Sunday, March 25, 2012

Twin Bred by Karen Wyle (2)

Karen Wyle has graciously agreed to allow us a glimpse into her book, Twin-Bred.Actually she has shared three character interviews with me to post here. This is the second in the series; the last one will be coming soon.

A little background on Twin-Bred

 Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?  After seventy years on Tofarn, the human colonists and the native Tofa still know very little about each other.  Misunderstanding breed conflict, and the conflicts are escalating.  Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers of either species carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species.  Mara lost her own twin, Levi, in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project – but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas.  Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee.  Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?

Character Interview with Levi

Introductory Note: this would be, to say the least, a difficult interview to arrange. "Levi Thomas" was the name that would have belonged to Mara Cadell's fraternal twin, had he survived to be born. He died shortly before that point. Mara, emotionally traumatized by that loss, coped by keeping Levi alive in her mind as a companion. (The traumatic nature of her loss is based on reports from many twin survivors.)

Q. I'll start with the question many readers would particularly like to ask you: are you purely a creature of Mara's imagination, or do you have some independent reality?

A. Wouldn't you like to know?

I could tell you to ask Mara -- not that she's in a particularly good position to answer that question -- but of course, she doesn't like to talk about me. She'd be quite perturbed that you even know of my existence (if that's what we call it for purposes of discussion).

Q. Do you agree with Mara that it would harm her career, and/or endanger the Twin-Bred project, if people on Tofarn found out about you?

A. Definitely. I've told her as much. You must understand, Mara is not the easiest person to get along with. She's prickly and doesn't suffer fools gladly. And she has a very low tolerance for organizational politics. All of which means that only her exceptional scientific ability induces people to put up with her. There are many who would like to be shut of her if they had a good enough excuse. Delusions of twin-hood? Good enough.

Q. Do you think Mara would be better off without you?

A. Allow me a small sigh. . . . Mara would be better off if I had lived. And it's possible she'd be better off if I had never existed. I'm not sure "better to have loved and lost" applies in these circumstances, if it ever does. . . .  But there we were, twins. There's no getting around that starting point. And she's tenacious, in love as in other things. It wasn't in her nature to simply move on. All things considered, I think she's better off isolated and secretive than seriously depressed. And of course, I'm good company.

Q. Do you think it's made things easier or harder for Mara, being surrounded by twins?

A. Both. But on the whole, I think it's been more healing than otherwise. All around her, she sees humans and Tofa, most of whom would never have had a twin if not for her. You could say that she's ensured I didn't die in vain. Though I doubt she's thought if it in those terms.

Q. Do you play any part in Mara's artwork -- her drawing and cartooning?

A. Not directly. I don't think I would have been that visual. I'm more about the words. We often talk about her drawings. Sometimes I lack the context to understand them, and she explains. And her cartoons show a sense of humor that she doesn't normally indulge. That side of her, that hidden mischief, is where she and I are most alike.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Crowded by Shaina Cilimberg

Shaina Cilimberg has written the novel Crowded and brought together some of the characters for an interview.....

Cole Martin is a new Christian and dating Emily Davis. He loses her trust after sexting another girl and is now trying to win her back. But it’s not easy with the competition. Josh Summers, the new kid in school with a dark past, also has his sights set on Emily. 

Emily is torn between them both. For a while she enjoys being fought over, but realizes how destructive the competition between Cole and Josh has become. Who will Emily choose? 

Thank you Josh, Cole, Lydia and Emily for stopping by. I have a few questions for you.

1. High School can be the pits. What do you guys do to make it tolerable?

Josh Summers: I'm ashamed to admit I make it worse for others in return. I used to be really popular and a bully at my old school, then something happened that ruined my rep. When I got to Deep River High, I bullied Cole Marting because I wanted Emily. I  also found out about the hate page dedicated to me on Facebook and some at my new school were even joining it. I've been so consumed with guilt I had a breakdown and felt so hated and was hated by so many people. I am a Christian though, and I want to live for Christ so badly. I've been through so much and I know I brought some of it on myself but some was because people don't know how to forgive and when people don't forgive me, I take it out on others.

