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Friday, October 28, 2011
Dr. Mattias Saunders' Turn. Hot Hero Interview. Chance to Win!
Welcome! You’ve arrived just in time. Why? It’s day two of my Character Blowout. For those of you unfamiliar with this blog event, it’s sort of like The Newlywed Game. I grill the heroine from some of your favorite romance novels on Thursday. Friday, the hero swings over and answers similar questions. It’s too much fun to see how well they know one another.
This week it’s my pleasure to have the hero and heroine from AJ Nuest’s, Jezebel’s Wish here to join me. Yesterday, I interviewed Jezebel (AKA-Jezzy). Today, her man, Dr. Mattias Saunders. I’ll put snippets of Jezebel’s answers alongside Mattias’s today but I strongly urge you to check out Izabel’s Interview to really ‘hear’ her voice.
Naw, forget it. I mean still check out Izzy’s interview if you want but I pretty much put her full answers in this post. These characters really are just SO fantastic. You need to read what they had to say right alongside each other. AJ Nuest is very good at what she does!
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Are you ready for the interview? I know I am! Here goes…
SKY: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Mattias.
MATTIAS: I’m a horse vet by profession. And I guess most would describe me as the outdoorsy type. I’ve been told I’m fairly intuitive, but I credit that to working with animals. A person has to read signs fairly well when dealing with creatures that can’t communicate.
(Jezzy’s response… I grew up in Northern Wisconsin, and after graduating high school I left for a more metropolitan life in Chicago. *Jezzy smiles, shrugging* I guess I never really considered myself a country bumpkin, even though now I know better. Anyway, after the accident, returning home seemed like the obvious choice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I got here I realized I’d just made another mistake…in a long list of horrible mistakes.)
SKY: Remembering the moment you first laid eyes on Jezzy, what thoughts come to mind?
MATTIAS: *Matty quirks up one side of his mouth, a deep dimple denting his cheek* I thought, well, what have we here? This pretty, little hellcat looks like she’s in a world of hurt. Jezzy was like a caged animal when we first met, all fierce growls and snapping teeth. And I knew right away she didn’t belong in that cage. My first instincts told me I better find the key and let her out before she tried chewing through the bars.
(Jezzy’s response… *Jezzy chuckles softly and rolls her eyes* First impressions can be so deceiving, can’t they? Most of what I saw in Matty that first time came from my own, distorted perspective. Terror was my best friend back in those days. *Jezzy shakes her head at the ground* My first thought was RUN, as fast as you can, because you never know what this mountain of a man is carrying in that duffle bag. This thought was quickly followed by, what a pompous ass.)
SKY: Ooooh, I can see the sparks flying already! *grins* She has one trait you adored from the start. What is it? Hands down, she appreciates one of your traits…what do you think that is?
MATTIAS: *Matty grins and crosses his arms, easing back in the chair* Now Ms. Purington, Jezzy told me herself she couldn’t stand being near me in the beginning, which was fine. I didn’t exactly make things easy for her. Besides, she couldn’t stand anyone at the time, including herself. As for me? I liked Jezzy’s spunk, and the fact that she didn’t take any guff. This told me I wasn’t too late, and she was stronger than she realized.
(Jezzy’s response… *Jezzy sit up tall and smiles brightly* He does? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. That’s so totally Matty. I can’t imagine what he saw in me. I was such a mess. *Jezzy squints at the ceiling* Hmmm… Quite honestly? I didn’t adore anything about Matty in the beginning. He annoyed the heck out of me. But…if I had to pick one thing, I guess I would choose that he annoyed the heck out of me. If it wasn’t for that, he probably never would have gotten close enough to break through my defenses. *Jezzy clears her throat* Well, that plus those dimples of his. A woman would have to be insane not to notice those.)
SKY: She has one trait you’d change if you could. What is it? You figure there’s probably a trait she might want to change about you… care to share?
MATTIAS: I spent months convincing Jezzy she’s perfect the way she is. Why would I ever go back and try to change her? That sounds like something Jeffrey would do. And I can’t imagine Jezzy ever asking me to change, but if she did, I would. Because keeping her happy is my top priority.
