I am once again delighted to participate in the AW blog chain. This month I’m being interviewed by one of my characters. I didn’t so much choose which character would interview me as I let them fight it out for the privilege. Duh. I should have exerted a little more control. I know I have some nice characters. Somewhere.
The winner was: Captain Javan Rhodes, a hard-drinking, washed-up piece of space trash, who plies his dodgy trade between Piraeus Spaceport in Greece and the outer rim of the galaxy. Rhodes is feeling more than a little angry at me the moment. I can’t imagine why.
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Rhodes: Sit. There. On that chair under the light bulb.
Dooley: Well, it’s nice to meet you too.
Rhodes: Is it true, Ms Dooley, that you based my character on seven of your former Greek lovers?
Dooley: Eeek! What kind of a question is that?
Rhodes: Answer the damn question!
Dooley: Um…no comment?
Rhodes: Is there any truth to the rumor that the writing of this book was influenced by you gorging yourself on trashy romance novels featuring gratuitously wealthy Greek tycoons?
Dooley: Absolutely not!
Rhodes: I submit this evidence, taken from your own bookshelves: The Fabulous Greek Tycoon’s Secret Mistress, The Greek Bazillionaire’s Virgin Wife, The Filthy Rich Greek’s British Slutwhore, The…
Dooley: Those are my husband’s books! I swear!
Rhodes: I’m told, by an unnamed source, that you made me a drunk due to your own fondness for tippling straight liquor in the afternoons. Is this true?
Dooley: Um…I plead the fifth.
Rhodes: Where were you on the afternoon of the 25th of November when a writer caused my heart to be broken into a million pieces, my spirit to be broken and made me look a complete fool? Where were you, Ms. Dooley?
Dooley: Aargh! I was in church, I was baking cookies for my kids, I was rescuing stray puppies, I was interviewing for an apprenticeship with Mother Teresa, I was ironing my husband’s socks, I was…
Rhodes: Lies! Typical writer lies!
Dooley: That’s it. I’ve had enough. Behave yourself, Rhodes, or I will delete you.
Rhodes: No! Not the delete button!
Dooley: Yes, the delete button.
Rhodes: I’ll be good. I promise.
Dooley: Okay, that’s more like it. Now get me a drink and a book. Something Greek. Then get your ass back to your space freighter. I’m not done with you yet.
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Phew. That was a lucky escape. Coming face to face with one’s characters is never easy. Click the links to find out how the other blog chain participants answered their characters’ questions.
orion_mk3 – http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
Yoghurtelf – http://thefarseas.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
COchick – http://joannchaney.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
Steam&Ink – http://steamandink.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
xcomplex – http://www.arielemerald.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
pezie – http://www.erinbrambilla.com (link to this month’s post)
aimeelaine – http://www.aimeelaine.com/blog (link to this month’s post)
auburnassassin – http://clairegillian.com (link to this month’s post)
Della Odell – http://dellaodell.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
Juniper – http://www.katjuniper.com (link to this month’s post)
Proach – http://desstories.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
allmyposts – http://becomingprince.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
jkellerford – http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
LadyMage – http://katherinegilraine.com (link to this month’s post)
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Captain Javan Rhodes is one of the main characters in Blue Galaxy, coming May 9, 2011 from Carina Press.
Falling in love is easy; staying alive long enough to enjoy it just might be impossible.
Javan Rhodes, the hard-drinking, disreputable captain of space freighter The Kypris, took a mission to save himself from hitting the bottom of the food chain. Transporting Sola, a beautiful young aristocrat, from Earth to an unknown destination on the outer rim of the colonies is lucrative, but also highly illegal.
As tough as it is to evade both the law and the lawless, the hardest part of the job is not falling in love with his irresistible cargo. Just as he decides that he will never be able to hand her over to the warlord she must marry, he discovers that Sola has been playing a very dangerous game—one that could not only cost them their lives, but could also affect the balance of power in an increasingly dangerous universe.