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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Author Interview: Lorrie Struiff

Today I have a post from guest author Lorrie Struiff. Welcome, Lorrie; what have you got for us?

Hi Melissa,
Thank you so much for hosting me today on your blog.
I’d like to let the readers and authors read what happened to Fat Phil Phillips the day he couldn't resist an interview.


“This is Newsy Persons at BTGN with all your oldies but goodies coming at you. Oh jeez, wait a minute, folks. I see the co-star of the Call on the Dead series, Phil Phillips, outside the window. Maybe he’ll give us an interview.” Newsy waves him in. “Great. He’s coming in folks, sit tight.”

The door opens. Phil peeks around the door. “Uh, are you waving at me?”

“Yes, yes, come on in, have a seat. You’re Phil Phillips, right?  Of the new COD series?"

“Yeah. Who’re you?”

Newsy settles back in his chair. “I’m Newsy Persons. You never heard of me?”

“Nope. ’Fraid not.”

“Well, I’m so fascinated with your co-star role in the previews of the upcoming series, would you mind if I ask you a few questions?”

 “Me?” Phil smiles wide and his chest puffs. “Really? Me?” He glances around the studio. The chair squeaks when he sits. “Sure, I don’t mind. I have some time.”

“Tell us a little about the star of the series.”

“Well, I’m the pres--”

“No, no, I mean Winnie Krapski.”

Phil shoots Newsy an angry look. “I thought you wanted to know about me.”

“Well, ahem, of course I do, Phil. Tell me what you do in the series.”

“I’m the president of our chapter in the world-wide organization of the COD club.” Phil slicks back the thinning hair on top of his head. “I recruit members who get the gift, assign them districts, and make sure they’re doing their jobs right.”

“What gift?”

Phil shakes his head. “I can’t tell you, it’s a secret.”

“Can’t tell me? We’re going to find out soon enough. Come on, you can tell me."

“Nope, Sorry, it’s a secret. I can’t tell you.”

"You’re a stubborn man, Phil. With a club named Call on the Dead, there has to be a big story behind it."

“Sorry, can’t tell you that either.”

 Newsy sighs. “Well then, tell us a little bit about Winnie?”

 “I can’t tell you, but I will say this. She is one bossy woman. When I go with her to a job, she has an evil knack of getting me into more trouble than I ever imagined. She always jumps before she thinks. Bam! Right into the thick of things. I've been shot at, gotten punched, froze my behind off and had to bail her out of jail. All because she can’t keep her big yap shut.”

Newsy leans forward. “You dislike her that much?”

“Naw, don’t get me wrong, she’s okay. In fact, we’re good friends. I just wish she was smarter, not so ditzy, and would stay out of trouble."

“You mean she’s whacky?”

“I can’t tell you that. You’ll have to indulge in the series to find out.”

“All we've learned is that you’re president, Winnie is whacky, bossy, stupid, and can’t stay out of threatening situations that she drags you into."

“You got it.”

“You’re not giving our listeners much to grab onto here.”

 Phil scratches his head and gives Newsy a puzzled look. “What do you mean listeners?” Phil’s eyebrows lift and his eyes go wide. “You mean we’re live? On the air?”

Newsy eyes the microphone between them on the table. He gives Phil a slow grin. “I can’t tell you that.”


Don’t worry, readers. You can find out for yourselves. The COD (Call on the Dead Club) is out now. Stories 1 & 2 are in the first volume and the newly released COD 3 is out now. At only 99 cents per download, don’t pass up the chance to get your two.

Mr. and Mrs. Bickerson are in a fatal highway accident. Both Phil and Winnie work their last requests. Strange that the dead couple want their requests kept secret from one another. Why? What are they hiding?

Winnie works the request and ends up in more danger than she can handle.
Yep, Winnie is in deep poo again. Find out more here.


Winnie went to the funeral home to pay her last respects to her dead bingo friend Cora. There Cora lay in her casket, and there Cora sat on a chair near her casket. Winnie fainted.


Come and meet Winnie Krapski who hugged a cherry tree during a lightning storm. The bolt slammed her, splitting the tree in half. The near-death experience bestowed her with a gift–-one she’d rather not have.
Drafted into the C.O.D. Club (Call on the Dead) by Fat Phil Phillips, her mission is to grant the newly deceased’s ghost one last reasonable request. Can Winnie honor her oath?

Well, she tries. But, not before she stumbles into situations that almost get her killed. She’s one spunky broad. Follow her adventures here.

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  1. Hi Melissa, thanks for having me here today. I'm glad folks are meeting one of my favorite characters.

  2. This is great, Lorrie! It's in the voice of the C.O.D. club and you've given us Phil's personality exactly.

    See why this is a great series to read? I'm asking you. Yeah, you out there reading this blog post on St. Pat's Day.

  3. What a fun interview! I look forward to reading this series! I love Lorrie's sense of humor and the way she writes her characters! I know when I open one of her books, I'm in for a great read!

  4. Hi Marva, Julie, this was a fun little write, and it does fit Fat Phil to a tee. I'm having so much fun with these characters.

    Thank you both for dropping in for the interview.

  5. Great, great interview. Now just wait until Winnie hears about it. Fat Phil will be in the stew for sure. Winnie might just shove the EEEE-size shoe further into his mouth or put it in the stew (maybe with Phil's foot still attached).

    Hilarious series. I'm looking for more. Keep 'em coming.

  6. Fun interview, can't wait to read it.

  7. Lorrie, glad to have you, and great fun to get the word out about your series. It's obviously tickling a lot of funny bones.

  8. What a time for my power to go out. Gads! Thank goodness it wasn't off long. lol.

    Hey, Maria, yep, I'd say Fat Phil's butt is in the fire with Winnie. Thanks for stopping.

    Oh, Marian, I have a ball with these characters. They are a hoot. Thanks.

    Melissa, I hope all the COD Club series tickle many funny bones. *sigh* I try. But, we all know humor is so subjective. So far though, I've gotten great reviews. There is a fantastic one on B&N. It makes me feel humble.

  9. What a great excerpt! I love the characters already! And their names, Krapski, Newsy. With handles that funny, I can just imagine how crazy the story must be. This series is going onto my TBR stack.

  10. You don't do bad yourself, BK. lol.

    Hi Vernac, Thanks for dropping in. I'm sure you'll get a few giggles from the story. Be well.