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Sunday, 24 August 2008
Neet Jaycee from Different Roads by Joyce Sterling Scarbrough
Topic: Character Interviews

1.  Can you tell us your name and the title of the book you live in?

My name is Jaycee Stanton, and Different Roads is the name of my story.

2.  Describe to our readers what your role in the book is.

Hmm . . . shocking people every chance I get maybe? Seriously, the book is about the crazy journey my life has been, and my role is to show everyone how I finally made it to the place where I can feel safe at last.   

3.  How did you convince your author to put you in this book?  For example, did you visit a dream or make yourself known some other way?

That's easy. I just talked to her in her head all the time until she wrote the book. I knew I had her when I told her the stories about when I was a kid. She's almost as sappy as my husband Bud! 

4.  Is your author easy to work with or controlling?

She's a pretty good kid. Kinda nerdy, but that makes her publisher happy. She actually LOVES editing and revising manuscripts! 

5.  Would you tell us about one of your favorite friends from this book?

Well, I didn't meet her until almost the end of the book, but my best friend's name is Jeana Royal. She's an incredible lady who inspires me not to make assumptions about anyone and not to judge.

6.  Do you plan on appearing in another book or are you happy to be where you are?

I have a guest stint in an upcoming book called SYMMETRY where I meet a funny lady named Jess Cassady whose husband is almost as conceited as mine!

7.  What would you like our readers to know about you?

I'm no angel by any means, but I don't drink or do drugs because of the sorry drunk I grew up with. I also don't lie, and I'm not really as tough as I pretend to be.

8.  Did you learn anything during your adventure in this book?

I learned that everything happens for a reason. 

9.  Can you tell us what you think is the most exciting thing that happened to you in your book?

Well, don't tell him I said so (he's stuck on himself enough already!) but I think Bud is more exciting than anything-all the fights I've been in, the people I've outsmarted, even the times I almost died.

10.  Is there anything in your story you wish you had not done? Why?

Oh, there are lots of things I wish I hadn't said. Everything I think eventually comes out of my mouth, and I don't always use language that's appropriate for mixed company.

11.  What was your main motivation?

To face all my fears and get past them.

12.  Introduce us to your main adversary?

Well, it was my father when I was young, then it was Bud's rich old man for a while, but mostly it was my own fears and self-doubts.

13.  Is there anything you would like to have done but your author stopped you?

The last person who tried to stop me from doing anything is still recovering! Actually, she tried her best to keep me from throwing a particular item at Bud's head, but I told her it had to be done. I remember she wrote that part with tears streaming down her face. But I was right about it, of course.

14.  Here's your chance to speak your mind.  What do you want to tell everybody?

The most important message I have is for children who are abused or neglected like I was. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do something or let them make you feel as if you don't deserve to be loved. If you believe in yourself, you can do anything you want to do. And if you need to take yourself away from your misery while you're growing up, escape into a book like I did. They'll take you anywhere you want to go.

15.  Please tell everyone where they can find out more about your story and where they can purchase it.

You can read about my childhood in the short story called "Hope Chest" that's published in the Spring 2008 edition of New Works Review literary e-zine at http://www.new-works.org/. Different Roads (ISBN 0-9722385-3-0) is from Amazon.com or any of the online retailers, and it's also available direct from the publisher at http://www.authorsinkbooks.com/. 


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Saturday, 23 August 2008
An Interview With Louis Seiffer--star of Owen Fiddler, the Movie
Topic: Character Interviews

An interview with Louis Seiffer

  The Inside the Actor’s Head Studio (with Thames Lipton) Host Thames Lipton gets up close and personal with the new smash sensation Hollywood movie star, Louis Seiffer.  

Lipton: Welcome to Inside the Actor’s Studio, Louis. I know our audience is thrilled that you would honor us with your appearance today. Thank you for being here.

 

Seiffer: Thanks. You’re welcome. And please, call me Lou.

