‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaa! Introducing Sissy Lu’s first festive Character Interview, featuring Lexi Carmichael from No Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett. Grab a cup of eggnog or some wassail, but beware the mistletoe!
So, Lexi, give us some small deets below!
Full name: Lexi Carmichael
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Cookie: There is no cookie I won’t eat.
Favorite Hot Beverage: Hot chocolate
1. Why don’t you introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Lexi Carmichael and I’m a geek. I spend my days stopping computer hackers and working in computer security. My nights? I spend those avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Until one year ago, I’d never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella. Now, I’ve done all three.
I’ve spent most of my life, avoiding my mother’s attempts at getting me a boyfriend. Now that I have one, she wants to see me happily married. So, bringing my first boyfriend, home for dinner has me hyperventilating. Things get a lot worse when bullets start flying over corn chowder.
Now the entire alphabet soup of government agencies want my help finding the man behind the attack–Johannes Broodryk, a cyber mercenary I foiled on my last case. He wants revenge and he’s taken something of mine to ensure I’ll play, so it’s game on. But the government has its own agenda, and my boyfriend is not on board with the plan. Things are a bit bumpy in paradise.
Although I’m more comfortable with computer code than commandos, I’ve been assigned a team of Navy SEALs to help bring Broodryk down. The question is, will they survive ME long enough to solve his cryptic puzzles and save the day?
2. What is your favorite thing to eat around the holidays?
I like the Legend of Zelda pixel cookies, fractal pancakes with peppermint sprinkles, and Phyrexian Unilife Cake from Magic: The Gathering.
3. What is on the top of your Wishlist this year?
A Game of Thrones cutting board and a set of wireless waterproof speakers.
4. If you’re expected at a party are you usually on time or fashionably late?
I NEVER go to parties unless I am threatened within an inch of my life.
5. What is your fondest memory surrounding the holiday season?
When I got my first laptop at age 4.
6. Are you a fan of eggnog or no?
No. Just no.
7. There is mistletoe hanging in the doorway… are you going to kiss the person beside you or not?
Are you kidding? I don’t even like being TOUCHED by strangers.
8. It’s snowing outside, are you out there playing in it or refusing to step foot outside until the season turns?
I don’t mind snow as long as there is hot chocolate on when I come in.
9. If you could ask for ANYTHING for Christmas, what would it be and why?
An app that will do small talk for you. If I’m forced into conversation, I can turn it on and IT can do all the talking!
10. What kind of shopper are you? Do you plan ahead of time or do you rush in a last-minute effort?
I shop online after I’ve carefully calculated the exact last moment I can do my shopping and have it delivered by Christmas. I never leave my house, thank goodness.
11. Did you ever believe in Santa? If so, how old were you when you stopped believing?
Of course, I believed in Santa. I still do…a little. I think there is some scientific validity in the theory put forth by Dr. Katy Sheen, a physicist at the University of Exeter. Dr. Sheen used Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to explain Santa by saying, “Visiting 700 million children in 31 hours would mean [Santa] would have to travel at six million miles per hour if he is to deliver presents to every child. Some strange things happen when you start to travel that fast.” So, scientifically, according to Dr. Sheen, Santa is still plausible.
12. Tell us one of your favorite stories that revolves around this season.
There was one Christmas when I was in my late teens that my parents let me game all day without interruption. It was amazing.
13. Who in your immediate circle is most likely to go caroling?
My best friend, Basia. She is pretty, perky, socially adept, and has a great singing voice. In other words, the complete opposite of me.
14. If you could cast your acquaintances [including yourself,] in Scrooge, who would play what roles?
I’m definitely Scrooge. I’d let everyone else sort out their roles. I’d be too cranky to do it.
15. What is your New Year’s Resolution?
Not to have a New Year’s Resolution. Yes, I say that every year.
16. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Nope. I think you’ve heard it all.
Ho Ho Ho, did you know all of that about Lexi? Bet you didn’t. Be sure to check out the author’s page as well as social media to ensure you are up to date on Lexi and the rest of the crew!
Fantastic answers! Thanks so much, Julie, where can readers find more about you and your books?
About Julie Moffett: Julie Moffett is a bestselling author and writes in the genres of mystery, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the prestigious 2014 HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author (twice!), the 2016 Award of Excellence, a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002, and the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the Bookseller’s Best Award, Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her book A Double-Edged Blade was an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Novel.
Julie is a military brat (Air Force) and has traveled extensively. Her more exciting exploits include attending high school in Okinawa, Japan; backpacking around Europe and Scandinavia for several months; a year-long college graduate study in Warsaw, Poland; and a wonderful trip to Scotland and Ireland where she fell in love with castles, kilts and brogues.
Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two sons.
My mother’s life goal has been to see me, geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael, happily married. So bringing my first boyfriend, Slash, home for dinner has me hyperventilating. Things get a lot worse when bullets start flying over our corn chowder.
Now the entire alphabet soup of government agencies want my help finding the man behind the attack–Johannes Broodryk, a cyber mercenary I foiled on my last case. He wants revenge and he’s taken something of mine to ensure I’ll play, so it’s game on. But the government has its own agenda, and Slash is not on board with the plan. Things are a bit bumpy in paradise.
Although I’m more comfortable with computer code than commandos, I’ve been assigned a team of Navy SEALs to help bringBroodryk down. The question is, will they survive me long enough to solve his cryptic puzzles and save the day?
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