Interview with Dakota

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 Dakota from the Emily Dahill, CID Part by Lindsay Downs! You might remember that we had Gerri and her cat recently? Well, I did say we should have a dog to make things even and guess what?

We do!

Even cooler, the laws of literary universes have been further bent so we can have a conversation with Dakota! Let’s give a big welcome to our furry visitor!

Emily Dahill, CID Part 1

Katelina: Welcome Dakota! Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Dakota: It is just so cool being here and away, even for a little while, from work and mom. There’s really not all that much to tell. You know, everyone thinks us collies all look alike. In other words those silly humans think of me as that one from TV and the movies…oh what’s her name. (deep in thought he scratches his muzzle with a hind paw) Oh yeah, Lassie. Well, let me tell you we’re as different as you people. I’m what’s called a tri-color, meaning I have black, tan, or as I like to call it sable. Sounds classier, don’t you think and white. All three are distinctive, as you can see. (Dakota chuckles as he pirouettes to show off his coloration). Mom, that’s Emily, says I have the most expressive deep brown eyes she’s ever seen.

K: You do have very pretty eyes. –

Jorick (appears) Now who has pretty eyes? If it’s another one of those fantasy heroes-

K: *sarcastically* It’s a dog, Jorick. A dog. See?

Jorick: Oh, right. Is it house trained?

*Dakota and Katelina give him a disdainful look*

K: Moving on. I’m guessing you live with Emily?

D: She and I share a really nice log house sort of buried in the woods. We even have a family of wolves that live nearby. Sometimes I’ll sneak some table scraps to take them so their mother, when she has trouble getting out to hunt, can feed the kits.

K: That sounds nice! I wouldn’t mind a trip out to the woods for a few weeks – provided there’s a TV. Though I guess TV probably isn’t a priority for you, huh?

D: Don’t forget, I’m a collie and to me the important things in life are food, sleep, play, food, play, oh did I mention sleep and food and helping to catch bad guys.

K: You mention bad guys. Do you have any enemies?

D: Not so much me but mom have a nemesis. From what I’ve been able to understand mom doesn’t know the guy’s name. Only that he has brown hair, so that’s how we refer to him as ‘the brown-haired man’. The best way to find out about this person and there’s no guarantee the name used is even his real one is to read the first story Final Mission. This happened before Emily and I hooked up. But I did have a chance meeting with the bum in the story A Body in the Snow. That’s where I first caught his scent. And let me tell you, he had a stink that could raise the dead. I knew he to be a danger mostly to mom so I quickly developed a special deep throat growl when I get a whiff of him. It’s happened since that story was first told. You can learn more about him and me in A Body in the Attic where he reappears.

As far as the how’s and why’s he became the enemy, I don’t think even mom knows.

K: Is he going to be back for future stories?

D: I don’t know. I’ve heard that Emily is talking to someone about other stories but don’t really know anything about that.

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D: Right! I’m sweet, adorable, loveable, and a good partner, always looking after her back. Oh, did I mention sexy as hell. All the girls just love me. Must be my killer smile. (He smiled at me to show off that smile). Seen better.

K: Ha ha! So if all the girls love you, does that mean you have a little Collie sweetheart somewhere?

D: Not. I got snipped as a puppy.

K: Ouch! You’re author sounds like a killer – well, a snipper. *heh-heh* If you could say one thing to her, what would it be?

D: Lindsay, “Stop giving mom all the good scenes.”

K: Sounds like a fair enough request. And if you could say something to your readers?

D: Woof, woof. If you want to laugh and cry tears of joy then Emily Dahill, CID Part 1 is the book for you. And you’ll love what I did to that poor soldier’s rifle.

K: Now I’m curious! Though I think my worthless author knows… not that she’ll make an appearance.

Jorick: She never bothers.


not quite a t-bone....

D: You mean beside getting a one inch thick t-bones steak medium-rare every night for supper. I guess keeping mom safe really would be at the top of the list. Okay, equal to the steak.

