Monday, October 22, 2012

Character Interview with Lauren Ramsey from Sharc by Paul Rudd

Ambitious, honest and compassionate, with a model's looks, Lauren Ramsey has become the queen of the global press corps. During the last year she has become as much of a tabloid darling as any of her famed subjects, after being accorded the mixed honor of being named one of People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful People.

Amongst the one hundred most Googled people on the web, right up there with Kim Kardashian, the beautiful, leggy star answers what it feels like to be, Lauren Ramsey.

Welcome Lauren. Tell us a little about your world.

My partner, Cole, is my pillar. He’s a rock star in a surfer’s body, an adrenaline junkie who is yet to hit the ultimate high. I guess that’s why we are still deeply in love.

I push myself to the limit. Life is too short to be sitting about and wondering what if. You feel the impulse to bungee jump from the Europabrucke Bridge in Austria? Hell, just strap in and jump. You want to climb Everest, you do that too! You want to sky dive from space? Then I’ll suggest a good health insurance policy.

I mean, what’s the worst that can happen if you live life to the max?

I want to be remembered as a high-flier and if that means there happens to be a little action and adventure along the way, then so be it.

Bring it on.

So you and Cole, an Indiana Jones type meets Lara Croft, who happens to fall in love?

ExEuropabr├╝cke Bridge, Austriaactly, but without the need for leather whips, at least not yet!

Are you a romantic? What do you consider a perfect date?

I’m very much a romantic. I love a nice meal on the boulevard of my favourite restaurant, followed by a stroll along the beach, the sunset stretching across the horizon, a warm breeze encapsulating me in the moment. To me that’s romantic. Only, it’s not perfect.

Perfect would be fighting off brutish henchmen. Followed by a car chase, perhaps along the beach, the wind in my hair, the sand being ripped up by my beach buggy, culminating in a gun-fight on a derelict oil tanker, where I have to free some hostages from the clutches of an evil kingpin. And all before midnight comes. Some of us still have to be up early for work, after all!

Sound good?

Do you enjoy the position you’ve been given or would you prefer someone else's?

Position is important, status, not so much. I can’t help who I am, or where I aim to get to in life. I’m just a gal with aspirations. If you hate me for it, then so be it. Just don’t Tweet me on that!

With regards to my position with the Aquatic Research City tour, I’ve been given the most unbelievable opportunity to be part of a historic venture. State of the art technology meets an underwater paradise. There is an air of apprehension but I wouldn’t swap it for the world.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

It’s yet to come. If you read the story you’ll find it about half way through. My cameraman, Jason and I, come face to face with……I’m not sure I should say anymore. It will spoil the surprise.

You just won the lottery, what is the first thing you'll buy?

My own moon (laughs) and I’d build a spaceship so I can travel there whenever I feel the urge. And just so the passengers can argue, just like on Star Wars, whether it’s a moon or a space station.

On a serious note, it would have to be a Shooter, one of the Aquatic Research City’s own water propulsion transport units.  They ride the waves and aquatic realm of the ARC. Imagine a roller coaster ride under the sea.

And I’ve watched Pimp my Ride. Can you pimp a Shooter? That would be amazing.

Earlier on in your career, you were one of the main stars in the ratings winning television series, “What’s below, we’ll never know.” So, who would be the ideal actress to take your part in the movie of Sharc?

I’ve seen the book trailer and Blake Lively appears to be a good resemblance. I’m happy with that, and isn’t she married to Ryan Reynolds now? Maybe we could swap lives for a few days (laughs).

And if Blake happens to be busy?

Then I’d make sure I clear her schedule (laughs).

If you had to choose, what song do you think represents your character?

I’d have to say Burn it to the Ground by Nickleback. The song reminds me a little of how hectic my life can be. “Ticking like a time bomb and drinking till the night comes.”

And here I was thinking you were a good girl.

I am, only, I might look like an angel on the outside but deep down I’m a wild child at heart.

I tend to let my emotions get the better of me, as anyone who dares read the story will find out.

I tend to dive in and worry about the consequences later.

And what lies ahead for Lauren Ramsey?

Who knows, maybe I’ll be around long enough to star in the sequel?

