11-21-2011: Never to be forgotten! Today is the day that Ian Somerhalder responded to me on facebook! Hey, that may not be a big deal for you, but for me.. HUGE. *swoon*
Conversation copied from FB:
ME: Finally! After an hour of searching facebook, I find the REAL you. Hi Ian!
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you.Nice to meet you
ME: My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to notice. :)
Ian Somerhalder: you're welcome
Ian Somerhalder: I try not to disappoint my fans!
ME: Well, you're doing a wonderful job. :) It's nice (and a bit scary) to talk to someone like you!
ME: lol... (I'm secretly freaking out cuz I got to talk to Ian! *sigh*)
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you Theresa!
ME: lol... you're welcome! Just do me a favor and don't knock when you invade my dreams tonight. The husband probably wouldn't like that. hehe!
Ian Somerhalder: well I will not:)
ME: Perfect! Thanks. LOL
Character Interview: Victoria Menard from WHAT HIDES WITHIN by Jason Parent
What Hides Within
by Jason Parent
Inside all of us, there is darkness. Inside Clive, it’s tangible, and it’s aching to get out.
What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.
A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.
Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.
With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?
JP: Hello, all. I’m Jason Parent, author of What Hides Within, and I’ll be your guest interviewer this evening. We have a very special guest tonight: Ms. Victoria Menard.
(I glance at the little girl sitting beside me, all smiles and pigtails. Not a hint of sadness is traceable in the lines of her face. How could someone so young, so impressionable, hide her pain so well?)
JP: Say hello to your fans, Victoria.
JP: Victoria, please tell the audience how old you are.
VM: I just turned nine last week.
JP: Really? Happy birthday. How did you celebrate it?
VM: My special friend threw me a party . . . sort of. We had ice cream, and I got a new bike.
(Since what happened to her parents, Victoria has had a lot of growing up to do, more than anyone could ask from a girl her age. I should have provided for her better. Still, she seems to be doing alright. Where’d she get the money for a new bike?)
JP: Who’s this “special friend” of yours?
VM: I can’t tell you that!
(Why is she laughing? Is there some inside joke I’m stuck outside of? I’ll press for an answer. No nine year-old girl is going to outsmart me.)
JP: Sure you can. Your fans want to know all about you. Please, tell us about your friend.
JP: Who bought you the bike?
VM: I got it myself.
JP: Where did you buy it?
VM: I . . . I don’t remember.
(Why does she look so upset now? Moody little one, isn’t she? She’s lying, too. But why?)
JP: Okay, how about the ice cream? Where did you get that?
VM: Oh, you know, that little place near all those farms in Swansea.
JP: Sanders Farm? They have great ice cream. If I recall correctly, it was broken into sometime last–
VM: I wouldn’t know anything about that. My friend said I wasn’t supposed to talk about that with anyone. Let’s talk about something else.
JP: Victoria, I’m worried about you. You do know that I’m also your friend, right?
VM: You are? I don’t know. My friend says not to trust you.
JP: Who says? Victoria, who’s been looking after you?
VM: My friend says I shouldn’t talk to you anymore.
(Says? Was her use of the present tense a mistake? Poor Victoria. She’s been through so much; it wouldn’t surprise me if she’s invented an imaginary friend to help her cope.)
JP: Is your friend talking to you now?
VM: She says to tell you “no.” She says you’re a loser who shouldn’t quit your day job.
JP: That’s not very nice, Victoria. It sounds like this “friend” of yours is a bad influence. What else is she telling you?
VM: May I be excused? I need to use the bathroom.
JP: Sure, kid. We’ll be right back with more from Victoria Menard.
(Victoria sure hustled out of here. I hope she’s okay. I’ll forgive her that last comment. After all, I am somewhat responsible for all her suffering.)
JP: What’s that? She crept out the bathroom window? What about the rest of the show?
(I guess I should be pissed, but I can’t help but worry for her. What can I do for her? She’s no longer mine to control. God help her. She’s in her friend’s hands now.)
JASON PARENT spends his days writing, but it’s mostly drafting legal memoranda as a civil litigator in New Bedford, MA—not exactly a venue conducive to creativity. But during his lunch breaks and after hours, you can often find him at one of the area’s charming coffee shops, huddled over an unadulterated iced coffee with a pen and paper in hand (somewhat old-school in his methods). Hopefully, when you see him, the pen’s moving, and he hasn’t dozed off.
Either way, be sure to say, “hello.” If he’s asleep just poke him with a stick. Jason always welcomes the chance to meet readers and to field their questions and comments, be it in person, through Goodreads or through his website, http://authorjasonparent.com/
Jason primarily writes thrillers and horror, but has branched out into other areas of speculative fiction. Stay tuned for future works.