Beware of Greeks Bearing Questions…

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.

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34 Responses to Beware of Greeks Bearing Questions…

  1. Jen says:

    classic! LOL. great interview

  2. alexp01 says:

    I love how it wasn’t so much an interview as an interrogation. What is it about salty old spacers that makes them so lovable even when they’re being coarse?

  3. That was the cutest thing I’ve read in a long time.

    Busted on the trashy novels, Missy (as if we didn’t already know this). Perhaps if you’d introduced Javan a little more respectfully he’d not have busted your chops so much. Javan’s my man, so next time, remember–be kind to receive kind, you trash-reading Greek’s slut puppy.

  4. Diane Dooley says:

    Busted on the “slut puppy” too, LOL!

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  6. You have me laughing here. Great interrogation :). I think I need to read more books about “salty old spacers” as alexp01 called them. This was a fun interview to read.

  7. JLC says:

    LOL! Love that interview idea!

  8. Aimee Laine says:

    Total laugh out loud moments in there! Bravo1 🙂

  9. Luke Walker says:

    Good interview 🙂 I don’t think I’ll let my characters interview me. They’d want to know why I make such horrible things happen to them.

  10. C.H. says:

    Apprenticeship with Mother Theresa? Okay. Ironing husband’s socks? That’s one too far, Missy. LOL Just kidding, that was a fun character interview. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Dale Long says:

    HAHA!! That’s fantastic!

    ‘My husband’s books’ had me laughing out loud.

    Way to turn the tables.

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  14. Trisha says:

    Oh my gosh, I loved your interview 😀 Brilliant stuff! hehe

  15. JoAnn Chaney says:

    “Typical writer lies!” That’s going to be my new line.

    Made me laugh all the way through. I’d love to know more about Rhodes based on this little tidbit…

  16. Kat Juniper says:

    Ut oh! “I submit this evidence, taken from your own bookshelves…”

    (runs off to hide some books)

  17. Haha! This was a verily delightful interview. 🙂

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  20. Proach says:

    Hahaha. This is a classic! Rhodes–sounds like a hard-boiled guy. Not easy to get along with so way to put him in his place, Dooley. He won’t mess with you again.

  21. LOLOL! Great interview! Love the picture of the comfy chair he chose for you. Classic! I’ve got your book on preorder! Hearty congrats!

  22. Della Odell says:

    Lovely exchange! Love the whole interrogation feel to it and how you got him back in shape with the infamous delete button. :p

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