Interview with Geraldina Pottwatts

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 Geraldina Pottwatts from a collection of short stories by D M Yates – and it looks like she’s brought her cat. I think this is our first pet! Now we’ll have to have a dog later to even things out.

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Geraldina: Well, hon, I’m 65 years old.  I hate glasses, but I do use these here pince nez.  As you can see, I’m properly groomed with short styled hair.  I’ll admit I’m rather tall, but my late husband, Wally, didn’t mind.  God rest his sweet soul.  He was an archeologist.  That’s someone who digs up old stuff.  Now, I devote my time to the Lard (at this, she throws up her arms, looks to the ceiling and yells ‘Hallelujah, Lard’) and to my precious widdle Snookums-Doodles.  (She looks fondly at an excessively overweight cat, wearing a knit sweater, laying on his back in a pet stroller eating a cat treat.  As if in answer to her, he stops eating for a second and produces a rather loud belch, then continues eating).  I live somewhere in the Midwest, but I ain’t gonna tell you where.  You can see how attractive I am, and I don’t want a lot of male visitors coming by.  (She leans forward and with her hand to her mouth, she whispers, ‘you know what I mean’)  Now, the Midwest is in the United States, Sweetie, in case you didn’t know.

K: Actually, I was just there recently. There’s not much in the Midwest, is there? Or at least not in my literary universe. So you’re not actually in a novel yet?

G: I think we established that, dear. That’s ok.  Don’t feel bad.  You’ll smarten up with age.  I’m a character in a collection of short stories, named after me (My idea to name ’em after me.  One thing my author did listen to.)  You can see a couple of ’em on her blog-thingey at, including the one with the young boy who thought he was a vampire.  (Gerri laughs and slaps the table again).  I straightened him out, right proper, I did.  I’ll tell ya, I don’t know what’s wrong with a good sturdy typewriter and paper.  This world, mm, mm, mm.

K: You’re sure he wasn’t a vampire? I mean, I do know a few… *stops at look from Geraldina* Um, anyway, over the course of the short stories how do you change or evolve or-

G:Mm, mm, mm.  Such difficult questions from someone so young.  Are you married?  Marriage is holy in the sight of the Lard.  (She repeats the gesture of throwing her arms up and looking at the ceiling.  She yells ‘Hallelujah’)  Now, Shirley – she’s my friend- (someone has to be her friend, you know) – she has this lazy son, Buddy, whose not married.  He ain’t much of a catch, but at your age, well, take what you can get, I say. What’s that?  I’m a tch deaf.  Oh yes, your fancy question.  I’m simply a character composite of older women barn in an earlier time.  (She leans forward with her hand to her mouth and whispers ‘that’d be last century, but we don’t have to tell the world that, since I’m so young looking’).

K: What’s the biggest challenge you face in the stories?

G:What’s that?  Biggest challenge?  My, my.  That’s easy.  Why, it’s getting people to listen to my advice, my words of wisdom.  (She repeats her gesture but this time cups her hand to her mouth and whispers, ‘Thank you, Lard that I’m not as dumb as this girl here’.  She looks back kindly at Katelina and smiles politely).

K: Uh-huh. I suppose you probably don’t have any enemies then?

G: Enemies?  Don’t be silly, Missy.  Everyone who meets me stands in awe of me.  Why, most people barely talk when I’m around.  (Repeating her favorite gesture, she yells, ‘Thank you Lard for making me so perfect).  Mm, mm.

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G: Well, that’s a no-brainer.  One night, a starving young actor just pops up in my bedroom.  Mm, mm, mm.  Poor lost soul.  Thought he could act and that he was a vampire.  (She laughs and slaps her hand on a nearby table).  Lost little young ‘un, wasn’t he, Snookums?  (She looks lovingly at her cat who had just grabbed another cat treat from a large pile next to him and munches away unconcernedly).  Poor boy.  No decent coat, just some old cloak.  Thought he was from Transylvania – as if such a place exits.  (She slaps the nearby table again).  See what can happen when you don’t eat right or get enough sleep?  Now, the way your eyes keep getting bigger and your mouth gets prunier while we talk, why I’d say, you need a good dose of Prune Juice daily and start eating prunes for snacks, you poor girl.  Take my advice.  I know what I’m saying, and I’ve seen that look many a time before when talking to people.  Mm, mm, mm.  The foods people eat today.  All plugged up, like you.

