For the relaunch of my Infected series, I thought I’d Google random questions from the internet, and have characters from the series answer them. This time, it’s Paris’s turn in the hot seat.
1. What song do you sing in the shower?
Paris: I Wanna Be Adored.
2. When was the last time you really laughed?
Paris: Probably ten minutes ago. Roan is hysterical. Mostly on purpose.
3. Do you speak another language?
Paris: Of course, darling, I’m Canadian. I know how to say a whole bunch of things in half-assed French. I know some Spanish too, but mostly curses.
4. What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?
Paris: Sex, and being really entertaining at parties.
5. If you could break one law with impunity what would it be?
Paris: I’d steal everything not nailed down. And I’d be constantly high.
6. If you had an extra room in your house what would you use it for?
Paris: Ooh. What about a sauna? That’d be fun, wouldn’t it? Your own personal sauna. Or a bounce house. That would be fun too. Hey, do you think they could be combined?
7. What would be your personal hell?
Paris: CSPAN. Nothing but CSPAN.
8. What is your earliest memory?
Paris: I think it’s petting a rabbit. Funny, huh?
9. If you had to apply a label to yourself, what would it be?
10. What music do you hate?
Paris: Smooth jazz. That kind they play in dentist’s offices? Ugh. It’s music to be sedated to, and not in a good way.
11. What do you dislike most about modern life?
Paris: Put down your goddamn phone for five minutes! I realize that makes me sound like somebody’s grandpa, but I’ll hike my pants up to my armpits for that one. I’m tired of people paying more attention to their screens than me. That’s just wrong.
12. If you were going to go into business for yourself what would you do?
Paris: Ooh. I think I’d make a great strip-o-gram. Or I could rent myself out to sad parties, to liven them up. As I said, I’m very good at them.
13. What is the worst flavor of ice cream?
Paris: Anything with peanut butter. I’m sorry, but I just can’t tolerate peanut butter in my ice cream.
14. What was the first thing you learned to cook?
Paris: I’m pretty sure it was toast. If that doesn’t count, then it was scrambled eggs.
15. If you could live at any time in history when would it be?
Paris: Can I pick the shiny, Star Trek future? If not, then I’m good with now. I have all my stuff here.
16. What was your first paying job?
Paris: I mowed some lawns around the neighborhood, I think.
17: What is your favorite winter activity?
Paris: Snuggling. Out of propriety, I’m giving you the G rated version.
18. When was your best Valentine Day?
Paris: This past one. I bought Roan some really tacky underwear and made him model them for me. Don’t tell him I told you!
19. What makes you lose your inhibitions?
Paris: That would require me to have inhibitions in the first place.
20. What three adjectives best describe you?
Paris: Scintillating, seductive, fabulous.
I’m really good at …
Paris: Blowing people’s minds. And other things, if I like you.
Infected: Book One
In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.
The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.
Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.
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Andrea Speed writes way too much (and yet seemingly not enough). She is the writer of the Infected series for DSP Publications as well as a bunch of other stuff, and is Editor In Chief of CxPulp.com, where she reviews comics as well as movies and other stuff. She’s won a couple of Rainbow Awards, and feels she may be ubiquitous on the web. But she is not (sadly) the Italian DJ of the same name that often comes up first in Google searches.