[The Little Blue Lady peeks out the front door.]
What is that?
What do you mean what is that?
It’s an author.
Doesn’t look like any author I’ve seen before.
Oh, Umm, that’s because he’s a guy.
You’ve never interviewed a guy before, have you?
Your males are not blue either? This is a very odd planet.
Yeah, well, you could always go back home, you know.
I mean, I’d miss you, but no one’s keeping you here.
After I take over your world.
Yeah, saw that one coming.
In the meantime, why don’t you play nice with the author guy.
[She opens the door] No worries.
I haven’t disintegrated an author in at least a few months.
Yeah, that’s what I’m worried about.
You are way overdue.
What’s this about disintegration?
Oh, nothing, nothing.
Come in, sit down.
What are those burn marks on the couch?
Nothing to worry about at all.
So, you are a male, huh? How’s that working for you?
[crinkles his brow]
It’s working pretty good.
Quite a conversationalist, aren’t you?
Let’s just get down to it. Who are you and what do you want?
That’s a tough one.
Who are any of us really? Part of me wants to know why you’re blue, but, you can’t just ASK someone that now can you? Very frowned upon.
Yes it would be.
Did she just get bigger?
Answer the question!
Umm…the simple answer is that I’m Jon and most of the time I’m a writer. Some of the time, I’m a haberdasher (that’s a complete lie) and all of the time I want people to enjoy the characters I’m slapping on paper.
What’s a haberdasher?
A haberdasher is a mythical creature upon which Gods rode into battle…
or a person who sells small bits and bobs used in sewing. A button salesman in effect.
The creature, the God,
or the seamstress?
Don’t be rude!
I’m not being rude.
He just said he likes to sew.
That doesn’t …. Ugh! Never mind.
Can you please talk about his book?
Okay Mr. Button Salesman: Why do you think your book is good enough?
It’s the story you’ve been wanting but never thought the genre was capable of giving it to you. A main character who isn’t bemoaning his existence and actually has something to live for are other good reasons.
Who bemoans their existence?
I don’t bemoan anything.
I wasn’t saying that you…
Tell us why anyone would want to read this book Crossroads, A Demos City Novel?
If you want social commentary layered into interesting characters that make you laugh and cry and shout at them for the terribly real decisions they make, this book and series are for you. The story is the culmination of years of work, and everything fits into a tight narrative framework. Everything happens for a reason in Demos City.
All right. It might have potential.
Tell me, does anything explode?
Yes. A lot of things.
People also explode.
Oh! That sounds like fun!
Tell me more!
Michael Bay may have directed a chapter or two of this book. He wanted to remain uncredited – silent partner and all that – but there was simply too much powder used in the blasting caps for him to remain anonymous.
This sounds wonderful!
What’s it about?
This is the story of Leon Gray and his daughter Shauna. Werewolves existing in a world where their kind has been out in the open for thousands of years. But Leon is trying to raise his daughter away from the traditional pack structure.
Desperate to show Shauna he can be a good father outside a pack, Leon takes a job providing security for an investigative reporter, David Hastings who has irritated too many powerful figures in Demos.
Leon’s job? To watch Hasting’s back.
Leon’s reward? Enough money to provide Shauna with an education the werewolf could never afford on his own.
The catch? Hastings has a pair of hired killers on his trail.
Werewolves, huh? Hmmm. I might give it a try, just because you explode things. So, fellow TNT lover, have you ever tried to take over the world?
I’ve taken over thousands of worlds…through the convenience of my personal computer. Without Sid Meier, I’m not much of an overlord, but I can play one in my spare time. Does that count? I’m a very big deal on the Internet.
So, you are a male, huh?
Are you sure you’ve never been blue?
No, but I did paint portions of my face blue for a Walk The Moon show once. I would’ve done it twice but they discouraged it for the MTV Unplugged taping, which I also happened to be at – front row center, not bragging though.
Walk the moon?
So you’ve traveled in space?
I went to grad school in Boulder, Colorado, and there was this one time during the summer where my friends told me to eat this chocolate bar and not to ask any questions. I saw a lot of things that night, include space and time.
I don’t think that’s what she meant.
but the look on her face is priceless.
While she’s lost in confusion,
how about we take a look at your rafflecopter?
I have all kinds of stuff to give away! How about an autographed ARC of the novel with annotations, autographed bookmarks and an autographed poster
Now let me get this straight… you ate a chocolate bar, and it sent you through space and time. Is this some new food-based technology you’ve been keeping from me?
I’ll explain it later, sweetie, I promise.
Thanks for coming, Jon!
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