I was tagged by fellow ROSA member Louise Rose-Innes to take part in the Meet the Character Blog Hop.
Louise writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Born in sunny South Africa, she`s a lover of sunshine and the sea, and this is often reflected in her novels. After completing a post graduate in Marketing Management, Louise headed off to the United Kingdom to gain work experience and travel. She now lives with her family in leafy Surrey, and when she`s not writing, is traipsing through the countryside, or kayaking on the river Thames.
Her debut romantic suspense novel, Personal Assistance, has recently been published through Entangled Publishing. She`s a member of the Romantic Novelists` Association (RNA) in the UK, and the Romance writers` Organization of South Africa (ROSA). You can visit Louise at www.louiseroseinnes.com
So without further introduction, there`s someone here who can`t wait to for me to introduce him to all of you.
Everyone, meet Damian.
*Damian steps up, signature smoldering dark gaze in place*
Damian, this is everyone.
*me shaking my head as Damian flashes his killer smile* *face in palm*
Today, I`m joining the Meet the Character Blog Hop to introduce all of you to my favourite leading man Damian Davidson from Falling for Mr. Unexpected (set for a SA Spring release 2014).
Meet the Character
What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional/historical?
I`m going to let Damian introduce himself…
My name is Damian Davidson, I was born and raised in South Africa, Stellenbosch, but moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of my acting career. I was supposed to follow in the footsteps of my brother and father, and become a surgeon, but I caught the acting bug when I took part in my senior showcase.
I did try to appease my father by enrolling for medicine at the University of Cape Town *shrug*, but it had only lasted two years. Needless to say, my father disowned me and I ended up penniless on the streets of LA, working as a waiter and then model before I got my first break in a French film.
I`ve been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, so I`d say switching medicine for acting hadn`t been such a bad idea *grins*
When and where is the story set?
I live in LA, but a recent *ahem* sex-tape scandal has forced me back to SA, to Strand, a coastal town in the Western Cape where I own a beach house. I hadn`t been there in years, so I figured it would be safe from the paparazzi. I was hoping after a couple of weeks out here the story would blow over and I could go back to LA. Alas I got more than I bargained for.
What should we know about Damian?
I`m a very private person. A career in the public is probably not the most logical thing for someone who loves to lead a private life. I don`t mind interviews, obviously *smiles* and talking about my acting roles, but the paparazzi can be very invasive and tabloids have a way of getting their facts wrong. The image they portray of a celebrity isn`t always accurate.
What is Damian`s goal?
The goal is to get away from everything Hollywood since the movie I`ve been working on was brought to a stop because of the scandal. The idea is to have a couple of weeks of relative peace, which also means, and I honestly love my fans, but I need a reprieve. The sex-tape seemed to have sparked a rise in fans sending underwear in the mail and posting naked pictures of themselves on my car`s windshield *clears throat* Which is probably why I mistook my brother`s sister in-law, Emma Cupido, as an *ahem* obsessed fan.
Our first meeting wasn`t pretty- me, in nothing but a towel, her half-naked clutching her clothes against her body, she had taken a dip in the ocean on my private beach. Something my brother failed to tell her when he offered for her to use the house for the school holidays. He`s been taking care of the place while I was out of the country.
What is screwing up Damian`s life (main conflict in writerly speak)?
Emma Cupido and her bruised feet *grimace* Who knew a box filled with hardcovers could cause so much damage. She even has a broken pinky-toe *ouch*
I had initially shown her the door, but I couldn`t kick her out after the ‘accident’. Imagine the headline. Damian Davidson throws out injured woman on the streets. So no peace for me, since in spite of her miniature size, Emma does have a way of taking up a lot of space. Most disturbingly in my head.
Oh and have I mentioned that because of Emma, I now have to inform my parents, with whom I haven`t spoken to in four years, that I`m in SA? No, well the word awkward doesn’t even begin to cover the situation.
What is the title?
Falling for Mr. Unexpected– I guess I`m Mr. Unexpected *grins*
When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
Happy to meet all of you Spring 2014.
Meet Next Week`s Authors
Zee Monodee is an author who grew up on a fence – on one side there was modernity and the global world, on the other there was culture and traditions. Putting up with the culture for half of her life, one day she decided she’d stand tall on her wall and dip toes every now and then into both sides of her non-conventional upbringing.
From this resolution spanned a world of adaptation and learning to live on said wall. The realization also came that many other young women of the world were on their own fence.
This particular position became her favourite when she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing – her heroines all sit ‘on a fence’, whether cultural or societal, in today’s world or in times past, and face dilemmas about life and love.
Hailing from the multicultural island of Mauritius, Zee is a degree holder in Communications Science. She is a head-over-heels wife, in-over-her-head mum to a tween son, best-buddy-stepmum to a teenage lad, an incompetent domestic goddess, eternal dreamer, and an absolute, shameless bookholic.
Marie Dry- Ever since she can remember Marie wanted to travel. She had the privileged of living in Zambian, Morocco and Spain and sees herself as a bit of a gypsy. Every few years she gets restless and has to be someplace new.
All her life she has read romances and was fairly young when she decided she would write the perfect story that had all the elements she looked for in a romance. Marie found it a wonderful experience to see the characters in her head coming to life on the page. So being published by Black Opal Books is a dream come true for her.
There are several wonderful moments in her life that she would never trade for anything. One of them is meeting President Nelson Mandela and the second, being published.
Kathy Bosman loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page.
Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance writers` Organization of South Africa (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.
Nana Prah is a multi-published author of contemporary, multicultural romance. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s reading, indulging in chocolate, and enjoying life with friends and family.
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