Today, I'm visiting with Andy and Rose, characters from R.T. Wolfe's Flying Shadows.
So tell me, how did you approach your author about your story? I'm well aware of how those like you just pop up out of nowhere
We started buzzing holes in R.T.’s head as she was writing the prequel to our book. We were small children in Black Creek Burning. So much happened to us as we grew up, it seemed only right to share our story with the Black Creek Burning fans.
“Care to share a juicy detail about yourselves that we may not otherwise know about you? Oh, come. Let's call it a little game of truth.” < Winks>
Andy: She’s the loud one. See? She’s blushing.
“Is there a talent you wish you had, but currently don't have?
Andy: I want to take a mission trip to Liberia. Is that a talent? For each tree Reed Builder’s takes down, I donate a dozen rubber trees to the war-torn country of Liberia. R.T. has a link on her website for the place I use, Treecyle. I want to see my rows and rows of trees. The people there deserve them.
Rose: Sorry, Nikki. He’s been a talker like that since he was six years old. I’m looking into sea turtles. No wait, that’s the main character in one of R.T.’s next series.
“Without getting you in to trouble, either of you....what is your biggest turn off?
Andy: Clingy, needy women who don’t know how to appreciate a classic Mustang, catching crawfish in Black Creek or singing along to Led Zeppelin or The Boss.
Rose: Sheesh. What he said.
“Biggest turn on”?
Andy: Red painted toes propped near a campfire.
Rose: The look on Andy’s face when my red painted toes are propped near a campfire.
Rose: Me first this time. Scum bag land developers who come in and tear up local reserve land for strip malls.
Andy: She’s not kidding. Mine
“Other than loved ones and the absolutely necessities, what is one thing you can't live without?”
Andy: My Maserati.
Rose: Easy, my research and action center.
“Favorite way to relax and wind down?”
Rose: Rock climbing and pounding on a heavy bag.
Andy: Weights when I can find the time.
“Where is a place you'd love to travel to?”
Andy: Again, it’s Africa. I’ll make it there someday soon.
Rose: I’ll go with, but the place I’d love to go is Alaska. I hear it is truly America the beautiful.
Rose: For the bastard antagonist in our book to get his hands on my mother.
Andy: Well, my brother and I tend to … explore on computers now and then. My biggest fear would be getting caught.
“Do you have ANY idea what your author is working on next?
I know there was a celebration because she turned in the final book in the Black Creek Series to her editor. That’s my brother, Duncan’s, book. Book 1, Black Creek Burning, went to .99c and was featured on Bookbub last Monday and she’s on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog this Friday talking about what it’s like to be married to a romance author.
“What good quality do you think you bring out in one another?”
Andy: Rose brings out the best in everyone around her. Her and her mother spend their lives helping people and animals who can’t help themselves.
Rose: Sheesh again. There is some good sex in your very near future. For years, I lived all right without Andy, but he is what makes the circle in my life complete.
“Well, I know you both are busy, so I don't want to keep you all day, but is there anything you'd like to share?”
One more thing, sure. R.T. has a new series she’s started. Detective Nickie Savage is Duncan’s conquest. (good luck with that, brother). She’ll have her own series tentatively titled the Savage Books. Book 1 comes out later this year.
Andrew Reed grew up with an instinctual need to keep an eye on his best friend. Not that Rose couldn’t take care of herself. Wild and sassy, she could hold her own in a fight, yet turn on a dime to volunteer at the local zoo or animal shelter. It wasn’t until later in life when Andy discovered his instincts were well founded.
Rosemarie Piper spent much of her life hidden from a brutal past she didn’t know she had. As the most upcoming conservation biologist in the Northeast, Rose works to find common ground with her passion to preserve nature’s creatures and the fact that the love of her life turned into a builder and land developer.
Little do either of them know their differences in life choices won’t be the only thing that works to keep them apart. When the violence from Rose’s past discovers her existence, she and Andy fight not only to keep their love together but to keep Rose alive.
Walking in the dark, Andy readjusted his tackle box. Moonlight shone on the dark ripples creeping down Black Creek. He spotted a raccoon as he crossed the bridge. Startled, the animal hissed at him. Andy stomped his foot and hissed back; he was in no mood for it.
In his peripheral vision, he saw movement Larger movement. A man? The shape disappeared as quickly as Andy imagined it. When you let yourself get this worked up, you start seeing things, he chided himself.
He needed Rose.
She would calm him down and lighten his mood, help him feel normal again. He looked at his watch and winced. What were friends for if you couldn't count on them to be there? Even at this time of night. Or morning.
* * *
Rose slept soundly in her twin bed dreaming of her favorite spot at the zoo. In the small rain forest building, she allowed a newly emerged monarch butterfly to dry its wings on her apron while sharing facts about the insect to one of two visiting young boys. The other threw pebbles into the nearby wishing pond. The sound of the small rocks plunked as they hit the stone wall before dropping into the water.
Oh, crap. She woke and sat up straight. The plunking noise came from outside, not in her head.
Heart in her throat, she ripped off her blankets and hustled across the hard floor to the window. It was still pitch-black out.
Grabbing the flashlight she always kept on the windowsill, Rose paused for moment. She shook her head assuring herself it was Andy and lifted the window. She found him with the beam as she hissed loudly, “I thought you didn’t get home until tomorrow.”
"It is tomorrow." He held up fishing poles and tackle box.
"It's not tomorrow until the sun comes up." Tugging on a pair of jeans, Rose smiled wildly to herself. This reaction she had to Andy Reed had to stop. It was not healthy.
"I've got the worms." he called. "Get down here."
R.T. Wolfe is the author of the Black Creek Series set in beautiful upstate New York. She enjoys creating diverse characters and twining them together in the midst of an intelligent mystery and a heart encompassing romance.
It’s not uncommon to find dark chocolate squares in R.T.’s candy dish, her Golden Retriever at her feet and a few caterpillars spinning their cocoons in their terrariums on her counters. R.T. loves her family, gardening, eagle-watching and can occasionally be found viewing a flyover of migrating whooping cranes.
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