K: *swallows* I have a bad feeling about what happened to that vampire-

G: Poor Lost Soul, you mean. Confused-

K: Right. Next question. You mentioned marriage earlier. Are you in a relationship or-

G: Now, you shouldn’t ask such personal things, young lady.  What kind of mother did you have?  My sweet Wally has been dead this many a year.  There was one man once I thought would do alright, but he must have been intimidated by my smarts.  Never did see him again.  What about you?  Buddy is still single and with that scrunched up look on your face, well, you know.  I bet you don’t get asked out much.  Think about it, Sweety.  And don’t forget to drink Prune Juice.  Might make Buddy like you more if your face wasn’t like that.  My, my, and it’s getting worse as we talk.

K: Um, yeah. Thanks, anyway. I think Jorick might get a little upset about that. *looks towards the door he usually appears through, but he fails to show up*.  Okay, then. Thanks, Jorick!

G: MM? What? Who are you talking to? Are you alright?

K: Yeah, yeah. Peachy. Oh, it looks  like we’re running low on time. What’s the one thing you want in the whole world?

G: Why, I just want the whole world to love the Lard as I do.  (Again, she does her favorite gesture.  ‘Hallelujah, Lard, hallelujah!).  Then everyone would be as near perfect as me, and my work here on this tainted earth would be done.  Mm, mm, mm.

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G: Why, I’d tell them to carry the Good Book where-ever they go.  Makes for good reading.  AND, it’s useful if you have to smack a stranger to get your point across.  Listen here, little girl.  You ain’t one of those who talk about them vampires, are you?  Silly young ‘uns today.  My, my, my.  What’s the next question?  I haven’t got all day, you know.  You just talk too much.  No wonder young men don’t come around you much.  You’re not too bright, are ya?  And that face, and my, my, my, do you ever stop talking for one minute?  Mm, mm, mm.  You need a lot of work.  (She repeats the gesture of throwing her hands up and looking at the ceiling.  ‘Thank ya, Lard, for bringing me to this needy child).  An adult, you say?  (Gerri laughs).  You young people all think you’re adults.  Silly young ‘uns today.  Why, when I was your age, not that long ago, we young people were much smarter.  Probably ’cause we ate right.

K: *scowling* Uh-huh. You know, Jorick thinks I’m just fine! *again he does not appear* Fine! Just stay hidden!

G: There you go again. It’s things like that that are causing your trouble!

K: *through gritted teeth*I don’t have any trouble. If you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

G: Her writing needs work.  Now, I write a weekly newsletter for my church.  I’m willing to show her how to write a story properly, but she pretends she can’t hear me.  Thinks she’s Miss Perfect Writer.  Well, she’ll see.  Someday, she’ll come begging me to help her.  And she has that same pruney face, like yours.  I told her what to eat.  Stubborn as a mule, that one. You know, you didn’t ask where I’m going from here.  This writer – and I use the word lightly, if you know what I mean (Gerri winks at Katelina) – tch, tch, has some more ideas she’s working on.  She’s slow and a bit lazy, if you ask me.  I’d have all these stories done by now.  What am I supposed to do while waiting.  I’ve already read my Good Book cover to cover many times.  How thoughtless can you get, but then, she fancies herself a writer?  Mm, mm, mm.  Dreamer, more likely.

K: *softens a little& I can sympathize with lazy authors-

G: Now, Snookums Doodles and I have typed up a few more suggestions on how to improve our church.  I’m meeting with our Pastor and so I best be on my way.  I’ll leave you my phone number.  You give me a call.  You and Buddy are aging quickly, you know.  (As she strolls Snookums out, she stops and using her favorite gesture, she yells, ‘Hallelujah, Lard, I just saved ya another soul.’  Meanwhile Snookums Doodles releases gas so vile smelling that Katelina really puckers up, holding her breath).  I’ll be sending along some prunes.  Mm, mm, mm.  So young to have a face like that.  (Gerri and Snookums Doodles leaves).

K: *stares after them* Well, that was – erm-

Jorick: *appears through doorway* Interesting?

K: Where the hell have you been?! Oh never mind! Thanks to Geraldina and, um, her foul smelling cat for stopping by today. You can find her on DM Yates’ blog at

And a special thanks to DM Yates 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 Verchiel

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. 

Or maybe not. You see, today it isn’t a character from another literary universe, instead it’s-

Jorick: is this absolutely necessary?

Katelina: Yes, it is. And it’s not your turn. We already did your interview, remember?

The cover in question…

J: How could I forget? I don’t understand why he needs one.

K: If you didn’t notice, he is on the cover.

J: I noticed. Trust me. I noticed.

K: Without further interruption, today we have Verchiel – um, well, I don’t know his last name. But, anyway, he’s from the third book in the Amaranthine series, Ties of Blood.  Before he shows up I do have to ask that you not stare at his hair. I don’t know why it’s bright red or why he insists on wearing it like that.

