Humor to Survive

My character, Austan, has lived a hard life. Humor plays a big part in who he is, but it’s actually a survival skill that’s helped him get through hard times and a way to mask his vulnerability. Suvi loves him because of his carefree personality. I also love people like Austan who can throw out a joke or a witty barb almost as easily as a smile. His humor draws Suvi in and helps her forget her Continue reading

‘Eyes’ on Soccer

SONY DSCLast time, you met Austan from my Bending Willow Trilogy. His character lives and breathes soccer. He used to play college soccer until he blew out his knee; that’s when he was recruited by the CIA and became an undercover NCS operative. In Eyes of Light, he wins Suvi’s heart as he teaches her soccer moves in her backyard and then tricks her into playing on his indoor team.

I love watching soccer. I only played one year as a kid and my team was so bad that I overheard a parent from the opposing team say, “They shouldn’t be called the Strikers…they should be called the Strikeouts.” Continue reading

Interview with Austan

AustaneditedI have a special treat for you today. I’ve managed to snag a live interview with Austan Sandoval, an ex-NCS officer who has experience with Central American drug cartels, computer hacking, and also has amazing soccer skills. He’s the guy most women have a secret crush on, so wish me luck. Ahhh! He’s here.

Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you, Mr. Sandoval. This is a big deal for me.

Austan: The pleasure’s all mine, Mrs. Stastny…and call me Austan. Mr. Sandoval was my father. May I call you Char?

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