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Character interview with Maylani Beacon

Hi everybody

I know I’ve been sharing a lot of valuable posts on my blog, but today, I have a character interview with Maylani. She is a magical creature I created called a native beacon. She stands about six feet tall, with a wing span of about six feet. I have just finished working on an article for the week and I settle on my bed to listen to the first of many podcasts, when a flute-like tone and a scratch on my door announces the arrival of my guest. So, without further ado let’s make welcome Maylani Beacon!

 

Me: Hi Maylani, welcome to my humble home.

Maylani: I don’t see how you got me inside your small camper. I’m so big and all, but thanks for inviting me anyway.

Me: Why don’t you wait out here while I fix us a drink and grab a few nibbles? I can make either tea or coffee for you. Which would you like?

Maylani: I personally like tea with milk and lots of sugar. However, if I’m out on a rescue mission, I will drink the juice from some of the natural roots of my world.

Me: I have a few tidbits to snack on as well. Would you like some pretzels, chips, or maybe a cookie or two?

Maylani: I’d rather go outside and nibble on natural plants, but for your sake, I’ll stick to fruit if you have it.

Me: Ok, how about some strawberries?

Maylani: Fine by me.”

Me: Hang on while I bring our refreshments outside. I follow her out onto the front porch, where I sit on the swing as she nibbles on her strawberries and a few dead leaves on the ground.

Me: Now that we’re nice and comfy, let’s get started, shall we? First of all, tell me a little about your family.

Maylani: There’s not much to tell. My father sits in his paddock all day long, making sure we get the assignments that will best suit our abilities. He always underestimates mine, so I get what I call light assignments, while my younger brother Maxim gets more of the heavy stuff. That’s not to say he gets the most dangerous assignments, because there are elder beacons who are sent out on wild and exciting adventures that neither of us are brave enough or experienced enough to undertake.

Me: Why don’t you tell your father about your abilities?

Maylani: If I did that, he’d either exile me from the land or send me out with the elders. I don’t fancy going on some of the life-threatening missions they are assigned.

Me: Are all these dangerous assignments rescue missions?

Maylani: No, many of them are, but some are fighting evil enemies like Fire Fly. However, these demons don’t fight fire with fire, they fight with weapons of mass destruction and these elders have sharp claws and fangs they use as their weapons. When they see the elders’ fangs, enemies run for the hills.

Me: Even those with guns?

Maylani: Oh yes, one of our elder beacons had an enemy’s arm bitten clean off his body, before he had a chance to draw his gun. We haven’t had any trouble out of that man and his gang since then. This is why I keep my abilities secret from Maxim and my Father, though I have a sneaky feeling that Maxim knows something.

Me: Oh my! That does sound dangerous. Before we talk about your abilities, I want to ask you about your melodious language. Can you tell us a little about that?

Maylani: We use a flute-like voice when we speak in Beacon Tongue. Our words are spoken in song, though not any tune you’d know if you heard it. We use this language to communicate in private and to summon others of our kind to help us in a dire situation. Let me share with you a sample of what I mean. She sings out a beautiful melody I’ve never heard before. Although I love classical music and flute music in general, this is very unfamiliar.

Me: Would you be so kind and translate for us?

Maylani: I said Thanks for having me on your blog.

Me: Why thanks and you’re quite welcome. That was absolutely awesome. Readers, if you could hear this melody, it would stop you in your tracks and make you take notice. I tell you what! Okay, not that I’ve been nearly swept away by your musical language, I’d like to ask you about your special abilities. Can you share a bit of information about these special abilities and what they are used for?

Maylani: Oh, you know the basic ones, but I can’t divulge too much information about my extra ones, because that would spoil the story for everyone else. All I can say is if I don’t do this, Maxim and the girls will be burned to the ground.

Me: What do you hope to accomplish by going out on your own?

Maylani: I know some special ways to take the dragons down! She chuckles in her musical way.

Me: Can you tell me this much? In your story, you spray rivulets of ice water on Fire Fly. How did you do that?

Maylani: I can tell you this much, this is a defense mechanism that I have no control over. I didn’t even know I could do it until I was threatened. Now, I must end this nice little chat, because Maxim is in need of my help.

The sound of her wings fluttering through the air is heard as I head back inside the house to have a bite of dinner, before slipping back into the camper to listen to a few podcasts and head off to bed. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to finish the story to learn her secret. Good night all and be blessed. Listen, if you like this post, please leave a comment and give it a share or two.

Until next time, this is Ann saying Happy Writing to all!

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Interview with Wildebeest

Hello everyone,

Today I want to conduct a character interview with one of my villains in the Stepping Stones mystery series. Before I get started, let me give you a NaNoWriMo update. I didn’t reach my goal of 50K words at the end of last month, but you know what? That’s find by me. I don’t like rushing through a story and making my first draft messy. I did, however, get the main story written. Now when I edit, I’ll have to go back to see what can be added and what needs to be taken out or dumped.

 

One quick question: How did you do during Nano?

 

Now, on with the interview.

 

Today I’d like to introduce Willie Kilgore (AKA) Wildebeest.