Emily Davis: I just try to ignore the fake, popular girls and keep to my own friends. I love to draw and I love Jesus. I just get torn between two boys and I wasn't use to it so I let it get to my head so to speak.

Cole Martin: I just try to do what's right and be a better Christian and hang with friends.

Lydia Summers: I just try to encourage others and be there for them. My brother is Josh and we are very close and he is always there for me and I for him.

(New Character-PerfectForgiveness) Kirk Williams:  I  did something horrible...

2. If there was one thing you would like to change in your life, what would it be?

Cole: that I wasn't abused

Josh: That I never made my ex get an abortion and that I lived in a bigger house and that my family was rich again.

Emily: I love being me!

Lydia:  That my brother would stop moping.

Kirk: That I was never bullied, never abused, never abandoned and that I never killed anyone.

3. What makes you happy?

Josh: when people decide they don't hate me.

Emily: Me!!! HAHAHA

Cole: growing closer to God and my friends.

Lydia: These people answering above me.

 Kirk: feeling accepted and forgiven even if for a moment

4. What does your future hold for you?

Josh: You'll have to read the next book, Perfect Forgiveness and see :)

Emily:  I see myself as an artist.

Lydia: surfing!

Kirk: (new character in Perfect Forgiveness) I'm very scared...juvie or adult jail it's not looking good.

5. What type of music do you listen to?  Does it cheer you up when you are blue or motivate you when you need to get a move on?

We all listen to Christian rock, Christian rap, Christian alterna, Pop, rock, alterna.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ey Wade has published a number of books and graciously allowed me to interview the central character in her YA Novel -- D.N.A.

 A little about the book...

Debney Nichole Armstrong thought she knew everything about her family. She knew her dad worked hard at everything, except building a relationship with his family. She knew her younger brothers were typical little kids, and she knew without doubt, her mother cared nothing for her first born and only daughter. But what she hadn’t known was, DNA could ruin your life.

Eighteen year old Debney Nichole Armstrong, found out about her parents’ and little brothers’ death during the night of her eighteenth birthday party. Yes, sometimes relationships in families end tragically. People leave; parents die, and lives change, but does it all have to bring out the skeletons in the closet?
After one of her reoccurring bitter arguments with her mother, Debney is left home alone while her family goes away on summer vacation. In the chaos of a romantic (with her long time crush) dinner turned teen party, she learns of the death of her family. What she really needed to know was what role did her mother contribute to the ‘accident’? Where were the bodies of her ten year old twin brothers? Who is the strange man in her mother’s journals, and who is the father of the child she now carries? No matter what the answers are, Debney knows, nothing will ever be the same.

 1.      Debney, tell us a little about your family and where you live.

My dad was originally from India, worked hard to make the money and awesome life we had. Unfortunately, he married my mom. If it wouldn’t have been for the sometimes cruel actions of my mom, my family could be nice. I live in a huge house and attend a very nice school. Before the party, I had a lot of friends. Things changed quickly once it got around I was pregnant.

2. Life or fate dealt you a very bad hand. Your family was tragically taken away from you while they were away on vacation. What made you believe your little brothers were still alive? Is that why you took the unexpected trip to Italy? 

Yes, my family did die. At least it was presumed they all died. When the police told me the bodies of my brothers were not found, I just couldn’t give up the small bit of hope I had to see them again. That’s why I went to Italy. I just couldn’t make myself give up on them and leave them lost somewhere in a strange country.

3. Everything seems to have gone downhill since your family’s demise. Your infamous eighteenth birthday party which resulted in your pregnancy brought about negative reactions from all your friends. How do you handle the stress?

I’m not handling things very well. I have these bursts of anger that sometimes make me lash out at those who try to humiliate me in school When the fear of being alone in the world starts to weigh to heavy, I tend to run and hide in the blankets of my parents’ bed as if I am still a preschooler. As a matter of fact I don’t even live in the big house, I find it easier to hide….live in the pool house out back. As an added protection for the baby I have been visiting a grief counselor.

