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, Nikki Lynn Barrett, and her characters from The Key To My Heart. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Blaine and Randy.
How did you first meet your writer?
BLAINE: I’ve been fairly silent in the first couple of books in this series, but in The Melody In my Head, my brother’s story, I finally convinced Writer Dearest to give me a story. She listened!
RANDY: Thank you, Nikki! It’s about time the shy guy gets the girl. * Smiles at Blaine *
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
BLAINE and RANDY share a knowing smile, then say in unison: The dialog.
BLAINE: We both have a habit of making smartass comebacks to each other. Randy always made me laugh when I needed it the most. Although I have to say, the romance is good too, considering our ending.
RANDY: That was a perfect day. I can’t believe how well I pulled that off.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
RANDY: Watch Blaine’s rear when she’s dancing. She’s a distraction. I’ll be doing something for her at the studio and then she moves…I usually run into stuff.
BLAINE: Ha! That’s what you get. Learn to multi task. * Smirks *
RANDY: I’m multi-tasking right now. I’m doing this interview and thinking about…well, never mind.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
BLAINE: I’d rewrite the drama Randy got pulled into because of a jerk in my past.
RANDY: I’d rewrite that jerk. He’d never exist. * Narrows his eyes *
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
RANDY: Since we’re part of a series, there’s plenty more of us! * Snickers * My cousin Matt gets a story in book four, Fallen Idol. Blaine and I make a few appearances, along with the rest of Baby Stetson.
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
RANDY: I let my family dictate my dreams for too long. They set big expectations on me, being the oldest and only male. I hid what I really wanted for the longest time.
What do you like most about where you live?
BLAINE: The sense of family an acceptance. Sure, small town gossip gets the best of us, but with the people that count, it’s home. I’m glad I’m back in Harmony’s Echo.
RANDY: I’m glad you’re back too. * Kisses her hand *
What word makes you the happiest?
RANDY: Music. It’s helped me grow as a person. I’m not the geeky shy teenager I used to be, and I attribute it to music.
BLAINE: Hey, you were a pretty cute shy guy. I just wish I’d paid better attention to you back then. But I most definitely love the man you’ve become.
What’s the worst/weirdest thing you did as a kid?
BLAINE: Oh we could go on and on with this subject! Avery, Jameson, Randy and I used to spend time together and I’m sure we all have different versions of our weirdest moments. There was one time Avery and I dared Jameson to try on a dress. Let’s see, one with Randy…
RANDY: There was that one time I asked another shy girl for kissing pointers in hopes I could impress Blaine one day. * Laughs *
BLAINE: Yes that one surprised me.
One dream fails, a passion burnt out…
With no set plan and a desire to find a passion, Blaine Grant hightailed it out of Harmony’s Echo a year out of high school to find herself. Finding a passion didn’t come as easily to her as it did for others she knew. Now, Blaine has come home for good with mistakes she’d like to forget, but the past doesn’t want to forget her. Everyone thought she’d been selfish to not come back when she was needed the most, but Blaine never let anyone know the emotional hell she went through.
Another dream is just beginning to see the light…
Randy Hughes has always been the shy guy until he discovered his love of music. It wasn’t until joining the band that he grew out of his shyness. The oldest sibling and the only boy, he’s pressured by family expectations to set a good example. He’s the one who takes everyone in when they need it, and he’s the one whose own dreams are ignored. Now that big things are happening for the Baby Stetson band, Randy has to decide how to handle his family when his dreams are on the line…
A friendship is changing.
One spur of the moment, impulsive move leads Randy and Blaine into a dire situation that may bring them together, or pull them apart, just when he’s finally able to gather the courage to tell Blaine how he’s felt about her all these years…
Revisit the characters you’ve come to know in small town Harmony’s Echo, as more changes settle upon them.
“Night, buddy.” He closed the door quietly and went back to the living room with Blaine. He found her leaning back, her eyelids half closed. “You look like you’re about to fall asleep.”
With a startled gasp, Blaine opened her eyes. “I guess I was.” She grinned sheepishly.
“Why don’t you take my bed tonight? The couch isn’t going to be comfortable if you have back pain. I think Marsha might have a few of her clothes here from the last time she had a fight with her husband, so I can give those to you to sleep in.”
“Kay. Thanks,” Blaine mumbled.
He’d definitely made the right call to not let her drive anywhere. Forget the change of clothes. He’d just help her to bed and let her sleep it off. “Come on, you. Let’s get you comfortable.” Randy eased Blaine to her feet, holding on so that she didn’t fall.
“I could just stay there,” Blaine protested.
“Trust me, it’s not comfortable. You’ll thank me in the morning.” Randy wrapped his arm around her and led the way to his room.
“Is that what you say to all the pretty girls?” She giggled. Yeah, she was way out of it. He could tell by the tone in her voice. Blaine was loopy.
“There’s only one pretty girl I’d ever want to say it to in that way,” he shot back, knowing full well she wouldn’t remember this conversation in the morning.
“Oh yeah? Is she cuter than I am?” Another snort. Wow, muscle relaxers had one weird ass effect on her.
“Depends on the day,” Randy teased, finally making it to the room. “Nah. You’re always the prettiest.”
“That’s not what Frederic said.” Her tone sounded sad.
Randy froze. “Who’s that?”
“The asshole I worked with. The man who ruined my life and career.”
He helped Blaine lie down. Taking off her shoes, he realized he shouldn’t ask any more questions when he knew she was out of it and didn’t really want to talk in the first place, but he couldn’t help himself.
“What did he do?”
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I’m an avid lover of books. I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember, completing my first “book” by fifth grade in one of those one subject spiral notebooks. I have a passion for music, photography, jewelry and all things creative. I live in Arizona with my husband and son, but dream of being somewhere much colder and stormier. For now, I’ll have to live that life through my characters and stick it out with the summer heat.
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