Hiya romance junkies! Welcome to this week’s installment of What A Character where we hear from a different and diverse character…in their own words. This week’s victim is Weston Holmes, hero of Studio Relations by the fabulous Georgie Lee. Weston is a businessman and one-third owner of Holmes International, the parent company of Lion Studios. And a dashing hero he is …
Welcome Weston. Here’s your first question. Not sure if you know about Twitter, since it’s after your time, but basically, it’s a quick form of communication where people share information in 140 characters or less. So, in Twitter fashion, tell us about your story.
Weston: A businessman is bowled over by a beautiful female director making a risky film. Can he learn to trust her with the movie and his heart?
Mac: Excellent. You’re a quick study, Weston. What do you consider your biggest strength?
Weston: My biggest strength is running Holmes International. My father and uncles built the company from the ground up, and taking my father’s place after he died wasn’t easy. With the financial difficulties of the Depression still facing the company, I had a steep learning curve, but I mastered the business and helped make it profitable, guaranteeing jobs for hundreds of people.
Mac: Sounds like a lot of responsibility. Biggest weakness?
Weston: My biggest weakness is stepping outside the world of business, hard facts and figures, and into the creative world of Hollywood. Holmes International, which owns Lion Studios, must remain profitable. A film feels like a risky investment, especially one with a female director. It’s difficult for me to trust my Uncle Earl’s instincts as the head of Lion Studios and believe that Vivien’s Civil War film will be a success.
Mac: Ah, the old “woman in a man’s world” thing, huh? I have a feeling Vivian was a surprise you didn’t expect. The romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict but what makes you laugh?
Weston: Vivien makes me laugh in a way no other woman has before. I’m responsible for a lot of people and sometimes I don’t know when to relax and have fun. Vivien is a hard worker too, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously, and she helps me do the same.
Mac: LOL I knew it! Go Vivian! What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and your author, Georgie, to work through?
Weston: I had a difficult time learning to let go and trust Vivien’s directing instincts. With box office receipts declining and the Women’s Decency League threatening to boycott a movie directed by a woman, it was difficult to sit back and let Vivien work without interfering. When I did interfere, it was a nightmare. Thankfully, Vivien forgave me and she made the best picture of her career.
Weston: Vivien and I didn’t exactly have a traditional courtship. Marriage was forced on us thanks to a PR debacle. My favorite scene is our wedding scene when Uncle Earl throws together a wedding in his office in a matter of hours using the studio’s resources. It is a day I will never forget.
“Weston, you may kiss your bride.”
Vivien’s eyes went wide. She’d forgotten about this part of the ceremony. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Joe move into position, his camera poised to capture the blessed moment. No quick peck on the cheek here. This was going to have to be a real, convincing kiss.
She caught the same look of surprise in Weston’s eyes before it dissolved into a lopsided smile. He shrugged slightly, shooting her a here-goes-nothing look as he placed his hands on her upper arms and bent down. She tilted up her head, closed her eyes, and waited for the feel of his lips on hers. She was not disappointed.
Mac: *grin* Of course a kiss would be your favorite scene. You’re such a guy, Weston. Thanks so much for putting up with my nosiness and before I let you go, do you have a question for our visitors?
Weston: Now that I’m married to a director, I feel the need to see more films. I’d appreciate any recommendations. What movies do you think I should see?
Mac: Nice. I’m into chick flicks Vivian might enjoy, you, not so much. I’ll let the others make suggestions.
You can find Weston’s story, Studio Relations at Amazon.
Georgie Lee BIO:
A dedicated history and film buff, Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for Hollywood, history and storytelling through romantic fiction. She began writing professionally at a small TV station in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles to work in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry.
Her traditional Regency, Lady’s Wager and her contemporary novella Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion are both available from Ellora’s Cave Blush. Labor Relations, a contemporary romance of Hollywood is currently available from Avalon Books. Mask of the Gladiator, a novella of ancient Rome is now available from Carina Press.
When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com for more information about Georgie and her novels.