Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Character Interview with Michael from Marked by Alex Hughes

Character Interview with Michael
 by Alex Hughes

As part of the blog tour for Marked, I interviewed Cherabino with a number of difficult job interview questions, to see how she’d react. Now it’s Michael’s turn. (These questions taken from Inc’s article.)

A: Detective Hwang, thanks for agreeing to meet with me.

M: Who are you again? The captain said I should take the meeting, but we’re understaffed. This is time I have to take away from the job, so it needs to be important.

A: I’m your author. I think we can make an exception.

M: If you say so.

A: In any case, I had a few questions for you. They’re a bit in depth, but your answers will really help my project. Can I count on you to answer truthfully?

M: I don’t have many secrets. As long as it won’t get me in trouble with the department or my wife, I’m happy to answer. Otherwise I’ll need to pass.

A: That seems fair. Here’s my first question then: who is your role model, and why?

M: I greatly respect my grandmother. Since my grandfather passed away, she’s been the strength of the family. She and he came over from Korea when they were young, and they had to learn an entirely new language and culture in the wake of the Tech Wars. As bad as it was here, she says it was much worse in Korea, and from what I’ve seen she must have been right. Through a lot of hard work and thrift, they managed to make a good life for themselves and put their children through university. My father—well, that’s besides the point. My uncles are very successful in their fields, and my grandmother still keeps an eye on her business even though the day to day is run by her manager. She celebrates all the old festivals and venerates her ancestors, and yet she’s very open minded about some things. I hope that I am half as strong when I am that age and that I get half the results from my labor that they did.

A: She and your grandfather both sound like amazing people.

M: They are, thank you.

A: What do you not like about your job as a detective?

M: I like the new detective job a lot better than the old patrol job. This one is a lot more about details and dealing well with people and procedure. On patrol, sometimes the job was about controlling the situation with body language and voice. You speak up, you get big, and you take charge. I can do it, but I don’t like being a bully, even if it’s needed. I’d rather observe and build a case slowly. I like details. I do paperwork and research well, but I don’t like the tedium sometimes. I guess there’s some of that in any job, though. 

A: Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

M: The obvious one is the Bradley case, where I was brought on to assist Detective Cherabino and the priority team to catch a multiple-death killer. What we’d call a serial killer except the department didn’t want the media to catch the word. In any case, I was allowed to get into the case files to assist, and I found a critical connection between the victims that no one had found before. That was a good day, and Detective Cherabino noticed my work. She had me promoted shortly thereafter, after asking me if I’d be interested. That day was an important day, and I try to do work like that every day since.

A: What scares you?

M: Other than the usual heights and bullets coming at me? I worry that I’m going to disappoint Detective Cherabino or Sergeant Branen. I worry that something will happen to my wife. You know, the usual.

A: Well, Detective Hwang, thank you so much for agreeing to speak with me and for answering my questions. Since I see Detective Cherabino coming this way, I assume you’ll need to leave in a minute.

M: (looking over at Cherabino) Did you get what you need from me?

A: For now. You go on.

M: Thanks.

Michael stands up and meets Cherabino, who is pointing to her watch.

Mindspace Investigations series
Book Three
Alex Hughes

Release date April 1st

Book description:


Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…

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About the Author:

Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a Semi-Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novels 2011. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily at the same time! 

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bn100 said...

Nice interview

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview and I really want to get started on this series. I have Clean on my TBR, I must read it soon because I fear I'm really missing out.