May 26, 2014

Character Sketch: Jake from Protection @linda_rettstatt #RLFblog #suspense


About the Book

Title Protection
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Linda Rettstatt
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Jake Garber is a new man after being placed in the witness protection program pending a Federal child-trafficking case in which he's a witness. Shannon Chase is the identity stolen by a young woman escaping her past to protect her child. A foggy night, a hairpin turn, and a car crash throw Jake and Shannon into one another's lives where each struggles to protect a secret.

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About the Character

Name: Jake Garber
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Birthplace: New York State
Profession: Carpenter
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: Jake is tall and lean, with dark brown hair that creeps over his shirt collar. He is tanned from working outdoors.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Shannon Chase – a woman who literally crashed into his life along with her three month old daughter.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Jake learned carpentry from his father and grandfather and relies on those skills now to support himself.
What does he have a knack for doing?
Taking care of other people.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
His once well-defined views on morality are challenged and shift because of his forced exile into witness protection and his growing attraction to Shannon.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would he most want it to be, and why? OR who would he most NOT want it to be, and why?
He would not be happy to see Lou Crowley--the former priest who is now trying to kill him.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Jake is a walking secret. In his former life as Father Steve Avery, he became a key witness in a child-trafficking case. With two of the suspects still on the loose, Father Steve was placed in witness protection, living now as Jake Garber in the Pacific Northwest.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
After having Shannon Chase and her baby come into his life, Jake is seriously doubting his original call to the priesthood. He struggles with his feelings of betrayal by the Church and his sense of belonging with Shannon and Bailey.
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Jake needs to protect his identity while trying to help Shannon and her infant daughter, Bailey. He risks letting this woman into his home and his heart.
What is your hero's biggest hopes and dreams?
He begins to realize a longing for his own family, something he can never have if he returns to the priesthood when the Federal case is resolved.
What is your hero's breaking point?
When he begins to doubt that Shannon has been honest with him.
Who in his life has the power to hurt this character the most? Why?
Shannon. Because he has fallen in love with her.

Bonus: Questions for you to ask your character.

Jake, what is your favorite meal?
Give me a nice thick steak, medium rare and an ice cold beer and I'm happy.
When you went into the Witness Protection Program, you had to take on a new line of work. You chose carpentry. Why?
My grandfather was a master carpenter. And woodworking is my dad's hobby. I learned from them and enjoy creating things that will mean something to people for generations to come.
What drives you in life?
The desire to do something meaningful, something that makes a difference.

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

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Well, it's not every day you meet a priest in the witness protection program. I guess my story intrigued her. That along with the varied possibilities of how everything could turn out.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
That I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to weaponry. I rely on my Louisville Slugger for self-defense.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
Yep. We were both surprised by the intensity of my attraction to Shannon.
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most happy?
She just loved digging into my emotions. Someone should tell her us guys aren't too fond of that. And she just couldn't keep her nose out of the relationship I have with Shannon. She was gleefully determined to get the two of us together.
What makes your writer the most sad?
Even though my story has a happy ending, I know Linda was sad to write those last two words. I think she enjoyed being in my company. (Maybe I'll have to whisper another story line in her ear some day.)
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
She's a story teller, that's for sure. She seemed to thoroughly enjoy dragging the fine details of my life and my struggles out of me. If she weren't a writer, she'd make a pretty good therapist. Or a sadist, since she managed to put me into a few heart-stopping situations.

About the Author

Linda Rettstatt likes to know what makes people tick and she loves a good story. This combination fuels her passion for creating stories that capture your mind and touch your heart. Her writing garnered the 2012 EPIC eBook Award in Mainstream Fiction for her novel Love, Sam. Linda grew up in SW Pennsylvania and suffers a bout of homesickness every October when she thinks of the fall leaves and trails at her beloved Ohiopyle State Park. She now lives in NW Mississippi with her cat, Binky, who only allows her to share the apartment because she brings home the Fancy Feast.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much, Kayelle, for letting me introduce Jake to your readers.


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