December 2, 2014

Character Interview: Tim Stone by Jennifer Young @JYnovelist #RLFblog #contemporary

No Time Like Now
No Time Like Now 
Welcome to a Character Interview with Tim Stone from No Time Like Now by Jennifer Young.

Interview with Tim Stone

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Tim Stone and I'm a geologist. You think that sounds geeky? Come and try it. We rockhounds are more macho than you think.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want the girl I fell in love with some years back. Why can't I have her? Because she lied to me, about something I can never forgive her for.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
I'm a scientist. That means I need facts. That's all you can judge things on — solid facts. The trouble is, emotional intelligence isn't about facts but about feeling. If I'm honest, I find myself a little bit insecure here. Facts? Well, they're just easier to deal with.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Apart from whether the known facts give me the complete story, you mean? The big problem I have, the big doubt in my mind is: if I forgive her will it all be okay? Or will she let me down again?
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I don't fear anything. The thing I feared happened to me when Megan McLeod betrayed me and I'm never going to let any woman treat me like that again. What's left to fear?
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Right at the moment, at the start of this story, it's Holly. I'm a lecturer and she's my PhD student. She's funny, she's clever, she's sexy. Of course we don't have that spark — but you only get that once in your life. Still, she's the best I can hope for and that will have to do.
What would that person say about you?
Umm… I think she hero-worships me, to be honest. She'd be quite complimentary. Probably.
What is your family like?
Pretty conventional, really. My parents are both teachers, as is my older sister, and we're all into sciences. We lived in the Peak District of Derbyshire so perhaps it's no surprise I became a geologist — it gave me the chance to study the rocks I love and to get out in the great outdoors. Explore a bit, see what I can find. But on this occasion, of course, I found out a bit too much.
What special skills do you rely on?
My scientific background and my analytical skills. I'm trained to look at the facts, not the emotions. The facts give you all the information you need. (Did I say that before?)
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Oh, now. That's exactly what happened. It would be Megan McLeod, the first woman — the only woman — I ever loved. The one who left me. But that would be a spoiler. You need to read the book to find out what she did.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Happy? Oh, yes. Because we each learned something about the other and I learned that facts aren't the only thing you need to get the true picture.
No Time Like Now
No Time Like Now

About the Author
Jennifer Young is an Edinburgh-based writer, editor and copywriter. She is interested in a wide range of subjects and writing media, perhaps reflecting the fact that she has both arts and science degrees. Jennifer has been writing fiction, including romantic fiction, for a number of years with several short stories already published. No Time Like Now is her second published novel; her first novel, Thank You For The Music, is also set on the Balearic island of Majorca.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Tim is the hero and he fascinates me. He's very, very clever but lacks emotional intelligence; he can be kind to those he cares for but if they hurt him he can turn very tough. For someone so intelligent he has a lot to learn.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
That he's deeply conventional when it comes to love. At the beginning he thinks that love is transient but he has to come to terms with the fact that his first love, Megan, is his real love — and though he blames her for the breakup he must acknowledge that he is also deeply at fault. He has to learn that facts alone don't tell you the whole story.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
No; it's definitely a happy ever after ending rather than a happy for now. But I will be writing more romantic suspense in the future — I really enjoy the genre.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
I've tried most genres in my time and I like most of them, although some of them are just too much for me — I don't have the twisted mind you need to write crime, for example. I would like to write literary fiction, just to be able to explore certain themes a little more deeply. And I'd love to write historical fiction but I'm afraid i'm just too lazy to do the research.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I've just completed a Masters degree in Earth science and I write articles on geoscience for a serious science website. And I'm a travel writer too.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Wonderful location, red-blooded hero, feisty heroine, old wounds still to heal. And some dramatic weather.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
If you read a book and you like it, please review it. Not just one of mine. If it's a good book, get the word out there.

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