LET’S WELCOME HAYSON MANNING AUTHOR OF: WINNING THE BOSS'S HEART
Rad-Reader: What made you want to tell this story?
Hayson: This story was churning away in my head for a while. Along with other things in my head just quietly. A man who can't feel the sunshine and a woman who finds the positive in everything. Plus throw in the boss and employee troupe, and I couldn't write it fast enough. It was such a laugh picking out all the men's names Billie called Mason.
Rad-Reader: Where did the idea come from?
Hayson: I'd just finished a really good boss and assistant book. I wish I could remember it. I thought to myself, I can write a story about a closed-off man who believed he didn't have a soul and the woman who pulls him kicking and screaming into finding love. Plus, it is set in my New Zealand where I was born.
Rad-Reader: How did you about developing Billie and Mason as characters?
Hayson: They grew with me as the story grew. Mason admires Billie more and more with her smart mouth, fun personality. Billie becoming more confident as a woman. Mason seeing that there is more to life than making money and moving from one project to the next. He learned to slow down and smell the roses.
Rad-Reader: What is going on with Mason that his so ridged?
Hayson: Poor old Mace. His mom died when he was little. His dad didn't know how to deal with a grieving child so he shipped him off to boarding school where you survived by not showing any emotion. He fell hard, married until a tragedy pulled the marriage apart. He believes he's had his shot at happiness.
Rad-Reader: For a split-second, Mason seemed human when he was sad and then smiled what stops him from allowing himself emotions?
Hayson: Mason has trouble with his emotions. He's such a man! He feels if he opens up and lets himself feel he'll be hurt again. I had to drag him kicking and screaming into Billie's arms.
Rad-Reader: Does he not cherish something enough that he wants to rip the heart of the home and town out?
Hayson: For Mason, the house is just a house. A business transaction. He's always moving from one renovation to the next. Running figuratively and emotionally from his past/emotions. It takes him a long time to see the beauty of the house, the area, and the harvest festival.
Rad-Reader: What happened to Mason’s wife and daughter?
Hayson: Mason's daughter died of SIDS. He blames himself for not coming home earlier and checking on her. Mason tried to make it work, but their grief could not be shared, and they divorced.
Rad-Reader: He did seem to need Billie for her help. But did part of him realize how lonely he was and how much she added to his life?
Hayson: He did eventually! Yay for a happy ever after. Billie slowly got under his skin. She wouldn't sit in the formal dining area but in the big cozy kitchen where he'd eventually join her.
Rad-Reader: Did Mason want to like Billie but was afraid since he lost his wife?
Hayson: Mason was quite happy to go through life on his own. He'd had his one shot at happiness and didn't think it went around a second time. He liked the feel of her in his arms and would then freak out and be a bit of a jerk at times.
Rad-Reader: Do you think Mason will see what she did for her town as a betrayal?
Hayson: Yes, I think he would. He'd placed a lot of trust in Billie to get the house sold so he could move on, so when he found out about her going behind his back, he was hurt.
Rad-Reader: Did Mason get jealous when Billie tells Hank she would wear her bikini and stilettos for him? Not knowing he’s eighty-seven?
Hayson: Mason had a caveman reaction! He didn't want Billie (but secretly did) and didn't want anyone else to go on a date with her.
Rad-Reader: Who called it quits on the marriage him or his wife?
Hayson: Monica left when she couldn't get through to Mason. He couldn't talk and buried himself in work. Monica has since remarried and had children.
Rad-Reader: So, Not being in a relationship is it a form of punishment?
Hayson: No, I don't think he ever saw not being in a relationship as punishment. He is content to go through life on his own. By throwing himself into work, he doesn't have to think about his past or deal with emotions.
Rad-Reader: Why did Mason have to be so mean to Billie the morning after the storm?
Hayson: He was scared and became a jackass! He loved being in Billie's arms, and it scared him, so he shut down. Poor Billie. I would have thrown a stapler at his head!
