Meet Kelly Shepherd
Birthplace: Lucky Strike, North Carolina
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I have green eyes and strawberry blonde hair that I’ve let grow down to my shoulders. I’m 5 feet, 6 inches and slender, though I always think I need to lose a few pounds. I run, so I have good strength in my legs, but I could stand to lift a few weights.
Please tell us a little about your character.
For most of my life I’ve been pretty lackadaisical about things. Really important things like what to do with myself. I always wanted to be a part of my family business—who knows why, except that it would get the attention of my father and I thought I’d be good at it. But my dad gave all of that to my brother, assuring me that women weren’t good at business. Did I go out and prove him wrong? No. My parents thought they knew the best man for me to marry. I wanted to please them so I gave in. It took me years to grow a spine, and now I’m not aiming low for anyone, including the man I’ve loved since high school.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Jonah Goodman. He’s a triplet but he couldn’t be more different than his brothers, though they are all good guys. Jonah has always been the one let life roll off his back, never taking it or commitment to anything seriously. Strangely, those traits are why I’ve always loved him and also why we have no future.
How educated is this character? Is she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Kelly has a BA and an MBA. When she still was blocked from her family business, she went back for another master’s degree in education so she could teach second grade.
Does she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
She lives comfortably. She grew up as part of the town’s wealthiest family, so she lived a very nice lifestyle. Then she married a well-heeled attorney. Since her divorce, she’s lived off her teacher salary but she has a comfortable nest egg from an inheritance from her grandmother to back her up in any emergency.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
She is not affected by wealth, but she appreciates the attitude it takes to make a success of life. When she is finally handed the reins of the family legacy as it’s about to fall into bankruptcy, she needs and uses her inheritance to get it started again. To her, that’s the value of money, that it can help in a good cause.
What is your character’s family like?
Kelly’s parents are still living and she has one brother, Robbie. Her mother is cold and reserved and her father, while he has always provided for the family has never given her more than a passing glance in the affection department. Robbie, a few years younger than Kelly enjoyed his place of male importance in the household, proving how little he cared for things when he goes off to “find himself” instead of taking over the business when it needed him. Kelly would have had an awful childhood and teen years if it hadn’t been for her family’s housekeeper and the Goodmans. She got lots of love and attention from Jonah’s parents and from Mama Rio, her housekeeper and friend.
Is she close to family?
No. Only to Mama Rio.
Does she have children?
She has a roomful of children each day when she arrives at school! But she doesn’t have any of her own. That was her only regret in her marriage.
What secrets does your character know about people around him that he does NOT share?
Her father embezzled from the company. It’s not a true secret, though. She’s told Jonah.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
She’s happy at the first, satisfied, if not exactly happy, with her life as it is. Things change when she goes home for Thanksgiving and her parents announce that they expect her to take control of the company.
What is your heroine’s biggest hopes and dreams?
To be happy with a man she loves and have a child. She doesn’t regret divorcing her no-good husband, but she wishes he had at least given her a child. She also wants to prove to everyone that she has what it takes to succeed where no one thought she could, in building her family business back up. It’s a matter of pride.
What would help your character face hardship and meet any challenge?
Support and unconditional love, like she gets from Jonah. Too bad she loses it when she shows her ignorance of what a truly Good Man he is.
About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.
To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
She had no choice—I have been Jonah’s love since we were in high school, and she wrote about him. *grin*
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish she hadn’t been so clear on my fears about Jonah—that he didn’t have a mature, responsible view on life. For years I’d swallowed the same story about Jonah that everyone else had, that he was a follow-the-wind kind of guy who didn’t commit to anything. If there were anyone he should have been able to reveal his true self to, it should have been me and I let him down. Why did Dee have to tell the whole world how shallow I was??
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
How much of a milquetoast I was when it came to trying to appease my parents. Good grief. My middle name should have been “Doormat.” When I finally looked back on my life objectively, I was really embarrassed. And pissed that I’d wasted so much time trying to be something I wasn’t.
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most happy? What makes your writer the most sad?
When Jonah and I banter. She loves to laugh. We make her laugh.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
She’s already written about two of the three Goodman brothers, so it’s only fair that she write Mark’s story next.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Thanks for giving me red hair!
Where to buy One Woman Only by Dee S Knight
As one of a set of triplets, Jonah always feels the need to make his individuality known. So where his brother Daniel is serious and completely focused, Jonah shuns commitment. Where his genius brother Mark is hailed in the scientific world, Jonah hides beneath a car, tinkering. Thing is, being different isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It takes a woman—the right woman—to make him see that a “good man” can always be a better man.
Publisher Nomad Authors Publishing
Amazon KU https://mybook.to/OneWomanOnly
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A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors.