Hellooo, Xavier! Thanks so much for joining us today!! Give us a quick rundown of your story and the role you play.
Thanks for having me. It’s basically the story of how Annabelle and I meet, it’s the start of our journey together, and it’s a pretty rocky start. I kind of accuse her of slaughtering her family *squirms uncomfortably* so its pretty hard to work my way into her good graces after that. I do manage it but only after making things a hundred times worse and almost getting her killed. I think we better move on to the next question before I convince her that dating me is a bad idea.
What surprised you the most about being the main hunk in a romantic suspense novel?
I have to balance my love life with my cop life, and the two cross paths. Often. Makes building a relationship pretty tricky when sometimes it’s hard enough just to keep your girl alive.
I don’t know if you’ve been following the media recently, but you were voted the People’s Choice out of all the Count to Ten heroes. What are your feelings about this? And how do you deal with jealousy from the other male characters?
Hahaha! I think its funny, and kind of cool, makes all those hours at the gym worth it, and Belle thinks it’s pretty awesome, even if she’s too embarrassed to say it out loud. Ryan and Jack keep pestering Jane to take me out of the equation and give them a chance to win. Ryan didn’t say anything but I noticed he’s been spending some time on his hair lately, and Jack stopped snacking on Oreos all day long. *shakes head in amusement*
If they did a film adaptation of the book, who would be cast to play you? Who would be cast to play Annabelle?
Stephen Amell for me, Arrow is my favorite show so that would be kind of cool to see him playing me. And Emma Watson for Annabelle, she kind of has that sweet but strong vibe, just like Belle.
Hi Carol! Thank you so much for being here today and answering some questions for us!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a Lyft driver. When I’m not driving, I’m walking my Chihuahua mutt who needs a surprising amount of exercise. If I didn’t have him, I’d be on my butt far too many hours a day.
When did you start writing?
I saw that you won the 1st place Golden Heart award from RWA. Congratulations!- Can you tell us more about the award itself and how did it feel when you found out you won? Were you jumping up and down like crazy?
Winning was a surreal moment, for sure. RWA does an incredible job at their annual meetings – this one was in Chicago, with a big decorated ballroom, everybody dressed to impress. All the finalists had to sit near the front and I was allowed two friends to surround myself with, thank God. It’s like the Academy Awards for Romance.
When I heard my name, I didn’t believe it. But I could tell from my friends’ reaction that it was true. Walking up the stairs to the stage, all I was hoping was that I wouldn’t trip over my own feet. When I arrived at the microphone, I went blank so I rattled off the RWA affiliates in Colorado I belonged to, hoping that my friends wouldn’t feel slighted. I was in a critique group which had helped me hone my craft. The rest of the evening, I don’t remember… it went by so fast. I do remember calling my husband and three kids who were 11 and 8 (twins) at the time, and they were very excited.
Melissa Abigail was born in the southern U.S.A. to South American parents, lived in the borough of Brooklyn, N.Y., and was raised in the humble suburbs of southern Ontario. A citizen of the world, she’s managed to fit in nowhere in particular but everywhere at the same time. A lifelong writer, creator and artist, she embraces thought-provoking ideas and diversity in film, fiction & life.
Haruna felt a small amount of relief bubble to the surface. They were going to finish it after all. But best of all, Ryu had good ideas. Great ideas. She rested her chin in her hands and watched him thoughtfully as he looked into his copy of the Merchant of Venice. She laughed to herself, and he glanced at her with raised eyebrows.
“I was just thinking—you’re really good at this, Ryu. You’re like a natural philosopher.”
“Is that a compliment?” Ryu asked in a flat tone that matched his look of scepticism.
“I just didn’t know you had it in you is all. Why do you act like someone who doesn’t care about school when you’re this smart?”
Ryu sighed, then bobbed his shoulders.
“Because I don’t care about school. What’s the point? Why do we do anything? What motivates us? What motivates you? Besides grades, of course.”
“Well what motivates you? Are you going to say ‘nothing?’”
“I never said nothing motivates me. Just school isn’t the most important thing, that’s all.”
“Then tell me. What’s most important?”
Ryu paused. His mouth lolled open. His eyes glazed over.