Character Interview: An Interview with Mark Praed, a Man with a Mission

You think your job is hard; well, meet Mark Praed, a half-human, half-alien, who works for a counter-terrorist organization in the future.

What kind of music do you like? Who’s your favorite musician/band? What’s your favorite song?

I don’t really have a favorite musician or band, or even a favorite genre of music. I grew up singing classical music as I was at a Chorister at King’s College Chorister School. In secondary school, I was a member of a rock ‘n roll band. We did mostly cover versions of popular music of the time, which was 2140. Rock then tended more towards electronic pop. Not my favorite, and although I wrote some of the songs we performed, they weren’t always as well received, since they tended to be more of what used to be known as confessional rock ‘n roll rather than current pop styles.

 What is your favorite meal?

Seafood. Any kind of seafood, as long as it’s fresh and not from a food synthesizer.

 Who is your hero? Why?

I would say my hero is my half-brother, Richard. When he was 18, he was made my guardian, as our father was leaving Earth for an anthropological study on an alien world. King’s Chorister School wouldn’t take me as a boarding student without one, so Richard was elected. When our father died two years later, he became the an instant parent of an 8 year old when he was only 20. It was a hard time for him, as his mother wouldn’t allow me at home, and I remained away at boarding school. He was stuck in the middle between his mother and his father’s bastard son.

Do you have any superpowers?

I read minds, so I’m far from ‘normal’. My father was human, and my mother is from the planet, Kyree. Her race are mind-readers, and I inherited the ability from her.

 What is your favorite book?

My father wrote a book about Kyree and their culture. It was how I learned about my alien heritage, until that is, I went to Kyree and learned my mother wasn’t dead, as I had been led to believe.

 If you had a pet, what would it be?

I raised and trained an English Setter the summer before I went to University. Unfortunately, he was killed during a terrorist attack at my brother’s farm. Because my work takes me all over the known universe, it’s impossible to have a pet right now. But I will have dogs and horses eventually.

 Where would you character take your honey for a date?

It depends on the woman, of course. And I have an advantage over humans, as I can read my date’s mind to discover her idea of the perfect date. For myself, I prefer a meal in, or near nature.

 Your protagonist is going to a movie. What movie do you see? Who do you take along? What do you get from the concession stand?

Entertainment has changed a great deal over the centuries. Movies now are mostly computer generated; actors are computer simulations, scenery is computer generated, props, action, all computer generated. I prefer live performances, either music or theatre. And I’d get some baked brie with a baguette and a glass of wine from the concession stand, unless it’s a rock ‘n roll concert, in which case, it’d be a dark beer with a sausage.

Describe your perfect day.

Not having to kill anyone.

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Half-alien Mark Praed’s mind-reading powers make him the right man to complete demanding assignments for the Commonwealth Intelligence Service. When his last mission leaves him betrayed and tortured, he faces perils worse than intergalactic traitors and spies: a new job and a partner.

Forced to transfer from CIS to the Commonwealth’s counterterrorist task force, Praed is partnered with Alexandra Lansing. Alex is a by-the-book task force veteran of two years who isn’t fond of change. And the auburn-haired beauty is far from happy working with a partner who can read her mind whenever he feels like it.

Their first operation together is an easy one: Jonathan Reul is suspected of selling arms from The Groves, a resort planet he owns. They are to watch him and discover if task force suspicions are correct.

After working solo for two years at CIS, Praed is finding it difficult working with a partner. Alex wants to micromanage him, and her interfering annoys him. Added to that is her intense curiosity about his history. Her constant questions are too invasive for his liking.

But as ghosts from his past rear their ugly heads, the team’s simple observe-and-report operation quickly becomes a life or death battle. Can they come together and apprehend their quarry, or will he slip away?

Coming this fall: Deceptions and Lies: Commonwealth Counter Terrorism Task Force Book Four

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Author Bio:

For P. E. Sibley, writing is a passion, or perhaps a compulsion.

She was born, raised, and educated mostly in Orange County, California. A voracious reader from an early age, she was interested in writing early on. Her first short story, written in the second grade was about an ant. The story ended rather abruptly when the ant was smashed by a foot.

She graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in medieval history and technical theatre (both very employable majors). By the time she reached her mid-twenties, she was living a near-gypsy existence, moving from city to city within California. She traveled to Europe several times, (Scotland is the preferred destination), the Middle East, and worked at numerous occupations. She climbed telephone poles for a short time, picked oranges on a kibbutz in Israel, and managed a bookstore. She returned to school for a teaching credential at Cal State University, Long Beach, and completed her student teaching in Hampshire, England.

She moved numerous times more–mostly eastward and northward, to San Francisco and then the Sierra Nevada mountains–and now resides in rural Eastern Washington state with her husband, a wolf-canine mix, and what the vet says is some sort of cattle dog.

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