4. Out of everything that has happened to you, what stands out the most?

Hmmm, I would have to say the stupid appearance on that reality TV show. If it weren’t for the idiot classmates trying to humiliate me, I would have never gone on there. I fixed them though. I bet it was the only time in the history of that show, a woman didn’t run off the stage crying like a fool.

5. You have a nice house, money, a child but your demons won’t let you alone. What will it take to put your mind at ease?

I’ve come to realize only time will give me peace. I learned so many horrible things about my mother so soon after hearing of my parent’s death that my mind is boggling. Luckily I have two of the most awesome and dependable friends. It gives me faith that things will get better.

Well, guess I have to go now. Thank you so much, Ms. Greta for interviewing me.

                                                    Amazon US       Amazon UK       B&N

Monday, March 5, 2012

I Saw My Life Pass Before My Eyes....

 Dannye Williamsen has written Second Chances and its sequel, The Threads That Bind. I have read them both. The first few pages hooked me and kept my attention until the last page.


Darian, one of the main characters in Second Chances, is obsessed with gaining power. You find yourself feeling sympathy for Darian at times, but you can never seem to get away from the scary side of him. I knew it might be risky, but I decided to interview him myself.

Darian, my name is Greta, and I wanted to ask: “why was it so important for you to have power?”
Power is what separates the weak from the strong. When I was weak, I was nothing. No one saw me. No one cared. When the Master found me and opened my eyes to my destiny, everything changed. I was no longer weak. I didn’t need all those people who never saw me. I was more than they could ever be.
You needed Fredrika, though, didn’t you?
No, I didn’t need her. I was giving her the opportunity to be part of something wonderful.
Aw, Darian, that’s not the whole truth, is it? You couldn’t reach your ultimate goal without her, could you?
[Note: I’m starting to notice Darian’s jaw tightening. Given his predacious history, it’s making me a little nervous.]
I don’t really care what you think. Freddie was just a shortcut. She had power, not as much as I did, but power nevertheless. Her life force would have just given me that extra boost that most couldn’t.
[I have a feeling that I’m stepping off a cliff here, but I stupidly keep going.]
Freddie had  more going for her than you did, Darian. She was a successful technical analyst. She was making a difference. You weren’t doing anything except looking out for your own selfish needs.
You think you’re so smart, but you don’t understand anything. Her life was small – just like your life, Greta Burroughs!!
[Now I’m starting to see a strange haze around him, and it feels like I’m suffocating. Maybe I shouldn’t have pushed so hard.]
Darian! Leave her alone!            
[Struggling for air, I turn and see that Freddie has arrived. Thank God! She has his attention now, and I can breathe again.]
[Whirling around, Darian confronts Freddie.]So now you want to talk! How many times did I try to get you to pay attention? You sure you don’t want to faint on me again?
Give it a rest, Darian!

[I slipped quietly out of the room while they had each other’s attention. I think I had all the answers I needed.]

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cats, Kids and Magic

Vickie Johnstone has written a wonderful series of books, enchanting many readers from ages 9 to 90 

Vickie has three books published through InknBeans Press:
Kiwi in Cat City
Kiwi and the Missing Magic
Kiwi and the Living Nightmare

and book four should be out in May.

Let me introduce my guests...

(C) Nikki McBroom
 Kiwi - a four-year old, curious fluffy black cat who happens to be magical and comes from a place called Cat City. Her fur has a purple sheen to it if you look very carefully! If you ask her kindly, she might just take you on an adventure.

Inspector Furrball - a short, chubby, intelligent ginger cat who is head of the Cat Squad and a good friend of Kiwi. He wears a red waistcoat, from which hangs a gold watch on a gold chain, and round glasses.

James - a nine-year-old boy with blonde hair who loves Kiwi and football, and sometimes comes up with genius ideas.

Amy - a sensible 12-year-old girl with long brown hair who also loves Kiwi and looks out for her brother, but still has a sense of adventure.

I think everyone is getting impatient so let's get the show in the road...

Wow, what a pleasure to have all of you here with me today. Inspector Furrball, thanks for taking the time away from your duties in Cat City to talk with us. Are you getting any more used to this world since your first visit?