Before I go, I have a question for your friend *eyes Jorick*. Well, you see mom wants me to be a werecollie for Halloween. Now, how anemic is that. What I’d love to know is where did you get those fantastic fangs? Boy, with a set of chompers like those hanging out of my mouth I’d make a super vampire collie. See, I could walk around on my hind legs (he hops up and walks around the room). Now that would really scare the people. So, my question, is where did you buy them and do you think they’d have a pair in my size?

K: You know, this brings up an interesting question-

J: Try Fangs R Us. I hear they have quite a collection.

K: Fangs R Us? You just made that up!

J: And with that we’re out of time!

K: Hey! That’s my line! A big thank you to Dakota for giving us all a dog’s eye view of his world. (heh-heh) You can find more of him in the Emily Dahill, CID Part by Lindsay Downs.


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Interview with Gillian Jones

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 Gillian Jones from the Gillian jones Mystery series (wow! To have a series named after yourself, how cool is that?). The series is written by Lois Lewandowski.

The Fatal Heir

Katelina: Welcome Gillian! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Gillian: I’m probation officer Gillian Jones and I have my own mystery series. My books are contemporary cozies. The books are set in Bend Brook, Nebraska, but I haven’t always lived there. My maternal grandmother raised me in Chicago until I was twelve and she died of cancer. After that, there was a bitter custody battle between my mother and father – at least bitter for me since neither of my parents really wanted me. My mother won, and I went to live with her and my step-father in Des Moines. We later moved to Omaha and I graduated from Westside High. My mother and I have an awkward relationship and although I resemble her in looks – we’re both tall and slender with dark brown wavy hair, we are nothing alike otherwise.

K: My author has family in Omaha. I think she used to live over there somewhere.

*waits for Jo to appear.*

*Nothing happens*

K: Well, that was informative. Thanks, oh mighty author. (sarcasm). Since this si a mystery series, I’d bet there’s some action, and action usually means enemies, right?

G: Dot Derfenmeyer is my courthouse nemesis. She considers herself the matriarch of the county offices and she is a micro-manager who likes to be in control of everything – including my office space. I have an area in my office which can be seen by the public when my door is open. She’d like holiday displays there and I’d like, well, maybe some more chairs. We’ve been sparring over my office space since the first book.

K: Nice! I know people like that! Dealing with them is sure challenging! Is that the biggest challenge you face in the series, or are there others?

G: Besides solving a mystery, my biggest challenge is whether to have children. I can’t seem to get pregnant on my own and fertility treatments are expensive. I’m very hesitant to adopt since most babies hate me. Plus, I don’t know if I’d love any child who appeared on my doorstep. This is a subject very close to my heart since I was the child that appeared on my mother’s doorstep when I was twelve and I certainly wouldn’t describe our relationship as loving.

The Burden of Truth

K: Aw. I can see how that could be a tough decision, especially if you really want children of your own. I usually ask my guests what it is they want most in the whole world. What would your answer to that be?

G: That’s easy, what I want most is a perfect life and a perfect family. It seems like everyone else’s life just goes naturally from point A to point B. Mine, on the other hand, zigzags all over the place.

K: I think the zig-zag is in the eye of the beholder, if you know what I mean. I know my life is a mess! But I guess if there’s no conflict we never evolve, do we? How do you evolve over the course of the series?

G: I have to resolve issues about my own past before I can decide on the future. Every book brings me a little closer to having closure in my life – and I find myself a bit stronger both physically and mentally.

K: Stronger is good. What’s one of the conflicts you’ve faced that really stand out as life changing?

G: One of the most horrific events of my life was an accident on Highway 6 between Lincoln and Omaha. The accident put me in the hospital for six weeks and in a rehabilitation center for six months. My then-husband Vincent, who was in medical school, served me with divorce papers. While I was in the rehabilitation hospital. I wallowed in self-pity. Not that I didn’t have a reason—my leg and pelvis had been broken, and my left ankle had been shattered and had to be rebuilt. I did recover from the accident and am walking again, albeit without high heels. I’ve gone on with life and am trying to decide what I want, and not just what my mother and other people have wanted for me.

