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, Elizabeth Rose, and her characters from Wrangling James. It’s a fantastic western romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with James, the hero from Wrangling James.
Thanks Jennifer for having me as a guest on your site today. With me, I’ve brought my hero from Wrangling James. His name is James Taylor – not the musician, but rather a cowboy. I’ll let him answer your questions now.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
James: “Yes, I knew it was for certain since I had five brothers before me who had their own books and have six after me waiting for theirs as well.”
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
“I’d have to say my favorite scenes are the romantic ones. Especially the one where Mindy decides to sew up my shirt, and tells me to also take off my pants so she can fix the hole in the knee as well. Actually, my favorite part is what comes right after that.”
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
“I think one thing that Elizabeth has learned is that my brothers and I all have minds of our own. We don’t have to convince her of anything, we just tell her what we’re doing next and she writes it for us.”
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
“I like to take my wife, Mindy, on a horseback ride to Thunder Lake where we have a picnic by the shore, go for a swim, and then make love back at our cabin. I also like to spend time getting to know my new daughter, Jory. She’s so cute. And I’m a cowboy, so of course I like to ride my horses.”
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
“Yes. I think it was a perfect way to get my character across, as well as let the readers see a whole different side of me. Take that however you want.” (Smile.)
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
“There is a tragedy at the end of the book involving some of my horses. I would change that for sure.”
Do you like the way the book ended?
“Like I just said, I’d change the ending where the tragedy is concerned. But as for how it ended up with Mindy and her daughter Jory – I wouldn’t change that at all.”
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
“No, because this is already a twelve book series and I have six brothers still waiting patiently for their books to be written, so I’d like them to all have a chance.”
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
“My least favorite characteristic is actually my biggest flaw. I have a hard time making decisions and can’t say no to a lady. This flaw doesn’t make me seem as manly as my twin brother, Zeb, or any of my other brothers – tho I am!”
Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?
“I always wished I was as crazy and daring as my twin brother Zeb, and that I would have stood in for him once or twice when he used to strip. Of course, I’m too shy to do anything that outrageous, but if they thought I was Zeb, it could be kind of fun.”
What do you do for a living?
“I’m a rancher, but I sold my Texas ranch and moved back to Sweet Water, Michigan, to be near my brothers. I’m a farmer now.”
What is your greatest fear?
“Not being able to please someone.”
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
“I used to sleep in the nude, but since there’s a child in the house now, I wear my briefs to bed just in case my new daughter sees me.”
What is your most prized possession?
“My horses of course.”
Who was your first girlfriend and what do you like most about them?
“If you ask my wife, Mindy, she’d say she was my first girlfriend. I knew her when we were kids, but she was a lot younger. She always did have a crush on me though. I thought she was a pain in the butt back then, but she turned out to be a real looker, plus she sews and designs clothes. She’s very talented and creative and I admire her for that. Plus she makes the best lentil soup and apple pies. You can find the recipes and photos of these dishes on Elizabeth’s website.”
Did you have a pet as a child?
“Growing up at the lake, my brothers and I had a couple dogs. My brother John who races sled dogs now, was the most attached to them. We also had horses, and those I considered my pets until I ended up moving to Texas and getting horses of my own.”
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
“I’m not sure if the women would consider it a weakness, but I’m a lover, not a fighter like my brother, Simon. I am one of the gentler brothers out of the twelve of us, and of course my siblings see that as a weakness.”
What do you think is your strongest attribute?
“I pride myself on being a hard worker. On the ranch as well as on the farm, there is always work to do. I’m very physical, and don’t sit behind a desk all day like my lawyer brother, Zeb.”
What is something no one knows about you? Why do you keep it a secret? And what would happen if everyone found out about it?
“I don’t think anyone realizes how much it still bothers me that Zeb stole Cat away from me. I was supposed to marry her. It made me feel like I was a loser. I act like it doesn’t bother me, and of course I don’t have feelings for Cat anymore and am in love with Mindy, but it is a spur under my saddle to this very day. And if any of my brothers knew how much it still bothers me, they’d rib me about it for the rest of my life, so please don’t anyone tell them.”
What do you find most appealing in women?
“I like women who are independent and think on their own, but yet still need a man to protect them and take care of them.”
What do you find most unappealing in women?
“I don’t like women who try to trick me into things, like my old girlfriend, Denise. You’ll find out more about that in the book. I like when a woman is honest with me, and doesn’t pressure me into things or decisions. I like patient women, I guess you could say.”
What do you like most about where you live?
I really miss Texas, but living on Old Man MacAllister’s farm has given me a taste of being at the ranch, so it’s fine. Sweet Water, Michigan is a small town and I like being close-knit to the people. Plus I love Thunder Lake where my brothers all have cottages – or shortly will. My Pa left us each a cabin and land on the lake in his will, but we have to be married within a year to get it.”
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
“I like getting together at my brother Levi’s diner, The Three Billy Goats, which actually has goats on the roof. He is not only a chef but the mayor of the town since he got out of jail. He put in a big screen TV in the back, and my brothers and I watch the football games and have a men’s night out once in awhile.”
What is your vivid memory of your mother and father?
“My Ma was always worrying about all twelve of us. We didn’t have a lot of money, so she would knit us scarves and hats for Christmas to make it special since my Pa didn’t believe in gifts. He was a hard-nosed preacher who spent most his time at the Twelve Apostles Church, and made us serve as altar boys even when we were in our teens. How embarrassing.”
What word makes you the happiest?
“The word, YES.”
What is your least favorite word?
“I think you know by now, the word NO, since I have a hard time saying it.”
What turns you on?
