Marianne Rice shares details about the creation of Mason Tucker in the book False Hope.
About the Book
Title False Hope
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Marianne Rice
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Emma Fulton never had to worry about much. Socially-driven and happily single, she's been blessed with charm, good looks, and supportive friends and family. But after a medical emergency, a dollop of family drama, and a series of near-tragic events, she finds she must question who she can trust.
Preferring solitude to intimacy, Mason Tucker's large family makes it difficult to escape large gatherings and small talk. When Emma's mother marries into the family, he finds himself reluctantly drawn to the beautiful woman who is his complete opposite. But after helping her through a terrible discovery, Emma begins to break down some of Mason's communication barriers and insecurities.
When Emma asks for his assistance in tracking down family secrets, Mason finds himself following along in order to keep her safe. Unfortunately, not everyone has Emma's safety in mind when danger waits for the perfect opportunity to strike.
Introducing Mason Tucker
Name: Mason Tucker
Birthplace: Newhall, New Hampshire
Profession: Computer Systems Engineer
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars:
Mason’s lickable washboard abs are proof he doesn’t let the countless hours he spends behind his computer screen catch up to him. With his dark hair, chocolate eyes, and deep-set dimples that are only seen on those rare occasions when he smiles, Mason Tucker exemplifies male beauty.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Tell us about this character, please.
Emma is Mason’s opposite. She’s outgoing, confident and fights for what she wants…which happens to be Mason. After dislocating his shoulder in a rough game of flag football, Emma is laden with guilt and is determined to look after Mason’s physical well-being. Because, you know, he’s hot. He tries his hardest to keep his distance from her, and she tries even harder to keep them together. She’s stubborn to the core and will not let him slip away so easily.
If you could only hear this character's voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
Mason only speaks when necessary so his words are short and to the point. His voice is deep and low, and he has a tendency to stutter when he’s around Emma.
What is your character's family like?
Mason has two brothers who respect his need for privacy, but love to egg him on. Mason’s mom plays matchmaker quite a bit in this series, but she doesn’t get much of an opportunity to in this book. She pushed his older brother Connor and Meg together in False Start and does some meddling with Cole, Mason’s twin in the third book, False Impressions. Cole does some meddling of his own though, and gives Mason the kick in the pants he needs.
His family is loving, accepting and are all outgoing and very social, while Mason is shy and reserved. He feels like he never fits in with his brothers. His oldest is a retired NFL player and his twin is Mr. Playboy of the town.
Is he close to family?
Yes. And he is extremely loyal to those he cares about.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
Everything is black and white in Mason’s eyes.
How do others perceive your character based upon looks, and is is this assumption accurate?
Because he shies away from social gatherings, Emma has never gotten to know him. While she’s best friends with Mason’s identical twin, she never felt the chemistry with him that she has with Mason. He’s incredibly fit but feels insecure next to his NFL brother and popular twin. He doesn’t speak much and Emma is constantly wondering what she’s said or done to piss him off.
Does your character care about what others assume about him?
Not one bit.
Can your hero keep a secret (why or why not)?
Of course he can keep a secret. He’s the nonjudgmental type who doesn’t divulge information and only speaks when necessary. If he’s asked a question he’ll answer honestly, but not say any more than what was specifically asked. However, ironically, Emma turns to him because he is the only one who hadn’t kept a secret from her.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
Mason doesn’t think he’ll ever be good enough for Emma. She is his polar opposite and thrives on idle chatter and social gatherings while Mason would rather work on his computer and be by himself. He knows she deserves someone who can make her laugh, but he can’t resist the pull.
What is your hero's biggest personal flaw?
Lack of communication. He doesn’t talk about his feelings and is afraid to open up.
About Your Writer
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Thankfully Marianne appreciates the strong and silent type. I believe I’m semi-modeled after her husband. He seems a little rough around the edges and doesn’t say much, but he’s reliable and the most loyal person you’ll meet. Kinda like me.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
It isn’t until the end of the book that my mom tells Emma some of my childhood skeletons. I’d rather not share them here. It makes me feel weak and…never good enough. Definitely not issues a strong man would want to have.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
My cousin Paige hooks up with the detective in my book. She’s a minor character but I love her and think she deserves her own story. Of course my cocky identical twin gets his own book in June. Thankfully Marianne took him down a few pegs. It’s kinda nice to see my confident brother squirm.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
For the hot men. She was always checking out my abs or dimples or some crap like that.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thank you for giving me a chance. So many heroes have smooth lines (like my brothers) but it’s nice to have the quiet awkward ones get the girl as well. And thanks for making me so hot. I’m normally not vain, but hey, I’m still a guy.
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Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines her smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always find everlasting love. When she's not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there's time, relaxing with fancy drinks and a great read. She tries to make time for her husband too, but he often places behind her love affair with books.
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