Verchiel: Well, hello, Kately! Thanks for having me!

K: It’s Katelina, not Kately.

V: And I see our friendly neighborhood Jorick is here, looking as cheerful as ever. How have you been?

K: I’ll ask the questions here. So, Verchiel, you randomly appear in Ties of Blood. Is there-

J: Any particular reason your character exists at all?

V: To annoy you, probably. Oh, come on. I’m fun. There can’t be book after book after book of you glooming around being all macho-emo and Kately whining and Oren moaning and being depressed. It’s boring. People like humor, and I am humor.

J: you’re something all right. What makes you think anyone wants humor? These are vampire books.

V: So? People still like humor. There have been a lot of compliments about the humor in the first book. Then the second book was so emo-mushy-squishy with you two trying to get your boring relationship cemented away. The whole series could use an injection of funny.

K:  *to Jorick* I can handle this, thanks. *to Verchiel* Surely your character is more than just humor?

V: Of course. Though you may not realize it, I happen to be a driving force behind a lot of the events in the third book.  Let’s just say that without me, it would be a very different story.

J: You could say that again!

K: Why is it that you and Jorick seem to hate one another so much?

V: Oh, I don’t hate him at all! *Smiles innocently* The problem is we’re polar opposites. For his every gloomy, forethought plan I have one cheerful, seemingly slapdash spur of the moment idea. He doesn’t like that.

K: How do you and Jorick know one another?


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V: I know Jorick by reputation, which I have to say is pretty accurate, by the way. I also know that we will be spending more time together in book four and, if that lovely author of ours really gets cracking, I believe we’ll see an especially large amount of one another in book 5.

K: There is a school of thought that feels not a lot happens in this particular book. What’s your take on that?

V: I admit, there’s a lot of setting up for the next book, but things happen. You meet a lot of new characters. There’s some fights. A few vampires get killed. You guys have sex a time or two. *heh-heh* Look, how many battles do you think one author can cram into one book before it gets ridiculous? Surely there’s a point in your lives when someone is not trying to kill you? Besides, I get introduced. What more do you need?

*crickets chirp*

J: Which we could do without.

K: I could have done without Malick.

V: What? No, no. That’s a good scene! In fact, after the meeting with Malick is one of my best scenes! Sure, it’s subtle, but you get to see that I’m not really a heartless bit of fluff. I mean, I do my best, you know. What you could have done without is Oren.

K: I get the impression you don’t like him very much.

V: I wouldn’t say “don’t like” exactly… He’s just so gloomy. Yeah, I know, I know, his wife and children and all of that, but come on. How many books can he be a ticking time bomb for? It has to end eventually, doesn’t it?

K: I dunno. You’d have to ask our author. Not that I think she’ll make an appearance.

*nothing happens*

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J: I imagine he’ll have his war in book 4 and get killed.

K: You don’t know that he’ll get killed! Don’t say that! People take that stuff seriously.

V: Nah, the author won’t kill him off. She’s gotten too soft for something like that. We could place bets though. It could be fun. Will Oren die in book four? Yes? No?

J: I wouldn’t be so flippant if I were you. You’re not exactly a necessary character, after all.

V: Yes I am. You note *I’m* getting the interview and not Oren, even after three books. So which of us is more important?

K: It just means you suck up more.

V: Okay, there is that.

K: Can we get back to the real questions? Geeze! Anyway, are you romantically involved with anyone?

V: *winks* Are you asking because you want to know?

J: *growls*

V: Ah, relax Mr. Crabby Boots. No, not with any one girl in particular, if you get my drift. *winks meaningfully*. Eternity is too long of a time to settle down in.

K: Alright. What’s one event that changed your life?

V: Besides being turned into a vampire? I think that was the big one. I could be wrong, but I’m going to go with it, anyway.

K: Okay. What is the biggest challenge you face in-

V: These are pretty boring questions, you know. Just saying.  You do a better job with the other people.

K: They’re less annoying. Now, what is the biggest challenge –

V: Can anything really be challenging when you’re as awesome as I am?

J: That’s it. Right there. That’s why I don’t like him. He’s a clown headed ego on feet.

K: I know. I’m amazed his ego fits through the door. Moving on. If you could say one thing to our author, what would it be?

V: You’re a dear, lovely little writer. Don’t listen to all the other complaining characters. Hey! You know what would make you even cooler? If you dropped the rest of the group and did a series about me.

J: Ha! Only if she wanted to give up any hope of making a name for herself! People thought the last book was “ridiculous”. I can just imagine what they’ll say about you! I foresee a lot of one star ratings.

V: You’ll be sorry if it turns out people love me.

