**AUTHOR PEEK** Character Interview with T.J. KLINE
Editor’s Note: We met author, T.J. Kline in a previous blog (12/29/14), so I thought you might enjoy meeting T.J.’s heroine this time.
INTRODUCING…Jennifer Findley, Character from RUNAWAY COWBOY, by T.J. Kline.
1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Jennifer Findley but my brothers and friends call me Jen.
2. Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you call home?
I was born and raised on a ranch in Northern California. We travel a lot as stock contractors for rodeo but the ranch is always home.
3. What is one strong memory that has stuck with you from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
I guess being a teen at the time it happened would still count as “childhood,” but the death of my parents. They were killed in a car accident traveling home from a rodeo. I had to grow up quickly, too quickly, to take care of my brothers. Ever since then, as much as I love the rodeos, the traveling makes me nervous.
4. You’re getting ready for a night out. Where are you going? What do you wear? Who will you be with?
I’d throw on my best pair of Miss Me jeans, the ones that make my butt look spectacular and this black shirt I have. It’s fitted in all the right places with slits down the sleeves from my shoulder to my wrist. Of course, I’m heading out to dance. That’s just one of my favorite things to do. Sometimes Scott tags along but he’s so serious these days that it’s more fun to go out alone or with one of my girlfriends.
5. Where do you go when you’re angry? What do you do there?
There’s this pond on our property. My brothers both used it as a make-out spot, probably still do, but when I’m really stressed or angry, it’s the first place I head. It’s quiet and I can sit under the trees, let my feet dangle into the water. My dad took me there a lot when I was little so I guess I can feel him there, like it’s the one place I can still be close to him.
6. Have you been in love? Had a broken heart? Who was it and what happened.
Without giving away all the details, yes. Clay was the first man I fell completely, hopelessly in love with. And the first man to break my heart. After finding the man I thought was my soulmate, he proposed to me. The next morning I found myself alone in bed with a ring on my finger and no fiancé to be found. He disappeared.
7. What is your biggest fear? Who have you told this to? Who would you never tell this to? Why?
My biggest fear is losing the people I love. My brothers both know and my “adoptive father,” Mike knows but it’s not hard to figure out. I lost my parents, I lost the man I loved, both without any warning. The people I love mean everything to me and I would do anything to protect them. Clay knew this but left anyway. I would never tell him that he was included in that group again.
8. If you had to make a meal for me right now with only the ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry, what would you make me?
I guess that would depend on what meal you wanted. I could whip you up some mean pancakes, with whipped cream and chocolate chips. Man, I love chocolate! For lunch, I’ve got plenty of sandwich fixings and dinner would be either a mouth-watering burger or, if you want a good meal, I could throw a steak on the grill with my famous potato salad and sweet dinner rolls. Silvie, our housekeeper, raised me right. I can make almost anything from scratch, if I have to, but I know that while the way to most people is through their heart, but their stomach is the gateway to that path.
9. Look down. Describe what you’re wearing. Is this the way you’re normally dressed? If not, what do you normally wear?
I’m wearing a pair of dusty jeans, old cowboy boots and a t-shirt with a ball cap on. It’s my usual “uniform.” Most days I’m either in my office doing paperwork for the company or out helping one of the guys with the animals. It’s a dirty job but I love it.
10. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?
The one thing I want is the marriage I was supposed to have. Clay and I had talked about starting a family right away. I thought we were happy. And then, I woke and found out it was all a dream, an illusion. Since I haven’t spoken to Clay in the last five years, although he has been in touch with my brother, I can only assume what we had was only in my imagination. He doesn’t want me and I refuse to chase a man who’d rather run.
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