16 March 2015

Proust Your Protagonist with author Deanna Dee

Meet Molly, one of two protagonists in the
fun, geeky romance, Critical Hit-On.


Molly Moreau

Molly: Hi. My name’s Molly, and I just graduated with my B.A. in graphic design. And because the job market is awesome, I work as a waitress.

I'm kind of on a journey of self-discovery, and if I get lucky, today’s talk will help me along the way. One never knows, right?

Kristina: People do tend to find out surprising things about themselves when they answer these questions. Marcel Proust was all about introspection. Anyway, thanks for letting me interview you!

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? 
Being forced to hide who I am. Well, maybe not forced, but feeling like I have to keep my real self a secret. It’s not easy, and it’s not fun.

Where would you like to live?
Don’t get me wrong. I like New England, but I think I’d like to get away from everything the place means to me. Maybe California. Graphic design and the movie industry is a good combination.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?
I want to be accepted, whatever that means for my life.

The quality you most admire in a man? 
Straightforwardness. Tell me if you don’t want me around. Don’t sneak behind my back to get a message across.

The quality you most admire in a woman?
Compassion. My best friend, Nikki, is my rock and always has been. It’s great to know I can go to her with anything and that she’ll be there for me.

Your favorite virtue? 
Resilience. It helps me recover from blows that really hurt.

Your favorite occupation? 
Uh, anything but waitressing. And basically anything were I could use my degree. I love being able to be creative.

Your most marked characteristic? 
How emotional I am. When things hit me, they hit hard. When things make me laugh, I laugh like a hyena on drugs.

What do you most value in your friends? 
Honesty and compassion. I don’t like to be betrayed or lied to, and I want to feel cared for. And I want to give back tenfold.

What is your principle defect?
I tend to jump to conclusions. If something hasn't worked in the past, I’ll reject it every time in the future. I need to work on that in some instances, but in others, like boyfriends, a little wariness is best.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Being tossed aside. I don’t do it to others (extenuating circumstances aside), and I don’t want it done to me.

What would you like to be? 
An artist. More importantly, myself. My true self.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Well, Nikki. I wish I could be as strong as she is. Also, my mom. Again, she just has so much strength, and she keeps going when everything’s against her.

Who are your favorite heroines?
The pink power ranger. Uh, I mean, someone normal like Martha Stewart, except not her.

What is it you most dislike?
Being used. Like I've said about other stuff, I don’t do it. I don’t want it done to me.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Confidence. I feel like I used to have it, but it got lost somewhere. I’d like it back.

How would you like to die?
In my sleep, I think. Yeah. Peacefully in my sleep.

What is your present state of mind?
Closed. Uncertain. I want things to work out moving forward, but I’m not sure they will. And that scares me.

What is your motto?
Be what they expect, not what you are.

...Well, that’s about it. Thanks for having me today. I think these questions have helped me learn a bit about myself. Now to apply my new-found knowledge.


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 herehere, 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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