Furrball: Well, thank you for inviting me here, Greta. It’s a pleasure to speak to you, but before we begin do you think… well, do you have any nice biscuits?
Amy nudges James, who chuckles. Kiwi raises her eyebrows to the ceiling.

Furrball: Thank you so much, Greta, but I don’t suppose you have fish biscuits, do you? No? Oh, ok. Well, these will do!

Kiwi: They’re nice biscuits!

Amy & James: mmmmmm

Furrball: Yes, yes, splendid, I think. Mmm. Well, to return to your question. It’s nice to be back in the human world though I have to say that I prefer our own world, Cat City (munch munch).

Kiwi: Inspector!

Furrball: Well, Kiwi, I’m being honest. It’s not as warm here in the human world. In Cat City, our sun is so much warmer. The sun is orangey and just lights up everything – everything seems to glitter there (Furrball smiles fondly). I miss the streets – they have blue and white mosaics of cats, you know, and they’re very clean. Not like the streets in the human world where you have to dodge smelly things on the pavement!
Amy & James start giggling.

Kiwi: But you have to admit the people are nice and you met some really nice squirrels on your last visit (their adventure called Kiwi and the Living Nightmare)…

Furrball: True, true. Yes, I really liked that fellow, Red. Decent chap. But you know, the food in Cat City is much better and the milk. We have special milk. It’s good for cats, but the milk in the human world… well, let’s just say that my tummy didn’t like it much!

Amy: Euuuuuwwww

Furrball: And buses… scary things… they go so fast! I never want to ride on one of those again…

James: Especially when old ladies are about!

Amy: But didn’t you enjoy the old ladies tickling your tummy?

Furrball: (coughs) Best forgotten, young Ames and Jimster (the children's names when kittens in Cat City). That’s best forgotten. An interesting experience…

Kiwi: And one I’ll never forget. The look on your face when they were saying you were cute will stay with me forever…

Furrball: Are you saying that I’m not cute?
Amy & James collapse in giggles.

Kiwi: I think it’s best that Madame Purrfect only answers that question!!!

Now that you have been with Amy and James as both kittens in Cat City and as human kids here, which do you like better?

Furrball: Ah, there’s a question. Seeing them in human form was such a shock the first time. I’d never seen humans before. I was scared, I don’t mind admitting. For a start, they’re so big, and they have these long limbs. I think humans are a little odd looking! And they smell different…

James: I think cats are stranger. You’re all furry with long tails…

Amy: And you spit on yourselves to have a bath!

Kiwi giggles: I think you might be outdone there, Furrball!

Furrball: But it was a shock! The biggest shock of my life, apart from the loss of my very good friend Delphinius, your father, Kiwi. I was thinking who are these strange giants? I thought they’d eaten you, Ames and Jimster. Then I had to just forget what I’d heard when Moggie explained that you were one and the same, but now not in cat form. I couldn’t have got through that day unless I’d kind of hypnotised myself that it wasn’t really happening!

Kiwi: Really? You did that? I didn’t know that! I thought you were okay with it pretty fast!

Furrball: I was sort of pretending! The shock was too much. I just put it to the back of my mind. Otherwise myself and Siam would have just been rolling around on the grass mewing all day like little kittens! And we’re actually big brave members of Cat City’s Cat Squad. We had a reputation to live up to!!!

James: I love being a catizen!

Amy: Me too! It rocks!

Furrball: What rocks? Are we moving?

Amy: (laughing) No, No, Furrball, it means that something is great. It rocks!

Kiwi: It’s young human talk, Inspector! You know how our kittens have their own kit speak?

Furrball: Indeed. It rocks. Mmmm. Maybe I could fit that into my language. Fish biscuits rock!
Amy & James giggle.

James: Being a kitten rocks! And the Catema rocks! And having a tail sometimes rocks! But not if I was playing football!

Furrball: What’s football? Could I play? Is it dangerous?
Amy holds her head and shakes it.

How about you, Kiwi, which world do you prefer? Do you think you could live in just one place?

Kiwi: Now there’s a question.

James: No! Kiwi, you can never leave the human world!

Amy: Yeah, you have to stay with us. We won’t let you go!

