Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Lynn Cahoon, and her characters from Temporary Roomates. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Troy and Annie.
Troy Saunders – You’re up first.
What do you like most about where you live?
Troy: Besides being right next to Forest Park with amazing running trails and the hospital? Probably that Annie’s in the next bedroom.
Annie: I was going to say all the great restaurants that are within walking distance of the apartment. You don’t have to tell all our secrets you know.
What do you do for a living?
Troy: First year intern on the oncology ward at the hospital. Right now its long hours, crappy pay, and lots of stress. But someday, I hope to make a difference.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Troy: Now you’re going to make me look bad. After a run on the treadmill in the gym downstairs, I like to settle on to the couch with a six pack of beer, a bag of tortilla chips, and some fresh salsa. My mom makes a mean salsa in the summer and she’s always dropping some off.
Annie: Tell them what you watch on your big screen.
Troy, grinning: “Spaghetti Westerns. Give me a good Clint Eastwood movie any day.”
Annie Baxter – Your turn.
How did you first meet your writer?
Annie: I probably shouldn’t say this, but she was on my pod when I worked in outpatient chemotherapy. She never said she was a writer so imagine my surprise when my life story showed up in Temporary Roommates. I guess she got me back for taking all that blood every other week.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Troy: Yeah Annie, what do you wear?
Annie: Wouldn’t you like to know. Okay, I guess I set myself up for this one. I used to go without anything when I lived alone, but now, I bought a sleeveless nightgown in case I run into someone in the bathroom.
Troy: Hey, you were the one who barged in on my shower, not me.
What embarrasses you?
Annie laughs: Besides Troy? I hate being seen as just a pretty girl. So many times doors have been opened to me, not because of my work ethic or my skill, but because of the way I look. I almost like the fact that my boss totally hates that about me. Almost.
Both – Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Annie: Possibly. I’m kind of busy with work and next year, I’m going back to school.
Troy: Hey, wait a minute. Having a sequel isn’t going to change your plans. And maybe I’ll get lucky next time.
Annie: I think you got lucky this book.
Troy: I guess it’s all in how you define the word.
Annie Baxter has her dream job. Now, all she needs is a cheap apartment close to the hospital. Troy Saunders knows his life as an intern is all about the long hours. He doesn’t have time to play doctor to some Nurse Barbie. So when his sister finds a great apartment walking distance to work and next to the best running paths in the city, he’s sold. Two leasing agents, two prospective renters, one apartment. Can they co-exist without fireworks?
Annie Baxter never believed luck or love came from a slip of paper stuck in a fortune cookie baked in Cleveland. Her friend Pam, on the other hand, not only was a true believer, but had a notebook with the slips glued on their own page. The date, time, and place of the fortune listed and notes about how they had all come true, in their own fashion. When the slip from last month’s cookie told of an impending love, Pam had gone out and bought a rat terrier. And, Annie had to admit, Pam did love that dog.
The table felt sticky from the last customer. The small Chinese restaurant wasn’t known for stellar service or atmosphere. But the place had the best Orange Chicken in town. And since it was just down from the hospital and her new apartment, it was an easy choice for dinner. Removing a small packet from her purse, Annie opened it and pulled out a sanitizing wipe. She wiped down the table with the wet paper cloth, barely noticing the sharp antiseptic smell. After finishing her ten-hour shift, she smelled like that wipe.
When she finished wiping the table down, she put the used cloth and envelope to the side, next to the wall. Looking up, she caught Pam staring at her.
“I’m sure they cleaned the table.” Pam shot a pointed look at the used wipe.
“It felt sticky.” Annie folded her hands in front of her, hoping the explanation would be enough. Pam had been born and raised in the wealthy suburbs of St. Louis, an area nothing like the small southern Missouri town where Annie had grown up. Despite the commonalities between the two women, Annie felt like a country bumpkin sometimes compared to her friend.
“And you just happened to have wipes in your purse. What’d you do? Swipe them from the nurse’s station?”
“The supply cabinet after I stocked the station.” Annie smiled. “They’re always telling us to take precautions to stay healthy.”
“I don’t think they expect people to really listen to those health announcements. Or swipe supplies. Look, we get sick days for a reason. You don’t have to be all paranoid about germs.” Pam looked up as the waiter approached their table with two steaming plates from the kitchen. “I’m so hungry. Lunch was a packet of crackers.”
“That you took from a patient’s food tray,” Annie confronted her friend.
“Mr. Martin wasn’t going to be eating them and the kitchen just throws all of that wasted food away.” Pam’s voice was tight, until she looked at Annie’s smile. “You’re messing with me. I can’t believe you got me.”
“You’re always picking on me.” Annie took a bite of the chicken, the warm orange zest filling her mouth. She dumped her bowl of rice onto the plate to mix in with the sauce. She loaded up her fork with another mouthful. “This is great.”
“Even with the sticky table?” Pam’s head was bent over her plate as she took a bite of her beef and vegetable dish.
“In spite of the table.” Annie corrected.
The two women ate silently for a few minutes. Once the immediate urge of their hunger was sedated, conversation became more pleasant.
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Passion in Print website – http://www.passioninprint.com/future.php
Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. She blogs at her website www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com
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Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!