Responses to Interview Questions from Claudine Kapel, author of A Darker Rain
For Full Moon Dreaming
1) You’re marooned on a small island with one person and one item of your choice—who is that
I’d pick Siddhartha Gautama and a satellite phone. The phone would get us rescued, and we could have some fascinating discussions about the origins of Buddhism while waiting for help to arrive.
2) Which musical would you say best exemplifies your life – and which character in that musical are you?
I’d be Alice from Alice in Wonderland, because life really is an incredible journey! I’ve also known a few interesting cats.
3) Take these three words and give me a 100-word or less scenario using them: insurance, owed, talk
Scenario: It’s 1965. Julia is talking to her niece, who is afraid to tell her boyfriend what she thinks about civil rights because she doesn’t want to jeopardize the relationship. Julia says:
Don’t be afraid to talk about how you feel. You don’t owe anyone your compliance and you’re not owed that by others. Being yourself is the best insurance you’ll find for a joy-filled life.
4) What is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other?
For me, some elements for a romantic evening would include a delightful meal, some beautiful music, and a moonlight walk along a warm sandy beach, bare feet kissed by the lapping water.
5) When you start a new story, do you begin with a character, or a plot?
I generally start with a scene that is central to the plot. This may be the opening scene of the book, but sometimes it’s a scene that occurs much later. From there, I map out the rest of the plot as well as the related characters.
6) If they were to make the story of your life into a movie, who should play you?
A friend of mine suggested Lena Dunham. Alternatively, perhaps Jennifer Lawrence. They’re both (a-hem) a
7) Who’s your favorite horror villain and why?
I don’t really read horror novels or watch horror films, so I don’t have a big inventory of possibilities to choose from. That said, I think I’d go with Dracula, because few historical characters have sparked the imagination of writers over time the way he has.
8) Do you have a historical crush and if so, who is it?
I’ll go with Marco Polo, who not only engaged in an epic journey of exploration, but also wrote about his travels so others could learn from them.
9) Is there a story that you’d like to tell but you think the world isn’t ready to receive it?
Not really. I wasn’t sure the world was ready for a story about aliens on Earth, but I wrote it anyway. J
A Darker Rain
by Claudine Kapel
“It’s definitely not a good time to be going into the woods of Hawkley Ridge.”
When a red-eyed wildcat starts threatening ranchers in the Pacific Northwest, Ryan Cole recognizes the danger is far more menacing than the ranchers realize. Cole specializes in tackling unconventional security threats, particularly those with alien origins.
His investigation puts him in the crosshairs of Antoine Drake, an international arms dealer with a penchant for weapons from other worlds. Both men are hot on the trail of powerful alien artifacts known as guardian stones.
Cole and his team of investigators embark on a dangerous quest to recover the guardian stones before they can be assembled into the ultimate alien weapon. To succeed, Cole must also decipher the wildcat’s deadly secrets.
But in the woods of Hawkley Ridge, it’s easy for the hunter to become the prey.
A Darker Rain is the first book in the Ryan Cole series.
“We now have two stones and the amulet,” said Jackson, barely containing the excitement in his voice. “And you know what they say—you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.”
“Yeah, and you know what they say about good intentions and the road to hell,” Cole countered. “Our goal is to collect all the stones so we can make sure no one parlays them into some sort of ultimate weapon. That includes us. The last thing we want to do is unleash a weapon like that ourselves.”
“The Rajan understood how the amulet worked, and they decided to take it apart and scatter the pieces across two continents,” Ashcroft added.
“Yeah, but that was hundreds of years ago,” argued Jackson.
“And we’ve evolved so much as a species that we can handle that kind of power now?” countered Cole.
“You’re right,” agreed Jackson. “But as scientists we have to learn more about the stones and how they work.”
“Far be it for me to get in the way of scientific inquiry,” said Cole. “I’m not saying you can’t study the stones or the amulet—just that we’re not putting them all together.” That had been a longstanding rule. Cole wasn’t about to create an unprecedented weapon and unleash it on the world.
“I know what you’re saying, Cole,” said Jackson. “But that’s like saying we should study the atom but not try to split it.”
“Good analogy,” said Cole. “That’s my point exactly.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A Darker Rain is Claudine Kapel’s first novel. She lives in Toronto and enjoys books, music, and travel. When not working as a consultant, she can be found writing, reading, or contemplating what else may be out there.
The second book in the Ryan Cole series is planned for release in 2014.
Claudine loves to hear from readers. You can reach her at www.claudinekapel.com.
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