Kiwi: Well, half of the time (smiles).

Furrball: Our Kiwi has always been a bit of a traveller… gets it from her father I think…

Kiwi: That’s right, but then my mother was from the human world and my father was from Cat City, so I’ve always been pulled between the two worlds I think. I belong in both, but not entirely in either…

James: Like someone is pulling your tail to go back when you go somewhere else…

Kiwi: (laughs) That’s a funny analogy, James, but there could be some truth in it. I love travelling.

Amy: And the falling in the purple smoke between the worlds is such fun…

Furrball: Fun?! Well, I think my ears and tail nearly blew off!

James: And the landing is a bit hard on your bottom!

Kiwi: You know, I think I could never stay in one place. I get itchy paws to explore.

Amy: Where was the first place that you visited? Do you remember?

James: Was it exciting?

Furrball: I remember (chuckles)…

Kiwi: (winking at Furrball) I remember it very clearly. I was a kitten. I think I was roughly your age Amy, and my first adventure was with my father Delphinius. Dad loved to travel. He had the wander lust really bad. Moggie was often fed up because he’d be late home for dinner and it would go cold. He’d go on adventures with his friend Mr Eastwood, the owner of the Catema and Cat City’s only film director.

Amy: Ooohhh, can we act in one of his films?

James: Can we? Can we?

Kiwi: Mmm, well first things first – did you want to hear about my first adventure?

Amy & James: Yes! Yes!
Furrball just sits and grins.

Kiwi: Well, I was about your age, Amy, as I said, and I’d always ask my dad where he was going. He’d tell me these amazing stories, but they sounded like the kitten tales that catizens tell their young ones, so I just guessed that he made it all up. Then this one day, a bright summer’s day, he asked Moggie if he could take me along with him. He said they’d be visiting a safe place – the human world. I remember Moggie didn’t like the idea, but Delphinius persuaded her – he was good at that – and off we went. What a trip! It was the most amazing day of my life so far…

James: Wow!

Amy: Were you scared?

Kiwi: Sort of and sort of not. I was more excited, but I was with Delphinius, so I felt safe. He knew the most powerful magic. Moggie is good with magic, but my dad… my dad was something else.

James: Like a wizard? A wizard cat?

Amy: A mage? A genie?

Kiwi: Maybe something in between. So we went on this magical trip. I remember him saying some magical words and then the purple mist was everywhere. I didn’t know then that I was magical… remember I told you what happened when I was a kitten that made me magical… (adventure called Kiwi and the Missing Magic)
Yes, well, it was partly genetic too. I got a lot of my talent from my father. He taught Moggie, too. Anyway, I’m wandering off the subject. So then this purple mist was all around me, I remember. It was so bright and colourful. It became my favourite colour because I always connected it with this day. My fur would sometimes shine this same purple, but back then I was little and I didn’t know it was magic. And off I went, floating and falling in this magical mist, whisked away from my daily life to … well… I didn’t know where… and then I landed… but I wasn’t scared. Delphinius was sitting there waiting for me with the biggest grin on his face… and I knew I was safe. And then he showed me around the human world.

Amy: Did you like it?

James: How did you find us?

Kiwi: Ah, well that’s a story for another time. But I loved the human world and I still do! Maybe because I was a kitten, but I just took it in. I wasn’t scared. I was just amazed by everything. And I felt at home. Strangely at home. It was like part of me had gone back to my roots… Moggie was from the human world, after all.

Furrball: That’s a nice story.

Kiwi: Thanks. It’s a nice memory!

Furrball: If only someone had brought me here when I was a kitten – it wouldn’t have been quite so shocking!!!
Amy and James giggle.
Amy and James, do you ever think you’ll tell your parents about the adventures you’ve had with Kiwi? Will you still visit Cat City when you are older?

Amy: Oooh yes! I hope so. I hope I never get too old to come to Cat City.

James: I never want to grow up really. I want to stay a kid/kitten and nothing change.

Kiwi: Things always change, James. That’s the only sure thing in life, but that’s a good thing. It’s how you approach change that really matters – you should treat it as an exciting adventure and nothing scary!

