Character Interview of Jesse Cochran from A Run for Love by Callie Hutton
Earlier this month Tori Henderson stepped forward in time to stop here and chat about herself, her story, and Jesse. Now I’m happy to welcome Jesse Cochran to give his viewpoint. Have a seat, Jesse, and let’s get started.
Can you tell us a little about yourself, Jesse?
Yes, my name is Jesse Cochran, as you said. I’m an attorney, and recently left Missouri to start a new life in Oklahoma Territory, recently open for settlement. I have some bad memories from St. Louis that I want to put behind me, and this fresh start will do it.
I can understand your need to start over, sometimes we just need that. What upset your ordinary world and brought you into contact with Tori Henderson?
My ordinary world was disrupted when I backed out of my tent the day after the land run, and found Tori had become my next door neighbor. We’d met in Kansas before the run, and she made it quite clear she had no use for me.
No use for you, huh. Uh-oh. What was your immediate reaction to Tori?
I thought she was a little spitfire. She battled with me over a few pieces of wood to make a fire. She stuck her nose in the air, and glared at me through those spectacles of hers, and I was smitten.
Spitfire…smitten. Hmmm. Were you annoyed that Tori was getting in the way of you obtaining your goal?
She got in my way because with four kids to take care of there was always a problem going on next door. But when I tried to help, she pushed me away. All I wanted to do was practice law, and forget my childhood. Well, maybe I would have liked to spend some time with Tori as well, but she was having no part of it.
She sounds like a stubborn woman. What were some of the trials you faced in dealing with Tori?
The woman’s damn stubbornness. I’ve never seen a woman so sure she was right about everything. Made me laugh, though. In fact, trust be known, I kinda egged her on a bit, just to get a reaction.
You naughty man. Back to your feelings for her… Did you feel an immediate attraction to Tori? Or an immediate resistance to her?
Definitely an attraction. She has all these curves, and, well, you know. Besides that, though, she’s one hell of a woman, taking on the care of four teenagers. I admired her character as well as her looks.
“All these curves”…such a guy’s kind of answer. So who made the first compromise to attempt peace in your relationship?
I did. Her unexpected pregnancy threw me for a loop, but I was determined to give my child a name. Something I didn’t have growing up. I guess you could say I coerced her into marriage. But I really did want a peaceful home for our child.
I understand your feelings here. What led to the moment when you thought everything was lost between you two?
When Tori slid into a deep depression, I thought I’d lost her for good.
You managed to make things work between you after some ups and downs. Would you go through all of that again?
Absolutely. I wouldn’t give up my little spitfire for anything in the world. You see, she has these curves…
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and story with us. Now you can relax and I’ll have a short interview with your author.
Callie, what drives you to be a writer?
The amount of stories running around my head. It’s a way to turn off the voices. lol
What do you do to get away from the stress of writing?
This is a hard one, because in all honesty, I don’t find writing stressful.
Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
Yes, Callie Hutton is my pen name. It’s a way to keep my writing life separate from my “real” life.
Do you have a regular writing process?
I try to write every chance I get. I usually put in 30+ hours of writing a week.
Do you have some “words of wisdom” for other writers, especially new writers?
Read. then read some more. And more. Books in your genre, out of your genre, on the craft of writing. And write, no matter how hard it may seem at times. And keep writing, even if it makes no sense, and you think it’s horrible. Then go back and fix it. But keep writing.
Now let’s talk some specifics about your book A RUN FOR LOVE…
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Buy Link: Amazon
What was unique to this particular book?
A Run For Love is about one of the most fascinating episodes in American History, the Oklahoma Land Run. Guthrie, Oklahoma had a population of zero when the sun rose that morning, and a population of 10,000 when the sun set.
Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?
How brave the men and women were who actually participated in the Land Run
Did you have a favorite character in this book?
Jesse. He’s truly my idea of a hero.
Did you have a favorite scene?
When Tori gets involved in the March for Decency, gets into a bar brawl with whores, and ends up jail. I still laugh when I read it.
(Starla) It is always fun to write something that you, the writer, can enjoy, too…something that makes you laugh or cry.
Were there scenes that were particularly hard to write and why?
The scenes about Tori’s depression. Because I went through a depression in my twenties, so I knew how she was suffering.
Will there be any sequels to this book?
There already is. A Wife By Christmas features a grown-up Ellie Henderson, who gets in quite a bit of trouble. That book was released December 1st. And I just finished A Prescription for Love, Michael Henderson–the oldest nephew’s story.
Feisty school teacher Tori Henderson values her independence and has no use for a husband. When she finds herself the legal guardian of her two nieces, two nephews, and facing eviction from her Kansas home, she enters the 1889 Oklahoma land run and confronts a new set of challenges. The biggest obstacle being her new neighbor, cocky lawyer Jesse Cochran, the son of a whore–a man determined to put his past behind him and start a new life and family of his own.
Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Tori is determined to keep him at arm’s length, but a family emergency brings them together and they declare a truce. Can Jesse win Tori’s heart after a series of unplanned events, or will a tragedy tear them apart forever?
Pastor Dave put his arm around her again, and attempted to ease her up.
Tori flung his arm off and jumped up, slipping on the rubble.
“Leave me alone! All of you. You can stop looking at me like that, too. No one is stopping me. Do you all hear me?” Her fists scrubbed at the tears running down her cheeks as she faced them.
“Jesse never gave up on me.” She pointed a shaky finger at the pastor. “He never gave up. Never! No matter how many times I pushed him away, he never, ever gave up. You didn’t know that, did you?” Her voice lowered, and she rubbed dirty, bloody hands down her skirt, her voice shaking. “I’m not giving up on him, either.” She flung her arm out. “So you can all go on home, but I’ll be here until I find him.”
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