Guest Post with Cotton E. Davis / Interview with A Vam

Joining us today is Cotton E. Davis, here to tell us about his second novel in the Time-Warp Inc., Series, Out of the Cave. I’ve read the first book, Time Warp. Inc., but it seems that you don’t have to have read the first book to read Out of the Cave, which will be available next week. You can learn more about the series on Burst’s Page or Goodreads, or go right to Cotton’s Webpage.

INTERVIEW WITH A VAM…NEANDERTHAL

 

Interviewer:  “This is the first time I’ve interviewed a book character.”

Adam the Neanderthal Man: “You were expecting Anne of Green Gables, maybe?”

Interviewer: “No offense, but you look scary.”

Adam: “Just be glad I’m not the Frankenstein monster or Grendel.”

Interviewer: “You’re grown now, in your mid-fifties.  You were a teenager in the pages of Out of the Cave.”

Adam (grinning): “Was that a statement or a question?”

Interviewer: “I was told you had a sense of humor.”

Adam: “Does that surprise you?”

Interviewer: “A little, yes.”

Adam: “But you read Out of the Cave.”

Interviewer: “My shock comes not so much from your being a Neanderthal.  It’s more your….”

Adam: “Looks.  They’ve been described as primitive, brutish even.”

Interviewer: “May I describe you to our readers?”

Adam: “Go ahead.”

Interviewer: “Adam is heavily muscled.  He has no chin to speak of, possesses thick brow ridges above his eyes and owns a huge nose that dominates much of his face.  Above all that, he has a slanting forehead that makes him look almost simian.”

Adam: “The author described my appearance as thuggish.”

Interviewer: “Again, I don’t wish to be rude but, if I were casting a gangster movie, you’d play the mob juice man.”

Adam: “Kelly, my girlfriend, was put off by my looks when we first met.”

Interviewer: “To clarify things, she’s a human being, but you’re not.”

Adam (nodding): “I’m what paleoanthropologists call a Homo neanderthalensis.  That’s another species of human.”

Interviewer: “A species long extinct.”

Adam: “We went down the evolutionary toilet approximately 30,000 years ago.”

Interviewer: “And your people were much stronger than mine.  Isn’t that so?”

Adam: “They had to be.  They hunted Pleistocene megafauna with stabbing spears tipped with flint points.  It was killing up close and personal.  Cave bears and giant elk don’t enjoy being hunted and tend to lash out.”

Interviewer: When modern humans meet you, how do they react?”

Adam: “Most are polite enough.  Others are shocked.  Some think I’m the missing link and are surprised to learn I’m not covered with fur.”

Interviewer: “Tell us about your girlfriend Kelly.  Was she pretty?”

Adam: “To me, she was beautiful.  Your readers will have to read Out of the Cave to corroborate that statement.”

Interviewer: “I got the impression she was good hearted.”

Adam (frames his face with thick sinewy hands): “Anyone who could love this face would have to be.”

Interviewer: “I remember liking her.”

Adam: “I wish everyone at Rivertown High had.”  (He ponders a moment)  “She had her problems.”

Interviewer: “Was it love at first sight with you two?”

Adam: “For me, yes.  It took a while for Kelly.  We were, after all, in high school.”

Interviewer: “Where you had problems of your own, as I recall.”

Adam: “It was high school.”

Interviewer: “You were forced to deal with older bullies.”

 Adam: “At first.  As we established earlier, I’m quite a bit stronger than humans.”

Interviewer: “What about…intelligence?”

Adam: “I was wondering when you’d get around to that one.”

Interviewer: “How did the Neanderthal brain stack up with that of Homo sapiens?”

Adam (matter-of-factly): “My people’s brains were larger.”

Interviewer: “Really?”

Adam: “Larger, but wired differently.  Due to our smaller neocortices (plural of neocortex) Neanderthals weren’t as adept at thinking outside the box as human beings.  Humans contemporary with my people possessed superior tools and weapons and were, therefore, better survivors.”

Interviewer: “Can you elaborate?”

Adam: “My people had better memories, but yours were superior at thinking laterally.”

Interviewer: “And yet, you are able to function quite well in modern society.”

Adam: “I can perform everyday tasks as well as the average Joe, but I’ll never be a rocket scientist or brain surgeon.  You humans didn’t survive my people for no reason.”

Interviewer: “Let’s get back to Kelly.  How did you win her?”

Adam: “I didn’t.  I was young and socially awkward…and had no game whatsoever.  We just sort of fell in love.  To this day, I don’t know what she saw in me.”

Interviewer: “You had no game plan at all?  I find that incomprehensible.”

 Adam (laughing): “Don’t forget, we cavemen used court our women with clubs.”

 OutoftheCave

Out of the Cave

by Cotton E. Davis

Burst Books

ISBN 978-1-77155-085-7

release date: October 7, 2013

220 pages

 

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