(Jezzy’s response… *Jezzy stares blankly at Sky, and then blinks* I can’t for the life of me think of one thing I would change about Matty. Honestly. Not one thing. As for changing me? Matty would probably say I’m too hard on myself.)
SKY: So sweet! What is the single most romantic thing you’ve done for her?
MATTIAS: I introduced her to The Reverend. Not sure if that’s what you’re going for here, but overall her relationship with that horse is what started the healing process, and that was the best gift I could give her.
(Izzy’s response… Easy. Matty believed in me from the beginning. He never gave up on me, no matter what kind of grief I threw in his face.)
SKY: She has a feature that draws your eye every time. Care to share? She can’t stare at you enough… but where is she staring? Now’s the time to gloat about your thick head of hair. *Sky sniggers* Truth! Do you think it’s your eyes? Chest? Etc.
MATTIAS: *Matty shakes his head, a devilish gleam in his eye* Everything about Jezzy draws my attention, but I would have to say that feisty attitude of hers definitely keeps things interesting. And I like her lips, preferably pressed to mine so she can’t argue with me. As for Jezzy…can’t say I rightly know. Although…she does comb her fingers through my hair a lot, so maybe you’re right. I’ll go with hair. But then again, we pretty much have our hands all over each other, so it’s kinda hard to say.
(Jezzy’s response… *Jezzy smiles wickedly* His arms. Matty is so strong, both physically and emotionally. He literally sweeps me off my feet. I love that…or wait, maybe it’s his eyes. They’re so incredibly blue, you know? And I love his hair, and the stubble on his cheeks. And the way he… *Jezzy abruptly stops* Whoa, sorry. Got caught up in the visuals there for a second. As for Matty? Hmmm… He’s confessed that my lips hold a certain fascination for him. *Jezzy twitches an eyebrow* I’m betting he’ll admit the way I use my mouth has his full attention.)
SKY: Sighs. Swoons. These two…. *Sky stares off dreamily*….. I’m back! Sort of. Okay, how do you think Jezzy would answer the following… Our favorite thing to do together is…?
MATTIAS: *A deep chuckle rumbles in Matty’s chest* Shower?
(Jezzy’s response… *Jezzy sputters and her cheeks pink* Um….ride?)
SKY: Wow! *steamy* You see why I had to put these answers alongside one another? You and Jezzy don’t see eye to eye on what issue?
MATTIAS: Now we agree on pretty much everything. But in the beginning, I’d have to say Jezzy’s past was a big issue. I didn’t see any sense in her torturing herself over something that was never her fault in the first place. It gnaws at my gut how Jeffrey had her all mixed up. She’s worth way more than that jerk ever gave her credit for. In my opinion, he wasn’t a man in the true sense of the word.
(Jezzy’s response… My past. Matty has always believed I’m not to blame for anything that happened. Bless his heart, he sees the best in me, regardless of the mistakes I’ve made.)
SKY: She said one thing to you that you’ll never forget. What was it?
MATTIAS: *Matty grins* Her exact words were, “I swear to God, you will stop at nothing to annoy the shit out of me.” Hearing those words from her solidified everything between us.
(Jezzy’s response… “Are you lost?” That was the first thing Matty ever said to me, and at the time, he had no idea how incredibly perceptive that question really was.)
Absolutely wonderful interview! I loved every minute of it. What fantastic characters and an equally fantastic book. Don’t forget to take a minute to comment for a chance to win a free Ecopy of this fantastic novel!
Thanks so much for joining us. Be sure to pop back in to A Writer’s Mind over the next three days as I throw a little Halloween bash ending in a grand prize of three Ebooks from my backlist. Includes a chance to win my upcoming ‘ghost hunter’ romance novel. The topic? True stories about the paranormal activity that has happened in my Victorian home over the past ten years.
Award-winning New Hampshire native, Sky Purington writes a cross genre of paranormal/fantasy romance heavily influenced by history. From Irish Druids to Scottish Highlanders many of her novels possess strong Celtic elements. More recently, her vampire stories take the reader to medieval England and ancient Italy. Make no mistake, in each and every tale told you'll travel back to another time and revisit the romanticism history holds at its heart. Sky welcomes feedback from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington.com.
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