very Emo Werewolf

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M: Figuring out this whole vampire thing.

L: So is this Peter like, a vampire, too or-

K: *talking over him* So do you have an arch nemesis or enemy, or is your author nicer than that?

M: Hands down it would be Chelsea Chaseford.

K: Ah. I suspected as much. I’ve met a few of Mark Mackey’s characters before and he seems to be especially evil to them. If you could say something to him, what would it be?

M: Thanks for giving birth to me, to Miriam, a werewolf who was created back then as well, and to the individual who eventually would become Michael Argus, and be responsible for my becoming a vampire – all of which was in a now-lost- forever short story entitled Maureen, that Mark wrote while he was attending Northeastern Illinois University. All his other characters were an afterthought.

K: So, do you think you’re his favorite character? Does he like you better than, say, Elizabeth Duncan?

M: I used my vampire powers to probe in Mark’s mind, and as I came into existence a few years before her, yes, I am.

K: Wow. This is what he does to his favorites? I’m just saying.

L: Our author isn’t any better.

K: No joke. And it looks like we’re almost out of time. If you could say one thing to your readers, Maureen, what would it be?

M: Value life, for you never know when it can be taken away from you.

K: And with that excellent advice I want to say thanks a lot for stopping by and-

L: you know, if you and that Peter ever split up, or you just feel like a change for a night-

The Comet

K: Loren! My God, you’re all hormones! Go away! As I was saying, you can find more of Maureen in Maureen a Vampire Tale and in The Comet: An Alison Duncan Tale and Other Stories.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Maureen-Vampire-Tale-Mark-Mackey/dp/1461139147

B&N : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/maureen-a-vampire-tale-mark-mackey/1034092297

And a special thanks to Mark Mackey for playing along!

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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/


Interview with The Mistress & her Lover

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 another two-for – this time from none other than SassySue King’s upcoming The Devil’s Mistress. And since there are two of them, Jorick has volunteered to help me out.

the Devil's Mistress

Katelina:  Hello guys! Could you tell us a little about yourselves for the readers at home? We can start with physical descriptions if you’d like.

She:  My lover is good looking, with beautifully coifed, thick, brown hair, worn rather long, and big brown eyes; with a Johnny Depp smile.

K: You know, he DOES kind of have a Johnny Depp-ness about him…

She: When we first met I knew those eyes would take me places I never dreamed existed. And they have.

I’m a librarian

He: Her hair is big, curly and  blonde. She has a cute petite figure with just enough of everything and silky blue eyes. When we first met, sitting in the Starbucks, I knew those eyes would take me to places I always longed for but would never admit to. And they have.

I work in mid-management for the Devil collecting souls. A soul collector.  I’m not an evil demon or anything. *He glances at Jorick to confirm no offense taken* Though I am immortal.

K: That’s sweet. They described each other. *pokes Jorick* It makes me wonder how you would describe me!

Jorick: *clears throat* Yes, well…

K: So where are you from?

He: We live in a medium sized city in Southwestern Ontario, in Canada. Couples like us exist in every town in the world.

So far we’ve been brought to life through some of Sue’s stories but we’re hopeful *they both look at Sue with raised eyebrows* that our story will be published soon in an expanded version.

Sue: *leans in* I’m working on it! Stop nagging!

K: Wow. Your author actually made an appearance without needing to be tied to a chair! That’s an improvement on our author. If you could say one thing to her before she disappears what would it be?

She: Thank you for giving us life and making so many readers smile – and maybe to think.

K: That’s nice. I can’t say I have anything nice to say about mine. *ahem* Anyway, so back to you and your story.  I’m guessing that you two are a couple?

She: Yes. We are romantically involved. We love each other with all our body, heart and soul (no pun intended).

He: The most appealing thing about her is she listens to my old jokes, which are very old since I’ve had over a century to collect them. They are so old she’s never heard them. And she always laughs just like she did the first time we met. She’s smart, funny and sexy. And she never judges me.

 She: The best thing about him is his attentiveness. When we are together it’s all about me and what I want or need. It might be his guilt coming out since we are not together as much as we would like that makes him like that,  or it may be his past history, but the main thing is, he is attentive. Because of his age and all he’s seen, his stories are new and exciting.  And I’ve always loved history. He brings it to life. I’ve been helping him to regain his humanity and sense of humour and now he totally cracks me up. We see things in life from different angles and this allows each of us to see the other’s perspective. As he said his jokes are hysterical.  He is smart, funny and sexy.  He promised he would never fail me and he hasn’t. He always has my back.

