I’m delighted to be here today. Thanks, Audra, for hosting.
Joining me today is one of the lead characters of my ‘Truth’ series. My hunky hero is Doyle Flanagan, a self-made millionaire living in Chicago of 1881. While solving the odd murder caper, he doggedly pursues his love interest, the spirited Cady Delafield.
Just to set the record straight, the word hunk or hunky wasn’t used in the 1880’s to portray a sexy, attractive man. More often hunk denoted a side of beef—literally. In those times, a woman might say a man was striking or devilishly handsome. He might be bold and fierce. Or seductive. Tempting. Desirable. All these labels fit Doyle.
As I say this, he’s frowning. In spite of all his achievements—his success in business and his generosity to those less fortunate, he’s terribly humble. But please, let’s allow him to speak for himself. Here are a few questions.
Doyle, what’s your idea of a perfect man?
Personal perfection doesn’t exist. I recognized this early on, and didn’t spin my wheels trying to attain the unachievable. What’s important is integrity. Give a man character, and he will go far, exceeding the bounds of mediocrity and petty society.
What would you give your love for Valentine’s Day?
I regret to say, I’ve only known Cady Delafield for six months. February was not one of those months. However, my love is a woman who inspires romance. I couldn’t help but surprise her with small tokens of affection. A book of poems by Keats, a silk scarf, chocolates, cookies—yes, she has a sweet tooth. A sapphire and diamond engagement ring brought her to tears. Ha! She didn’t see that one coming! Yet by far, she says her favorite gifts were all the personally written love notes included with each present. She’s kept each one, locked away in a box tied with a ribbon, treasures to be cherished forever.
What’s your greatest flaw?
Flaw? Pardon me while I smile. It’s been suggested I spend too many hours at work. My reply: One never gets to the top of the mountain without great sacrifice and work.
What’s your greatest strength?
Confidence. Though my detractors call it arrogance. Living without fear of failure allows me to forge ahead, sometimes recklessly, but always with the belief that I can succeed so long as I try and keep striving.
Thank you, Doyle, for your candid answers. And thank you readers for joining us today.
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