This month, on July 22, I’m turning 52 years old. Dang, I can’t believe it myself! Over the past year, I’ve shared quite a bit of who I am with you and got to know a lot of you a whole lot better. This month I have an interview that I want to share with you.
And, just when you thought you knew me, you get to read this. By the end of this interview, you’ll certainly know a whole lot more about me.
First published by: The Novel Approach
Today we are chatting with Bryan T. Clark author of ‘Ancient House of Cards’, ‘Before Sunrise’ and his latest release, ‘Come to the Oaks’. Bryan writes romance novels with an emphasis on moral dilemma. His multicultural characters and riveting plots embody real life, filled with challenges, personal growth, and, of course, what we all desire—love.
Are you married or single?
- My college sweetheart and I have been together for over thirty years.
Wow! What’s the secret?
- (Laughing…) There is no secret. He’s my best friend; he’s the person who I want to spend my free time with. We even share the same name.
How sweet. Do you hold hands in public?
- I wish. No, my husband is that quiet guy over in the corner at any party. The last thing he wants is to garnish any attention.
- Not really, but I get a tremendous amount of pleasure in spoiling my husband. He has been there for me through some of the toughest times in my life. He knows me better than I know myself. How can you not love a person who knows your demons and still loves you back anyways?
So are you admitting you have demons? Any that you care to share?
- Oh hell no! However, if you read my books, they’re in there, embedded in my characters.
Speaking of your books, what did you do before you became a romance writer?
- I was in law enforcement. Specifically I was an Internal Affairs Investigator for the bulk of my career. The last couple of years before I retired, I switched over to another section and did Background Investigations on all the new officers coming into the department.
Dog or Cat?
- OMG… I love kittens! However, I’m allergic to them. I found that out the hard way. I was once given a stray kitten that was nearly starved to death. I kept that cat for twenty-one years before her passing. Therefore, I guess out of default, I’m a dog person.
Do you believe in soulmates?
- I believe there is someone for everyone. I have seen that over and over again and said many times, “I can’t believe he or she found a boyfriend.” Soulmates to me sounds like you were always meant to be together, until death do you part. I’m not buying that! You have to work in a relationship, pay attention to the other person’s needs, and when those needs change, for whatever reason, you have to be willing to adapt.
You’re kind of a deep person aren’t you?
- I don’t think of myself as deep. But I do know that I have many complicated layers to me. Stuff I’m still learning.
Do you send Christmas cards or electronic cards?
- I love sending real Christmas cards. I usually buy two or three boxes of different cards. I love beautiful cards, but I also love that card that is so nasty, you can’t hang it on the wall.
I heard you’re afraid of haunted houses and scary movies, confirm or deny?
- Who told you that, my mother or my husband?
Never mind who told me, confirm or deny?
- You don’t want to be in a haunted house with me. At 6’2” and two hundred pounds, I’m going over you to get out of there! In a theater, whatever you do, don’t have your drink between your legs because I’m coming over on your lap if something jumps out on the screen!
What’s the rudest word you know?
- The ‘C’ word. I hate, hate, hate that word. Although I love to cuss, I never use that word.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever won?
- True story. Years ago, I received a call that I won a prize in some Christmas raffle. You know those raffle tickets that your co-workers are always pushing on you for their kid’s soccer team or church. I drove forty-five minutes over to another city to pick it up. When I got there, they handed me a ceramic rabbit dressed like a Raggedy Ann doll!
What did you have for breakfast?
- Same thing I always have, two cups of coffee, a protein bar and yogurt.
What’s the longest you have ever gone without showering?
- I’m a clean freak; I have to shower every morning.
Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?
- What was that woman’s name on Three’s Company? Chrissy I think her name was. Okay, I didn’t actually meet her, but I saw her on the beach walking and we passed each other on the boardwalk!
- Yeah, that’s her. I hope I age as nicely.
Speaking of Stars, the Voice or American Idol?
- The Voice. One, I’m in love with Adam, and two, the judges seem more authentic, not so theatrical.
Okay, I saved the hardest question until last. What’s your definition of a friend?
- Oh, why did you ask me that? As much as I am a people person, I don’t make friends easily. I think because of being in law enforcement for over twenty-seven years I tend to keep people who I don’t really know at bay. I don’t trust easily and you have to earn my trust, and that takes a long time. I value my close friendships. I know they have my back even when I’m not present. They’re the ones who tell me when I’m wrong with no hesitation. Because I trust them, I also trust their opinion. I hate liars and people who are fake. Be yourself, and if that causes you insecurities, then acknowledge that, and then work on them. I have many insecurities and I work on them every day. None of us is perfect, but we are special in our own way.