Friday Feature: Interviews with L. Salt and Her Characters

This is still the same old spotlight, just revamped with a new name for when the post serves multiple purposes such as today’s. I’m talking with L. Salt, a fellow Crazy Ink author, and interviewing one of her characters, Philip Rutkowski. Enjoy discovering this author, her characters, and her books.

Character Interview

Name: Philip Rutkowski
Occupation: Graphic designer
Age: 31

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My trip to Argentina, where I’ve finally realised who I really was. It was not only the way to find out all the truth about my family’s past, but also to prove to myself that I can turn from nobody to somebody…somebody really special.

What is your best physical feature?

It’s difficult to talk about your own appearance <blashes in confusion> My hands I’ve inherited from my grandfather. People says they are tiny for a guy. My granddad’s ring suits me perfectly. This ring had led me to the treasures.

What is your most treasured possession?

The mirror which David gave me. My past started to talk to me through this mirror. It opened my eyes to many things. The mirror led me to Argentina, to my destiny.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

I thought it was Lisa. We’ve been together for so long and then…She left me, saying I was indecisive, unorganised, and lazy to take one step further, the main step. I’ve met Claudia in Argentina. I thought I fell in love, but she didn’t understand, she didn’t accept a new me.

What is your favorite journey?

The journey to Argentina has changed myself and my life forever, but I’ve already mentioned it.

What is your greatest fear?

I used to be afraid of many things. In fact, I was a weak, shy, nerdy guy scared to make any decisions, but now…Look at me! I don’t have any fears. The Iron Eagle is a new, fearless leader of his people.

Who do you most despise?

    David who was my colleague and my best friend from my childhood. We used to spend all time together. He helped me to find a job in London, he persuaded me to relocate closer to the capital. It was him who gave me the mirror and came out with the idea to go to Argentina. He plotted against me all these years. His heart was poisoned by greed and revenge.

What is your greatest regret?

My greatest regret is my trust in my best friend, David, who wanted to kill me, Claudia, and take all the treasures.

What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty and trust. I’ve already made so many mistakes, taking for granted everything that David and Lisa told me.

Who do you most admire?

After everything what has happened to me, I admire Richardo Alvarez or, better to say, Richard Wilhelmsen for opening my eyes to the whole truth about my family, for being loyal to my grandfather till the very end, and for his loyalty to me and people of Misiones.

Which words or phrases are you known for?

Who am I? Just a clerk from London, a nerd, just a random guy who lives a common, boring life in a big city…nobody. Am I?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’ve already changed. Everything has changed about myself. My grandad dreams have finally come true. The Iron Eagle is back, it’s spreading its wings… I became the Iron Eagle.

What is your motto?

From nobody to somebody…somebody really special…

About the Book:

Philip Rutkowski, a son of a Polish immigrant, “enjoys” all the benefits of big city life—a boring, routine office job, the everyday long commute, a massive mortgage, and rare nights out with a few friends.

Everything changes for Philip, when his colleague and best friend, David Zilberschlag, gives him a vintage mirror to help his friend to decorate his newly-bought apartment.  The mirror belonged to David’s deceased granddad, a Holocaust’s survivor, who believed that the mirror hides some dark secrets from the past.

Both friends don’t believe in old man’s “fairy tales”, but when Philip continues to see visions of a German SS-officer in the mirror who tries to talk to him, he has nothing to do, but to try to find the answers to the questions he doesn’t know.

The investigation leads the two friends to a tiny town of San Augustine del Agua, hidden deeply in the woods of Misiones Province (Argentina). There, they meet Claudia Alvarez and her friendly grandparents, the proud members of a huge German community.

Eager to find out the truth behind the mirror, lost in the woods full of evil and possessed by his visions, Philip slides deeply into madness. When Claudia does everything to help him, her own life starts to crumble, revealing secrets that her family prefers to hide, whereas David is more concerned about his own benefits.

It seems this time evil is about to win…

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Interview with L. Salt

1.What’s the most inspiring part of where you live?

At the moment, I live in the North of England, “next door” to the amazing Peak District National Park. Although I prefer sea and mountains, the Peak District’s solemn hills and moors covered in heather inspired me to write.

  1. Where did the idea for this story come from?

I love World War II history. This dramatic period still leaves more questions than answers for historians and researchers, and continues to captivate imagination of authors with its conspiracies. This is my second novella dedicated to this subject.

  1. How long did it take you to write it?

I’m an extremely slow writer. It took me about four months to write it and then about a few weeks to edit it.

  1. Which character has etched it’s way into your heart and why?

I love them all, both good guys and bad guys. In fact, I believe that bad guys are always more sophisticated and have more to tell. Although Philip has turned to “the dark side” in the end of the story, I didn’t want a happy end for this book. I leave my readers to speculate whether Philip still have enough strength to fight his “bad genes”, whether love to Claudia can rescue him from madness. Is she able to kill him or…is he lost forever?

  1. What are you working on now?

I’m working on my new thriller/sci-fi novella with the plot set in present days in Scotland, Berlin, and Montenegro.

About the Author:

L. Salt is an emerging, multi-genre writer from the UK.  She studied History of World Culture and did Master’s Degree in Art Expertise at the St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts.

She was born in Belarus and has lived for many years in Ukraine and Russia, then finally settled down in the North of England, where she currently lives with her husband.  L’s interest in writing dates back to her teenage years. Apart from creative writing, she has a passion for travelling, arts, history, and foreign languages.

 Her debut novella “His Personal Reich” was release in April 2018 by Crazy Ink Publication. Her novel “The Ways We Follow”, a futuristic urban drama was released on in May 2018 by Wild Dreams Publishing. He second novella, a thriller/mystery story “Legacy of the Iron Eagle” will come out 24th February. Her short stories appeared in different anthologies and magazines, both online and in print.  

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