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, Dana Ransom (aka: Nancy Gideon), and her characters from Lifetime Investment. It’s a fantastic romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Wyatt and Bethany.
How did you first meet your writer?
Beth: Back in the early ‘90s! So long ago! Wyatt and I were in the third story she was writing for Zebra’s Lucky In Love contemporary line. We began a rather claustrophobic relationship with her in the isolated wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I think she would have rather we stayed in Chicago. Better shopping and room service!
What do you do for a living?
Wyatt: I stepped into the life my father married. Not by my choice. My office door says Vice President of his wife’s hotel chain.
Beth: I’m living a dream with the man I love and a job that provides all the security I never had growing up. It’s everything both of us wanted. Or at least I thought it was.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
Beth: All the misunderstandings and silences that kept us a part when we could have been leading a real life together. We never talked.
Wyatt: You were never there to talk to.
Beth: (Getting teary-eyed) When I was, you never let me know anything was wrong. I had no idea until you just up and left. And then stayed away. All it would have taken was a word from you.
Wyatt: Really? And you would have just walked away from everything?
Beth: (Coolly civil) We’ll never know, will we.
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
Wyatt: I shut myself off, even from those I care about. It was something I learned to do after my mother died, and my father and his new rich, young wife pulled me away from everything familiar. And forced me to become someone I wasn’t. Someone I didn’t like or respect.
What is your greatest fear?
Wyatt: Becoming my father.
Beth: Returning to the life I left behind.
What do you like most about where you live?
Wyatt: I never really ‘lived’ in Chicago or Denver. That’s my father and step-mother’s world. Mine is in the north woods of Michigan’s UP where my mother grew up, where my best friend still lives, where we made plans as children for when we grew up. Those are the dreams I want to live.
Beth: It’s not where I grew up. I left those dirty, mean streets of tenements and poverty behind and I won’t ever go back there. That’s why discovering the man I already loved had the security of his family fortune was such a wonderful surprise. A gorgeous high rise apartment, my own office, and an expense account so I can afford more than just the bare necessities puts the shadow of my past behind me. But it never really goes away.
Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?
Beth: To feel safe and secure enough to not have to please everyone. I’ve worked so hard not to be an embarrassment to his family. I’d love to throw away all the pretenses and social whirl for the simple things I just learned my husband prefers. Even if it means trading cashmere for flannel.
What do you find most unappealing in men/women?
Wyatt: Infidelity. Lying to others and themselves.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Beth: I’m on call 24/7, whatever’s needed, whenever it’s needed to keep the hotel’s clients happy. That means late nights, weekends away, missed dinners, broken plans. And now, empty sheets.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Beth: Nothing. Sleeping in late, sitting around with a cup of coffee, staring out at a peaceful world while holding the hand of the man I love. I’ve never tried it. But I want to. Soon.
What turns you on?
Wyatt: When she wears her hair down and loose so I can feel it and smell it.
What sound or noise do you love?
Beth: The sound of him breathing next to me at night.
What other profession would you like to try?
Wyatt: One where I can build with my own hands, work up my own sweat, take my own risks and earn my rewards for a sense of pride and accomplishment, instead of being handed something I didn’t earn and don’t want.
What is your most favorite memory?
Wyatt: Summers spent on the edge of Lake Superior, running wild in the woods. The closest thing I ever got to it again was flying my own small plane. It’s freedom. Something hard to find in a boardroom or on a city sidewalk.
What’s your favorite animal?
Beth: Stuffed. We never had pets when I was young. We had a hard enough time feeding ourselves. I’m not used to being around animals, let alone a wolfish beast of a dog that won’t let me near my husband, or a moose on a deserted hiking trail. I much prefer them sitting on a shelf with a ribbon around their neck.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Wyatt: My wife has the sexiest lingerie imaginable. Anything in lace or silk. Anything except that flannel! For now, I’m stuck in a not-so-sexy leg cast.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Wyatt: When the dialog stops so we can get to the romancing.
Beth: When the dialog starts so we can get to the real romancing!
Wyatt: How about now?
Beth: (smiling) You start. I’ll listen.
Handsome hotel heir Wyatt Marston knew all too well what people would do to succeed. His status-hungry father and stepmother were prime examples. He married Bethany believing his sweet, honest bride loved him for who he was, not what he had. When evidence paints her as a gold digger, he retreats, heartbroken, to his childhood home to prepare for a future without the woman he still desires. Where he soon finds that to make his hopes a reality, he must rely on his wife to keep what’s left of his dreams alive.
When working class Bethany married into the money that came with Wyatt Marston she was willing to do whatever it took to fit into his upscale world. But instead of being proud of her rise through the ranks of his family’s corporation, Wyatt pulled away, becoming a distant, then absent husband, more interested in her stock shares than their relationship. Determined to fight for the man she believes in, Bethany follows her heart to the middle of nowhere where a leaky tent, a surly dog and dangerous situation prove how far she’d go to keep him.
Buy the Book:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lifetime-Investment-Dana-Ransom-ebook/dp/B00O29F58W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1412603799&sr=1-1&keywords=lifetime+investment+dana+ransom Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lifetime-investment-dana-ransom/1000058835?ean=9781611945386
Nancy Gideon is the author of over 55 novels ranging from historical and contemporary suspense to dark paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays thrown into the mix. When not at the keyboard or working full time as a legal assistant, she can be found feeding her addictions for Netflix and all things fur, feather and fin, enjoying Grammy time (usually watching The Avengers) and meeting new friends and readers through her GoodReads “Nancy Gideon by Moonlight” group.
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