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, Liza O’Connor, and her characters from Climbing out of Hell. It’s a fantastic romantic comedy with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Trevor, Sam and Dani.
Dear Jennifer. Thank you for having Trent (Call him Trevor), Sam, and Dani over for an interview. I highly recommend you place them in sound proof booths. 1) They tend to talk over one another and change topics, and 2) If Trent (call him Trevor) answers truthfully, Sam will realize who he is and shoot him. Since Trent (call him Trevor) knows this, he will probably lie his way through all your questions unless you put them in Sound Proof Rooms.
Realizing most people don’t have sound proof rooms lying about waiting for the off chance a character will die or lie without one, you may use mine.
Jennifer: This interview has gone strange even before I introduce the characters. From Climbing out of Hell by Liza O’Connor here’s Trevor Campbell, Sam Lancaster and Dani Meyers. Welcome. Liza has graciously sent along personalized seating booths.
Trent: They look soundproof.
Jennifer: Yes, I believe they are. Since I’m known for my in-depth and personal questions—
Sam: Yeah, we need sound proof booths then.
*All three nod and enter their booths.*
Jennifer: Sounds like these three are hiding a lot of secrets from each other, and since one of them is wearing a gun, I hope this works according to plan.
Ladies first. Dani, what is your greatest fear?
Dani: Oh God, where to begin? I lost my parents when I was eight, so my gramps took me in. About five years ago he went blind, and recently Iowa passed a law allowing blind people to carry loaded guns. So Gramps decides that gives him the right to go hunting for pigeons with an AK47. I’ve been scared to death he’s going to kill someone with all those bullets falling from the sky, or someone is going to kill him because of those bullets falling from the sky. Then this really nice guy comes to town, picks up his dead birds for him, and brings him home. And I fear I’ve fallen in love with Trevor.
Jennifer: Why would that be your greatest fear?
Dani: Because I’m dating Sam and he becomes aggressive when other guys come on to me. Until now, that’s been a good thing, since it meant the town thug finally leaves me alone, but Trevor is so kind…I don’t want Sam to hurt him.
Jennifer: Trevor, what is your greatest fear?
Trent: No one can hear me, right?
Jennifer: Only I and my followers can hear you.
Trent: Sam’s not a follower is he?
Trent: Good. Sam’s my half-brother and he hated the old me. But I’m channeling Carrie now instead of my God-awful father. I also had plastic surgery and got a new identity so Sam doesn’t recognize me.
Jennifer: Is your fear that Sam might recognize you?
Trent: No. I neither act, nor look like my old self. My fear is that Sam will realize I’ve fallen in love with his girl. I won’t do anything to ruin his relationship with Dani, but I can’t help but love her. But I fear he suspects the truth.
Jennifer: What makes you think that?
Trent: He keeps warning my off her and tells her and the other townspeople that I’m gay. To my understanding country people strongly object to alternative life styles.
Jennifer: Sam, what fears you the most?
Sam: I’m the sheriff of this town. I can shoot with deadly accuracy, have a bullet proof car that can outrun anything in the state, and am highly skilled in several martial arts. I fear nothing. Next question.
Jennifer: Not even losing Dani?
Sam: Not happening. Next question.
Jennifer: What do you admire about your parents?
Sam: My parents? You want to know about my parents? My biological father was a billionaire jerk named Lancaster. He forced my mother to have sex with him or lose her job. Then she turns up pregnant with me, so the jerk hires a man to marry her. All my life I’d thought I had two loving parents, only to discover my mother was a spineless, stupid liar, the man I thought was my father was hired help, and the man that WAS my father, didn’t give a shit about me, regardless that I was a thousand times better than his ‘true’ son Trent.
Jennifer: I sense a lot of anger in you.
