Sunday, March 28, 2010

Character Interview & Book Giveaway - Reservations for Two

Joining us today is Maggie O’Brien, the heroine from Reservations for Two. I had to travel all the way to Mason Springs, New Mexico, and then hike up a mountain just to find Maggie so I could interview her. And sadly I have to admit she’s in much better shape than I am. She could put the Energizer Bunny to shame.

Anne spots Maggie on the trail ahead, taking in the beauty of the valley below, and pauses to catch her breath. The sixty-two year old woman with salt and pepper hair and small build looks like she just took a stroll through a garden instead of up a mountain.

[Maggie] You look like you could use some oxygen there, kiddo.

*Anne makes a face at her. She’s still trying to catch her breath*.

*Maggie saunters over and takes a seat on a nearby log.* Are you sure you’re okay?

[Anne] I’m fine. We couldn’t have done this down at the inn? *her voice still a tad shaky*

*Maggie grinned* I suppose we could of, but then you would have missed this. *She makes a sweeping motion with her hands*

*Anne cautiously gazed over the side of the cliff and over the tops of huge aspens and conifers to the spectacular view of the valley below* So is this why you traveled all the way from Nebraska on a bus?

*Maggie shrugs a shoulder* These trails hold some very fond memories of when Joe and I spent our honeymoon here, so I guess you could say I came here to find closure.

[Anne] I know you and Joe were very close, but it’s hard to picture the two of you together.

*Maggie laughs* I wasn’t your typical pastor’s wife. Nor was I a very good missionary…at least not as good as Joe.

[Anne] You spent nineteen years in the mission field, right?

[Maggie] That’s right. We met in Brazil, corresponded a while, married here in the states, and then I moved there. We also lived in Africa. Can you tell I like to travel?

[Anne] What brought you back to the United States?

[Maggie] After Joe’s dad passed on the church where he served offered Joe the pastoral position.

[Anne] Do you ever miss serving in the mission field?

[Maggie] I miss the traveling the most. I’ve always wanted to visit other countries, learn the different cultures, and see how the rest of the world lives.

[Anne] You recently met someone who also likes to travel, would you care to enlighten us about him. According to Joann, down at the inn, the two of you have been spending a lot of time together.

*Maggie blushes* Joann needs to mind her own business.

[Anne] Oh come on. I traveled a long ways to get the scoop on you and Carson. Now give.

[Maggie] Carson’s okay I guess. I’m not really in the market for another husband though. We’re just friends, with similar interests, spending part of our vacations together. That’s all. Besides, even I did care for him…which I don’t…my kids would have a conniption fit. They’re under the impression I’m going senile or something. They’re always harping on me to move closer to them so they can keep an eye on me. I swear, you’d think I was standing at death’s door or something the way they carry on sometimes.

[Anne] Wouldn’t you want to live closer so you can spend time with your grandchildren?

[Maggie] I can spend time with my grandchildren without living next door…or in the same house with them. Now that I’m retired I plan to do that as often as I can. When I’m not traveling that is.

[Anne] So you’re really serious about recapturing your dream of seeing the world?

[Maggie] You bet I am. I’m in the prime of my life here.

[Anne] So will Carson be joining you on this journey of yours?

[Maggie] Good heavens, give me a break, I just met the man. Not only that, but he doesn’t really strike me as much of an adventurer…if you know what I mean. He’s more the type to live out his retirement on the golf course.

[Anne] But he has a motor home, so he must like to travel.

[Maggie] That’s true, I guess. He did agree to go hiking with me.

*Anne peers over the edge of the mountain again, wondering how’s she’s going to get down without breaking her neck* If he’s agreed to go hiking with you I’d say he’s an adventurer.

*Maggie grins* We’ll see about that.

[Anne] So how’d the two of you meet anyway?

[Maggie] I was rollerblading up town and had a bit of a mishap and he sort of came to my rescue.

[Anne] You’re being awful vague, Maggie. What sort of mishap? Was anything broken…did anyone get hurt?