K: Bravo! My mother is always after me to get married. It’s not that I’m against marriage or anything, of course. It’s just… you know. Um, so, are you married?

G: I’m glad you asked that! Yes, I am married. My husband, Clint, doesn’t have a lot to say in the books, but he is a great guy. I met him in the rehab hospital when I was roommates with his aunt Rosalee (she was a double knee replacement). One of the things I find so appealing about him is that he always agrees with me. Even though I may have married Clint on the rebound, I’ve really come to love him and I think my readers love him, too. I think we all would hate to see anything bad happen to him.

K: That sounds ominous. You don’t tink your author is planning something do you?

G: Let’s just say that I have a few words for her: Stop Thinking About Killing Clint!

K: Oh. Oh my! That was rather strong. Do you think she’ll listen?

G: I hope so. She can be very stubborn

A Public service message paid for by the Don't Kill Clint Foundation 😉

K: She can’t just randomly kill him, can she? Wait, does Clint help you solve the mysteries? Assistants often get whacked!

G: He hasn’t yet – but I’m sure he could! If anybody helps me solve the mysteries, it would be my mother-in-law, Marlene. Actually, she’s both a hindrance and a help. As a probation officer I have access to the National Crime Information Center and other databases, but if I want to know everything about someone in Bend Brook, I go to Marlene.

K: Oh. Whew! He might be safe then. And if Marlene is half hindrance she should be too, Authors love that. For some reason, they think readers do too. Speaking of readers, if you could say one thing to them, what would it be?

G: Well, a couple of readers (two, to be exact) have been offended that infertility is one of the plot threads and that it is sometimes introduced in a humorous vein. I’d like to say that the books are not meant to offend. My author even moved the fertility issue to the first chapter of the first book so if it’s a subject that is too close to the reader’s heart, they would know from the start and could choose whether or not to read the series.

K: She sounds pretty smart. You said first chapter of the first book. How many books are there in the series?

G: There are two, The Fatal Heir and The Burden of Truth. They recently became available as ebooks on Amazon and Smashwords. My author is working on a third, The State of Grace, and that book should be available in 2012.

K: I don’t want to upset you, but do you know if Clint survives the third book?

G:  (Sighs.) Yes, he’s fine in the third book. It’s the fourth book I’m worried about.

K: Well that’s something, at least. And, it looks like we’re out of time! Thanks for being interviewed today, Gillian.

G: Thanks for having me.

K: You can find more of Gillian (and the perhaps ill-fated Clint? Man, I am worried for the guy, now!) in the Gillian Jones Mystery Series.

The Fatal Heir:



The Burden of Truth



And a special thanks to Lois Lewandowski 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:

Interview with Eamonn Shute

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 Eamonn Shute, the main character from ‘Book ‘Em – An Eamonn Shute Mystery’ by Tony McFadden.

Book 'Em

Katelina: Thanks for being here, Eamonn! Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Eamonn: I’m a large – what some might charitably call ‘big-boned’  – Irishman recently moved to Miami. And I’d appreciate it if you could hold off on the ‘aim and shoot’ jokes until we’re finished, okay?

K: *looks innocent* Okay, I promise.

E: It’s too bad this is in print form, because I think you’d love my Donegal accent. I’m currently living in a penthouse apartment on the 72nd floor of a building overlooking Biscayne Bay and then on over the Atlantic. It’s a simply stunning view. At present I’m single, but who knows; Nicky might make an honest man of me yet. I’m fairly well off, having won one of the largest lotteries recorded in the United Kingdom. Almost $50 million American, just a few years back.

K: $50 million? And you’re single? Wait, who is this Nicky?

E: Ah, yes. Young Nicky Muniz. She’s actually a bit older than me, by about ten months, but she’s half my size and I can’t help but call her ‘young’ Nicky. In addition to her stunning Dominican beauty (exotic for a Celt like myself) she’s whippet smart, runs a successful business, and that business is a book store. I could read for days without sleep if the book is good enough. We’re a perfect match.

K: Wow. I see why you’d be attracted to her! So, why does she need to ‘make’ an honest man of you? Not the relationship type?

