Monday, March 14, 2016

Meet Christian, a sentient android

Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Linda Nightingale and Christian Aguillard from Linda's latest release, Love For Sale. Welcome. First up is Christian.
Where are you from? An advanced electronics firm in London, England
Tell us a bit about Love For Sale. I am a sentient android, totally indistinguishable from human, programmed to love. My love, March Morgan, purchased me at an exorbitant price and took me home with her to Houston, Texas, where we were supposed to live HEA. However, her past and my future threatened our happiness.
What did you think the first time you saw March? I was stunned and felt something deep inside that my programming did not anticipate. I was in love—which was impossible without such programming. 
Interesting. What was your second thought? Somehow, I must make her buy me.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Definitely
What do you like most about her? So many things—she’s beautiful, kind and she loves me as unconditionally as I love her.
How would you describe March? Perfect, and that’s not because I was programmed to be hers alone.
How would she describe you? She once told me I was her dream come true. I’m tall, blond and blue-eyed with long hair and no beer belly.
What made you choose aerospace engineering for a career? I was programmed for that profession, at March’s request—after all, we do live near NASA—but since I have no prior recorded experience, it has been difficult to secure employment.
What is your biggest fear? That March will die. I’d be at a total loss, grief deeper than humanly possible, and no one would know what to do with me.
How do you relax? She and I like to watch Game of Thrones or The Outlander or take long drives. I also have a Sleep Mode.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Silver from Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee. For obvious reasons, I feel a real kinship with him.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My creator told me that immortality, living forever, isn’t as bad as it sounds, though he’d never truly know.
Thank you, Christian. This is another first for us—interviewing an android—and it's been a real pleasure, learning something new and that's what it's all about. Now it's Linda's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? The Vampire Lestat, I suppose. I hadn’t written since I was a teen because a newspaper editor critiqued my writing and tore it to pieces. I put down my pen. Then this book inspired me to write again.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee was the inspiration for this book, but Christian is very different from Silver. Silver Metal Lover is a coming of age story and doesn’t…well I won’t spoil the story but recommend the book. Tanith Lee has a beautiful way of writing.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? The Wild Rose Press published my first project—a short story called Black Swan. Since they primarily published only romance, I went with a Canadian publisher for 4 other novels, then I came back with Love For Sale and was delighted they accepted it. Writers in the “Garden” are called “Roses”, and it’s a wonderfully supportive group.
What project[s] are you working on now? Not sure whether it will be a novel or a novella, but it’s called Royal Secrets, and it’s about a prince and a commoner.
What's up next for you? The Wild Rose Press will be releasing a collection of short stories about my hero, Morgan D’Arcy…an English lord, a renowned classical pianist, and a vampire.
What an interesting history, Linda. We're so glad you came to visit and hope you'll come back again.
Kat and Veronica

To learn more about Linda Nightingale and the stories she creates, go to:
Web Site: http://www.lindanightingale.com – Visit and look around. There’s a free continuing vampire story.
Blog: https://lindanightingale.wordpress.com/ - Lots of interesting guests & prizes



18 comments:

  1. Great character interview...sounds intriguing.
    PamT

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your visit and your comment.

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  2. Very interesting interview. Don't believe I've ever read an androids interview. Nice. Good luck with Love For Sale.

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes, Tena. Love For Sale began as a short story years ago.

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  3. I have never read a book where the love interest was an android. That is an interesting idea! Good luck with it!

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    1. Love For Sale was fun to write. It's sort of nice to think of a lover who is totally attuned to your wants.

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  4. Well--I must say that's a creative and novel idea--love with an android! Sounds fascinating. Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Research indicates that this will happen in the next 10-15 years.

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    1. There is a hotel in Japan already using human-like androids as reception personnel!

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  6. Wow! It seems like you've created a wide range of characters! Droid lover, prince, vampire... Amazing! Love is love whether in Transylvania, outer space, or in a castle long, long ago. Thanks for creating such fun reading for us!

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    1. I love heroes who are out of the ordinary. I do have 2 books (1 prospective) with normal men!

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  7. Thanks to everyone who stopped by! Christian sends his regards!

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  8. Wonderful interviews! I'll be looking for this one, Linda.

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    1. Thank you, Ilona! It's out now. And thank you for stopping by!

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  9. Sorry I'm late, excellent interview! I agree about The Wild Rose Press, Linda, the garden is a lovely place to be. I really love the unique premise of this book. Sounds like a winner!

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    1. Appreciate your visit and kind comment, Alicia. Needless to say, I hope it will be a winner!!

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