Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Soul Meaning by AD Starrling: Character Interview: Bewitching Tour Stop


Character Interview Anna Godard


Hello and thank you for having me!

Today, I am pleased to sit down with Anna Godard, one of the main protagonists from my novel Soul Meaning, the first book in the supernatural thriller series Seventeen. This takes place at the Bastian compound in Virginia, when Anna had a short break from her work in the lab.

AD: Good morning and welcome! How are you today?

Anna: I’m fine, thank you for asking.

AD: Our readers don’t know a lot about you. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Anna: I was born in Prague, in 1800. My mother was Lily Godard, a Bastian noble. I don’t know who my father was.

AD: Lily Godard? Wasn’t she the daughter of Tomas Godard, the Bastian noble who used to be the former Head of the Order of Bastian Hunters?

Anna: *nods* Yes. My mother died when I was still an infant. My grandfather raised me.

AD: I’m sorry for your loss. Do you have any other family?

Anna: *a soft smile crosses her face* I do actually. Although I became aware of his existence only recently.

AD: What do you do within the immortal society?

Anna: I try to stay out of the affairs of immortals as much as I can. I am currently a Professor of Molecular Genetics and a research scientist at the Functional Genomics Center in Zurich.

AD: And before that?

Anna: I used to be a physician and a surgeon. I originally trained at the University of Paris in the 1800s.

AD: Oh. So, that’s why you were able to patch up Lucas and Reid when they were injured outside Vilanec.

Anna: Don’t remind me. I still shudder when I think how close we were to losing both of them.

AD: Can you tell us how you ended up in this secret Bastian compound?

Anna: *lips twist in a wry smile* It’s a long story.

AD: All right. Why don’t you tell us how it started then?

Anna: Well, it probably began two years ago when Frederick Burnstein, the Head of the Crovir R&D Section, approached my former colleague Professor Hubert Strauss with a $10 million dollar research grant.

AD: You are close friends with Professor Strauss?

Anna: *nods* Yes, Hubert and I were good friends. We worked together at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris in the 1980s and 90s. We also went out with each other for a while.

AD: What happened after Professor Strauss obtained the grant?

Anna: Hubert’s field of research was advanced cell cycle control and DNA transposition. More specifically, he was looking for potential genetic therapies for cancer. A few months ago, he told me that he had...succeeded.

AD: *gasps* You mean, Professor Strauss found a cure for cancer?

Anna: Yes. But he also made another breakthrough. The potential ramifications of his second discovery are even more staggering. *frowns* It’s the reason why I’m here.

AD: Where is Professor Strauss?

Anna: *runs a hand through her hair* Hubert is dead. He was killed by Burnstein’s men in Paris.

AD: Goodness, I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but you look exhausted.

Anna: *grimaces* Yes, well, that’s thanks to the idiot in the isolation chamber downstairs.

AD: Er, you mean...

Anna: Yes, Lucas. God, I still can’t believe he did that! *mutters something in Czech* I know I told him to get me something from that lab, but he didn’t have to go that far.

AD: *looks down guiltily* I’m sorry.

Anna: Why?

AD: Well, it’s kinda my fault that tunnel collapsed and the canister holding the infected blood sample cracked.

Anna: *eyes narrow* Is it now?

AD: Hmm, yes.

Anna: ...

AD: *clears throat* I hear that Lucas taught you how to use a gun. Is that correct?  

Anna: Yes, he did. Reid also helped.

AD: What went through your mind the first time you saw Lucas?

Anna: *smiles ruefully* On the first two occasions I saw him, my grandfather and I were being chased by Crovir Hunters. All I recall is the single-minded determination in his eyes.

AD: Oh. And what about the third time?

Anna: The third time I met him was a few days ago, at the safe house outside Prague. It was a...strange encounter, to say the least.  

AD: Strange how?

Anna: Well, for one thing, Lucas had just sur— *pauses* Let’s just say something truly miraculous had happened.

AD: Anything else?

Anna: *shifts in the chair* I also felt this instinctive...pull towards him. I can’t explain it. I have never felt something like it before.

AD: When you say pull...

Anna: *flushes slightly* It was almost as if—

*The door slams open and a woman in a white coat rushes in*

Anna: *tenses and turns to the stranger* What is it? Is he awake?

*The woman nods mutely*

Anna: *glances at me distractedly* I’m sorry, I have to go!

AD: No, I understand. Good luck!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this meeting with Anna. If you want to know what happened next, read Soul Meaning and tell me what you think! King’s Crusade, the second novel in the series, will be out May 2013.

Happy reading, writing, and blogging!

AD Starrling

Soul Meaning
Seventeen Series Book One
AD Starrling
Genre: Supernatural thriller
ISBN: 978-0957282605
Number of pages: 420
Word Count: 108,187
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics


Book Description:

A half breed immortal. An international manhunt. A race against time to stop a terrifying plot that threatens to kill millions. The gripping, action-packed debut novel by AD Starrling and the first in the supernatural thriller series Seventeen. 

‘My name is Lucas Soul.

Today, I died again.

This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’ 

The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile. 

Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters. 

One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again. 

From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.  

Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?

AD Starrling was born on the small island nation of
Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Paediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing.  
Soul Meaning is her debut novel and the first in a supernatural thriller series entitled Seventeen. She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the second novel in the series while drinking gallons of tea. 
She still practises medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.
Next Few Stops

April 3 Review
Unraveling Words

 April 4  Interview
Tory Michaels’ World

April 4 Spotlight
Cover Reveals

April 5 Guest blog

April 7 Interview and excerpt
Tour Wide Giveaway
8 prize packs containing a paperback, postcard and bookmark
2 prize packs with postcard and bookmark plus an ebook
10 ebooks and bookmarks



Kristia said...

Wow it sounds like an amazing book. Added on goodreads. I enjoyed your interview with Anna but I'm more interested learning about Lucas. I'll follow the tour and see if I can find out more :)
Thank you for the giveaway!

AD Starrling said...

Thank you for having me on your blog! :D

Natasha Parker said...

AD Starrling, your book 'Soul Meaning' sounds so good. I'm adding it to my reading wishlist. I was wondering, if because the book series is called 'Seventeen', does that mean we will most likely be getting 17 books to read? Thank you for the giveaway AD Starrling and the chance to win a copy of your book with a bookmark and postcard. Also thank you for hosting the giveaway Laurie. I have my fingers crossed :)

Shirley Turner said...

I am sorry I haven't read this book before. It sounds intriguing.

Simona Husaru said...

"Soul Meaning" sounds like a fascinating book filled with action. I find the plot interesting! Congrats, AD!

Kathie Craig said...

This book sounds amazing. I can not wait to read it.