Questions with Characters: Cale from Hart Broken

Thank you so much for joining us today! Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

Cale: Can’t people just read the book?

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

Cale: Am I being punked?
Mickey: Be nice.
C: I will when they start asking legitimate questions.
M: That is a legit question for romance readers.
C: You’ve got to be kidding me.
M: Nope.
C: Well, I don’t know…
M: Your eyes.
C: (grumbles)
M: Your smile.
C: (grumbles)
M: Your third nipple.
C: I don’t have a third nipple.
M: Shh, just sell it.

This may be a little rude, but it has to do with your story so I’m going to ask it anyway. How has being a paraplegic affected you in the romance department? Not just with you and Mickey but with women in general?

C: I’d be lying if I said people don’t notice the chair first. Even Mickey did, remember?
M: Yep, but I got over it when I realized you were filthy, stinkin’ rich.
C: Well, that was an axe to the fucking nuts.
M: Aw, come on. You thought it was funny.
C: You’re so lucky I love you, woman.

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

C: No.
M: You suck at interviews.
C: I answered the question.
M: Yep, and you sucked at it.
C: Why don’t you just take over then?
M: Hmm, that’s a good idea.
C: (rolls eyes)

Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

C: Maybe, as long as this one (nudges Mickey) isn’t around.
M: Why?
C: You know why.
M: Can’t handle us both at once, hm?
C: No, and I have zero intention of trying.
M: (smiles innocently)
C: What did you do, woman?
M: (bats eyelashes)
C: Tell me.
M: I promised Annie we’d all hang out after this interview.
C: Did you consider asking me first?
M: Nope.
C: (sighs) Where are we going?
M: Rock climbing.
C: (mutters obscenities)

If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

C: Telepathy, hands down.
M: I thought it was flight.
C: It was.
M: You said flying would be the ultimate freedom.
C: It would.
M: So?
C: (shrugs)
M: (elbows)
C: (shrugs again) So I don’t want to be free anymore, okay?
M: Wow.
C: (shifts uncomfortably)
M: Brownie points.

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

C: Incompetence.
M: Cale!
C: What? You know I can’t stand incompetent morons.
M: I do, but you can’t come out and say that.
C: It’s the truth though. Would you rather I lie?
M: No, just be a bit more tactful.
C: (grumbles)
M: Please?
C: (grumbles)
M: For me?
C: Fine. My biggest pet peeve is when adults lack common sense and behave like children. Better?

What would I love the most about you?

C: Next question.
M: Oh, don’t play coy.
C: I’m not answering that one.
M: Okay, then I will.
C: Mickey–
M: First of all, he’s the single most delicious piece of man candy ever. Anyone possessing half an eyeball can see that, right? But he’s also smart and witty and kind and sweet and–
C: Next question, damn it.

What would I hate the most about you?

C: Most people say–
M: You’re a stubborn butthead.
C: Well, that and–
M: You swear too much.
C: What is this? The Mickey show?
M: Would you care if it were?
C: Not one fucking bit.
M: You’re terrible.
C: (winks)

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

C: Yeah.
M: Did I mention you suck at this whole interview thing?
C: Yeah.
M: (shakes head)

What is your idea of a perfect day?

C: Wake up, cath into an empty water bottle, roll over and go back to sleep with my girl.
M: That’s equal parts disgusting and romantic.
C: (shrugs)
M: Where would you put the bottle of pee?
C: (shrugs)
M: Leave it on the nightstand?
C: (shrugs)
M: And how would you wash your hands?
C: (shrugs)
M: I change my mind. It’s at least three-quarters disgusting.
C: Still one-quarter romantic, hm?
M: (shrugs)

What is your greatest fear?

C: Sorry, but that’s in the NDA.

Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

C: That’s easy. Jason Bateman and I feel pretty damn thrilled about it.
M: (raises brow)
C: What? He’s hilarious.
M: Weirdo.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

C: A circus acrobat.
M: You were actually serious about that?
C: Yeah.
M: Totally picturing you in spandex and tights now.
C: Do I get a cape?
M: Yes, man-child, you get a cape.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

C: Whatever my girl wants.
M: I love you.
C: I know.
M: Even when you’re a cocky jerk.
C: I know.

What is the one food you can’t live without?

C: Primo–
M: The best artisan pizza in the city, blah, blah, blah. His favorite is prosciutto and arugula. He orders it all the time. All. The. Time. There’s a good chance we have leftovers in the fridge right now.
C: We do.
M: See?

If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

C: Some help here, Mickey?
M: Tom Selleck.
C: Seriously?
M: Or Sean Connery.
C: Seriously?
M: Yep.
C: They’re both over seventy!
M: And still so freakin’ sexy.
C: Yeah, I think we’re done with this interview…

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