Monday, February 10, 2014

Character Interview: Catching Heat

Title: Catching Heat
Series: Feeling the Heat, #3
Author: Alison Packard
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 267
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Life has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she’s kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she’s laid off…and pregnant.

J.T. was hurt by Angie’s rejection, but with one more year with the Blaze, he has no time for love. He needs to spend the off season training hard so he can negotiate a better contract with a new team at the end of the year. But when Angie shows up on his doorstep, he‘s overwhelmed by wanting to not just do right by her but pursue a relationship with her. Hoping for a second chance, he proposes.

Angie agrees to marry J.T. on one condition: the marriage will be purely a business arrangement. But as Angie spends time with him and his family, and J.T. neglects his training to spend time with her, what begins as a union in name only slowly grows into something more—something that looks a whole lot like love and friendship.

Character Interview

Hello, I’m Exposé Tattler, and I’m your guest host for the Provocative Pages character interview. Today, I’m talking to fictional character, J.T. Sawyer, who is the creation of author Alison Packard. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me today, J.T.

J.T.: You’re welcome, Exposé. Hey, is that your real name?

ET: Yes. Why do you ask?
J.T. (shrugs): No reason.

ET: Okay, moving on. How did you first meet your writer?
J.T.: I met her when she wrote her second book, The Winning Season. I became good friends with the hero of that book, Matt Scanlon. And boy did he need a friend. He had some serious baggage when he joined the Blaze. That’s the San Francisco Blaze, in case you don’t follow baseball.

ET: I do follow baseball. You’re their back-up catcher, right?
J.T. (scowls): Yes, but not for long. My contract is up after the season is over and I hope to get picked up as a starter for another team.

ET: Did you ever think that your life would end up being in the book, Catching Heat?
J.T.: Not at all. I thought I was just some secondary character good for only one book. But I guess I grew on her and she decided to create a story for me.

ET: Are you currently engaged in a relationship?
J.T.: Yes. I’m married. My wife’s name is Angie. It started out as one of those…whaddya call them? Marriage of conveniences.

ET: Started out? Does that mean it’s more than that now?
J.T. (lifts one brow): It’s a romance novel. What do you think?

ET: Good point, J.T. So tell me. What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
J.T.: The sex scenes were hot. I wish there’d been a few more though.

ET: Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
J.T.: I tried to get her to write a hot tub sex scene but since Angie was pregnant, hot tub action wouldn’t have been good for the baby.

ET: Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?
J.T.: You’d have to ask her. Frankly, I hope not…that would be kind of weird. The only person I want dreaming about me is Angie.

ET: Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
J.T.: For the most part, but I kind of wish she would have thought about putting me in a thriller. You know, like that Jason Bourne guy. That dude is a bad-ass.

ET: If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
J.T.: The part where I acted like a dick. That was not cool.

ET: Do you like the way the book ended?
J.T. (smiles broadly): Yes. I ended up with the most beautiful woman in the world. How could I not like that?

ET: Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
J.T.: Well, it would be nice to see if I ever make it as a starting catcher.

ET: What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
J.T.: I’m not too thrilled that she made me a slob who leaves shit lying around everywhere. That was greatly exaggerated. I’m really not that messy.

ET: Do have any secret aspirations your author doesn’t know about?
J.T. (offers a sly grin): Of course, but if I told you, they wouldn’t be a secret anymore. Hey, did she ask you to ask me that?

ET: She might have slipped that question in.
J.T.: Well, she’s the writer. She’ll have to figure it out on her own.

ET: I hope she does, it would be nice to revisit you and Angie again in future books.
J.T.: Well, I’ve got three brothers. I’m sure one of them is good for a book. Except maybe Justin. He’s an ass.

ET: Hmmm. The bad-boy hero. I hope he gets a book.
J.T. (snorts): Don’t count on it.

ET: Well, we’ll just have to see what your writer does in the future. Thank you for a lovely interview and good luck getting that starting catcher position.
J.T.: You’re welcome, and you can bet I’ll be a starter somewhere. My writer will see to it.

About the Author:

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alison now lives in Southern Nevada where she’s still getting used to the blistering summers and slot machines in every grocery store.

When not working at the day job that pays the bills, keeps a roof over her head, and supports her book and chocolate habits, she spends most of her free time writing. But when she takes a break, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

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