Hey cyber surfers, it’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another installment of What A Character, a weekly conversation with a new and diverse character. I’m stoked talented author and friend Mary Ricksen loaned us Lacy McCalley, heroine of her time travel romance, Burned Into Time, because… well, read for yourself what You Gotta Read Reviews had to say about Mary’s story: “From the first action packed pages, I found myself gripped in the throes of the very engaging plot line. This is one book you want to add to your MUST READ book list.”
Okay? Just saying. So, without further ado, welcome Lacy. In Twitter fashion, tell us about your story in 140 characters or less.
Lacy: After a horrific accident, a young woman dons a ring left in a vault for her by her sister, and finds herself a hundred years in the past.
Mac: Don’t you love when stuff like that happens? What do you consider your biggest strength? Biggest weakness?
Lacy: My biggest strength is my determination to find where I belong in life. I am driven to be who I am, despite whatever obstacle’s life puts in my way!
My biggest weakness is my insecurity. I don’t have faith in men, but I want to be loved more than anything else. I don’t trust men as far as I can throw them and something inside me fears them. If only I could find one man who I could rely on not to hurt me…
Mac: Ahem! I have a feeling, Sean, the hero of Burned Into Time might be able to help you out with that. So, the romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict but what makes you laugh?
Lacy: I like a real character. By that I mean a personality, that is not afraid to be honest and can see the humor in the most intimidating circumstances. I think laughter is the only way to face the difficulties one faces in life. If you can make me laugh you are already dear to me.
Mac: I’m right there with you, sister. Laughter makes the world go round. What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and your author, Mary to work through?
Lacy: Editing, my author hates when an editor says her story starts much later then she thinks it should. The words, drop twenty pages and start again, literally scares the crap outta her! She is all of a sudden lost, and finding her way back to the story is a trial we both dread. Especially when we liked what had to go!
Mac: LOL Most writers find themselves there at one point or another. Okay, give us a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story. And tell us why it’s your favorite.
The slick road turned to black ice. Lacy shrieked as the precipice raced toward them. The narrow railing was all that stood between them and a sheer drop into the canyon. Metal screeched on metal as the car broke through the barrier. It soared into clear air, nothingness…
In that split second time stopped.
Not a sound for a moment… one long moment.
“Hold on, Lacy! Holy shit!” Blythe hollered, on the edge of hysteria. “Hold on, Lacy!”
“Blythe!” Lacy screamed out her fear. “Oh my God, Blythe!”
Lacy: I liked this scene because my writer was able to convey what happened in a way that I thought you could literally feel the danger we were in. Another author told her she couldn’t get into her car for a week without thinking about the accident in this scene. I was lucky I wasn’t killed!
Mac: Well, yeah. And that’s why the reviewer praised your engaging plot line. Thanks swo much for visiting with us today, Lacy. Before you go, is there anything you’d like to ask our visitors?
Lacy: If you could have one wish, one powerful wish, that could change your life or for that matter the lives of those you love. What would it be?
Mac: Great question, Lacy!
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