I absolutely adore getting to do character interviews! They are just so much fun. Today I get to bring you the hero of Suzie Waltner’s Midnight Blue, Jake Turnquist.
Before we meet Jake, allow me to introduce you to his story.
A series of heartbreaking setbacks behind her, Scarlett Sykes is now focused on creating the best life possible for her daughter. One where innocence and joy is not colored by rejection or loss. While finances are tight and Scarlett’s job isn’t ideal for a single mother, her child will always know she’s loved. Especially since Harmony’s father wanted nothing to do with them. As lead singer and the face of a successful country band, Jake Turnquist’s closest friends depend on him, but life in the spotlight is quickly losing its appeal. At a party celebrating another accomplishment, he’s stunned to discover Scarlett assisting the caterer. Almost ten years have passed, but he’s never forgotten his first love. In the hours after a surprise revelation, Jake scrambles to orchestrate a way to spend time with Scarlett and Harmony—the family he’s always wanted but never knew he had. He once gave her up to pursue his music. What will he have to surrender to win her back?
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Now for our interview with Jake.
CC: Hi Jake! It is so great to meet you. Would you please introduce yourself to my readers?
JT: Most people know me as the guy who wrote and sings the hit “Midnight Blue.” I grew up on a farm in a Fiddler Creek, Tennessee and moved to Nashville when I was 17 to pursue music. Fate smiled on me and my friends and we have successfully navigated the county music scene for almost ten years. I’m the lead singer and the guy that bridges the gap between our manager, the record label, and the others in the band.
CC: A country music star, huh? That must have its ups and downs. Are you hiding any secrets from the other characters that you can share with us?
JT: The musician’s life is starting to wear on me. Being “on” for the fans and the shows is sapping my creativity.
CC: I can see how that would zap a person, but a musician has to stay creative to keep on going. That would definitely be a hard thing to admit to your crew. Do you know any secrets about the other characters that you can share with us?
JT: So many secrets I really don’t know where to begin. We were friends long before we became a band. Seth Mason has been my best friend since the first grade, and I could tell you some stories. The guy doesn’t always think things through before he acts.
CC: Friends through thick and thin it sounds like. How about other people? How do you think others view you?
JT: People in town are suspicious of me because of something horrible that happened in the past. It’s hard to always feel judged. And someone is trying to ruin my business and even trying to kill me.
CC: YIKES! So it’s not just the country music scene that has you stressed out. Is there anything from your past that you cherish, or has it all be muddled by the bad?
JT: I have some good memories, especially the ones of riding horses with Scarlett Sykes. Those were some of my happiest days from youth.
CC: OH so there is a history with Skye, huh? My little romantic heart is eager to discover how that may play out in your future. If you, reader, want to find out, I recommend checking out Midnight Blue on Amazon.
Suzie Waltner is a lover of fiction and is first and foremost a reader. When she’s not at work or reading or writing, you can find her cheering on the Nashville Predators (hockey) or dancing an hour away in Zumba class. Until her second year of college, her life plan was to become a veterinarian. A fainting spell while watching a surgery performed on a sheep changed that plan. Now she works in the corporate world during the day while creating stories in her free time. Suzie resides in a suburb of Nashville, TN and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as Faith, Hope, and Love Christian Writers. She currently serves as the president of the Middle Tennessee ACFW chapter.