Hello party people! Juju and I are super stoked to have Oskar Klaus with us here today. Oskar is the main character in Penny Watson’s Sweet Magik, the second book in her Klaus Brothers series. You can find Juju’s review of Sweet Magik here and my review is over here. So without further ado, please give it up for Oskar Klaus!
Jen: Hi Oskar! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me and Juju bombard you with questions. *grin* We promise to make it as painless as possible.
Juju: It says here that you are the head of Elfin Resources, how many elves do you oversee?
Oskar: Hi Juju! Merry Christmas! Yeah, my job's a toughie....overseeing hundreds of elves in Glasdorf (our hidden town in the North Pole). I have to make sure they get their work done on time, so my dad can get the presents delivered all over the world. The elves are easily distracted...by beer, by ZZ Top music, by dart competitions, by beer, by curling contests....did I mention they love beer?
Jen: Beer and ZZ Top is a dangerous combination. I can see why you’d have a hard time keeping them focused. What's the most rewarding part of your job? What's the most frustrating?
Oskar: Hi Jen! Happy Holidays to you! Hmm....the most rewarding part of my job is hanging out with my brothers and parents in the North Pole, and helping out the elves and their families. Klaus Enterprises is a family business...we all pitch in. Dad is CEO and delivery guy. My brother Nicholas is in charge of Christmas cookies and sweets. Sven is the master toy builder (and a hippy!). Gregor's the financial guru of the family, and Wolfie makes sure needy children are taken care of during the holidays. We have a great time working together. And the elves, in spite of being a huge pain in the arse sometimes, are also pretty cool. They make the magic of Christmas happen, so I can't complain about them too much.
The most frustrating part of my job is getting the guys back to work after an all-night party at Dag's Bar. Elves get really crabby when they're hung over. It can get ugly.
Juju: So I'm dying to know, how many tattoos do you have? Which is your favorite?
Oskar: I stopped counting a long time ago. I have a lot. Lots of snowflakes, the Klaus Family emblem on my bicep (holly and ivy with the letter "K" in the middle), cool designs and warding symbols from my elf buddies, and I think I might have one of Spongebob somewhere on my back. I forget. But my favorite is the newest one....inspired by Kiana. It's a little mermaid.
Jen: I love a man with tattoos. *sigh* That Kiana’s a lucky girl. *blink blink* Um, sorry. I didn’t realize I was talking out loud. *blushes* Go ahead Juju.
Juju: If your story was made into a movie, which actor would you like to play you?
Oskar: I've been told I look a little bit like Bradley Cooper. If he dyed his hair green.
Jen: Bradley Cooper, huh? This moment just gets better and better. Okay so we know (and love) that you're quite the book enthusiast. Who is your favorite author? Which is your favorite book?
Oskar: Oh geez! That's a hard question. Not sure if I can pick just one..... I read everything...biographies, poetry, fiction. I love mysteries and horror, too. My latest reads have been "The Hunger Games" trilogy, "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." I'm also looking forward to Stephen King's newest book, "11/22/63." They're all good!
Jen: I just read The Hunger Games trilogy myself and loved it! Snowboarding is on the top of my bucket list of sports to try. What are some tips for people, such as myself, who want to give snowboarding a try?
Oskar: Snowboarding is the best! You just need the right frame of mind. Don't be afraid of falling or messing up. Have fun. Have some experienced snowboarders with you to help out. Make sure you have plenty of hot chocolate and cookies for sustenance. You'll love it!
Jen: Thanks for the advice. I’ll keep that in mind if I ever get the chance to hit the slopes. =) So how many times have you actually dyed your hair? Which one has gotten the most reaction?
Oskar: I've been dying my hair different colors for years. I've tried pumpkin orange for Halloween, pastels for Easter, red, white and blue on July 4th, and of course green for anytime of the year. My best dye job was Christmas 2007, when I had holly leaves and berries. My mom loved that one!
Juju: Last but not least, tell everyone why they should pick up a copy of Sweet Magik?
Oskar: Thanks, Juju! Well, Sweet Magik is obviously important to me since I meet the love of my life.....a sweet librarian who has been hurt in the past, and is afraid of love. It's up to me to convince her to take a chance with a snowboarding punk. This story has magic and romance and suspense, and of course, a lot of ornery elves. It's the perfect Christmas tale!
A HUGE thank you to Oskar for stopping by to hang out with us and a HUGE thank you to Penny for letting us borrow him!
Because Penny pretty much rocks, she's offering up two copies of Sweet Magik for our giveaway. And seeing as how Penny left me feeling all warm and fuzzy with holiday spirit I'm going to throw in two copies of Sweet Inspiration, the first book in the Klaus Brothers series. What does that mean for you guys? It means two winners will receive book 1 AND 2 in the Klaus Brothers series. Woohoo! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.