Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hereafter by Terri Bruce: Character Interview, Excerpt


Why let a little thing like dying get in the way of a good time?

Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn't plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the sex...well, let’s just say “don’t bother.” To make matters worse, the only person who can see her—courtesy of a book he found in his school library—is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife.

This sounds suspiciously like hell to Irene, so she prepares to strike out for the Great Beyond. The only problem is that, while this side has exorcism, ghost repellents, and soul devouring demons, the other side has three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment. If only there was a third option…

Book Details
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Publisher: Eternal Press
Number of Pages: 296
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

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Irene listened to the sound of Samyel moving around, followed as usual by the door opening and then closing with a snap. She had spent a few restless hours falling in and out of sleep. Now she sighed and sat up, unable to go back to sleep.
Jonah was sitting on the couch, flipping through the book. She hadn’t heard him return. “Really, do you sleep?” she asked, running her hands through her hair. “What is it with you and that book? You have your nose stuck in it every second of the day.” She threw back the covers and climbed out of bed, suddenly feeling angry and out of sorts.
Jonah closed the book and sat up carefully, giving her his full attention. “I’m looking for something you can use to protect yourself against Samyel. Plus, he said something to you, a word, and I’m trying to find it.”
“Oh, please” she huffed, guilt for giving him crap about reading the book when he was doing it for her making her even angrier. She flung herself back down into a sitting position on the edge of the bed. “Obviously he’s not going to kill me before we go through the tunnel, and if he’s planning on killing me on the other side it’s not like there’s anything you can do about it.”
He was watching her closely, his eyes assessing. She waited, but when he didn’t say anything, she scowled and burst out with, “Look, it’s gonna be whatever it’s gonna be whether or not I’m prepared. Everyone else just goes through the tunnel without all this ridiculous build-up.”
He got up and crossed the room to where she sat. He looked down at her for a minute and then, gingerly, sat down beside her. “What’s up?” he asked.
“What do you mean?”
“I know you try to pick a fight when you’re worried about something.”
She stared at him for a moment, not sure what to say to that. Then she snorted. “You really think you’ve got my number, don’t you?”
He flashed the cocky grin that so often preceded something purposely provoking. “Honestly, you’re not that complicated.”


Character Interview with Jonah 14 yo co-main character of Hereafter


What were you doing when you met Irene?

I was just out, looking for dead people. I’d had this book that lets me basically become a ghost—there was a spell in it that let me separate my spirit from my body—for a while, but wasn’t really getting anywhere with finding any ghosts. But even though I hadn’t found any dead people it was still kind of cool to walk around invisible—I could go anywhere I wanted and no one knew I was there. Then the day Irene and I met, I was just out walking and I bumped into this woman, and it was so weird because she was a ghost—an actual, real, live ghost! Even weirder, she didn’t know she was dead. That’s why I ended up sticking around—it didn’t seem right to just leave when she didn’t even know what was happening.


What are you passionate about these days?

::turns bright red and tenses up:: What do you mean by ‘passionate’? ::Terri whispers in his ear:: Oh. You mean, like, what do I like? Well, I’m really into afterlife mythology and stories about life after death. It was pretty cool before, but now that I know all the stories are real, it’s pretty awesome.


Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I totally want to see what’s on the other side of the tunnel to the afterlife, and I want to travel to the land of the dead. I want to experience all the stuff that’s in the stories. I know Irene thinks that’s weird, but it’s actually really cool. It’s like magic and stuff! Everything here is so ordinary, but all the stuff you read in fairytales and such—it’s real and it’s over there!


What was the scariest moment of your life?
::grows quiet for a moment and looks at the ground. When he speaks, his voice is very soft:: There was this guy—Samyel. He attacked us—me and Irene—and she sent me away, to protect me. She was all alone with him, with nobody to help her; I thought he was going to kill her and there wasn’t anything I could do. I never want to feel like that again.


What books have most influenced your life?
The magic book about the afterlife that I found in the school library; it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life! And it’s totally changed my life. Because of that book I can see ghosts now and I’m learning all about life after death. It’s pretty cool. And, obviously, because of it I met Irene.


Do you play any sports?
::exasperated look:: Honestly?


If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
::ducks his head so that his hair covers his face:: There was…someone…who needed help and I couldn’t give her what she wanted. I really wish I could have helped her. ::Terri prods him to explain a little more what he means. Jonah is quiet for a minute. Terri prods him again. Finally, he answers:: Irene wanted to be alive again…There wasn’t anything I could do about that.


Who should play you in a film?
::raises an eyebrow:: Ugh, really? Why would I want my life in a movie—my life is so boring. Then everyone could make fun of me. God, that would be so embarrassing! ::Suddenly sits up, looking excited:: Wait…can you make me older…and cooler? Like Brad Pitt or that guy from Twilight—girls like them, right?


What is the next big thing?

::rolls his eyes:: Getting my driver’s license. Graduating high school. Just normal stuff like that. ::twirls his finger in the air::


Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

Irene made me promise I’d wait until I was older to try and cross over to the other side. She didn’t say how much older, though…


About the Author:

Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.

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Michelle 4 Laughs said...

Great post, Terri. Can't wait for the sequel.

koddabear said...

Great interview. Sounds like a good book. Looking forward to reading it.

Laurie C said...

A fun interview! Keep working on that sequel! Looking forward to hearing more about Jonah and Irene.

Heather A.B. said...

I picture a young Leonardo DiCaprio as Jonah.

Terri Bruce said...

Thank you everyone! I'm hoping to have the sequel manuscript to the publisher in early December, and if they like it, that would mean Book 2 would most likely be available next summer!

Anonymous said...

Hereafter would be a wonderful book to win. I will add it to my TBR list!
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angela s. said...

sounds fun.thanks for the chance to win

Judy-Ree said...

Finally a book from the other side. I don't know how many I have read about the hero or heroine seeing/talking to a ghost. It is great to have one from the other side of the grave, so to speak. *g*

Brooke said...

Now that's an interesting story line! Everything with ghosts seems to focus on humans seeing them instead of having ghosts for main characters. The whole book that basically makes Jonah a ghost as so many possibilities. Def. on my to-read list.

Thanks for the chance to win.