Monday, July 20, 2015

Character Madness Monday: This week: Jamie White



Character Madness Monday

This week

Fiona Stevens from Stains on the Soul

By Jamie White





Tell us about your story 

I don’t even know where to start! Let’s just say, I have some pretty freaky dreams… and most of them are real.

What part do you play in it? 

I’m the protagonist, or should I say ‘protagonists’? I’ve been around a few times, and these lives haven’t all been fun. Actually, most of them kind of suck.

Is it scary or a love story?

It’s a little of both. 

Have you heard any good gossip lately?

No, I haven’t really been paying attention. Lack of sleep is making me into a zombie. 

If you could be anything you want to be, what would you be?

Anyone but me. 

Why?

It’s getting a little complicated at the moment. 

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Yes, but I’m planning on breaking up. I’m not good with the whole relationship thing. Plus, there’s this guy who just showed up in town. He kind of creeps me out, but there’s something about him.  

What would they think about the change?

If you’re talking my relationship status, he’s not going to take it well. If you’re talking about the dreams and stuff, he has no idea and that’s the way I want it. It’s too hard to explain. 

Who is the scariest person in your story?

Ted. Like I said, he’s really hot and he seems to like me, but he really weirds me out. For some reason, I think about those dreams and all the horrible things I see in them every time I get near him.

Who is the happiest?

Probably Sloane, because he’s blissfully unaware of the fact he’s about to be dumped. 


What’s your author like?

She’s cool enough. She really puts me through it, though. 

Do you think she portrayed your part well?

Yeah, I think so. It’s not easy to be in my head sometimes, so I give her points for sticking it out with me.

Does she sleep as much as Jena does?

I’m not sure, but I know she sleeps more than I do. Well, except for those nights I wouldn’t shut up about my story—she was not very happy with me about that.




Author Bio:

Jamie White is an author, blogger, photo geek, music addict, editor, pop culture geek, and a pet servant. 

She spent more than a decade as a Journalism student, geeking out over Pagemaker, layout design, and other stuff. 

In college, White took it a step further and became the only student to be on all three of her college's publications, serving as Editor-In-Chief for two of them. Later, she went on to freelance writing and blogging. 

White began her journey into fiction writing in 2010, after joining a writing group. Since that first meeting, she has completed a bunch of short stories, five manuscripts, and has a few now in progress. She released The Life and Times of No One In Particular in 2012, and followed it up with a story in the Lyrical Muse Anthology in 2013 and two novellas through Pagan Writers Press the same year.

When Jamie is not writing or blogging, she takes pictures, meditates, practices Reiki and chanting, watches favorite shows/movies, takes walks, and serves as a volunteer for the Florida Writers Association by running their social media and a writing group (Gulfstream Writers).

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Monday, July 13, 2015

CHARACTER MADNESS MONDAY INTERVIEW WITH JACKLYN MADISON

CHARACTER MADNESS MONDAY

INTERVIEW WITH

JACKLYN MADISON




 


CMM INTERVIEW with Jacklyn Madison


Tell us about your story:


Well, I’m not technically supposed to talk about it. But you aren’t supposed to know I even have a story, so I’m going to assume you’re initiated and I wasn’t informed. Anyway, my name is Jacklyn Madison, and I just found out that I am the long lost member of The Order of the Key. The Order is a group of people with special abilities who fight creatures that come through interdimensional rifts. It sounds great, but the Order…it has some corruption issues. I’m not so sure I’ve gotten myself into the best situation here. Half the time, I’m really excited about helping people and learning how to fight monsters. I’m much less excited about dealing with Lavinia, the group’s leader. She gives me a very bad feeling, and I can’t help but think that she can’t be trusted. Thank God for Kyp, Lavinia’s son. He has promised to guide me through the politics of the Order, which sounds great…if he isn’t just trying to control me himself.

What part do you play in it?

Well, with Kyp and Lavinia fighting a cold war against each other, it looks like I might be the top contender for the role of deadly weapon. There’s a problem with that though, and that problem is me. I’m not looking to be used by anybody.

Is it scary or a love story?

A little of both, I guess. Interdimensional monsters? Scary. Political complications? Scary. Revolution and violent battles? All very scary. But Kyp? Yeah, there is definitely a love story in there.

Have you heard any good gossip lately?

Did you hear about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner? So sad. Also, I hear they almost have a director for the Captain Marvel movie! Wait…did you mean about my life? The people in my life don’t so much gossip about each other as plot against each other. There is that one thing about Ross and Kylie sneaking around, when Kylie is promised to Kyp, but I’m not counting on that unless I see it with my own two eyes.

