Character Interview of Sloane Porter The Billionaire’s Bauble by Ann Montclair
I am happy to have Sloane Porter with me today on the blog, along with her author Ann Montclair. Ann, I understand that this is your first book and that you have two more books coming out later this year. How exciting! Why don’t you sit back and get comfortable while I talk a little with Sloane.
Sloane, can you tell us a little about yourself?
As you said, my name is Sloane Porter, and I recently graduated from University in Fairbanks, Alaska with a degree in executive management. I come from upstate New York where my family owns a farm.
Alaska is quite a distance from your home in New York. I’m curious why you wanted to go to college so far away.
(Sloane) I needed as much distance from my past as I could get. It’s too easy to move backwards when home is a car ride away.
Can you give us a couple of random thoughts about yourself, something that will surprise your readers?
I like hip hop and I want to own a horse someday.
Hip hop, huh? Interesting.
What was your daily life like before the upheaval to it?
I was an overachiever in school, totally dedicated to earning my degree, and I never dated anyone since I left my high school boyfriend/fiancé.
Dedication is a good thing. What upset your ordinary world and brought you into contact with David Grant?
I wanted to stay in Fairbanks, but I had to get a job—a real job—or go home to New York. I was a finalist for an important position with Grant Oil, but then the owner and CEO turned out to be the man I’d met a couple of years earlier, a man I’d kissed and couldn’t forget although I never knew his name or saw him again until I showed up for the interview. Talk about a shock!
Definitely a shock and probably complicated.
What was your immediate reaction to seeing David again?
Well, I tried to pretend I didn’t remember him, but the attraction between us was incredibly strong, and it kind of overpowered my intentions to play it cool. There was no pretending after he confronted me about it… My reaction was a bit unusual. Let’s say, I didn’t expect to do what I did, to react so uncharacteristically.
You tease! Now I’m dying to know about the unusual reaction.
Were you annoyed that David was getting in the way of obtaining your goal?
Annoyed? No. I felt a little desperate, but underneath it all, I was quite excited and overwhelmed to be in his presence again. I mean, I’d been dreaming about him, hoping to see him, maybe even waiting to see him. I realize now David was the real reason I was so adamant about remaining in Fairbanks.
What were some of the trials you faced in dealing with David Grant?
Owning his own company, being a billionaire, you could say he is accustomed to getting everything he desires on terms he dictates. Okay, I’ll say it: just between you and me, he can be a control freak. David didn’t take my need to be independent and self-supporting as seriously as I did. He thought he could dictate my activities, so we went toe to toe on that issue.
I can imagine in his situation that he definitely was used to getting his way. But I’m glad to hear you stood up for yourself.
Were there any other people who interfered in you reaching your goal?
My past–a lengthy and intense relationship with Peter Martinez–made me pretty gun shy about commitment. And David had a bad experience with a woman named Lexi. He didn’t know much about falling in love, while I knew too much.
Past relationships can certainly complicate things.
Did you feel an immediate attraction to David when you saw him again? Or an immediate resistance to him?
Both. When I met him at a bar, and we ended up dancing and kissing, I felt like it was too much, too fast. I wasn’t prepared to feel so much with a complete stranger. I wasn’t even drunk! When I met him again at his offices, I was scared I’d blow the interview and never get a job as good as that one.
Definitely a tricky situation.
Who made the first compromise to attempt peace in your relationship?
David was the one who pursued me, who helped me, who cared for me enough to encourage me to get where I am today. I am a very happy woman!
He sounds very special.
When did the heat between you and David first start firing up?
From page one of our story, the heat is on high. And yes, sexual attraction of that magnitude, is a bit distracting, especially during a job interview!
I’ll bet it was!
What led to the moment when you thought everything was lost between you two?
Well, I thought that we were kaput a couple of times. His initial inability to respect my space, my determination to be a business woman, was hard to move beyond. He struggled to find a balance between intimacy and control.
Definitely some complications involved.
Still, you managed to make things work between you after some ups and downs. Would you go through all of that again?
Love triumphs because love is the most essential human emotion. I would do it all again about a billion times, if in the end, it was David and me, happily ever after.
