Today in our special character interview we meet, Shrug from the BackTracker Series by Eileen Schuh.
1. Introduce yourself and tell us where can we meet you?
My name is Shrug, at least that's what's on my Northern Alberta Police business card, Constable Shrug Hayes. My mama called me differently but Shrug is what my friends call me. You can meet me in The Traz and live with me through the entire BackTracker series, should you desire. I also showed up to investigate the gang massacre in Shadow Riders. Schuh said she didn't know anyone else who could get the job done. I got it done.
2. Why are you in this book?
Let's get this straight, I am not in these books because I wanna be. I had myself written out of the story many times. The only reason I can think why I'm still in it is because of one persistent author who said she needed me there. Said I could do it...in public. Gave me the courage to tell my story, admit my mistakes, expose my failings. She helped me shoulder the blame and keep on keepin' on.
3. Would you describe yourself as a likable person?
4. What would you say are your strengths and your weaknesses?
I bloody-well have connections from God on down through to the devil, so don't be tryin' to ask me what strengths and weaknesses I have--I have 'em all.
5. Did your author portray you and your story correctly? If not why?
Yeah, she did. I could see that after the second book, FATAL ERROR. She did a good job. I quit tryin' to quit. Opened up. Became who I really was. That's not easy to do in public. In print. Out there for everyone to see, and analyze and judge. It ain't easy bein' a character in Eileen Schuh's books, she makes you bare your soul and breaks your heart. It ain't easy.
Eileen Schuh is the author of the crime fiction BackTracker series, which so far includes
THE TRAZ Book 1
FATAL ERROR Book 2
FIREWALLS Book 3
OPERATION MAXTRACKER Book 4.
Shrug is one of her favorite characters, and it's true that she did have to fight to keep him from writing himself out of the series. He's a very private person but there's somethin' about him. Somethin'...
Schuh also writes science fiction. Her two scifi novellas, SCHRODINGER'S CAT and DISPASSIONATE LIES, appeal to those who like quantum mysteries and futuristic meanderings.