 

Ann, why do they call you Wildebeest?

 

Willie: Why does anyone get a nickname? I am a wildebeest; didn’t you see that in the first book? Well, if you didn’t, then you have something to look forward too, don’t you, punk?

 

Ann: Now What makes you think you’re in control of your story? I mean, what makes you so mean?

 

Willie: Well, I have two little girls that think they know everything. I want to show them that they ain’t as smart as they think they are. I love them, but I have to keep them in line, if you know what I mean.

 

Ann: Now wait a minute! Jennifer and Lydia are not bad girls. I didn’t write them that way, so why do you call them so?

 

Willie: Apparently you don’t know Lydia that well, do you. Instead of jawing with me, you need to sit down and have a powwow with her. Listen, I don’t have time to waste. I need to get on with my life and you need to write my story.

 

Ann: Now wait just one minute, Wildebeest! First of all, you don’t tell me what to do. You are my character and I make you behave in a way that fits my story. (I point a finger at him). I can change the story so that you aren’t in as much control as you think you are. But for now, I’ll let you think you’re in total control. (If you want to find out how Willie’s acts get him into trouble, stay tuned for Journey to the Mountaintop, the second book in the Stepping Stones mystery series, coming in 2019. For now, let’s get back to the interview).

 

Willie: What interview? I’m outa here!

 

Ann: Where do you think you’re going, I ain’t done with you yet, buddy boy! We’ve got some things to talk about.

 

Willie: I told you, I’m through talking! Now let me get back to my gallivanting. (He slams the door as he makes a run for it).

 

To learn about some of this character’s quirks, please check out A Journey of Faith, a Stepping Stones Mystery. You can purchase Kindle and paperback versions of this book at the following links:

 

Kindle:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7SCQNM

 

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720213240

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Chances Are By Robin Lee Hatcher, a review

Hey ladies and gentlemen,
I just read a fabulous book by Robin Lee Hatcher, entitled Chances are, about an actress who had to live in a small town in Wyoming called Dead Horse, because her daughter became sick while she was performing onstage.
Faith Butler finds work as a housekeeper at the Jagged R ranch, owned by Drake Rutledge, who is very bitter because his wife left him after a horrible buggy accident that killed his mother. Faith and her children teach Drake how to live again Faith and Drake fall in love and Drake plans to help her divorce her estranged husband, when he is supposedly killed. However, On Faith and Drake’s wedding day, George shows up out of the blue and stopps the first wedding attempt, and things become very shady concerning Faith and her two children.
Although this book was written more than ten years ago, I still love Ms. Hatcher’s writing, because she writes her story and her characters beautifully. I have learned a lot from reading her work, including her Christian fiction. I would strongly recommend that you read Hatcher’s work, because you won’t be able to put her books down.

Stay tuned, because coming up, I will interview Becca Martin From my own book entitled A Journey of faith. If you want to read Becca’s story, please help me get A Journey of Faith published by voting for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison, I really appreciate it.

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Character interview with Becca Martin, from A Journey of Faith

Good Morning everybody. As I promised in my last blog post, today I am here with Becca Martin. Sheis the protagonist in my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Before we get started, let me warn you, she has told me that she refuses to give anything away about the story I am rewriting and revising for her, because she wants yall to read that for yourselves. So without further ado Let’s give Becca a warm welcome.

