Today we have an interview of a character from Yvonne Walus’ latest release, Operation: Genocide. (and the premise sounds both exciting and suspenseful).
Interview with Annette Pretorius from OPERATION: GENOCIDE by Yvonne Walus (http://operationgenocide.com)
- Who are you?
I’m a woman in my, ahem, thirties. I married too young, and I was stupid enough to follow my parents’ advice rather than my heart. As you can imagine, that backfired big time. And yet I wouldn’t go back in time to change my decision, for without my disastrous marriage I wouldn’t have my three children. Yes, being a mother is the most important thing in my life, and if you think any less of me because of it, the joke’s on you.
- Where do you live?
I live in a fabulous mansion in Pretoria, South Africa. The year is 1982. My house often reverberates with the sound of ABBA, The Carpenters, The Eagles… or the ping-ping-ping of Space Invaders on the children’s video game console.
- What is your problem in the story?
My husband’s been found dead in our garage. What looked like suicide at first quickly became a crime scene. The police officer in charge is my school sweetheart. Of course I’m the chief suspect, the wife always is, and I’m getting no favours from my ex-boyfriend. But wait, there’s more. I discovered this message next to my husband’s body: BURN ALL THE FILES, OR YOU DIE, TOO. DON’T TELL THE COPS.
I mean, what files? My husband worked as a scientist for a secret government organisation, so I get the general drift, but where do I even begin looking? And I only have 48 hours to do the job.
- Do you have a problem that wasn’t mentioned in the story?
Hmm. Does repressed sexuality count? Sometimes I just wish I experienced the type of passion I read about. All those trashy romance novels, all those great TV classics like Casablanca and Gone With The Wind, they can’t all be wrong, can they?
- Do you embrace conflict?
Heck, no. I smile through it, pampering egos and squashing my own wants deep, deep down. I’m not a coward. I just think it’s better to be loved than to be right.
- How do you see yourself?
Too fat. If only I were thinner, life would have worked out better. I would have found love in my marriage, my mother would have approved of me more, my daughter would have scowled at me less.
- How do your friends see you?
Too thin. Some of them guess I’m anorexic, but they’re too embarrassed to say something, too afraid the truth will crush our friendship.
- How does the author see you?
I’m based on the character of Melanie from Gone With The Wind: kind-hearted and meek-looking, but with a spine of steel when it matters. The author went to enormous lengths to make sure the readers understand the choices I’ve made in life. You see, even though it’s fashionable for women to have fulfilling careers nowadays, I’m happy being a stay-at-home mom. It’s not that I don’t have ambition. It’s just that my ambition is being the best mom ever.
- Do you have a goal?
My goal in the book is clear: save my family from the baddies and save the country from disaster. Oh, and don’t get falsely accused of my husband’s murder while I’m at it.
- What makes you angry?
The political situation in my country makes me angry. It’s unfair that some people have so much, while others have limited opportunities to get anywhere in life, and it’s ridiculous that this is all based on skin colour.
It makes me angry that our sons have to fight a war on the border in order to defend the status quo.
It makes me angry that I’m powerless to change things.
Or am I?
- Who was your first love?
Ironically, my first love was the police detective who is now trying to put me behind bars. I know he loves me still. And I know I can’t afford to love him back.
- Have you ever had an adventure?
An adventure? Not in the conventional sense. I’ve never explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, climbed a mountain or scuba dived with dolphins. But I live in the most beautiful country in the world, where the sky is always blue and where you can find a snake or a scorpion on your own patio.
And I’m about to embark on a very unusual adventure indeed: a brush with making History.
An inhuman agenda…
In 1982, Annette Pretorius lives a life of privilege afforded to those of European descent in South Africa, but when her husband is murdered, she discovers a shattering secret: he’d been commissioned by the whites-only South African government to develop a lethal virus aimed at controlling the growth of the black population–already oppressed under the cruel system of apartheid.
A clandestine organization…
The murder came with a warning to Annette from a secretive organization: keep our secrets or you too will die. Captain Trevor Watson, Annette’s former boyfriend, is appointed to lead the investigation. Watson’s loyalty is tested as the evidence stacks against his high school sweetheart.
And the killing isn’t over yet…
When the investigation points in a terrifying direction, Annette and Watson face a wrenching choice: protect those they love or sacrifice all to save innocents from racial extermination.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Although writing is a big part of her identity, Yvonne has a PhD in Mathematics and currently works for an innovative education company as a project manager, business analyst and general trouble-shooter. She’s also a mother, a wife, a slave to two cats and a master to one dog.
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Author blog: http://yewalus.blogspot.com/