K: *clears throat loudly* Anything to say to your readers?

V: *waves* Hello!

K: Well, if that’s it, I think we’re out of time. A special, if reluctant, thank you to Verchiel for sort of being interviewed today.

You can find more of him in Ties of Blood, which is slated for a September 2011 release. Look for sneak peeks coming soon. And please don’t hold him against all of us. He wasn’t our idea.

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 Dr. Laura Covington

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 Dr. Laura Covington from Lessons of Evil, A novel of Psychological Suspense By Linda B Myers

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Katelina: Hi Laura! Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Laura: Nice to meet you, everyone. I’m Laura Covington, Doctor of Psychology. My clients call me Dr. Laura. I call them Diaper Man, Weasel, Candy Rapper or whatever else they request.

K: Ha ha! So were you always a psychologist?

 L: I left my corporate job in Portland, Oregon for a small town in the high desert to work for community mental health. I wanted a grittier, needier caseload … and boy did I ever get it. On a personal note, the move might have gone smoothly but at the last moment I had to take along my barracuda of a mother and a little boy whom I know almost nothing about. I hadn’t expected to become a mother myself at the age of forty.

K: I could be totally off base here, but it looks to me like you’re dressed for the 1980’s?

L: As a matter of fact, I am! Like most women of the 80s, I have a couple different styles. During the day its conservative khaki slacks and maybe Izod top; for a date I fluff and mousse my curly chestnut hair almost as big as the Flashdance cast. I shimmy into acid wash jeans then add an extra large sweater cinched with a wide belt. Put on my pointy-toed ankle boots and I’m bodacious, dude.

K: Oh! I didn’t realize this was another time traveling interview *glares at her author* She never tells me anything! How cool is that, though? I remember the 80’s! That was a fun time. 

L:  I really hate this 80s slang. Gag me with a spoon.

K: hee-hee! Okay, so your author isn’t much better than mine?

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L:  I just hope next time she puts someone else through all this murder, terror and mayhem!

K: I hear you! But, speaking of terror and mayhem…

L: I’ve always considered myself a pretty together person, but events knock me off my pins. I realize I’m not as in-control as I thought. And that some things can’t be solved in a psychologist’s office. Sometimes you have to use methods more cold-blooded than your adversary.

K: You used the word adversary?

L: Yes. In the 1980s, Oregon was the World Capital of Weird. Every crackpot cult got a foothold. Some were just foolish, but the one brutalizing my clients was deadly. As I fought to free them from this psychopath, he upped the game. After he attacked my family, I quit playing by the rules.

K: I don’t blame you! It sounds like the fruit loop crossed the line. (It is okay to call him a fruit loop, right?) I usually ask about the biggest challenge character’s face, but I’d bet fighting that guy is yours.

L: Actually, I was bequeathed a troubled little boy by a client who had nobody else. I was not prepared for motherhood and had to learn to be good at it even when I resented his claims on me and my time. But the more I got to know Wade, the more I realized this child needed me even more than my clients do. I knew I would care for him … but could I learn to love him?  And if so, could I save him?

K: That’s actually kind of sweet. Not that I’m looking for kids or anything. Jorick is enough to handle *coughs* Um, anyway, speaking of men, is there anything exciting in the romance department?

L: Much to my surprise, yes! After my ex dumped me I didn’t expect to tumble again. A little mattress dancing was fine, but no permanent bunk for me. Then Rob marched straight into my heart and shortly thereafter, my bed. Long, lean. Yum. Full of secrets and smart enough to keep me guessing.

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L: As a psychologist, my role is to help people gain control over their own lives. But this psychopath? He terrified my boy. That event taught me that true evil exists … and you have to be willing to fight dirty to stop it.

K: And it looks like we’re almost out of time. real quick, if you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

L: Trauma victims are punished a second time when they are overlooked or not believed. Multiple Personality Disorder may be a child’s response to trauma as surely as a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is for many battle-weary soldiers. Be open to its existence.

K: It never hurts to be open minded about a lot of things, after all, who knows what someone else has gone through? Thanks again, Laura! It was great having you here!

You can find Laura in Lessons of Evil, A novel of Psychological Suspense By Linda B Myers. There is a free excerpt at

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 And a special thank you to Linda Myers 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 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!

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I want your opinion….

on my blurb. Yeah, I know, exciting stuff, huh?

Anyway, here it is:

With Kateesha dead, there’s no one to hunt Katelina and Jorick. That means it’s time to face the consequences – in both worlds.

