Amanda: How long have you known India Hayes?
Bobby: I’ve known India for over four years. We met when she was hired as a reference librarian at Martin College. I had already been working as a reference librarian at Martin for a couple of years at that point. India was fresh out of library school, and like any seasoned professional, I showed her the ropes and gave her the grunt work.
Amanda: So you boss India around?
Bobby: I don’t boss her around, but she knows that if she asks me to do something like this interview (eye roll) it’s going to cost her. I think for making me sit through this, she needs to pick up one of my classes. I’m supposed to teach library instruction to a geology class next week. She can do that.
Amanda: You don’t want to do this interview?
Bobby: No offense to you, but not really. I’m mean why am I talking to you about India. You’re the author, don’t you already know everything about her. I have better things to do.
Amanda (sighs): Like what?
Bobby: Since you asked, I’m not just a college librarian just like India is not just a college librarian. She wants to be a full time painter someday, and I want to be a full time romance author. I’m currently working on my first novel.
Amanda: India told me about that. She says you write some racy stuff.
Bobby (offended): I do not! You make it sound like I write erotica. I prefer to categorize my work as steamy. India wouldn’t know the difference if it hit her in the face. She’s hopeless in the romance department. Just ask Detective Rick Mains. He’s been pining for her for months, and she clueless about it.
Amanda: What’s your novel about?
Bobby: I’m not going to tell you! You’re an author and will steal my idea!
Amanda (sighs): Can I ask you one of my interview questions now?
Bobby: Okay, but make it quick.
Amanda: What do you think about India’s crime-solving?
Bobby: I think she’s nuts. I know she got me out of jam with my ex-girlfriend, but she shouldn’t put herself in danger like that. Something could happen to her.
Amanda: Ahh, so you really care about India.
Bobby: Of course. If something happened to her, then I would have to do all the work around here. I’m just not up to that. It would cut into my writing time. By-the-way, is there any chance you will put in a good word for me with your literary agent?
Amanda Flower writes the India Hayes Mystery Series. The first novel in the series, MAID OF MURDER, was nominated for an Agatha Award. The sequel, MURDER IN A BASKET, releases February 2012. First in a new series, A PLAIN DEATH, coming July 2012. To learn more visit Amanda online at http://www.amandaflower.com/. You can also follow Amanda at https://www.facebook.com/authoramandaflower and http://twitter.com/aflowerwriter.