March 10, 2014

Character Interview: Seth James from Drowning @rachelfirasek #RLFblog #Contemporary

Title Drowning
Genre New Adult Contemporary Romance
Author Name Rachel Firasek
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
Blurb (up to 300 words)
"I dare you."
Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison's life forever. She's a party girl that doesn't believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.
Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family's vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he's envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.
With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.

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Publisher Naedge Publishing

Interview with Seth James

Tell us about yourself, please.
Uh, hey everyone. I'm Seth James. I live in Austin, TX in a condo my dad owns and create music with my brother and my band. I'm twenty-four. I live the color green, and when I'm not banging on my drums, I like to box, wrestle, and have a cold beer with the guys at the house.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
Err...well, I thought I wanted my music to take off so I could shove it in my dad's face and make him acknowledge my success. But then I met Alice. And she ties me in knots. (He clears his throat) I think I want her, but I don't need her. And I was doing good staying away from her, but I found her crying in that stairwell near our apartments and I can't seem to shake her from my mind.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
(Seth drops his head. Longish brown waves fall over his forehead and cover his blue eyes.) I'm afraid I'll end up like my mom. I don't want to go through life thinking I have it all figured out and then bam. Out of nowhere something comes along and knocks you for a crazy loop.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Well, I fear that I'm going up against a pretty powerful man. He could ruin everything for me and Alice. He's someone that doesn't have any morals and sure as hell doesn't have any qualms about breaking people. (A nerve twitches in his jaw.)
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Alice? That girl has me fucking twisted... Oh, I can't say that here? Sorry. (He shifts in his seat.) Alice is like a breath of fresh air followed by a blast of carbon dioxide. When she's high, everyone is flying with her. When she's low, I'm afraid to leave her alone. (Seth runs a hand through his hair and blows out through his mouth.) She's that dark butterfly, you know? The one that with its wings closed looks like a moth, no color at all, but then it fans out and it's a beauty you've never witnessed.
She's everything.
What is your family like?
My dad is a good honest man. He works all the time. Never had much time for us after my mom died. And Gabe, my baby brother, he's a full job. I have to keep him out of trouble. He's a lot like our mom.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
(His eyes glass over.) My mom. I think she killed herself because of me. I'm not sure. But I sure as hell know that I don't want to find out. Who could live with that kind of guilt.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Hey, I get the girl. Isn't that the best way to end a story? I don't think there was any other way it could have ended. Alice and I were destined. I'm writing a song about that woman. And someday, I'm going to f—freaking marry her. (He leans forward.) You thought I was going to say it, huh?

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Paranormal Romance first, Series writer, Erotic Romance second, NA too, Dark and twisted characters, Hot sex scenes, social media friend
Why did you choose to write about this character?
It's not a secret that rock stars are hot right now. I love RS novels. I wanted to create a musician that was a little more indie that superstar. And that's what I did. Seth is a songwriter, a musician, and just the right balance of good guy and bad boy for Alice.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
I wrote half of Drowning, and then realized I hated Seth. So I played with him in character sketches before I found that his backstory wasn't as dark as Alice's. So I really tore up his childhood. Once I brought out his painful past, he bled onto the paper.
Why do you write?
I write because I have a lot of sorrow in my soul. I think there are many others out there like me and I want to reach them. I want to find the people with a past that's a little messed up and show them that happy endings aren't just a fairytale.

Author Bio

Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour.
She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn't truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart!

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  1. awesome book i loved it so much just can't say enough about the emotions and writing this book is a must read.

  2. Kayelle, thank you so much for having Seth on today! :) I hope everyone enjoys meeting him.

    1. He seems like quite a character! I enjoyed the interview.

  3. This book was incredible! The highs & lows of this story took me for one hell of a ride!

    1. Kerry, you are awesome. Thank you! I'm hoping Gabe's story will be just as rewarding for you!


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