|Love's Sweet Sorrow|
The character interview allows a hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Today's interview is with Jason Sorren from Love's Sweet Sorrow, by Richard Brawer.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author Name: Richard Brawer
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
It is said opposites attract. There can't be two people more opposite than Ariel and Jason. Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war. Jason is the lead council for America's largest weapons manufacturer.
Their budding romance is thrown into turmoil when Jason uncovers evidence linking his employer to international arms deals that could devastate America. His determination to stop the treason puts Ariel in the middle of dangerous territory.
As the chases to retrieve the evidence intensify Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason's life. She withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile whom she has been to whom she has become. Delving deeply into hers and Jason's long-held opposing convictions she questions whether they are truly meant to be together.
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An interview with: Jason Sorren
Tell us about yourself, please:
I'm 34 years old, six feet two inches tall. I'm the head of the legal department for Rathborn United Industries, America's largest defense contractor.
What is it that you want, but cannot have?
Ariel is a Quaker. She killed someone who tried to kill me. She hadn't been raped, but to her, I had no doubt what she had done was equally, if not more, traumatic. I am trying to convince her she has done nothing wrong, that what she did was self-preservation. I could not live with myself if she was forever in misery because of me.
What's your internal limitation?
To protect Ariel at the same time exposing the arms smugglers.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I love Ariel, but I'm not sure she loves me.
What's your external complication?
Losing Ariel. Life would be unbearable without her.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
As you probably guessed, it's Ariel. None of the other women I have dated left me with feelings like those I have for Ariel. She dances in my thoughts every minute I'm away from her. I long to hold her hand, talk to her, kiss her, smell her, draw her close to him, consume her with my love.
What would that person say about you?
I wish she would say, I love you, but she hasn't yet.
What is your family like?
My father was and uncle is Mafia. My father was murdered when I was twelve. My uncle took care of me and my mom. We never wanted for anything. After my father's murder I was ready to join my uncle and seek revenge. It was my mother who convinced me otherwise. I still remember her words.
"Why do you want to be a mobster? You like to hurt people, kill people, cheat people? You want to always be looking over your shoulder for the cops or some other family who wants your territory? You're old enough to remember how we couldn't go anywhere without bodyguards because your father was afraid they'd get us. That's no way to treat your wife or raise your children.
So I changed my name to distance myself from my family.
What special skills do you rely on?
I'm a pretty good archer. We lived in Nevada when my father was alive. He loved the outdoors and bow hunting. He taught me.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
The man who killed my father because it would take me back to the time I wanted revenge. I'm afraid it would force me to do something my mother worked so hard to convince me not to do.
Are you happy with the way your story ended?
That remains to be seen.
About the Writer
I write greatly conflicted characters with strong women that challenge their men.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
I created this character from scratch. This is a romantic/conspiracy novel and I needed someone inside the company to expose the conspiracy.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
As I said I write strong women who challenge their men. I was having trouble creating the woman in this story. How I chose a Quaker is a bit of a long story, but when I did, the entire character of Jason changed. He considered himself a lady's man who dropped women when he didn't have sex with them by the third date or when the word marriage came up.
With Ariel it was different. When Jason realized she was not going to have sex with him on that first date, or most likely anytime in the near future, he was still drawn to her.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
I was most happy when I was writing about Jason's feelings for Ariel.
What made me sad was when Jason disparaged Ariel. For example, they had been captured and were locked in a basement. Jason was trying to build a weapon. He asked Ariel for help. She refused.
Jason is seething. "…If I am not successful in making this weapon, we are going to die."
"If that is God's will."
He jumped up. "God's will! That's the excuse you Quakers use to let someone else do your fighting for you."
For a brief moment her teeth clenched and her eyes narrowed. "I didn't expect to hear that from you. I thought you were different."
Why do you write?
I have always had a vivid imagination. I started writing in 1994 when I read an article in the newspaper about a child born with a brain impairment and the father refused to take the child home from the hospital. The nurses' outrage was quoted in the article. I immediately wondered, where was the mother in all this and what happened to the child? Those thoughts gave birth to my first book. Since then I was hooked on creating stories.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Readers have said about Love's Sweet Sorrow:
"Extremely well-crafted, with consistently excellent writing, impeccable plotting, and nicely developed characters" Shoshana Hathaway
"I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see if they were able to resolve their differences or if they would split up. An enjoyable read from beginning to end." GBP and avid reader
Richard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time exploring local history. He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife. Read more about Richard and his books at his website: www.silklegacy.com
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