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, E. Ayers, and her characters from Campaign. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Brad and Ryn.
How did you first meet your writer?
When I came to River City with Emma, I met E. Ayers. Emma and I shared a dorm in college, and I’d often come home with her for a holiday or weekend.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Never dreamed such a thing. It was a shock when E. said she wanted to write our story. She kept telling me I had a story worth writing. Me? I still don’t understand what makes me that special.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Probably the romance.
When I had gone home to my parents and I was so depressed, Brad came to me. He held me in his arms and just hugged me. That’s just so him. He has a way of wrapping me in his embrace and making everything right, even when it’s wrong.
And that time that Billy kissed me… I was so afraid she’d muck it up and make it out to be something that it wasn’t. It’s all very convoluted. I really wanted him to kiss me. I’ve had this crush on him since I was little, but he’s only been a friend, like a brother but not. I do love him but not in a sexual way.
I warned Billy about the scenes between us, and I know he told his wife. Apparently she exploded. I understand because I know how I would feel if Brad kissed someone like that. In a way, I think it’s better because now it’s out in the open. She loves Billy and I know he loves her very much. She’s got to know that I don’t love Billy – not that way.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
No. I had a terrible time trying to keep her from writing things. There are some very intimate details in there! She kept telling me that people expect lovers to be doing more than holding hands. It’s embarrassing.
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Why is it fiction instead of non-fiction? I mean… I’m real. I do everything that anyone else does, except I don’t have a voice.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
I wish I didn’t have the scarring and I wish I had a voice, but then E said I wouldn’t have had a story worth writing. She said if she had made me perfect, then it would have just been another happy couple.
She swears that it’s important that people know that they aren’t alone when it comes to chronic depression and panic attacks. Besides, people need to understand that being disabled doesn’t make us different. I’m very much a normal person on the inside.
When Katie said she just took a chance on me because she was Brad’s friend, it sums it up. She wasn’t sure how she could communicate with me. She didn’t think she would know how to be my friend. People are afraid of people with disabilities. And it’s not because we have fangs, we don’t. People are afraid because they don’t understand. They don’t know what to do when they are with someone who has a disability. You don’t stop talking if a blind person approaches you. They use your voice to know where you are. A deaf person usually can read your lips if you look at them. I’m mute, not deaf, and I’m certainly not dumb!
Do you like the way the book ended?
No! It’s not a cliffhanger or anything. She swears that all the other stuff will come out eventually and that has nothing to do with our story. She wrote it though the election because that was the theme of the book. She’s got me sworn to secrecy.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Just as some of the other characters from her books were in mine, I’ll be in others.
Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?
She does now. I’d love to be an Olympic Equestrian athlete. I’ve talked to Brad and my father about it. They are both supporting me.
What do you do for a living?
For the time being, I am volunteering with Candy Clydermann at the Give Youth a Chance organization. I am a certified teacher and Candy needs me.
What is your greatest fear?
Hate to say this, but thunderstorms still terrify me.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Nothing, absolutely nothing. I love snuggling up to Brad’s body.
What is your most prized possession?
Brad. Nothing else matters.
Did you have a pet as a child? What happened to it? How did you feel about that?
I’ve never had a cuddly pet. I had ponies growing up. Barn cats. Goats. I’ve been around animals, but not an animal in the house except for the birds in the aviary. I’ve never had any type of emotional attachment to anything, except maybe Beach Bum, my horse. He’s a good boy, but he’s really nothing more than a hay vacuum. The difference is he’s my hay vacuum.
What do you like most about where you live?
I love River City. It’s not New York, but it’s not a little town. It has so much to offer. And I love my house. It’s quiet back there by the water, so there’s not the constant city noise.
Brad Shoemaker was blindsided when he discovered that love could be silent, and Kathryn “Ryn” Demary is mute. But when Mayor Bruno Giovanni is forced into early retirement, he chooses Brad to run in his place. Ryn is determined to campaign at Brad’s side, but instead of being an asset, she just might be his biggest liability. Ryn finds herself campaigning not just for Brad to become mayor but also for his love. Politics can get dirty and Ryn’s caught in the middle.
“That bitch thinks she’s too good to even talk to anyone. Her and her fancy clothes all cuddled up to Brad Shoemaker. She’s going to rub everyone’s nose into the fact that she’s got the best catch in town.” A breathy female voice could be heard from someplace behind Ryn.
Brad wrapped his arm around Ryn and held her close as the pain of what the woman said chewed at her insides. She curled her fingers around Brad’s hand as she watched Dallas cut her gaze in the direction of the voice.
“Would you like me to set the woman straight?” Brad asked in a whisper.
Ryn shook her head.
“Well, I’m not going to sit here and say nothing.” Dallas frowned. “I won’t tolerate a guest in my house being rude.”
Ryn held up her hand and shook her head. She mouthed. “Please, no.”
Maybe Brad was right and walking around with a placard that said I’m mute would make it easier for both of us. Layers of anger, aggravation, self-pity, denial, and depression wrapped her heart as it pounded in her chest.
She never thought of herself as living a sheltered life, but she realized she had. Wealth had blanketed her, protecting her from the real world. Sitting on a picnic bench with Brad while a jealous female made obnoxious comments was about as far from her world as she could get.
How many times had she told her students that they could do anything they wanted to do and be whatever they wanted to be? Beethoven continued to write music after he was deaf, Marlee Matlin was deaf and won an Oscar, Stevie Wonder and Jose Feliciano became musical superstars, Julliette Gordon Low, the poet Homer… names of famous disabled people who had accomplished great things flowed through her mind.
What a fraud she had become. She wanted to turn tail and run. She didn’t have the guts to stand up to a lone female.
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E. Ayers is a multi-published and Amazon best-selling author of western and contemporary romances. Her books are never too sweet or too hot. She writes down the middle. She is proud to be part of the Authors of Main Street, an elite group of award-winning and best-selling contemporary authors.
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