Hello, TWNers!!! Remember when I shared the cover for the Tell Me You Love Me anthology? And I said I would share more about my story featured in that anthology later? Yeah, later is now today! Yipee!!
To start off, my short story being published in this lovely anthology is called . . .
“He Wanted My Heart”!!!
“He Wanted My Heart” blurb
A rude and arrogant man from Clarissa’s past has shown up asking for her hand in marriage. Her initial denial doesn’t work as Greyson tries to win her favor. Through the next several weeks, she begins to see a side of him she never thought existed. Could it be he’s had a change of heart, or does he have some ulterior motive? And what of her own changing feelings?
“He Wanted My Heart” is a fairytale-type story, though not a retelling. However, it does have a couple of subtle references to fairy tale stories, such as “Cinderella” and “Rapunzel.” (And if that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will!😜) Also, you can scroll through my Pinterest board (which, honestly, isn’t very long XD) to get into the feel of this story and the characters! 😉
To make things even more exciting, today, you get to hear from the characters themselves!!!
*shouts and cheers*
You see, my characters, Greyson and Clarissa, had the privilege of being interviewed by the wonderful SARAINA WHITNEY!!!!!
*even more shouts and cheers*
But that’s not all the good news because Saraina’s fantabulous characters, Evangeline and Reed, from her story “To Be Loved” (also featured in Tell Me You Love Me) were interviewed by me, which you can read here!!!
So that means, it’s a DOUBLE CHARACTER INTERVIEW!!!! (Or as we’re calling it, a CHARACTER INTERVIEW SWAP!!) How great is that?!?! And may I say that Saraina’s characters are so funny together and such a cute couple!! You’re gonna love them!! So don’t forget to read their interview!
Now without further ado, I present to you:
Saraina’s interview of Clarissa and Greyson
[Saraina’s questions are in bold.]
Hi Clarissa! Thank you for agreeing to be interrogated – I mean, interviewed! My opening question is: what’s your favorite color and why?
Hello, Saraina! It’s a pleasure to meet you! Of course! I am happy to do it!
My favorite color is light blue. I don’t have a reason other than that I’ve loved it since I was little. I do vaguely remember my brother once surprised me with light blue ribbons for my birthday. I have no idea how he had gotten it, but anyway, maybe that’s why light blue became my favorite color.
What do you perceive as your greatest weakness and greatest strength?
Hm, I would say my greatest strength is showing kindness, but my greatest weakness is giving people a second chance. After experiencing God’s kindness and the kindness of my parents, I’ve learned to show that same kindness to others. But I’ve lived with hurt and pain that’s hard to forget and let go. So, I guess showing forgiveness is something God is still working on in me.
What does family mean to you?
To me, family means loving and taking care of others. It doesn’t matter if you’re related by blood or not. Family is the people who truly love you and want to take care of you. They don’t let go, and they don’t abandon you. And in turn, you are there for them.
If you had a theme song, what might it be?
My author introduced me to some music from your world, and one that I’d say would be my theme song is “Forgiveness” by Matthew West.
Do you think you get along with most people? Why or why not?
Yes, I think so. I’ve learned to hold my tongue and not show when I’m upset with, hurt by, or angry with someone. I still try to be nice to people even if I’m not fond of them, thus, causing me to get along with people very easily.
What’s a Scripture verse you’ve memorized and always think about?
Deuteronomy 31:8 is one verse that sticks with me and has helped me through so much. It reminds me that even if everyone else leaves me, God never will.
What is your favorite place in the world you live in?
My absolute favorite place is one particular tower adjacent to my parents’ mansion. When I was younger, my father told me that he decided to name the tower after me and that it could be mine to do with however I pleased. The tower stored a lot of old stuff my parents weren’t using anymore, and so it made the perfect place for exploring and hiding. Oh, my apologies! I think I gave a longer answer than you expected.
Name your most favorite trait about Greyson! Why do you admire that in him?
