An Interview with Fernando and Margaret

Characters in our novels are fun and interesting. In my heart-warming Christmas novella, A Snowy White Christmas, Margaret Snow is the heroine and Fernando Brandt is the hero. This novella is loosely based on Snow White.  Today I’m interviewing these two very different people:

Hero: Fernando Brandt

1. What are you proudest of?
I’m proudest of the fact that I was able to donate a kidney to my dwarf brother and that the operation was a success. My brother, Michael, is now able to live a productive adult life and is no longer on dialysis.

2. What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
I’m pleased with the fact that I’m a planner, but the writer attributed this characteristic in a negative way, a controlling factor. However, I believe there’s nothing wrong with an orderly life that runs on schedule.

3. What do you do for a living?
I love hockey, ice skating and cold weather. I always beloved I would be a hockey coach, but Real Estate became my passion.

4. What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
I’m a guy—so I love the action. One of my favorite scenes in A Snowy White Christmas takes place in the local ice hockey arena. I enjoy ice skating with my daughter, and then snuggle with the beautiful love of my life, Margaret, my Snow White.

5. Do you like the way the book ended?
The book ended exactly as I planned. Margaret and I were meant to be together. There’s a scene in the book where I tell her that I’ve forgiven her for her secret—and that whether all the stars aligned or it was spiritual, she was meant to return to Owanda and to me.

Heroine: Margaret Snow

1. Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Fernando called me Snow White when we dated in high school, so I’m not surprised that my life ended up in a book. But, believe me, my life was no fairy tale. And, I always wanted be a movie star. Or at least, I thought I did until I realized that the love of family and friends was more important than fame and compromising my integrity.

2. Did you have a pet as a child? What happened to it? How did you feel about that?
LOL! I had many pets as a child, most with deformities. When I was in high school, I spent two nights nursing a sparrow with a broken wing I’d found in my back yard. Sadly, he died. I cried for days.
On a happier note, I loved my deaf parrot in A Snowy White Christmas. He traveled from California to upstate New York with me. Did you know that African grey parrots can live up to eighty years?

3. What do you think your greatest weakness is?
Although I was a magazine cover swimsuit model, I suffered from poor self-esteem. I needed to prove to myself that I could be successful and make it on my own. Lucy, my best friend in the book, said it was because of my dirt-poor childhood.

4. What are you proudest of?
That’s easy! My beautiful five year old daughter, Amelie. She is my world.

5. Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Although my story with Fernando has been written, I’d like to keep spreading awareness to adopt animals with deformities. And, let’s not forget my best friend, Lucy, and her various escapades. Let’s hope she doesn’t get any more tattoos before she’s featured in her own book!

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About Josie

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Send her an email at:
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6 Responses to An Interview with Fernando and Margaret

  1. nitethyme says:

    These characters sound interesting indeed, and I bet they come to life in the book. The interview made them look 3-dimensional. Enjoyed! Linda

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Josie says:

    They are definitely an interesting bunch. Thanks, Linda!


  3. marymarvella says:

    Their answers make me want to see more of them!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Enjoyed the character interviews! It gives so much more depth to the characters.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Josie says:

    Interesting characters are fun to write!


  6. Josie says:

    Hope you enjoy the book, MM.


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