Hero Interview from Her Holiday Fireman by Kathleen Y’Barbo

» Posted on Oct 30, 2012 in Blog | 14 comments

Congratulations to The GRAND PRIZE  winner for the Christian Fiction Fall Scavenger Hunt: Jennifer F. 
The $50 gift certificates went to: Laura M. and Gretchen G.

This week I’m hosting  Kathleen Y’Barbo with Her Holiday Fireman (U.S. only), Bonnie Calhoun with Cooking the Books, Gina Bovyn with Lady White and Peter Leavell with Gideon’s Call.  If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (November 4th) evening.

Interview with the hero from Her Holiday Fireman by Kathleen Y’Barbo:

1. Ryan Owen, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I come from a firefighting family. My father, grandfather, and brothers are all firefighters.

2.  What do you do for fun?

Fun? I guess you’d say I run. I like that, especially when I bring Chief, my bullmastiff along.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

My mother would say it’s dealing with my wife’s death. She was killed in an accident on our honeymoon and I’ve never really figured out how to get past that. I would say it’s cutting the grass. When I rented out my home in the Heights in Houston and moved to the beach, I was never happier. Here my yard is the beach and I never have to worry about a lawnmower.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

Losing the woman I love—again.

5.  What do you want out of life?

That’s a tough one for me because I try not to dwell too much on stuff like that. Life just is, you know? If I was forced to answer, though, I guess I want to please my Savior. The more I learn about Him, the more I realize how far I have to go, but I’m determined to get there. Or at least get close as I can before He calls me home.

6.  What is the most important thing to you?

Outside of God and family, it would be living a good life and giving my best to everything I do.

7.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

I read the Bible every morning on my porch as the sun is rising over the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond that I don’t have a whole lot of patience for sitting. I tend to be in motion most of the time. When I’m not, I’m sleeping.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I could probably use to be easier on myself and others. I’ve got high standards and I’m a by-the-book kind of guy. Some would call that tough, but in my line of work, that kind of thinking saves lives.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Chief is my bullmastiff. I got him a week after I buried my wife. The house was too quiet and I wasn’t sleeping. My mom showed up one afternoon with an ultimatum: either get in the car and go with her or accept the puppy she’d brought to keep me company. I took the dog. Both of us sleep pretty well now and my mom’s never bothered me about moving home again. Might be because that dog she gave me did grow into his oversized feet after all and she’s not keen on having a dog of his size making himself at home in her clean house.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

Back to the day I decided to marry my first wife. If I had listened to God and ignored her pleas to set a wedding date, she would probably still be alive. That’s a hard thing for me, and I’d like to right that wrong.

14 Comments

  1. Nice interview.

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  2. I enjoyed the interview and of course would love to win Kathleen’s book!

  3. I love fireman stories…romance and suspense. I hope to win one of these this week. Thanks for your weekly contests, Margaret 🙂

  4. thanks for the chance to read this novel

  5. I hope you will enjoy Her Holiday Fireman. I haven’t released a Christmas book in a couple of years, and I had forgotten how much I love writing them.

  6. I love all your books, Kathleen! Can’t wait to read this one! Puts me in the holiday mood. 🙂
    Blessings!

  7. Loved the interview with Ryan Owen! Would love to win this for my sis, as her husband is a fire captain. 😉 Oh, and I like Ryan’s bulldog’s name–“Chief.” My BIL’s dog is “Sadie” (a boxer). She doesn’t know she’s a dog, of course, and her favorite spot in the house is her master’s recliner.

    Congrats on your latest release, Kathleen!

    Thank you, Margaret, for the fun chance to win. ~Blessings

  8. Sounds like a wonderful book!! Very interesting interview, already saddened by his wife’s death, gonna be a good read!! Like probably a 1 day read!!

  9. I can’t wait to read this book, Kathleen. I love all of your books and eagerly await more!

  10. Sounds like a great character—-perfect for a great book!

  11. oh, Christmas love to be included in this book drawing thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  12. What a great combination….Christmas and Love Inspired. Two of my favorite things. 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  13. This sounds emotional, but happy! I love Christmas stories.

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  14. The hero’s first wife being killed in an accident on their honeymoon – I would imagine that would be very difficult to deal with.

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