Saturday, January 7, 2012

Book Launch: A Unseen Murder by Rosie Cochran

This is a new feature for Celebrating Authors - the Character Interview.  It's brief and answered from the standpoint of an author's character.  So let's begin shall we?  
Today, the main character from Rosie Cochran's book A MURDER UNSEEN, joins us.

What is your name?
My name was Sandra Ford, until circumstances forced me to have to change it again, and again, and again. All I ever wanted was to just be myself, to be Sandra Ford.

What book are in you in, and is it part of a series?
I’m the main character in “A Murder Unseen.” It’s not part of a series, unless the author is holding out on me!

Tell us about you.
I was living the perfect life. I had a career, a loving husband, and two adorable children. I loved my life. I was a nice person with nice friends. I’d never had so much as a parking ticket. That was before that fateful night. I heard a murder. I didn’t even see it, but my life was irrevocably changed. Suddenly, I was on the run from the cops and the bad guys. All I wanted to do was to curl up in the fetal position and hide from the world, but that wasn’t an option if I wanted to live.  For once, I was thankful my dad insisted on my being rational and logical, and not giving in to the emotional mood swings that plague the average female. Oh, I still had emotions, but I learned while young to function rationally despite them.  When you’re running for your life, when you’re living a double life, that’s a quality to be deserved. So who am I? I’m  your average woman, mother, and wife suddenly thrust into a chaotic world where the lines of right and wrong are blurred. I’m a woman doing whatever it takes to survive the impossible.

What is your greatest fear, and why?
My greatest fear is that those who murdered my family will also murder me. I fear that they will win. I fear that I’ll never be able to prove my innocence. I don’t want vengeance, but I definitely want vindication.

What do you consider about yourself that makes you truly unique, and why?
I don’t know if I’m very unique, but life’s circumstances that have been thrust on me are definitely unique. I  don’t know another woman who’s on the run from the good guys and the bad. I wouldn’t mind meeting one. It would be nice to have something in common with someone. It would be nice to be able to compare notes on how to live a lie. It would be nice to have someone understand why I pretend to be happy while my heart bleeds in private over the death of my family. I don’t wish to be unique. I only wish I had my family back.

If you could tell us one thing about yourself you would love to change, what is it, and why?
What would I love to change about myself? I wish I were braver and smarter. Maybe if I were, I could prove my innocence. Maybe I could have prevented my family’s death.

Who is your best friend?
My best friend is dead. My best friend was my husband. He meant everything to me. He was everything to me. He understood me in a why that none other had ever understood me. And they murdered him.

If your house was on fire, what would you try to save?
My family. My husband, my son, and my daughter. Family is everything.

Where can we read more about you?
In my novel A MURDER UNSEEN, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

What is your creator’s name, and where can we find out more about them?
Rosie Cochran

As an addition to this Character Interview, I had the honor of reading Rosie's novel prior to this post.  Here's my review:
5.0 out of 5 stars

5.0 out of 5 stars
  A thrill ride that won't let you off until it's overDecember 28, 2011

Sandra Ford has it all - two young, beautiful children and a husband who is her best friend. But what she witnesses one night on the way home from work changes everything. There's a murder in an alley, but the only thing is she didn't see it happen, she heard it. 

When a tragic car "accident" claims her family and she inadvertently survives, she realizes quickly there's no one she can trust - even the police. She runs, not with the illusion of putting her family's loss behind her, but to survive. She knows they will be coming after her when they realize she wasn't in the car. 

Worse yet, the law has deemed her a fugitive - wanted in the murders of both her family and the man from the alley. As she travels across the country, she begins a new life of sorts. With the deaths of her family haunting her at every turn, eventually her past catches up with her and she's forced to run again. And worse yet everyone she comes into contact with is in danger for their lives. 

Sandra then begins to realize the only way she can stop running is to return where it all started. But how is she to prove her innocence when all the evidence points at her? 

Cochran orchestrates an adrenaline-charged thrill ride, pausing only long enough to allow you to catch your breath, before you're pulled along again. If you're looking for a book you can't put down, and one you're willing to lose sleep because of, this book is for you.