[Maggie] Of course not, I’m a better skater than that. I’ve been rollerblading with my grandchildren for years. Is this interview about over? I promised Carson we’d go out tonight and I want to get in a few more miles before heading back to the inn. You could join me, if you want.

*Anne considers the invitation only briefly* No thanks. I don’t mind hiking, but I don’t care too much for heights. So you and Carson are going out tonight?

*Maggie stands up and slips on her daypack* Yeah. He wouldn’t tell me where we’re going though. He said it was a surprise.

[Anne] Well I better let you get back to your hike then. I wouldn’t want you to be late for your date on account of me. You two have fun.

*Maggie blushes* Oh I’m sure we will. He comes up with some of the best surprises.

What sort of surprise do you reckon Carson has in store for Maggie? If you want to find out, all you have to do is comment. I’ll be giving away a free download of Reservations for Two to one lucky person. The drawing will take place Sunday afternoon. And don’t forget the grand prize drawing coming up midweek. The winners will be notified on Thursday. Please be sure to leave your email address or some way I can get hold of you if your name is drawn.


s7anna said...

Maggie's a new author for me and I'm going to have to go on a hunt for her books that for sure. I think it's fascinating that she has all those years in missionary work - there must have been so many things both good and sad that she's experienced...


Anne Patrick said...

Sorry for the confusion, Anna. Maggie is the main character in the book Reservations for Two.

And, no, I'm not crazy; my characters really do talk to me, although, I normally don't talk to them. I just listen as they tell me their stories.

Maggie was inspired by some very special ladies I know.

EA said...

What a fun interview. Loved the interactions and the exchanges. I hope Reservations for Two charms readers as much as Maggie does. :)

Miss Mae said...

What's the surprise Carson has? Hmm, is he taking her to a fair where they'll both ride through the Tunnel of Love? This sounds like such a wild and crazy book, so I have NO idea what might happen! LOL

Gail Pallotta said...

What an interesting interview. I imagine the immediate surprise might be some type trip or adventure, but I bet eventually he has a marriage proposal in mind.

Anne Patrick said...

Thanks ladies! The Tunnel of Love. Humm I didn't think of that one.

I'll give you a hint. Since Maggie isn't really the 'movie & dinner' type of gal, Carson has to be pretty creative in sweeping her off her feet. Gail was much closer.:-)

Laurean Brooks said...

Refreshing and unique is how I describe this interview. Anne, this was wonderful.

Of all your wonderful books, this one is the one I'm drawn to the most. Put me in for the drawing!

BTW, did you make it down the mountain without a tumble? hee-hee.

Anne Patrick said...

Hi Laurie,
No tumble, thank goodness. It was a lot easier coming down than it was going up. Whew! I really need to lay off those sweets :-)

Crystal Ennis said...

Fantastic interview, Anne. Very creative. Maggie sounds like a fun character to write, and you do such a good job of bringing them to life in the pages of your books.

I may have asked you this before, but have you ever considered doing a series?

Anne Patrick said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments, Crystal!

Actually I do have a series in mind for my July release, Fire and Ash. The Emerald Point Series with Fire Investagator, Sadie McGregor. Sadie was a hoot to write too! Right now the series is just in the idea stage, nothing concrete.

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Maggie and Anne,
Fun interview. And while I used to do lots of hiking I now must limit myself to short strolls. I know that out of breath feeling. LOL
Definitely curious about what Carson might be up to.

Pam Franklin said...

I'm more into suspense but this sounds like a fun read. Please enter me in your drawing.

Danielle Thorne said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, Anne. I think we all could use a nice day hike with a tough woman like that--especially with the weather warming up!

Anne Patrick said...

Thanks for your comments ladies. Today would have great day to go hiking. I just love Spring.

mbreakfield said...

Carson will surprise her with a trip to a romantic B&B.

Bev said...

How about a hot air balloon ride? Now that would be an adventure!