My favorite trait about Greyson is his persistence. He never gives up even when it seems hopeless. I love that he never gave up trying to win my heart. There are a few people from my past who I wish had the same persistence that Greyson has. If they had, maybe they could’ve held onto me a little longer.
Greyson, if you don’t mind, I’d like to invite you into this Q&A as well! Why is being an architect rewarding to you?
I’m honored to be invited to this interview, Miss Saraina.
Being an architect fulfills my passion and desire to design sturdy towers. I have the opportunity to make better designs and structures so that the incident I experienced does not happen again to me and Clarissa or to anyone else.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I would change my sinful character into a better man. I want to be kinder, compassionate, and considerate of others. I am ashamed of my arrogant self, and I want to change. I try every day to be more like Jesus.
Do you get embarrassed easily? If so, what embarrasses you most?
I don’t normally get embarrassed. I guess, though, if someone humiliated me in public, especially in front of people with higher status, then I’d be embarrassed.
Who do you look up to the most?
My mother. I think very highly of her. She raised me into the man I am and taught me to be a gentleman in society. Next to her would be my aunt. I spent a lot of time with my aunt and am very fond of her. She’s the one who gave me advice concerning getting a job and informed me of the job opportunities at Lockleyhood Estate where I first met Clarissa.
If the whole world stopped to hear you speak, what would you say?
I would say to treat others the way you want to be treated, not the way you are treated. Follow Jesus’ example and show kindness to everyone, not matter how difficult. It is that kindness that changes hearts. *pauses* I know because it has changed mine.
Finally, what is your most favorite trait about Clarissa?
This is a hard one because she is a woman of honorable character. However, my favorite trait of hers would have to be her kindness. She showed me kindness even when I didn’t deserve it, even when I was utterly mean to her. A characteristic like that takes great strength. For that, she is a piece of Heaven in my opinion.
Thank you, Clarissa and Greyson, for agreeing to this interview! (And congratulations to Katherine on the upcoming release of your delightful story “He Wanted My Heart” in Tell Me You Love Me!)
Clarissa: It was my pleasure!
Greyson: You conducted an excellent interview, Miss Saraina!
Katherine: Aw, thank you!!
This post is part of the Tell Me You Love Me author tour. Want to follow along the tour? You’re in luck because here’s the schedule:
Grace A. Johnson – January 17 – tour kickoff (You can find the preorder link to the anthology in that post as well as by clicking on the Tell Me You Love Me image at the bottom of this screen.)
Michaela Bush – January 18
H.S. Kylian – January 19
Michaela Bush – January 19
Amelia Cabot on Of Blades and Thorns – January 20th
Issabelle Perry – January 23rd
Grace A. Johnson – January 23rd
Maggie Copeland on Of Blades and Thorns – January 24th
Sarah Lawton – January 25th
Lydia M. Jupp on Of Blades and Thorns – January 25th
Saraina Whitney – January 26th
H.S. Kylian – January 26th
Katherine Perry – January 27th (C’est moi! That’s me, hehe.)
Mackenzie Hendricks – January 30th
Lucia Molano – January 31st
Saraina Whitney – January 31st
Grace A. Johnson – January 31st – tour ends // giveaway winners announced
Oh, did I mention there’s a giveaway going on during this tour? Because there is! You can find details about that (how to enter and what you could win) in the kickoff post linked above. ^^
Let’s chat!! What do you think of Clarissa and Greyson? Does “He Wanted My Heart” sound interesting? Who’s your favorite fairy tale character? And who’s excited for Tell Me You Love Me??
I’m looking at you, Rumpelstiltskin! You better be raising your hand! XDD
That’s all for today. Don’t forget to read my interview with Evangeline and Reed (Saraina’s characters), and all comments for tour posts (though not replies) are entries to the giveaway!! (Of course, if you prefer not to be entered in the giveaway, you can say so in your comment.) And, yeah, talk to y’all soon!!