There is a reason why Claudine isn’t an author…

Welcome back to my reader interviews. This is one I had been looking forward to, my bestie, Claudine… Lucky for you (if you’re in a rush), it’s the shortest interview I’ve ever done. As tightlipped as my friend CC is, I’ve never seen before. Her answers are the most concise in the short history of reader interviews… Getting an answer out of her is like pulling teeth from a T-rex. It is what it is. Enjoy what I got out of this.

THIS is where Claudine and I would have our interview. I'm really relieved that our normal conversations take place in ordinary bars... LOL

THIS is where Claudine and I would have our interview. I’m really relieved that our normal conversations take place in ordinary bars… LOL

If we were to do this interview in the real world, where would we sit and talk?

In a strip club [She’s dead serious, I can tell, simply because she knows the agony she’d put me through…]

Who is Claudine in her own words? 

A person who speaks her mind, straight no chaser [and not wasting any words. I could add a novel after this, but alas, I respect her choice. However, let me just say that I once modeled a character after her, nurse Angela in The Opera House!)

What is one thing you would like the world to remember you for? 

That I did the best I could to make the world a better place

I know you’re an avid reader. What got you into reading in the first place?

It was a requirement growing up in my household; we read, not much TV

The Opera House made it all the way to #40 of the Amazon overall bestseller list. Not bad, and it's still the #1 of the LGBT books. Bookbubs work. So grab your copy before 9/15:

Claudine was my “model” for nurse Angela, a very important, catalytic character in The Opera House.

Of all the many genres out there, from crime to sci-fi to literary novels, you like to read gay fiction. Why? 

Because it’s hot as hell!

If a genie came and granted you a special wish, to be the main character of a book, which would you choose and why?

A billionaire and duh?

For some odd reason – we all have our preferences – the genie didn’t appreciate your choice and  sends you off to live the rest of your life with only three books as company. Choose wisely! 

Fifty Shades of Grey, No Fear by S J Frost and that sexy book pending from you! [why thank you…]

Let’s get personal… 🙂 Your earliest childhood memory? 

8 months, father trying to give me a St Joseph’s baby aspirin and disguising it in fruit cocktail

What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up? 

Pray

Claudine with Andrew Grey at last year's RainbowCon in Tampa.

Claudine with Andrew Grey at last year’s RainbowCon in Tampa. Two great people having a good time.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Speak your mind, stand up for myself and don’t depend on any man to support me

And the worst?

Don’t go to medical school

What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to? 

Scotland/Maine, cannot decide

Do you have any regrets in life? 

That I didn’t follow advice one and two

Quick fire five: Answer only with one word/name OR a number.

  • On average, how many books do you read per week? 4
  • Who’s your favorite author?  Not going there, lol!
  • Your favorite drink?  Apple juice
  • How old were you when you lost your, you know, “virginity”?  not saying, lol!
  • Who’s your favorite musical artist?  Queen/Freddie Mercury; no one better before or after

Okay, now it’s your turn. Ask me ONE question. I’ll answer anything truthfully, but only ONE question.

One place you want to visit but haven’t yet?

A dream destination for me, for sure. In my next novel, I've already been there...

A dream destination for me, for sure. In my next novel, I’ve already been there… The book ends on a beach nearby.

I can do this… It’s actually fairly easy: Bora Bora and Tahiti. I’ve always dreamt of going to those Pacific dream islands. I’ve been to the Maldives, in the Indian Ocean, and I’ve been to Hawaii, but there is something about the pictures I’ve seen from both Tahiti and Bora Bora that just beckon me to come. Sadly, they’re excruciatingly expensive to get to, it takes forever and a day, not to mention that the hotels there are expensive, too. But one day, I will.

I actually just returned from Bora Bora in my coming novel, Jonathan’s Promise. The island plays a major role in the climax of the novel which I finished just before Christmas. Next week I’ll start the editing and rewriting for this sequel to Jonathan’s Hope. It’ll be out this spring!

At least in my imagination, I’ve been to Bora Bora… Leaves reality!

See, Claudine, THIS is how you answer a question, with complete sentences… ROFL She’s really quite talkative in real life (try to get her to hush…), but I guess like all (most!) doctors, writing isn’t her cup of tea. I’m glad she has better bedside manners than interview answering skills. 😄 Thanks for doing this though. I greatly appreciate it. Should you be a reader and be interested in doing this, let me know. Whether you read my stuff or not isn’t important…

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Hans

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