E: I had a terrible relationship problem a few years before I moved to Miami that scarred me deeply. Unfaithful is one thing; blatantly and openly unfaithful is something else altogether.  Naturally I was resistant to move the relationship Nicky and I had beyond the boyfriend/girlfriend stage.

K: Oh, I see. Do you move past that in the book? And how else do you change?

E: I change In a number of ways, some of them subtle. By the end of the book, after working my pasty-white ass off to clear Nicky first of embezzlement charges, and then murder charges, we’d become much, much closer. There’s also a bit of self-confidence building, a result of successfully negotiating the altercations I had with large, scary looking Russian mob types

K: I guess there’s no point in asking about enemies. Russian mob types are kind of obvious.

E: Yeah, The enemies were clear – the Russian mob heavies who held key information I needed to clear dear Nicky. At the beginning of this tale they’d never heard of me, but by the end, by God, they knew who Eamonn Shute was. Actually, I’m not sure of that’s a good thing or not. Another bloke, not an enemy but most definitely a nemesis, would be Detective Dan MacCready. As far as he was concerned he had a slam-dunk case against Nicky. Trying to convince him that he needed to dig deeper was like trying – excuse the French – to piss up a rope.

My Bullet.

photo by William Hook via Flickr

I happen to know, though, that the author is currently working on a book with Detective Dan as the protagonist [Family Matters – late 2011]. He pays for his stubbornness. I know for a fact that the good Detective gets shot about halfway through the book. Nothing fatal, of course, but it’ll hurt.

K: Ha! It’s nice to be vindicated! I wish my author was like that! If you could say something to your author what would it be?

E: Do you have a sequel planned? Because, despite all the fighting I had to do, this was fun.

Tony McFadden leans in – “Yes. Sort of. Same universe, some of the same characters. You’re not in it.”

K: Oh. Well, I guess at least it was an answer. You can always pester him for a cameo.  At least Dan gets shot.  So you said you won a lot of money ? Did that change your personality any?

E: Yes, prior to the start of this story I was lucky enough to win a substantial amount of money. That didn’t shape my personality, per se, but it allowed me to be me. 100% what you see is what you get. They say money can’t buy you happiness and that’s true, but it goes a long way to removing the things that make you unhappy.

K: yeah, I bet! I’m imagining hiring a maid and a decorator…. *snaps back* So after you won all the money you moved to Miami? Why move from Ireland to Miami?

E: Look, that’s just a dumb question. Donegal summers have weather that is colder than Miami winters. I was sick and thoroughly tired of the constant cold rain. I may have been born there, but my heart was in warmer climes. Sure, I need to spend a small fortune on sunscreen, but it’s worth it. And I know it’s not a causal relationship, but I wouldn’t have me Nicky if I hadn’t moved here.

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photo by Christina Rutz via Flickr

K: Makes perfect sense to me. I’m hoping for a tropical vacation soon, myself.  Not that it’s going to be easy to get with vampires. Speaking of challenges, what was your biggest challenge?

E: Aside from the constant battle against my weight? Trying to find a good defense lawyer for Nicky, attempting to dig up enough evidence to convince the coppers they had the wrong person.

K: If you could wish for anything in the world, what would it be?

E: Peace. Not necessarily world peace, as I think that’s an entirely unrealistic goal. Personal peace for me and my closest friends and family.

K: That’s a good one. I’m right with you, in fact! It looks like we’re running out of time, but before you have to go, do you have one thing you’d like to say to your readers?

E: When you know something to be true, even though everyone around you disputes it, fight for it. Fight to expose the lies and fabrications that prevent the truth from being evident. Stand on your principles. Don’t let others tell you you’re wrong when you know in your heart you are right. Is that more than one thing?

K: Sounds like one thing to me! *winks* Thanks so much for stopping in, Eamonn! It’s been great talking to you, and here’s hoping you can get that cameo!

You can find Eamonn Shute in the novel  ‘Book ‘Em – An Eamonn Shute Mystery’ , available at Smashwords ( and Amazon (

And a special thanks to Tony McFadden 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:

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