When Katelina accepted her new life of night and vampires, she left behind a worried mother and an abandoned apartment. However, instead of wrapping things up, a trip home starts a chain reaction. First, they meet Verchiel, a strange vampire who seems too eager to befriend them. Then the police arrest Jorick for kidnapping. Even worse, the vampire’s government may want to question Katelina concerning Kateesha’s death.

And they do. Despite Jorick’s best efforts, he and Katelina go from being prisoners of one world to prisoners of another and must go before Malick, the oldest of the vampires and head of The Guild. Does Malick want to punish Katelina for killing Kateesha, or is he after something else? And why does Verchiel keep popping up? What is he up to, and why can’t Jorick read his mind?

In the third installment of the Amaranthine series, events are set into motion that could change both Jorick and Katelina’s lives, if not the world.

That’s the longer version for the back of the book. I’ll have to tighten it up into 80 words or so for other places.

If you’re an Indy author with your first book there’s a tip: always have different length blurbs – have your long one, one that’s around 100 – 80, and one that’s around 50 or so because different people and sites want different things. The more you have ready, the faster you can advertise. I learned the hard way with my first book.

Anyway, let me know what you think. Good? Bad? Too melodramatic? Not melodramatic enough?

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.

New Studio A!

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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 Riley Abbott

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 Riley Abbott, one of the Characters from the Remember the Eyes Trilogy by Beth Muscat. Riley looks to be about 18 with brown hair and brilliant blue eyes. Let’s see what she has to say. 

Book 1: Remember the Eyes

Katelina: Hello Riley, thanks for coming. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 Riley: You’re right, I’m 18 years old. I come from a small town called Bent River in Ontario, Canada, and I now go to school in Shrevedale. I attend university there, where I’m taking Art History.

 K: Wow. So you’re an artist?

 R: I’d like to be an art restorer when I’m finished with school. During the summer I worked in the local art gallery, and while all the paintings are intriguing to me, one in particular captures my eye, and my heart.

 K: Oh, I see. Can you tell us about this painting?

 R: The painting totally enthralls me; I can’t stop looking at it. But, that’s not all. I start having these dreams. Come to find out, they’re really past life dreams that I’m having, and one of the dreams centers around this painting at the gallery. Not only are the dreams from my past, but they’re so real. Sometimes, after having one of the dreams where I push a heavy fruit and vegetable cart down the path to the marketplace, I wake up in the morning with aching hands, as if I had been the one that was pushing the cart. I guess in a way it was me…just me from another time. I have several of these past life dreams, but not all of them end pleasantly.

 K: Oh wow! Do you usually have psychic dreams like that?

 R: I do have some special abilities like telekinesis, mind-reading, the ability to astral travel and being psychic (to name just a few).

 K: That’s cool! Do a lot of people know about your abilities? How does your family handle it?

 R: I grew up with very loving and supportive parents. They didn’t always understand everything that I could do, but we were all lucky to have our friends, George and Vera to help. George and Vera both are mind-readers, although they can’t do all the things that I can do. But, they’ve helped me to hone my special abilities and to only use them when I was alone. Most people wouldn’t understand my abilities. I make that mistake with my boyfriend when I tell him that I can read minds. He didn’t understand at first. I don’t blame him for running away from me.

Book 2: Nothing Without You

K: So you have a boyfriend, then? Or, at least start the series with one?

 R: Yes, I’m in a relationship with Michael. Michael Stone is his name and he’s from London, England. He came over here to Canada for the music program here at the university, but he’s told me it was more. He’s told me that he felt a ‘pull’ to come here that he couldn’t explain. But, when I looked into his eyes, I knew what that pull was. Remember those past life dreams I told you about? Well, he was the man in my past lives. He was there with me, my husband and my prince. You might ask how I know it was him…our eyes. Our eyes are the same as the eyes from the people in my past life dreams. That’s why I knew that I could never be happy without him. We were meant to be together.

 K: That is SO romantic! *sighs* I suppose your author is as cruel as all the others and has to throw something evil at you.

 R: Yeah, that’s an understatement. The “something evil”‘s name is Brenda Coxwell and she’s got her claws in my boyfriend. She’s got green eyes, fiery red hair, and a killer body that any woman would love to have. I’m plain compared to her. But, she’s mean and nasty, and according to my premonition, willing to kill to get what she wants. And, what she wants is my boyfriend. Oh, and she’s also a mind-reader, so she knows everything about me.

 K: Holy crap! Your author is out to get you! Do you have anything you’d like to say to her?

 R: I guess if I could ask her something, I’d want to know why she made my good friend Maggie just cut Jess and I out of her life. The three of us had always been inseparable, but then the three of us get separated because of school. But, Jessica and I remain friends; Maggie stopped calling and stopped answering her messages. She doesn’t even reply to her emails. I guess she found new friends at her new school. Cooler friends. Still, Jess and I miss Maggie.

