January 27, 2013

Character Interview: Meredith @emkayconnor #RLFblog

Willing to Learn
EmKay Connor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Meredith McKenna from the book, Willing to Learn.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 50,000+ words
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: The fiancee of a prince visits the tropic paradise that is Trésorier du Coeur to learn how to make love, and instead she finds it.
Blurb:
Meredith McKenna is neither graceful nor a beauty, but that’s never stood in her way. She knows who she is and, more importantly, what she deserves. Not one to wish on a star or hang her hopes on a fairy tale like true love, her practical nature won her the hand of a prince. That’s how she ended up here: Trésorier du Coeur. An island paradise.
But becoming a princess is no simple matter. Regardless of the mysticisms mouthed by the island’s proprietress, the jungle waterfalls, and long, pristine beaches, the resort is first and foremost a school for seduction, an ancient tradition of her fiancé’s family, and she must select a man to be her “tutor.” Anders Collier is the most insubordinate and infuriating of the lot. But behind those cool gray eyes lurks a white-hot secret, and behind closed doors lies everything their hearts and bodies have yet to learn.
Willing to Learn is being published by Boroughs Publishing Group in February 2013. Prior to this book, EmKay Connor's manuscripts finaled in numerous contests, including Spring Into Romance, The Unpublished Beacon, and RWA's prestigious Golden Heart. Her freelance writing has been published in print and online media, as well as being featured in several issues of the Romance Writers Report.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Meredith McKenna, 27 years old, holds the title of Vice President, Foreign Philanthropy in her father’s billion-dollar corporation, McKenna Enterprises.
Anders Collier, 35, is an (ahem) undercover special agent with the FBI.

Interview with Meredith McKenna

Tell us about yourself.
I’m not typically one to grant interviews unless it’s related to the philanthropy work I do for my father’s corporation, McKenna Enterprises. I prefer to guard my privacy. After all, people tend to judgmental, especially when it comes to the wealthy or celebrities. Not that I consider myself a celebrity.
But, since you asked, I’ll give you the condensed version of my bio. I am the only child of a billionaire entrepreneur and an ambitious gold digger. My mother died when I was very young so essentially I was raised by my father. Let me correct that: I was raised by staff members who worked at my father’s Beverly Hills mansion. Our relationship improved after I completed my education and took at job in the family business. Now I see him regularly at our weekly business lunches.
My upbringing was typical for anyone born into money. Lots of lessons--riding, dance, foreign language, private schools, summer vacations in Europe, shopping sprees, parties. However, for as long as I can remember, I never fit in with the other richies. I have little tolerance for the back stabbing and air kisses and game playing that seem to come with the territory. Most of these socialites have their heads in the clouds; instead of building a career or doing something constructive with their lives, they seem content to wait for Prince Charming to show up.
My straight forward, practical attitude seems to have paid off though. I’m engaged to Darik Bhantarin, Crown Prince of Tano’air. That’s what brought me to Trésorier du Coeur. Before I can become Darik’s princess, I have to go through this Princess 101 so-called orientation. Darik failed to mention the training program includes the “bedroom arts.” Can you believe that kind of nonsense exists in today’s modern age? I’m expected to choose a mentor, one of Madame Duval’s gigolos, to instruct me on how to give a royal blow job.
Tell us about Anders Collier.
Argh! Just hearing that man’s name is enough to make me scream. He’s the rudest, most infuriating, disrespectful, boorish, insensitive, condescending person I’ve ever met. At the opening reception where I was introduced to the staff--a.k.a. Madame Duval’s lineup of professional lovers--he actually snubbed me. There were more than a dozen men competing for my attention. Any one of them would be thrilled to be chosen as my mentor. Not Anders Collier. As if he can afford to be choosy. Sure, he’s attractive if you have a thing for the clean-cut type: short blond hair, cool gray eyes, tall and lean. Other than that, he wasn’t very impressive. I have to say, he was the only guy at the formal reception who actually appeared comfortable in his tux. It could have been a pair of jeans and a polo shirt as relaxed as he looked.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My realistic outlook on life. I don’t delude myself with fairy tales like riding off into the sunset with a hero or myths like love at first sight. I don’t believe in playing games or lying or misrepresenting one’s self when it comes to relationships. That’s why Darik and I are such a good match. Our mix of qualities and skills is perfect for a mutually beneficial marriage.
What would Anders Collier say is your strongest point?
Gives an unladylike snort.) Anders Collier doesn’t know me well enough to speak to my personal traits. And even if he was acquainted with me, I doubt he’d have anything nice to say. He would probably point out the fact that my breasts are too small and my hips are too wide.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I don’t “wish “anything was different about my life. I don’t believe in wishing for things. You have to face facts and deal with what’s in front of you. With enough determination and hard work, you can achieve anything. Wishing for things to happen is nothing more than a convenient excuse for people too lazy to take accountability for their own success and happiness.
I have everything I want in life. I love my job and I’m engaged to a prince. Did you happen to notice my engagement ring? It’s a nine-carat, two-million-dollar diamond solitaire. Once Darik slides the platinum wedding band on my finger, I’ll have not only a man who shares my honesty and practicality toward marriage but a huge contract for McKenna Enterprises, as well. My father can’t stop telling me how impressed he is with his amazing daughter’s business acumen.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
Again, I don’t believe in wishing for things to happen so I’ll tell you the most important question to be asked: What am I going to do about this ridiculous princess sex-ed training? I have no intention of sleeping with a stranger, not even to become a princess. The key is to find a mentor who wants to avoid an entanglement with me as much as I want to avoid one with him. If I can convince Anders I won’t rat him out and jeopardize his future as a gigolo, I’m pretty sure I can skate through this royal orientation without Madame Duval or Darik any the wiser. What do you think? Is there any possible way I can carry it off?
EmKay Connor

