This week I am proud to present a character interview from Claire Gem’s novel “Spirits of the Heart”
But first a little about Claire and the book.
Claire Gem—Author Bio: Strong Women, Starting Over ~Redefining Romance~
Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of five titles in the genres of contemporary romance, supernatural suspense, and women’s fiction.
She also writes Author Resource guide books, and presents seminars on writing craft and marketing.
Her supernatural suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival. Her women’s fiction, The Phoenix Syndrome, won the FCRWA’s The Beacon Contest in 2014 before it was even published.
A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.
Spirits of the Heart
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The blurb: Spirits of the Heart
An addiction counselor & a security guard struggle to free two, lost spirits trapped inside an abandoned mental asylum.
Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old friend & start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend’s moved out, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard. Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past. His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability. But Laura sees her too—a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. Can they unravel the mysteries of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love—and lives—in the process?
And so to The Character interview:
- Q. What is your name and how old are you?
A. My name is Miller Stanford, and I’m 32 years old.
- Q. Do you have, or have you ever had, a nickname?
A. Yes, but I don’t like to talk about it. My baby sister, Mollie, used to call me Mills. I called her Molls. But that was before the car accident that put her in a nursing facility for the rest of her life.
- Q. Are you married?
- Q. Where were you born?
A. I was born in Chester, N.Y., a little burg about 50 miles north of New York City.
- Q. How would you describe your physical characteristics?
A. I’m six foot two, give or take, with sandy blonde hair. I guess I’m a pretty big guy, broad shouldered and muscular, and I work out a lot. I’ve been told I’m intimidating which is good, since I work as a nightime security officer.
- Q. How would you describe your personality?
A. (Chuckles.) Not as nearly intimidating as I look. I’m kind of a soft-hearted guy, if you want to know the truth.
- Q. What do you most like about yourself?
A. I like that I can find it in my heart to care about people, even people who aren’t very nice to me or have hurt me.
- Q. Do you have a trait you dislike?
A. I can be a little bull-headed, I guess. I have a bad temper, but I’ve learned to control it. You kind of have to when you carry a loaded weapon and a night stick around at work. I also cuss more than I should.
- Q. Do you generally tell the truth? If so, under what circumstances would you lie?
A. I hate liars. And I’m not about to become one anytime soon.
- Q. What hopes and ambitions do you have?
A. I pray my baby sister somehow recovers from her egregious injuries, though I know that’s probably unrealistic. I’d like to nail the promotion to Sargeant so I can keep paying for her care at the nursing facility. I’d also, someday, maybe find a little woman I could come home to, spend time with. Not looking to become a family man, though. I’ve got enough helpless women in my life I’m responsible for.
- Q. How are your relationships with your own sex, generally?
A. I get along well with other guys. My best friend, Kip, is a local fireman, and we work out almost every morning. Get along good with the guys I work with too, except for my co-worker, Roger. He’s eyeing the same promotion I am, so I suppose that’s natural.
- Q. How are your relationships with the opposite sex, generally?
A. I’m a complete dummy when it comes to women. I just lost my girlfriend of three years who wasn’t really my girl, I guess. She was just using me to fund her lifestyle until she finished college. Her moving out took me completely by surprise. Hurt a little too, but probably more my pride than anything else. I’m better off not getting too emotionally involved. It only ends up in heartache.
- Q. How would you describe your dress style?
A. Jock. When I’m not in my dress blues I have to wear for work, I’m a football jersey and gym shorts kind of guy.
- Q. What hobbies/interests do you have?
A. I love to watch baseball and wrestling.
- Q. What sports do you do, or watch?
A. I used to play football in high school. Was a star quarterback until my sister got hurt. After that I lost interest in just about everything.Mostly now I watch wrestling.
- Q. What are your favourite foods/drinks?
A. I’m a junk food junkie—McDonalds is a favorite takeout. I can make a mean gyro sandwich after a trip to the deli. I also like a Miller Light or two after work.
- Q. How would you describe your sense of humour?
A. I’m kind of a goofball, clumsy and shit, so I guess my sense of humor has to be good. If they’re going to be laughing at me, I might as well laugh with them.
- Q. How would you describe your temper?
A. Like I said, it can be quick and bad. I’ve learned to control it, though.
- Q. Do you think your author has portrayed you accurately?
A. I do. I think she made too much of my penchant for a couple of beers every night, but whatever. I’m not an alcoholic, and she knows that.
- Q. Do you think readers will like or dislike you?
A. In the beginning, they may not like me too well. But after they see the pussycat underneath the tiger stripes, I think they’ll fall in love with me—just like I hope Laura Horton does.