I’m so excited to be part of Sam Cheever’s Character Interview Blog Hop. I always enjoy these types of interviews because they give me a chance to revisit some of my favorite characters and delve a bit deeper into their minds.
For today’s interview, we’re going to sit down with Wes Reilly from The Messenger.To win a free copy of his book, leave a comment below! Winner will be drawn and announced on the 22nd!
What was it like working with Evelyn Thomas to break this story?
Eve is…complicated. Yeah, that’s a good word for Eve. She’s smart as hell, her tongue is sharper than a machete, she’s determined, and can’t take direction to save her life. Here I am trying to help her grow as a reporter, and she’s constantly trying to put me in my place. Like I’m the one the boss is always correcting.
But she’s got a big heart, good instincts, and I never would have broken this story as quickly as we did by working together.
Describe her in four words.
Eve? In four words? Stubborn as freaking hell. Does that count?
In the book, we see both you and Eve grow a lot. What do you attribute that personal growth to?
Okay, I admit, I was a habitual bachelor. I even admit that was getting a bit old. But personal growth? That sounds a bit extreme. I’d rather look at it as finally finding someone worth settling for. Eve may drive me crazy, but she keeps me on my toes like no one else. She challenges me and makes me laugh. I’d say that’s more winning than growing. Wouldn’t you?
As for Eve’s growth? She finally figured out she couldn’t connect her own happiness to her father’s. He’s a grouchy old bastard, she had to realize that wasn’t a direct reflection of her self-worth. Once she let go of that, she came into her own.
What have you two been up to since we last saw you?
Exposing the bad guy, of course.
Evelyn Thomas is tired of being treated like a little girl playing dress-up. Just because she is working at her father’s newspaper doesn’t mean she isn’t a good journalist. All she needs is a chance to prove it.
Unfortunately for seasoned reporter Wes Reilly, that chance turns out to be the exact same story he’s working on.
When the journalists get separate leads on the same insurance scam, they butt heads over who gets to expose it. But when Eve’s brother-in-law Jerry, who is also her source, ends up in ICU she has no choice but to turn to Wes for help breaking the story and finding the person who attacked Jerry.
Every step they take brings them closer towards the truth and each other. But the path to vindication is filled with danger and uncertainty leaving Wes and Eve struggling to get out of sticky situations and fighting for their lives.
Eve ran her hand along one of the many rows and skimmed the file tags until she got close to the numerical prefix she was looking for. She pushed the files as far apart as the overstuffed shelf allowed and tilted her head down to get a closer look. She went over each name, not finding any files that corresponded with names on the list Jerry had given her.
This was impossible, like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. She pulled a piece of paper from her shirt pocket to verify the spelling of the name before she pushed the folders apart again in case she had missed what she was looking for the first time.
Eve was oblivious to the fact that she was no longer alone until a hand roughly grabbed her shoulder. She spun around, her heart racing and her lungs tight with the gulp of air she had involuntarily inhaled. As soon as she met the angry gaze of the man who had startled her, she let her breath out with a rush and sank against the wall of folders.
Wes pressed his lips together and flexed his jaw muscles as he stared at her. “What are you doing here?”
She looked at the white coat he was wearing with a badge, which identified him as Dr. Henderson. “What are you doing here?”
Wes leaned down to get eye-to-eye with her. “Answer me, Thomas.”
“I’m following a lead.”
“I don’t have to share my stories with you.”
He snorted as he leaned back. “Exactly what story would that be? How to properly file medical records?”
She felt the sting of his words go straight to her heart. Defiance set in and she stood a little straighter. “Insurance fraud.”
Wes stared at her for several seconds. He may have been trying to intimidate her, but his glare had nothing on her father’s. She simply cocked her brow in return.
“That’s my story,” he said.
Eve shook her head. “No. I got this tip on my own, Reilly, and if you think you’re going to steal it away from me—”
“Steal it away from you? I’d like to know where you got your tip ’cause I’ve been on this story since last week. You are so unbelievably—”
Eve raised her brows when he stopped mid-sentence and turned his head away. “I’m so unbelievably what?”
“Shut up,” he breathed. Her mouth opened and Wes put his hand over her lips. “Hush.”
Eve gasped when she was quiet long enough to hear footsteps. She grabbed his wrist and pulled his hand away. “What do we do?”