And we have no secrets which makes everything easier to handle.

K: That’s really sweet. *pokes Jorick* Isn’t that really sweet?

J: *ahem* yeah. I suppose. Don’t we have questions for them?

K: Well don’t you? You’re supposed to be helping- 

J: Yes. So is this the kind of story where you’re smashing skulls and killing enemies or…

The Devil is Born

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He: Enemies as such no. But I do work for the Devil, ya know (grins his Johnny Depp smile).

*Katelina forgets where she is for a moment and Jorick gives her a dark look*

Some think I’m the enemy

She: His boss, Mr. D, as we call him, because calling him the Devil just sounds so… evil, and my lover is not evil, could demote him from mid-management and send him, and me as well, to the sweat shops of Hell. That’s the rumour anyway and it has all of the mid-management team and their partners paranoid.

K:  Yeah, I could see that. Though you’d think there would be rules about that sort of thing, you know? About sending perfectly decent people – er, or vampires – to hell. Jorick here is always on about the hopelessness of it all, just because he’s a vampire –

J: No, I’m not. Moving along. I imagine that dealing with his boss is the central challenge in the story?

She: Well, I have to keep his secret, and it’s not easy with my nosy girl-friends. His job frustrates me no end. I vowed I would help him regain his humanity. It’s not easy trying to live an ordinary life with him. *deep sigh* It’s a challenge alright.

He: I hate to disappoint her and don’t wish to lose her either. She would be perfectly justified to leave me and I wouldn’t blame her a bit. But I don’t want to have to face that situation. My boss  wants the job done with no distractions. He considers her a distraction, so it’s a challenge keeping both her and my boss happy. And, according to her, I seem to be having a problem understanding this ‘humanity’ thing. But I’m trying.

She: *pokes him* – Yeah you sure are ‘trying’

He: *smiles back, clasps her hand and holds it for the rest of the interview.*

K: How do the two of you evolve during the story?

She: Oddly enough he supports and encourages me to be the best I can be. This is true in both my personal and professional life.

He: She brings out the softer side in me which no one has been able to do for at least a century. This job breeds cynicism and shuts the door on emotions. With her my human side grows and I feel emotions again. I become more human.

K: Now that’s romantic. *turns to Jorick*. Isn’t that romantic?

J: *to their guests* What’s the one event that you feel has helped to shape your personality?

She: Before I took a risk with him, I always played by the rules. Taking the risk with him is the best thing I ever did. People have to take some kind of risks in life otherwise you won’t grow as a person.

He: Well I did go to Hell … that was pretty personality shaping…

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J: Fair enough.

K: Yeah, that would be pretty life changing. On a more upbeat note, what is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

*in unison*

He: to be able to live a more complete fulfilling life with her.

She: to be able to live a more complete fulfilling life with him.

K: Oh! Did you hear that Jorick?

J: Yes. I’m right here and I’m not deaf. *to their guests* If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

She: Don’t look at the details of our life look at the larger picture. See yourselves in our shoes

K: And time is running out but, before you go, I do have one perhaps delicate question. In the stories you are referred to as Lover and Mistress with no given names. Why is that?

He: The idea started as a sort of joke with inspirations from Sue’s writing class As we went along living a day to day existence, with similar problems to every couple, Sue realised she was using the characters to demonstrate the ‘every person’ experience. With the same problems, conflicts, and joys faced by the average couple.

By labeling a hero and heroine with names an image would immediately impose itself in the mind of the audience. The result might be identification with people they’ve known with those names. And it would no longer be “us”.

She: If you read very carefully, you will see that we do have names…..


K: And with that we’re out of time! A special thank you to our guests for stopping in! You can read more of them on SassySue King’s blog at http://sassyspeaks.wordpress.com/

And a special thanks to SassySue for playing along!

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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/


Interview with Rebecka Saberhagen

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 Rebecka Saberhagen (I love her name!), the vampire heroine from Fledgling, the first book in the Coiree Guardian series by Mari Miniatt.  

A nice black cover 🙂

Katelina:  Hello, Rebecka and thanks for being here! Though I’ve had fun with my mortal guests the last couple of weeks, I have to say it’s great to get back to some vampires! (That is, vampires who don’t want to eat me!)