 Beth Muscat: *leans in*  You find out in the third book (called “Infinite”) what happened to Maggie.

 K: Wow! Instant gratification! Your author’s more professional than mine, anyway! *cough* Even if she’s not nicer. Are there any other challenges that you face in the story?

 R: There’s someone that I need to protect during the course of the series. I have these terrible premonition type dreams as well, where someone I love is in danger. These aren’t the past life dreams I spoke about, but rather dreams that could actually come true in this time. I have a shield of sorts (amongst my other special abilities) that I can use to protect myself. But, I want to try to protect my boyfriend as well. He’s the one I’ve been having the premonitions about. I’ve been having some difficulty with this task but I want so badly to protect him. I can’t let anything happen to him; my only hope is that if the time ever arises, I will be able to protect him.

Book 3: Infinite

K: It looks like we’re running out of time. What’s the one thing you want most in the world?

 R: For Brenda to leave us alone. She just won’t quit. Michael tells her that he doesn’t love her and that he never did. (There was a period of time when Michael was unsure about me. I’d told him about my special abilities, and he didn’t quite understand them.) But, when he comes back to me, she just doesn’t get it that he doesn’t want her, but instead, wants me. I just want her to leave both of us alone. She’s the one that I’ve been having the premonitions about.

 K: I could tell you how I got rid of the competition, but I guess you’d probably get in trouble for that. It is effective, though. *cough*cough* Okay, okay, last question. Do you have anything you’d like to say to your readers?

 R: Never give up. During some of my past life dreams, I gave up when I should have fought harder. Once, during a pioneer life, my family and I were being attacked by some awful drunken men from the saloon. People were watching what was going on, but no one would help us. I started to give up, but my husband wouldn’t. He fought the men, but paid the price with his life. They shot him. During another past life dream, I was a lonely old poet man who was too afraid to speak to the woman I was in love with. I’d given up all attempts to show her that I loved her. So, I would say, “Never give up.” When it came to Michael, I didn’t.

 K: I love that advice! Thanks so much for stopping in and letting me interview you!

 R: I thank you for the wonderful interview, and I hope I was able to answer the questions effectively for my readers to understand a little bit about me. I’m simple, yet complex with my special abilities, but the love I feel for Michael is what keeps me alive. Look for our continuing love story in the second book in the trilogy (called, “Nothing Without You”), where both Michael and I discover that I’m not the only one with special abilities

 You can find Riley Abbott in Beth Muscat’s Remember the Eyes trilogy

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And a special thank you to Beth Muscat for playing along!

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Interview with Mary Trentwood

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. 

Haunting Miss Trentwood

Today we have more than just an inter-universe meeting, as  Mary Trentwood is the lead character from Belinda Kroll’s quirky Historical Romance Haunting Miss Trentwood.  Yes, Historical! How cool is that?

Katelina: Hello, Miss Trentwood – may I call you Mary? Welcome to the Weekend Interview. Why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?

Mary: I am called Mary Trentwood, and I am the sole daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Gideon Trentwood of Compton Beauchamp, Berkshire, England. I am not one to linger upon my looks, and so shall attempt to be brief. My aunt despairs of my height, I have dark hair, hazel eyes, and have lost the habit of smiling.

K: The book you star in is titled Haunting Miss Trentwood?

M: Yes, and I am as fond of the title as you might expect, given its implication of my role in the novel.

K: Is the title a metaphor, or are you actually haunted?

M: No, I am haunted in the truest sense of the word. I begin the novel grieving for my dearly departed father; the story opens, unfortunately, on the day of his funeral. I quickly forget my grief, however, when I see him crawl from his grave in the first few pages. Over time, I do reclaim my vivre; I must. I, for one, am not the sort of wilting English rose who will let such things as ghosts get in the way of possible happiness with a most respectable gentleman.

K: Oh wow. My author was too lazy to actually put any real ghosts in my books, but maybe that’s a good thing. How do you feel about your ghost?

M: It rankles that my author has set my father upon me as an intrusive, impudent, domineering ghost… yet, I believe I am rather glad of it, given the final outcome of the matter.

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K:Yeah, I guess all’s well that ends well, as they say.  What would you say is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

M: Oh my, what a question! I suppose I could say that the biggest challenge I face is my father haunting me as I struggle through my grief over his death, natural though it was. If pressed, however, I could very well say that I am my biggest challenge. I am given an opportunity to address a regret from my past, as well as take a risk for my future happiness. I have been so very careful these last few years leading up to the book to not behave in an untoward manner that might lead to yet another regret. It is in this book that I realize there are some things worth risking.

