Character Interview: Lieutenant Jim DeLong

I’ve seen authors choosing one of their characters to interview. After checking out some character interviews, I decided to join in on the fun and do one for my protagonist, Lieutenant Jim DeLong. Some of you know that he was the lead investigator in my debut novel, The Murder of Manny Grimes. Well, Lieutenant DeLong will return within the next few weeks in the follow-up novel, Blood Runs Cold. The upcoming case will be the most difficult of his career, filled with tension and suspense. Will he be able to pull through? Or will DeLong fall even further down the darkness of his soul? Well, you’ll have to pick up Blood Runs Cold once it’s out to find out! In the meantime, enjoy my sit-down with Lieutenant Jim DeLong.

This interview takes place before the events of The Murder of Manny Grimes.

  • What do you do?

I’m a lieutenant at the Columbia County Sheriff’s office in Augusta, GA. I usually push paperwork but I find that boring. I like being out in the field. I do that every chance I get.

  • What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?

I can’t really say. I mean, I don’t usually ask. When it’s about work, I’m there to do my job. I’m dedicated to my work. Sometimes obsessively. When I first meet people, I get right to business. Other than that, I don’t make much small talk.

  • What about afterward?

(Chuckles) I’d say it depends on the person. Some say I have anger issues. I’ve had others say I’m down-to-earth.

  • So, are you bi-polar?

(Laughs) No. I guess you can say I just feel things a little more than I should.

  • I see. Tell me about your family.

Well, I’ve been married for seven years. My wife’s name is Samantha. We met when we were in college. We have a six-year-old daughter, Bella. She’s great. (Laughs) But she certainly can be a bit of a handful.

  • (Laughs) Gotta love that kids keeps life interesting, huh?

Yeah, she certainly does.

  • How is your marriage?

Um, isn’t that a bit personal?

  • Yes. But I believe people like to know what makes Augusta’s finest tick.

Umm….well, we have our ups-and-downs. Just like any other marriage. We just do what we have to, right?

  • I suppose so. Do you think you turned out the way your parents wanted you to?

Does anyone?

  • I’m pretty sure some do. What makes you think you didn’t?

I didn’t say that I didn’t. Is this interview over, yet? I really need to get back to work.

  • You implied it. Lieutenant, is there a reason you don’t want to answer the question?

No, I just have a lot to do. Look, if you want an answer, let’s just say our past makes us who we are today. When things happen that’s out of your control, you deal with it the best way you know how.

  • “When things happen.” Did something happen to you? Something you couldn’t control?”

OK, you know what? This interview’s over now.

  • Wait. Let’s move on. Is that OK, Lieutenant?

Fine.

  • Who is your best friend? Tell me about him/her.

Russell Calhoun. We go way back. He used to work in the Navy. He retired as a criminal investigator. He’s a good guy. As good as they come. Russ has done a lot for me in the past. I don’t know where I’d be today without him.

  • You seem very close to him. What does he give/do for you that no one else can?

(Pause) I don’t know. I guess…a sense of peace.

  • I see. Are you happy with your life?

Happy? Sure. Maybe. I mean, I love my family. And my daughter means the world to me. I have friends. But…

  • But?

Well, I’m alive, aren’t I? I have troubles, just like the average guy. I’m working through them. Trying to find…

  • True happiness?

Yeah. I guess that’s accurate.

  • Thank you for your time, Lieutenant DeLong. I wish you the very best.

Right. Uh, you too.

 

Got comments? Place them below! Let’s get a chat going!

Lieutenant DeLong is featured in The Murder of Manny Grimes, available at B&N and Amazon in paperback and eBook. Blood Runs Cold is set for release soon! For more information or the link to order, click here.

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The Wager: A Romantic Comedy as Christian Allegory #bookreview

  • Title:  The Wager: A Romantic Comedy By ChrThe Wager: A Romantic Comedy as Christian Allegory by [Brister, Mike]istian Allegory
  • Author: Mike Brister
  • Print Length: 284
  • Publisher: Michael E. Brister
  • Publication Date: August 9, 2016
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance, Comedy

The Wager is written as a cross between a romance novel and a play. We meet two very distinct characters and we quickly fall in love with them. Sarah Dumont is a famous actress, rich, grew up in a prominent family as the oldest child. Because of her status, she is driven, focused, and pretty much snotty. Matt Shepard is not rich, who was the youngest child growing up on a farm. Matt is working hard at putting pieces of his life back together, friendly and sly.

