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, Mae Clair, and her characters from Myth and Magic. It’s a fantastic romantic suspense/Halloween-themed mystery with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Caith and Veronica.
What do you do for a living?
Veronica: I manage a corporate retreat called Stone Willow Lodge. It’s owned by Breckwood Industries and was designed as a place for business people to unwind. It’s secluded, tucked away in a wooded setting, so it’s great for getting away from the noise and clutter of everyday life. We run relaxation sessions and offer a number of outdoor activities like fishing, boating, and horseback riding. Everything was going great until some of our guests started whispering about seeing a ghost and hearing a woman sobbing. I guess that’s what happens when you convert a place that was once the site of an infamous murder.
Caith: Which is where I come in. I’m a private investigator. And yes, I’m a Breckwood . . . although the whole family thing is really complicated. Even though I hadn’t been “home” in twelve years, two of my brothers still thought I was the ideal candidate to investigate the happenings at the lodge. Kind of surprising given the rift my career choice caused with my father.
Veronica: You had other reasons for not wanting to come home.
Caith: True *shifts uncomfortably* More than I want to talk about here.
Who was your first girlfriend/boyfriend and what do you like most about them?
Veronica: *laughing* That would have to be Caith. I think I fell in love with him the first time I saw him. I must have been eight or nine and he was the boy with the funny name—Caithelden. Our friend, Trask, had to tell me how to say it: Caith-el-den.
Caith: *shrugging self-consciously* My mom named all her kids after characters from mythical legends. Mine’s from the Myth of Orlen, about a raven that retrieves the souls of the slain from battlefields.
Veronica: That doesn’t answer the question, Caith. *eyes him directly* Who was your first girlfriend?
Caith: Who do you think, Ron? It might have taken me a while, er . . . *coughs into hand* . . . over a decade to figure it out, but it was always you.
Veronica: *smiling* That’s a good answer.
What is your greatest fear?
Veronica: *inhales deeply, then looks aside at Caith* Do you want to answer that?
Caith: Wow. *now really uneasy* That’s more complicated than the family-thing. Uh . . . I’m not really sure I want to talk about it. Let’s just say it’s part of the reason I ran from Veronica and couldn’t admit I loved her until years later. It’s all tied up with our friend Trask and something that happened when we were kids. That’s the real ‘haunting’ and ‘monsters’ in the book. I’m just glad the whole thing ended in an HEA for me and Ronnie *pulls her close and kisses her*
Love and danger intertwine
AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…
Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.
THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.
After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?
Veronica’s stomach clenched as a mixture of fear and dread skittered through her. The expression in her eyes must have betrayed her unease because Morgana took her by the arm and drew her aside. Across the hall, the caterer and florist were busily consulting with the head of Morgana’s household staff. Three workers wearing black shirts that proclaimed Ghosts & Ghouls, Inc. wheeled a life-sized coffin through the front door. Having attended a number of Morgana’s Halloween parties, Veronica knew trays would be fitted inside the open lid, bearing all manner of delectable treats.
“I know my son,” Morgana said, cutting through the noise and activity. “He’s stubborn, but he’s not stupid. He isn’t going anywhere, Veronica. He may not be willing to admit it, but he’s in love with you.”
“No.” She tried to draw away. “Don’t say that.”
“It’s the truth.”
She shook her head. “Caith’s terrified of love.”
“He’s terrified of loss.”
Veronica clamped her mouth shut. Morgana was right. Even if Caith wouldn’t admit it, she knew it was the defining emotion that had driven him all of his life. The reason he’d chosen a career designed to keep others safe, the reason he’d given his son another name, the reason he still couldn’t bring himself to visit Trask’s grave.
She wet her lips. “I have to see him.”
“Give him time first,” Morgana suggested. “Stuart said he was up all night working on the case. He’s barely slept and probably isn’t thinking clearly.” She smiled encouragingly, hooking her arm through Veronica’s. “You can stay and help me decide where the band should go. And the goblins. Did I mention we’re having roving goblins?”
Veronica managed a small smile. The Ghosts & Ghouls people were pushing a series of crates through the door. Tall ones, large ones, squat ones.
“Mrs. Breckwood,” a sandy-haired worker called. “Where would you like us to put the trolls?”
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Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.
Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
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