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, Neva Brown, and her characters from Casey’s Courage. It’s a fantastic romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Casey of Casey’s Courage.
HOW DID YOU FIRST MEET YOUR WRITER?
We met when I was walking the hallway of the hospital with a therapist at my side. She was sitting in the surgery waiting room. Since the therapist made me walk every two hours and she was waiting for six hours for her husband to get out of surgery, we made a connection. She told me later that she’d seen me at a rodeo a few years before where her husband was competing in the calf roping.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SCENES IN YOUR BOOK: THE ACTION, THE DIALOG, OR THE ROMANCE?
I’d have to say the romance. Being with Tres was the most important thing in my life and had been since I was thirteen years old. He was my idol when he was just a college boy. When he returned after being away for more than a decade, he was everything I’d dreamed of and SO much more.
DID YOU HAVE A HARD TIME CONVINCING YOUR AUTHOR TO WRITE ANY PARTICULAR SCENES FOR YOU?
Late in the book when I spent a few months in New Mexico away from the Running S Ranch, she balked at some of the scenes that involved my counseling efforts. But I wanted an opportunity to use some of the things I’d learned while I earned a PhD in psychology. I nagged, cajoled, and refused to move on until she finally agreed to write a little something.
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE GENRE YOUR WRITER HAS PLACED YOU IN?
Yes, I think I fit in the contemporary romance very well. I do wish the western romance has been emphasized a little more.
DO YOU LIKE HOW THE BOOK ENDED?
Yes, I love how it ended. It gave us our happy-ever-after. I have become an independent woman who feels comfortable leaning on her husband when she wants to but knows she is her own person and he does, too.
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE CHARACTERISTIC YOUR WRITER HAS ATTRIBUTED TO YOU?
Probably that I let other people control my life for so long.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST APPEALING IN MEN/WOMEN?
I admire honesty, integrity, and a work ethic that produces good things not only for themselves, but also for others as well.
WHAT DO LIKE MOST ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE?
I love the spaciousness. Some people look at it and see nothing, but I look and see everything. Where I live did much to make me the person I am. To me the Running S Ranch is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN A SEQUEL, IF YOUR WRITER WAS SO INCLINED?
No, a sequel is not for me. I want the readers to speculate and let my future be whatever makes them happy. I know true love abides even in hard times and that Tres and I will celebrate the good times and stand strong together in the hard times.
IT HAS BEEN FUN VISITING WITH YOU. THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.
Love hunkers down and hides but abides until Casey and Tres realize life without love is only existing not really living.
Just as accomplished horse trainer Casey Mason, Ph.D. feels she’s earned her independence, a near-fatal horse wreck changes her life forever. She must put her life back together bit by piece. The obstacles and her old beliefs make her wonder if love can conquer all. Jordan Spencer III (Tres) inherits Spencer Ranch where Casey, the riding buddy of his youth, still lives. The beautiful, complex grownup Casey creeps into his mind and heart. Bitter experiences from the past make him shy away from a serious relationship with a woman; yet he and Casey have a special connection. As she struggles with her rehabilitation, he micromanages her life with quiet efficiency until he pushes her past some invisible line. When Casey disappears from his life, he learns more about himself than makes him comfortable.
Coming to terms with their past so they can move on is a challenge that tests their mettle.
She smiled. “I don’t think so. It would be great if you can be here for the sale. Buyers tend to be freer with their money when the owner socializes with them.”
He wondered what those smiling lips tasted like. Instead of finding out, he said, “Can you give me a crash course in bloodlines and winning records?”
She looked at him like he had lost his mind for just a second before she pulled a folded-up catalog out of her hip pocket. “I tell you what. Why don’t you take this and go talk to Ira about bloodlines? The records are listed in the catalog. You can study them for your homework tonight.”
Tres scanned the area. “J.D. had no idea what he was getting into, did he?”
Casey shrugged. “Probably not, but he would have loved being a part of it all.”
Tres knew if he took off her sunshades he’d see dark circles under her eyes from fatigue. He gripped the catalog in his hand that still held the heat from her body. He suspected his grandfather and her father, while trying to make their dreams come true, had taken away her youth without even realizing it.
A ripple of ire fizzed through him. “At the risk of sounding like I did the summer we met, I’ll give you some more advice. Don’t drive yourself to the limit every day of your life.”
A little grin tugged at the corner of Casey’s mouth. “Too late! There is no place to stop without getting run over right now. But I’ll keep it in mind. Maybe soon.”
“We’ll work on ‘the soon’,” Tres said. On pure instinct, he bent over and kissed her on the lips. They tasted of mint, sunshine, and Casey, like coming home. He brushed his thumb across her lips. “You taste of ecstasy with promise of paradise. Whatever perfume you’re wearing must be laced with pure pheromones. We have unfinished business, my grown-up, little Casey.”
Before a shocked Casey could reply, he turned and headed toward the breeding barn to find Ira.
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Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administer, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; email@example.com .
Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living.
Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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