 

Lipton: Very well, Lou. (pause) Lou, if you don’t mind me stating the obvious, you are an enormous man! Even bigger than you seem in your fantastically successful movie, Fiddler’s Follies. We even had to search the studio for a chair large enough to accommodate you. Just how tall are you? What is your weight?

 

Seiffer: (broad proud smile, a shift of weight from side to side, producing sounds of seating boards in pain) Seven foot six, three fifty, give or take, it depends.

 

Lipton: Depends? Depends on what?

 

Seiffer: It all depends on how much attention I am getting. I swell in stature the more people believe in me.

 

Lipton: (Looking surprised, eyes widened) Really? Such a curious quality! I’d like to get back to that in a moment, but I know everyone is just dying to know how you came from obscurity to movie superstar stature in such a short while. How did you get your big break?

 

Seiffer: Well, I’ve been flying under the radar for, hell, seems like thousands of years, you know, doing bit parts in any kind of nightmarish foul scripts I can get into. I’ve actually been written up in the Bible, but nobody reads that anymore. Just as well, the reviews weren’t that great. Anyway, my break into the big time came when Marvin Wilson sold the movie rights to his best-selling book, Owen Fiddler. Owen Fiddler bought the rights, you know, and produced the movie. He and I go back, he owed me one, so I got the part.

 

Lipton: I see, and of course we were all astonished to learn that Owen Fiddler was a real person.

 

Seiffer: Oh, he’s real, all right, the (bleep)ing (bleep)hole. (Lou bares his funky yellow fang-like teeth)

 

Lipton: What? So you don’t much care for the man who helped launch your Hollywood career?

 

Seiffer: Like I said, he owed me. Now he figures he has no need of me anymore. That hurts my ego. I’m barely three foot tall around him these days. (bleep)ing little (bleep)head.

 

Lipton: And again with the size and stature changes thing! How odd! Can you demonstrate that for us?

 

Seiffer: I have little control over it. It just happens. Takes a strong personality to make me change. I brought a clip from Fiddler’s Follies with me, though. It’s the scene where Owen Fiddler, myself and Frenda Fiddler meet in the never-world. Frenda is, as we all know, an outstanding phenomenon, a powerful force onstage or off. This scene was done in one take, and it demonstrates that quality in me that you and everyone else seem so (bleep)ing interested in.

 

Lipton: Very well, let’s let our audience view the clip. (motions to the stage hand)

 

(The screen lights up with the scene a dull gray ethereal room. Louis Seiffer is lying in a bed, appearing weak. Owen Fiddler stands next to the bed. A glow in the partially opened doorway begins to intensify. It simmers, then boils and pops. It bursts like a bomb going off into the room, slamming the door off its hinges. A display of blinding white lights revolve and spin around a sparkling core that dances about. Lou Seiffer looks impressed. Owen stares in awe. The light show begins shrinking and coalescing, settling into a human-like form. Frenda Fiddler now stands in the middle of the room in an alabaster translucence of divine spirit. She takes a firm stance, assumes a countenance of authority and begins to speak.)

 

“I need the both of you to remain quiet and listen intently to what I have to say. I do not have time to repeat myself. My words will be chosen carefully in order to convey accuracy and truth.”

 

(Lou Seiffer gets incensed and bursts out of the bed. He takes form as a horned indigo pig-devil wielding a five-pronged spear and levitates into a hover above her head. His breath is a visible puke yellow wind that stinks like the decomposing dead. He roars at her)

 “YOU INSIGNIFICANT LITTLE SHE-SWINE, DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” 

(Frenda looks firm into his eyes) “Sure, I know who you are. You are the representation of fear that resides in the hearts of humanity. You are really nothing at all, although you think yourself to be the greatest of the gods.”

