INTERVIEWER: Today I’m hosting Emma Fitzpatrick from A Reason to Stay. Good morning, Emma, and welcome to the blog.
EMMA: Thanks for having me.
INTERVIEWER: Let’s start with why you’re in Whispering Pines, Colorado in the first place. It’s a small mountain town, and you come from LA. That’s a huge change.
EMMA: Well, I was actually born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, but yes, I’ve been in California for quite a few years now, first attending Stanford and then working in a large marketing firm. She pauses and runs a hand down her face with a sigh.
As to why I’m here, I just discovered I have a little brother I didn’t even know existed, since I cut all ties with my parents the day I turned eighteen for reasons I won’t go into. That’s a whole other story.
But right now, Aidan—that’s my brother—and I are hanging out with our Nan, who lives here in town. My dad never let us get to know her, so that’s a blessing.
INTERVIEWER: Wow. It sounds as if you’ve been through a lot.
EMMA: Ha! That’s not even the half of it. My parents died and appointed me Aidan’s guardian. Can you imagine? I didn’t even know about him, and now I’m in charge of him.
So we’re just doing the best we can. But I have a lot of major life decisions to make—and soon.
INTERVIEWER: Sounds like you could use some help.
EMMA: For sure. I have Nan, of course. But then there’s this cowboy Sharpe who is as edgy as his name. For some reason he’s taken a liking to Aidan and is acting as his mentor. It’s a great experience for my brother…but not so much for me. Sharpe and I tangle horns on a regular basis. And whenever he’s around, these annoying feelings start surfacing…But I’m definitely not going there.
EMMA: I appreciate it.
Do you have any questions for Emma? One commenter will win an autographed copy of The Texas Soldier’s Match (US only) and some fun swag. Drawing will take place August 24th.