Ann: It’s nice to have you here on this very cold Friday Morning Becca.
Becca: Thanks for having me, and I’m glad to be here too.
Ann: Ok Becca, first of all, tell me a little more about yourself than what I already know. For instance, what is it like to be the middle sibling. I am the oldest and have two brothers, so I bet it’s very interesting to have a brother and a sister.
Becca: Well yeah, there was never a dull moment in the Martin household. Of course, my sister and I had our fights like all siblings do, but there were also those private moments when Amanda and I would have our little girl talks. We’d share our deepest secrets, like twins do I guess, but we are far from being twins, because she’s three years older than I am, but there for a while I guess you could say that we were twins at heart, that is, well–not to give too much away here–but that day we went roc climbing.
Ann: Did you and your sister spoil your baby brother?
Becca: Oh but of course! what older siblings didn’t spoil the baby of the family? (laughs) Nah really, Tommy got in the middle of our fights when he was big enough to walk on his own, but we let him win most of the time. (laughs)
Ann: I remember he used to look up to you a lot.
Becca: Oh yeah, because by the time he started school, I was the one who bailed him out of trouble with the older kids, and I beat the bullies up for him. (laughs)
Ann: Ok, I think we need to move onto something else, because we could talk about sibling rivalry all day, but that wouldn’t get us very far, and I don’t want to bore my readers. Let me ask you this, were you still as outgoing as you are now, after that terrible day out on the rocky slopes?
Becca: No, although when we got back home, I acted like nothing was wrong in front of our friends and my family, but in my room, I crawled into my mental shell and refused to come out, that is until I started having those terrible nightmares.
Ann Are you still plagued by nightmares almost twenty years later?
Becca: no, but I can’t reveal how that came about, you’ll just have to read the book. (sticks out her tongue)
Ann: Hey now Becca, we do have some younger readers out there who wouldn’t appreciate you sticking out your tongue like that.
Becca: Oh well, Ann–uh, sorry kids.
Ann: Anyway, tell me a little about your time in the big church, I noticed that your cell phone didn’t work up there. Why is that?
Becca: Well to be honest with you, my battery went dead, because I didn’t think to charge it before I hit the trail. But I will have to admit that cell service was spotty in those mountains. Although the people who worked in the church and lived nearby lived a simple life, that didn’t mean that they were amish or anything. Oh yes, they used modern conveniences like we do, but there lives aren’t dependant completely on technology like many of us are. And before you start defending yourself, I understand why you use it, but you have to remember, these are country folks, who grew up back in the days before smart phones and computers became widely available, so of course they are going to be simple folks.
Ann: Ah, I see. I know you spent some time with Hannah later on in the story. Can you tell me a little more about her?
Becca: I did get to know her a little bit better, yes. her “daughter” Esther? Is actually her granddaughter. Her mother died in child birth, and I never knew what happened to her father.
Ann: Do I need to change that in the story then?
Becca: No, do not throw your readers off like that, because Esther doesn’t know that Hannah is her actual Granny. She calls her Mommy, and in the story it should remain that way. Let’s talk a little more about me, because we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves in the story, and I ain’t about to give away all my secrets.
Ann: Ok, what types of food do you like to eat?
Becca: Well, I can’t help but love, love, love Memphis Barbecue. Otherwise, I love my favorite deer steaks, and a good ole juicy t-bone steak is nice once and a while, but I don’t eat them very often, because they are very expensive. I’ll eat my vegies, and a good chef’s salad is nice on occasion. But let me top all that off with my favorite Mississippi mud pie mm mm mm mm good!
Ann: There is one more question I want to ask about the story. We don’t know much about your roommate Shelly. Can you tell me a bit about her?
Becca: Oh, what a spoiled brat! I mean she was nice and all in college, but when she offered to share an apartment with me, that’s when she turned mean. She thought that since we worked for a fortune 500 company that she was all that and a bag of cheetoes, not so! She never gave me my phone messages, and she was the world’s worst mess maker. Oh I could go on and on about her faults, but I choose to pray for her instead.
Ann:Did you go to church when you were growing up?
Becca: Uh huh. We were raised in a good Christian home, where daddy read the Bible first thing in the morning before breakfast, and we all prayed together at night before we went to bed. The only reason you didn’t go to church, in my house, was you were so sick you couldn’t hold your head up. If you had a minor cold, you weren’t missing church, Mama and daddy made sure of that. I still had to go to church even after that horrible day at Sweet Water Park.
Ann:Do you go to church now?
Becca; Oh now I do, but that’s another story for another day.
Ann: Do you like to wear dresses a lot, or are you more casual.
Becca: Well, you know I love to wear jeans and sweat-shirts in the winter, and I’ll put on a pair of cut-offs and a t-shirt in the summer time. When I go to church, I will wear a denim skirt and nice blouse, but otherwise, I’m just as red neck as everybody else living in the back woods of Mississippi.
Ann: What about music?
Becca: Well, I do like a little classical, ant that’s only because I took piano lessons when I was ten and I learned to play some of it. Now, when I get the chance, I play folk, country, some rock, and a whole lot of blues. You can’t be from Mississippi and not know about the blues, it just ain’t possible!
Ann: Well, I can’t think of any other questions, but if there’s something else you want to add, please feel free to do so. (A note to my readers, if you have some questions for Becca that I forgot to ask, please let me know.)
Becca: Well, all I can say, is that if you want to read my story, please help Ann get A Journey of faith published by voting for it… (her cell phone rings) uh, oh! I gotta run, because I need to take care of something at home. See yall later, bye-bye!

As Becca, stated a moment ago, I could really use your help to get A Journey of Faith published, so please vote for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison, your support is greatly appreciated.
Until next time, God bless and happy reading.
Ann

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Chances Are By Robin Lee Hatcher, a review

Hey ladies and gentlemen,
I just read a fabulous book by Robin Lee Hatcher, entitled Chances are, about an actress who had to live in a small town in Wyoming called Dead Horse, because her daughter became sick while she was performing onstage.
Faith Butler finds work as a housekeeper at the Jagged R ranch, owned by Drake Rutledge, who is very bitter because his wife left him after a horrible buggy accident that killed his mother. Faith and her children teach Drake how to live again Faith and Drake fall in love and Drake plans to help her divorce her estranged husband, when he is supposedly killed. However, On Faith and Drake’s wedding day, George shows up out of the blue and stopps the first wedding attempt, and things become very shady concerning Faith and her two children.
Although this book was written more than ten years ago, I still love Ms. Hatcher’s writing, because she writes her story and her characters beautifully. I have learned a lot from reading her work, including her Christian fiction. I would strongly recommend that you read Hatcher’s work, because you won’t be able to put her books down.

Stay tuned, because coming up, I will interview Becca Martin From my own book entitled A Journey of faith. If you want to read Becca’s story, please help me get A Journey of Faith published by voting for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison, I really appreciate it.