#AuthorTakeOver · #CharacterGuestPost

#CharacterGuestPost Val Portelli is taking over the blog with one of her characters today … #ValPortelli #Voinks #AuthorTakeover

I’m delighted to be handing the blogging reins over to author Val Portelli today.

My name is Emmet.

It wouldn’t have been my first choice for a name but that’s what my creator decided so that’s who I became. I’m 6’2”, medium build, aged 35 and single. Don’t get me wrong. I love the ladies and they seem to find me attractive but my job makes it difficult to have a serious relationship.

One of my passports lists my profession as company director and my nationality as British. The nature of my work makes it necessary to have several identities so I have to adapt to fit easily into other nationalities. By wearing my hair at different lengths, changing the colour and using a walking stick to make my height less obvious, I’m able to change my appearance and my persona to suit various occupations. 

The sporadic addition of a moustache or beard with different identification documents helps to keep me unnoticeable. As a language teacher I would wear second-hand, old-fashioned clothes and thick rimmed glasses. On other occasions jeans and a leather jacket are better fitted to my rock-star image. I have some musical ability and play a mean guitar, although that doesn’t seem to be a prerequisite for musicians and singers these days. The one thing these occupations have in common are a legitimate reason for travelling.

‘Your reason for visiting the country, Sir?’

‘I’m here as a representative of Gordonstone college, attending a conference on the development of European languages.’

‘I have a meeting with new suppliers. From the information they provided it could be exactly what our company needs but the board have insisted on a personal visit to their factory. I need to meet the directors in person before we proceed with placing our order.’ 

‘The other guys from the band are already here, but I had a prior commitment I couldn’t break. It’ll be a tight schedule but as long as the flight isn’t delayed I should make the gig in time.’

The name on my passport determines the clothes I wear, the way I act and even the choice of hotel for my stay. I make sure never to exceed customs’ allowances, abide by the rules and am never confrontational, however hard I’m pushed. They are all good reasons for travelling abroad and less likely to cause interest than a single man purporting to be on holiday.

It’s always a difficult decision whether to take my meals alone in my hotel room, or to risk the dining room with the chance of sharing a table with a gossip who will remember me. In larger towns I opt to visit the busiest restaurant I can find, where I will be just another customer. It’s important I remain as unobtrusive as possible for my real job.

I am an assassin.

Oooohh!!!! Well, I wasn’t expecting that!

If you want to find out more about Emmet, grab your copy of Weird and Peculiar Tales now!

Here’s the blurb … 

Weird and Peculiar Tales by [Portelli, Val, Harmon, Paula]

Quirky Unicorn (20 May 2018)

Housework fairies, strange events, dragons, unicorns and alternative fairy tales; there’s something for everyone in this unique collection of short stories.
Ranging in length from succinct teasers to longer narratives, the characters mix and match to provide a roller-coaster of emotions. The variety of styles and themes will keep you intrigued until the final ‘And they all lived happily ever after.’
Or did they?

About the author … 

The author’s pen name Voinks began many years ago. It started as a joke when a friend bought a holiday home abroad, then gradually spread through the family, so it was an obvious choice when her first book was published.

Despite receiving her first rejection letter aged nine from some lovely people at a well-known Women’s magazine, she continued writing intermittently until a freak accident left her housebound and going stir crazy.

To save her sanity she completed and had published her first full length novel. This was followed by a second traditionally published book before deciding self-publishing was the way to go. In between writing her longest novel to date at over 100,000 words, she publishes weekly stories for her Facebook author page and web site.

She writes in various genres, although her short stories normally include her trademark twist of ‘Quirky.’ From having too many hours in the day, she is now actively seeking out a planet with forty-eight-hour days, to have time to fit in all the stories waiting to be told.

She is always delighted to receive reviews, as they help pay for food for the Unicorns she breeds in her spare time.

You can keep up with all her news on the following platforms:

Facebook author page 




Amazon Author page



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