Welcome to Friday’s Character Corner, a Friday feature where I interview characters from books I loved or books I want to read. Unfortunately, most of these characters are make-believe people who exist only in the pages of a novel and in the mind of the author who created them. So, I’ll have to interview the author who created them instead. I only ask that the author dig deep to find that character and answer from his/her perspective. And Once you’re finished reading my character interview, you can find me posting on Sharon’s blog at: http://sharonbuchbinder.com/blog/?p=2309
1. Where were you born?
Mexico City, Mexico. My parents moved to Dallas, Texas to give their children a better life. My father worked as a janitor, and my mother cleaned houses of rich people. They became American citizens, as did my brother and I. My parents scrimped and saved to send me and my brother to good schools so we could have a better life.
2. Where do you live now and what do you do for a living?
When I’m not working undercover as an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE) agent, I live in Odessa, Texas and watch a lot of football.
3. Sounds like a dangerous career. What’s going on in your life right now?
Right now I’m in the middle of a major operation. I’ve infiltrated one of the largest drug cartels in Chihuahua, Mexico and I’ve worked my way up to be a lieutenant for the Mendez Cartel boss.
4.Wow! That does sound dangerous. I don’t know how you manage to maintain any sort of relationship with anyone. Is there a special person in your life?
That obsessed, long-legged, big breasted, sassy red-head, Angie Edmonds is driving me crazy at the moment.
5. Sounds like she’s a big distraction in your life right now. How did you meet?
She dropped into my life. Her son was kidnapped by a cult leader who thinks the kid is the Chosen One. The US State Department said it was a private kidnapping, so they wouldn’t get involved. Mexican authorities were less than helpful. Angie did the only thing she could. She called in some favors and turned to the one person in Mexico with arms longer than those of the law: the head of the Mendez Crime Cartel.
6. Besides the US State Department and some Mexican Drug dealers, what’s keeping you two apart?
I have a rule: no sex with the women on the job. I can’t get involved with her. I can’t blow my cover.
7. Sounds like an impossible situation. How would you like to see it resolved?
If I weren’t an ATFE agent working undercover, I’d love to get this hot mama in bed.
8. But you are an ATFE agent. What other obstacles stand in your way?
If I fall for Angie, I could blow my cover. And get both of us killed. It’s a steep price to pay for a one night stand. As soon as we get her kid back, she’s out of here and out of my life, once and for all.
9. Is there a happily ever after in your future?
Only if I can stay alive long enough to shut down this drug cartel and get out with my head still on my shoulders!
10. Any last comments before I turn this interview over to Sharon Buchbinder?
I never held stock in angels, but after meeting Angie Edmonds, I’m a believer!
After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. She had it all–a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning her to “come on back” to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, Romance Writers of America, and Maryland Romance Writers, she is now an award-winning author published in contemporary, erotic, paranormal and romantic suspense. When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, she can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, dining with good friends, or writing. You can find her at http://www.sharonbuchbinder.com
Obsession is NOW available on Amazon!
And you can see the book trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1kujUWoGbk
A year after a barbaric childbirth, complete with a near-death experience and an encounter with her guardian angel, Angie Edmonds is just happy she and her son, Jake, are alive. She’s finally in a good place: clean, sober, and employed as a defense attorney. But at the end of a long work day, she finds herself in a parent’s worst nightmare: Jake has been kidnapped and taken across the Mexican border by a cult leader who believes the child is the “Chosen One.”
Stymied by the US and Mexican legal systems, Angie is forced to ask the head of a Mexican crime syndicate for help. Much to her chagrin, she must work with Alejandro Torres, a dangerously attractive criminal and the drug lord’s right-hand man. Little does she know Alejandro is an undercover federal agent, equally terrified of blowing his cover—and falling in love with her.
Short 1 page excerpt.
“Who are you? Who is that giant? What did you say to him?”
The pony-tailed man flashed a grin, the smile reaching his sky-blue colored eyes, giving him an appealing boyish look. “The big guy’s name is Tio. I told Tio to truss Raul up like the pig he is and to bring him to Isabel Ramirez. She’ll know exactly what to do with him.”
“Who are you?”
The movie-star-handsome man stopped, bent down until he was eye-to-eye with Angie.
“I found your passport tossed onto Raul’s desk, Angela Edmonds from the U.S. of A. I like that name. You look like an angel.”
She shook her head and the street twirled. “I’m no angel.” She steadied herself on his well muscled, naked arm. Rather than creeping her out, the skin on skin contact with her rescuer reassured her that he was a real human and not an angel conjured up in fevered religious delusion and desperation. “You sound like an American. You haven’t answered my question. What’s your name?”
“Torres.” Still holding her ID, he strode to the driver’s side of the car, hopped in and flashed a dazzling grin. “You could call me your hero because I’m taking you to see the woman who can help you find your son. My name is Alejandro Espinosa Santoyo Torres. But most people just call me Alejandro.”
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