Welcome to the Love’s A Beach Blog Hop!
The Love’s A Beach Blog Hop theme goes well with my current release, WHAT A GIRL WANTS, as the book takes place in Hawaii and the heroine, Maddie Saunders’ favorite quote is: “Life’s a beach and then you have sex on it.”
For the Love’s A Beach Blog Hop, I’m posting a character interview featuring, the hero and heroine from WHAT A GIRL WANTS.
I hope you enjoy this post and please feel free to ask either character a question for your chance to be entered into a draw to win one of many prizes.
Also, don’t forget to hop on over to the other blogs and enjoy the various snippets and excerpts other authors are posting for this blog hop. Link and banner for the blog hop is at the bottom of this post.
My character interview with Maddie & Alex from WHAT A GIRL WANTS
Selena: Thanks for jumping out of the book to join me today. Maddie, let’s start with you. What was your journey like in What A Girl Wants?
Maddie: The plane trip from to Hawaii was uneventful—
Alex: I have to interrupt here. Uneventful? Is that what you call it?
Maddie: Come on, Alex, even you have to admit it was classic. Besides, you laughed at the prank I pulled on you. Anyway, as for your initial question, Selena, I enjoyed the adventures you created for us, especially the humorous moments. Of course, what’s a romance without heartache, physical pain, angst and a ton of conflict?
Selena: Are you complaining about all that?
Maddie: Me? Never. I’m not a complainer, especially to my creator who has total control over my destiny. I may be a little impetuous—
Alex: A little?
Maddie: Okay, maybe more than a little. But as I told you off the pages, Alex, Selena gave me those traits. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Selena: Your turn, Alex. How would you describe was your journey in this book?
Alex: There’s no other book I’d rather have been created in, even with all the pain we both went through. Maddie’s right, the humor helped a lot, especially when it got real serious and sorrowful.
Selena: If you each had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
Maddie: You created me, Selena, what do you think? *wink* Okay, seriously, I do love my career as a travel journalist, and I’ve been to a lot of exciting locales, but coming home and staying put for a few days, sitting around in my comfy lounging pants and a certain someone’s sweatshirt I pinched from him, no make-up and hanging out with my friends, enjoying a glass of wine and chatting about our adventures is always a blast.
Selena: Alex, what’s your philosophy on life?
Alex: Live without regrets.
Maddie: Life’s a beach and then you have sex on it. Not that I’m a nymphomaniac or anything, but, after all the angst, conflict and pain and the dysfunctional family you created for me—again, it’s not a complaint, just stating a fact—I have to rely on my sense of humor and not take everything so seriously…not like someone else I know.
Selena: What scares you?
Maddie: Needles. However, what’s really scary is when you get so anal about editing and polishing and not moving forward fast enough. It wasn’t a lot of fun when you left me in a certain position for months, I got a cramp. I am eternally grateful you finally finished the scene. Good thing I have a lot of stamina and I’m a patient gal.
Alex: You, patient? Since when?
Maddie: Since now. I’m spontaneous, remember?
Selena: What about you, Alex, what scares you?
Alex: Besides the fact that sometimes I can get inside Maddie’s head and figure out what she’s thinking. Reckless cruelty, corruption, hypocrisy and knowing there are kids out there who desperately need help, but the system keeps letting them down.
Maddie: I agree with Alex. I just tend to bury those things, because some of what he said has affected my life and the people I care about. All those months in draft mode, having to deal with that, until you finally yanked the story out of draft mode, stopped editing and helped me overcome my fears.
Alex: Uhm, Maddie, you’re still petrified of needles.
Maddie: Uhm, Alex, you’re still scared of assisted showers.
Alex: I wouldn’t say scared. I think we need to move on before you give away too much of the plot.
Selena: Which of your character traits is most important to you and why? Maddie, you first.
Maddie: My persistence, spontaneity and my quirky sense of humor. I had no choice, the way my life was written, if I didn’t find the humor in it, I’d have reserved spot on a therapist’s couch for life.
