Thursday, December 10, 2015

CHARACTER INTERVIEW: Kash Kressley from Capturing Christmas

Tell me a little about yourself. where you live, who you are, what you look like, what you hope to achieve, etc

Kash Kressley here.  My father, brother and I moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, about a year ago so we could expand our rodeo stock contracting business.  Dad is thinking about retirement, so I’ve been taking on more and more of the management of the business because my brother really isn’t all that interested in the Rockin’ K Rodeo Company that my grandfather started back in the 1950s. I’m 6’1” with brown hair and pale blue eyes.  The hard work I put in every day keeps me in shape. I take my job seriously,  but I enjoy a good joke. My plans for the future are to continue building up our stock 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

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Although I don’t have much spare time, when I do I enjoy watching old movies. I’m a huge Maureen O’Hara fan. I also enjoy training horses and planning ways to improve the blood lines in our stock.

What is your favorite color and why?

(Smirks) It used to be blue, but lately, it’s definitely been leaning more toward red. I met this feisty redheaded woman at a rodeo and I can’t quite get her out of my head.  The color red reminds me of her.

What is your favorite food? Why is it your favorite?

I’m a big fan of beef and a good, juicy steak cooked to perfection is my favorite meal. Growing up on a ranch, we always had plenty of good food, but steak has always been tops on my list.

What would you say is your biggest quirk?

Hmm… That’s a good question. Does being a workaholic count?  Or maybe it’s my thing for redheads.

What is it about your antagonist that irks you the most, and why? Share a line in the book where this irk is manifested.

That’s simple enough… my brother is the biggest pain in the hindquarters you’d ever meet. He’s lazy, self-serving, arrogant, selfish, obnoxious, and vindictive — and that’s on a good day.
In a blink, Kash put Ransom in a headlock, dragged him down the stairs, and out the front door onto the porch. He gave his brother a shove and lifted his fists.
“Put up your fists and fight or stand there like the quivering coward you are. Either way, you’re getting what you deserve, Ransom.”
“Aw, Kash. Calm down. I was just having a little fun. Didn’t do any harm other than ruffle her feathers a bit. And they’re such pretty red feathers, too.” Ransom licked his lips and smirked. “With those big green eyes and pouty pink lips, she is a looker, for sure. And her kisses — man alive. No wonder you were keeping her a secret. That girl is…”

What or who means the most to you in your life? What, if anything, would you do to keep him/her/it in your life?

Up until I met Celia McGraw, I would have said my dad and our housekeeper (she’s been like a mom to me since I was 10) were the most important people in my world. Now, though, it’s definitely Celia. I would do anything to keep her in my world, even if it meant giving up something I loved as much as the stock contracting business.

What one thing would you like readers to know about you that may not be spelled out in the book in which you inhabit?

This  is just between you and me, I’ve got a real soft spot in my heart for kids, especially ones in need. I usually find a giving tree and fill several of the requests each holiday season because it’s important for those youngsters to have something to brighten their holiday.

If you could tell your writer (creator) anything about yourself that might turn the direction of the plot, what would it be?

Since things ended in my favor, I don’t know that I’d want anything to change. I suppose I could have told her what was really in my heart earlier in the story but then where’s the fun in that.

Ask me any question. I've always wanted to know what a character thinks about writers like myself. I'll answer the question at the end of this interview.

Do you ever feel like you’ve become part of the lives of your characters? Like you’re right there with them, experiencing their sadness or joy?

You bet I do, that's why ending a series or a stand alone book is always a bit tender for me. I've grown to love my characters, and it's hard to let them go.

Thanks for asking!
Meet Kash Kressley and Celia McGraw in Capturing Christmas. ( )
November 1 through Dec. 24,  10 percent of the net proceeds from all Shanna Hatfield book sales will be donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don't forget to add books to your Christmas lists!

Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic  is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.

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