The two meet based on a wager: Sarah is challenged that she wouldn’t be able to earn Matt’s attention. Sarah’s first intention was to have him make furniture for her in LA. Then when the wager is made, I felt like something was missing within the story line. Sarah wants furniture, then the woman tells her Matt wouldn’t meet with her no matter. From there, it seems Sarah’s immediately offended being told she wouldn’t be able to get Matt out on a date. I felt I needed something more to explain.

When they finally do meet, from there on, the two personalities clash and are full of hilarious banter. You can’t help but love them. I also love the use of Doodle, Matt’s dog, in the story. It only made me love Matt all the more. I found him to be very charismatic and charming.

The writing style flowed nicely. The only thing I wasn’t too fond of was that the narrative repeated pieces of the dialogue and vice versa. Having to read too much repetition made me skim more than I’d like. However, it was easy to get the feel of the southern accent. Whether you’re Midwestern, southern, northern or from Mars, readers will find themselves slipping into a southern accent.

Sometimes it was difficult for me to gather the feelings of the characters but I think it’s really up to the reader. After reading parts of the scene, I would go back and reread in order for me to get the sense of how they felt during the incident. I feel this is primarily due to the fact that it’s more of a play (or movie/TV script).

Regardless of the few “negatives,” I thoroughly enjoyed the read. It had humor, it had tears, it had love, and of course, a hidden moral to the story.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Mike Brister

Mike Brister was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1952. His father worked for the Illinois Central Railroad and in 1955 was transferred to New Orleans, Louisiana. This began a lifelong relationship with one of the most unique cities in the world. Eventually, the family would return to Jackson.

Mike received degrees in mathematics and spent his working career as a consulting actuary. Now retired, he has written his first novel. He has made numerous trips to Haiti and plans more. The hope is that the novel is a fun read and allows for the purchase of goats for families in Haiti.

Poet of the Wrong Generation #BookReview

  • Title: Poet of the Wrong Generation
  • Author: Lonnie Ostrow
  • Print Length: 455
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2016
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult

My Review:

I was surprised to find that I loved everything about this book–from the cover to the prose. The storyline was engrossing, the characters extremely well-developed, the dialogue superb…well, Poet of the Wrong Generation is a book you have to read when you have no pressing matters to attend to because it’s that hard to put down.

We open with a prologue to the present. Johnny Elias is staring into a photograph taking himself back into a time when life was good and carefree. He was in love, had friends, he had happiness. And now, because of the things happened since then, he’s feeling regret. Don’t we all when we start feeling that nostalgia?

After we’re through we the prologue, the next time we see Johnny is back in time in 1991. He joins Megan Price, the girl he loves, and their friends at a concert in Central Park. However, soon after, everything changes. Feeling heartbroken and betrayed, he begins doing what a lot of real people do in these kinds of situations: a writes down his feelings. But these aren’t just words. They’re magical poetry from the heart. Johnny ends up turning his writing to music and falls into success and fame.

This was a truly amazing novel. I can see it becoming a summer series or even a mini-series on the Hallmark channel. But at the same time, perhaps they better not touch this story. After all, bringing stories to live, especially on network television, it just may ruin this beautiful creation of Lonnie Ostrow’s.

If you want a book complete with twists and turns, pick up Poet of the Wrong Generation. If you want a book with star-crossed lovers, pick up Poet of the Wrong Generation. If you want a book that tugs at your heartstrings in every way, pick up Poet of the Wrong Generation. It’s well worth the time it takes to read. I highly recommend this pleasure of a book.

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Lonnie Ostrow
Biography

Lonnie Ostrow has been an innovator, storyteller, promoter and celebrity-insider for more than two decades. With Poet Of The Wrong Generation, he combines all his unique experiences to bring you a novel of love & betrayal, music & fanfare, downfall & redemption — a fable of stardom’s rewards, set in New York City during the 1990s. It’s been hailed as “the ultimate rock & roll love story.” Since 2001, Mr. Ostrow has been the publicity/marketing director & researcher for the iconic best-selling novelist Barbara T. Bradford. He also serves as an editorial and marketing consultant for a collection of first-time authors through The Editorial Department in Tucson, AZ. Previously he served as a PR executive, promoting an assortment of first-time celebrity authors including Ray Manzarek of The Doors.

