Today, I'm visiting my own blog. I didn't write a Christmas story, but the story's HEA ended on Christmas Day, with the family in Church. ⛪️Book of Love is one of my most favorite books that I've written. I love that Janice is such a strong woman, even though she doesn't see it herself, and that Chris is a stable, loving, compassionate father, pillar in the community, and ...ahem... Great in bed. 😊 I recently did a character interview on Peter Perin's blog a week or so ago. I thought I'd maybe mix it up a little bit and include Chris in the interview. I hope you enjoy the interview. While you're still here, you can navigate over to "My Books" and read the first chapter of the story. The buy links are there as well, and the book is in "ebook" format only
Character Interview with Chris and Janice Jamisen.
Chris eyed the interviewer with a raised eyebrow. “I’m Chris Jamisen."
Chris sat back in the chair and crossed his arms.
Interviewer: “Where were you born?”
Janice folded her hands in her lap and smiled at the interviewer:"I was born and raised in Michigan."
Interviewer: “How would you describe your physical characteristics?”
Janice sat for a second before answering. Her brow arched slightly. “Well, Chris says I’m a gorgeous blonde with beautiful blue eyes. I’d say my physical characteristics are ordinary. I do have some hideous scars that I have to keep covered, even though Chris says they are NOT hideous.”
Chris smiled at Janice. “That is true, you are beautiful, and your scars are not hideous.”
Interviewer: “What about you, Chris?”
“A lot of women think he’s adorable and I’ve seen them swoon whenever he’s around them.” Janice batted her eyes and smiled.
“A lot of those women are old enough to be my mother.” Chris mumbled then reluctantly smiled. “I have the traditional Native American look. Enough said.”
Interviewer: “How would you describe your personality”
Janice glanced up at the ceiling for a second then back at Peter. “I am a librarian by trade, so I’m mostly a very outgoing person.” Chris stared blankly at the interviewer before answering. “I have to be somewhat of a people person too, due to my business.”
Interviewer: “What do you most like about yourself?”
Janice stared at the interviewer for a few seconds, reflecting on what she asked. “I like that I can bring a community together to support their local library, and I like that I have a deep hunger to help people learn to read, find materials they need to enhance their knowledge and education. Chris has taught me to like myself more, and I feel less threatened when I’m in a crowd or with people.”
Chris had a lined smile. “What can I say, I’m just a likeable guy.”
Interviewer: “Do you have a trait you dislike?”
Janice grimaced. “Yes, I dislike racism, and dishonesty. Chris and the kids are Native Americans. How he and his first wife had been treated was despicable. I won’t tolerate any of it.”
'I agree with Janice.”
Interviewer: “Do you generally tell the truth? If so, under what circumstances would you lie?”
“I always speak the truth. I may have a problem coming out and telling someone something they need to hear, but I don’t shy away from it and lie. Eventually I get to the point.” Janice glanced over at Chris.
“I constantly remind myself, and my kids of an American Indian proverb spoken by the nation of the Cree. Treachery darkens the chain of friendship, but truth makes it brighter than ever.”
Interviewer: When did you share you first kiss?"
Janice glanced quickly over at Chris and her cheeks turned rosy. "Um...in the basement of the library."
Interviewer: What were you two doing in the basement?"
"She was trying to convince me that the town should appropriate money to make the basement air controlled and get rid of the rodents." Chris smiled. "She climbed up the ladder, I think, on purpose. Then she fell into my arms. So, I kiss her."
"He thought I kissed him as part of the 'persuasion.'"
"I still do."
Interviewer: “What hopes and ambitions do you have?”
“I’m living out my hopes and ambitions right now. I’m married to a wonderful man, his children have became my children. I have a wonderful library that I love to run, and I love my community. I love helping my husband with his business. I hope this will always be the case, and I hope that my heart will always do flip flops or quiver each time I look at my husband.”
Interviewer: What about you, Chris?”
Chris shuffled his feet under the chair."I hope to always have Janice by my side. I hope at some point, my son and my brother-in-law will eventually take over my business so that Janice and I can do some traveling. Right now, we just opened another shop, and I got my kids split up between the two garages to run the businesses. I’m very ambitious to get both businesses to be very successful.”
“Honey, they are both already successful.” Janice purred.
“I want it more successful.”
Interviewer: “How are your relationships with your own sex, generally?”
“In my profession, it is imperative that I have good relationships with both females and males, children and adults. Chris has a way with the elderly people in the community and they adore him.”
“The men in this society has a problem believing that an auto repair person may know more about cars than he does. So it’s that damn testosterones I have to deal with.” Chris grimaced.
Interviewer: “How are your relationships with the opposite sex, generally?”
