Monday, January 4, 2010

A Chilling Interview feat. Robert Crull

Never got a chance to post for Frankie's No Kiss BlogFest. Very disappointed, but it's hard to compete with family visits, New Year's, and my daughter's birthday--oh yes, and the flu, which has hit three of my four family members (including my toddler who has been vomiting all morning....) I have, however, enjoyed reading some of the No Kiss blog posts--and I must say, I'm following some seriously talented writers/bloggers. A big round of applause to all those who participated.

In other news, I was nearly finished editing one of my manuscripts, and then decided to alter one huge plot element and one minor plot element which will now play a large role in later books in the series. I swear, this book-baby just will not breathe already. I keep pumping it full of life, and still...needs more and more gestation time. This has to be the longest homestretch in book pregnancy. Ah well...on to more exciting adventures for the moment:
Totally Sane Interviews with Vampires, Hobbits, and Talking Toads
Allow me to present to you author Robert Crull and his interview with Drew Sovern, a main character of his psychological thriller Dream State, available now.

I had the pleasure of meeting Robert on Twitter and remain grateful for the encounter. He's been generous and kind and amazingly supportive of other writers. Moreover, I'm dying to get my hands on his book--the premise alone of his psychological thriller gives me the shivers. Intrigued? Let me peak your interest just a tad more with the press release for Dream State:

By day a predator harbors gruesome thoughts that he wraps in a cloak of secrecy . . . at night he unleashes them without restraint.

How much of ourselves do we reveal to the outside world? Is it just enough to accomplish what we need to in our daily lives ... domestically, socially, and professionally? Where does the rest of the human puzzle fit in - the sinister, shadowy pieces? Some of us conceal these facets so that they never see the light of day. But others express them during the chilling hours of the night. You will be captivated and mesmerized by the story of Drew, an eccentric man who by sunlight lusts for power, and by moonlight performs horrific, deadly acts. Dream State is a compelling tale that tackles human nature, reveals human longings, and exposes human vulnerabilities. Will self-absorption and personal cravings push Drew to act out as the ultimate predator? Prepare yourself for a spine-tingling adventure as you read Dream State, an absorbing novel of venomous lust.
Yowza...ever so creepy and thrilling and gotta-read-it-now exciting, yes? haven't read the interview yet. So, without further ado....
A Chilling Interview
Robert Crull: Good evening Drew.
Drew Sovern: Good evening, I see you are well.
RC: Yeah thanks. I would like to talk to you about Melinda Dodge Drew, will you tell me about her.
DS: Ah yes, Melinda, number one. She was so beautiful.
RC: I thought as much.
DS: I had this major crush on her from the time I first saw her in middle school. She was pretty popular, so I kept my distance at the time. That night she came to see me was the beginning of a dream for me.
RC: Tell me about the night
DS: It was an amazing night. My dad had been pissing me off to no end and I was determined to live my life. Out of frustration, I went for a late night bike ride to the small park in the middle of town. I was sitting there on the picnic table when she walked up. I could barely speak I was so stunned.
RC: If you had all these feelings of attraction for her what happened to make you do what you did?
DS: To this day, I don’t really know why.
DS(alter ego): Do you really want to know?
RC: Yes I really do.
DS: Can I not do a simple interview without you budging your way in, trying to control it all?
DS(alter ego): Apparently not or I wouldn’t be here you putz.
RC: Do the two of you need to be alone?
DS(alter ego): I’m ready if the idiot would shut up.
RC: Drew, are you ready for your friend to tell me the story.
DS: Go ahead, he won’t leave me alone anyway.
RC: Alright then, what happened that night.
DS(alter ego): It’s simple really. She made Drew feel things he had never felt before and he was not capable of dealing with it. He was too immature, too childish to know how that all was supposed to end. So I helped him out. I took away from him the humanity he would have shown her at the moment she bit him.
RC: But it was just teasing, teenage making out. Why did you step in?
DS(alter ego): If he had not retaliated he would have wound up being the same pussy whipped man his father had become. He would have traded his sack for a purse to carry his testicles in. There was no way I would allow him to fall into that trap. If I had not taken over, he would have spent his years as a gelding wondering the field eating grass. Such a waste.
RC: Very harsh words, Drew what do you think?
DS: There is truth in those words, unfortunately. I have come to realize that my friend is normally right, and is so in this situation. That night I learned of what I was really capable of, how far I could go to get what I wanted, what we needed. Had it not been for Melinda and the events of that night, I would not be the man I am today.
RC: Thanks to you both for coming in today. I appreciate it and I am sure my readers will enjoy a look into the inner workings of Drew. Thank you again.
Okay, so how many of you are shuddering right now? Drew is one creepy dude, and yet, you can't help but want to read on. The guy suckers you in, whispering, clawing at that dark, disturbing side of yourself that longs to explore the possibilities of a deranged psyche. The alter-ego takes what might have been an otherwise pleasant, ordinary interview and makes it spectacular. Very chilling, but very intriguing. Many thanks to Robert for sharing his interview with us. It's been a welcome addition to the Character Interviews series, and it's been a great pleasure to work with him. Drew and his alter ego are available for futher exploration in Dream State, now available.

