Sunday, July 17, 2011

Anitra Lynn McLeod's character interview with Micheal Parker

Interviewing Michael Parker isn’t the easiest thing in the world. To call him paranoid is to damn with faint praise. Per his request, we’re in his office, which is an immense room filled with computers, operational panels, armed guards, and Michael, who is sitting on his desk, one leg up and the other swinging lazily. As I take the chair nearest to him, he towers over me. Seven solid feet of male. Military short brown hair perfectly compliments his golden-brown eyes. After some chitchat to get comfortable, I start in with the hard questions.

It’s said that you have a thoroughly disreputable reputation that is utterly deserved.

Is there a question here?

Why do you have such a terrible reputation?

You don’t build a massive empire without stepping on a lot of toes.

Could you expand on that?

I’d rather not.

(I ask a few more questions a long this line but I can tell he’s getting annoyed.) Okay. Why do you always wear black leather pants and a red silk shirt?

It’s not just any leather, it’s Byzantine leather, and the silk is from Dardanis. I like the way the fabrics feel against my body. Here, feel.

(Tentatively I reach out and stroke the shirt. It’s softer than silk and so slick my hand slides easily along his muscular arm.)

Now the leather.

(Michael takes my hand and places it high on his upper thigh. Below my palm the leather is as soft and smooth as butter. When I look up, Michel is watching me intently. His lips are lifted in a quirky half grin. I pull my hand away.) Yes, nice, I can see why you wear them. (I have done a lot of interviews and never fondled my subject. The only way to describe Michael is to call him aggressively sexy.) How do you feel about your family?

My family consists of the people here on Windmere and I would do anything to keep them safe.

I understand that when families here have hard times, you have programs in place to help them.

I do. I take their welfare seriously. These people risked their lives to build this world. They wanted freedom and peaceful place to live. Working together we’ve been able to achieve that. Everyone on this planet is willing to die to defend it.

They have that kind of loyalty to you?

It isn’t loyalty to me, it’s loyalty to Windmere.

It’s said you originally named your planet Prime Bastard. Can you explain why?

Ah, well, generally within five minutes of meeting me most people call me a bastard--ruthless bastard, royal bastard, heartless bastard--you get the point. Since it was such a common refrain I decided to name my planet Prime Bastard.

But now it’s named Windmere. What does that name mean?

I don’t know. (Michael looks annoyed and frustrated.) You’ll have to ask Duster.

Duster is your second in command? (Michael nods.) Just how close are you and Duster?

Close enough. (Michael crosses his arms and all the playful flirting has vanished.)

That’s all you’re going to say?

About my relationship with Duster? Yes.

(Sensing another touchy area with Duster, I move on.) What’s your favorite hobby?

Origami. I also like sex and karate, especially if they’re combined. (His playful, sexy grin is back now.)

Sex karate? Sounds dangerous.

Depends on how you do it. (The wink he flashes at me makes me long to try out this sport.)

Why is your hair so short?

Strategic. In hand to hand combat an opponent can’t grab onto my hair for advantage.

What are your favorite kinds of books?

I like mysteries, thrillers, and cookbooks.


Believe it or not I’m actually a fairly good chef.

A man of many talents. (I try to stop staring at the bulge in his pants but I can’t seem to help myself.) Do you like to wear boxers or briefs?

(After laughing, Michael stands.) Here, let me show you.

NO! (As much as I want to see I know this can only end badly.)

Spoil sport.

What’s up with all the dresses in the closet of the guest room?

(As Michael settles himself back to the desk, he flashes me a predatory smile.) Would you like to add yours to my collection?

I’m supposed to be asking the questions here.

Indeed. However, I prefer to show and not tell.

Let’s move on. What’s in the basement of your house?

No comment.

(Behind Michael there is a flurry of activity and the interview is over.)

If you’d like to ask Michael a question, post it here in the comments and I’ll do my best to get him to answer. Also, all comments on this blog post will enter you to win an advanced copy of Dark Empress!



  1. Michael - What is your favorite meal to prepare? Who is your favorite mystery author?

  2. I was going to ask the same question as Karen so I will ask the opposite (sort of). What is your least favorite food? Oh, and do you like the show Top Chef?

  3. Well, HELLO Michael Parker!! Yowza! I was lookin forward to seeing you in the black leather pants & red shirt but let's just say I'm glad you decided NOT to wear them ;)

    Is Origami really your favorite hobby?

  4. Great interview - I am glad you were able to restrain yourself - but surprised!

  5. Hello Karen. I love to make strawberries dipped in chocolate. It's simple, I know, but it can be a wonderful finish to a light meal and the start of something . . . sensual. (Michael winks.)

    As to my favorite mystery author I'd have to say I've been enjoying the novels of Agatha Christie of late.

