Hey guys! Virginia Nelson is joining us today and offered up a character interview from her Sekhmet's Guardians series. I have read her character interviews before and they are soo much fun! I hope you enjoy as much as I did!
It’s a little before 8 in the morning when I walk into the Guardian’s handout. I pour myself a cup coffee when Gabriel and Raphael walk in.
“That stuff will put hair on your chest,” says the Guardian’s leader, Gabriel.
I laugh but finishing filling my cup.
“Don’t pay any attention to him, V; he’s always grumpy this time of day.”
Don’t I know it! So are the two of you ready for this? Momma Chaos doesn’t wait forever.
“Ready as we’ll ever be,” says Raphael.
They both take a chair, cross their legs and wait on me to finish. I park myself on the loveseat and pull out my steno pad which has the questions I want to ask them on it.
V: Gabriel, why don’t you start off by telling us how your life has changed in the past couple of years?
G: Well for starters, two plus years ago, I like my brethren here was single. Now all that has changed… It all started when we decided to least our Lake Michigan estate to the British band the Immortals. Alice, the lead singer’s lifemate planned on staying her while they went on tour. She invited her best friend to come for a visit to keep her company.
Gabe takes a deep breath and repositions his long legs before continuing.
G: I met Jennifer for the first time the night of their welcome to the U.S. Tour party.
R: Gabe, I wouldn’t call that a meeting.
G: You’re right – it wasn’t a meeting… more like a collision course. Jennifer wanted nothing to do with me.
R: You can say that again!
G: Watch it!
Raphael relaxes after Gabe laughs. I can tell Raphael loves antagonizing Gabriel but is watching his words carefully.
G: Anyway as I was saying before I was rudely interrupted. Jennifer wasn’t too enthusiastic with my presence.
R: Maybe if you hadn’t drooled all over her…
Gabe cuts his eyes at Raphael again. I’m not sure if he’s teasing or serious at this point.
G: Cut the crap, will you? … I’m trying to tell a story here.
Raphael holds up his hands in self defense.
V: Ok guys, enough will the teasing. I’ve got an interview to do… please.
G/R in unison, “Sorry V.”
V: Ok so I got it, Jennifer wasn’t too enthralled with you. Don’t know why, I find you rather handsome and intriguing. Who wouldn’t want to spend an eternity in your arms or by your side?
Raphael whispers under his breath: “Jennifer.” This time I’m the one who cuts her eyes to Raphael.
G: Thanks V, but ya know I can be a bit intimidating.
V: Really, I never would have known… Could it be your size? What are you now 6’8” and 275-280 pounds and Jennifer is what 4’ 11”, a hundred pounds soaking wet?
G: So anyway, to make a very long story short, it took us a while to get it together. We just had some things to work out.
V: Oh yeah, like what?
R: Like a husband. (he snickers)
G: Yeah, bring up the asshole, why don’t you?
R: Hey, it’s an interview.
V: Ok guys this isn’t getting us anywhere. Raphael you want to tell me what you had to do with Jennifer and Gabriel getting together?
R: I’d be happy to. You see I was the catalyst in their relationship. I’m Gabe’s best friend as you know and I was becoming quite close to Jen… especially since she wanted nothing to do with him. Anyway, Jen and I spent a lot of time together, which actually put Gabe in touch with his inner self. Gabe had been alone for so long he didn’t even know how to court a woman. I had to give him instructions on that more than once. I’m happy to say it all worked out for both of them in the long run.
V: But what about you? I seem to remember you were quite taken by Jennifer yourself. Didn’t that leave you out in the cold?
R: For a while, but I came to love Jennifer as the sister I never had. I always knew I needed to protect her… just didn’t know why. And I’m happy to report I’m no longer out in the cold. I’ve found what I was looking for.
V: Really, and who is that?
R: Jennifer’s sister, Jessica.
V: Really and how did all that come about. I don’ remember anyone mentioning Jennifer’s sister in Eternal Lovers.
R: Your right V, no one including Jennifer knew she had a sister for quite some time. That little fact comes about in book two of the series, Eternal Nights, which is due to be released on May 1st.
V: So the second book is about you and your eternal quest for love?
R: Right again. Of course there is a whole lot more in that book. For example, Set’s Legions pull off some pretty nasty stuff… so much so we had to reactivate our recruitment policy. The grounds are now inhabited by two hundred recruits in addition to all of us.
G: Don’t forget to mention that Ronan finds love and one of Set’s members turns against them.
R: I was just getting to that.
V: Ok guys, you’re doing it again. Tell you what, I’m going to call it quits here and shoot what I have over to Momma Chaos and send along a couple of snippets of both books. That should give her readers a good look into the series. You two can finish your bickering without me.
