Monday, March 19, 2012

RUN RABBIT RUN BLOG TOUR: An Interview with character, Luke Sharpe.

Today I have the uber talented, Kate Johnson on the blog for the tour of her new book, Run Rabbit Run. We're going to hear from the hero of Kate's book, Luke Sharpe and there's also the chance to win chocolate!

Sophies in trouble. Must be Tuesday.
Sophie Greens an ex-spy, or trying to be. You wouldnt believe the trouble shes in. An MI5 officer has been shot with her gun, her fingerprints all over his office. And no, she didnt kill him.
But she has gone on the run.
Now Sophies desperately seeking whoevers trying to frame and kill her. Shes being forced to work with the least trustworthy man in Europe, MI5 is following her every move, and shes had to leave the tall, blond, god of a man she loves behind.
Luke Sharpe works for MI6. Or did, until his girlfriend became a murder suspect.
Doing nothing wasnt an option, so he started investigating. Who cares if it means jeopardising his career ? Sophies everything he used to say he never wanted. Young, irresponsible, bright and mad. Now shes just everythingand she has to live.
She will live, wont she?

1. So Luke. I understand you’re an MI6 agent. What made you decide to become a spy in the first place, and how long have you been one for?

It’s officer, not agent—agents are the contacts we have elsewhere.  I’ve been with MI6 less than a year, but before that I was with a small operation called SO17, which has since disbanded, for about five years. As for why...they came calling while I was serving with the SAS. To this day I still don’t know how or why they decided to recruit me.

2. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

A bit, yes. Any more, and I’d have to kill you.

I’m in my early thirties, I work in British Intelligence, and I have an insane, dangerous, baffling and infuriating girlfriend called Sophie, who I love more than I thought possible. I have no family to speak of—or more to the point, to speak to—since my parents died when I was a child. I was expensively and privately educated, a fact which seems to fascinate Sophie, who imagines me raiding the tuck shop with Wills and Harry. That’s poppycock, of course. I was a prefect by the time they were out of prep school.

3. Can we have a picture of you?


4. Okay then. So tell me about your relationship with Sophie. How long have you been together? How did you meet?

Oh God. I’d rather you asked me about WMDs than Sophie. She’s about as destructive as one.

All right. About a year ago I was working undercover at the airport, and she was one of my colleagues. That’s the short version. The long version is that I needed a new partner, and someone pointed Sophie out to me. I thought she looked like a headache in a suitcase, albeit a very pretty one, but she was smart and quick and tenacious, and once she’d chased a criminal down the baggage belt I thought I’d offer her a position. A position that, since I fancied her bloody rotten, ended up including more than just a working relationship. She’s mad as a sack of cats, of course, but that’s one of the things I like about her.

5. Sophie seems to attract a lot of male attention. Do you get jealous?

Jealous? No. Why would I be jealous of a guy who turns up in Aston Martins and Ferraris? They’re vulgar. So what if he has a charming Irish accent and a mysterious past and has saved her life and actually slept with her, I can’t believe he’s actually slept with her, and...wait, where were we? No. I’m not jealous.

6. What does the future hold for you? When you and Sophie have solved this mystery together, will you be settling down, getting married, having kids?

Why, what have you heard? Any stories about me looking at engagement rings are absolute fallacies. That’s all I’m saying on the subject.

Since Luke wasn’t very forthcoming with a picture of himself, let’s imagine what he looks like. He’s tall and blond, with an athletic physique and bright blue eyes. Who do you reckon would play him in a movie of Run Rabbit Run? Leave your answer in the comments, and the best one will win a Lindt chocolate bunny!

Kate Johnson lives behind a keyboard in Essex and belongs to a small pride of cats. She likes wine, shoes and dying her hair, and can be found online most days talking about these things, or about how much she fancies Richard Armitage. Her first book with Choc Lit, The Untied Kingdom, is shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2012. You can find Kate online at and on Twitter @k8johnsonauthor.


  1. I'm more of a 'tall, dark and handsome' woman usually, but I could make an exception... Alexander Skarsgard has to be on the casting couch, surely? Ahem.

  2. I think Michael Fassbender has to play Luke, surely. Isn't he being cast in everything these days? Not that I'm complaining, mind. It was just an observation!

  3. Philip Winchester (Alice) It's the cheekbones! :)

  4. Funny, Andrea, I was thinking Liam Hemsworth! There are some good genes swimming in that pool! :)

  5. Katy, I agree, Alexander Skarsgard should always be considered. For everything.

    Laura...Mark is a bit of a left-field choice, but no one shall be prevented from auditioning!

    Kath: I'm not complaining either. I've had a bit of a thing for The Fassbender ever since The Devil's Whore, when he was all hairy and political and still really, really lush.

  6. Anon: I admit I had to look up who he was, but you're right, Philip Winchester is extremely nice to look at. And he's played an action hero in Strike Back too!

    Andrea and Abby: I was already wondering if the Hemsworth guys were related, but then there can't be two such attractive men with the same surname who don't swim in the same gene pool!

    Keep the suggestions coming, guys...

  7. I'm going to go with Matt Damon. He's not quite blond or really tall but I definitely see him as Luke. He's hot! Xx

  8. Luke for me would be played by Marc Warren, except with a crisper accent. Blond, blue eyed, British and very yum, even though blonds aren't usually my thing. Marc has been in lots of things but I first came across him as Mickey in the TV series Hustle.

  9. It's got to be Julian Rhind-Tutt from The Green Wing - I'm not sure how gorgeous his body is but I'm sure it's wonderful, and he makes me laugh too.


  10. I have another Mark - think I'm stuck on the name. Marc Warren - he played Danny Blue Eyes in Hustle. :-)
    Laura x

  11. My other offering would be the obvious choice really, Rupert Penry-Jones who of course played an MI5 officer in Spooks. Now Rupert, or Adam as I like to think of him, has got the height, the blond hair, blue eyes and the crisp public school accent.