Furrball: Well, there are other sure things, too. Like you can be sure that Kiwi, Madame Purrfect and I will always make you feel welcome in Cat City! You’re invited to all of our parties!

Kiwi: But it’s very important that we don’t let your parents find out…

James: That’s true. Adults don’t believe in such things anyway

Amy: They don’t believe in talking cats or talking hamsters… I don’t think they’d believe us anyway. Does everyone stop believing when they grow up, Kiwi?

Kiwi: I hope not, but I think many people do. Maybe their lives get harder… with grown-up things. They may miss the little details in things as they have bills and responsibilities.

Amy: And work!

Furrball: Work can be very rewarding Amy. You just need to choose carefully. Think about what career you would like to do and aim for it. I think anyone can achieve anything.

Amy: But I don’t want to grow up if I can no longer hear animals talk.

Kiwi: You just have to remember how to listen, Amy. I don’t think you’ll stop hearing us.
James: Phew! Life would be a bit boring otherwise!
You have all been together in some very sticky situations, what were your scariest moments?

Kiwi: The ghost of the old man in the old house in the Living Nightmare adventure!

James: Eeeeek, definitely him!

Amy: Yep! I thought we’d never see Kiwi again

Furrball: Indeed! The ghost of the old man. He was tough. But then those old ladies on the bus were pretty scary too…

James: Ooooohhh Mavis, what a cute kitty!

Amy: Wasn’t her name Mable?

Furrball: Stop it! I’m getting shivers down my whiskers just thinking about it! Also, plunging out of the sky and landing on the ground in front of two giants – you two, Ames and Jimster – was pretty scary! And then my brain turning to jelly!!

Amy & James: Sorry Inspector Furrball!

Furrball: Not your fault. Now if only Moggie had warned me beforehand…

Kiwi: Our first adventure together where we tried to solve Case of the Missing Catizens was pretty tough if I remember. Don’t you think?

Furrball: Yes it was – a lot of dead ends in that mystery. And when Cat City was going to be invaded in our second adventure together (Kiwi and the Missing Magic) – now that was scary…

James: Especially when we all went into the Cat Crime building and …(beep so as not to give it away!)

Amy: And the battle in the Land of Giant Mice… and the maze… that was a bit scary.

Furrball: Yes that was close. If it hadn’t been for the brave actions of (beeeeeeep).

Kiwi: I agree, Inspector. That was a close one. I think we’ve had a few close shaves as it happens.

Furrball: But I think the scariest thing of all has to be the enemy that we meet in book four of our adventures…

Kiwi: Sssshhhh… I don’t think that story is ‘out there’ in the human world yet… but it’s coming soon. You’re right though Furrball, that adventure was our toughest challenge yet.

James: I miss the crabs and the fish…

Amy: Ssshhh James, don’t give it away…

James: Ooops sorry… (goes red), but what about the excellent bit with the hamsters…?

Do you have any dreams of what you would like to do in the future?

James: I want to be a detective when I grow up!

Amy: I want to work for Greenpeace and save whales!

Furrball: These are both very good choices, kittens. Errm, I mean Mmm, such a strange word.

Kiwi: I want to keep on going on adventures and learning new things. I never want to become bored. I always want to carry on exploring.

Furrball: I always want to get the bad catizens!… and save the good catizens!

James: That’s why I want to be a detective – so that I can come and work for you at Cat Crime…

Amy: But you’re human…

James: So? I can do both, can’t I? I want to be a two-world detective – in the human world and in Cat City! I can solve two crimes at the same time!

Kiwi: Ah, this could be an interesting future.

Furrball: Indeed (scratching his head).

Amy: I really wanna see that!

Furrball: Oooh is that the time? (looks at gold watch, hanging off his red waistcoat). I’m sorry Mrs Greta, but I think I need to be getting back to Cat City. It’s past my teatime you know, and Madame Purrfect will start to worry. And she makes the most kitty good cakes… I wouldn’t want to miss out on those.

James: sighs!

Amy: sighs!