Rad-Reader: For those who don’t understand the reference can you explain why Sarah calls Mason, Heathcliff?
Hayson: Billie and her BFF Sarah grew up in Footsteps Bay. Billie and Sarah would sit and imagine Heathcliff calling for his Cathy in the house Mason wants to renovate. With Mason being tall, blue-eyed and dark hair is what they imagined Heathcliff to be.
Rad-Reader: How did Billie meet Sarah?
Hayson: Billie came to Footsteps Bay as a teenager. Her mother is a roamer, and Billie has craved roots and stability. She asked if she could finish high school and stay at her best friend's house. She and Sarah have been friends they were fourteen. Her mother was happy to leave her daughter and roam the world.
Rad-Reader: Was Billie’s ex-gay? Or in love yet, she couldn’t get a rise out of him at all?
Hayson: Billie's ex, James, wanted away from the life that his family had planned for him. Billie wanted roots and was in love with James. They married the day they finished high school. Billie tried to make the marriage and romance work, but James wasn't into her. Billie lost a bit of herself and sparkle. They divorced.
Rad-Reader: Would you call Billie a plus size girl or not? Or just curvy?
Hayson: Billie is however you see her. :)
Rad-Reader: OMG! Mason is not going to bail on their date, is he?
Hayson: Oh, he tried. He tried everything to get out of it, but Billie stuck to her guns and demanded a date since he'd denied her Tractor Man who'd bid on her at the auction.
Rad-Reader: He wants her but doesn’t? Yet, doesn’t want another man to have her like Troy? So, what does he want?
Hayson: Poor old Mason doesn't know what he wants. His heart says Billie, but his head is telling him to run away. The man is giving himself whiplash!
Rad-Reader: Was the screen saver the breaking point and at the same time turning point for Billie and Mason?
Hayson: Yes, it made Mason look at his past and confront his feelings for the loss of Ruby and his feelings for Billie. Billie, on the other hand, thought that by showing him that Ruby will always be in his heart and that he loves deeply if he let himself.
Also, when he called her Billie for the first time. She'd become a person, not a number.
Rad-Reader: Why does Mason give his secretaries a number instead, using their names?
Hayson: Mason calls Billie Forty-Two as she's his forty-second assistant. Billie finds a note from forty-one:
I'm off to haul uranium - it's easier.
Best of luck,
Rad-Reader: Because Mason does this Billie has her own remedy for this, that just was the funniest thing. What does she do and why?
Hayson: Billie calls him every name but Mason. I had a blast. She calls him Septimus, Jimbo, Horatio, Wilfred. The list goes on. She won't call him Mason until he calls her Billie.
Rad-Reader: If your book is made into a movie who would you want to play…
Billie: Alexandra Daddario
Mason: Justice Joslin
Sarah: Amelia Zadro
Stanley: Paws Pinterest
Billie: Dakota Johnson
Mason: Charlie Hunnam
Sarah: Brie Larson
Rad-Reader: If you could be a superhero who would you be?
Hayson: Wonder Woman. She has an invisible plane and the lasso of truth!
Rad-Reader: If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
Hayson: If I won Powerball there's a small Pacific Island near Fiji with my name on it.
Rad-Reader: What is your next project and when will it be coming out?
Hayson: I am relaunching Bound to the Bounty Hunter which has two books that will be coming out this year - two more books in this series. I'm also working on a new series - Worst Kiss Ever...not
Rad-Reader: Where can our readers buy your books? Links
Hayson: Here are the links for different books from my website. I hate always pointing to one retailer.
Rad-Reader: Where can our readers find you on the Web? Links
Thanks so very much for being with us. I so enjoyed your book it gave me a good laugh the way Billie kept poor Mason on his toes. Not to mention how she gave him a taste of his own medicine with all the many names she chose to give him for calling her Forty-two. Forty-one's note was funny too.
Thanks again for being a joy to work with also,Char
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