Selena: What’s your biggest fault?
Maddie: My persistence, spontaneity and my quirky sense of humor. It can drive Alex crazy sometimes.
Alex: Sometimes? It caused me bodily injury, Maddie.
Maddie: Don’t blame me, I didn’t write the scene that way. Although, knowing me, I probably would have suggested that scene, but without the injury of course.
Selena: Alex, your turn. Which of your character traits is most important to you and why?
Maddie: Can I answer that for him?
Alex: Selena already knows what you’re going to say. That I’m uptight, suspicious—
Maddie: A perfectionist, a health food-freak—
Alex: Thanks for your help, Mads, but I can finish answering this question. My integrity, having and living by an ethical code of sound moral principles. I’m self-disciplined, as an investigative reporter this is essential, so I pride myself on my ability to remain focused, alert and possess a lot of self-control.
Maddie: Well, there is all that of course. However, as for your self control—
Alex: What’s your next question for me, Selena?
Selena: What’s your biggest fault?
Maddie: Can I please answer this one?
Alex: Not a chance, Doll. Disclaimer: for any women out there who takes offense to me calling Maddie doll, there’s a good reason why I sometimes call her that.
Maddie: There is, you can find out about it in chapter one.
Alex: To answer your question, Selena, I’d say my biggest fault is that I can sometimes be stubborn and moody.
Maddie: You think?
Selena: Tell our readers what your favorite foods are.
Maddie: Chocolate and bacon. Not together….at least I haven’t dipped any bacon in chocolate as of yet. Those two things are in a food group of their own and are guaranteed rocket ships to delectable cloud nine.
Alex: Food that won’t clog my arteries.
Selena: Alex, what do you admire most about Maddie?
Alex: Her persistence and sense of humor. She’s quirky, unique, self-reliant. She’s a strong woman who says out loud what most people think in their heads, this can be a problem, but I’ve gotten used to it over the years. I do admire how she hasn’t let what happened in her past define who she is today.
Maddie: Thank you, Alex, but I don’t say everything out loud that I’d like to say, for example, I haven’t told everybody that you can’t carry a tune and that when you—
Alex: I don’t think Selena wants you to give away so much of the plot.
Maddie: Well played, Alex.
Selena: Maddie, what do you admire most about Alex?
Maddie: He’s not perfect and he doesn’t wear a cape or leap off buildings, but he does have a lot of hero qualities that I admire. Namely; his integrity, loyalty and ethics. Even though I love to pull a lot of pranks on him, on the whole he’s showed a lot of patience. Don’t let that get to your head, Alex, I said on the whole, you did get cranky more than once. Now, about that self control he talked about—
Alex: Thanks for having us, Selena and big shout out to all the romance readers.
Maddie: Hugs and chocolate for everyone who enjoyed our journey in What A Girl Wants and who visited us today. Before we sign off, Selena, can I make a little request?
Maddie: Can you please hurry up with your current work in progress and not only because Alex and I make an appearance. I really do want to know what happens to the hero and heroine of that book, and of course, I’d love to wave hi to the readers who read our journey in What A Girl Wants.
Selena: I’m going as fast as I can. Now, get back into that book you two.
Maddie: Mmmm. Chapter sixteen would be a great place for us to hop back into—
Alex: One track mind.
Maddie: That’s how I roll, Babe. *laughing*
Alex: Not funny.
Maddie: Oh, come on, that was hysterical on how you earned the nickname, Babe.
Alex: Let’s get back into the book before you give away too much of the story.
Maddie: Ciao a tutti. (Maddie away with Alex, saying….”I’m getting better with a second language, aren’t I?)
Alex: Mads, they can still hear us.
Maddie: Oops, you’re right, can’t give away too much of the plot.
Selena: Nice to talk to you both again, now back in the book and try to stay out of trouble until we meet again.