CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH JEFF BLUE
Welcome!! Thanks for allowing this Q&A. Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
- Pluto… because those shots sent back from New Horizons looks like a nice place to raise the family
Who is your favorite author?
- Stephen King
What do you think makes a good story?
- A powerful ending. An ending that leaves people thinking, discussing, dissecting, and even debating it long after they’ve finished it.
Tell us about your family.
- My wife is an Officer in the US Navy and is way more talented musically than I’ll ever be, my daughter is 8 and she has an unusual love for dinosaurs, my son is 6 and last month him and I got to hang out with his favorite band of all time, Faith No More, after their concert in NYC, and my other son is 15 months and he loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
- I’ve been a cop for many years now, and I was in a standoff with a man who had 7 warrants, and he grabbed his 1 year old son and put a gun to his head. I had my gun aimed at the guy and I was told by my sergeant to shoot if he lowers the gun and aims it at us… we were like that for almost 4 hours.
What books have most influenced your life?
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, all Stephen King, and most Clive Barker
What book are you reading now?
- Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- A cop, an author, and a musician
What are your favorite TV shows?
- The Muppet Show, Dinosaurs, The Walking Dead, The Dead Zone
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
- Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra, Faith No More, God Lives Underwater, and Nine Inch Nails
What is your favorite meal?
- Pasta and sauce
What group did you hang out with in high school?
- The artsy freaks
Do you play any sports?
- I played Volleyball in high school, and Soccer in middle school. But I’m an obsessive pro-football fan.
What are you passionate about these days?
- Football, roller coasters, music, movies, and books
What do you do to unwind and relax?
- Listen to an album that I’ve never heard from a band or musician that I already love.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
- Probably my ex-girlfriend of 3 years back in my early-twenties. I left her for another girl and I didn’t realize what I was actually doing, or how hard it was on her.
What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Who should play you in a film?
- Rick Moranis
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
- Night person. I hate waking up and I hate going to bed.
Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?
- Stephen King
What would we find under your bed?
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
- It’s a restaurant in our neighborhood when we lived in Japan for 4 years. We don’t know the real name of it (because we can’t read Kanji) but my son, when he was 3, named it Circle Window Guy because the only window in the place is circular. It only seats 10 people and it’s a Rumen shop. The owner is the cook is the waiter. Best bowl of Ramen in the world, hands down. In the 4 years we lived in Japan, we probably ate there 200 times.
What makes you happy?
- Going to concerts. Seeing my kids smile. Kissing my wife.
What is the next big thing?
- The other guy from Wham! is going to have a huge comeback tour.
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
- Depending on what time, I may not even answer the door.
What one word best describes you?
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
- Extrovert. I am the loudest in any situation, I am a wise-ass with pretty much everything, nothing embarrasses me, and the more of an audience I have, the better and more comfortable I am.
Do you have any special routines or rituals?
- When I write, I usually have an alcoholic beverage to sip on, and I always have music playing.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
- I grew up in a funeral home… and I have webbed feet.
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
- A 1983 DeLorean
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
- Martin Atkins (drummer for the band Pigface, and owner of Invisible Records) once said to me, “It’s more punk rock to try to take down the establishment from the inside, than it is to stand outside and throw rocks at its windows.”
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
- Soylent green is people! Don’t eat it!
Yours Truly, 2095
by Brian Paone
Jeff Blue-the victim of a time-travel conspiracy-wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0; a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted?
J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff's journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming-something human.
During Jeff's perilous journey through the future, he will have to discover the truth about J0's origins, and solve the mystery behind how he wound up in 2095, in order to uncover the reality of his own destiny.
Armed with a one-way ticket to the moon, Jeff must race against the clock to seize what might be his last chance to return home to his time. A time without hover cars, Justice Computers, or TeleSkins-a time over one hundred years ago.
J0 stepped aside and finally let me approach the table.
“Oh, no. Not Susan. Oh, God.”
Her face was turned away from the door. She was completely finished from her waist to her head, but there was nothing below her hips. It was as if someone had started building her and just stopped. There were loose wires and metal sticking out of her pelvis, giving the impression that she had been ripped in half and not in the process of being constructed.
My eyes kept returning to the dangling red and blue wires. I thought that they looked like severed veins.
“What is this place?” I screamed.
“Looks like the Man-Delay project was thriving well beyond my knowledge,” J0 said.
“It’s sick, and it’s evil. Who was trying to duplicate her?”
“Why isn’t she finished? All of the other Man-Delays are just hanging on the walls like marionettes. My poor little Bluebird is unfinished with only half a body. Cruel mother—”
“It’s not really her,” J0 said, grabbing my shoulder for comfort.
I collapsed into J1’s synthetic body.
“But it is. Look at her. She’s perfect from the top of her head to her waist. That’s my little girl!” I yelled, sobbing.
“No, it’s not. That is a copy. Like I am a copy of Julie. It isn’t your little girl. Your little girl is safe in heaven. This is just a pile of wires and metal. She’ll never know what it feels like to cry at the lions at the zoo or to cry when it’s time to take a nap, because she’s not your Bluebird.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. An award winning author, his love of writing began through the medium of short stories at the young age of twelve. After almost 20 years of consistently writing short stories for only his friends and family to read, Brian’s first full-length novel, a personal memoir about his friendship with a rock-star drug addict entitled, “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts,” was published in 2007. Brian’s second novel, “Welcome to Parkview,” was published in 2010 and is a macabre journey through a cerebral-horror landscape. Brian’s latest novel, “Yours Truly, 2095,” was published in 2015 and follows a man who wakes up one morning, trapped in the future, to discover he’s been the victim of a time-travel conspiracy. Brian is married and has 3 children. Brian’s wife is an Officer in the US Navy. He is also a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, and his favorite color is burnt-orange.
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