Today is my stop on the Asylum blog tour and I’m so excited to be a part of this tour…. Or I was until I found out just who I was going to have to interview. Had I known, I might have
walked run away. Far, far away.
In anticipation of my tour stop, I had the opportunity to read both books in the series back-to-back (my five-star reviews will be up a bit later this week) and I think it was the perfect way to read them. I loved not having to wait. Because after reading Anathema, I wanted nothing more than to dive into Asylum. I just wish I could get my hands on the next book in the series now.
And after having the “pleasure” of interviewing Viggo for my tour stop, I almost feel that I deserve not having to wait quite so long.
But I digress….
For today’s stop, it has been my distinct honor to have Viggo stop by to answer just a few of my questions. I may have had a few more questions for this elusive, mysterious, handsome and terrifying man, but I was a bit afraid of testing his patience, so for my safety we kept it fairly short.
And while I don’t typically have a pre-introduction – I tend to like to get right to the interview – as Viggo is an older, well-mannered (mostly) and distinguished gentleman, I
would like to felt obligated to give him a proper, and warm, welcome to the blog.
So, without further ado, it is my great pleasure to present to you…. the charming, sexy and most definitely dangerous, Viggo.
Q. Hi Viggo, thank you so much for stopping by today. For those readers who haven’t yet met you, could you briefly tell us a little bit about yourself? Where and when you come from and how you came to be what you are?
Why, thank you for the invitation, my doll, Rachel. *grins and reaches out to squeeze Rachel’s arm with perfectly manicured fingers* I like to keep a low profile – under the radar of the media and other… interested parties – but, I suppose I could tell you a few things without divulging too much. As my name would suggest, I am of Italian background. The reign of Julius Caesar, to be exact. *smiles* My, how Rome has evolved since then.
And how I came to be what I am… you mean the brilliant, wealthy, charming man who’d like to fly you to a private island one day in my private jet? *chuckles* I have a lovely young Spanish noblewoman to thank for that gift. Sadly, she’s no longer around…
[Fiktshun: *shivers as hand with perfectly manicured fingers grabs my arm* W-w-w-ell, I do love Italian men. And from Julius Caesar’s day, you say… *gulps* H-h-h-ow intriguing. And what a generous offer. Might I ask just how private this island is? *silently prays that invitation gets lost in the mail*]
My readers and I tend to be fans of a tangled love story and yours is rather quite complicated. I hope you don’t mind, then, if I ask you just a few questions about it.
Q. It seems you fell for a young, beautiful girl named Veronique some time ago and due to some rather unfortunate complications you and she have yet to find your happily-ever-after. Do you truly love her or are your affections only heightened because of your “friend” Mortimer’s interest in her?
*Long pause* Now Rachel, I don’t like what you’re implying here and I’ve killed for less so be careful…. Ah, Veronique… *sighs heavily* She’s like an angel – so sweet and pure… You know she’s the only human I’ve had no desire to kill? Not for even a second? My love for Veronique is beyond any silly competition. Besides, there is no competition. Veronique is such a bleeding heart. She ‘thinks’ she is in love with that brooding volcano, Mortimer, but it’s not love. It’s gratitude for him saving her. I hope the last one hundred and twenty years will have eased her saintly conscience so she can drop him and move on. With me…
[Fiktshun: *trembles* I meant no disrespect. And it’s so wonderful to hear just how pure your love is for Veronique. For your sake – for all our sakes – I really hope she chooses you.]
Q. You’ve been waiting quite some for Veronique’s return. A very long time, actually. What made you decide to wait for her, knowing that she may not choose you? And just how much longer are you willing to wait? Is she really worth all the lifetimes you’ve spent waiting?
Again… my sweet Rachel… hear me when I say there is no doubt about who she will choose. None at all. Of course, I humour Mortimer, allowing him to feel like he has a chance. I’m giving him a gift, really. If he didn’t have this hope, he’d have no reason to continue. So, I’m to thank for his existence. And when Veronique runs into my arms and not his… *grins* I can’t lie, there may be a smile on my face.
How much longer am I willing to wait? I have lived almost nineteen hundred years before stumbling upon Veronique. What’s a few hundred waiting for her sister to fix her blunder so we can be reunited for eternity?
[Fiktshun: You are a very generous man, Viggo. I hope that Mortimer realizes just how wonderful you really are. And Veronique, too.]
Q. You are a well-to-do, handsome, eternally youthful looking man. Have there been any other love interests over the years? Were there any before Veronique? And if Veronique chooses Mortimer over you, would you try to create another love story for yourself or would you choose a tragic end?
Why, thank you, Rachel. I get so few compliments with the wretched company I keep as of late. No one appreciates me. *sniffles* I don’t like to ‘kiss and tell’ but since you ask… yes, there were ladies before Veronique. I wouldn’t call them love interests but *smiles* they served their purpose. And, again, Rachel… what is it with this doubt about who Veronique will pick?! I’ll humour you for the moment. If Veronique chooses Mortimer over me *laughs and shakes head*, there will certainly be a tragic end but it won’t be mine.
[Fiktshun: I’m just stating facts. You are quite handsome. I’m sorry that not everyone is so willing to lavish you with the compliments you so richly deserve. *crossing fingers that there will be no tragic end to this interview*]
Q. What made you choose to live with Mortimer? And why New York? I understand the fact that there’s safety in numbers, but couldn’t you and he have lived down the block or next door, even? And have there been any incidents between you and Mortimer since the two of you took up residence in New York City?
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, right? He’s a stubborn one, that Mortimer. I suggested he appropriate a house of his own nearby but he’d have nothing to do with being so far from Veronique. I didn’t dare refuse him. Lord knows he’d run screaming to her the second she was free to tell her how terrible I’ve been to him. Then she’d sympathize and… ugh!… it’d be another hundred years before we could shake him.
