Please welcome Andrea Speed!

In honor of the relaunch of the Infected series, I thought I’d Google some random questions, and have characters from the series answer them. First up is Dylan Harlow, bartender/artist, and all around nice guy. He has the distinction of being one of the most normal people in the Infected universe. (Poor guy.)


  1. Where are you most likely to be at 8:00 on a Saturday night?

Dylan: At work

  1. What is the biggest change you have made in your life in the last year?

Dylan: I think it’s been learning to let go and accept some things that I’d rather not. But life isn’t ideal, and sometimes you have to accept situations and people as they are.

  1. What’s your middle name?

Dylan: Alejandro

  1. On a scale of 1-10 how honest are you?

Dylan: I’d say I’m a solid nine. I’m including lying to myself, and the occasional bar patron. I don’t like to do it, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.

1. What is something unusual you like to put on a sandwich?

Dylan: I guess fruit. I’ve been known to throw in grapes or mango, depending on the sandwich. Fruit goes better with savory things than most people know. Strawberry can work too, as long as they’re really fresh. And I’d recommend growing your own for best taste, as the ones they sell in grocery stores have almost no flavor at all, and strawberry plants are readily available and easy to grow in containers. But that’s probably way more than you wanted to know.



  1. If you could trade lives with somebody you know, who would it be?


Dylan: No one. I’m generally happy with my life, as weird and stressful as it can be.



  1. Do you want to be buried or cremated after you are dead?


Dylan: Ooh, morbid. But cremated, definitely. Bodies are just a shell. They aren’t us. Once I’m dead I don’t give a crap what happens to my body.



  1. Would you rather have a beautiful home in an ordinary suburb or an ordinary home in an extraordinary place?


Dylan: There’s no contest. An ordinary home in an extraordinary place. I mean, just imagine. On top of a waterfall? In space? On top of a mountain? In an underwater cavern? I don’t give a shit about having a split level with one and a half bath in those circumstances.


  1. What is your favorite condiment?


Dylan: Salsa. Is there anyone who wouldn’t pick salsa? Oh, strike that. Roan would probably pick mustard.



  1. What do you think is beyond the stars?


Dylan: Stars, planets, life, one assumes.



  1. Do you believe in love at first sight?


Dylan: I think it can happen. It’s never happened to me, though.



  1. What makes you jealous?


Dylan: Guys who get clearly obsessed with Roan. I’m really not a jealous person, but some guys get under my skin. I know Roan is the type of person who will always garner a lot of attention, and the fact that he has a type of blindness to his own magnetism isn’t helpful, but I’m not above the occasional pang of jealousy.


  1. If you were to write a novel what would it be about?


Dylan: The intersection of art and Buddhism. It’d be a total fucking bore. Even Roan would force himself to try and read it, and then lie and say he did, because he’d be unable to finish. It’d be terrible. I’m an artist, not a writer.



  1. What is your idea of heaven?


Dylan: A nice, quite place in the country with my husband. Far, far away from anyone who could bother us. Oh, and I’d have a private gallery where I could paint, of course.



  1. If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?


Dylan: Interesting. Right now I’d probably say John Stuart Mill, because I’ve been reading some of his writings lately, and his philosophies are fascinating. He was ahead of his time in many respects, and that must have been difficult.



  1. Do you say meaner things to your friends or your enemies?


Dylan: I really don’t like to be negative, and I don’t stay in contact with anyone I’d consider an enemy. But enemy is the answer to your question, because I can’t stand people who are negative towards their own friends. Save that creepy, bitchy behavior for reality shows.



  1. What three adjectives best describe you?


Dylan: Quiet, artistic, friendly. Or at least I hope I’m friendly.



  1. If you could have one superpower what would it be?


Dylan: That’s a tough one. I think I’d like the power to heal. Not just myself, but other people as well. Healing I could share.



  1. What is something most people do not know about you?


Dylan: I was really into archery as a teenager, and I actually tried out for the Olympics in college. Isn’t that weird? Even I can’t believe I ever did that.




  1. I’m really good at …


Dylan: Painting.




Blurb: Infected: Book One  In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.  The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.  Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.



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