This month I have a new release, A LOVE TO CALL MINE, the second book in my Front Porch Promises series. You can find buy links here. The hero and heroine of the story, Max and Heather, have opposite personalities, which gave me some built-in conflicts for the story. Even though they are opposites in many ways, there are things that they share, like their faith in God. I’ve interviewed each of the characters and asked them the same questions. You can read their answers below. Can you see where they are different and where they are the same?
1 – What is your current state of mind?
Max: Worried. I’ve just been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, so the future is very uncertain?
Heather: Perplexed. I have a new patient, who is my good friend’s ex-boyfriend, and he blames me for their breakup. He didn’t want another nurse, and I don’t understand why.
2 – What is your most deplorable trait?
Max: I tend to look at things with a half-glass-full point of view. I’m trying to have a more positive attitude, but too many things have gone wrong in my life, so I let negative thoughts take over.
Heather: People tell me I like to meddle in their lives. I’m only trying to help. Sometimes people need a little advice.
3 – When and where were you happiest?
Max: I was most happy when Brittany was in my life and I was playing college football. I lost Brittany, and an injury ended my football career.
Heather: I’m very happy right now. I have a great job, friends and a wonderful church family. I like being single, but I have these well-meaning friends who keep trying to find me dates.
4 – Do you own a pet?
Max: No pets. I just moved from Montana to Massachusetts for a new job. I can’t have pets in my studio apartment.
Heather: I don’t have any pets now. I had a cat when I was still living with my parents, but since I’ve been out on my own I haven’t lived in a place that has allowed pets.
5 – What’s your favorite food?
Max: Pizza. I probably eat it too often, but I don’t like to cook.
Heather: I love just about any food and love to cook. The guys across the street invite me over to cook in their fabulous kitchen. I know they like to have a home-cooked meal, and it gives me a chance to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes.
6 – What do you put off because you dread it?
Max: Talking to my mom about my health. She worries more than I do about what lies ahead for me.
Heather: I don’t usually put things off. If it needs to be done, I jump right in there and do it. I don’t see the point in delaying things, especially things that might be difficult. It’s better to get them over with.
7 – What is your greatest regret?
Max: I regret not giving my former girlfriend, Brittany, the attention she deserved. Her friend Heather is my oncology nurse, and she thinks I was neglectful. She doesn’t have a very good opinion of me, but she’s doing her best to help me fight this disease.
Heather: I can’t think of much in the way of regrets, at least anything really important. I do regret giving my friend a list of the qualities for a perfect man. I thought that might stop her trying to fix me up with dates. She says she’ll keep it for a reference, but she made no promises not to find blind dates for me.
8 – Who are your real life heroes?
Max: My mom Beth and adopted father Clay. My mom fought to keep me when she was a teenage unwed mother. Clay adopted me after he married my mom when I was a teenager, and he steered me in the right direction and saved me from making some bad decisions.
Heather: I’m an oncology nurse, and the people who battle cancer every day are my heroes.
9 – How do you express your anger?
Max: Most of the time, I don’t. I usually suffer in silence, but when it finally gets to be too much to bear, I let it all out. Then I wish I could take it all back.
Heather: When I’m angry, I try to make the anger go away by pressing harder to make things happen. I hate to feel sorry for myself, and I’m not going to let anger take over my life.
10 – What do you want out of life?
Max: Right now I just want to conquer my cancer. I also want to find the other half of who I am. My father died before I was born, and I’m non-existent on his side of my family tree. I want to find them and let them know that my existence is a good thing. At the same time, I’m afraid of their rejection.
Heather: My focus in recent years has been on raising funds for cancer research. I have one big project I’m working toward. It’s a house for families who need a place to stay while a loved one is being treated for cancer.
11 – What do you value most?
Max: My family, even the family that doesn’t know me yet.
Heather: I value my family and my patients.
12 – What does God mean to you?
Max: I believe in God, but a lot of times I don’t understand why all this rotten stuff has happened in my life. Many times I ask, “Why me, God?” I have to admit that too many times my faith is weak, and I have trouble praying. But I have a host of friends and family who are bringing me along one step at a time.
Heather: God is the guiding force in my life. I see how much better a person who believes in God deals with cancer. I don’t always remember to seek God’s will in my decisions, but I’m trying to do better.
What do you think? Do opposites attract?
I’m giving away an e-book copy of A PLACE TO CALL HOME, the first book in the Front Porch Promises series to one person who leaves a comment. I will choose the winner on October 22, 2016, at 9PM PDT.