Sam: Rightfully so. How would you like to come back from Iraq only to discover your whole life a lie, all because your mother hadn’t the guts to say no? It wasn’t the only job in the world. She should have walked away. But no, she gives him what he wants, and he gives her more than she wants. Then to discover the man I had loved and admired all through my life, the man I wanted to be like, had been nothing more than a hired lackey so Lancaster didn’t have to own up to his mistake, which is me. I’m the mistake…I can’t do this…Interview is over!
*storms from booth and leaves.*
Trent and Dani hurry from the booths.
Dani: Sorry, we have to leave too, or we won’t have a way back home.
Jennifer: I understand, go!
*watches limo drive off the second the get inside,*
I fear Sam is in a lot of pain. Liza, you need to help him.
Liza: Yeah, I didn’t realize how much pain he was in until this interview.
Billionaire Trent Lancaster has destroyed his relationship with the only woman who ever loved him. Now we discover the full truth of what happened.
He actually had reasons for his behaviors.
Still, there is no going back. Trent has lost Carrie forever, but he would rather die than marry Coco, so he does just that. Trent gives away most of his possessions, fakes his death, and starts over with a new face and a better attitude in a small town in Iowa where his half-brother Sam is sheriff.
Losing his true love has fundamentally broken Trent to his core. His only chance for happiness is to become the better man Carrie had always seen inside him.
True change is not easy. Can Trent grow up and become a man we can love?
“Stop it! Get off of me!” Carrie screamed.
Trent couldn’t lose the only woman who had ever loved him. He covered her protest with his mouth, certain if they made love, everything would right itself.
As he fumbled with the zipper of her pants, the limo jerked to the right and came to a halt. Seconds later, someone yanked him out and slung him to the sidewalk. He stared up at his half-brother storming around the car, returning to the driver’s seat.
Tires squealed as the car pulled out in traffic. Once the vehicle disappeared from sight, Trent focused on himself. His right knee seared with pain and his head throbbed from slamming against the concrete. He sat up, so people would stop walking over him. New York City pedestrians were like marching ants. They stopped for nothing.
He stared at the four lanes of bumper-to-bumper honking traffic.
Carrie and his limo were gone.
Along with everything good in his world.
For one glorious month, life had been perfection. Well, he’d thought the first week was hell, but compared to his life now, it had been Nirvana.
He’d lost Carrie forever, broken a love he’d thought impervious to damage. Due to a stupid error he’d made months before, a cascade of problems had rained upon him. Trying his hardest, he still failed to protect her from the blow back.
Tears streamed down his cheeks for all to see. Normally, he’d be horrified to allow common people to gawk at him, but his self-respect and pride had been stripped away when Sam had to pull him from his limo to save Carrie.
He’d almost raped her—the only woman he had ever wanted. He thought if they made love, she would forgive everything he’d done. But he had broken the unbreakable and she wanted nothing more to do with him.
He buried his face in his hands and sobbed, knowing there was no way back to his month of happiness. Everything good in his life was gone.
A gentle hand touched his shoulder. His heart leapt in joy. Carrie had returned and forgiven him. But, no. He stared up at an old man in black—a priest—studying him with concern. “Are you ill? Do you need help?”
He opened his mouth, intending to declare himself beyond help, but stopped. Maybe the man could be of assistance. “I think I need an exorcism.”
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Released May 1, 2014
Book Four of the series:
A Long Road to Love
Climbing out of Hell
“Easily, the best of the series!”
Other books in the A Long Road to Love series
Worst Week Ever
“Love this book and couldn’t stop laughing from beginning to end.” 5 stars – Alves – Amazon
Oh Stupid Heart
“Be warned though, this book is completely different from The Worst Week Ever. Yes, there is still humor, dry wit, situations that you would think…NOT AGAIN but this one humanizes Trent more.” 5 stars – Brian’s Mom – Amazon
Coming to Reason
Once again, Ms. O’Connor has written a brilliant book about the complexities of relationships, good and bad. Again, to me, the book is the best break up book EVER and it left my heart singing in the end. Best.Book.Ever…
Other Books by Liza O’Connor
Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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