Spreading love

Spreading love

Friday, May 28, 2010

MEET.... Arnaz Booker

Arnaz Booker, the main character in the College Love 101 series, dropped by the Press Box to discuss life and love with Author K.T. Bishop in 1991.
K.T.: Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule.
Arnaz: Not a problem. Always glad to talk with my role model.
K.T.: Tell us a little about yourself.
Arnaz: I am a senior at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, majoring in Journalism. By the way, Stillman's a real college, its not Hillman from the Cosby Show and A Different World. I work part-time at the Tuscaloosa News and live at home with my mother.
K.T.: Seems that you're living the life of a typical college student.
Arnaz: My life is far from perfect.
K.T.: In what way?
Arnaz: I don't like discussing my family business with non-relatives, but I just found out my father's alive.
K.T.: I bet that sucks.
Arnaz: (rolls his eyes). No kidding. It's just something I have to deal with, I guess. Life's never easy, you know. On top of trying to graduate with honors, find a job and a long-distance relationship.
K.T.: Okay, I see how this is making you uncomfortable. Let's change the subject: tell me about your girlfriend.
Arnaz (face lights up): Isis Rogers, the most beautiful woman I ever seen. When I first laid eyes on her at that pre-med program at Fisk University two years ago in Nashville, I burned my little black book. There was no other woman that came close in comparison. I pursued Isis until she became mine. She's brillant and a future doctor who attends Xavier University in New Orleans.
K.T: A long-distance relationship that works. Glad it worked for someone.
Arnaz: It's not easy. We only see other for holidays and parts of the summer because of our busy schedules. If I had to go back in time, I'd do the same thing. Isis is worthy of pursuing. Besides, it wouldn't hurt to have a doctor around to take care of you.
K.T.: If you could spend a day with someone living or dead, who would it be?
Arnaz: Martin Luther King because the way he fought for blacks to be equal with whites. I've heard so much about him from my mother, who saw him in Birmingham, and met members of the King family.
K.T.: What's your ultimate goal?
Arnaz: Follow the path you set. Land a reporting job at a newspaper, and write a book someday. Hopefully, I'll marry Isis someday. She becomes a doctor and we live happily ever after.
K.T:Hope it works for you. Enjoyed the interview.
Arnaz (gives a half shoulder hug): I'm optimistic we can work something out. Great chatting with you as well.

21 comments:

Sandy said...

This sounds like it's going to be great love story. I hope they make it end happily.

Great interview, K.T.

K.T. Bishop said...

I wanted to give Arnaz closure as well build his character.

JaneB said...

This is a hoot...love that you can bring your character to life in other ways than just on the novel page!

Jane

K.T. Bishop said...

I decided to go with the character interview, Jane, because I didn't get a chance to promote regularly on the blogs (They were already booked).

Leah Vaughn said...

Great Internview!!! I love the way you bring your character to live

K.T. Bishop said...

Thank you, Leah. I'll consider doing more of these in the future...

Ali Katz said...

I love the way you talk to your characters! It can only help to bring them to life.
ali
www.a-katz.com

Chérie De Sues said...

A kid in high school with dreams and a love that may last forever is a tough road for anyone. He definitely sounds up for the challenge and I think he'll make it. Sounds determined enough! Great interview and sounds like a terrific novel too!

K.T. Bishop said...

I thought it was a silly idea two months ago, Ali. I decided to try another avenue of promoting, and its worked.

K.T. Bishop said...

For years, I've felt the college love stories always get overlooked in the romance novels. Cherie, half of those romance survive!

Charlotte said...

I love how you used an interview to tell about your character. I love how he refers to M.L King. When parts of history are included I feel it makes the story more real.
I hope that the long distance relationship works out for Arnaz and Iris.
Looking forward to more!

K.T. Bishop said...

When I wrote Curing A Cajun Cold, it was by accident. It was a free read two years ago. I enjoyed writing about the early 90's, the Clinton Administration, and a golden era.

Yvonne Eve Walus said...

Question to Arnaz: When you say "happily ever after", do you mean having children and coaching basketball little league or DINK (dual income, no kids)?

K.T. Bishop said...

Now, Yvonne. I am not giving away anything. You'll have to buy the book and see the happy ending.LOL.

Molly Daniels said...

KT, I've got interview slots open in August/September. I'd love to have you on:) I'm looking forward to this one AND Curling Up!

Contact me at storimom2@aol.com

Molly Daniels said...

(Head slap)

Awesome interview!

K.T. Bishop said...

Just let me know when is the first available open slot, molly. I love talking on the blog. With the blog spots filled up for the month around the internet,this was a pleasant surprise....

Stan said...

Good interview. Makes you hope they will continue working it out and get that Happy Ever After stuff!

Anthony Stevens said...

Very nice interview! How about one from the soon-to-be doctor's viewpoint?

K.T. Bishop said...

There will be a happy ending, Stan.

K.T. Bishop said...

Not a bad idea, Anthony. If the book keeps moving up the charts, I'll bring out Isis....