Jean Joachim Interviews her villain / hero


bigstock-Nostalgic-fashion-stylized-por-49942544“Today we’re talking with bad boy movie producer, Gunther Quill. You appear as a sort of bad guy, villain in two books in the Hollywood Hearts series, then you are the hero in the last book, LOVERS & LIARS.           How do you explain this?”

Hey, Jean. Why am I explaining anything to you? You wrote the damn books.

“Gunther, please. This is an interview. Pretend I’m someone else.”

Can I pretend you’re naked?

“You’ll do that anyway, no matter what I say.”

You know me so well.

“Back to the question, Gunther. Damn, you’re slippery today.”

I wouldn’t touch that line…okay. Back to the question. Perhaps I was a little bit of a bad guy, a villain in MOVIE LOVERS. I was having a bad day when Grace Brewster came into my office. She took me by surprise. What a babe! But I redeemed myself in LOVE’S LAST CHANCE.

“You did? That’s news to me. How?”

If I say how, we give away the plot! Geez, you writers can be really dense sometimes.

“Right, right. Let’s move on.”

I didn’t want to put this out there, but I became a hero because I made my part in LOVE’S LAST CHANCE bigger. In order to keep me from taking over that book completely, you, I mean Jean, the author, agreed to give me my own book. Heh, heh. Clare Quill didn’t raise any stupid kids.

“Yes, I did.”

And do you regret it?

“Not for one minute, Gunther. You amazed me and became a terrific hero, imperfect but perfect at just the right times.”

*blushes*, awww, that’s sweet.

“No, it’s true. I fell for you myself while writing the book.”

Really? Maybe we can do something about that when the interview is over. By the way, what happened to the other guy?

“You mean Penn Roberts? He’s hopping mad I gave the last book in the Hollywood Hearts series to you and took it away from him.”


“Not very sympathetic, are you?”

He’ll have to find a way *ahem* of charming you into writing his book.

“I’ve already scheduled his book for the 2014 series, so he’s set. I’ve never done that before, Gunther.”

Discarded one book for another?

“Right. It’s a new experience.”

He polishes his nails on his pants leg.

Not everyone’s got my sex appeal.0ddead94-858f-4a8e-97e1-4a1f40842142

“Or you’re cool plot, bad attitude and saintly mother.”

Ma’s the best.

“Time to end this before we give away the story. If readers want to know how you morphed from bad guy into good guy…”

Read the book! I get it. *chuckles* Hey, Jean, you’re the best.

“Thanks, Gunther. So are you.”

Gunther Quill pushes to his feet and kisses Jean on the cheek.

I’d do more but I might have my head handed to me.

“Shhh. Gunther. Don’t give it away!”

Do yourself a favor, read LOVERS & LIARS. I’m sexy as hell and we’ll, I mean, you’ll have a good time.

“Thank you, Gunther Quill, bad boy film producer and romance book hero. This is Jean Joachim, signing off.”

Jean Joachim, wife and mother of two sons, is owned by a rescued pug, named My PictureHomer. She’d been writing non-fiction for what seemed like forever until she got up the nerve to try fiction. It was love. Now she spends her days in New York City in the company of her characters, with a cup of tea and a secret stash of black licorice. She has 18 romance books published and seven non-fiction books.

Twitter: @jeanjoachim



Jean Joachim Interviews her villain / hero — 12 Comments

  1. Welcome to the Cafe, Jean! So nice to have you, and I do believe you now have the distinction of doing our first ever character interview. Gunther sounds like a load of trouble–the fun kind. Thanks for introducing him to us.

    • Thanks for the warm welcome,Reese. First character interview? That’s why Gunther has been strutting around like a proud peacock! He loves being your first character interview.

  2. I can’t wait to read Gunther’s story! And yes Gunther, you DID redeem yourself in LLC, but slightly too late. And Liz, if you haven’t read Jean’s books, I’ve only been raving about them for the last couple of months:)

    • Thank you, Kenzie, for the kinds words. Gunther is nudging me, pointing to your comment about him redeeming himself. I’m not convinced. Only in his own book, coming in Nov. will he truly become a great hero, still a little rough around the edges.

  3. Thank you, Jana. It’s an honor to be here. The series was fun to write. So glad to have the distinction of doing the first character interview.

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