Shannon here: Debut author, Stacy Monson shares insight into her characters’ romance from her Contemporary Romance, Shattered Image. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for choice of print or digital for US, digital for international. Deadline: May 30th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Stacy:
Interview with Peter & Kiera:
Good to see you both. Thanks for making time to come in for this interview on romance.
P: I’m glad to get a break from the tour so this worked out great.
K: And who doesn’t like talking about romance?
P: Most guys.
Okay, let’s get to it. Who’s the most romantic between the two of you?
(They point at each other and laugh.)
P: I’m a dork when it comes to romance so it’s definitely her.
K: When he was recording at the studio, he’d leave a glass of my favorite iced tea on my desk when I was super busy.
P: That was romantic? I was just trying to get you to notice me.
K: Oh, I noticed. Long before the tea.
P: When we’re out doing stuff, she has this way of holding my arm. Sounds weird but it’s like she’s telling the world we’re together. That’s just cool.
K: And it keeps me from falling off my heels.
Some people have “their song.” Do you two?
K: (blushing) He surprised me with it at his kick-off concert here in Minneapolis. It’s called “Hearts Entwined.”
P: (takes her hand) But it’s really “Kiera’s Song.” It was a melody that just wouldn’t get out of my head. I was working on it in the studio one Saturday morning, having a tough time getting it finished. She stopped by and ended up helping me finish it. That’s when I knew it would be “our” song. From then on it was always Kiera’s Song in my head.
K: I was going to go canoeing that day but my roommate bailed on me. Peter offered to go in her place. It was really a magical afternoon.
P: That’s when I fell for her.
So who said “I love you” first?
K: He did. But I did pretty quickly afterwards.
P: I couldn’t believe this gorgeous woman would fall for the Singing Nerd from Mable, Iowa. And I was amazed that I had the guts to tell her how I felt. When she said it back I could have done backflips across the room.
K: You can do backflips?
P: Nope, but I could have that day.
One last question. Kiera, what’s one thing Peter does that melts your heart? And Peter, same question for you.
K: Hmm. There are so many.
K: Really. There’s this one thing that he doesn’t even know he does.
P: Uh oh.
K: He looks at me in a way no one else ever has. With modeling, I was used to people looking at the outer me, the “fashion piece.” But he has always seen the real me, and he seems to like who I am inside. It turns me into a puddle every time.
P: The outside is gorgeous but it’s the inside that caught my attention. She has this huge heart. She’s funny and way smart. She’s pretty fierce about caring for the people she loves. I’m glad I’m one of them.
K: Aww, that’s sweet.
So what’s something she does that melts your heart, Peter? In a guy way, of course.
P: Man, there are so many. I can look at her all day and keep discovering new things. She has a great laugh. That was how we connected in the first place. We think the same things are funny, and when she laughs, I have to laugh.
K: (rolling her eyes) I sound like Woody Woodpecker.
P: Hey, I happen to like his laugh. And yours.
Okay, you two can argue that one out. Thanks for the interview.
(On their way out of the room)
P: Woody Woodpecker has a very famous laugh, you know. You could do worse.
K: (gives him a shove) And I will if you keep that up.
About Stacy: Stacy Monson writes stories that show an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Her current release, Shattered Image, is the first book in the Chain of Lakes series. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she is the current secretary and past president of MN-NICE, as well as the area coordinator for Minnesota. Residing in the Twin Cities, she is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, mom to two amazing kids and two wonderful in-law kids, and a very proud grandma. You can learn more about Stacy and her books at www.stacymonson.com.
About the book – Shattered Image:
Kiera Simmons’ career as a high-profile fashion model ends abruptly when a failed relationship nearly lands her in jail. Now she forges a quiet life helping teens understand their eternal value in a world saturated with the distorted messages of society.
Peter Theisen is on the fast track to everything the celebrity life promises, with every step of his meteoric rise in the music world orchestrated by his ambitious manager.
Their sweet, unexpected romance is threatened by her past and his future, a life-changing diagnosis, and financial devastation. As they struggle to find their way back to each other, and to the One who matters most, the allure of wealth and fame may jeopardize everything.
Question: What’s something someone has done for you that made your heart melt?
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