Character Interview of Cody Morning Star and Kid Kane from Heather Long’s Fevered Hearts series
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Today wolf shifter , Cody Morning Star, and Kid Kane, step forward in time to share a little about themselves and their story. Thank you for joining me today.
Can you tell our readers a little about yourselves?
Kid: What he means to say is that we’re both field hands, working on my father’s ranch.
Kid: Or I should say that I work for my father, Cody does his own thing.
So, Cody is a little independent then. Okay. Can you give a couple of random thoughts about yourselves, something that will surprise your readers.
Kid: I’m smart and good-looking.
Cody: He’s annoying and a bit of a man whore.
And you’re both pretty blunt. Friends, though, right?
Can you share something about your daily life before the upheaval to your life in this story?
Kid: I handled jobs for my father.
Cody: What he said.
Okay, that’s simple enough.
What upset your ordinary world and brought you into contact/conflict with Mariska?
Kid: We rescued her clan from an attack.
Cody: Then she poisoned him and her clan left her for us to punish.
Hmmm, not a really good start.
What was your immediate reaction to Mariska? What did you first think of her?
Kid: Hot-tempered, beautiful.
Cody: Stubborn. Willful. Dangerous.
She sounds like just the woman to challenge you both.
Were you annoyed that Mariska got in the way of you obtaining your goal?
Kid: I think she was doing what she thought was best and she didn’t really mean any harm by it.
Cody: Annoyed is a mild word.
A bit of a difference of opinion then.
What were some of the headaches/trials you faced in dealing with Mariska?
Kid: Yeah, I am not going to touch that one, because he’ll kill me.
Uh-oh. Okay, we’ll let that question go.
Were there other people who interfered in reaching your goal?
Did you feel an immediate attraction to Mariska? Or an immediate resistance to her?
Kid: Nope. Not a bit.
Cody: She attacked us. It made it hard to like her. But she was always beautiful and proud and magnificent…
Sort of a combination attraction/resistance then.
Who made the first compromise to attempt peace in your relationship?
Kid: That would be me, I gave them time to make peace
Kid: He isn’t disagreeing.
All right. So, when did the heat between you and Mariska first start firing up? Did that complicate reaching your goal?
Kid: From the first time he set eyes on her, she made him angry, he made her furious. It was a match made in hell.
Kid: Again, I’ll point out he didn’t disagree, he just punched me.
Sometimes he is a man more of action than words, I see.
What led to the moment when you thought everything was lost between you two?
Cody: I never thought it was lost…I just had to find the right way back.
Ah, I see, maybe. But you managed to make things work between you after some ups and downs. Would you go through all of that again?
Kid: It saved his soul. As much as I could have wished that it hadn’t cost so much, it saved his soul. Yes. We’d both do it again.
Great. Thanks so much for stopping in today and sharing a little about your story. Now you can sit back and relax while I talk some with your author, Heather Long.
Heather, what drives you to be a writer?
I can’t not write. Writing is like a drug for me. I wake up with stories in my head, I hear them when I’m driving, they form while I’m working…I have to write.
I totally understand.
What do you do to get away from the stress of writing?
Writing isn’t stressful for me. Everything associated with writing can be including contracts, submitting, blog tours, marketing and stuff. But the writing…the writing is what soothes me and keeps me going. Every day I wake up and write is a good day.
I agree. Dealing with everything beyond the actual writing can be stressful at times. A price we pay as writers to do what we love.
Do you use a pen name?
Nope. I get the reasoning for some, but I haven’t found the need or desire for one yet.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
Everywhere. I can find it watching two people at the grocery store, standing in line at Starbuck’s, in the lyric of a song or even in an off the cuff remark in a television show.
True, inspiration for stories is all around us.
Do you have a regular writing process?
I get up at 4 every morning, let the dogs out and make coffee, then we head out to the garage and I boot up my laptop and write for the next two to three hours. It’s my quiet time, it’s early, it’s fresh and it’s fun. By 8, I have dayjob work and more so I have to get my chapter in early.
I’m an early morning person, too, but I admit you have me beat.
Do you have “words of wisdom” for other writers, especially new writers?
Believe in yourself and love what you do and write. Write. Write. Write. Too often I hear from new writers that they don’t have ‘time’ to write or they are waiting for that ‘inspiration.’ Writing is a lot like working out, you get up and you do it every day and you believe in it and you make it work for you.
Excellent advice. I love that ‘writing is a lot like working out’ part. Very true. And, like exercising, when you skip it, it is hard to get back in the habit.
Okay, now let’s talk some specifics about your book, Brave Are the Lonely…
Genre: Paranormal Western Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2012
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What was unique about this particular book?
This is a paranormal, western romance set in 1850 and travels from Texas to the Territory of New Mexico. It continues the epic begun in Marshal of Hel Dorado. It’s a story of brotherhood and passion, grief and renewal. It’s the Wild West and werewolves and wonder…
Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?
