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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airport by Jo naylor

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?

Steering

photo by Howard Dickins via Flickr

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 ( http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/23682) and Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004SYKY7S)

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:

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


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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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 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/40428) and Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MYFSKM)

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:

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

Interview with Ellie Bourke


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 Ellie Bourke, the blonde 23 year old main character – heroine, even – of G’Day L.A., a suspense/thriller by Tony McFadden.  This promises to be fun, so let’s get started!

Katelina:  Hello, Ellie and thanks for being here! Wow, if you don’t mind my saying so, you’re tall! 

Check out that cool cover!

Ellie: I’m almost six foot.

 K: And is that an Australian accent?

 E: As a matter of fact, I’m Australian, but acting moved me to L.A. a year ago.

K: Oh wow! An actress! You must be really confident.

E: Actually, I start out pretty insecure about myself and my acting abilities. Self-doubt is a constant companion for those of us in creative work. Actors, painters, even, I’ve been told by the author, writers. With some really good advice from a couple of good friends, plus having to fight for my life on more than one occasion I’ve come to believe in myself a lot more.

K: Fighting for your life will do that to a person. Though I have to ask why did you move from Australia to L.A.?

E: I was in a schlocky B-Grade Horror movie called Beast of Bondi filmed around Sydney, Australia, where I’m from. I was one of the few that lasted to almost the end before I was killed off. Bart Sweeney was the director and he thought I did a great job in the movie. It was he who suggested I move to LA. I’m living in his guest house in the San Fernando Valley while I’m trying to make it as an actress.

K: Well I bet you won’t have too much trouble! (whispers to audience, Take a look at that cover! Yeah, that is what she looks like! Some people have all the luck, huh?) *clears throat* I bet you have to beat off the men with a stick! That is if your boyfriend doesn’t do it for you!

E: No, no boyfriend right now. Way too busy. I’m lousy at relationships anyway. The thing I find most appealing about guys is their ability to make me laugh, though.

K: Fun guys are – erm… fun. *glances at Jorick, who is hovering in the background* Change of topic! What would you say is the most life changing event that happens to you in G’Day L.A.?

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 E: That would be discovering that my roommate and best friend died in the bathtub. Totally rocked me to my roots.

K: OMG! I bet! I hope there’s not too many more horrible surprises for you!

E: Oh, there are.  I definitely have an enemy. No names though; I don’t want to spoil the book. I can tell you it comes out of left field at me. Completely shocked me.

K: Oh wow! Well, at least you don’t have a nemesis, too!

E: As for a nemesis I guess Constable Larry ‘Life-Time’ Perkins would qualify. It took almost forever to convince him that my best friend Joel didn’t commit suicide and was actually killed.

K: Your author sounds as mean as mine! Hopefully he takes it easy on you after that!

E: Not really. I spend a lot of the book trying to stay alive. Once the killer knew that I knew he was a killer he did everything in his power to kill me. I had to avoid that while I attempted to Nancy Drew up enough evidence to convince Constable Perkins that I was right.

K: Are you these authors don’t know one another? That sounds familiar… *eyes Jo*. Speaking of authors, if you could say something to Mr. McFadden right now, 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: *whispers from off stage*  Yes. Early next year.

K: Wow, instant answers. I’m impressed! Talk about a well-organized machine!  Well, while we’re doing shout outs, would you like to say anything to your readers?

E: Something I was told. “Every time self-doubt crawls into your skull, grab it by the throat and kick it’s head in.” Seriously.

Moore Hotel ninja kick

Hi-yah! “Every time self-doubt crawls into your skull, grab it by the throat and kick it’s head in.” (image by Seth Sawyers)

K: That is fantastic advice. Do you mind if I write that down? *digs randomly through pockets for a pen*. Okay, well, maybe not. I’ll just have to remember it, I guess. Though I think we’re almost out of time. Before you have to go, though, what is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

E: World peace? Ha. Just kidding. No, really, world peace would be great, but it’s not achievable. What I really want the most in the whole world is to be able to be financially comfortable while I pursue acting. Financially comfortable means I can choose what I want to do and not have to show for auditions for roles that are so not like me that I want to head back to Australia.

K: That seems pretty reasonable to me! Ellie, thanks so much for stopping in! You’ve been a great interviewee (Unlike some vampires I know!) and I wish you the greatest of luck in your sequel and hope that someday I’ll turn on the TV and see you there! (Not like I ever get to go to the movies…)

You can find Ellie Bourke in G’Day L.A., available at Smashwords ( http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55698) and Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XWC0AO)

Also 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:

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

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