“Seeing Mindy’s ass in her tight jeans. Ooops, can I say that word in an interview?”
What turns you off?
“I really don’t like girls who have body piercings like my niece, J.D. who is Judas’s out-of-control daughter. She has purple hair, ear gauges, a nose ring, lip ring, eyebrow ring and tats everywhere. Not to mention a baby!”
What sound or noise do you love?
“I love the sound my horses make when they’re happy.”
What sound or noise do you hate?
“I really don’t like the sound of the siren on my brother Judas’s squad car. He’s the sheriff and sometimes uses the siren just to get cars out of his way so he can get places quickly even when there isn’t an emergency. That’s Judas for ya.”
What other profession would you like to try?
“Being a bronco buster always intrigued me. I’m good on a horse and had to do this with my wild horse, Lord Maximus, at one time anyway.”
What would you not like to do?
“Since I’m a new father to Mindy’s eight-year-old daughter Jordan, or Jory as she likes to be called, I’m not looking forward to disciplining her. I like to spoil girls and women, and will have a hard time telling her no to anything.”
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
“I’m a morning person. On the farm, I have to get up about four in the morning to milk the cow and feed the chickens and get the chores done. It’s a lot of work.”
What is your most favorite memory?
“I have lots of fond memories with my brothers, but what comes to mind is my crazy aunt Penelope who we call Aunt Cappy. She’s my Pa’s sister, but nothing like him at all. I think that’s where we get the troublesome gene from. She also feels as if she has to be a matchmaker to all of us, but we paid her back big time in my book, so be sure to read it.”
What’s your favorite animal?
“I love horses of all kinds. And while I’m on the gentler side where women are concerned, I don’t mind when a woman acts like an animal in the bedroom. Damn, I probably shouldn’t have just said that, huh?”
Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo, what would it be and where? If not, what if you had to?
“My brother, Simon, has a big anchor tatoo with a heart on it on his arm. He got that in the Navy. When he got married, he put his wife, Pippa’s name on it. I thought that was a nice gesture. I’m not really the kind of person who’d get a tatoo, but if I did, I’d probably get a horse on my upper arm. Oh, and I’d add Mindy’s name to it to make her happy. Wait a second, now that I think about that, maybe not. Mindy might not like her name attached to a horse. Scrap that idea. I just wouldn’t get one. Or if I did, I’d have to think about it for awhile. I don’t make snap decisions.”
What do you admire about your parents?
“Both my parents are deceased. But my mother was an angel to put up with my father who was a preacher and more or less a son-of-a-bitch. I admire my mother’s patience and my father’s dreams of someday having all his twelve sons – his apostles (we were named after them) to follow in his footsteps. Of course we didn’t end up doing that, and we basically were nothing but trouble. That’s why he called us his Tarnished Saints.”
What’s the worst/weirdest thing you did as a kid?
“I know I probably sound boring, but I feel I wasn’t that bad of a kid at all. My brothers, on the other hand, were always causing some kind of trouble. Especially Judas, like when he turned in Levi for tax evasion and it sent him to prison for years. He was such a snitch. But as kids, my brother Levi drank, and Simon liked to get into fistfights. And of course Zeb stripped, and Andrew burned down the church’s manger with one of Judas’s cigarettes.
Elizabeth has written a prequel where you can see all these events when we were kids. It’s called the Tarnished Saints’ Christmas Prequel and it is FREE, so be sure to pick up a copy. And thanks for having me here today, it was the first time I’ve done something like this, and it wasn’t all that bad, I have to say.”
James grabbed his shirt and walked into the house behind Mindy. He threw the shirt over the back of the chair and went to wash up. She picked it up, realizing there was a tear at the seam, and quickly went over to her sewing machine to fix it.
“What are you doing?” He stood in the doorway of the bedroom a few minutes later looking at her.
“I fixed your shirt.” She walked over and handed it to him, and noticed he was wearing the jeans with the rip in them again. “Take off those pants too.”
“What?” His eyes locked with hers and she saw a hunger within them that had nothing to do with food.
“I’ll sew up the rip really quick before we eat.”
“Oh.” He reached to his belt buckle and unclasped it, then undid the snap at the top of his jeans. Her eyes were riveted now on his crotch and he didn’t miss it either. “It’s not every girl who can get me to drop my pants so easily,” he said, looking up with a mischievous grin on his face.
He reached down and pulled at the zipper slowly, and she felt her heart beating against her ribs. She felt like a child opening a Christmas present, excited to see what was inside. But this time, she was far from a child, and this present was only for adults. He dropped his pants to the floor and stepped out of them, standing there now in only a pair of very tight red briefs.
“It takes a confident man to wear tight red briefs,” she said, wetting her lips with her tongue since she could barely swallow, her mouth was so dry.
“It takes a confident woman to point that out as well.”
Buy the Book:
Tarnished Saints Christmas Prequel – Free – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NMX93BY
Wrangling James – Book 6 – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PMD5A5U
Elizabeth Rose is the author of over 35 books. She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romance. Some of her books have been seen on the History Channel as well as been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and been a finalist in the Sapphire Awards.
Some of her series books include: Tarnished Saints Series, Legacy of the Blade Series, Daughters of the Dagger Series, Greek Myth Fantasy Series and the Elemental Series. She has recently started publishing Old West short stories, and The Bounty Hunter has been consistently in the Amazon top 50 best sellers for Westerns.
Connect with Elizabeth:
Elizabeth’s Website: http://elizabethrosenovels.com
You can find her on facebook at Elizabeth Rose – Author (don’t forget the dash) or follow her on Twitter @ElizRoseNovels.
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!