Ahhhh, that’s sweet.
Thank you, Sloane, now you sit back and relax while I talk to your author, Ann Montclair.
Ann, I’m always curious about what drives a person to be a writer. What pushes you to be a writer?
I write because I want to share my belief that happiness is always possible. It’s a choice for most of us. It’s making a good choice. Romance teaches us how to persevere, how to overcome in order to achieve that ideal of a love that lasts forever.
This is the first time I’ve heard that particular explanation and I loved it.
What do you do to get away from the stress of writing?
I drink. Seriously. I have a glass of wine every evening to transition between work and play. Just one—at least most nights.
Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
Yes. Ann Montclair is a pen name because I am an academic. Most colleges don’t like their professors writing sex scenes, though mine has been surprisingly supportive.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
My own love life inspires my fiction. I have a hero to die for. Tall, dark, handsome, alpha–my man is a gem.
What a wonderful answer!
Do you have a regular writing process?
I write as often as I can. But being a wife, mom, and teacher has to come first. I love to write, though, and my family is uber-supportive. When I sit down to type, they typically disappear, and give me a few hours to craft. My husband reads my work. He’s got an MFA in fiction, so he’s a great resource for me.
Do you have some “words of wisdom” for other writers, especially new writers?
Read the books you love, and try to write a book you’ll love. I think writing is a natural outcome of reading. If you don’t read, it’s pretty hard to write.
Now let’s talk some specifics about your book…The Billionaire’s Bauble
Genre: Contemporary sensual romance
Length: 52K (221 pages)
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Buy Link: Amazon
Ann, was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?
I was surprised by how deeply I felt for my characters. I couldn’t stop writing when they were in turmoil, or I’d have nightmares or cry inconsolably.
It sounds like you really got into your story, which is great…and usually makes a much stronger book for the reader.
Did you have a favorite character in this book?
I love and I admire Sloane Porter. She is smart, tough, focused, but she knows love is the ultimate goal. She never doubts that true love exists. She’s seen it with her parents and grandparents, and she won’t settle for anything less.
Will there by any sequels to this book?
I am toying with the idea of writing Tony and Maya’s story. They are David’s best friends. It would be a prequel, though, as they are already married in The Billionaire’s Bauble.
Determined to land an executive position at Grant Oil, Sloane Porter, an educated, independent woman with goals for the future, refuses to consider the option of returning to her home in New York and the life she’d left behind. But when she arrives in the CEO’s office with a stellar resume in hand, can she ignore the fact that in a moment of weakness, she’d kissed this man in a Fairbanks bar two years earlier? Can she remain indifferent and land the job, or will the man who has haunted her dreams steal her heart and change her life forever?
“It’s you,” he managed as his throat clamped tight. If he had been kicked in the gut, he couldn’t have been more affected.
A quick flash of recognition quickly became all business as her brilliant green eyes smiled at him, twinkled even. She extended her hand across his glass-topped desk and said, “It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Mr. Grant. Thank you for the opportunity.”
David felt her small hand go instantly hot. He stood then, and she stepped back, pulling her hand from his strong grip. He could see a flash of confusion and then determination well up in her remarkable eyes.
“I understand you are here for a position in my company,” he assuaged. He read her name from the top of her resume again: Sloane Porter. “I apologize for my familiarity, Ms. Porter, but you are the woman I danced with a couple of years ago at Hal’s. Right?”
Her eyes fell to the desktop. “I’m not sure, sir,” Sloane lied.
“Please sit down, Ms. Porter,” he said. His voice sounded annoyingly tight, maybe even gruff, as he motioned her into the sleek steel and leather chair across the desk from his own larger executive leather chair.
He sat heavily, shaking his head in disbelief. She certainly must remember the night in question. David knew he hadn’t been able to forget the way she had wend her way to his table and asked him to dance. It had only been one dance, but the heat between them had ignited into a long, slow, amazing kiss—a kiss that had left him wanting to unhook her bra and remove her panties. It hadn’t gone anywhere. The music ended and she left.
No one left David Grant–well, almost no one—and he had not forgotten her. Not for a minute.
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