WoMen's Literacy Cafe
with a wonderful Book Launch Party
that is taking place this month!
Please welcome character Vigilante to our blog today!
He is the star of Vigilante
We left his creator Claude Bouchard home while we spoke with him!
You can call me Vigilante and, since you’re in law enforcement, it doesn’t really make sense that I give you my real name, does it? I’m sure you understand my point of view. I’m a major character in Claude Bouchard’s first novel, so much so that he entitled after moi. You see, without me, he wouldn’t have really had a story to tell, after all.
Here’s the thing. When I was a kid, my mother hooked up with a violent drunk and he didn’t treat any of us very nicely. You can take only so much of that kind of thing and then you snap, which is what happened to me. One day I saw him attack my older sister and I snapped. I was only ten at the time so I couldn’t really do anything then but I vowed I’d make bad guys pay, my way, when I grew up. I’m grown up now and have started applying my vision of justice to nasty people who didn’t get what they really deserved from the system. The media is rooting for me while Lieutenant McCall and his team are looking for me but they’ll never track me down. It’s not that they aren’t good at what they do or that I’m better than they are. I’m simply smart and very careful when I’m out there and, in the end, what I’m doing is right so I believe destiny will do the right thing for me as well.
But who knows? I’m only human and maybe I am a little too confident for my own good. Maybe I will get caught at some point but if I do, I’ll still know the animals I dealt got the kind of justice they deserved. Anyhow, if you want to know the whole story, I’d suggest you read the book. It’s called Vigilante and it’s all in there.
Okay, I understand why you don't want to tell me your real name, but you know I'm going to read the book and I'll figure it out! Then I'll be watching out for you!
Watch the video Trailer for Vigilante
I know I am making your nervous being here in my presence and all, but before you run answer a few questions for us, and no you don't need a lawyer present.
We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?
When describing my, uh, interactions with my victims, Bouchard portrayed me as a rather violent person. It would have been nice if he had highlighted some of my more positive traits.
If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
If it had been up to me, I would have added a few extra chapters because some people still merited my personal attention, if you know what I mean.
What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
I’m cool and calculating, meticulous in my planning and rather handsome. What bothers me is the worry I sometimes cause my wife with my activities.
What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
The hardest part for both of us was keeping my identity a secret and my having to lie at times to do so.
Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book. If not, do you wish you could continue your story?
Absolutely. In fact, Bouchard went ahead with four more books in the series following Vigilante and currently has some of us hopping in a sixth he’s working on entitled Discreet Activities. He also released ASYLUM, a psych-thriller which has nothing to do with the series though I understand it’s excellent as well.
As far as what I want to accomplish with this writing, I’ve found with time that Bouchard is doing a fine job with that side of things so I now let him look after that stuff while I concentrate on what I do best.
So glad you didn't tell us "what you do best"!! I look forward to checking out your book and figuring out more about you - I might even be able to clear out a few of those cold cases I have lying on my desk!
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Hi Stacy! 'Vigilante' asked me to thank you for this interview and mentioned the layout looks great. He was particularly pleased you included the trailer for his book. :)ReplyDelete
Wow, Claude, what a cool trailer. Did Scorcese shoot it for you?:) Enjoyed the interview. Everyone out there needs to stay on the right side of the tracks...you never know who might seek revenge.ReplyDelete
This book is on my Christmas list!
Great interview! It certainly makes me want to read the book now! I guess I'll be buying it during the launch. ;)ReplyDelete
Cool vid. Cool book. Cool writer.ReplyDelete