“As I said before, I get along with everyone, but.” Janice chuckled. “I guess there were a few times when I gave Chris cause to pause.”
“You did, and you won’t be dancing with any other man from now on.” Chris said smugly. Janice laughed.
Interviewer: “How would you describe your dress style?”
“Chris thinks I’m a world class dresser, but most of my clothes are of a professional nature, business suits and dresses, with matching shoes and purse. When I married Chris, I had the same clothes for over 10 years and he thought I was a ‘gold-digger.’ He never realized until later that the clothes that I had were all old clothes, I just kept really good care of them. Since I’ve been married to him though, he’s given me a carte blanche credit card just for shopping at a very nice, prestigious place here in Colstrip.”
"I dress in old clothes. I mean, come on, I work in grease and oil.” Chris spread his hands.
“But he does have very nice clothes that he wears when we go out to a meeting, dinner, and so on,” Janice added.
“I’ve been thinking about ordering uniforms and letting someone else wash the stuff, sometimes I run out of old clothes.”
"That would be a good idea, love." Janice crooned at Chris.
Interviewer: “What hobbies/interests do you have?”
Janice felt her cheeks grow warm. “Well, ahem…my interests…ah….is Chris. However, I do like to make jewelry and I love to look at old books.”
“My interest is definitely Janice. Otherwise, my interest is obviously in automobiles.”
Interviewer: “What sports do you do, or watch?”
“Walking is my sport. It’s the one exercise that my doctor has ordered me to do. Chris does have weight lifting equipment in the basement and he and the boys do work out and we all love to play volleyball.” Janice raised her eyebrows. “Our house is quite lively on the weekends between college and professional football, and baseball in the summer.”
“Lifting weights is kind of a necessity for me and the boys. We’re constantly lifting heavy car equipment. Weight lifting helps us to stay nimble and strong, and like Janice said, we do like to play volleyball. Usually after Sunday church services, we come home and eat, and watch what ever games are in season, football in fall, hockey in winter, baseball in summer.”
Interviewer: “What are your favorite foods/drinks?”
“I have none, really. If you’ve read my story in Book of Love, you’d know that I suffered a very serious eating problem as a result of someone else’s hand. Food and drink has generally no taste to me."
“I happen to love anything I can put hot sauce on and I drink too much coffee. I monitor Janice’s intake of food very closely. She’s actually gain two whole pounds this past couple of months." Chris looked over at Janice and smiled. "It sounds like I have taken control over her, but I haven't really. I just care about her health and I want her to be happy."
"You're doing a great job, Chris. I am happy. Happiest I've ever been."
Interviewer: “How would you describe your sense of humour?”
“I think I have a great sense of humor. Chris says I’m quiet.” Janice’s lips moved into a slight smile.
"I have a dry sense of humor. My kids are always trying to pull something over on me and I use dry wit to emphasize a point.”
Interviewer: “How would you describe your temper?”
Janice let out a sigh. “Well, I rarely get mad and lose my temper, but Chris says he knows when I’m angry and about to lose my temper. I stay polite as ever, but my responses are clipped and my eyes have fire in them.”
“Yeah, watch out with Janice. I’m fortunate she loves me or I’d get the rough end of the deal. I wouldn’t have done as good as I’ve done with my kids I had a bad temper. A few times I came down on them, but most of the time I am pretty even tempered. I nearly lost it with that quack who called himself a doctor, when my first wife died.” Chris’s eyebrows knitted together.
Interviewer: Apart from the misunderstanding at the first of your relationship, was there anything else that happened to challenge your lives together?
Janice looked over at Chris and then dropped her eyes.
"It didn't challenge my life any, but it did challenge hers. Getting her away from a psychopath was the ultimate test for both of us."
"I prefer not to talk about it," Janice said quietly.
Interviewer: “Do you think your author has portrayed you accurately?”
Janice rolled her eyes. “Yes, unfortunately, with all my scars, vulnerabilities, and my dreams.”
Chris rested his elbows on the armrests of the chair and thought for a few seconds. “I think she could have shared with the readers a little more of my internal thoughts, using that deep POV, but the author was actually into her 4th book and just learning how to do that. However, considering where she was at that time, I think she did okay.”
Interviewer: “Do you think readers will like or dislike you?”
“For the author’s sake, I hope they do like me. I’ve suffered a lot in the years before I met Chris, and I kept going. I fought for my life and I won. I call it surviving, but others call it heroic.”
“Janice seems to think of me as a hero, but I don’t see myself that way. I just care about her and my kids. I’ll do anything for them. I’m sure when I went through that period where I was falling for her, I was also struggling within myself with what I thought was the real Janice, someone out to get a man’s money. I was determined she wouldn’t get mine.”