Sunday, June 15, 2014

Character Interview: Special Agent Alex Slade

As promised, I am posting my interview with my upcoming hero, Special Agent Alex Slade.  If you have not read Hell in Heels or Private Dancer, stop reading because the interview contains some minor spoilers.  By the way, ladies, he is indeed more handsome in public.  Now, without further a due, here is my interview with the dark, brooding Special Agent Alex Slade.

MFG: Agent Slade, thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me.  I know my readers are quite eager to find out a little bit more about you.

SLADE: Mary Fran, thank you.  It's a pleasure to do an interview with you.

MFG: Alright, first things first.  How does it feel to be getting your own book finally?

SLADE: It's quite exciting, actually.  I've been there for some rather interesting turns of events in Nathan and Jake's lives, and I'm intrigued to see what is going to happen to me.  The pattern seems to be falling in love, but I don't know about me doing that.  It's not really on my current agenda.

MFG: Why do you say that?

SLADE: Relationships take time, and while I'll admit Nathan and Jake are busy men, I spend a majority of my time going undercover for weeks and often months at a time.  During those periods, I can only contact those I work with and those I am trying to bust.  That's not healthy for a relationship because communication is vital, and my job requires communication to be cut off for long stretches.  It's not fair to either person.

MFG: That's quite understandable.  However, if you were looking for a woman, what qualities would you be seeking?

SLADE: I like a woman who's confident in who she is.  I also want someone who isn't trying to be someone else.  A woman who is awkward and funny is better than someone who is fake and knows exactly what to say.  Perfection comes out in the most imperfect of people.

MFG: That's really sweet to say.  I don't think many guys would actually have the guts to say what you just did.

SLADE: I like to be honest.  Most guys would probably agree with me that they want a woman like that, but for some reason, they just don't want to say it.  Maybe it's because they won't be thought of as masculine if they admit that they're more interested in intellect than sex, although that is also a very important component as well.

MFG: Now you're really going to have all the female readers swooning as if you didn't already.  You've been a stand-out supporting character since your first appearance in Hell in Heels, and you saved the day in both that book and Private Dancer.  Basically, you were a hero of sorts, which is what led to your book being titled Ideal Hero.  What do you think makes the hero archetype such an appealing one to readers and writers alike?

SLADE: Me a hero?  I don't know about that.  I'm just doing my job in those situations.  However, as to the reason why the hero is such a long-standing go-to in reading, I think it's because you can root for them.  They are often going through things that we can relate to, and that's probably the most interesting part of them.  A hero is a person who steps up to the plate and does what they believe in no matter what the cost.  You can admire them even if they have flaws.

MFG: And you really don't consider yourself a hero?

SLADE: No way.  A hero is someone who does something because they feel it's right and want to take a stand.  I'm just doing my job, nothing special.  I mean, I do it because I like helping people, and that is important, but it's certainly not heroic.

MFG: Even when lives are being saved?

SLADE: It's just doing the right thing.

MFG: You seem to have a lot of interesting philosophies.  What do you think readers should expect to learn about you when they are reading your story?

SLADE: Well, it really depends how you write me (laughs), but I think they will realize that I'm not necessarily this unreachable, icy guy.  I do have feelings, although I often try to separate myself from them.  I also think they will realize that I do have reasons for everything I do and that I always do what I think is best for those I care about.

MFG: Thank you so much, Agent Slade.  I know readers are getting anxious to read more about you, and they will be soon.

SLADE: Thank you, Mary Fran, and thank you to all of you who are reading this.  I'm quite flattered by the attention, admittedly.

You can read more about Special Agent Alex Slade in Ideal Hero,  set for a fall release.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sorry It's Been a While

I apologize for my absence.  It got really crazy after my last post with the end of the semester and some family issues that came up.  I have been writing, however, even if it hasn't been as much as I would have liked.  Ideal Hero has been my first priority, but I have also been doing some editing for my critique group and working on a couple of other projects demanding my attention.  Characters can be quite the attention-hoggers.

This summer, my goal is to finish up Ideal Hero so that I can prep it for a fall release and edit Vegas so that I can start sending it out to publishing companies within the next few months.  After that, I plan to take a break for the Love, Windy City Style series, at least for a while, to focus on some other projects that are in a different realm.  Basically, I have a busy summer ahead of me.  The good part is you guys will hopefully have a lot of reading ahead of you.

Happy summer!

Mary Frances Gualandri