 

(Lou starts to lose color, size and elevation as she continues)

 

“You’ve made an eternal career choice as the one who tempts mankind into mortal deception and fleshly pleasure. You lull the materially fortunate into a spiritual slumber as they recline in their luxurious castles built upon sand. You tantalize the “have-nots” with temporal elixirs of profane pleasures and deadly desire-fulfillments. You feel all puffed up with a false sense of power that is just an illusion. Humankind grants you that power through its ignorance and fear. You must just love it when someone commits a foolish deed and then says, ‘Oh, that wasn’t me, the Devil made me do it.’”

 

(Camera cuts to a close-up of Lou -  he’s back in the bed now, appearing shaken. Frenda stands over him)

 

“Humanity has built you up in their minds as the most powerful of evil spirits, some terrible demonized deity with the power to kill and damn the soul. For thousands of years the churches have falsely glorified your status as the mighty punisher of sins, holding spiritual freedom and enlightenment at bay out of fear. As if your power to rule over people’s will and destiny were in fact a reality. You and I both know that’s not the truth, don’t we now?”

 

(Lou is the size of a toddler now and lies still as Frenda concludes)

 

“We each hold the power of choice. We each decide with our thoughts, deeds and actions whether to create Hell for ourselves or to move toward Heaven. I choose to not listen anymore to your insipid prattle and lame threats. Frankly, I’m getting tired of all of this and quite bored with your presence. Oh, and by the way, did I tell you your breath stinks?”

 

(Frenda swells her aura into a bright red sphere and shouts)

 BE GONE! 

(Louis Seiffer vanishes)

 

(The screen goes blank and lights come up to the sound of thunderous applause)

 

Lipton: Outstanding! Lou, thank you so much for … Lou? (looks around, incredulous) Where did Lou disappear to? (motions to the director to cut to a commercial)

 

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Friday, 22 August 2008
Meet Patrick and Grace
Topic: Character Interviews

Rememer when I promised you a new feature here at Books and Authors?  Well, today we have the first of what I hope to be many character interviews.  Both writers and readersd spend hours with the characters that live between book covers--here is your chance to meet some of them!!!

Without further delay, I am pleased to bring the interview I ha with Patrick and Grace, who tell their stories time and again through Janet Elaine Smith!!

1.  Can you tell us your name and the title of the book you live in?

Grace: My name is Grace Johnson, and I live in all of the Patrick and Grace Mysteries by Janet Elaine Smith.

Patrick: Hey, don't forget me! MY name is Patrick O'Malley, and they are the PATRICK and Grace Mysteries. I get top billing-NOT!

2.  Describe to our readers what your role in the book is.

Grace: I'm the one with all the brains when it comes to solving crimes. Patrick has that typical "cop's gut instinct," but it takes me to figure out how to put it to practical use. Oh, and to get us out of all the trouble he gets us into.

Patrick: Don't you believe a word of it! Over 35 years on the force of New York's finest, and that's all the credit I get? If we left it up to Gracie all the time, we'd both be 6' under by now!

3.  How did you convince your author to put you in this book?  For example, did you visit a dream or make yourself known some other way?

Grace: Janet knew a lot about homeless people, since she and Ivan worked with Mission Socorro for a long time. So, when she saw me wandering around on the streets of New York City with no place to go, she figured I was a good candidate for explaining what homeless people really go through.

Patrick: Yeah, and shore an' b'gory, she had to drag me into it to come to Gracie's rescue. I mean, the poor little thing didn't even know the proper way to feed the birds in Central Park.

4.  Is your author easy to work with or controlling?

Grace: Ha! Now that's funny! She thought she could control us, but it didn't take more than the first few pages for us to let her know who was REALLY in charge!

Patrick: (patting Gracie's hand lovingly) I have to agree with you on that one, Gracie. She's just a patsy for what we want to say and what we want to do.

5.  Would you tell us about one of your favorite friends from this book?

Gracie: Well, for me it would have to be Mrs. D. (That's short for Mrs. Douglas.) Actually, both of the Douglas's are pretty special, even though we got off to a pretty bumpy start.