SNIPPET from ETERNAL LOVERS
She stomped up to Raphael, grabbed hold of his hand, pulling him into the other room.“Ah… Ah… Jennifer, where are we going?”Looking around, she realized she had drug Raphael to the one room, now empty of furniture, set aside for dancing. They were standing in the center of the room with couples dancing all around them. She reached up and put both of her hands around Raphael’s neck and demanded, “Dance with me.”Puzzled as he must have been, he placed his hands on the small of her back and began swaying with her to the music. She laid her head against his chest. God, it felt good being so close to him–safe.“You know all you had to do was ask. I’d never turn down a lady in distress. I’m flattered but curious as to what brought all this on?”“I guess I’m just over reacting, but there was a guy in there…” She motioned with her head towards the other room. “...who was giving me the creeps. Evidently, he was staring at me while I was playing backgammon with Alice; well at least that’s what Marie said.”“Jennifer, I’m sure you are use to having men stare at you. You are a beautiful woman. I believe I told you earlier you look enchantingly beautiful tonight.”She blushed. Raphael could charm anyone.“It wasn’t just that he was staring at me. I left the room and went to get a drink and the next thing I knew he was leaning into me. He had me pinned against the bar. Lord, I swear he was sniffing my hair. I don’t know if he’s drunk, high or what but he really scared the living daylights out of me.”“Oh I see… and now you want the security guard and all this time I thought it was my charm that held you captive? I thought maybe you missed me… So what did this would be stalker look like?”“Yes, no, hell I don’t know, all I could think of was finding you.”“Jennifer, what did he look like, I’ll go find him and have a few words with him. If he’s drunk or on drugs, I’ll escort him out of here. I can’t have one of Alice’s guests being all upset. Now can I?”Racing through her memory she tried to picture him in her mind. She couldn’t tell Raphael that he was a delectable yet scary looking hunk with the most intriguing eyes she had ever seen, could she?“He’s dark haired, yeah black hair, really tall, taller than you, oh yeah, and he’s wearing a black suit with a black shirt and of all things sunglasses. He came to the party with four girls. I think maybe he’s a pimp? Hell, I don’t know what I think.”
SNIPPET FROM BOOK TWO – ETERNAL NIGHTS
Gabe stood in the doorway, leaning against the door frame while watching several of them pace back and forth like caged beasts. Two other men stood opposite one another, fangs bared and squaring off at each other. He sensed their high emotions. What the hell is going on? These seasoned soldiers shouldn’t be acting like this. He’d never had a problem with any of them before.He cleared his throat. “Gentleman, you want to take it down a notch.”The two who were facing off at each other looked over at him. Then one quickly snapped back at him, “It’s none of your damn business!” The other one flipped him off.The others in the room gathered around the two that were facing off, anticipating a fight about to break out. The way they were acting, they didn’t care who fought whom, they were itching for some kind of action.Gabriel walked up to the man who had spouted off to him and bared his own fangs.“You, sit now!”Then he shoved him into a nearby chair.He turned to the other man and pointed at another chair; far enough away from the first man so they couldn’t reach one another, “You, over there!”“In fact, every one of you fuckers, sit down! And someone tell me what the hell is going on in here!”Gabriel’s voice echoed through the walls and throughout the tunnel system. The eleven men in the room all looked at each other in disbelief. About that time five more guards, hearing Gabriel, came running into the room. The aggression on the five entering the room said they were ready for a brawl. Lance who also heard him from his office came running in behind the five men. He pushed his way through the crowd blocking the door and asked Gabriel what was going on.
Being a Native American woman and a Scorpio, author V.S. Nelson has always had a fondness for history, mythology, the occult, and the unexplained events which have occurred on this world we call home. It was no wonder she found herself writing a paranormal series.
Raised on authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne and coming from a long line of oral storytellers, Ms. Nelson work has been defined as innovative and fresh. She will take you by the hand and lead you into the depths of her imagination as if you are sitting next to her on the couch one minute and alive within her fantasy world the next.
She has always enjoyed reading stories with strong relationships and happy-ever-after-endings and it is reflected in her work. Even her commercial fiction, Sins of a Man, the Memoirs of a Mafia Hit Man, is layered with romantic elements. I’ve heard her say she is in love with love more than once and that too is echoed in her stories.
Landing in Arizona, after an exciting teaching career, which took her to the Middle East for several years, she lives in Arizona where she spends most of her time making love to her computer while writing, editing or researching, seven to ten hours a day. The days she’s not writing, you will find her with her critique partners, attending or presenting a workshop or at a RWA (Romance Writers of America) meeting. She’s extremely active in three RWA chapters in addition to her other associations.
She enjoys hearing from readers, fans and people with similar interests. They are more than welcome to contact her through her website http://www.authorvsnelson.com