October 22, 2015

Brandt Fairlane from Seduction in Sierra Leone by @olivianightread #RLFblog #suspense

Interview with Brandt Fairlane
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself.

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Brandt Fairlane. I am the CEO of Fairlane Trade International. We are the largest arms supplier in the Middle East and Africa. The company exchanged hands by force when knowledge came to light that the previous CEO had started to expand the business to include human trafficking. Myself, and two others went in and took over.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
Aislinn Salameh. Aislinn is a relief worker in a small village in Sierra Leone. I visit the village for a friend who calls in a favor I owe. I try to stay away from her for numerous reasons. One being that Rick, the previous CEO of the arms company, may retaliate at any time. Having a weakness is a dangerous thing in my business. So in order to keep her safe I try to stay far, far away from her.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
My biggest fear is putting Aislinn in danger. Once I knew I couldn’t be without Aislinn I knew that I was potentially putting her at risk. There is nothing scarier than knowing the woman you love is in danger or could be hurt.  It goes beyond being scared. You have to tell yourself to keep breathing, to keep functioning. You’re so beyond terrified that your body won’t function unless you tell it to.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Aislinn is a relief worker in Sierra Leone when I meet her. She is a bit of a restless soul and left her home and career as a teacher to search for what and where she will be happy. Like me, she lost her family when she was young and is a bit of a loner because of that. Aislinn is a force of nature and is the only person in my life that has no problem standing up to me. She is beautiful and funny and she is a loving and kind person. I knew the second I saw her that I wanted her to be mine.
What is your family like?
I don’t have a conventional family. I know my parents are still alive, but I lost them a long time ago. My family consists of two guys I consider my brothers; Patrick and Logan. I met Patrick when I was a kid. We were both homeless on the streets of Cambodia. I took him under my wing and we have been a family every since.  Patrick and I met Logan years later. He helps run Fairlane Trade International. Logan isn’t much of a talker, but he is a solid person and you can depend on him for anything. Something haunts his past, but he doesn’t talk about it. So we don’t ask about it. 
What special skills do you rely on?
I was left on the streets of Cambodia as a kid. I had to learn how to survive or I’d die. I have been in the military, I have been in an off shoot sector of the United Nations peace keeping organization and then I rose through the ranks of the arms company. I am good at a number of things. Most of these are things that the majority of people would have no clue how to do. I have been trained by the best military leaders and have acquired a very specialized subset of skills.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
For obvious reasons, I would not want Rick to show up out of the blue. I took his company over and he is a man set on vengeance. There are few things more dangerous than a man fueled by vengeance.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
For the most part, yes. The end of my story leaves one of the characters in a very dire situation. That character’s story is the focal point of book two in the series.

About the Writer
Olivia Night, a fictional character herself, has always been an avid reader and writer. She found the romance genre in college and has never been able to get enough. One sleepless night, the main characters of Book One in her Seduction series sprang from her head fully formed. They demanded she tell their story; so she did. As they revealed themselves, so did two other intriguing characters. Those characters convinced her to give them their own books because their stories were worth telling too. And so Olivia suddenly became a romance author. When Olivia is not writing, she has the best job in the world, which, too, will remain a secret. In her free time, she reads, write, runs, or is, most likely, out emulating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Olivia lives in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S.—Baltimore. She lives with her cat, which she is convinced was a gladiator in his past life. Olivia plans to continue being awesome at this thing called life. Really, that’s her only goal.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
The characters and storyline quite literally popped into my head one day. Much of who the characters are was already there from the beginning. The hard part in writing this book was filling in the in between. I knew how it was going to end, but not how I was going to get there. A lot of it just came out and flowed whereas other parts took me days to figure out.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Brandt came to me before Aislinn did. He intrigued me from day one. I love that he is so guarded and strong but also so incredibly vulnerable. I am really attached to him and I wanted the readers to get a glimpse of him in hopes they would find him as intriguing and loveable as I do.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
As I said before, Brandt is actually very vulnerable. I had no idea how deep this ran in him. Aislinn is the perfect person for him. She can treat him with care without him feeling coddled and sees no failing in his vulnerability. 
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes! Book Two, “Seduction in Seville” will be out this winter (date tbd) and the third book, “Seduction in Scotland” will be out early 2016. These two books are Patrick’s and Logan’s stories.
I am also working on a separate series that has been occupying a lot of my mental space recently. This new series will have four books all following a different woman but all very close friends. It will be contemporary suspense as well.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I am a huge dork with a passion for American History, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dean Winchester.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
My books are a perfect mix of suspense and romance. The fast paced nature of the book will keep you reading and the love story will have you wanting more! I have read a lot of books where it is too heavy on the suspense plot and leaves you wishing for more love and other books that is too heavy on the love and the plot never quite develops. I think (and hope) my books are the best of both worlds.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I hope you love the characters as much as I do!

About the Book
Title Seduction in Sierra Leone, The Men of FTI Book One
Genre Contemporary Suspense
Author  Olivia Night
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
In the mangroves of Sierra Leone, two strangers raised a world apart find themselves inextricably connected. Seduction in Sierra Leone, the first in a series of three novels, is a fast-paced tale of murder, lust, and love that transports the reader to a foreign and mysterious world of danger.
Aislinn Salameh, an American relief worker, is searching for purpose in her self- imposed lonely world. The stranger who enters her village on a blistering hot day looks more animal than man. She knows she should stay far away but can’t stop herself from being drawn to the mysterious man.
Brandt Fairlane is a man haunted by the sins of his past. Detached from others, Brandt has spent his life alone. His line of work is too dangerous for the luxuries of love and family.
When Brandt sees Aislinn and her haunting eyes, he knows he must possess her. But when Brandt’s past comes back from the dead and Aislinn is caught in the crossfire, it is up to him to keep her safe. In order to survive, they must learn to rely on one another. As they run for their lives, the heat between them becomes undeniable. Now, Brandt must not only protect Aislinn from a madman committed to stealing her away but he also must protect her from himself. Because if Brandt steals her body and her heart, he’ll never let her go.

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