K: Ah! Past regrets? I smell a romance!

M: How very pert! Though I would hardly like to claim that I am in something so tawdry as a romance, I must be frank and admit that I am. The regret from my past was over a Mr Jasper Steele, he was the handsomest man I had ever met, and I do so regret my father sending him away. And then there is the matter of Mr Alexander Hartwell… He is quite dashing, even with his scar. I am not one to waver in my decisions, but in this case, I am completely undone.

K: That sounds romantic! Though you sound like a very strong, resolute kind of person. Did your upbringing influence that?

M: My mother’s death was a very hard time. I was not yet in my stays when she died, and took her role as mistress of the manor for my father. I inherited what my father calls my “morbid sense of humor” from her. When my father became ill, almost bedridden, I was rather accustomed to facing truths I had not the heart for, and the will to do what must be done.

To My Love

photo by Karen Horton via Flickr

K: I see how that could make quite a difference. What would you say is the one thing you want most in the whole world?

M: To feel content, at peace, loved for my faults.

K: I don’t think anyone could ask for more. It looks like we are about out of time, but before you go, is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

M: As inelegant as it sounds, humor, ladies and gentlemen, is key.

K: A very true statement! I want to thank Miss Mary Trentwood for stopping by and so candidly answering my questions. You can find her in Belinda Kroll’s Historical Romance Haunting Miss Trentwood

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And a special thank you to Belinda Kroll 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 Lacey

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 Lacey… um… Lacey…

Lacey: Yes, my name is Lacey (no last name, I know, it’s weird, thanks for calling attention to it).

cool Ghostwriter cover

Katelina: Oh. Well, today we have Lacey from Ravis Harnell’s modern horror novella Ghostwriter. As an aside, don’t feel bad about the last name. My author does that, too. I didn’t have a last name until she wrote the trailer for the first book and needed one, suddenly. She picked it by giving some people on yahoo messenger a couple of options. Talk about making you feel unimportant… Oh, sorry about that. Anyway, thanks for dropping in today! Where are you from?

L: I live in the St. Petersburg, Florida. I tend bar in downtown St. Pete and attend the Stetson University School of Law – as Chris Skinner says, I’m a “hard-drinkin’, tort-reform lovin’ Republican hippie,” or something to that effect.

K: That’s one of the most interesting character descriptions I’ve ever heard! In that case I’ll let you tell the readers what you look like, I bet you can do better than I can!

L: I don’t know, it’s weird talking about my own appearance, I don’t really pay a lot of attention to it. I’ve got too much reddish-brown hair, and I used to be what fashion magazines condescendingly and wrongly call “plus size,” but most of my curves have been lost to the stress of law school, a crazy work schedule and drinking my dinner.

K: How do you evolve during the course of Ghostwriter?

L:Well, I’ve been a fiercely independent and closed-off person for most of my adult life, but my new neighbor turned out to be so unique and fun and self-destructive and in need of someone to worry about him that he’s managed to draw me out of my shell quite a bit.


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K: Okay, he’s got my attention. So are you guys an item or….

L: I don’t know if what Chris and I have is a romance. There’s a lot of fun and drinking and hooking up, but things got pretty weird before we reached what I would consider “relationship status.” Plus, as I said, I’m a pretty independent person by nature.

K: I hear you. There’s a huge step between fun and a romantic partner. And there’s always the “do I really wanna go there” question because who knows what could happen with it!

L: Yes! You start down a road with the smallest action – shaking someone’s hand, filling out a job application, or whatever – and soon you look up and realize exactly how far you’ve wandered away from the reality of the familiar. How you react to that, if you’ve wandered far enough away, sometimes dictates whether you live, or die, or spend the rest of your days in a padded room. I would say that’s the hardest thing for me in this story; it’s dealing with the situation I find myself in, processing it, you know?

K: Yes! Especially when things get weird or people are trying to kill you! Do you have enemies after you, or…

L: I think my only real enemy is myself, in the sense of the decisions I make – not just the fact that I haven’t been the greatest judge of men, but also my tendency to try to fix the world.

K: I had a friend like that, though she was trying to mother the whole world. Things didn’t end up good for her. Okay, topic change. What would you say is the one event that helped to shape your personality?

L:I’d really prefer not to talk about that. It’s in the past, and I’d prefer that it stay there.


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K: Gotcha. Okay, if you could have anything in the world, what would it be?

L: To get through this, completely, to heal and be on the other side and be able to take a look and find my mind and heart haven’t been permanently damaged. I’m sorry if that sounds cold, but this is so huge, I can’t think about the future or the good of the world or someone else’s well-being. I’ve just got to concentrate on not letting it drive me crazy.

