I am so pleased that Lissa Bryan’s latest book, The End of All Things, is going to be released this week! I very much enjoyed the Advance Reader Copy of this book and wrote a review back in November. You can read it here.
Being a part of her tour, I had the opportunity to do something fun: I was allowed to ask Justin some questions. Here, then, is my interview with Lissa Bryan’s wonderful hero.
Greetings, sir. We haven’t met but I’ve been following your travels with Carly and I have been granted a moment of your time. I’m a romance writer by trade and enjoy learning how men really think. I’d like to talk to you about Carly. It’s clear from your approach to her that you got a sense of her early on. How did you do that?
I was always pretty good at reading people, even before they taught me all of that psychology stuff in The Unit. Carly’s easy to read. That woman doesn’t have a bit of guile; everything she’s thinking shows on her face. She’d be a terrible poker player, that’s for sure.
The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew she had the strength she’ll need to survive in this new world. Some people, you can just see it in their eyes. They’re made of steel, even if the exterior seems soft and their heart is compassionate.
I tried to tell her that, but she doesn’t believe me. She thinks of herself as dead weight just because she doesn’t know these survival techniques . But she’ll end up surprising herself, I’m sure. It’s been my experience that people sometimes don’t know just how much strength they have until they have no choice but to be strong.
She must provide you with some light hearted moments, with her Pied Piper of the Apocalypse tendencies. Share one of your favorites with me?
She’s fun, no doubt about that. She’s got a great sense of humor and a mischievous love of pranks. I have no idea where she found that rubber frog she put in my sleeping bag, but I shall have my revenge.
I wasn’t joking with that Pied Piper comment. That woman is incredible when it comes to animals. I half expect to see her start singing while she’s building a campfire and all the woodland creatures swarm out to start making her a dress or something.
Oh, that would be a terrific sight.
If you could adopt one of her philosophies, which one would it be and why?
I wish I could have her hope. It’s a source of strength for her and there’s no question in her mind that we can make things better this time around. She really believes people are good at heart, despite everything we’ve seen. I have to admit, I don’t really understand it, but it’s something about her I hope never changes.
How has she helped to strengthen you on this trip?
One of the first things I noticed about Carly is she would do anything for others, and I hope you won’t think less of me, but I sort of used it to manipulate her into taking care of herself. As an example, she wouldn’t stop to rest for herself, but she was willing when I told her the animals were tired. In a way, I think she’s done the same thing for me. Protecting Carly and her soft heart has been a hell of a motivator.
I could never think badly of you. If you could give her something from the world before all this went down, what would it be?
There are a lot of things I wish I could give her, but her family has to be at the top of the list. She was very close to them and had a very happy home life.
You knew her father. How much of a burden is that on you as you travel with her? Have you asked her about any stories about him that help you understand either of them more?
Carly is always telling stories about her dad. The men in The Unit always spoke highly of him and now I understand why. I just wish I’d had time to get to know him better, but he was only a few months from retirement when I joined up with The Unit.
Carl Daniels sounds like he was a great guy, the kind of dad I’d want to be if I ever had kids, the kind of dad I used to dream about having when I was in foster care. I’ll always wonder how I would have turned out if I had parents like hers.
I’m surprised he didn’t teach her more about guns or self-defense, but what he did teach her was even more important. She has a strong sense of responsibility and honor, and the kind of courage a warrior would envy.
If it weren’t for the Infection, how might you have approached Carly under more normative circumstances?
I wouldn’t have, honestly. She wouldn’t have wanted to have anything to do with a guy like me, and I don’t blame her.
Okay, you’re a man. Tell me what first caught your eye when you laid eyes on Carly.
I’m trying really, really hard not to think that way. I mean, she’s a beautiful woman, so of course I’m going to look, but I try to keep reminding myself she’s dependent on me. And she sure as hell deserves better than a guy like me.
I strongly believe she’d disagree. Any words of wisdom for the rest of us that might have to follow you in such a dire circumstance?
You can never have too many guns.
Thank you, Justin, for your time. Good luck on the Frog Revenge!
The End of All Things is available for pre-order on the TWCS site (link below) or iTunes. It will be available in paperback and ebook on Amazon, iTunes, B&N.com and TWCS site on January 24th.
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Author Webpage: http://lissabryan.blogspot.com/
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Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot…. though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.