February 20, 2014

Character Sketch: Kelly Mancer from Lies That Bind @kathylwheeler #RLFblog #contemporary

Lies That Bind 
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Kathy L Wheeler
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A modern day woman shouldn't have to marry for convenience to protect the identity of her daughter. So how exactly does Kelly Mancer find herself exactly in that situation? She doesn't want a man. Any man. Danger has a way of changing a woman's mind.
Alex Gentry needs Kelly, but convincing her to help him pluck his younger sister from a dangerous enemy would not be easy. Soon the tables turn and Kelly becomes the prey. Alex may save his sister, but at what cost?

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About the Character

Name: Kelly Mancer
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Profession: Bookstore clerk
Ethnicity/Species (if not human):
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: slight build, olive complexion, tiger-like eyes, long, black, thick, straight hair.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Alex Gentry
Does she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Kelly lives frugally. She scrapes by due to circumstances beyond her control. She doesn't ask for much, and she certainly doesn't expect much.
Does she have children?
Kelly has been blessed with a most precocious five year old daughter, who is much too old for her age. The child tends to spout out the most inappropriate words believing no one hears them, until Alex Gentry finally enlightens her. Her response? "Are you gonna tell on me?"
What past event causes your character the most fear?
The corporation Kelly originally worked for was the target of a major takeover by Gentry Acquisitions. When Alex Gentry (lead takeover) had to leave town for a meeting on a Friday afternoon just before the end of the merger, it left Kelly in a vulnerable situation that not only caught her by surprise but changed her life dramatically.
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
To provide for her daughter, Taylor; keep her safe.
What is your hero's biggest hopes and dreams?
She doesn't want much. Perhaps a small house with a big enough bathroom to accommodate a bathtub with large clawed feet.
When (if) he lies or is upset, what gives him away?
What a most apropos question. This whole story is based on the lies connected between all the players. Why does Alex insist Kelly and he marry? In current times, marriage is not a criteria to have children. In their case, however, the crux is much more crucial.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
Not so much about me, specifically, as Taylor. Taylor must have given her fits on more than one occasion. She set Alex on his heels too. It was a most entertaining journey.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I believe she truly loves to write. In some cases the words have flowed from her fingers to the keyboard in a most impressive fashion. Just ask Lorianne of Maybe It's You, the previous Bloomington Series story. She wrote it in four months.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
Well, I wish she complete book four, Little Kenny's story. He has a fascinating history. I know she has a really strong start.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thank you so much for bringing Alex and me back together. I couldn't have chosen a more perfect father for Taylor. Now, if only his mother would respect our boundaries regarding a dog.

Author Bio

Kathy L Wheeler, born in Presque Isle, Maine, actually grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. She migrated to Boulder and Longmont, Colorado for high school. So how she ended up in Oklahoma is as much a mystery to her as anyone. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA focus on Management Information Systems and vocal music minor.
Kathy is an active member of the Oklahoma Romance Writers. She has served as Pres-Elect, President and recently completed a four year stint as the Vice President of Communication. She has nine published books and remains active in her publishing pursuits. Her critique partners vary from an internationally published author of Harlequin, Grand Central and NAL to a current editor of The Wild Rose Press. Kathy loves the NFL, holds NBA Thunder season basketball tickets, adores musical theater, reading and writing—and just to round things out—karaoke.
Besides belonging to her local RWA Chapter, OKRWA, Kathy belongs to other chapters of the national organization as well: The Beau Monde and DARA.
Kathy lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with her musically-talented, attorney husband, Al. They have one grown daughter and one bossy cat, Carly, who acts as if she was the rescuer rather than the rescue-ee

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