Character Interview: Grift by Jason Mosberg


Title: Grift
Author: Jason Mosberg
Series: Stand Alone
Publication Date: March 4th 2015
Publisher: Smashwords Edition

Grift follows a crew of orphaned teenage con artists living in Las Vegas. Piper, the main character, masquerades as a prostitute to con rich men. Unlike the others, she must split her time between hustling and raising her younger sister Sophie. Disaster strikes when Sophie gets kidnapped by the Las Vegas mafia, and the crew must rally to piece together the ransom money before the clock runs out.

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Piper’s Interview:

What grade are you in? I actually dropped out of school after the 4th grade. But by homeschooling my younger sister Sophie, I’ve been learned a lot of the stuff I missed out on.

So you’re not in school – do you have a job? Ummm, sort of. It’s not a traditional job, but I do acquire money from other people.

Are you a thief? No. It’s not stealing if they give it to you. I’m a grifter.

What’s a grifter? Con artist.

How old are you? I’m 17. Not sure exactly when I turn 18. My mother lost my birth certificate and used to mix up when my exact birthday was.

Do you still see your mother?  Not since I ran away from home.

Why did you run away from home? My mother was a prostitute and a drug addict.

Where do you live? I live with Max in the penthouse of a hotel casino in Las Vegas.

Is Max your boyfriend? Haha, god no. Max is more like my father. He took me and Sophie in when we left home. I owe everything to Max. He taught me the game.

Do you have a boyfriend? Blah. Pass.

Your closet is worth $50,000. How did you get so many clothes? Max has a friend who works in a distribution center where clothes from Guess, Calvin Klein, and Louis Vuitton get shipped to California, Arizona, and Nevada. He lets me go in and pick out whatever I wanted.

What do you do for fun? Sing karaoke, swim, dance, joke around with my friends.

Who’s your best friend? Jesse. He’s great. We do everything together.

Is that why you didn’t want to answer the question about having a boyfriend? Next question please.

Do you work alone? Some of the cons I do by myself. Others are with Mars, Kim or Rob.

Who are they? Other grifters that live with Max. Mars is a pool shark, Kim is a card-counter, and Rob’s the pick-pocket.

What about you, what’s your specialty? I con men who go to prostitutes.

Isn’t that dangerous? It could be. But not with the way Max designs the cons. He’s a genius.

What about your sister Sophie, is she a con artist? No. I won’t let her. I do what I do so that she won’t have to. So that she can have a normal life.

Can you teach me a con? Nope.


About the Author:
Jason Mosberg lives in Los Angeles where he works as a screenwriter. He has optioned several feature screenplays to independent financiers. He wrote his first novel Grift while staying in cheap hotel rooms in Las Vegas. When he’s not writing, Jason can be found playing soccer, walking, and over analyzing everything.Having grown up in Delaware, Jason attended Wake Forest University before he lit out for the west coast. His top five TV shows of all time are The Wire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under, and Twin Peaks. His one vice is claw machines. On the book side, he is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger.

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