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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Character Interview from Blood and Whiskey
Character Interview from the pages of Blood and Whiskey
Blood and Whiskey opens with Rose Bauer, a young runaway living on the streets of Portland, Oregon, making a terrified phone call to her Uncle Lenny in LonePine, Wyoming, begging him to come get her. Then she disappears. Lenny is a true-blue survivalist with shadowy former ties to the military. He’s an eccentric, brilliant weapon’s expert, a conspiracy theorist and Tucker’s best friend.
The search for Rose leads Tucker and Lenny on a wild journey across the west and when they discover who is behind her kidnapping, their worst fears are realized.
We have an interview with Rose from The LonePine Gazetteer:
Why did you run away?
Have you ever looked at LonePine? I mean, it’s beautiful and all, the mountains, the rivers, but it’s boring. There’s nothing here for me to do, no job. At least nothing fun. Clerk at the Gas n’ Get. Bartender to a bunch of drunk cowboys. Maybe a schoolteacher, but only after Mrs. Sopolksy dies and that’ll be awhile. So I ran. I bolted. And I didn’t think too hard about where I would land. That was a mistake. L.A. is a mean city. I did some bad things there. Portland was a little nicer, but only until the other cowboy assholes showed up.
What happened to you after you were kidnapped?
I was a blood-making machine. I couldn’t fucking believe it, but most of the time, I was all drugged up with that crap that killed Michael Jackson, Propo-something, so the whole thing is kind of hazy. The only good thing about it is that I got clean. Kicked the heroin totally and never going back. Never. Being almost killed by vampires is a great rehab technique.
When you say “vampires,” you’re speaking metaphorically?
I don’t expect you to believe me. I don’t care what you think. I’ve seen things. My Uncle Lenny always believed in all kinds of crazy shit and people think he’s a little off. After what happened to me, living in the fallout shelter with him and Aunt June while he goes off on black helicopters and the need for genuine anarchy, sounds pretty good.
So, are you saying you had some sort of near death experience?
Yeah, something like that. Made me reconsider a few things too, like how much hurt I left behind me by running away.
What’s your opinion of Tucker?
Well, he’s pretty cute, in an old dude sort of way. And funny. A real cowboy. Mostly, he’s kind, and dependable. I hope I can meet someone like him someday. It’s nice that Lizzie has come into his life; he’s happy again. She’s got her own stuff they have to work through, the whole vampire thing. Vampire, New Yorker; whatever she’s like family now.
Are you high right now?
Ha ha. No, but it probably sounds like it. I could use a smoke though.
What’s your favorite book?
Any comic book with the Green Lantern. He’s the fucking bomb. And Nancy Drew. Seriously, what? I read them all when I was little.
And your favorite band?
Wilco. No, wait, The Dresden Dolls. They will change your life.
Have you ever been in love?
Yes. Next question.
What will you do now that you are back home?
Hide? Try to not to die of boredom. I guess I’ll stay for awhile in LonePine. Not sure city life suits me after all. Maybe I’ll run for Sheriff. How hilarious would that be?
Aren’t you a little young for that?
(laughing) I’m old enough, I checked. And Uncle Lenny said he would be my special deputy, teach me about improvised weapons, like porcupines. I think the town could use someone who knows about the undead now the United Nations of Vampires are here. Someone’s got to keep the peace.
Again with the vampires. Is that code for something?
Yeah, it’s code for people who never read your stupid small town fucking paper.
Blood and Whiskey
A Cowboy and Vampire Thriller
by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
Publication date: May 1, 2012
Fiction, Trade Paperback (362 pages) $14.95; e-book $4.99
Library of Congress Control Number: 2012902814
Wanted: Lizzie Vaughan, Dead or Alive
Relationships are always hard, but for a broke cowboy and a newly turned Vampire, true love may be lethal.
After barely surviving an undead apocalypse in The Cowboy and the Vampire, Tucker and Lizzie hightail it back to quirky LonePine, Wyoming (population 438), to start a family. But she’s got a growing thirst for blood and he’s realizing that mortality ain’t all it’s cracked up to be when your girlfriend may live forever. With a scheming Vampire nation hot on their boot heels and a price on her head, how far will Lizzie and Tucker go to protect their unlikely love?
Blending evolution, religion and an overly sensitive cow dog named Rex, Blood and Whiskey drags the Vampire myth into the modern west, delivering double-barreled action, heart-pounding passion and wicked humor.
Clark Hays grew up in Montana in the shadow of the Tobacco Root Mountains. In addition to his fiction work, he is a cowboy, a published poet and occasional food critic. Recently, he was nominated for Pushcart Prize for short fiction and not so recently for a Rhysling award for poetry. Clark brings a deep knowledge about the modern west, weaponry, country music and existentialism to his writing.
Kathleen McFall grew up in the heart of Washington, D.C. She worked as a petroleum geologist and, later, as a journalist, and has published hundreds of articles about scientific research, energy and natural resources. An interest in the overlap of science and mysticism are an essential aspect of her fiction writing. She received an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for fiction writing.
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