Patrick: Ya just gotta love the dear ol' priest from St. Patrick's Cathedral. God help us if he ever departs. That young one, he's okay, but he doesn't know the ropes like old Father O'Brien. I think he's got a direct line to heaven. Lord knows, he needs it, when it comes to keeping Gracie out of trouble. Like the rat poison in the rectory...oh, shucks, just read the book!

6.  Do you plan on appearing in another book or are you happy to be where you are?

Patrick: We're already in three of them, but Janet's got plans for dragging us all over the country. I hear we're going to Disneyworld and Six Flags over Georgia next. If you look at our website (of course we have our own!) at http://crumbycapers.tripod.com/ I think she has a whole list of what she plans to do with us. Just wait till we get in there and spice it up a little. <vbg>

Gracie: I never flew in an airplane in my life until I met Patrick. Now I can't wait 

 For our next great adventure.

7.  What would you like our readers to know about you?

Gracie: Probably that we are just like them. Land a'Goshen, Janet gets letters and e-mails from people all the time, wanting to know why she patterned me after them.

Patrick: Yeah, and that's from people she doesn't even know! I just want them to know that life isn't over at retirement. That's when the fun begins!

8.  Did you learn anything during your adventure in this book?

Gracie: How to take orders.

Patrick: Ha! That'll be the day!

9.  Can you tell us what you think is the most exciting thing that happened to you in your book?

Gracie: I really like the way Janet made me into my own person. I'd been somebody's wife or somebody's mama for so long, I'd forgotten there was a real me underneath.

Patrick: I think for me it was probably that Father O'Brien was right when he said "Things aren't always what they seem to be." As a cop, I learned to make quick judgments on things, but sometimes that can lead to problems, especially when it comes to people. Like Vince Bellazoni-who'd a thunk one day I'd actually almost like the fellow?

10.  Is there anything in your story you wish you had not done? Why?

Gracie: Kept in closer contact with my kids, even if they didn't understand or trust me to make my own decisions. There's nothing better than family. I'm sure glad they came around at the end of the first book though.

Patrick: No, but there's something I wish Gracie hadn't done. That's her infernal refusal to tie the knot with me. Just how long can a guy hold on when she keeps on saying, "No, but I'm thinking about it." Enough thinking already!

11.  What was your main motivation?

Gracie: To prove I could make it "on my own."

Patrick: To prove that I still had it when it came to solving a real mystery.

12.  Introduce us to your main adversary?

Gracie: Myself.

Patrick: Vince Bellazoni, no question about it.

13.  Is there anything you would like to have done but your author stopped you?

Gracie: No. Like I said, we pretty much ran the show.

Patrick: That's right. If we want to do something, we dang well are gonna do it.

14.  Here's your chance to speak your mind.  What do you want to tell everybody?

Gracie: For me, it's that when the chips are down, dig in with both feet and pull yourself up out of the mire. You never know what's on the other side of the mud puddle. And I sure hope people who read about us discover that things like being homeless could happen to anybody, but you can make the best of a bad situation if you set your mind to it.

Patrick: Simple. Just watch for our next book. Janet says the title will be "Ma Fia's Murder Mystery."

15.  Please tell everyone where they can find out more about your story and where they can purchase it.

Patrick: (looking at Grace with pleading eyes) May I, Gracie?

Gracie: Go ahead.

Patrick: We're all over the place. You can find us at almost any online store and in scads of regular bookstores all over the country. If you want to get a taste of what it's all about, come on over for a peek at the first chapter at all three books at http://crumbycapers.tripod.com/ . Or if you want to do it a different way, you can find the same thing at http://janetesmithstarbooks.tripod.com/ or http://www.janetelainesmith.com/. She even gave us our own page on that one. There is a link at all three places that will take you to a spot where you can order the books directly by just clicking on our covers. Ha! We're "undercover senior sleuths!"

 


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