Friday, November 15, 2013
CHARACTER INTERVIEW: CALEB COOPER FROM THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY
RWA/NYC is pleased to welcome Caleb Cooper, the hero of Jeanine McAdam’s THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY. Today, he’s doing all the talking. But first a little background: Carrie Wang is a concussion researcher and Caleb is a bull rider who keeps falling off his bull and hitting his head. Carrie is attracted to Caleb, her research subject, except Carrie is pregnant with Charles Winston’s baby. Charles wants Carrie to give the baby up for adoption while Carrie’s mother Rose Wang wants Carrie to make the situation respectable and get married. But Charles doesn’t want Carrie so she needs to find someone else...maybe Caleb?
Hey, Caleb here. You first meet me in THE BULL RIDER AND THE BARE BOYCOTTER where I consider myself a villain but others would probably call me a pain in the ass. But in my own quirky and loveable way I redeem myself in THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY because I’m the hero of that book. Not a knight in shining armor sort of hero, but a good guy, who saves the day, nonetheless.
Q: How did you come to your author’s attention?
My brother Logan Cooper is the hero in THE BULL RIDER AND THE BARE BOYCOTTER. Many, many times in that book I told my brother he was an asshole and an idiot plus all sorts of other rude stuff. I think the brutal honesty of my words caught Jeanine’s attention. I don’t think she completely agrees with how I treated Logan but it does create one hell of a story with interesting characters.
Q: Did you give your author a hard time when she was writing your story?
No, not at all. I’m not that type of guy. Unlike my brother, I have lots of potential as a human being. It just took a little bit of finessing on Jeanine’s part to turn me from a loudmouth idiot into a sensitive man. But I’m here to tell you, it happened in THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY.
Q: What do you do for a living?
Next question. Holy hell, did you read the title of the book?
Q: Who is the love of your life?
If I told you that THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY would be ruined. It’s called a spoiler. Look it up.
Q: If there is a ‘love of your life’, what was the first thing you noticed about her?
She was pregnant. Hugely pregnant.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
Falling off a bull, hitting my head and turning into an imbecilic. Then again maybe that’s an old fear. If I were to update my fears, it would be Carrie Wang leaving me. Jesus H. Christ, I can’t believe I just said that. I hope Carrie doesn’t read this interview, she’ll think I’m whipped.
Q: How do the other characters in your book view you?
Carrie thinks I’m (coughs into his hand) HOT. Then again, she probably won’t admit it because I don’t wear a helmet when I climb onto a bull. You see she’s a concussion researcher and she’s studying my brain. Carrie’s traditional Chinese mother (in some circles known as a Tiger Mom) thinks I’m not educated enough to marry her daughter but I’m up for the challenge of proving her wrong.
Q: What do you think the reader will find interesting about you?
My good looks, award-winning personality and ability to get along with people. Ha, ha you almost fell for that I could tell. You know these questions are unfair. It’s tough for a guy to talk about himself.
Q: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?
Now, you’re really pushing it (rolls shoulders). Have sex with a woman that I didn’t impregnate. By the way, Carrie was seven months along at the time we got together but I was gentle. That’s all I’m saying about her, don’t ask me anymore.
Q: Will we be seeing you in future books?
You betcha. There’s THE BULL RIDER IS A BABE coming out in February 2014. It’s about my sister Cassidy. She wants to compete against the men. You didn’t hear this from me but she’s probably a better rider than Logan and I combined. Her problem is, she’s a lousy Mom. Then again, she’s planning to work on that and I guess she gets involved with Pastor John. Talk about opposites attracting, I don’t know what Jeanine was thinking bringing those two together.♥
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeanine McAdam lives in New York City, but is fascinated by the American West. She writes about cowboys and the urban women who love them. She’s curious about the clash in culture, goals and values that happen between a hero and heroine raised in different environments. For example Big Timber, Montana and Brooklyn, New York. “The Skirts and the Spurs” trilogy is about opposites attracting and finding commonality even though the main characters are worlds apart. Learn more about Jeanine and her books at www.jeaninemcadam.com. You can also friend and follow her at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeaninemcadambooks; Twitter: www.twitter.com/jeaninemcadam.