15 March 2015

Proust Your Protagonist with Deanna Dee

Meet Craig, one of the protagonists in the
funny, geeky, and adorable love story
Critical Hit-On.

Introducing

Craig Lawrence

Craig: Hey, I’m Craig. I just finished my junior year of college, and I'm getting ready to start a glorious summer job working construction with my uncle, which I'm doing because it fits really well with my psychology major. I live to contradict. My summer plans are pretty simple. I live at home because I'm mostly broke, and when I’m not working or in school, I fill my time with video games, movies, and hanging out with my dedicated group of lifelong friends who are just as geeky as I am. In fact, we're so geeky we're beginning a Marshalls and Magics campaign. What is that, you ask? It’s a tabletop RPG, and I'm super excited to get rolling…the dice.

Kristina: I see what you did there. (high fives)  

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? 
Being rejected for something that’s out of my control. I’m okay with rejection, but I want to know I did something to earn it.

Where would you like to live?
I’m pretty fond of New England. Think I’ll stay here for a while.

What is your idea of earthly happiness? 
Like my summer plans, this is pretty simple. I want someone I can be with romantically. I want my friends around. I want a job doing what I love, my family, and the ability to have fun.

The quality you most admire in a man? 
Honesty. I guess that’s a quality to admire in anyone, but I really respect guys who tell the truth, both to others and themselves.

The quality you most admire in a woman? 
Understanding. Life gets in the way sometimes. It’s not that I don’t want to be with you. It’s sometimes that I need to be somewhere else.

Your favorite virtue?
Patience. I believe in it and try to be it.

Your favorite occupation?
Not construction worker. Heh. Well, I guess family counsellor. That’s what I wanna do with my life.

Your most marked characteristic?
Hmm, my humor? Or maybe my ability to deliver bad puns. My friend Sonya calls me out on that one a lot.

What do you most value in your friends?
I like that they are there and that they have similar interests to mine. Nothing’s better than being able to share stuff with people who “get it.”

What is your principle defect? 
Well, I try to be patient, but often I fail. My rope snaps sometimes. I’m working on it.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes? 
Losing my freedom. Maybe it’s because I’m twenty-one and a college student, but I want to be able to do what I want when I want within reason. I’m down with responsibility and scheduling things that need to be done, but I want to have time for me that stays for me.

What would you like to be? 
As I said, a family counsellor, though, this question seems deeper than that. I want to be a good person who can help other people.

Who are your heroes in real life? 
In real life. So I guess Spock is out of the answer key? Well, my best friend, Lyd, is one. She’s brave and tough and just a great person. And I can hear her blushing right now, but she deserves everything I just said.

Who are your favorite heroines? 
Wonder Woman. Hands down. She rocks.

What is it you most dislike? 
People being intentionally cruel to someone. People making others feel like they aren't worth it. If you wanna bring yourself down, fine, but don’t do it to someone else.

What natural gift would you most like to possess? 
Wisdom. I want to be able to make good, well-informed decisions. Not sure if that’s really a gift, but there it is.

How would you like to die?
Fighting orcs. Seriously, peacefully, but not too peacefully. Give me a little action.

What is your present state of mind? 
It’s on the move. I’m at a turning point in life, and that’s cool. I’m along for the ride and excited to see where it takes me.

What is your motto? 
“Fear leads to suffering.” The Jedi could have done with a lesson in condensing.

...So, yeah, that’s me. Thanks for having me around today, and catch ya later.

~*~

About the Book: Molly Moreau used to be a geek with the best of them—role-playing games, multi-user dungeons, trading cards—the works. Then she found her long-time boyfriend in a dark corner with a girl dressed as Lara “boobs and guns” Croft. That was it for the relationship and for her geekiness. After moving back home, she got a job at a normal bar and grill with normal people to live a normal life. That is until Craig shows up with his RPG character sheet.

Craig Lawrence has been rolling 1s on the relationship front ever since his last girlfriend broke up with him because he apparently spent too much time playing guardian to his rebellious little sister. When he meets Molly, he wants more than anything to win her heart, and this time he’ll do anything to keep his family problems from interfering.

Photo (c) Deanna Dee.
When fate (Molly’s best friend) brings Craig and Molly together (sets them up on a date), will this relationship roll yet another 1? Or will it score a critical hit?

Buy the book here. Read about the book here, here, and here.

About the Author: Deanna Dee is strictly human and does not, to her knowledge, own a hyena. She lives by the sea, which she takes full advantage of in the summer time. Nerd culture and pop culture make up the shameless downtime of her life. The rest of it is writing, and she’s okay with that.

For more of Deanna, check out her official site, her Twitter, and Facebook. You can also visit her author pages on Amazon and Goodreads.

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