K: Not at all! I think people who haven’t been stuck at the mercy of some of these really evil, character torturing authors don’t understand how much we just want to escape and have some normal life once in a while. Is your author as evil as mine?

L: I don’t know about yours. I just want to say to mine, “Don’t beat yourself up about it. Not even you could’ve made me completely happy and satisfied – it’s just not in my nature.”

K: Mine doesn’t even try. But since it looks like we’re running out of time, I do want to ask, if you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

L: Don’t judge me if you haven’t been through what I have.

K: I like that! Thanks so much for stopping in, Lacey! It’s a shame we had such a short interview!

L: I don’t know. I’m not really comfortable talking about myself, so for me, fewer questions is better, I guess.

K: Then I guess it worked out perfectly! Thanks again!

You can find Lacey in Ravis Harnell’s digital novella Ghostwriter, available at Amazon:

And a special thank you to Ravis Harnell 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 Matt Daly

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 Matt Daly, the unequivocal hero of “Matt’s War” by Tony McFadden.

Matt's War

Katelina:  Thanks for stopping in today, Matt! Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Matt: I’m a Canadian Engineer living in Singapore, trying very hard to make a buck helping wireless operators clean up their networks.  I’d like to think my looks are average. Everyman. I’m just shy of 5’11”. Brown hair and eyes. I’m fit out of necessity. There’s no way I could survive the hours of flights I need to take to keep this business running if I didn’t hit the gym and jog on a regular basis.

K: Ah, the gym. You should try hanging out with vampires, you get a lot of exercise with all the running. *clears throat* okay, seriously, though, I imagine you have enough to deal with without adding vampires.

M: Yes. Prior to the start of this story my wife, twin kids and I were on vacation in Bali. They were killed in the bombing. I didn’t get a scratch. I am who I am because of that.

K: Oh. Yeah, that’s a lot worse, especially if you haven’t found someone new, yet.

M: No. Too busy. And I’m not really over the death of my wife, yet, so I think it’ll be some time.

K: I don’t blame you. Do you think that’s the hardest challenge you face in this story, or are there others?

M: Oh, that’s a toss up between staying alive and putting up with the terrible jokes tossed my way by my co-captor in the Malaysian jungle.  I was stuck in a bunker for an interminable time with a Brit who goes by the name Peter Stevenson. British humor (or should I say humour) is strange, at best. And it wasn’t at it’s best.

K: Heh-heh. So British Bunker Humour is something to be avoided, is that what you’re saying?

M: In a nutshell, yes.

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K: You said “staying alive”. Who’s after you?

M: A nebulous, difficult to pin down, loosely organized group of wing-nuts either intent on the destruction of the Western world, or so filled with sociopathic tendencies they just like blowing crap up. Either way, I’ve looked into their eyes, and I don’t like what I saw. I (and my buddy George) interrupted a hijacking they had planned on a flight from Singapore to Sydney. They were going to turn the flight around and torpedo a building on Orchard Road. I’m fit, George is huge, and we managed to stop it from happening. The planners of that exercise somehow found out who I was and, well, things went downhill from there.

K: Holy cow! Makes you wish you’d had a ticket to a different flight! Though, if you had I guess then no one would have stopped the hijacking and a lot of people would have gotten killed. That sort of makes you a hero, then! How does being all heroic change you?

M: Rapidly.

At the beginning of the book I was very much the ‘keep your head down and do your work’ kind of guy. Then, throughout the events that transpired after the attempted high jacking,  I became more aware of the events in the world that had direct impacts on me, and what I could do to influence them for the greater good.

K: So what is it that you want the want the most in the world, then?

M: I don’t think I’ve figured that out yet.

K: I know one of the things on my list is a new author! Speaking of authors, if you could say one thing to yours, what would it be?


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M: Do you have a sequel planned? Because I really don’t want to be in it. You super-glued my hands to a steering wheel, then made me rip the skin off my palms to escape.

Tony Mcfadden:  I do. It’s more than a year away though, so you’ve got plenty of time to heal.

M: Really? I’ll pass.

TM: Too bad. The readers have spoken.

K: Look at it this way, at least you’re popular. But, it seems we’re running out of time, so one last question. If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?

M: To quote Yogi Berra, ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’ You may think you have depleted all of your reserves, but trust me on this – there’s more. Dig a little deeper. It’s there.

K: Truer words have not been spoken! Thanks so much for taking the time to drop in and visit with us, matt!

And that’s all the time for today. You can find more of Matt in the novel Matt’s War by Tony McFadden, available at Smashwords ( and Amazon (

And a special thanks to Tony McFadden for playing along!

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