April 26, 2014

Character Interview: Link Jacks from Loving Link @tdhassettauthor #RLFblog #contemporary

Loving Link 
About the Book
Title Loving Link
Genre Contemporary Rock Star Romance
Author Name T.D. Hassett
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
What happens backstage doesn't always stay backstage. Recent college grad Madison Clarke shared a sizzling one-night stand with bad boy guitarist Link Jacks. She expected it to be just one incredible memory but a well placed web cam will make her indiscretion a viral sensation and have consequences for both of them.
Link Jacks is done with women and determined to focus solely on music and rock-band Becket's upcoming album. He's been living as a marketing-prop bad-boy rock star for so long he doesn't remember who he really is anymore. Not until he meets Madison, the emotionally guarded and theoretically off-limits younger sister of his best friend's wife.
Madison wants to get her fledgling tattoo career off the ground and stop relying on the generous charity of her wealthy brother-in-law to get by. She knows she should never get involved with the likes of Link but his presence is downright intoxicating. Her indiscretion will lead to Internet sex video and media frenzy. Their one wild night of passion will have scandalous repercussions and force each of them to confront their inner fears and emotional demons.

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Interview with Link Jacks

Tell us about yourself, please.
I used to be a pretty normal guy. I grew up middle class, raised by two music teachers. I had a talent for music so I got a partial scholarship to Julliard. Never had much luck with girls at least not until I was discovered and joined rock band Becket. Once the image consultants, wardrobe people and public relations advisors got their hooks into me, well life changed. All the sudden I couldn't keep the women away and everyone wanted a piece of me. I'm not really the bad boy monster the press makes me out to be, but it sells albums and keeps my name current. At least that's the way I used to feel before I met her, Madison. She brought out the real me and made me strong enough to face the world as myself. Oh, I'm also thirty years old and questioning everything.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want Madison but I want her fully in my world. She's determined to not disappoint her sister by hooking up with me but I know I can get her family to see things my way. I'm not who the all think I am, I'm the real me when she's around. I want to wake up with her every day of my life but she just keeps on running.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I know she's attracted to me; she even seems to care. The trouble is being with me has practically ruined her life. She lost her job, she's been shamed in front of everyone she knows and the whole on-line world got to see her fucking me. The press is hassling her, people are giving her the stink eye and I can't get her to forgive me for something I didn't really even do.
What is your family like?
My mom passed away but my dad is still around. He's actually part of the problem. He thinks the best way for me to stay on top is to keep my name in the tabloids. He's always working on some scenario that will get me press, whether it be dates with supermodels or rumors of trashed hotel rooms and drug addictions.
What special skills do you rely on?
I am an incredible pianist and guitar player. I can really sing although I usually only sing back up. I love building small models and like to think I can teach anyone how to play an instrument – heck, I wanted to be a music teacher when I was growing up. I also have a head for business – I sure don't want to be hopping around on stage in my fifties so I have diversified.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to write about this character?
He seemed like such a loveable, misunderstood bad boy and he made my pulse quicken just thinking about him.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
When I started writing about Link I didn't expect him to be so smart. I was originally going with musical prodigy with a make over. He came into his own and proved to be a truly kind person, motivated business man and stand up guy.
What do you want to write next?
I am finishing up a third book right now. It is a bit of a romantic mystery that I hope will give readers a sexy love story and a who dunnit all at the same time.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I have already begun writing about the female protagonist's best friend, Darling Roberts. Link will also feature in the book as he really wants to see his friend find love, even if that means a little manipulation!

Author Bio

T.D. Hassett grew up reading the romance greats--Jackie Collins, Julie Garwood, and Judith McNaught. She was certain that life should be like a romance novel, with lots of passion, some incredible adventures, and a guaranteed happily ever after. She attended college in New England, earning a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology before changing her mind again and studying education. Currently Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with three crazy cats and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her eccentric relatives and their quest to make her feel like the only normal nut in the family tree inspire her writing.

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