Today I’m interviewing two characters from the first two books in my Finding Home series. Bristol and Brexen Davis are twin sister and brother. You can read Bristol’s story in the prequel novella to the series, Where the Heart Is. This story takes place as both twins separate ways and go off to college. Brexen’s story is A Half Made Whole which is the first book in the series. His story takes place after a life-changing accident happens early in his career.
Author: Welcome, Bristol and Brexen. Introduce yourself and tell us something about you.
Bristol: I’ll start. I’m Bristol Hartford. I’m married to Gavin and we have twin boys, Ryder and Sawyer. I’m a psychologist and practice a few days out of the week at a small firm in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. My husband, Gavin, is the golf pro at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Brexen: I’m Brexen Davis. My wife is Leighton and we have three children, Kamryn, Matthew and Kensley. Leighton is an Occupational Therapist–that’s actually how we met through my sister–and I’m a firefighter instructor. We live in Peachtree Corners as well.
Author: So you both live in Georgia, but you’re not originally from there are you?
Bristol: No. We grew up in Louden, Tennessee which is a small town about an hour south of Bristol.
Author: Do you ever get teased about your name being Bristol and growing up so close to the real place?
Bristol: All the time [insert eye roll]. Now it’s more like, “Were you named after the town?” and I always reply with, “My dad really like racing.”
Author: What about your name, Brexen? It’s very unusual. Are you named after anything?
Brexen: No, my mom made it up. She wanted us both to have B names since we were twins.
Author: Do people know you’re twins? You really look nothing alike.
Brexen: Not usually. They think we’re siblings, but are often surprised when we tell them we’re twins.
Bristol: Growing up in a small town everyone knew the Davis twins, but when we went off to college is when we received more questions.
Author: What’s the most common question you get from people?
Bristol and Brexen [in unison]: Who’s older?
Bristol: I’m the oldest by four minutes.
Brexen: But I’m taller.
Author: So Brexen, you mention that you met your wife through your sister. Tell us a little more about it.
Brexen: I was a full-time firefighter for about five years before an accident changed my life forever. I was injured on the job in a structure collapse. I lost my left leg and had significant damage to my left arm, basically leaving it useless. I went into a deep depression for a couple of years. It’s hard having to re-learn everything all over again knowing I’d never be able to live out my dream with a career I loved. Bristol was a big part of my recovery and convinced me to come live with her and Gavin in Georgia. She worked at a rehab facility at the time and had recently hired Leighton. It wasn’t a set-up–well, I don’t think it was originally intended to be a set-up [he looks at his sister while she gives a clever smile].
Bristol: To be honest, it wasn’t a set-up. I just knew Leighton was great at her job and nothing Brexen had done prior had worked to pull him out of his funk. Leighton was a different kind of therapist, so I thought it might be good to try something new. It just happened they also bonded on so many levels and it grew into something more. That was a big plus I didn’t expect.
Brexen: Me either. I just knew something had to change and it wasn’t going to happen in my hometown.
Author: So when did you know something about Leighton was different?
Brexen: Honestly, right away. I knew the first time I met her she was sincere and had such a giving heart. She was truly meant for her career and she related with me on a level that no one else ever had. It was a bonus that she was also single and beautiful.
Author: I can see the love you have for your wife when you talk about her. Your whole body expression changes.
Bristol: You should see the two of them together.
Author: You’ve been married a while now. What’s life like now?
Brexen: I love my life. As much as I hate what happened to me, I wouldn’t change a thing. It made me a better man, grew my faith, and I became a dad. I love my kids. I’ve gained back the use of my arm [he holds up his left arm] and learned to be thankful for the little things in life.
Author: Bristol, he gives you a lot of credit for his recovery. What can you say to that?
Bristol: Twins have a bond you can’t fully understand unless you are one. We’ve always been close, but having him living close by and our kids growing up together has been one of the biggest blessings in my life.
Brexen: I agree.
Bristol: He’s a completely different person than he was when he first moved here. I had prayed for so long that God would help me connect with him in some way to help him heal, and I fully believe God paved the path for us leading Brex here to Georgia. I also believe God placed Leighton in his life for a purpose and a reason. Now we get to see the results of it [she smiles lovingly at her brother]. I’m so thankful for the close relationship of our spouses as well. Gavin and Brex bonded right away and Leighton is the sister I never had. She’s my best friend and our families do everything together.
Author: Thank you both for chatting with me today. I hope this gave readers a little more insight into your relationship.
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Do you enjoy character interviews? It’s fun giving a character a chance to have a conversation outside their book, but this one was even better because they are twins.
If you want to read Bristol and Brexen’s stories, check out their books:
A twin on her own for the first time, a boy with a not-so-subtle crush, and a friendship that holds promise for so much more.
When Bristol is accepted to a different college than her twin brother, Brexen, she’s a little nervous. The big city of Nashville, Tennessee is very different from her small-town upbringing. But she’s not one to shy away from an exciting opportunity.
Meeting Gavin is exactly what she needs to distract her from being homesick. And as their friendship builds, doing homework together isn’t the only chemistry they encounter.
When Bristol’s twin drops out of his college, will the pull from that bond break apart her relationship with Gavin, or will love be strong enough to see them through?
This book is a prequel novella in the Finding Home series. This story leads up to the events of A Half Made Whole.
A Half Made Whole is available on Amazon.
Leighton is finally beginning to recover from the loss of her husband. Trying to move forward, she and her daughter move to a new town so she can begin a new job as an occupational therapist. But she never counted on the way her heart would respond to the wounded firefighter who is battling for his own version of recovery.
Brexen was living his dream until a tragic accident ended his firefighting career, leaving him feeling like half the man he used to be. His intriguing new therapist is just as stubborn as he is, and comes with a little girl that wriggles her way into his heart.
Torn between their pasts and their futures, can Leighton and Brexen finally break down their walls for good and realize that together they can be whole again?