I'm so pleased to host Debra St. John today. She's here to discuss her new novel, This Can't Be Love". Welcome, Debra.
What was your inspiration for This Can't Be Love?
This Can’t Be Love is the ‘sequel’ to my debut novel from The Wild Rose Press, This Time for Always. When I first began writing “Always” almost ten years ago, I always imagined it as the first in a trio of books. Sharlie is the heroine in “Always”, and Zach and Jake are her co-workers and friends. I also wanted to feature the guys in stories of their own. “This Can’t Be Love” is Zach’s story. The setting in “Love” is based on a place my husband and I visit each year with friends. It was a blast to have Zach and Jessica explore many of the things we do in real life!
Tell us something about Zach Rawlings...why is he a man a reader could fall in love with?
Like I mentioned, Zach is a secondary character in my first book, but I always knew he deserved, and I wanted to give him, a story of his own. In “Always” he proved to be a loyal and caring friend to Sharlie, so we begin to see a little bit of how wonderful he is even in the first story. Zach is hardworking (Although he doesn’t like to admit it!), trustworthy, honest, and noble. Despite his growing attraction to Jessica, he refuses to take advantage of the situation that has them living in close quarters for a good portion of the book. He sees the past hurt lurking in her eyes and doesn’t want to add to it. (And of course he’s pretty damn sexy, so even despite her wariness, Jessica can’t seem to help herself from falling for him.)
Describe the budding relationship between Jessica and Zach.
When Jessica first meets Zach she wants nothing to do with him. He’s an interloper intruding on the peace and solitude she craved. A recent past relationship has made her unwilling to trust another man, or herself for that matter. As they are forced to spend time together, she comes to know Zach and realizes he’s definitely worthy of her trust. But she still fears it’s too soon to fall in love again.
In your opinion, what qualities does a heroine need?
A heroine needs to be just as heroic as a hero. She can’t always be the damsel in distress, waiting for the white knight to come charging in and rescue her. Not to say that can’t happen, but it’s okay if she rescues him from time to time as well. I like my heroines feisty, but with an underlying vulnerability. She has to be worthy of the hero, just like he needs to be worthy of her.
What's next for you?
I’m currently working on the third of my series, which features Jake as the hero. Jake’s a bull rider…pure cowboy through and through. Amber is a city girl…country life bores her to death. The story is tentatively called “This Feels Like Home”.
I also have another completed manuscript (not related to the series) that I’m going to be shopping for a home for in the upcoming months.
I love to have readers visit me at my website, or at The Acme Authors Link (Where I’m the Sunday blogger.) or at Heroines with Hearts (Where I’m the Thursday blogger).
Thanks, Debra. Looking forward to getting to "know" Zach and Jessica.