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Character Interview with Jack Vance, the protagonist of The Manipulator by Steve Lundin

A Top 100 Amazon best selling book- The Manipulator by Steve Lundin is a satirical techno-noir business thriller about advertising, greed, and the out-of-control edge of a media addicted culture. It’s a darkly humorous and prophetic look at the evil twins of marketing and communications just a few years over the horizon, when master media manipulators will insidiously shape almost every aspect of our programmed and highly regulated world. Powered by an authentic perspective, The Manipulator is a fast moving, snarky action packed story that will keep you turning pages while you should be working!

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The hilarious author, Steve Lundin gave me the inside scoop (thanks to Elite Book Promotions) on his main character to learn more about him. So I thought I’d share it with all of you!!

Without further adieu here’s my cheeky interview with Jack Vance, CEO of Blowfish Communications

and the protagonist of The Manipulator: Jack Vance FinalA Satirical Tech Noir Business Thriller (Really)!



How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

Who said I was an adult? There are many questions concerning my father that are unsettled, including who is responsible for his death. I saw him, as a 78 year old man, expire in a hospital bed from gunshot wounds. Come on, a guy his age should have died from prostate cancer or something a little more respectable. In terms of my mother, I’d love to find her but those federal witness protection programs are getting better and better. One day though…

What do you want from life?

To build the world’s smartest global marketing firm with take no prisoners type A hard chargers. Love and puppies and Facebook are for people with too much time on their hands.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

You make your own luck, so my first wish and last wish would be that I never, ever get asked an inane wish question again.

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

A SAT phone, a kindle and some sunscreen. I’d stick around long enough to catch up on some reading then call in a lift home.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends? Why?

Well, my father is deceased, my mother is in a witness protection program and I have no siblings. So it’s just me and my business associates. I treat everyone based on the amount of respect they have earned. I have no time or interest in helping those who project pathos or expect obsequiousness because of their power or position. In other words, if you haven’t earned my attention through your own hard work, don’t waste my time and I won’t waste yours, because you’re probably already an expert on that.

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

Over a bottle, usually

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

The hangover and the bar receipt, in that order.

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

Trust is earned. I have had enough experience with users, cads, charlatans and scumbags to count my fingers after shaking hands with most people for the first time.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

The smell, then the window.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

If it’s my room and my people they damn well better notice that it’s time to get to work. If it’s someone else’s room I’d rather be an observer than the center of attention. I keep a running tally of how many people think they can get away with picking their nose in public places. You would be amazed at the results.

Describe yourself to me.

I’m a strategic idea guy who specializes in the most attention getting and provocative marketing campaigns in the world. You probably read about the Phantom jets that I had buzz the Macy’s Parade to advertise new Jet Blue routes. Yeah, that was me. And I got kicked out of NY because of it, which means that they’re too thin skinned out there or I’m too funny. Either way I’m a Chicagoan now, but not the high squeaky voiced, fat assed, acid washed jeans, sausage eating variety. Opinionated? Yes. Creative? Yes. Funny? Depends on who you ask. You want to know more about me? Read the book, cheapskate!

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

Good mescaline always brings my Third Eye into the equation.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

I didn’t expect anything and was raised by a German nanny who my father smuggled out of Berlin after the wall was erected. If anything she gave me the one lesson that has served me well: be doubtful until proven otherwise, keep an escape plan handy and gun control means using both hands.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

A great single malt, a 500 HP engine and the rare honest marketing person (I have yet to encounter the third but I am hopeful).

What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t? What would happen if you did do it?

Fire myself from my own agency and give myself enough of a severance package to retire. If I did I’d be broke.

What do you consider are your strengths?

Creativity, intuition and a nose for good alcohol.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

Good alcohol.

What are you most proud of about your life?

Getting an escort onto the International Space Station to do a live Skype broadcast promoting a new Russian condom. We call it an out-of-this-world fucking case study on our website.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

Not fired the wrong people fast enough over the Holidays.

Describe your ideal mate.

She can reload a .45 magazine while solving a Rubik’s Cube, doing shots, fending off reporters and pulling up her size three bikini bottoms.

What are you most afraid of?

The banker that says no.

What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Smart, creative, hardworking people. They are hard to find. I can find self-absorbed, effected toadies lurking in just about every one of the 100 resumes I receive on a daily basis.

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

My email address.

If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A silvertip grizzly can smell people and fear from 18 miles away. That’s the kind of head start I could use.