Besides, I’m as safe around him as he is around me…Veronique would be heartbroken if anything untimely happened to either of us. Neither of us wants to break that sweet angel’s heart. That’s the only reason he’s still alive and we’re living like a couple. Incidents? Well, I’ve had to remind him a few times not to get in my way. Him and those damn dogs of his. Let’s leave it at that.
[Fiktshun: I agree, keep those enemies close. And Mortimer does seem rather stubborn. But I thought those dogs of his were rather sweet….]
Q. You’ve known Sofie for quite some time. And her actions have caused you quite a bit of… how shall I say it… “discomfort” over the years. We already know you don’t exactly trust her, and maybe you have no reason to, but just how do you really feel about her? Oh and mind the language, this is a young adult book blog.
*sniffles* I’m disappointed in you, Rachel. Foul language is for the low-class. I’m far above that. What do I think about Sofie…*heavy sigh* All families have one ‘problem-child’. Sofie is that for Veronique’s family. I’m not surprised that she’s a conniving, deceptive witch because she is, well… a witch! It’s in her nature, it’s in her blood. But she is uncontrollable and wild, a dangerous combination for everyone. She actually has the audacity to blame me for all the hell she’s caused for that girl, Evangeline! Blame me!! Can you believe that?
[Fiktshun: *hyperventilates* I’m so sorry to have disappointed you, Viggo. Sometimes rage even gets the best of, well, the best of us. I meant no disrespect. And no. *gulps dryly* No, I can’t believe that Sofie would blame you for anything.]
Q. If you were to get Veronique back, do you think she’d be upset if you allowed anything to happen to Sofie?
It’s such a dilemma. On the one hand, Sofie is Veronique’s sister and they are very close. If anything were to happen to her, Veronique would be heartbroken. That would be tragic. But on the other hand… oh, how the world would be better off without that magic-wielding maniac! No, I could never ‘allow’ anything to happen to Sofie. Now, if something beyond my control were to happen…
[Fiktshun: *wrings hands* Well, yes, Sofie does get herself into some dangerous situations. There is always the possibility that something may happen. But, poor Veronique. And poor Evangeline!]
Q. Being who, and what, you are potentially puts you in a dangerous position. Do you have many enemies? And if so, just how do you manage to protect yourself?
Oh, my dear, sweet, silly Rachel. You should meet Evangeline. You two would get along well… Everyone has enemies. I just happen to have more than the average. But me, protect myself against them? That’s like asking Godzilla how he will protect himself from the ants. *laughs* I keep a low profile to maintain peace around me, especially now, while waiting for Veronique’s release. Those humans tend to do rash things when they learn what is amidst them. Before, I’d simply hunt them down and rid myself of that nuisance. Either way, I have no worries around them. I’m untouchable.
[Fiktshun: I envy you your confidence, Viggo. And I would absolutely adore meeting Evangeline. I imagine we would get along well. For a time anyway. I share an unfortunate name with her boyfriend’s… let’s just call her an ex. So, I’m sure that won’t help matters if I were to inadvertently be caught
drooling over staring at Caden for an inappropriate length of time.]
*adjusts the lapel of suit jacket* – need you ask?
[Fiktshun: No, I suppose I don’t. But for my readers, those who don’t know you as well as I do, I just had to ask.]
Q. Viggo, it seems the more we get to know you the less likable you are. You’ve been called by both Evangeline and Sofie a “conniving monster” and by Leo a “psychopath.” Would you say those words adequately describe you?
Again, the company I’m keeping lately! No respect! I suppose I can see Evangeline being angry with me for…what I did to her. I’ll give her that much. And *groans* that Leo… how dare he call me names after what he did!
[Fiktshun: *sighs with relief that I am allowed to live to ask another question* and *allows face to show righteous indignation on Viggo’s behalf*]
Thank you Viggo. I’ve kept you much longer than I should have. I just have one final question for you….
Q. Just what do you think about the People’s Sentinel? Threat or mild annoyance?
Silly people who sit in secluded basements and plot to kill creatures they can’t even hold down… annoyance. Mage and Sofie seem to think otherwise but I don’t see it.
[Fiktshun: *lets out breath I didn’t know I was holding* Oh they definitely are an annoyance! *nods head in agreement*]
Once again, thank you so much for stopping by the blog. You have, by far, been the most interesting guest I’ve had the privilege to interview. I appreciate your endless patience and your incredible tolerance for my somewhat disrespectful questions.
I do hope your love story with Veronique ends happily. With your level of confidence in that matter, I’m sure you will be the object of her affection in the end.
ABOUT THE TOUR
Be sure to check out all the stops on the Asylum blog tour! A few of the stops have giveaways hosted by author, there are a few more character and author interviews and some amazing guest posts. Just click on the button below for the schedule.
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.
Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
Tucked away in Sofie’s wintery asylum with no hope of release for years, Evangeline must come to terms with her situation: the curse still plagues her, she’s now hunted by a two thousand-year-old vampire, and the guy she’s in love with tried to kill her. Plus, she’s locked up with a cranky Max and the Forero kids—two people everyone seems to prefer dead over alive. Things aren’t looking good.
Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, Sofie struggles to keep forty trapped and bloodthirsty Ratheus vampires at bay and a desperate Viggo from killing Evangeline’s friends, all while hints stir outside the walls of the NYC vampire asylum of a war brewing between the Sentinel and the witches.
Is there any hope for Evangeline and Caden? Can Sofie control the rival powers? Is the fate of Earth predestined? Find out in Book 2 of the Causal Enchantment series, a sequel to ANATHEMA.
***Note: Celebrity photos of “Viggo” are borrowed images from various sites found through Google Images***