Friday, September 20, 2013

Verliege by Michael Rivers: Spotlight: Character Interview


Q: Please tell us who you are and a little about yourself.

A: I am Edmund Mueller, ruler and master of Castle Verliege of Germany. In the early 1600’s I built my castle among a savage people needing discipline yet unprovided to them through the centuries. I fought their armies and defeated them as if it were child’s play. My secrets are held within the walls of the castle. If kings and other leaders of Germany had known my true identity I would have been beheaded long before my treacherous death at another’s hands.


Q: Where is Castle Verlige?

A: Castle Verliege is the heart of Germany. This is a point many will disagree with, but as master of the castle it is the way I see it. The town itself is named from the castle. The Holtemme River lies to the west and Castle Verliege is the center piece of a valley in the Harz Mountains.


Q: Tell us about your family.

A: My family, an abomination living or dead. The degree of deceit oozing from their crippled minds would astound the stoutest of men. They thirst for power and feel everyone should bow to them. My daughter lived for the taste of cruelty, while one lived to quench his thirst for the lust of women. The others are a cess pool of combining their twisted talents to deceive everyone about them. Debauchery is a way of life for these baboons. The pity of it all was I never took their heads when I knew what they were.


Q: What is the connection between you and Micheal Rivers?

A: Rivers, yes, if it were not for him I would have not been able to gather what was needed for the prophecy to be fulfilled. He was the instrument I used to write the story of Verliege and give the world a message of what will come. Read his words and heed them well. I regard him as a favored son.


Q: How do you see the future now part of your story has been told?

A: It is as you said. It is only part of the story. Many things have happened he has not told of as yet. The things to come shall change the world for the better as my plans take shape to rid us of the evil we know and still do not understand. It is the secret of the nine.


Q: Who is the real Edmund Mueller?

A: I am not what stands before you for your eyes to witness. Centuries old secrets were mine to be kept even when my heart beat strong within my chest. I have seen the best and the worst of mankind through their leaders as well as the peasants who toiled the fields. I have never told an untruth nor do I validate those who choose to deceive others with their vile manners. How do others see me? If you are an honest man you have no doubts of me. If you are deceitful and treasure gaining from the misfortune of the virtuous I am as wicked and cunning as the fox in the field.


Q: The people whom you ruled saw you as a tyrant and a cruel master. What is your response to this?

A: It matters not what they see, but who I am. This is the nature of the balance. I am the wind that flows through the trees. I am the sun shining warmly upon your face. The fish that swim know my voice as well as the bird who sings in the meadow. I am all and nothing; I am the peace within you and all things good. I will bless you with what God has rendered and destroy my enemies with a bloody sword to protect what is given as what should be. I am the wraith of mankind. Before my demise kings were counseled by me and others like me, our words never questioned. Forgive me I must go now. There is much to be done and the future waits for no-one.

Q: Where will you take us on your journey forward and what would you say to those who do not believe?

A: For this you must wait. It will be a promise of life to the just and death for the unjust. My justice will be swift. Gather your children for I will be coming soon and those who bear witness shall be the better for it. There will be an awakening of the spirit and eternal sleep for those who defy me. The sword of Edmund will not be denied.


"Sometimes the terror is in what is not said..."

The world of Adrian Bolt shattered as his wife lay butchered on the floor of Castle Verliege. His conviction by a German court was as swift as the sword that killed her. He maintained his silence knowing his story would not be believed. Though his reputation was impeccable there was nobody willing to stand for him.

Another world lay in wait for anyone living within the walls of the castle; waiting, watching for eternity to keep the Mueller name upon its registers. There is only one world here for those who choose to stay. To enter its an invitation into the unknown!

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“One afternoon I came back from the battlements and went into the ballroom to take some pictures. I was in the process of writing another book and wanted to do the entire project about the castle. Alicia was standing in the middle of the ballroom, dressed as if she was actually attending a formal ball. I stood back beyond one of the stone pillars and snapped a few pictures. She began to dance as I had never seen her dance before. Doctor, my wife was blessed with two left feet when it came to dancing. That afternoon she was as graceful as a swan.

“At dinner she was dressed as usual in her casual clothing, but the smell of Parisian perfume was still strong in the air.

“You might think this was not unusual. But Alicia did not wear perfume! She had not owned any perfume through all of our years of marriage. She was highly allergic to cosmetics of any kind. I mentioned I liked her perfume and she flew into a rage. She swore to me that she was not wearing perfume. Alicia also swore she had not been in the ballroom earlier in the day.

“I had the photographs developed the following morning. It was my intention to prove to her that she had lied to me. The photographs were very clear: Alicia was in the ballroom, and yes, she was dancing—in the arms of a very handsome man dressed in early-eighteenth-century clothing! The pictures also gave me a full view of a large orchestra behind them next to the oversized fireplace. The man who had processed the photographs was impressed with the accuracy of the costumes the people were wearing in the pictures.

“Imagine my shock when I knew I had witnessed only one person in the ballroom. In the photographs there were people along the walls and beyond, everywhere. As I said, there was no mistaking what the pictures were showing—they were too clear.

“My hands began to tremble when I held the pictures closer. It was not possible! In my mind I was fully aware of what I had seen, regardless of what the photographs were showing. I started to question my sanity.

“Correct me if I am wrong, but by now you are assuming I was going totally mad. Nothing could be farther from the truth, I assure you. I returned to the ballroom after taking the pictures and found a thin layer of dust where the room had not been cleaned as of yet. Greta said the ballroom had not been entered in over six months due to the roof being repaired in that section of the castle. There were no footprints or any signs of anyone being there next to the columns where I took the photos. I walked across the floor toward the fireplace and could see every step I had taken.

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Micheal Rivers a multi-genre author was born and raised in North Carolina. His bestseller Verliege was voted Supernatural Book of 2012. His first fiction was published in 2003 and rereleased as The Black Witch in 2011. Moonlight on the Nantahala was widely received as an exceptional work of modern fiction. He is currently working on a new action/adventure series. Rivers served with the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam. He attended colleges in Illinois and North Carolina. He is a recognized authority as a paranormal investigator with over thirty years experience and provides his readers with some of his experiences woven into his paranormal thrillers. He is the lead investigator for the Smokey Mountain Ghost Trackers.

The passions in his life are his family, the great outdoors, and his boxer Delilah affectionately known as DeeDee.

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Micheal Rivers said...

Thanks for hosting Verliege Laurie, love your blog!!

Tamaria Soana said...

Thanks for hosting today!