Today we're welcoming RYAN MCCLAIN, the hero of DOUBLE CROSS, BY TERRI REED, A SEPTEMBER RELEASE. Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.
I'd gone to the island of Maui to secure property for an investment group. The property was currently a flower farm but the farm wasn't doing very well. When I arrived to negotiate the deal, a fertilizer truck exploded. I tackled Kiki Brill, the granddaughter of the owner, to keep her from the safe from the debris. The police said a homemade pipe bomb caused the explosion. Someone was trying to force the Kaapa’s to sell the farm. Kiki was certain it was me. My honor wouldn’t allow her to believe I’d stoop to something so low. So I vowed to help her find out who was behind the farm’s sabotage. Little did I know how much adventure we'd find together.
2. So, during the book you met Kiki Brill. Tell us a bit about her. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love?
Kiki is one tough lady. Exotic and beautiful as she is stubborn and prideful. But there was something so vulnerable about her as well. I could tell how much the flower farm meant to her and that touched me. She worked so hard to overcome the obstacles, namely a saboteur. Admiration and affection soon turned into love. But I didn’t really acknowledge that until it was almost too late.
3. What strengths/skills do you have? What is your greatest weakness?
I have a head for business. My mom says I was wheeling and dealing before I could talk. But sometimes I become too focused on the goal and miss the special moments that make life worth living.
4. What scares you?
Losing someone I love. I didn’t realize this fear until Kiki was in danger. I always thought my biggest fear was being poor, but love changes one’s priorities.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I guess I’d have to say my driven nature to secure a financial future. I had a plan and I worked the plan. But then Kiki came into my life and showed me how my plans aren’t necessarily God’s plan. And His plans are always better.
6. Where are you in your faith at the start of your story?
I know the Bible, I believe but my faith isn’t very deep.
7. Where are you in your faith at the end of the story?
I learned that true faith comes with sacrifice and love. I learned that God is in control and happiness isn’t found in the material world. It doesn’t matter how good of a person I am or how much of the Bible I can recite, if I don’t live the truth of God’s love, then I'm not really a person of faith.
8. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story. Tell us why this scripture is significant.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
This scripture is more for Kiki than me, but its message is applicable in everyone’s life.
9. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why?
Chocolate covered Macadamia nuts. Sweet, salty, crunchy and so good delicious.