Hi and thank you for inviting me to the Character Connection – I am very excited to have this opportunity to talk about my latest contemporary romance novel, On the Rim of love.
1. Who is your favorite character?
I would have to say that in On the Rim of Love, Taylor Denton is my favorite character.
2. Why is he/she your favorite?
I really admire off-piste skiers and the courage it takes to engage this dangerous pursuit. When I was writing Taylor’s character, I gave him the qualities that, in my opinion, would be required to lead the lifestyle that he leads. There are not too my white knights in real life, so I enjoyed creating Taylor’s character immensely. That being said, Taylor is far from perfect – he too has flaws – as they still water runs deep….
3. How did you come to create him/her?
When I was thinking for a setting for On the Rim of Love, I thought that it would be an interesting premise to set the love story at a ski town. I think that there is something special about the atmosphere of ski towns and the people who inhabit them. And then I started thinking about Taylor…
4. When did he/she first enter your mind?
Taylor’s character entered my mind pretty much at the inception of the book – I was looking for a hero and Taylor’s image materialized in my mind.
5. Where was he/she given life in the creative process?
As Taylor and Maggie grew to know each other more, so did I grow to know Taylor better, and he became more real to me with every page.
6. What do like the most about him/her and what do you dislike the most about him/her?
I admire Taylor’s fearlessness, his zest for life, and his rigid set of moral principles. That being said, very often our strengths become our weaknesses, and I dislike Taylor’s stubbornness and his lack of caution, which at times borders on recklessness.
Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie’s college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.
Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, Maggie meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.
A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor’s death. When Maggie returns to Taylor’s native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor’s side, convincing him to embrace life again.
Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre.
Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.
In addition to being a writer, Marie is an avid hiker, an excellent swimmer, and a good skier.
Currently, Marie is working on her next novel - stay tuned for details! If you would like to receive updates about book releases and events, please visit Marie’s website at: www.marieastor.com or visit Marie at her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/marieastorcollection and Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/marieastor.
On the Rim of Love – contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.
Available on Kindle for $2.99 (235 pages)
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