We're fortunate to have Seth Higgins, Faith (Fi) Wells' boss from Deals with the Devil, visiting here today.
Thank you for coming to chat with us, Seth. We appreciate you taking time from your busy work day. Why do you think J.F. Posthumus chose you to represent her?
As the new manager of IT operations of Shen-Valley Shipping, I am in a perfect position to comment on the events that occurred there. As I understand it, Ms. Posthumus is writing a book about what happened to Faith Wells after she discovered my predecessor's body.
You seem amazingly calm about your predecessor being found dead at the business where you now work.
Well, certainly it was a tragedy. But death happens all the time. You can either deal with it, or waste time and energy over-emoting with something you can do nothing about. Kevin's death afforded me the opportunity to take my position in the company. I try to look at the positive side of life.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Aside from my position at Shen-Valley, what do you want to know? I'm a Gemini, my favorite books are Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, Dune and Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe's Faust. I like long walks in the snow. I drive a Bentley and admittedly wash and wax it obsessively. Does that help?
Nice car. Did you find it difficult to take over the position as IT manager?
Not at all. Faith, Jaime, and the rest of the staff gave me no trouble. It was a very smooth transition.
Aside from the dead body in a shipping crate.
A minor detail. There have been worse first days on the job.. And thank you; it is a very nice car. Would you like to take a ride in it?
My mother told me to never get into a stranger's car.
But you certainly know who I am. You know where I work. Aren't you here to get to know more about me? What harm could there be in learning about my passions and enjoying yourself in a luxurious vehicle?
Careful, you charmer; your horns and forked tail are showing.
(Mr. Higgins, oddly enough, appears self-conscious at my statement and begins to pat at his hairline, only to break out into a smile a moment later)
Oh, that's very funny! You were calling me a devil because I was tempting you. Ha ha. What was your next question?
When Miss Wells was attacked, the circumstances were unusual. The bartender at the establishment (where the attack occurred) hinted that the attacker used magic to try to kill Fi Wells. That would certainly explain the exploding car, where no trace of explosives could be found by the police.
Oh, now, really: That is absurd. Magic? Perhaps the bartender spends a lot of time trying out his own product. I'm surprised you gave any weight to his statement.
You disagree with his assessment, then.
There's nothing to disagree with. Magic doesn't exist. Either the man was mentally ill, pulling your leg, or trying to sound important.
So you are certain there's no magic in the world.
Fine, fine. Maybe there's magic in the world. Maybe there are angels and devils walking the Earth, and we- I mean, they- have jobs to do like everyone else. So what if there were? Does it really make life more interesting? What if human perception of all those things is completely wrong? What if the demons are more helpful than the angels? What if magic does the same things that humanity has accomplished through technology, and requires more training? Do the whiny, "the world isn't kissing my ass enough" losers of the world want to deal with that? I doubt it. People want life to be more interesting, but they also want to be more interesting, and they want it all to be easy. That's what it really comes down to. Be more interesting, and you don't need to believe in childhood things like magic, miracles or angels. You don't count on them. That is a better place to be.
Why should the readers be interested in your story?
Unfortunately, Ms. Posthumus wrote about Faith Wells' story. I am in the story, of course, which elevates the narrative, but the book is really about Fi's adventure. Perhaps Ms. Posthumus will see fit to focus her next book on me, instead.
Any final thoughts for our readers?
Do what your boss tells you to do, but never avoid taking advantage of something or someone who can get you ahead in your career or life. Some people ask "would you sell your soul to do this or that" and my response is: Why wouldn't you? What else were you planning to do with it?
Some deals are to die for…
Computers, especially printers are from Hell and Faith Wells would know. At her IT job Fi discovers her former boss dead and packed up ready for shipping. The detective on the case is, literally, an angel. Not to mention drop dead gorgeous. This presents a small problem for Fi, since her dad is the right-hand of Satan. Add in the killer targeting her next, and she's got a busy week ahead of her.
Look for Deals with the Devil releasing from Musa Publishing in June.
J.F. Posthumus was that quiet kid that sat up front in class. You know; the one that had most of the answers that the teachers were looking for, but didn’t socialize very well. Living through those awkward school years, she poured herself into a love of computers, video games, world- building writing and putting her own creations through difficulties. J.F. later discovered graphic art, information technology, and how to actually mingle with others. She lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia with her co-writing husband, who makes her exotic foods and mixed drinks, and their three kids.