From 1995 – 2001, Mr. Ostrow was widely credited with inventing the “living celebrity postal phenomenon.” In all, he worked with more than 40 legendary personalities from the Bee Gees to Bob Dylan, Sylvester Stallone to Jackie Chan, creating media events to celebrate their postal recognition by an assortment of foreign nations.

Ostrow’s first publication, Titanic, A Postal Collection, was published in 1998.

Haunted Visions # BookReviews

  • Pacific Cove: Haunted Visions (Pacific Cove Short Read Series Book 1) by [Grace, J.E]Title: Haunted Visions
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Publication Date: August 13, 2016
  • Sold by:Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Format:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Fantasy

A few months after Naomi is devastated when her sister is killed by a car walking to a friend’s house, she graduates college with an art degree and marries the man of her dreams, Jason. They embark on their newly romantic life together in Pacific Cove. However, life is less than happy when Naomi begins experiencing visions that keep her on edge.

Haunted Visions is a very light, quick read. My only issues is that the narrative tend to switch from past to present tense and back again, which can be confusing. The characters were two dimensional and their dialogue can be mediocre at times, but the story itself was very enjoyable. I read it in one sitting, eager to find out what was going to happen.

Haunted Visions is recommended to those who enjoy stories that include faith, love and has supernatural elements entwined. It is one that I wouldn’t mind reading again, and I’d be interested in seeing what other stories Ms. Grace will come up with.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Biography

J.E. Grace

J.E. Grace was born in California and has a background in Retail Management.

She now resides in the Midwest and retired from a career in real estate in 2012 to pursue her passion-writing. Her interests include poetry, painting in traditional oils/pastels, digital art and photography. Her work can be viewed on Society 6, Zazzle, and Fine Art America.

This is her debut science fiction novel. She tries to make her characters interesting and believable so that her readers can relate to them. Her writing has spiritual overtones due to her deep roots in her faith.

She is currently writing a fantasy novel with relationships to Christian values and is in the planning stages for a sequel to “The Zarion-Saving Mankind. Her new Pacific Cove Series Short Reads; Haunted Visions-Book 1 and Testament of Faith-Book 2, are due to be published Aug-Sept. 2016. There will also be a Book 3, entitled, “Love’s Enduring Legacy,” which she is currently working on.

Website: http://jegrace.webs.com

Bad Times? Not At All!

We all have to deal with ups and downs in this life. And usually, we have something that gets us through the down times. The contest for this month is for you to write a story about the worse day of your life and how you overcame it (God, a friend, pet, etc).

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The guidelines:

  • Please keep your stories PG
  • The word count limit is to not exceed 2500 words
  • Put a link to your entry into the comments of this post
  • You may also place the URL of this post into your entry post so others may find and join the community
  • The most important thing is to have fun!

The winner will be notified in next month’s challenge post, as well as in the comments of their entry post.

See the Monthly Writing Contest page for current prize offering.

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Everybody Needs a Superhero!

The world needs a superhero! It can be a hero with special powers, or not. It’s up to you. Just create a superhero and have him/her save the day.

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The guidelines:

Please keep your stories PG
The word count limit is to not exceed 2500 words
Put a link to your entry into the comments of this post
You may also place the URL of this post into your entry post so others may find and join the community
The most important thing is to have fun!

The winner will be notified in next month’s challenge post, as well as in the comments of their entry post.

See the Monthly Writing Contest page for current prize offering.

Have fun!

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Honor Mothers on Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner (Sunday, May 8), it’s fitting for the first contest to be about your mother or a mother figure in your life.

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The guidelines:

  • Please keep your stories PG
  • The word count limit is to not exceed 2500 words
  • Put a link to your entry into the comments of this post
  • You may also place the URL of this post into your entry post so others may find and join the community
  • The most important thing is to have fun!

The winner will be notified in next month’s challenge post, as well as in the comments of their entry post.

See the Monthly Writing Contest page for current prize offering.

Have fun, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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