If you could be anything you want to be, what would you be?

A hero. I’m on my way, so that’s a good thing.

Why?

I’ve just always believed I was meant for something bigger. I think I might have subconsciously known what I was, what I was meant for. I just want to help protect people from the dangers of the world.

Where would you live?

Ever since moving to the Estate for training, I really miss New York City, where I grew up. I wish I could go back there.

Where do you live now?

With my Mom, brother, and sister, with all my friends, and all my enemies here at The Estate in upstate New York. Training, training, training.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Well, Kyp isn’t my boyfriend, yet. But there’s a definite spark there. We’ll see, I guess.

What would they think about the change?

The change? What change? What…exactly…are you?

Does your fur mat and pull? I was just wandering because I have a mat right now and it really hurts.

That sounds…upsetting. Are you a monster? Because you seem like a monster. And I hunt those. Although, you seem nice enough. You don’t eat people, right? Because I was just starting to like you.

Who is the scariest person in your story?

Lavinia. Hands down. Her special abilities include mind manipulations. She could make you believe things that aren’t true. She could make you think, feel differently. Without the proper precautions, how would you ever know if your thoughts were really your thoughts? But then, Kyp can do that, too. He wouldn’t though, would he?

Who is the happiest?

Are there happy people here? I mean, this is serious business, but we make the best of it. I guess my brother, Morgan, is probably the most in his element.

What’s your author like?

Justine’s a pretty cool lady, I guess. I hear she’s a fangirl like me…

Do you think she portrayed your part well?

I think she did her best.

Does she sleep as much as Jena does?

She sleeps about as much as Kyp does…which is to say, she’s an insomniac.

Do you have any pictures to share?

Author Bio: Justine Manzano is a multi-genre writer who prides herself on her ability to juggle motherhood, writing, and the very serious businesses of fangirling and multiple forms of geekery. When she’s not flailing about her favorite characters and actors, she struggles to create her own characters with the hopes someone will flail about them one day.

Justine lives in Bronx, NY with her writer husband, son, and a cacophony of cats. She and her husband often spend nights sharing the couch as they watch television, laptop to laptop, communicating in that nearly telepathic fashion that comes with years of marriage. Together, they work to raise their own little padawan in the ways of the geek.

In high school, Justine dreamed of being a performer and is still known to sing loud enough in the shower that people outside of her apartment can hear her. Despite her initial dream of being on Broadway, Justine has spun stories around in her head since she could barely create a complex sentence. Ever since then, her imagination has run wild, so it was no surprise to anyone when she declared herself a writer.

Justine prides herself on writing what she calls “Weird Stuff.” She has always believed that it is the stranger subject matter that combines great storytelling with a great message. And that’s what she aims to achieve.
Her short fiction has appeared in the anthology Things You Can Create, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Greenwich Village Literary Review, and The Holiday Cafe. An award winning fanfiction writer, she works as a fiction reader for Sucker Literary Magazine and an occasional reviewer for G-Pop.net.


Find Justine Here:

Facebook: Justine Manzano-Author
 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/justine_manzano

Blog:http://justinemanzano.com/


Book Blurb: Jacklyn Madison has a thing for heroes. She reads about them, watches them on TV, and would very much like to become one. When a monster makes an attempt on her life she discovers she is a hero – the long lost member of The Order of the Key, a group of humans with powers that protect humanity from creatures that come through interdimensional rifts.

It’s all fun and games until training for her duties reveals the Order’s out-of-touch views – Keys like Jacklyn are protected, while Guardians like the rest of her family are considered expendable. As she rails against their value system, she finds herself in the center of a power struggle between the group’s leader, Lavinia, and her idealistic son, Kyp. Believing Lavinia to be engaged in hidden criminal activity, Kyp spearheads a secret effort to overthrow the leadership of the Order and Jacklyn quickly signs on.

As Kyp’s efforts to protect his team from his unpredictable mother entangle them in a mire of danger and deceit, Jacklyn must find a way to keep the people she loves safe from monsters – those The Order was chosen to fight and those operating within.





 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Character Madness Monday
An Interview with 

Ciro

From Nightfall by
Maximillian dErembourg



Introduce yourself, tell us a little something about yourself.

Ya, fine, I get it: I'm going crazy. Guess this is what happens when I stop sleeping.
Or, it's like my wife always warned me about...Scorpian telepaths like her form bonds with their mates so close that they tend to go crazy when he dies. 'Cept, she was the one who died...and me the one who's going crazy...?
But, I figure my best bet will be to play along until all of your 'questions' are answered, when –I hope– you'll disappear back down whatever madness-tunnel you came from, back into the Void. 
So, my name is Ciro Andronicus, though for seven years I went by a different name, as I hid amongst the population of Alaria...