 Rebecka: You’re safe. I don’t plan on attacking you, or anything.

 K: *laughs* Always best to check. So tell me a little about yourself!

 R: Well, I live (ha!) in Deerbow City. You can see I’m a heavy girl, and I hate my hair. Although not as much as I used to.

 K: So when Fledgling opens you’re a mortal, right? And then you get turned into a vampire?

R: That’s right. Steopa bites me.  It was horrible, scary, and painful. But if he hadn’t, I would still be the “drama queen” as a friend put it.

K: “Drama Queen”?

 R: Yes. During the story I learn to be myself. I had a point in my life where people took care of me, and I expected it from everyone. Looking back, I was a real horrible person. But then I learned I was strong. I didn’t need people to look after me.

 K: Oh, I see! Would you say that’s your biggest challenge in the story?

R: No, the biggest challenge would be learning to be a vampire. It was a challenge in that there was so much to learn. But a fun challenge.

Pam (True Blood)

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K: Hmmm. I dunno. I mean it’s such a commitment, isn’t it? Once you’re a vampire, you’re a vampire with no going back. Though, I guess it helps if you’re romantically involved with your vampire, huh? *wink*

R: Actually, it’s not romance. Hard to explain to non vampires. But Steopa and I are linked. I suppose it’s like that bond that couples develop after a few decades. It happened when he bit me. But luckily my friend stepped in and explained to me that Steopa wasn’t the monster I thought he was. He taught me a lot in the first few days. I know he is good looking. He could have been ravishing village women on horseback, if you know what I mean. But that is not what I… like about him. I like how he let me learn on my own, too. He never tried to control me, or tell me when or what I should do. He showed me and let me decide. Not since my real father, had someone done that.

K: Speaking of family, how did they take the vampire transformation, or do you see much of them now?

R: I see my brother John, yes. But then I found out before Steopa bit me that he had been feeding our friend Vincent. I had been living with a vampire in the same building and didn’t know it (I told you I was self-centered!). Anyway, Johnny didn’t seem to be too freaked out. So I can still see him. As for my mother, I am staying away. Too much temptation to harm her.

K: If she’s as annoying as my mother I understand – *cough* – erm, I mean, anyway, so, being a vampire has really changed your life. I have to admit it would be kind of nice to be super strong and not be scared of anything, anymore. Or, is there something that scares you still?

R: Ghouls. Humans don’t understand when they see those things. I think that sightings of them inspired zombies. But they are vampires that could not or would not drink human blood. Now they “live” in cemeteries digging up corpses to eat. And sometimes go after fresh meat. They don’t care what or who they eat. Steopa had a chunk of his arm taken out by one. But I knock it away. First time I realized how strong I had gotten. They are nasty vile, parasites. I hate running into them.

Zombie

Photo by Mark Hill

K: Wow! I was thinking something like rejection – holy crap those sound scary! *shivers* You don’t have any other enemies, do you?

R: Enemy by proxy. This short vampire by the name of Jalmari. He locked horns a few times with Steopa. And during the story was threatening my friends and family. We had to stop him. He was up to some real nasty things.

K: What is it with authors writing us into books full of nasty things? Is yours as bad as mine?

R: My author did a good job. She could have made me thin, pretty, and strong from the beginning. I thank her for not doing that. Though, I’m sorry the readers had to meet me when I was difficult to deal with.

K: Well, if you don’t change and evolve then what’s the point? Who wants to read a book about someone who is already perfect? It takes all the fun out! Sadly, I think we’re almost out of time, but before you have to go back to your universe, what is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

R: Before I met Steopa. Something to settle my head. That’s why I had so many pills. Now, I want to spend the rest of my time with him. I can’t see me going anywhere else.

That’s one of the sweetest answers I’ve gotten so far! Thanks so much for stopping by, Rebecka! I have to say you’re one of the nicest vampires I’ve ever met! It’s been a real change not to have to fear for my life for a few minutes!

You can find Rebecka in Fledgling, the first book in the Coriee Guardians series by Mari Miniatt. The book is available in soft cover or Kindle from Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982666004?ie=UTF8&tag=thecoi02-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0982666004

Or from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/13210

And a special thanks to Mari for playing along! Be sure to check out her website at http://mariminiatt.com

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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

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