If you're interested in participating in the Totally Sane Interviews series, check out the how and why and give me a shout at cvaldezmiller AT gmail DOT com. Would love to see what you can do.

For now, I'm going to go to sleep. Flu 3 Carol 1
(I got a blog post written...that's worth at least 1 point, possibly a thousand).


  1. Yikes. I'm officially creeped out. Nice job!

  2. Tres cool! Thanks again for the blog award (in case you haven't checked your comments from December... Sorry, I was away.)

    Lynnette Labelle

  3. Shuddering? Yes!

    Feel better soon. :)

  4. Anne, it's like psycho 101, huh? Totally getting into the mind of a creepster.

    Lynnette, your'e welcome! And welcome back to the blogosphere. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

    Shannon, thank you. I just bought a giant teddy bear for my little one. I feel so bad to see her so puny. Poor thing.

  5. Uh...that's definitely a bit creepy but I love those kind of "dig into the mind of a psychopath" type stories. What makes them tick? What makes them different? And, how far are any of "us" from being one of "them"? I'm definitely going to have to check this book out!

    Hope you guys are all feeling better soon!! :)

  6. Yikes is right! And flu...YUCK! I'm feel so sorry for you. Good luck on your book baby, and I completely know how you feel. : )

  7. Whoa. Way to have the weird alter-ego take over the interview, dude. Now I wanna know what happened to Melanie. Nice teaser!

    And Carol? Sorry to hear about the flu. Hope everyone recovers quickly (and that you don't get it)!

  8. Rhonda,yeah, does a number on you, doesn't it? And thank you. My (new) teen daughter is supposed to have a sleepover this weekend, so hoping it clears up by then. :(

    Kimberley, thank you, m'dear. You are such a comfort. <3

    Simon, cool, huh? When he first showed me the interview, I had no idea what the book was about, or even the genre. I was seriously spooked. And thank you for the well wishes. Hoping it will pass soon. Stupid flu...grumble, grumble.

  9. love your "about me" description. thanks for coming to visit me. i look forward to reading your blog when i have a minute or two.

  10. Michelle, thank you! That's very kind. I look forward to your blog posts!

  11. Yikes! Creepy and intriguing - makes me want to read more :)

  12. Jemi, it's weird how that happens. I'm also really drawn to well-written villains in other types of fiction. I always want to understand their motivation.

  13. Now that's a book I'd definitely like to read.

    Excellent post.

    Hope the family is well again soon :)

  14. Wendy, thank you! Hopefully, we're on our way to wellness.

  15. Yes, definitely creepy. I'm glad you stopped by my blog today. I look forward to getting to know you in 2010!

  16. Oh, and I just became your 100th follower. Do I get a prize???? :)

  17. Soooooooooo creepy! I don't normally read these types of novels bc I freak myself out... but I might have to make an exception for this one!

  18. Yes, creepy! LOL
    Why did I have to read this at night time? :)

  19. Thanks for the interview--I'm always amazed at how incredibly creative writers are. Feel better soon!

  20. Thanks for the interview! Very creepy and I've always been a sucker for a scary book! I may have to add it to the heap of books I have waiting on me!

    And I hope your clan starts to feel better soon! The flu! ICK!

  21. Susan, I'm glad I did too ;)

    Sara, gives ya the shivers, doesn't it?

    Jennifer, oh I's one of those reads that sort of sticks with you.

    Lisa and Laura, oh me, too! I'm amazed and a little intimidated by the writing I've encountered just online

    Kristi, I'm sure Robert will appreciate it ;) And thank you for well wishes. Everyone seems to be doing a little better today, thankfully.

  22. Susan, why yes you are...very cool. I feel like it should earn you a prize of some sort. Hmmm...I'll have to think on it. But mucho mucho congrats and THANK YOU for your following.


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