Lots of things surprised me in writing this book. Cody’s intense dislike of prostitutes, for example, was stunning. But his dislike was rooted in his own senses, not in what these women did. He’s tough, hardheaded and defensive, but he’s also loyal, courageous and not afraid to make the hard decisions. There were a couple of times I seriously thought I might lose him because of his need to not give up, his fierce loyalty to family and to protecting what was his. He was damaged from the first moment I met him, but he was so much greater by the end of this book.
He sounds like a great character. I really love the hard men, especially with a bruised heart.
Did you have a favorite character in this book?
I love Kid. He’s on a very difficult journey, one that began in the first book and will continue for several novels to come. I adore Cody and Mariska, my hero and heroine, but weaving Kid’s subplot into the story gave me tremendous insight into the youngest Kane brother.
Oh, he sounds really interesting. I love continuing characters.
Did you have a favorite scene?
Two scenes, actually, the first is at the Travelers fireside when they tell the story of the Red and the second was in the field after Mariska ran away from Cody.
Was there a scene that was particularly hard to write? Why?
There’s a scene toward the end of the book that was extremely difficult to write, but it was vital to what happened for all of my characters and I can’t go into more explicit detail without giving away a spoiler.
Good, tease our readers here…make them want to buy the book.
Will there be any sequels to this book?
This was book two of the Fevered Hearts series. Currently there are five more full-length books planned starting with book three: Micah & Mrs. Miller, Micah Kane’s story.
Great, I love continuing characters and series books.
When the spirit fever struck a town, a village or an outpost, it left few if any survivors. The white man blamed the Indian saying they used their mojo on them. The Indians blamed the white man for angering the spirits. The survivors knew it didn’t matter. The Fevered were forever changed.
When death seemed preferable…
Mourning his mate drove fevered wolf shifter Cody out of Texas, but a brother’s need drags him back from the brink.
…and good deeds never go unpunished…
Gypsy princess Mariska only wants to protect her people and her freedom, but a dangerous choice puts her on a collision course with an angry wolf.
…the best thing that could happen to him…
When Cody touches Mariska, his wolf cannot escape the hunger that fills him. For Mariska, Cody’s touch brings her a pleasure she never imagined, but is it enough to heal his fractured soul?
…was the last thing he expected.
As danger stalks all three of them, they must confront who they are or risk losing Cody forever.
His wolf. His woman. His way.
He’d hurt the boy even as he’d saved him.
Cody dropped the wood, the wolf’s memories a sharp, hard spike into his brain. He and the wolf shared a body, but he’d always believed they were two souls. The collision of the wolf’s assessment with his own thoughts made that truth all the harder. The wolf knew something about Kid that Cody hadn’t considered.
“Hey,” Kid’s voice slapped him back to the cold present. “You okay?” The hand on his shoulder wasn’t a threat, the wolf didn’t even remark on it. Cody shook away the touch out of habit and allowed himself a nod.
“We’ll need more wood.” He spared Kid a half-glance. Tension knitted around the boy’s eyes.
“You sure you’re okay?”
“Are the horses settled?” Cody glanced at the beasts already stabled up in the cave covered in the heavy furs that Kid purchased in the Fort. Both were drowsy with food in bags and a single pail of water. He nodded, his question answered, and headed back out for more wood. “Get the fire started.” He tossed over his shoulder, not wanting the boy to follow him.
The wolf knew something. It was trying to communicate the thought to him, but the harsh realization of the deep separation between wolf and man was chasing that thought away. The wolf wanted to protect Kid.
No, Cody paused five yards from the cave with one foot on a fallen tree branch. The wolf was protecting Kid. He protected him on the trail. He protected him now.
But why would the wolf protect Kid from Cody?
Inside him, the animal was silent.
On his fifth and last return from wood gathering, Cody found a damp Kid sitting next to the fire he’d ordered. The boy smelled of wood smoke, soap and cold water. The stench of sex and whore washed away in the mountain stream. Kid used a razor and a half mirror to scrape the stubble from his cheek. Cody stacked the wood, the rasp of blade against stubble, the crackle of the fire licking up the wood and the dozing snores of two horses the only sounds in the cold, pregnant hush awaiting the storm.
Satisfied they wouldn’t run out of wood before morning and maybe into the next night if stuck here, Cody spared the boy an assessing look. In the last month Kid had grown. His shoulders broadened, his jaw squaring. He looked more like Sam than he had at their first meeting. But he’d lost weight, too. His lean build seemed thinner in the gathering cloudy dusk. And three angry pink scars slashed diagonally across his chest.
“I’m sorry about that,” Cody admitted. The wolf hadn’t meant to scar the boy or hurt the one Kane that seemed to be on his side. But he’d taken the boy off a horse, swiping a bloody swath across his chest in a moment of pique.
Kid paused mid shave and shrugged. “I healed. And I’ve bathed. Soap is right there. It’s your turn.”
An unfamiliar sensation tugged at the corners of Cody’s mouth. A harsh sound erupted from his throat, shaking his chest. Kid lowered the razor, his brows drawing together.
“I’ll be damned.”
“What?” Cody managed around the rough sound rumbling in his chest.
“You do know how to smile.”
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