About the Author

EmKay Connor is a member of Romance Writers of America and several specialty chapters, including RWA-San Diego, Georgia Romance Writers, Yellow Rose Romance Writers, Outreach International RWA, and RWA Kiss of Death. A firm believer in paying it forward (and backward and sideways), she has served as president, vice president, secretary, newsletter editor, workshop presenter and committee chair at both the local and national level. She also contributes her time and experience by volunteering to judge numerous writing contests each year.

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26 comments:

  1. EmKay, this sounds like a hot, interesting book. I particularly love FBI heroes so that's really cool. Thanks for sharing. The heroine interview was fun!

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    1. That was a fun read, Lena. Thanks for popping in today.

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    2. Lena, the best part of casting a heroic figure as the leading man is toppling him off his pedestal and showing his human side. Glad you shared a few words!

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  2. Nice post, Emkay! I enjoyed meeting your characters! Kent aka Bellakentuky

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    1. Hey, you. ^_^ Nice to see you here today.

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    2. Thanks for the support, Kent. Go, Team BPG!

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  3. I cannot wait to read the entire story! Congratulations, EmKay! Meredith is a winner, and Anders is in for a real jolt. Love it!!
    Wendy

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    1. Wendy, let me know what you think of their happily ever after!

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    2. Thanks for popping in Wendy.

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  4. Sounds like a fabulous read. Congratulations.
    Sally

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    1. Sally, I hope you get to check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Wow, she sounds like she's about to walk right off the page.
    Much as I like the cover, she's not what I expected from it.
    Looking forward to reading the rest! :)

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    1. Susan, Meredith is full of surprises! I hope you get a chance to read her story - it's quite an adventure. Nice to hear from you!

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    2. I thought she was one feisty lady. ^_^

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  6. Hey there, lady! Thanks so much for sharing this site info with me. Although I haven't read a romance novel in years, I'm thrilled that yours will be my first re-foray. Anders had better buckle his seat belt--as we strong, independent women know, he's in for some major turbulence! :0)

    Cannot express enough how excited I am and how PROUD I am of you!

    ~~Amanda

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Amanda. Sounds like you're in for a treat. ;)

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    2. Amanda, don't think of this as romance, think of it as a darned funny story! Anders gives Meredith an equal share of trouble so the pair are well matched!

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  7. Loved the interview. Can't wait to read it all.

    Shirley

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    1. Shirley, thanks for being here.

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    2. Be sure to let me know what you think! Glad you dropped a line!

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  8. Hi EmKay,
    Great interview. It's going to be fun reading about Meredith and Anders. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Welcome, and thanks for popping in at RLF. ^_^

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    2. I just hope you have as much fun reading about them as I did writing about them! Thanks!

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  9. Heather Ashby2/01/2013 7:43 PM

    EmKay, WILLING TO LEARN looks like a good, HOT read!!! Love the friction you have going between Meredith and Anders and what a clever title. When can I get my hands on a copy of it? Sorry, it took me a little while to figure out how to post my comment here, but then, I'm always willing to learn.

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    1. I'll keep you posted on the release date! Planning a fun virtual launch party for readers! Thanks for tacking the technology!

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