by Vanessa North
Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.
Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.
Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.
An Interview with character Jed Jones
Proust’s Questionnaire is a list of 35 questions which, in the late nineteenth century, was given to the young Marcel Proust by a friend. The questionnaire has become famous over the years, and is used to interview celebrities on television, in magazines, and more. I selected a handful of the questions to interview my characters. These are Jed’s answers to his selected questions—Connor’s will be posted in a separate character interview!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Watching the stars with my lover on a summer night.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing someone I love—I know it’s impossible to go through life without loss, but it terrifies me.
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience. I’d rather get out and do something than wait for it to happen.
On what occasion do you lie?
I don’t ever want to lie again.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Aw, man. I’m not stuck on the way I look, but it caught Con’s eye—how can I dislike anything about my looks now?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What is your most treasured possession?
A photograph Connor took of us in front of the farmhouse. At the last minute, he kissed the side of my neck and made me laugh. It’s silly, and sexy. It makes me smile when I see it.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
About the Author:
Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.
Connect with Vanessa:
·Facebook profile page: facebook.com/AuthorVanessaNorth
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