Tell us about your story

Uhm, yeah, I..was? Maybe stop interrupting, bear-man-thing, so we can get this over with, eh?
My dad was kinda the most dangerous person in the Nebula...the Draco of the Black Dragon Triad. I could have kept up his legacy, inherited from him, if I had proven my worth. But I always had trouble with The Family. The violent parts. The piracy, the assassinations. Don't get me wrong, I was good at it...it just didn't always...sit...right with me.
After I met –and bought– Aolise, the woman who would become my wife, everything started changin'.

What part do you play in it?

I hope to be the biggest villain...ever.

Is it scary or a love story?

There is scary. There is a bot of romance... no, that was not a typo. There's a sex-bot. But mainly just a hint of romance, thus far. I intend to use more, later.

Have you heard any good gossip lately?

Well, we all know that Phoenix Corp got the gig to govern after the Terran invasion –what they all call Nightfall now– but the new scoop is that it was Phoenix what helped my dad and his companions flee the planet after the Double March. Can you imagine it?

If you could be anything you want to be, what would you be?

Shiva, I guess. But, then again, I suppose that's kinda exactly what I am, now, commanding this space monster.

Why?

So I can kill...everyone.

Where would you live?
Funny you should ask that.
I thought leaving the Family and making a new life for my wife and me on Alaria would solve all of our problems...forever. 
It did, for a while. But there's no such thing as forever. And I intend to teach that bitter lesson to...everybody.
But you know that already, since you're a vision from my own head.

Where do you live now?

On the most terrifyingly destructive thing In the Milky Way galaxy. A space-monster that hunts other space monsters.  The last of the Titans. The Cantus Nocti. That's right, the F-ing Night Song. She's all mine now, and all the Terrans –and all the Alarians– will pay now.
Like the man said, “You die, she dies, he dies, we die...everybody dies!” Forget who that man was, though.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? 

Well, I did manipulate Kyrie's mind for a while –forcing her to think that she loved me. But that was strictly so I could use her combat capabilities to kill for me. So, no.
After Aloise...there can never again be real love for me. 
Soon there will be no more love for anyone. 'Cause I'll kill them all.

What would they think about the change?

Aloise? Oh, I know exactly what she thinks about the change. I know no-one believes me, but –even though she's dead– she's still here with me...in my mind. We talk, all the time. She's the one... She's the one... The one I kill for...now. She...drives me like I drive this monster Titan.
Though, if I...think about It, she never much liked me killing...when she was alive..so...

Does your fur mat and pull? I was just wandering because I have a mat right now and it really hurts.

Yeah, I', definitely going crazy, now. Just hope I can complete this last mission before I loose it entirely.

Who is the scariest person in your story?

That is actually a tough one. I can tell you the nominees...you can vote for your own selves.
My former boss, Malicious. Former Chief Torturer of a Celtic-Asian Triad, a vicious man who earned his name. In his teen years (35 years ago) he was in a starship attempting to run the blockade around Alaria, it was struck by anti-aircraft fire. Though it escaped, the ship suffered major damage, and he was horrifyingly deformed, so that now half his face and head are scar tissue, his long hair ice-white. Malicious fights with a traditional Japanese katana, despite 3k years of technical innovation.
Kang Andronicus; Malicious' chosen lieutenant, and my half-brother. A truly scary heartless, cold man, a terrorist, saboteur, bomber, pirate raider.  Kang is completely fearless, actually looking forward to the day of his death, when he may have his personal shot at running Hell. Kang dealt with his extraordinarily rough upbringing in a pirate clan by becoming a complete masochist. 
Gordon Xycor, president of Phoenix Corp, a biotech corporation. It's said about him that Xycor had his heart replaced with a robotic one, and the part of his brain that senses fear removed completely.
Creating an army of similarly heartless, fearless clones, this man betrayed his planet's security just so he could grab more power for himself in the aftermath of Alaria's invasion. He created his own 'niece' with DNA salvaged from his sister-in-law's corpse, and programmed her to be a super-soldier, his weapon.
...And then there's me...

Who is the happiest?

Mainly the dead. Sounds like a joke, but my wife, who died in the conflagration that was Nightfall.
She seems pretty happy...when I kill for her vengeance.

What’s your author like?

Are you being esoteric? Assuming that we, too, must have authors, that created Us as characters? In that case, he's a fucking asshole!

Does she sleep as much as Jena does?

Not nearly as much as he should...just like me.


Do you have any pictures to share?