Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Meet the Characters - An Interview with Faith from “Spirit Released” by Cyndi Faria

Today we’re talking to Faith Cabrillo, from “Spirit Released,” a Paranormal Romance novel in the Whisper Cove series by Cyndi Faria.

“Faria's Whisper Cove series blends compelling suspense with an engaging romance!” –New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Virna DePaul

In the seaside town of Whisper Cove, a centuries-old curse tests true love... On her wedding day, Faith Cabrillo prepares to confess a desperate secret to her fiancé, Jake Mitchell—she’s cursed with both the ability of speaking to the dead…and never fulfilling the promise of true love. Before the truth is revealed, Jake’s life is endangered and Faith sacrifices herself to save him.

Grief-stricken, Jake refuses to accept Faith’s comatose state. His innovative research keeps Faith alive, yet he’s faced with his biggest challenge when Faith’s spirit appears with a warning that his life is still in danger. Because Jake’s a man of medicine, he denies his Faith truly exists on two planes. Until he talks to her. And holds her. And begins to hope that he’s wrong.

Interviewer: Faith, thank you for talking with me today. Your story seems very intriguing.

Faith: It’s an honor to be here and the tale is intriguing. But let me warn you… Whisper Cove may seem like any other drive-by Pacific coastal town, but it’s riddled with secrets. You won’t want to be staying here long after we’re finished.

Interviewer: I appreciate the caution. So, Faith, tell me about your family, how you grew up, and what guided you to become a nurse.

Faith: My dad’s a fisherman and works long hours. He’s the sweetest man I’ve ever known. Mom volunteers as cook for the veteran’s center, the church, and whatever else the community needs. I watched how both of my parents dedicated their lives to others. That’s why I became a nurse and work at Full Sail Medical Hospital here in Whisper Cove.

Interviewer: Sounds challenging. It must be tough putting other’s needs first day after day.

Faith: Not at all. I want to make my parents proud by doing the best I can for the townsfolk. After all they sacrificed to put me through college, I owe them that. Besides, helping others feels good.

Interviewer: I can see you take pride in your work. So what do you like most about yourself?

Faith: That’s not an easy question to answer, but I’d have to say my ability to see the value and importance of other people. Sometimes, especially working at the hospital, I have to help people see that their life has value and is worth fighting for.

Interviewer: What about your life, Faith?

Faith: You’re asking me if I think my life has value?

Interviewer: Yes.

Faith: Well, I’m a good daughter, nurse, and friend. But as a Founding Family descendant, I carry the Lover’s Curse so some might argue I’d be better off dead than alive. There’s nothing good about being cursed.

Interviewer: Are you saying you’re not loveable because of this rumor?

Faith: No, I’ve been loved once…engaged even. That relationship ended in a cliché breakup because he left me at the altar. Then The Curse caused him to go blind immediately. So, I’m saying loving me comes with danger, mortal danger. I’m not safe to love, so it’s best if I busy myself with matters other than those of the heart.

Interviewer: But your parents have found love and have been married for years. I understand your fears, but there must be someone willing to risk loving you.

Faith: *Leans in and lowers her voice* See, there is this new doctor in town, Dr. Jake Mitchell. He’s gorgeous and intelligent, but he’s locked onto scientific rules and beliefs. He wouldn’t understand magic. He wouldn’t understand me.

Interviewer: But you like him?

Faith: I avoid him and he doesn’t know I exist.

Interviewer: How do you know? Let’s say he did believe in otherworldly events. What if you took a chance on reaching out to him and seeing where things lead, romantically?

Faith: I’d be putting him in danger. I won’t do that.

Interviewer: Yet you believe in self-sacrifice. Could you consider that’s there’s someone out there that believes you’re worth sacrificing for? That loving you is worth standing up against The Curse?

Faith: It’s my greatest fear to find love again and have harm come upon that person. I won’t risk that. *wipes eyes*

Interviewer: I can see you getting emotional, so my next question about when you cried last seems irrelevant. But what I’m sensing is that you have to believe your life matters in this world as much as your parents and patients or anyone’s. Once you believe you’re worth loving, maybe this curse will break and you’ll be free to love…maybe even find love with a man like Jake Mitchell.

Faith: It’s a beautiful concept. But I can’t risk losing my life or threatening anyone else’s by allow myself to love. It’s best I stay busy.

Interviewer: And alone? That doesn’t seem right.

Faith: *Heavy sigh* No it doesn’t.

Interviewer: Can you tell me what you’ve learned from life so far in one sentence?

Faith: Exposing ones heart is a sure way to have it broken.

Interviewer: Thank you for speaking with me today, Faith. Maybe you could learn that a peace-filled heart—making peace within yourself and freeing yourself of pride—finds true love?

“Spirit Released” is available through:

Barnes & Noble
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