Ginger brought Cahri and Prince Josiah, the main characters from her new novel Once Choice, to tell us about their book.
PK: Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Cahri: Never. I’m a boring missionary kid who decided to stay in the country where my parents served and died. I went to work, and came home to Stormy, my cat. Nothing in my life was book worthy. Even when the Bridal March began, I stayed well away from the limelight. I’d rather watch than be watched; consequently I’d rather read, than be read about.
PK: What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Cahri (blushing): The romance. I want to forget some of the action, but I don’t think I will, ever. (she sobers then brightens) The romance, on the other hand, keeps me going. I’m a practical woman, but I enjoy a dance in the moonlight, or flowers for no reason at all. A few kisses from my love makes me forget all the bad things in the world.
PK: Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Prince Josiah: Actually, there is at least one scene I wish she hadn’t written. I acted like a fool, and she had to go and put it out there for everyone to see. Maybe someone out there reading our story will learn from my mistakes. Maybe someone will learn not to jump to conclusions or assume that what seems to be happening is the truth. There’s this new show on TV in the US that talks about how easily our brains can be fooled by focusing on one thing and not seeing the whole picture. Since Ginger so brazenly put my foolishness before the world, I at least want God to use it to help someone else.
PK: What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Cahri: The same things I did when Ginger was stalking us as she wrote our story. I spend a great deal of time in the garden. I just love the garden. Sometimes Prince Josiah and I will go for a ride. Now that I have more responsibilities in the palace, I spend a lot of time in the office that Josiah and I share. Cook has even allowed me to invade her domain once in a while, as long as I don’t try to clean up after myself — which drives me crazy. I made the mess, why shouldn’t I clean it up? Oh, sorry, went a little off the question there. When it’s nice out, I’ll go swimming with Stormy. I’ll splash him, then he’ll climb out of the pool, acting all indignant like any cat. Next thing I know he’s jumping in right next to me, splashing me. He meows. I think it’s his kitty laugh. Sometimes Prince Josiah will join us, but Stormy doesn’t like him to come much, I don’t think. I get a bit distracted (she blushes, again), and don’t focus on him as much. He’s a very jealous pet.
PK: Do you like the way the book ended?
Prince Josiah: Well, one of Ginger’s friends commented that the romance at the end should have been drawn out a bit more, but I appreciated the privacy. After all, it was our wedding night and I really didn’t want any more interruptions.
PK: Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Cahri and Prince Josiah: Not for us. We think Anaya deserves her own book. Matthias too. But they’ve refused to share their stories with Ginger for the moment. We’ll keep working on them, though. Maybe one day.
PK: Thanks, Cahri and Prince Josiah! Here’s more about their story.
One Choice blurb:
Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.
Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?
When Cahri and Josiah meet, sparks fly. Will it ignite a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?
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