TGIF . . . Heroes

Holding out for a Hero

Hi everyone! Zane Martin, my hero from A LONG WAY FROM EDEN, has consented, reluctantly, to be interviewed. Here’s a quick blurb from the book:

Eden-coverZane Martin’s teenage daughter is pregnant. Meg Evan’s son is the baby’s father. Because Zane grew up not knowing who his father was, he’ll be damned if he’ll let his grandchild live with that shame. Meg was forced into an abusive marriage because of an unplanned pregnancy, so she knows that love is the only good reason to marry. Neither Meg nor Zane expects or welcomes the attraction that sparks between them. As they await the impending birth of their grandchild, old wounds open and long hidden family secrets come to light. The young couple builds a newer, stronger relationship, while Meg and Zane reach for a love passionate enough to overcome the past–if they’re strong enough to trust it…and each other.

Jana Richards: So Zane, why was is it so important to you that your daughter marries Tom Evans, the father of her baby?

Zane Martin: Isn’t it obvious? To make the child legitimate.

JR: I guess that’s because you grew up as an illegitimate child. What was your childhood like?

ZM: It was good, mostly. I have a great mother, and my grandparents helped raise me.

JR: But…

ZM: It was tough growing up in a small town where everyone knew my mother got knocked up by some guy who didn’t bother to marry her. In those days it was quite a stigma to be an unwed mother, and to be her bastard son. I got into a lot of fights defending my mother’s honor.

JR: That must have been hard for you.

ZM: (shrugs) I survived.

JR: Did your mother talk much about your father?

ZM: No.

JR: Did you spend much time with your father as a kid?

ZM: No.

JR: But your mother must have told you all about your father.

ZM: No.

JR: No? Why not?

ZM: She didn’t want to talk about him.

JR: Did she love him?

ZM: She didn’t say.

JR: How did she meet him?

ZM: I have no idea. She wouldn’t talk about him.

JR: What’s his name?


JR: Zane?

ZM: I don’t know! Okay?

JR: You don’t know your father’s name?

ZM: Enough! Let’s talk about something else.

JR: Okay. What was your first impression of Tom Evans’ mother, Meg Evans, when you first met her?

ZM: I thought she was wrong to oppose a marriage between Tom and Erin. I’ll bring her around to my way of thinking eventually.

JR: But what did you think of her personally? The truth.

ZM: The truth? I thought she was beautiful.

JR: Did you like her?

ZM: (shrugs) Sure, even though I think she’s wrong about our children getting married, I have to admire the way she stood up for what she believed in.

JR: What else? I have the feeling you’re holding back.

ZM: Are you always this nosey?

JR: Yes. Answer the question.

ZM: Fine. I thought that if things had been different, if we weren’t fighting over our children, she’d be someone I’d like to get to know. She’s smart, and beautiful and passionate.

JR: Sounds like she made quite an impression on you.

ZM: (shifts uneasily in his seat) Maybe she did.

JR: So what are you going to do about it?

ZM: I’m not planning to do anything about it. Are we finished?

JR: Not so fast. How about a round of quick questions?

ZM: (rolls eyes) Fine. Hurry it up.

JR: Okay. What was the proudest moment of your life?

ZM: The birth of my daughter Erin.

JR: Even if it meant you worked longer hours and made less money as your own boss, would you rather own your own business or work for someone else?

ZM: No question. I’d want to own my business and be in charge of my own fate.

JR: If you were granted one wish, what would you ask for? And don’t say world peace.

ZM: I’d ask for health and happiness for my daughter and her child.

JR: Do you have any regrets?

ZM: Not having more children.

JR: If you had a chance to go back in time and change one thing about your life, what would it be?

ZM: I wouldn’t change anything.

JR: Not even your marriage? It wasn’t exactly happy.

ZM: Maybe not, but if I hadn’t married Anna, I wouldn’t have Erin in my life.

JR: Family means a lot to you, doesn’t it?

ZM: Family is everything. Are we done here?

JR: We are. Thanks for answering my questions, Zane.

ZM: Like you gave me a choice.


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Leanne, thank you for inviting us today. I hope you and your readers enjoyed meeting Zane Martin. I’m not sure how he felt about being interviewed, but I enjoyed grilling him!

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