Welcome to the fifth day of the Mondays with Mephistopheles: 9 a.m. – Rhys blog tour. It will run until August 29th and will feature excerpts and new author interviews each day. But first, here is the obligatory blurb about the novel to settle you into this strange world:
Abraham Rogers has an unusual psychotherapy practice: monsters. This first installment is a session with Rhys, the IT vampire who can’t quite connect with the modern world the way he would like.
A few questions for the author:
Are you doing what you truly want to do?
I like to think so. I am pursuing my dreams as best I know how. I have been publishing frequently and am in a position to help other writers. I could not imagine doing anything else. As a little boy, I wanted to tell stories for a living; it seems that I have managed that in my own way.
Do you have a dream to follow?
We all have dreams, and we must be brave to follow them. I wrote a novel called The Ocean and the Hourglass with this exact idea in mind. I am following my dreams, for as long as I am able.
Are you proud of what you’re doing or what you’ve done?
Absolutely. I help people realize their dreams and share their stories with loved ones and strangers alike. I am proud to a part of the process.
How many promises have you made and how many of them you have fulfilled?
I try to make short-term and long-term promises, and accomplish them accordingly. I pass by the benchmarks and goals that are on the way to dreams that are far out beyond the horizon. I will never stop trying to reach them….
Here be an excerpt for your enjoyment:
Abe shifted in his seat as Rhys continued. “As if after hundreds of years we only wish to brood and lust for awkward teenage girls. What about knowledge, the wonders of the universe? You humans do not think we have time to absorb the great knowledge of our time? Idiots.”
“It sounds like you think people treat you like you were uneducated. That perhaps you are prone to your baser instincts. How does that make you feel?”
“How does that make me feel? How do you think it makes me feel? Miserable. Like a troglodyte who can’t keep it in my pants. This is the merman problem all over again.”
“The merman problem?”
Rhys waved his hands as if he were a conjurer. “Women want all these myths and fairy tales. A merman is half-man, half-fish. So either they got the right equipment and a fish head, or they got a human torso and fish parts, if you know what I mean.”
“I’m afraid I don’t follow…”
Rhys interrupted, becoming irritated for the first time during the session. “I’m undead. Not one of those drooling groaners, but not exactly going to be warming folks by a fire. Need a beating heart to work the equipment women are interested in.”
“Perhaps you are generalizing a bit. Not all women assume that a vampire equates to fantastical romance.”
“Find me one woman who loves vampires and doesn’t think they are those brooding and beautiful blokes with the spray-on abs. The reality is quite a bit different.”
Rhys motioned with his hand to himself.
Abe tapped the pen on the notebook in contemplation. The vampire had not been this riled in some time. There was clearly another motivation at work here.
“What happened today, Rhys?”
“What makes you think something happened?”
Abe gestured to the defensive posture and pensive––more pensive than normal––look on the vampire’s face. “Your demeanor and outburst would suggest that there was an incident.”
Rhys sighed. “Nothing gets past you. Can’t we just have a normal conversation without you confounding what I am trying to say?”
“This is my job, Rhys. I have to help you confront and move past the hurdles in your life so you can be a happy and productive member of society.”
A brief pause grew between them. It became a staring contest with the loser bearing the impetus of the narrative. Rhys rolled his eyes and tucked his feet under the cushions.
Bio: A psychologist, author, editor, philosopher, martial artist, and skeptic, he has published several novels and currently has many in print, including: The End of the World Playlist, Bitten, The Journey, The Ocean and the Hourglass, The Path of the Fallen, The Portent, and Cerulean Dreams. Follow him on Twitter (@AuthorDanOBrien) or visit his blog http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com. He recently started a consultation business. You can find more information about it here: http://www.amalgamconsulting.com/.
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