Fade Into Fantasy
Character Interview with Simon Osborne and Gray Townsend from Poppy Dennison’s Mind Magic
Tell me a little bit about how you two met.
Gray: We met after my son, Garon, had been kidnapped. Simon rescued him.
Simon: Can I just say how scary it was to show up at the pack compound with their missing cubs? I thought I was going to be wolf-chow!
LOL. Well obviously that didn’t happen. Gray, what made you not turn Simon into “wolf-chow”?
Gray: My son. Garon isn’t trusting of many people outside of our pack. He trusted Simon though, and that was all I needed. What is that saying? Kids and animals can tell if someone is a good person? Well, Garon is a kid and he has a wolf inside him. All the cubs are drawn to Simon. He’s good with them.
Simon, I know that mages aren’t supposed to mix with other magical creatures, including werewolves. What made you decide to go against that rule?
Simon: Well, that’s hard to say really. I’ve never been one to turn my back against someone in need. And they were kids. If you ask me, it’s a stupid law when it puts kids at risk. Kids come first, no matter what kind of magic they have.
Now, for some fun questions. Gray, what’s your favorite thing about Simon?
Gray: His as…
Simon: Be very careful how you answer that!
Gray: I was going to say his asinine T-shirt collection. Because I never know what his shirt is going to say, but I know it’s going to make me laugh.
*chuckles* Simon, I must say your shirt is very amusing today. “I trip over my wiener”?
Simon: What? It has a picture of a wiener dog! It’s not perverted. Exactly…
Gray: *snorts* Uh huh. Sure it’s not.
How about your favorite book?
Simon: My favorites are the journals my grandfather left me. Although I am a big fan of fantasy. I’m trying to convince Gray to go see Hunger Games with me, but he won’t.
Gray: It’s got a bunch of kids in it! I’d rather go see something getting blown up. Or a good car chase.
Have you read Hunger Games?
Simon: I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t. I’ve been busy studying for my mage apprenticeship and haven’t done very much casual reading over the past few years. That’s going to change though. Garon and I are going to read some stuff together.
Gray: You should see those two getting into their debates. Simon is great with my son, and we’re all going to read something together soon. Hopefully, something with car chases and explosions. Does Hunger Games have car chases or explosions? If so, I’m in.
I’m not sure Hunger Games fits those criteria, but you might be surprised. Speaking of fantasy novels and movies, what do you think of how werewolves are portrayed in books and movies?
Simon: Well, I think it’s great for the most part. They aren’t based on the reality of shifter life at all so it doesn’t really work to see them that way. They’re more of the ‘things that go bump in the night’ variety. I don’t see my pack that way at all.
Gray: Fortunately, our existence isn’t common knowledge. Can you imagine everyone running and screaming from the wolf man?
Simon: *laughs* Yes, actually. I can imagine that quite well. The first time I saw you guys in shifted form? Let’s just say it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s all well and good to see a wolf on Animal Planet, another to come face-to-face with one who’s pissed off at you.
What has changed most for you since you met?
Simon: I didn’t realize how lonely I was. Mages are isolated for their apprenticeship, so when I was thrown into a pack and suddenly became part of a family? Wow. I never knew what I was missing. I wouldn’t go back now.
Gray: I guess I’ve realized that rules are made to be broken. Simon taught me that. He teaches me something every day. Damn, that’s cheesy, isn’t it? Well, it’s true. He’s smart and thoughtful. Being an alpha takes a lot of quick thinking, especially when there are demons and vampires on the prowl. But Simon helps me slow down and make my way through my decisions.
Any words of wisdom for anyone else thinking of mating outside the comfort zone of their friends or family?
Gray: Do what makes you happy, but be prepared to piss some people off. You can’t live your life for others. It’s yours. So if a mage is the one for you, and it goes against what you’ve been taught, take a chance.
Simon: Be open minded, too. Some people are taught hate and fear. They can’t help that, to some extent. You have to show them that love is what it’s all about.
You can find out more about Simon and Gray in Poppy Dennison’s new release “Mind Magic”.
Magical species must never mix. According to the rules, Simon Osborne should ignore the children’s cries for help. After all, they’re werewolf cubs, and he’s an apprentice mage. But for once in his life, Simon breaks the rules and rescues the cubs, saving them from a demon intent on draining them of their magic.
Of course, all actions have consequences, and Simon’s bold move earns him the displeasure of his peers and the attention of the cubs’ alpha, a man named Gray Townsend.
The last thing Gray needs is a mage in his life, but Simon did save his son. Since Simon is now a friend of the pack, Gray doesn’t have much choice about it—or the forbidden attraction that goes along with it. Unfortunately for the alpha, he needs Simon’s help to track down the demon behind the kidnappings—before it strikes again. Simon and Gray must join forces to protect the pack, even as they struggle to resist the temptation that threatens to destroy them both.
Available now from Dreamspinner Press.
A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.
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