Introduction to Dimitri Fridolf from T.E. Ridener.
Hi there! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and the character we'll be meeting today.
Well hello! My name is Tonya and I go by T.E. Ridener. I write paranormal and urban fantasy with lots of romance, action, suspense, and drama. I’m 28 years old and I live in Kentucky. The character I’ve brought along with me today is Dimitri Fridolf. He’s a very hunky, tortured werewolf from my Kadenburg Shifters Series. Dimitri is 29 years old and he has dark red hair and beautiful hazel eyes, oh and his smile? To die for. He’s one of my favorite characters. (They are all my favorites. I can’t lie.)
In your words, give us a brief summary of your book.
The Truth about Kadenburg is book #1 in my Kadenburg Shifters Series. It focuses on the town of Kadenburg, Tennessee where the human population is surrounded by old magic, ursithropes (bear-shifters), werewolves, and other beings that have yet to be mentioned. You get to see heartache, love, and courage prevail against evil.
Do you relate to this character? If so, how?
Dimitri is a broken character. His life has never been easy. He was orphaned as a young pup and put into the care of a sinister werewolf named Breslin Connor (the main villain of Kadenburg). When book 1 starts you quickly learn that Dimitri lost his mate who happens to be the MM’s older brother. But don’t fret-I love Dimitri and I firmly believe in a happily ever after for everyone. His is coming, I swear.
Is this character based off someone you know in real life?
He is! He has a lot of characteristics and a similar personality to one of my best guy friends. He’s strong, loyal, brave, and he seriously fights for what he believes in. It’s hard not to fall in love with Dimitri.
In real life, would you hang out with this character?
In a heartbeat. I think Dimitri would have a lot to say and I’d spend all night listening to him. He’s wise beyond his years. He was forced to grow up early and I would feel really safe being in his company. (The dude is ginormous and he can turn into a wolf, okay? ‘Nuff said.) I’d like to think we could be best friends.
Where would you want him to take you on a date?
Hahaha. If I could convince Dimitri to take me on a date I think we would go to a baseball game. He seems to be fond of sports and it would be great to get him away from the drama of his life for a little while. I’m not really big on sports myself but I think it would be worth it to see him enjoy something so much.
Why do you love Dimitri?
I love him because of his heart. It’s been shattered beyond the point of repair yet he refuses to give up. He keeps moving forward and I admire his perseverance. No matter what has happened in his past Dimitri sticks true to what he believes in and it definitely makes him a worthy ally. Loyalty from Dimitri is truly invaluable.
Anything else we need to know about him?
Sorry, Ladies. Dimitri is gay. But I do feel the need to clear something up on his behalf. Despite his human half preferring men over women; his inner wolf does have a mind of its own and will try to pursue a she-wolf in heat. It’s very frustrating for him (and for me to write).
Interview with Dimitri Fridolf
Hi Dimitri! Thanks for joining us today. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi. My name is Dimitri Fridolf. I don’t really think there’s much to know about me. I don’t remember too much about my childhood but I think I’m from Massachusetts. I know I have the accent. My pack, and I use that term loosely, lingered around the area until I was eleven or so. My parents died when I was very little but I wish I could remember more about them. I loathe my alpha and I can’t wait for the day to come when I can kill him. It’s a death well deserved.
We'll start off easy, tell me some of your favorites.
Word- My favorite word has to be censored. It starts with an F and ends with an ‘uck’. Is that too much? Sorry. There are so many ways to say it and it has unlimited uses. My vocabulary is pretty colorful.
Color- I’ve always been a fan of brown but I think that’s because Liam’s eyes were such a beautiful brown color. I look good in brown too. I have a brown leather jacket that I sometimes wear in hot weather. Is that weird?
Food- I’m not biased when it comes to food. I’ll eat anything and everything I can get my hands on, though I do have a strong fondness for PB&J sandwiches.
Drink- Chocolate milk and coffee. I can’t live without either. Truth be told though…Liam loved chocolate milk and that’s when I started to like it too.
Subject in school- I never actually went to a real school. I was ‘home-schooled’ if we can call it that. I learned most things I know on my own. I’m not saying I’m the smartest cookie around but I know how to keep myself from getting killed. If I had to pick a subject I think it would have been music.
Where did you grow up? Like I said previously I was raised around Massachusetts but I’ve been all over the world. My pack didn’t settle in one place for too long.
Tell us about your family.
As far as I know my parents are dead. There’s one possibility about my father and I refuse to believe that. I don’t have any siblings that I know of, I can be my own pet, and I had a boyfriend but he died. This interview just went downhill fast, didn’t it?
Yikes! I'm sorry to hear that. What happened if you don't mind me asking?
Ehhh, like I said. He died. My alpha didn’t like that I was dating another man…let alone one of a different species. He ‘took care of it’ as he likes to say, but I’m going to take care of him soon enough. I miss Liam. He was my heart and we were supposed to be together for the rest of our lives. I’m still pissed about it.
How has that made you feel about love and marriage?
I thought love was beautiful once upon a time. I thought it would be my saving grace after a lifetime of hell and hate…but I was wrong. I think marriage can be a great thing if you love somebody enough, you know? I was going to marry my mate but I don’t think kids would’ve been a part of the package. Liam probably would’ve made an awesome dad…me though? I don’t know. I like kids but I’m not going to let my wolf get the better of me and bring on a pup. It’s too dangerous and a child deserves two loving parents. I never had that and I’d never put someone else through it.
Dimitri, thank you for taking the time to talk to me this morning. I wish you all the best of luck and I hear you'll get a happily ever after soon enough. Hang in there!
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