It is so much fun getting to know a little bit about the characters in the stories we love to delve into. Recently, we sat down and saw what made Blake Duncan, Stephany Tullis’ character from Beach Baby Blues, tick. Today, Valerie J. Clarizio, helped convince Talia Johnson, her character from Pandemonium on the Peninsula, to sit down and chat with us. Both Beach Baby Blues and Pandemonium on the Peninsula will release in our anthology, Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea on June 28, 2016. Now, let’s pull back the curtain and see what we can discover about Talia…
First, a little background on Talia. Talia grew up on a dairy farm in Door County Wisconsin. Her love for the outdoors guided her to her career as a Park Ranger in Peninsula state park. She’s twenty-five years old. Her hobbies are hiking, biking and drifting away to alternate realities with good books.
1. What is your biggest fear? What frightens you the most?
My biggest fear is love lost. My mom died several years ago and it broke my heart, and it nearly killed my dad. They were so in love.
2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself as the head ranger for either Peninsula Park or Newport State Park. I want to be in charge of my own park.
3. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate–I crave it daily.
4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was young my parents would take me to the stock car races every Saturday night in summer. I was convinced I should be dirt track racer. As I got a bit older I thought roller derby might be the way to go.
5. What is your favorite pet?
I grew up with German Shepherds, they’re awesome dogs–smart and protective.
Talia Johnson is the main character in Pandemonium on the Peninsula which is a short story set in Door County Wisconsin and will soon be released in a romance anthology featuring 11 beach stories. The anthology is titled Stories of Sun, Sand and Sea…11 Beaches where anything can happen.
Valerie J. Clarizio Bio
Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.
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