Interview with Shamus McTavis
Tell us about yourself, please.
Let’s see. I’m the only son of Brian and Leslie McTavis. Sadly, when I was young both my parents died when their yacht floundered off the coast of Indonesia. That left me in charge of the McTavis Foundation and made me a rather wealthy man. My beautiful grandmother had a passion for flowers and the McTavis Conservancy is still attached to the mansion and is thriving. I can sense my grandparent’s and parent’s spirits there when I wander about the conservancy.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
I would say, what I thought “the conflict” was was love. Everyone I loved died and there was a time, in those over dramatic teenage years, when I thought I was cursed. I didn’t want to get near anyone because I couldn’t stand the pain of having them die. As I matured, I resolved that issue, but then found the problem of being wealthy was people pretended to be your friend or love you. They wanted to be close to the money not me.
I didn’t date much and led the life of almost a recluse until that day when I was walking Reginald in the park and spotted Darcy.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Am I worth it? I didn’t earn my millions; I inherited them. Every day I wonder if I am worthy of the position as Chairman and do I deserve this entitled lifestyle.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Darcy O’Calahan. A beauty as rare as some of the flowers in the conservancy. She grew up in a small mid-western town, where she worked her way through high school and college doing the flower beds for her neighbours and the local municipal office. She once told me this hilarious story – which didn’t make it into the book – about the summer she was covered with a poison ivy rash. Makes me itchy just thinking about it.
Let’s be honest, I’m rich and that makes me a target for single women. But Darcy didn’t chase me down. I spotted her. Actually, I let Reginald off his leash and he smashed into her knocking her down.
What is your family like?
I have no family. I am an only child and my parents died in a yachting accident and my grandparents have long passed on. It’s just me. I’ve been alone since my parent’s death. Darcy is the first person I have let into my world and my life.
Why are you happy with the way your story ended?
Happy is not even close to how I feel. I found love. True love. Darcy may be awed by my wealth, which is completely understandable. She’s working at a low paying job and came from a middle class background. I grew up in wealth and privilege and live in a mansion that could house a small city’s population, but that has nothing to do with her love for me. If I was struggling as hard as Darcy was, she would still love me.
About the Writer
Hi, I'm Victoria Adams. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and pets. Daughter's grown up and is now teaching. I like to garden, cook and study Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian belly dance). In the summer, cars slow down when they pass my front yard and the passengers gaze at my flower beds. Friends love to be invited over for supper as the meal is going to be good, good for you and nowhere near low-calorie! No dieting allowed at dinner parties. As to belly dancing, find a class and try it. It's a blast! Age and weight don't matter. There are many plus size ladies and one 74 yr old grandmother in one of my classes.
I've been writing since I was little. Being an only child, long car rides were filled with making up stories in my head about the people I saw out the car window. When my daughter was younger, I made up stories that she suggested. I'd say – Once upon a time there was a…. She'd shout an answer – chicken! And the story went from there. Great creativity exercise as it turns out. Now, my writing style has taken a split to contemporary romance for adults and contemporary romance for new adults.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
The chapter ending hooks. This was not a conventionally written book. It’s a compilation of flash fiction episodes that were woven together to make a book. Each episode needed a chapter ending hook to catch the reader and make them “turn the page”.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
The entire story, Red Tulip, is written from Darcy’s point of view. I thought it only fair that Shamus be allowed a moment to express himself.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Red Tulip is the first book in a planned series called Romantic Flashes. I belong to a flash fiction group and Red Tulip is the result of weekly episodes written based on prompts and the whole thing tied into a story. I have another story written, waiting to be edited, plus I’m working on a seasonal collection of stories.
What genre would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
Mystery! Didn’t even have to think about that answer. I adore old English mysteries – Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers. I have no idea how to write one without all the clues being obvious.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Red Tulip is short and very unique. It was written in the style that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle presented his first book – The Hound of the Baskervilles. Doyle wrote weekly episodes of the story that were published in a magazine. Being the 21st century, Red Tulip appeared weekly on my blog. It was a challenge to write having to incorporate the weekly prompts into the story. For instance, when December rolled around, of course all the prompts were Christmas oriented. Red Tulip takes place in late spring. A challenge which I accepted and wrote it into the story.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I love hearing from people who read my books. I don’t mean reviews. I love getting FB messages or tweets. I will respond.
About the Book
Title Red Tulip
Genre contemporary romance
Author Victoria Adams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Darcy O'Calahann, a junior gardener from a small mid-western town, is trying to make her way in the big city.
Shamus McTavis is a wealthy bachelor with a mysterious family past.
Are Darcy's eyes playing tricks on her? Is she losing her mind? Or is there really a Red Tulip tying her and Shamus together?
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