Character interview – Christina Hovland

Synopsis: Number-crunching Velma Johnson’s perfectly planned life is right on course.

That’s a lie. Sure, she’s got the lucrative job. She’s got the posh apartment. But her sister nabbed Velma’s Mr. Right. There has to be a man out there for Velma. Hopefully, one who’s hunky, wears pressed suits, and has a diversified financial portfolio. He’ll be exactly like, well… her sister’s new fiancé.

Badass biker Brek Montgomery blazes a trail across the country, managing Dimefront, one of the biggest rock bands of his generation. With the band on hiatus, Brek rolls into Denver to pay a quick visit to his family and friends. But when Brek’s sister suddenly gets put on bed rest, she convinces Brek to take over her wedding planning business for the duration of her pregnancy.

Staying in Denver and dealing with bridezillas was not what Brek had in mind when he passed through town, but there is one particular maid-of-honor who might make his stay worthwhile.

Velma finds herself strangely attracted to the man planning her sister’s wedding. Problem is, he ticks none of the boxes on her well-crafted list. Brek is rough around the edges, he cusses, and doesn’t even have a 401(k). But trying something crazy might get her out of the rut of her dating life—so long as she lays down boundaries up front and sticks to her plan…

I love getting into the heads of my characters, and it’s been months since I last got to work on Brek and Velma’s story! Doing a little character interview is so much fun! I hope you enjoy it, too!

An exclusive interview with Brek and Velma of Going Down on One Knee:

Tell us a little about yourself? What’s your occupation/job?

Velma: I’m a financial planner and I help people plan for the future with insurance options and investments. It’s really important to think about the what-ifs in life, you know? Sometimes we think that things will always be okay and that’s just not true. I can’t even tell you how good it makes me feel to help people ensure their future is protected.

Brek: I manage a band and run a bar.

Do you have any tattoos or birthmarks?

Brek: Yes.

Velma: I have one, a lily that Brek drew for me. I love it and it reminds me of all the reasons we are together. It’s also really special because Brek drew it. Getting a tattoo hurts like the dickens, but it was totally worth it.

Did you have a nickname as a kid?

Velma: Can we not discuss that?

Brek: She’s sensitive because her family calls her Velvet, but I think it’s pretty. People always called me Brek.

Favorite snack food?

Velma: Suckers. I especially love the blue razzleberry flavor and green apple. Popcorn is good too—not at the same time as the suckers.

Brek: I like ‘em all.

Do you work out?

Velma: Not really. Sometimes I go swimming with Brek—our apartment building has a rooftop pool.

Brek: Yep.

Your idea of a fun date?

Velma: Brek likes to take me to musicals. I love them! Especially, the old ones, they’re my favorite.

Brek: I’m good watching TV at home, but she likes to go to the theater, and I like to be where she is, so that’s what we do.

Favorite type of music or band?

Velma: I like Justin Timberlake and some country music.

Brek: Despite that, I still love her. I’m more of a rock ‘n roll, Dimefront kind of guy.

Final Question: What was the first thing that attracted you to each other?

Velma: Um…

Brek: I don’t think I’m allowed to say.

Velma: Could we just pass on this one?


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