Shannon here: Contemporary Romance author, Valerie Comer shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest release, Memories of Mist. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: August 5th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Valerie:
Today we’re interviewing Adriana Diaz, a widowed mother of two, and Myles Sheridan, a second grade teacher. Shhh… don’t tell them they’re both starring in Memories of Mist!
- Are you open to your own romance?
Adriana: No. My firefighter husband, Stephan, died not quite five years ago in the line of duty. No one could measure up to him, and I’m keeping busy with my kids, Sam, age eight, and Violet, age seven. I’m president of the PTA and stay active in the church and community. My life is full.
Myles: No. I value peace and quiet, and I don’t really like change.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
Adriana: Funny question, since I said I’m not looking! But he’d have to be bold and strong. A take-charge kind of man, you know?
Myles: She’d have to be peaceful, as I avoid conflict. I don’t mean mousy or weak. Just someone who’s quiet.
- Where is the best place you can think of to find a mate?
Adriana: in the church, definitely. My faith is all that held me together after Stephan’s death, and my church family has been there for Sam and Violet, too.
- Where is the worst place you can think of to find a mate?
Myles: At school. The only thing I can think of that’s worse than dating another teacher would be dating the mother of one of my students. Talk about awkward.
- What type of character traits are you attracted to?
Adriana: I’m an extrovert, and so was Stephan. I find spending time with friends to be invigorating, so I’d want to share that with a potential mate.
- What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way?
Myles: Gossip would be a big one.
- What would be a reason to end a potential romance for you?
Myles: Hmm. That’s hard. I’d like to think I’d be a good enough judge of character not to get involved with someone unsuitable in the first place. So, I guess I’d have to say, secrets. If I found out she’d hidden things from me or pretended to be an expert in something she wasn’t. That kind of thing.
Adriana: The man would need to bond with my kids, not just tolerate them, and Violet can be… shall we say, challenging? If he was unwilling or unable to step in for her and Sam, I’d have to walk away to protect them, even if I were hurt in the process.
About Valerie: Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.
Valerie is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner. She writes engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith laced with humor into her green clean romances. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Memories of Mist: Single mom Adriana Diaz isn’t about to let the new teacher derail the PTA’s hard work in securing a greenhouse and garden area for Bridgeview Elementary School, but taking matters into her own hands turns awkward when she realizes her attraction to the teacher.
Pro-level conflict-avoider Myles Sheridan finds himself against an entire community with his reluctance to incorporate gardening into his classes. The only thing that could make his situation worse is falling in love with the ringleader, whose child is his most difficult student and whose husband had died a hero.
How can Myles compete with the man from Adriana’s memories? He’s not the material champions are made of. Or is he?
Question For Readers: Who was your favorite teacher? What subject did he or she teach? Tell a little about the impact your favorite teacher made on you.
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