Friday, January 18, 2013

Author versus Character Interview ~ A Simple Matter of Justice

Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with author Annamaria Bazzi and Samantha, the lead character from her recently released short, A Simple Matter of Justice. Before we get down to business, check out the cover and product description. 

Brutally murdered, Samantha discovers her life doesn’t end with her death. While in spirit form, she speaks with a wolf, which offers her a chance to bring her killer to trial…but there are strings attached. Even so, she accepts his proposal, and together they hunt the city. However, when the man responsible can’t be located, she worries the wolf’s proposal might be more than a simple matter of justice. 

The trunk opens and she comes face to face with her abductor, rapist and killer. 

Samantha receives a chance to bring the killer to justice. In accepting the challenge from a talking wolf, she never imagined she would become a spirit hawk by night. In the turmoil of her new existence, will she find the courage to bring the killer to the forest where the strange and powerful will pass judgment on the man? 

The spirit wolf goes with Samantha to help and support in her difficult endeavor. It’s a shock to discover the murderer goes into hiding when he sees her walk by his newspaper stand to go to the office the day after he left her dead in the middle of nowhere. 

Scared and afraid, she persists with Steve, the spirit wolf, who lends support and help. Is Samantha ready to discover the secret that protects the forest and can pass judgment and punish criminals? Will she find the strength to watch the judges punish the brutal criminal she is able to bring back to the forest? Will she be able to pick up the pieces and go on living?

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First off, thanks for being here. Glad you could join me for a while.  Let's start at the beginning. Want to tell me how the two of you met?  

Annamaria:  First off, I’d like to say how wonderful Samantha really is. Good, solid morals give her a compassionate heart and even though she sets out on a quest for justice, it never turns into one of revenge. But, in my regards, I think the spirit hawk is a bit spiteful, haven’t figured out what she has against me. 

We met one evening while I was getting out of the car, in my driveway. This crazy bird smashed into my windshield. When I realized it was a hawk, I was afraid to touch it. You should have seen those huge talons. The nutty bird spoke in my mind. 

Samantha: What were you thinking, turning me into a freaking bird?

Annamaria: You can talk.

Samantha: You should know, you created me. Are you going to ask me in? It’s cold out here.

Annamaria: I tell you Chantel, I never imagined my writing creations would come to life.

Samantha: What did you think we do, live in a two dimensional world of paper?

Annamaria: Isn’t that the idea of books?

Samantha: That shows how much you know. We can now also live in virtual space.

Annamaria: Inside a computer?

Samantha: Duh! 

Chantel: Try not to worry about it too much, Annamaria.  All of my characters have a habit of talking to me too - don't shut up is more like! Okay, so what was your first impression of each other? 

Annamaria: I think our first face-to-face impressions were a car wreck.

Samantha: Are you trying to be funny?

Annamaria: Okay, we both know I don’t have a sense of humor, so stop rubbing it in.

Samantha: I might be your creation, but you… you’re a brutal woman.

Annamaria: What did I do?

Samantha: Go read your story (she pouts).

Chantel: Oops...touchy subject? Let's delve a little deeper then, shall we? Annamaria, what does Samantha do that annoys you the most? 

Annamaria: I believe Samantha is angry with me because of the opening scene in the book… and she’s upset that for a while she had to turn into a spirit hawk. So, in the evenings while she stayed with me she’d leave droppings all over the house. Let me clarify, she’d leave them in weird places like the fireplace bricks, the kitchen counter, inside the bathtub, dripping down my dresser mirror. Have you any idea what it’s like to have to clean bird poop? 

Samantha: I’m a person. You didn’t have to turn me into an animal.

Chantel: I don't could be kind of nice. I take it you didn't think so though, Samantha. I want to give you equal time. If you could say just one thing to Annamaria, what would it be? 

Annamaria, you’re a crazy woman.

Chantel: Crazy woman seems a little harsh. I can see some tension here. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened between you two?

Samantha: The woman must come from a different world.

Chantel: What do you mean?

Samantha: She must have a love hate relationship with people. I mean, have you checked out her new work. She does weird things to people there too.

Chantel: She’s coming out with a new novel?

Samantha: Heck no, I don’t think she knows how to write a novel. No, it’s another short story, for young adults this time.

Chantel: I bet it's great. What does she do to those characters?

Annamaria: You’re going to have to read the story to find out, it’s called White Swans: A Regency Era

Chantel: Hey! I was asking Samantha! LOL Okay, okay. I'll move on to the next question. Annamaria, what do you feel the worst about doing to Samantha? 

Annamaria: Now that I’ve had the pleasure (rolls eyes) of meeting Samantha, I must say that turning her into a hawk might have been extreme. As an author, I needed an interesting twist for the story to work. Let me ask you, Samantha, don’t you enjoy soaring in the night sky, free, where no one can hold you back? 

Samantha: (pauses for a while) I do have to admit that it is an exhilarating experience.

Annamaria: You see. I gave you a gift no other human will ever feel.

Chantel:  I would love to be able to fly! Though, I'm not so sure about the being a bird part. I look forward to reading Samantha's experiences though. Do you think you two will meet again in the future?

Samantha: God forbid. If I meet up with her again, she might turn me into something more horrifying than a hawk.

Well, I suppose we should wrap this up. I don't want to take up too much of your time, but I do appreciate you ladies stopping by my blog!

About the Author:
Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. 

Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. 

She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. 

Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.

Want to connect with Annamaria? You can meet up with her here:
Twitter: @AMBazzi


Want to read A Simple Matter of Justice? Check out the Amazon Product Page

Thanks for reading everyone! Have a great weekend!



  1. thanks, chantel, it was great fun sitting down with you and samantha.
    whenever you can, stop by my blog and come tell my readers about yourself and your books

    1. I'll take you up on that. Thanks so much for being here! You story sounds fascinating!

  2. Ha, ha, I love how you met! And yes, Samantha, you better watch out, or she'll turn you into a swan. Ha. ha. And I know what it's like to clean up bird poop. I have a cockatiel and an eclectus. Wonderful interview, girls, and bird!

    1. :-) Thanks for stopping by and reading, Rachelle!

    2. rachelle, i'm so glad you enjoyed the interview... i had fun with it... and it was interesting getting to know samantha better :)


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