Character interview and excerpt by Shanae Branham...
Character Interview with Jason Tanner
1. Do you consider you and your brother, Isaac, close?
Jason answers, “As close as brothers can be. He’s got my back if that’s what you mean.”
The boys were as different as a lion is from a hyena. Isaac was lean and bony while Jason was thick and muscular. Although they were only one year apart in age—seventeen and sixteen, they were the same height. Their father expected more of Jason than Isaac. It wasn’t like Jason was more mature than Isaac, but more like something had broken inside his brother when his mother died and his father did not know how to fix it. (DiSemblance, page 5)
2. How do you feel about your brother’s inability to let go of your mother?
Jason answers, “He just needs more time.”
Their father was in a hurry….he climbed into his truck and started the engine.
Jason was surprised to see a woman sitting in the cab of the truck. She was younger than him by at least ten years ….
As the truck drove off down the street, Jason nearly bumped into his brother who was standing like a statue in the doorway.
“What’s wrong?” Jason said.
“He’s cheating on her.”
Jason did not understand what his brother meant. “Who?”
“Mom.” (DiSemblance, page 23)
3. What would you say to the people who think you are too dependent on your father—so much so that you can’t even think for yourself?
Jason answers, “Have they had to go face to face with a psychopathic serial killer?”
“Do you always do what you’re told?” she said nonchalantly, strolling beside him as if they had always been friends.
Jason stopped and turned to her, wishing he had a flashlight so he could see the expression in her eyes. “Don’t you?” (DiSemblance, page 18)
4. When you realized your father was not coming back, how did you accept the role as parent/guardian of your brother without getting angry?
Jason answers, “Some things you just do because it’s an honor, not an obligation.”
Suddenly, Lloyd hugged Jason, long and hard. “Protect your brother and the machine at all costs! I’m counting on you.” Then his father let go and climbed into his truck. (DiSemblance, page 28)
The lines between reality and virtual reality are about to blur—and the result is murder.
Lloyd Tanner is a former MIT computer physics genius turned private sector visionary: he has created a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. This revolutionary technology is both a blessing and a curse. There are many who would steal the technology, and Lloyd’s family has had to live secluded from the world. But no matter how careful you are, there is no such thing as a well-kept secret, and there are those who will stop at nothing to get their hands on Lloyd’s.
Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he abducts terminally ill patients and returns their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. Picking up the trail, Durante finds it leading straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner.
When Jason Tanner’s father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason destroys all of the evidence in an attempt to save his father’s name. Trouble is, now Jason is in the crosshairs to become the fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run for real if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac, Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance.
Genre: Techno-thriller (
Subgenres: Sci-fi, suspense, mystery, paranormal
ISBN: ISBN-10: 1477527761 ISBN-13: 978-1477527764
Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real.
As a computer prodigy, Jason has spent his life with limited social contact due to his father’s secretive work on a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason is targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door.
An exciting, action-packed ride to a future happening today, Shanae Branham's modern techno thriller is the perfect exhilarating adrenaline rush for a technosavvy generation. Expertly weaving cutting-edge technology with almost unbearable suspense, she crafts a wild, white-knuckled thriller that pushes the boundaries of science. Full of intensity and extraordinary vision, DiSemblance attacks the senses as it challenges the mind and imagination.
“Branham does a brilliant job creating suspense….She ramps up the tension by keeping readers guessing over the identities of Jason’s foes and about how Jason’s situation ties in with the hunt for the killer.”
“Jason’s love for his father and his motivation to find out what happened to him are particularly refreshing.”
“The characters of Jason and Isaac are … cool enough to rise to the occasion … making readers feel like they are rooting for real young men.”~ Jill Allen, Clarion Review (4 Stars)
About the Author:
I am a professional writer with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer's Expo.
I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet.
I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. I am the second out of six children. When I was in my early 20's my mother was killed by a drunk driver. This one incident drastically changed my life. I have always had a passion for reading and writing fiction. Owing to a life long struggle with Dyslexia, early teachers discouraged me from pursuing a career in writing.
As I have spent over twenty years wrestling with my language disabilities-turning them into professional writing skills, God has honed my insatiable passion into an incredible vision.
My Christian upbringing has instilled within me the belief that "...with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37). This has sustained me through the hard times. Because of my language disability, I have had to learn the structure of the English language like other people learn math - building block upon building block.
I am grateful for this experience because it developed in me a skill and love for diagramming sentences, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art.
I want my life to be a living testament that with God's help anyone can achieve their worthwhile dreams. What God requires is the humility to change, a childlike teach-ability to learn, and the patience and persistence to practice and work until their weaknesses are transformed into strengths.
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