Kiwi: Thank you for inviting us today. It’s been purrfectly good fun! Have a kitty day!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Basil Jones

Go Forth and Sin No More, Dragon Diaries Vol. 1  

by Dawn Young

Basil Jones lives in a world of spies, intrigue and secrets. He and Ashley Vincent (his boss) establish many secret bases all over the world. He built the Costa Rica Fortress, headquarters for Dragon Ink, a secret police force that tracks and hunts the worst kind of criminals who never seem to get caught. Basil also runs Jones Security International, a cover for the vigilante work they do.
Basil and Ashley work together very well even though Basil has the tendency to get in trouble with his boss due to his sneakiness and breaking the rules.

1.      Basil, you spent many years working as a British spy in Russia. I understand you even met your wife, Natasha while working at that job.

Natasha my beautiful bird was Sputnik’s spy. I was in Moscow to meet my double agent. One look at her, I dropped to my knees. She came over with her beauty and said,” Hello, are you Basil Jones?” I said,” Yes I am, will you marry me?” She smiled and we went to dinner and have been together since. She was my Russian double agent

2.      What made you change over to working for Ashley’s outfit

My friend Hiram called me. Ashley had come to him after she won the lotto. Her family had been killed. Hiram asked for my help in cleaning things up. We made those two deaths look like they never happened, her family’s killer and John Smith’s. John’s family had also been killed and Ashley had caught the scent. Being psychic, she could “hear” people.

Ashley and John were captured by Sputnik when the auto pilot on John’s plane malfunctioned. They crash landed in North Korea, leading to her being horribly tortured by Sputnik and the North Korean Leader. Sputnik, my Nemesis was after Ashley because she had found the scientist he was after to further KGB black ops. I built the Fortress in Costa Rica to hide and keep everyone safe. It really just evolved from there.

3. I understand you work very closely with an associate by the name of Q. What kind of inventions have the two of collaborated on lately?  

We make all sorts of sneaky gadgets like pens that shoot cyanide. My cane is a gun. There is a button on it that releases and shoots. It can put your eye out. I am not a physical man; I need sneaky things. We have also recently made a bullet that will dissolve a body. No mess to clean up is very good. Q, his specialties are guns, explosives, and bullets. There is also the laser pen. It could cut you in half. Ashley uses it and you don’t want to know what for, Love. Next question.

4. Ashley has caught you doing a few unauthorized things behind her back. What was her reaction to your extracurricular activities?

She pinned my bloody behind to the corner of the ceiling and left me there. I also hacked into her journal. It really pissed her that I read as she dictated it. The problem is going behind her back and then getting hit in the face with it. I now talk to her first. Partly this is why we created Jones International; I get bored and get in trouble. She has many ways; she will find something she knows I don’t like. One time she treated my tea. Ugh may as well just pin me to the ceiling.

5. You wear a number of hats in your work with Ashley, what is your specialty?

Espionage will always be my specialty, being a ghost.

6.  What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I play darts and drink beer with Edward. Natasha and I go on dates, dinner and dancing.

7. How did you meet Q and Hiram?

Well dear, Hiram was working/ kidnapped by the Russian mob. I met him when I met Natasha. I saved him in Africa after he was extorted into service for the US Secret Service and betrayed by the Russians. There is much more to that story, Love but we don’t have that much time.

Q worked for the queen and made gadgets for spies. I nicknamed him Q due to James Bond. He was a clone.

8. What is Ashley’s biggest issue other than the one we discussed?

Well, Love, don’t ask the easy questions. I talk in circles. I can spin your head and never answer your question. I dodge around it. Say a whole lot yet say nothing.

9. Which do you prefer? Why?

         Cars, motorcycles or boats. Cars, the others scare the bloody hell out of me, Love.

         Dogs or cats. I don’t have a pet. I do like Ashley’s dog, Jasper. Smart as whip that dog, so dogs.

         Dining in a fancy restaurant or a beer at the pub. It depends if I am with Natasha or if I am alone. Alone, to the pub, with my wife, a restaurant of her choice.

        Coffee or tea. Both, I drink more tea. I do quite enjoy high tea and my tea times. When you’re around Q you drink tasty coffee. He has several coffee plantations. He loves those as much as his guns.