Friday, October 28, 2011

Andrea Speed Interviewing her character From Pretty Monsters

Hello, I’m Andrea Speed, and I’m interviewing the star of my new short story series, Josh, from Pretty Monsters (Josh of the Damned #1). Available from Riptide Publishing October 30th. Josh is your average convenience store night shift worker, except this Quik Mart has an unusual feature that makes it far from your average job. Hopefully Josh will tell us about it.

Andrea: Hi, Josh, thanks for talking with me tonight.

Josh: (shrugs) 3:30 in the morning’s the dead time anyways.

Andrea: Okay. Well -

Josh: That wasn’t a zombie joke. It’s just that, between now and four thirty, not a lot of people come by the store. It doesn’t really start picking up ‘til about five, and I’m almost outta here by then.

Andrea: So you’re a night owl then?

Josh: (shrugs) I guess. I don’t like getting up before noon.

Andrea: You knew about the dimensional vortex in the parking lot before taking the job?

Josh: Yeah. He had to warn me so I didn’t freak out when the lizard guys came in. It’s still a little freaky anyways. 

Andrea: Have you ever seen the vortex?

Josh: You can’t see it. It’s like this black spot, just nothing on nothing. It only opens at night, and in it’s in the back by the Dumpster, where the streetlight’s never worked. But sometimes, if you’re turned just the right way and kind of look at it out of the corner of your eye, you can see a shimmer. It doesn’t photograph, though. Believe me, I’ve tried.

Andrea: And you know it’s there by what comes out, right?

Josh: You mean the lizards and the zombies and stuff? Yeah, I guess.

Andrea: Do you believe it’s gateway to hell or something similar?

Josh: (shrugs) I don’t believe in hell, so I dunno. I don’t think so. I mean, they’re all kind of weird, but they aren’t vicious. Well, most of them. (The bell sounds, signaling a customer entering the store. From the rotted gray flesh, torn clothing, and general smell of death, it’s easy to peg the customer as a zombie.)

Andrea: They don’t bite, do they?

Josh: Not sure. You could ask nicely, I guess. (He then smiles at his own joke.) 

Here's the blurb:
Josh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.
Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.
Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.

This title is #1 of the Josh of the Damned series.

For more about Pretty Monsters, visit Riptide Publishing. You can read an excerpt and purchase, all on the same page.

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The Scarf Princess said...

Great interview! And with a Gateway to Hell right in front of your workplace, it's sure to be exciting with something new always coming through.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed reading the interview; it was great.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Bookwyrm369 said...

I have this one pre-ordered and can't wait to read it :-)

smaccall AT

elaing8 said...

I like character interviews.
This sounds like a good book.

Loveless3173 said...

Absolutely enjoyed the interview!


Anonymous said...

Dear Josh,
How do you feel when you know your Hot Guy is not what he seems? Any plans for us to peek a boo your first date?


Sarah said...

This is a great read but Andrea is a tease :-P how long till the next one


-Maria- said...

Great interview, I enjoyed reading it.

Adara said...

Read this a couple of nights ago and thought it was a fun read and a great set-up for a series. Thanks!

adara adaraohare com

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