Hi, Katherine Halle here. Charlie has graciously agreed to host me today. I’m here with an interview of one of the MC’s from my most recent novella, Fixing the Hole, out with Dreamspinner.
“We’re here with Riley Jones, contractor extraordinaire.”
Riley ducks his head and blushes. “Well, I don’t know about that. I mean, my business is still pretty new. But I do all right.”
“So you’ve been in the contracting business how long?”
“Hmm, just about ever since I could remember? I mean, I started doing odd jobs when I was in high school. I started my own business after I graduated from college. So, I guess four-ish years?”
“Let me ask you some of the same things I asked Steve. What’s your favorite color?”
“Red, definitely red.”
“Oh…that’s hard. Steve’s favorite is tacos. I don’t know. I really love homemade pasta, you know, like spaghetti and some crispy garlic bread? SO GOOD. But Steve makes this shrimp dish, with cream and Old Bay and turkey bacon. Seriously, one of the best things I’ve ever had in my mouth.”
“What about guilty pleasure food?”
“Mint chocolate. Hands down. Any kind. Andes Mints. Mint M&M’s, Mint Oreos, you name it, I love it.”
“So does Steve buy you a lot of that stuff?”
Riley rubs the back of his neck self-consciously. “Yeah, he’ll leave little treats in my truck, stashed in my tool belt, in my glove box, he even squirreled some away in my lunch box one day. I’m always finding mint chocolate something. He’ll deny it but he’s just a big old softie romantic. He bought me flowers on our first official date. On our second date he queued up my favorite movie on Netflix.”
“And what movie is that?”
“The Avengers. Well, really anything in the Marvel Universe, but yeah, The Avengers. Cannot wait for Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron.”
“And Steve’s favorite?”
Riley laughs. “Well, that you would have to ask him. But I’ll tell you between us, the Twilight series.” He looks around furtively and laughs again. “Really don’t tell him I said that.”
I laugh right along with him. “Okay, as long as you tell me something secret about yourself.”
Riley goes still, something I’m told is unusual for him. “I love him. Like balls to the wall, no holds barred, my heart is a goner, until I die, love him. I don’t know what I would do without him. He thinks I’m the one that fixed his heart, but really? He fixed mine.”
“Wow. And on that, I think we’ll close, because really? What better way to close then on a heartfelt love declaration like that. Thanks for being with us Riley. If anyone has any questions for Riley, go right ahead and ask, I know he’ll be happy to answer –”
“YES! Ask away, I love talking to people, as long as it’s not TOO personal,” he laughs nervously.
“You heard the man, he’s ready and waiting for your questions!”
Thank you Charlie for hosting me today! Check out Fixing the Hole from Dreamspinner.
Heavy rains and strong winds slammed an uprooted tree through Steve Crowell’s roof, leaving a gaping hole to match the one in his heart. After his ex left him for a younger man, Steve’s not sure he’s ready to handle another disaster. His best friend highly recommended the contractor, but the man’s already late, and when he shows up with his music thumping, Steve isn’t impressed—until Riley steps out of his pickup truck. Personable, gorgeous Riley talks a mile a minute, which Steve finds both ridiculously endearing and terrifying. Piecing together a heart isn’t as easy as fixing a roof, but Riley might just be the right man for the job.
I was just about to look at my watch again when I heard a pickup truck come rattling up the driveway, loud pop music blaring from the open window.
Silence reigned when the engine cut off. I watched as a wiry young man opened the door and stepped out. I looked him over and took in the muscular legs shaped by a tight pair of jeans. My gaze roved over muscles barely contained by a fitted, army green Henley, finally landing on bright green eyes set in a young face under a military-style buzz cut of brown hair.
“Hi.” The young man strode forward, his hand outstretched. “I’m Riley Jones and you must be Steven Crowell. Sorry for being late. My dad tried to convince me to make him eggs and bacon instead of the oatmeal he should be eating for his heart, and he wouldn’t let up until I promised to make him a big breakfast this weekend.”
Confused by this outpouring of information, I found myself stupidly saying, “Breakfast?”
“Yeah, my mom died when I was in junior high, so it’s been the two of us for so long that I just never moved out. I mean, I was gone during college, but then I came back, started my contracting business and it was just cheaper to live with him than get my own place. Then he had some heart trouble and if I don’t make him eat right, he’ll just eat burgers and fries or those god-awful frozen dinners all the time. And wow, sorry, I just keep talking, don’t I? Why don’t you show me what you need done, Mr. Crowell?”
Katherine Halle is known as the “Queen of Happy Endings.” She firmly believes that no matter what the obstacles, what the struggles, or how much angst is involved in the journey, that the ending should always be a happy one.
Katherine’s love of the written word started at a very early age with repeated demands of “read to me” to any who would listen. It was only natural that writing would follow. As a child, she could often be found daydreaming, thinking up fanciful stories and writing them down. Now she does it on a laptop. Much faster.
Katherine’s favorite animal is her dog. She likes books, movies, and quirky television shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hart of Dixie. She loves cooking and watching cooking shows. She has lived in both Europe and the United States and loved both. When she’s not writing or plotting, Katherine enjoys spending her time listening to music, reading books written by other people, and being with her family.