Meet Autumn – Character Interview

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Name: Autumn Jane Brooks, or AJ as my friends call me

Place of birth: Hood River, Oregon

Parents: Steve and Cheryll Brooks

Siblings: I was an only child

Places lived: I lived in Hood River until I was eleven, then my family moved to Walla Walla. I took off at nineteen to live in LA, but I came back a couple of years later.

Favorite subject in school: Art. Always art!

Jobs: I run Brooks Books and Patisserie with the help of my bestie, Hadley

Do you like yourself: Yeah, I guess. I mean…sure. I like myself. I’m a nice person.

What, if anything, would you like to change in your life: Nothing really. I have a great job. Great friends and a cute little condo. Maybe a nicer car? The Subaru is kind of a soccer mom car.

How much self-control and self-discipline do you have: Usually a lot. Except when it comes to one person…

Best way to spend a weekend: Grabbing a cocktail with Hadley at PH 124, snuggling with Jasper my cat and binging on Netflix shows, doing some yoga and maybe going for a hike.

What do you carry in your pockets/purse/backpack, etc.?  Oh my gosh, what don’t I carry? Wallet, about six lipglosses, sunglasses, rosewater spray for my skin, lotion, tons of old receipts that need to be thrown out. It’s just a mess.

What emotion/feeling are you afraid to experience? Love….

Rocking Autumn is available now! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075KPTYMG

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Meet Jax – Character Interview

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Name: Jaxon Anthony West. Everyone calls me Jax.

Sex: Is this the set up for a cheesy fucking joke? I’m male.

Age: Twenty eight

Interesting physical characteristics: Define interesting. Like do I have a second head or three arms? I’m tall-if that’s interesting.

Background:

Where and when were you born? Twenty eight years ago in Walla Walla, Washington.

Where have you lived? Walla Walla and Chicago.

Interview:

1.    What do you carry in your pockets/purse/backpack, etc.? A notebook and tons of pens and pencils for writing. My iPad, phone charger, gym clothes-pretty basic shit really.

2.    How do you feel about your home/living space? It’s pretty small. It’s a six hundred square foot studio. But it works for me and Buzz, my cat.

3.    What early event shaped you the most? My uncle Kenny teaching me how to play guitar and introducing me to rock and roll. Led Zeppelin, The Stones. All the good shit.

4.    Where is your favorite place and why? I have a few. The gazebo at the park in Walla Walla is one of them. But nothing beats the stage, it’s a fucking rush.

5.    What are your most important values? I’ve never really thought about it. I guess that I never give up, and I give everything a hundred and fifty percent.

6.    What emotion/feeling are you afraid to experience? Failure. Is that a feeling? I’m my own worst critic so failure might mean something different to me.

Rocking Autumn is available now! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075KPTYMG

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WHO ARE THE CHARACTERS IN THE ISLAND? PART THREE: MEET GABE.

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Name: Gabriel Johnson…if I have a middle name, I don’t know it. Its not on my birth record anyway.

Place of birth: Los Angelas, California

Parents: Don’t know them, but I was born, so I assume I have them.

Ethnic background: Yeah…you’re asking me a lot of questions I don’t have answers to.

Places lived: Los Angelas, Sacremento, San Diego, Ghana, India, Hawaii, and Tucson.

Relationship with God: I’m a little more Buddhist in my beliefs, but I’m not opposed to the idea of there being a higher power.

Overall outlook on life: Letting go gives you power. It gives you power over your suffering, sadness, attachments and past. It’s easier said than done, but it’s how I survive.

Do you like yourself: Yeah. I’m a good dad, a good husband and a good friend. I treat everyone with respect and so yeah, I’m cool with me.

Political leaning: Are you trying to start an internet argument? Whatever…I lean left if that’s what you want to know.

Best way to spend a weekend: Just hanging with the kids and the wife. We barbecue a lot, swim when it’s warm, work in the garden a lot. We’ve decided to try a self-sustaining lifestyle and we have a great garden going on – homesteading is where we see ourselves going. I learned to make soap and stuff…it’s pretty cool. I think it teaches the kids a good lesson.

Biggest trauma: yeah, let’s skip that one.

What does he care about most in the world: Family

 

WHO ARE THE CHARACTERS IN THE ISLAND? PART TWO: MEET MICHAEL.

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Name: Michael James Frey

Sex: As often as I can

Age: Then or now? In the book I was 22 when it started. I’m 29 now.

Where and when were you born? I actually don’t know where I was born. It could have been a number of places my mom wandered to.

Family members?  Next question.

In what situation is your self-esteem is at risk? Everything. I’m pretty hard on myself.

Is there anyone in your life that you are attracted to? Besides Amie? Shit…no one.

What scares you about this person? That she’ll finally figure out that I’m not good enough for her.

What do you think he/she can do for you that no one else can? She pushes me to be a better person all the time. Not, you know, by what she says – it’s just how she makes me feel. Like I wanna be constantly better.

How would you change the world?  The things around you? The people around you? That’s a really hard fucking question. Can I just say that maybe people should just stop being dicks to each other…I don’t know. Sometimes I can’t even watch the news, it just makes me too mad.

How do you learn best? Hands on, I’m not much of a reader. So I learn when someone shows me, after that – I’ve got it.

What are your goals in life? Right now? To be the best Dad I can be…maybe have another one?

What do you like best about your best friend? He’s always there for me, no matter what I do or what I fuck up along the way. Which is a lot. Dunno, I don’t know where I’d be without Gabe.

What do you like least about your best friend? That he knows me better than I know myself…and he’s always right.

What do you think other people think of you? I really don’t give a shit.

If you could change anything about your life what would it be? Nothing. My life is pretty close to perfect now.

Who are the characters in the Island? Part one: Meet Amie.

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Name: Amie Ruthann Graham

Sex: Pretty sure I’m female

Age: A lady never tells

Interesting physical characteristics: You mean the fact that I’m short? That’s rude. *laughs and cocks her eyebrows*

Background:

Where and when were you born? A long freaking time ago in Hood River, Oregon

Where have you lived? I grew up in Oregon for the most part. When my parents split, I was like twelve or thirteen and  I lived with my Dad in Tucson, Arizona. *shrugs* probably weird to choose my Dad, but I didn’t like the idea of him being alone.

Interview:

1.    What do you carry in your pockets/purse/backpack, etc.? Well, now that I’m a mom, my purse is…interesting. I used to carry a lipstick, phone and debit card. Now when I reach for my lipstick I usually wind up with a graham cracker or a band-aid in my hands.

2.    How do you feel about your home/living space? Oh wow, I love our house. It’s perfect, quiet…our garden is growing like crazy. It’s a little messier now, and I’ve learned that the pain of stepping on a lego is a real thing!

3.    What early event shaped you the most? Probably my relationship with my Dad. We used to do all kinds of special things together when I was little. When he and my mom divorced, it just made sense to me that I would live with him.

4.    Where is your favorite place and why? Do I have to tell you? Kauai. We’ve gone back a few times now, and it never fails to bring back that rush of memories. In fact we’ve discussed relocating.

5.    What are your most important values? Honesty before anything else. Being honest with yourself and everyone around you. I think living in your own truth is important.

6.    What emotion/feeling are you afraid to experience? Failure. Is that a feeling? I’m my own worst critic so failure might mean something different to me.