Kathy Kulig shares details about the creation of Deven Chandler in the book His Lost Mate.
About the Book
Title: His Lost Mate
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Kathy Kulig
Book heat level (Based on movie ratings): R
He lost her once hundreds of years ago. Now he must battle a new entity. Will he lose her again forever?
Archaeologist and psychic Lauren Halpern embarks on a journey to uncover an ancient mystery in a sultry and exotic jungle, but everything is getting in her way. Deven Chandler, the drop-dead gorgeous leader of their excavation is a serious distraction she does not need, and she’s desperately trying to guard her heart. But the heated passion between them is undeniable, and they simply cannot find a way to stop the inevitable. Lauren senses the supernatural connection between them holds a secret deeper than the hot sex they’re trying to resist. And Deven, the scientist that he is, simply won’t believe her esoteric beliefs or warnings.
Once they tumble into a sizzling affair the real trouble begins. From the ancient ruins, a ghost of an ancient shaman appears. He lures them deeper to into the jungle where lies the deadliest evil of all. When danger arrives, can Deven learn to trust her and risk everything to save her?
Introducing Deven Chandler
Name: Deven Chandler
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Dutch
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Tan, toned, muscular build, 6’, rough hands from years of field work excavating archaeological ruins.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Lauren Halpern, a graduate student from another college, is doing field work on his excavation for credits towards her degree. There’s an instant attraction the moment she arrives. The woman is hot, smart and sexy. But he knows he should resist. As a professional, he shouldn’t allow it. There are too many complications with the excavation—local authorities, potential antiquity thieves, rumors of rebels in the jungle. The safety of the team and his project is vital, his love life with a hot student is not priority. And now there are a number of strange, unexplained events occurring around the ruins. Not to mention his ex-fiancée has decided to join the team this time around, and she has her own agenda besides adding to her collection at the museum.
Tell us about this character, please.
Deven is rugged and sexy. A mix of outdoor adventurer and smart professor, a bit like Indiana Jones. Although he was offered a prestigious board position at a large museum, he turned it down to continue traveling and working his projects in the jungle.
How does your hero dress? Archaeologist in the jungle, working on ancient ruins. Jeans or khakis, no suits for this man. (unless he’s teaching at the university) He’s not afraid to get dirty.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly? He makes a comfortable wage. He works at a university in Boston, has a nice condo there and owns a cottage on Cape Cod. He’s most happy when he’s traveling and digging in ruins.
On what special skills does your character rely? He’s highly skilled at his job, good at working with students and negotiating with foreign authorities. He’s all scientist, but rugged to the bone, devoted and determined to uncover the mystery surrounding his current project. But his flaw is not seeing a supernatural element closing in on the ruins.
What is your character's family like? He’s close to his family. His sister is also an archaeologist, but more sensitive to the supernatural. She has experienced ghosts at the ruins where she has worked. His parents live in the Netherlands. They sold their home to provide college educations for their two children. Over the years, Deven and his sister helped them purchase a home again.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would he most NOT want it to be, and why? Sylvia, his ex-fiancée. Of course she decides to show up during this semester. He can’t turn her away since her father privately funds most of these projects for the college. He’s president of the board of the museum and part of the deal is acquiring a collection of artifacts for his museum. Deven has a hunch Sylvia has plans to acquire more than artifacts and that makes this trip more of a complication than Deven wants to deal with. Especially since things are heating up between him and Lauren.
What past event causes your character the most fear? In the jungle of a third-world country, anything can happen. Danger can arise, natural and unnatural can threaten lives deep in the jungle. Having local authorities shut down his project is one fear, but having his team come to harm is another. Antiquity thieves, paramilitary groups, desperate locals, wild life, and more can all be a threat to a secluded archaeological dig. But there’s another threat, a supernatural one…
What is your hero's biggest personal flaw? He and Lauren are connected to the jungle in a supernatural way that he refuses to acknowledge. His seeing-is-believing, analytical mind denies what is obvious. And that could be dangerous for all of them on the team.
What is your hero's breaking point? When Lauren goes missing. Can’t say more without a spoiler.
About Your Writer
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Kathy is a bit of an adventure herself. She’s traveled a bit, explored the Mayan ruins in Tikal, Coba, and Tulum. She spoke to an archaeologist (not me), when she decided to write this story. He even gave her a Mayan artifact. The ruins must have inspired this story. I’m trying to determine what happened to an entire culture that seemed to have vanished hundreds of years ago. She asked the question: What if two Mayan lovers who lived back then were faced with a tragic life event? Could their love survive and they find each other again?
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
Hmmm. I’m devoted to my work, okay, I’m a work-aholic, but my job as an archaeologist and professor is important and rewarding. Sometimes I’m stubborn and keep blinders on. I guess I need to be more open to the esoteric world. I’m not comfortable with that. I’d rather go with facts and figures and proven hypotheses.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
Perhaps my sister Sarita who’s working on a project in Greece. Or the two young guys on the team Kyle and Justin.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
An archaeologist likes to uncover treasures and solve mysteries. It’s a way we can connect with cultures to the past and better understand them. A writer likes to tell stories. The stories have to be told as they come to her, and she must love to share them with others. It’s her way of connecting with people from the present and also the future.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thanks for writing my story and forcing me to face what I swore I’d never have to. And for helping me find the woman I was meant to be with always—my soul mate, my lover. From one work-aholic to another, get away from your desk and work. Have more fun. When you return refreshed, write what you’re most passionate about. You’ll always have new stories to share with readers and fans.
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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kathy Kulig is a writer, a science geek, a part time health food nut, an occasional cat sitter, and an adventure movie junkie. She lives in a 100-year-old Victorian house with her amazingly support hubby who is also a geek and shares her love of traveling. Kathy writes sexy paranormal, contemporary and suspense. Her books can be dark and edgy, passionate and erotically-charged, but there’s always a steamy romance and a happy ending.
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