Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Michele Drier, and her characters from Snap: All That Jazz. It’s a fantastic paranormal romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Maxie.
Maxmillia Gwenoch—Maxie—isn’t used to being on the interviewee side of the notebook or mic, but she’s agreed to sit long enough to answer some questions. As the Managing Editor and now VP for International Planning for the celebrity gossip magazine SNAP, Maxie leads a life at least as glamorous as the people the magazine covers. And she’s a twenty-first century woman who’s now involved with a sixteenth century Hungarian vampire and his family.
You went to UCLA. How did you end up in celebrity journalism?
Hmmm, L.A., there’s your answer. I always thought I’d like to work for the L.A. Times, but the first job I found out of school was for a regional style magazine. I liked it! That changed my focus to magazines and, coming from L.A., what better than celebrities?
Is this how you thought your life would turn out?
What? Working at SNAP? Living in Kiev? Having a vampire lover? Probably “no” to all of them.
I always planned to have a career in journalism, I never believed in vampires and I never planned to live outside the United Stares.
It sounds like you made changes. What changed your mind?
He’s the second-in-command of the Kandesky vampire family, he’s about 500 years old, he’s lived in Hungary most of his life, he’s the Art Director for the magazine edition of SNAP, he’s overbearing and bossy, he’s sex on a stick and he’s my lover.
Overbearing and bossy?
I’m finally figuring out that he can’t help it. He’s from an age and a culture where roles for men and women were defined and stringent. He thinks I defy him and argue too much, I think he doesn’t even listen to me. We’re both kind of right.
His other characteristics though…he’s incredibly bright, he’s funny and witty, he has a wonderful sense of style, he has oceans of money, he’s the sexiest and most male man I’ve ever known and—BIG PLUS—he loves me and want to marry me.
You haven’t said “yes”?
This is tricky. He also wants to turn me into a vampire. He says, “If you stay a regular, you’ll get old, and I won’t. Won’t you wonder if I’m still attracted to you when you’re 60 or 70 or older? Won’t you wonder if I’m having affairs with younger women?”
He’s right, I have those fears, but I can’t give up sun and food…at least not yet. If he was a regular, I’d marry him in an instant.
What of your career? It’s sounds like you’ve given it up.
Not at all. I’m living in Europe now. Jean-Louis and I have an estate just outside of Kiev. My title is Vice-President for International Planning for SNAP, and we both work at expanding the SNAP global network. We opened a bureau in Kiev and we’re planning another one in Moscow, but the international tensions concern us. Did you see that the Russians closed down the Moscow McDonald’s? It’s getting harder to bring an American business into Russia, but we’ll see. One thing the vampires have on their side is time!
What’s the future look like?
I want to stay involved with SNAP, it’s exciting and so much fun to be on the leading edge of international celebrity gossip. And I love living in Europe, although I miss L.A. occasionally. Working with SNAP gives me a chance to come back to States if I get too lonesome.
I don’t know if we’ll stay in Kiev, with all the unrest, it might be better to move back to Hungary.
What I do know is that my future will always be tied to Jean-Louis. Where he goes, I’ll go…forever.
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Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series.
She writes the Amy Hobbes Newspaper mysteries and the eight-book Kandesky Vampire Chronicles paranormal romance series. The third mystery, Delta for Death is scheduled for late 2014 and the ninth Kandesky Chronicles, SNAP: I, Vampire will be available in spring 2015.
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