Illustrations By Mitch O’Connell  MOC Illo SM

stevelundin2headshotSteve Lundin is the Chief Hunter and Gatherer of BIGfrontier, a Chicago media strategy boutique. He is an award winning marketing professional, journalist and pop culture anthropologist. He has written hundreds of feature stories for a diverse assortment of regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, International Watch and Aviation History. As a marketer he has had extensive experience successfully revitalizing consumer and business to business products and services for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to two guys in a garage.

In 2000 he founded theBIGfrontier event series, a regional marketing/technology thought leadership showcase that has hosted over 70 significant national speakers.Lundin is formerly trained in Journalism/Cultural Anthropology with graduate work in clinical psychology; his métier has always been research driven measurement of human motivation, tempered with creative gut instinct. He has also worked as an artist, photographer, made television commercials, published a comic strip newspaper and may hold the record for the greatest number of published Mickey Spillane interviews. If he could do it all over again he’d be a PI. 
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Authors with Flair…Adrienne Ruvalcaba interview

Adrienne Ruvalcaba‘s The Prostitute’s Daughter is a gripping, intense, edgy and yet sweet novel. How does one book accomplish all of that? Perhaps it’s a reflection of its author and all the layers of her personality?  Luckily for me, she allowed me to interview her in all her mysterious glory…

 In less than 30 words, tell us about The Prostitute’s Daughter?

The Prostitute’s Daughter is the story of a man who loves a woman who doesn’t believe in love. He loves her even when she isn’t capable of loving herself.

How long did it take you to write it?

It took me five years to write this book. I wrote it in my spare time while I was dealing with a things, including the end of an abusive marriage, going to engineering school full time while single parenting two small children, working, and coming to grips with serious health issues and a subsequent diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Why did you write it? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?

The plot idea came from my intimate experience with survivors of abuse. At a young age, I witnessed a very dear loved one go through unspeakable abuse. I also witnessed this person’s metamorphosis into a completely different person. This person never received the love they needed and deserved, and, as a result, they never healed properly. I too am a survivor of abuse, but I was able to find peace and healing through love and support. The redeeming power of love is sometimes the only way to drive out certain kinds of darkness in one’s soul. The Prostitute’s Daughter is a story that captures that concept and gives it an emotionally fulfilling little fairytale twist.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

I’m definitely more of a doer than a talker. I’m a person of few spoken words, but I’m very good at plodding along like a machine and accomplishing one small, manageable task after another. I’m all about the daily grind.

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Authors with Flair…Neva Squires Rodriguez interview

Have you ever read a book so emotionally charged, so captivating that you think to yourself, how did the author come up with this plot? or I’d love to pick the author’s brain? Well here’s your chance…

Neva Squires-Rodriguez, the author of the riveting Liliana series, has given me the inside scoop on what makes her tick and how her twisted mind created such an electrifying debut novel. (Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter @NevaRodriguez22

In less than 30 words tell us about Liliana.

Liliana” is a hot and steamy romance that starts off with a bang and is filled with deception, unexpected twists, and endless suspense!

The Liliana series is in 3 books, how long did it take you to write the first novel?
Yes, book one took nearly fifteen years. I kept putting it off due to raising my children, going back to school and ultimately laziness.

Why did you write it? Or better yet where did the plot idea come from?
The idea came from a re-occurring dream. Every night I tried to push the dream further, until finally I decided to write it down on paper.

When you decided to become a writer, why didn’t you choose a pseudonym?
I didn’t choose a pseudonym because I wanted everyone to know who I was. I wanted to be remembered and I wanted my readers to know where my roots were. I added my maiden name in because I wanted to show my readers that I’m multi-cultural.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally?
I actually realized that I wanted to be a professional writer when I was in fifth grade. I entered a writing contest with a friend and our story won first place. A team of actors played out our story in front of the school. It was definitely a memorable experience for me.

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz and Audre Lorde, because these are two of the female writers that I respect and enjoy the writing of most. I would definitely want to find out what feedback they had for me.

Which is worse, failing or never trying?

Definitely never trying. When you think that you are going to fail, the worst that can happen is that you can be right? You could fail, you already know that and have prepared yourself for that. You might as well try and confirm your failure. (A little English humor there.) As an author, I have failed numerous times. I must have sent out at least fifty query letters and it would have been so easy to give up and crawl back under my rock, but God inspired me to push on and hey, check it out, I found a great publisher who valued my twisted ideas. Always give it a try and never give up-never.

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