An Interview with Jacob Bell, Protagonist from Cemetery Bell, (Vol. I, the Jacob Bell Series)
Lake Lopez: First things first, thanks for spending time with me, Jacob.
Jacob Bell: Like I have a choice in the matter?
LL: Considering how difficult it can be to get inside your head, I’d say you have a great deal of control over how much I know about you. I’m hoping you cooperate and let me poke around a bit.
JB: What do you want to know?
LL: You’ve had some bad experiences growing up. Which one of them stands out as the worst moment of your life?
JB: Some bad experiences? That’s how you phrase it? I witnessed my father kill someone and then… Well, you know what he did to himself in the bathroom. I’ll never get the images out of my head, all the blood, his eyes…
LL: It’s a gory scene, true. Heh heh. When the story opens, we find you heading to school and looking forward to getting your driver’s license. You seem like a normal, well-adjusted kid. Would you say that you’ve managed to put the horrors of your past behind you?
JB: Do we ever put our past behind us? A character is the sum total of everything that’s happened to him, good or bad, and how he feels about it.
LL: Yes, absolutely. You’re the first character I’ve worked with that’s also a writer. I really like that about you.
JB: I’m an aspiring screenwriter and you’re a novelist. We may be cut from the same odd cloth but we’re very different creatures. But to answer your question, yes, I’ve made as much peace as I can with the bad experiences. I haven’t put them behind me because that would be impossible. But I’ve accepted the fact that my father went psycho. Likewise, I’ve accepted that my mother couldn’t handle the aftermath and choose a life that didn’t include me. I have to give my Uncle Ross most of the credit. He’s the one that pulled me through the dark times.
LL: Let’s talk about your Uncle Ross. He’s been a good father-figure to you. Is there anything about you that he doesn’t know or that you wouldn’t want him to know?
JB: He doesn’t know that I feel guilty about being in his house. He’s put more hours and energy into me than he has his own son, Spencer. His marriage is shaky because of it. I feel horrible about that. I’m not going to bring it up.
LL: That’s a heavy burden to carry. Your uncle is a fourth generation funeral director. How do you feel about his line of work?
JB: I’ve always been around the funeral business. I remember that my parents and I would visit Uncle Ross and Aunt Katherine on weekends. I’d play hide and seek with Spencer but we stayed out of the prep room. After Uncle Ross took me in, I had full access to all the hidden rooms of the funeral home. It took some time to get used to seeing the bodies, the quiet guests, in the basement. Now it’s just a part of life and, to tell you the truth, I think it’s an important job. Maybe not for the dead. They don’t seem to care. The living, however, desperately need my uncle’s services.
LL: What are your plans for the future?
JB: If I live, I’m heading to Los Angeles to work as a scriptwriter. I’ve got two screenplays finished already and I’m studying Syd Field’s books like they’re gospel.
LL: Did your past have anything to do with your decision to become a writer?
JB: The crime put a mark on me and I went from being popular to being the murderer’s kid, someone to stay away from. People treat me like they’ll catch some kind of terrible criminal malady from me. Anyway, when you find yourself suddenly without friends you have a lot of extra time on your hands and you have to do something with it. Writing filled that hole.
LL: Last question, at least for now. What are you most proud of?
JB: I’ve learned to deal with my panic attacks. That might sound lame, but to me it’s a very big deal.
LL: We’ll talk more about your panic disorder next time, all right?
JB: Oh, I can’t wait. I’m sure it’ll be just as fun as this was.
Note: Jacob Bell’s first novel, Cemetery Bell, is in development. Please keep good thoughts for the boy. He’s going to need them…
Have you ever had a friend you’d die for?
One you’d kill for?
At seventeen-years-old, Jennifer should have the world at her feet. Instead, she’s an ex-heroin addict living in a council estate with Tony, her boyfriend and former dealer. Shunned by her family and friends, she dreams of something greater than she’s been given.
Beautiful and strange, Ebony has moved in across the street. She’s just lost the one person in her lonely existence to cancer. She’s also a centuries-old vampire, struggling to cope with murderous outbursts and the desire to be something more.
When these two lost souls meet, an unusual friendship begins.
But with the news of Morris, Tony’s sadistic best friend and drug-dealing partner, being released from prison, Jennifer knows it’s only a matter of time before his path of vengeance leads to her and Ebony, too.
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As a child, you counted down the days to Halloween, thrilled at the prospect of venturing out into the night in a monster’s clothing and returning with a sack stuffed full with candy.
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