  6. Well, hello Jen B. I don't watch television of any sort as I'd rather read. My least favorite food? I'd have to say there isn't anything I wouldn't try at least once, but the worst kind of food is a meal eaten alone. There is nothing sadder than not having someone to share your table.

  7. Yes, Redzsm, origami really is my favorite hobby. While waiting for jobs in hells (these are gambling/bar establishments) I had to have something to do so I took up origami.

    Also, it was a great way to meet women since they would watch and wonder what I was doing. Then I'd give them whatever I'd made.

    (Michael leans close) And thank you on the lack of clothing. My interviewer thought it might reveal too much but I am an exhibitionist. (Michael winks)

  8. Hello Steph and thank you for stopping by. I only refrained myself because my interviewer wouldn't let me come back to talk to all you sexy ladies unless I behaved. (Michael pouts in a very sexy, annoyingly handsome way.)

    I am not annoyingly handsome.

    (As the interviewer I call them as I see them. And stop taking off your clothes, Michael!)

    You aren't any fun at all!

  9. Nice seeing you Michael! Do you enjoy cooking shows? Hell's Kitchen is a fav.

    Dottie :)

  10. Red, ahh, my favorite color. And golden-brown eyes to melt in.

    Michael, I would like to know, what is the largest size of the dress that you have in your closest? After all, a few curves go a long way to .....

  11. Hello, Dottie, and thank you for stopping by. I've never seen Hell's Kitchen but I have heard of Gordon Ramsey. Even in my time his recipes are still quite popular. I do believe someone even tried to clone the man. As to why I don't know.

  12. It sounds like you and I have much in common, Artemis. And the largest dress in my closet is a size 24, I believe. There are some custom pieces so it's difficult to tell. But I don't have a size issue or preference with women. I like the woman, not her body. Tall, short, thin, or fat it's more about her soul, her presence rather than her physical appearance.

    (I am not typing that, Mr. Parker)

    Come on, it will be fun!

    (We argue for awhile but I give in. Damn, but he's a charmer.)

    So, does anyone here want to add their dress to my collection?

  13. You don't need to ask twice....

  14. Excellent!

    (You've made Micheal's day, Artemis!)

  15. (You ladies realize you're only encouraging Michael, right? Stop drooling, Michael.)

    There's nothing wrong with making new . . . friends. (Michael winks.)

  16. Hmm...friends with benefits.

  17. I think the best friendship is one that is mutually beneficial.

    (Michael, put your shirt back on.)

  18. Yummy yummy :)

    @Michael What is the single thing you can't live without in or out of the kitchen?

    Awesome interview Anitra!!!

  19. Thank you, Bobbie. (Michael preens) I do work hard to maintain my body.

    The one thing I can't live without in or out of the kitchen is attention. I'll freely admit I'm a glutton for it. Why, a day without being noticed is like a day without coffee. Oh, that reminds me, I also can't live without coffee.

  20. Thank you, Bobbie. :) It's nice to be noticed which is difficult when I'm dealing with an attention hog like Michael. Oh, man, he's naked again . . .

  21. Again? You mean he put his clothes back on?!?

  22. I keep ordering him to dress since he's really, really distracting as he is, but naked? OMG. I can't type!

  23. It has been a fine time hanging with you, but I really need to get something done before I call it a night. Sweet dreams...

  24. Night, Artemis. Hope to see you again soon.

  25. I was wondering if Michael ever considered growing his hair out? Thank you for sharing today this has been fun.

  26. Holy f*&k. I really need to read the start of posts, not just the middle.
    I looked at the sexy hot pics and jumped straight to the questions, thinking this was a real interview and not a character one....holy shit. I got more than a little excited.

    Will definitely have to get my hands on this!!

  27. Between the Sex Karate & the Cooking I'm wondering, hoping, dreaming: is there a possibility of a home visit?


  28. Ah, I think you just want to have an advantage should we grapple, Denise. (Michael winks and then lays down flat on the floor of his office.) Here, I surrender.

    But seriously, I keep it short for combat. I have all my life and probably will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

  29. I'm flattered, Jodie. I think I'm totally holy s*it too. I also think my interviewer thinks I'm hot but she won't admit it because she has to remain objective.

  30. Hello Marybelle. I would love to visit you in your home but I never leave Windmere. I'm a wanted man, and I don't just mean by you ladies here. (Michael wiggles his eyebrows) I think the reward on me is up to 20Mil.

  31. And the winner of Dark Empress is . . . Denise Z! I'll be in touch to confirm your email then send you your copy of Dark Empress. Congratulations!

  32. Good gravy - what's left to ask! LOVED the character interview! Wish men who dressed in leather and silk would cook for me!!! Please enter me. I am an old follower.

    Thanks for hosting!

  33. Hi Beverly! I'm so sorry but we picked the winner today. Join my facebook page:

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  34. Congratulations Denise Z! What a fun interview!!

  35. What a great interview! I really enjoyed it!

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