Interview with Dot Lapahie of Wolves' Pawn and Wolves' Knight
1. What's your nickname?
Dot is my nickname. Legally I am Maria Dorothy Winters, but I've also used McKenzie as my last name because that was my stepfather's name. I currently use the last name Lapahie to honor my ancestors. I've used a variety of combinations of all those names at various points in my life
2. What's your job?
I've done a variety of jobs in my life—everything from being a dishwasher and waitress, to being a character actor at an amusement park. Now, I'm CEO pf Lapahie Enterprises, a software company, and the head of the Board of Directors of Lapahie training school for Free Wolves. The school is funded by the profits of the company. It provides training for mostly young shifters who've left their packs and need a safe place to get ready to be successful in the human world.
3. Tell the readers about your significant other.
I'm mated to Gavin Fairwood, the alpha of the Fairwood pack. He's as handsome as they come, and I guess it was love at first sight, although it took me far too long to admit it. What I admire about him is his ability to take down an enemy in battle to protect the pack and in the next moment get all teddy-bear cuddly holding one of the babies of the pack. Maybe one of these days I'll be able to give him his own son or daughter. He'll be a great father.
4. What's your most important goal?
I'd like to expand the school into new areas of study. Right now it's focused on basic education and computer-related skills. Everything from hardware support to networking to coding. I'd like to be able to give the students more options. Maybe start offering carpentry and other building skills. But that's a few years down the road.
5. Are you wealthy, poor, or somewhere in between?
I guess technically I'm wealthy, although all of my profits from Lapahie Enterprises go to support the school. But Gavin has plenty of money, so I don't have to worry about it. It seems strange to be able to say that, because there were many times when I'd go without real meals for several days in a row. Other days when whatever I earned in tips was barely enough to put gas in my bike. I still haven't adjusted to being able to buy what I need without figuring out where the money is going to come from.
Wolves’ Knight Blurb:
Tasha Roeper knows what it means to protect your own. So when her friend, Dot Lapahie, CEO of Lapahie Enterprises, suspects that the Free Wolves are under attack, Tasha immediately signs on to lead the investigation and guard Dot.
But Tasha's not convinced it's the Free Wolves that are the target. She fears that her own pack—the Fairwood Pack—are the actual quarry and Dot is only a decoy.
The deeper Tasha digs, the more puzzles she uncovers.
Torn between tradition and a changing world, will Tasha risk everything to save a friend—including her own life—when old enemies arise?
Her tactical knife slid easily from its ankle sheath. With a curse, Tasha leaped out of the leather chair and slid across the wooden conference table, praying she'd make it in time. No matter how she played it, she couldn’t stop the masked, gun-wielding intruder from shooting. Shifting to wolf form would allow her to spring on her prey, but the time it took to make the change gave him the opportunity to fire. No, her human body would have to stop the bullet before it struck Dot.
A fraction of a heartbeat later, feet firmly planted on the floor, she sensed another body skid in next to her, creating a larger barrier. Some of the board members stood, one appeared frozen in place, and one started to shift to what appeared to be a badger. Tasha sniffed, trying to figure out who had joined her without taking her eyes off the intruder. A female. Hopefully, a fellow warrior.
She bent her knees, shifted her weight to the balls of her feet, and adjusted her grip. A flick of her wrist and the knife would sail down the length of the table. As she tightened her muscles to make the throw, the interloper laughed and tossed his revolver onto the table. The gun was followed by the mask.
“I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it,” said the young man who was revealed. With a broad smile, he added “You called that one correctly, Miss Lapahie.”
As soon as Tasha realized he was no longer a threat, she relaxed and dismissed him from her mind. Granted, he was good-looking in a boyish sort of way, but shifter men tended to be attractive, and he didn't rank as anything special. She liked her men battle-tested and experience told her he didn't qualify.
Author Bio: Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in that landscape. She is a computer geek by day and a writer by night who currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. When she's not in front of a computer screen, she might be found exploring the back roads of the nearby national forests and parks. In addition to the Free Wolves’ stories, she is also the author of the Oak Grove mystery series. P.J. MacLayne can be reached on:
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