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, Lucy Naylor Kubash, and her characters from An Uncommon Prince and Other Short Stories. It’s a fantastic romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Chris and Emily from An Uncommon Prince.
Did you ever think your life would end up being in a book?
Chris: Never. It was a pretty uneventful life…until one dark night on a city street. That one night changed my life forever.
Emily: No, I never would have thought anyone would want to write a story about me. Nothing too exciting has ever happened…until the big storm hit in the middle of July.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Chris: The romance. Definitely the romance. I mean, romancing Emily is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Emily: The dialog. I guess I’m a bit of an introvert, but Chris is so easy to talk to. I love sitting on the porch and just talking about everyday things with him.
Do you like the way the story ended?
Chris: Of course. I finally stopped running from myself and best of all, I stayed with Emily.
Emily: I do. I thought I liked living here alone but when I thought Chris was going to leave, I realized that wasn’t true anymore. I’m so glad he stayed.
Would you be interested in a sequel?
Chris: I would! I’d like to know if I ever took Emily on that trip I promised her.
Emily: I’d love to know how it all worked out. Did we go on the trip? Did Chris like living on the farm? Did we have children?
What do you do for a living?
Chris: I was a police officer in Detroit, but not any longer. Right now I’d like to just work this farm and make it productive again.
Emily: I’m a nurse, and I work in the home healthcare field.
What is your most prized possession?
Chris: My motorcycle, because it took me away from the nightmares, and it brought me to Emily.
Emily: My farm. It’s a peaceful place, and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d want to live.
Did you have a pet as a child?
Chris: Living in the city, my family didn’t have pets. But I always wanted a dog.
Emily: I’ve always had pets. I have an older dog now that’s been with me for years. And then there is the dog Chris and I rescued. I was so thankful to have Chris help me with saving him.
What do you like most about where you live?
Chris: Well, the road has been my home for the past six months or so. I loved the freedom and the peace of mind it brought me, but living on Emily’s farm has turned my life around. I’m even starting to like chickens!
Emily: I love waking up in the morning and hearing the rooster crow. I love the hens clucking when I go to feed them. I love working in my greenhouse, and I love watching the sun set over the fields in the evening.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Chris: This time of year, I used to enjoy drinking beer and watching football with the guys. I still watch the Detroit Lions, but now I get to do it with Emily nearby. I usually make dinner and help with the chores. It’s my favorite time.
Emily: There are farm chores to do, no matter the weather, but when they’re done for the day I like to curl up on the sofa with a book while Chris watches football and my dog naps beside me. I love it when Chris makes dinner.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Chris: As a cop, I was always on the night shift and so had to be a night owl. But once I hit the road, I liked to get up with the sun and start traveling early. Good thing ‘cause we’re up early now. Except for Sundays when we like to stay in bed a little longer…..
Emily: I’ve always been an early riser. I’m usually awake before that rooster starts to crow. It’s nice to stand at the window with my coffee and watch the sun rise. But it’s nice to stay in bed a little longer on Sundays…..
Have you ever gone alone to either dinner or a movie? What about a vacation?
Chris: Does being on the road for six months alone count? It really wasn’t a vacation, more like a journey I needed to take.
Emily: I haven’t been on vacation since my last college spring break, but I do go alone to movies occasionally. Most of my friends are married and busy raising families.
What do you admire about your parents?
Chris: That they understood when I had to go off on my own. They didn’t judge me or try to change my mind.
Emily: My parents are both gone now, but they were the best. They did everything they could for me, even though I was born to them later in life. They made sure I had what it took to take care of myself.
From a farm in Indiana, to small towns and beaches in northern Michigan, to a ranch in Montana, in this collection of short romance stories, love is found in unexpected places. Each hero is an unlikely or uncommon prince, from Chris Carter, an ex-cop who travels the country on a motorcycle to Jonas Knight, a fearless wildfire fighter. The women are all heroines in their own right, starting their lives over after some tragic incident has left them alone to carry on. When they meet, their lives are changed when love promises to heal and gives them new hope.
A storm blew up that night, skipping across the dry summer fields with a cannonball’s intensity. When the wind took on a freight train’s howl, Emily retreated to the cellar taking Dawn with her. She hugged her arms around the setter’s neck and thought about the stray in the woods. Just before she heard a window shatter upstairs, she wondered if he’d found a place to hide.
