It is our pleasure here at MasterKoda to introduce you to esteemed author Tara Chevrestt!
I did a random topic generator thingy-do for this post as I’m terrible with coming up with ideas. The first one was “being yourself.” Believe me, nobody wants to know about me “being myself.” It would land me in the nearest mental ward.
The second topic the thingy-do generated was about drawing, which I have no talent for besides grapes and stick figures.
The third topic made he go, “hmm.” Your favorite celebrity.
We all have a favorite celebrity, and I put one of mine in a book. Yes, I did. Well, his fine looks and friendly smile, anyway. I put a handsome Latino doctor in my recent WIP, Opening Up, a full-length contemporary romance/women’s fiction novel. In my book, his name is Carlos Medina. In real life, he’s Danny Pino.
I always said I wouldn’t do this. I used to roll my eyes at the half-nekked photos on my FB feed from fellow romance writers. “I don’t need that stuff. That doesn’t inspire me to write.” Well, guess I can’t talk. As when it came time to describe Dr. Medina in my book, I ended up describing the actor from Law & Order SVU, though I actually loved him on Cold Case.
The doctor—Dr. Medina—was tall, with olive skin and warm milk chocolate eyes. His face was clean-shaven, his ink black and wavy despite its short length. He sported a very nice suit, a drastic difference from what one grew used to seeing in Wyoming, from the Carharrt, cowboy boots, Wranglers, and western shirts. An expensive looking watch was his only jeweled adornment. She’d checked.
He cleared his throat, bringing her back to earth. Kimberly realized he’d been waiting for her to respond. Her face heated with embarrassment. He was looking at her expectantly. What had he asked? Oh, yeah, the online thing. No…
In Opening Up, he’s not solving cases, but helping patients, namely one wounded soldier, Kimberly Rogers. Back from the Iraq war with a throat wound, she has to learn to speak again as well as handle her PTSD. And as Carlos gets Kimberly to open up, he finds himself opening up too.
At this time, Opening Up is seeking a home with a reputable publishing house.
See, he has some trauma of his own to get around. Can you guess what it is?
So, if you were to create a hero, who would he look like?
Opening Up blurb: Kimberly Rogers vowed to fight a tragic past the only way she knew how: she joined the Army and became strong. No man would hurt her again. But a war wound sends her to her brother’s in Cripple Creek, WY, with vision and hearing impairments.
Whereas glasses can help her see, and hearing aids can help her hear, nothing can force her to talk again. Is she really unable to speak, or is she hiding behind her disability to protect herself, her pride, and her heart? Regulated to the most menial of jobs, her world in shambles, Kimberly is finally convinced to seek medical assistance.
Carlos Medina is Jackson Hole’s most recommended therapist. If anyone can make Kimberly speak again, it’s him. But Kimberly has to meet him halfway, and Carlos has his own past tragedy that the young, mute woman threatens to force him to conquer.
They both have wounds … and sometimes wounds must be reopened before they can heal. Can they open up to each other? Can Kimberly find her voice again and open her heart? Can love heal them both?
Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.
Tara also writes as Sonia Hightower. Sonia writes the racy stuff and argues that she was here first. She just wasn’t allowed to be unleashed until the last year.
While Tara and Sonia continue to fight over the laptop and debate who writes the next book, you can find buy links, blurbs, and other fun bits on their website: http://tarachevrestt.weebly.com/index.html or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Chevrestt-Sonia-Hightower/218383211513877.