Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Character Interview by Suzanne Johnson + Giveaway


River Road Character Interview: All About Alex
by Suzanne Johnson

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alexander Warin, co-sentinel of the New Orleans/South Louisiana region…Well, okay, I had to bribe him with lunch at Port of Call, a divey little restaurant in the lower French Quarter in New Orleans that serve the best burgers in the city.

Now that he’s sitting across from me, I’m a little intimidated. Alex is six-three, probably 240, seriously jacked, and has messy dark brown hair a little too long, with a hint of curl. He has eyes the color of dark chocolate and ridiculously long eyelashes. I kind of want to sigh. But if I do, I know he’ll leave, so I sip my diet soda and take a deep breath.

Tell us about your job—both as a Sentinel and an Enforcer.

Why?

(Clears throat) Are you going to go caveman on me?

Fine, whatever. Before Hurricane Katrina tore down the borders between New Orleans and the Beyond, the Sentinels’ job was to maintain the borders and send back pretes (preternaturals) who came into the modern world. Now that the borders are down, we mostly mediate disputes and chase down the pretes who commit crimes or threaten to expose our world to the humans. Before I was made the co-sentinel, I was an Enforcer. I came in when Sentinel jobs went bad and killed the pretes. (Pauses, looks wistful.) I miss killing pretes.

How’s your partnership with DJ going?

Did she put you up to this?

Paranoid much?

Fine, whatever. We’re doing better than I would’ve expected. We got off to a bad start, and she’s a typical wizard. Bitchy and sarcastic, in other words. And the woman is a chaos magnet. Seriously. She attracts trouble like flies to honey. But she’s also…I think she’s…never mind.

You think she’s sexy. Yet you guys are just partners. Would you like it to be more?

None of your business.

What about Jake? Your cousin and DJ are—

Would you move on with this? I’m not gonna talk about DJ and me, and I’m sure as hell not going to talk about DJ and Jake.

What about DJ and the undead pirate Jean Lafitte?

(Assumes a bad French accent that sounds suspiciously like the cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew) I would like to have dinner, Jolie. Come to my home in the Beyond, Jolie. You owe me many debts, Jolie. What an ass. If the man wasn’t immortal, I’d shoot him and be done with it.

Well, actually, you did shoot him once.

Yeah, for all the good it did. A couple of weeks to recoup in the Beyond and—wham—there he is again, popping up like some warped pirate Jack-in-the-box. You can’t get rid of the guy.

Can you talk about this case you’re working on?

(Runs hands through hair, distracting his interviewer momentarily.) What a cluster(bleep). We’ve got a half-dozen mermen running around Plaquemines Parish trying to kill each other. We’ve got dead wizards—no, make that dead mutilated wizards. We’ve got something poisoning the Mississippi River. We’re having to work with a nymph named Libby, who’s trying to seduce everything in pants. It’s a freaking nightmare.

You don’t like the nymph?

Did I say that?

Uh-huh. What do you think of the mermen? And have you met a weregator yet?

I like the Delachaise twins, Rene and Robert. The head of the other mer clan, Denis Villere, is ornery. Jury’s out on him. Mermen like to fight—a lot. And yeah, I came across a few weregators when I was doing Enforcer work. They and the merpeople don’t get along, usually because they’re trying to claim the same waters. Plus, the weregators will eat mermaids if they catch one alone.

(Gulps.) What happens when a weregator eats a mermaid?

(Arches an eyebrow.) He gets indigestion? Seriously, somebody like me goes in and kills the gator. It’s a good deterrent.

Do you like living in New Orleans intead of Mississippi, where you grew up and were mainstreaming with the FBI before Hurricane Katrina?

Yeah, it’s okay. New Orleans people are crazy, but mostly in a good way. They have weird names for things, work hard, party harder. I like the local accents.

DJ has one of those accents. What did you think the first time you saw her?

I thought she was nuts. She can’t fight for crap, and there she was, scrambling around on the floor trying to out-fight Jean Lafitte. So I shot him. Then she bitched me out for saving her. Ingrate.

You were a total jerk. You juggled a hand-grenade just to intimidate her.

(Grins.) Yeah, and it worked. I still have it. Nothing better to kill a zombie. (Waiter brings the check and sets it beside Alex’s plate. He looks at it, hands it to me.) Been fun. Let’s not do it again.

(Walks out. All the women in the restaurant watch him go. Collective sighs all around.)


Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance from Auburn, Alabama, after a career in educational publishing that has spanned five states and six universities. She grew up halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis' birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.

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Book #2 in the Sentinels of New Orleans series

Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.



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