So there you have it folks, Lauren Ramsey - babe, star and one cool chick. If you want to know more about Lauren, then purchase Sharc and join the ride. These guys did & look what they had to say… … …

Pictures with courtesy of and huge thanks to, Sinead La Bella -

Paul Rudd

Genre: Romance, Adventure, Great Whites
Publisher: Taylor Street Books

ISBN: 1479209899 / 978-1479209897
Number of pages: 285
Word Count: 101,000

Cover Artist: Tim Roux

Book Description:

It's massive, it's intelligent, it's relentless and it's always looking for its next meal or its next challenge.

Maxwell Baxter is intent on fulfilling his greatest ambition yet, and he is an ambitious man. He wants to build the largest floating aquarium in the world, an aquarium city, and fill it with all manner of monsters from the depths, the first being a presumed extinct Megalodon he has captured, a prehistoric monster shark currently only thirty-five feet long but destined to grow up to one hundred feet of raw, razor-toothed ravenous greed with extraordinary abilities to detect anything edible or threatening in the water for miles around.

In the midst of international financial negotiations to raise the rest of the money to complete his ARC, and with the Governor of California being entertained on his private yacht on his way to review the facility, the Megalodon escapes and begins to terrorize everything in the Pacific, ships and other sea creatures alike, no matter what their size.

Maxwell Baxter's future rests on a knife-edge, and the Megalodon has a gigantic mouthful of them, each five feet long and giving it the capability to bite a small whale in half with one snap of its jaws.

With a Megalodon about, if you are thinking of getting back into the water, don't flatter yourself – you'll barely be a snack.

5.0 out of 5 stars Another reason to get a bigger boat! 11 Sep 2012
By Reader - Published on

I'm a fan of shark tales, if people write them I will come. Jaws changed my life, in that it was the pool for me after that, still I read the book and saw the movies too many times to count. Then came Steve Altens fantastic Meg stories, oh boy a 50 plus footer, Jaws writ large. It was just as good as I had hoped it would be. Now Sharc, its fantastic, its got a shark or should I say a sharc? Its a great big mean as hell one too, like his fictional predecessors he's smart, he's mean he's hungry and you cant wait to see who he'll eat, I mean meet next. There is a lot of good writing as well in this book, characters you want to have as friends, though in a lot of cases you'll wear black :) I love this newest fiend in the water and recommend it to anyone who enjoys terror by sea stories especially if you are reading them from the safety of your couch! 

4.0 out of 5 stars It's Been Done but...This was done well. 12 Oct 2012
By Flamesprite - Published on
Ever since Jaws, who hasn't been a fan of the underwater mysteries that scare us? Although this has been done before, the author did a nice job with both characters and plot. The author shows that he did some research and just didn't sit down and write a shark story. At times, the action seemed a bit over the top, but what can you expect from a shark story this big? I do recommend this book for a good read. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 7 Oct 2012
By Kayteeb53 Published on Amazon UK
I do love a good scary story, and ones that involve the ocean have me hooked from page 1. It's about a Megaladon, and I think that they extinct is the attraction. Whilst you are reading the book a bit of you thinks 'ah but what if they do exist' .
A really good read, don't know anything about accuracy as I read for enjoyment and am not bothered if there is some fantasy in there. Looking forward to the next book......

About the Author:

Ask a multi-award winning thespian if they would prefer a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame or have the chance to write about a prehistoric shark and they’d take the easy option every time. Me? Sharks are a passion, they always have been. Not to say I have actually met any face to face or relied on a shark cage to keep me out of harm’s way; cos that’s just dumb!

So say hello to the real Paul Rudd. I’m a geek, pure and simple and a far throw from celebrity. I write lots. I’ve watched movies since birth, which probably makes a lot of sense to those who know me well.

My brain is a minefield of ideas just waiting to detonate and making them available has always been a dream. Now, with thanks to Taylor Street, I have managed to take my first step into the unknown.

So now starts the latest saga of my life and a little like the original Lord of the Rings cartoon, the outcome remains up in the air. If only the late Ralph Bakshi was here to conclude it... alas for now I will carry on chasing my own Moby Dick; the great white tooth of a Megalodon, so if anyone has a spare?

This is Paul Rudd of the Nostromo signing off…….

Twitter: @sharcwriter


R.R.Jones said...

Excellent interview, it was a great idea interviewing the characters in the book, seriously.
Nice one!

Paul Rudd said...

Thanks Wenona for allowing me to plug my novel. Your time is much appreciated.

& thanks Reggie.