Albert Shipway: The Interview
By Scott Nicholson
There’s this guy in the novel Cursed! by J.R. Rain and me. We worked through four drafts honing things and tightening J.R’s original vision for the story, and most of the fun came from good old Al Shipway, the insurance negotiator who just happens to have a fondness for the simple pleasures of life. But his pleasures lead to pain when it’s time for a little payback, and a vengeful old lady puts a curse on him.
I’m interviewing him here to find out if he’s up for the job of coming back in a sequel.
Al: Well, because I didn’t mean to do those bad things, and it’s kind of my wife’s fault. I mean, if only we’d gone through with the divorce in the first place—
Scott: It sounds like you’re dodging responsibility. I hear that’s a bad habit of yours.
Al: Hey, I’m not the one who lied about being the daughter of a serial killer.
Scott: Always an excuse. But you took the good with the bad, am I right?
Al: What other choice does a guy have?
Scott: The right choice. Sticking to your vows. ‘Till death do us part’ and all that.
Al: Yeah, but that was back when I thought death would be the end of it. Now I know better.
Scott: So, I hear you’ve been introduced to some new ideas and a new way of looking at things.
Al: Yeah. Do you have anything to drink?
Scott: Al. Hasn’t that caused you enough trouble?
Al: I only drink to escape. Is that so wrong?
Scott: Can’t say I blame you. If I had your problems, I’d be in the bottle before noon every day.
Al: Nothing I can’t handle. Tabby, she’s pretty cool, even if her family is weird as heck.
Scott: Well, after what happened to Tabby’s sister—
Al: Man, not you, too. Everybody puts that on me, but it was all my wife’s fault.
Scott: I can tell we’re not going to get anywhere with this conversation. So, what’s next, now that it seems like you danced your way out of a horrible curse?
Al: (flexes biceps) I’m ready for anything. Bring it on.
Scott: Oh, look, There’s a mouse.
Al: (jumping up on chair) Eeek!
Scott: Just kidding.
Al: (looking around warily) I knew that.
Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the YA paranormal romance October Girls and the thrillers Disintegration, As I Die Lying, Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, Burial to Follow, and They Hunger. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, Curtains, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers.
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