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Character Interview with Miriam, from Miriam’s Surrender
Susana: So, Miriam, you first appeared in your sister’s book, The Seduction of Esther, right?
Miriam: Yes, I did briefly. She and I both love old movies, and I borrowed one of her DVDs one evening. When I showed up at her apartment, she was just about to go out on a date and she was a complete mess. So, I helped her.
Susana: You helped her out a lot in that book, didn’t you?
Miriam: She’s my sister. I’ve always helped her out.
Susana: You’re very different from each other. How do you get along?
Miriam: [laughs] Yes, we’re completely different. She’s much more easy going and laid back, whereas I like to be in control of things to make sure everything turns out okay. Oh, and she has a beautiful singing voice.
Susana: So, would it be accurate to say you’re bossy?
Miriam: [clears throat] I don’t think I’m bossy, just detail-oriented and exacting.
Susana: What were you two like as children?
Susana: What happened?
Miriam: I’d rather not say. Maybe later.
Susana: Okay. So tell me about Josh. How’d you meet him?
Miriam: Oh, well, we actually used to hate each other.
Miriam: Yes. See, at one point, he was in love with my sister. Or, at least, he thought he was. Turns out, he was in love with trying to fix her. Did I mention she could be a walking disaster around men? She was always dropping something, spilling something, etc. and he would help her out. He had this idea in his head of the type of woman she could be, with his help, of course. He was really arrogant!
Susana: So what happened?
Miriam: She fell in love with someone else, and he eventually figured out that if he wanted to remain friends with her, he’d have to accept her the way she is.
Susana: Why did you hate him?
Miriam: Because until he figured that out, he really hurt her.
Susana: So what made you change your mind about him?
Miriam: Well, we found out we were working together on a project and we had to figure out a way to get along. We talked it over and worked out our differences, and along the way, I discovered that he’s got this vulnerable side that very few people see. But I did, and, well, I warmed up to him. And his kisses? Amazing!
Susana: Are you two going to have a happily ever after?
Miriam: That depends. He’s got a secret that he’s keeping from me and I need to find out what it is so that I can trust him enough with my heart. I hope so!
About Miriam’s Surrender
Josh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.
Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.
With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.
“I should probably go and let you get some sleep. I’ll pick you up Saturday around 11?”
“Perfect. I hope I’ll be recovered by then.”
He laughed, kissed her cheek and let himself out the door.
She put her hand to her cheek. His lips barely touched the skin, yet her cheek burned as if he’d branded her. They’d been warm and dry against her face. What would they be like against her lips? She leaned against the door and listened for the ding of the elevator’s arrival. It was whisking away the man she grew more attached to each time she was with him. She gripped the doorknob and willed herself not to turn it, not to open the door, not to run after him.
The elevator dinged. He’d kissed her.
Her cheek? Did he kiss her cheek? Oh hell. What was he, fourteen?
Josh continued to berate himself in silence as he flagged a taxi outside her building. He gave his apartment address to the driver and stared out the window.
Why didn’t he kiss her lips, like a man? Like a man who was attracted to a delectable woman.
He didn’t have a good answer for that question, except their relationship was new and he was still working things out.
She’d asked for his assistance and he’d run to her. It’s what he did. He helped people, and helping Miriam gave him a satisfaction deep in his soul. By aiding her, he established a connection between his heart and hers, except he couldn’t tell her.
If he did, she’d in all likelihood run from him, especially after all the support he’d tried to give her sister. She’d think he was doing the same thing, maybe confusing the two of them, and she’d be far from the truth.
About the Author
When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).
One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.
In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines and newspapers, and edit newsletters.
When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.