Morning revealed a sad scene. Windows in the greenhouse had been dashed to bits; the screen door hung precariously on its hinges. The century-old maple in the front yard had dropped several huge branches right across the electric lines. The portable radio reported widespread damage due to the tornado; it would be days before the power company came through for repairs.
Without power, the well couldn’t pump, but the chickens needed fresh water. Emily was hauling a bucket from the creek when she noticed him sitting at the edge of her yard. A motorcycle was propped nearby. Funny, she hadn’t heard it come down the road.
He stood up when he saw her, a rangy man with disheveled clothes and several days’ growth of beard. Emily should have felt a trickle of apprehension, but something about the man told her he was harmless—or at least she hoped so.
“Good morning,” he greeted her when she approached. “I hope you don’t mind my using your yard to rest a bit. My bike conked out down the road apiece. I was pushing it to the nearest town. Could you tell me how far that is?”
Emily eyed him curiously. “You’ve got a ways to go. First town of any size is Fayetteville. That’s ten miles.”
He didn’t look happy at this news. No doubt he’d been pushing the bike for a while and had been out in the storm the night before. His denim jacket was still stained from the rain.
He glanced about the yard, taking in the downed branches and broken windows. “I don’t suppose…” He pursed his lips and stuck his hands in his jacket pockets. “Looks like the storm left you folks with quite a mess. S’pose maybe if I give you a hand cleaning up, your husband could me a lift into town?”
Emily didn’t mention that she didn’t have a husband. She just carried the bucket of water to the chickens and dumped it in their trough. The stranger didn’t follow but stooped to pet the old setter, who’d ambled up to investigate. By the time Emily came back, it seemed the man and the old dog were good friends.
“I can give you a lift.” She had decided to trust him. “But there’s only one garage in town. I don’t know if Harry works on motorcycles.”
“If I can get the part, I can do the work myself. My name’s Chris Carter.” He put out his hand.
Dawn sat on the seat between them when they drove the pickup into town. In Fayetteville, Emily stopped at Harry’s service station. Luckily, Harry still had power. She waited while Chris Carter went inside.
When he came back to the truck, he didn’t look enthused.
“Be two, three weeks before the part arrives.” He rubbed his stubbly chin and seemed at loose ends. “Any campgrounds around?”
“There’s the state park just off the highway.” Emily hesitated starting the truck, taking a moment to study the man. “I’ll ask you point-blank, Chris Carter. Are you safe?”
His eyes were the color of blue velvet, dark and soft as a night sky. Emily just noticed that. And his hair was a rich cinnamon brown.
“Boy scout for twelve years.” He held up his fingers in their pledge. “Detroit cop for another twelve. I can give you the name of my police chief, if you want to contact him.”
Emily wanted to ask him what in the blazes he was doing riding a Harley through the middle of Indiana, apparently without a cell phone or even a motorclub card, but really, it was none of her business.
“I have a nice hayloft,” she said. “It stays dry, and you’re welcome to meals if you help me clean the place up. I could use a hand.”
“It’s a deal,” Chris agreed. He didn’t say any more about her husband, or lack of one.
They spent the morning clearing away the fallen branches that weren’t touching the downed lines. Chris was strong and not a bit afraid of manual labor. He worked on the greenhouse while Emily went in to fix lunch. It was hot, and with no fan running, the house stifling. It would be better to sit on the porch and eat. Emily brought out sandwiches, a bag of potato chips, and two lukewarm sodas. Then she called her new handyman to eat.
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Lucy Naylor Kubash grew up in Michigan wanting to be a writer. She made the dream come true 30 years ago when her first short story was published in Woman’s World magazine. She has since penned numerous short stories, a contemporary western romance novel, and currently writes a monthly nonfiction column, The Pet Corner.
She and her husband have been married over 40 years and still live in Michigan, where they raised two children and many animals. They currently live with two dogs and three cats, or the furry kids. When not writing she loves to read (usually with cats curled in her chair), walk the dogs in the many parks near Lake Michigan, and dream about a long trip out West.
As a special treat Lucy is giving away one copy of An Uncommon Prince and Other Short Stories from Amazon Kindle so be sure to leave your EMAIL so we can contact you if you win!!
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