Hero Interview from Winning the Teacher’s Heart by Jean C. Gordan with a Giveaway

» Posted on Apr 30, 2015 in Blog | 7 comments

This week I’m hosting Beth K. Vogt with Can’t Buy Me Love (ebook worldwide) and Jean C. Gordan with Winning the Teacher’s Heart (1 print book US only and 1 ebook worldwide). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post 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 (May 3rd) evening.



Interview with the hero from Winning the Teacher’s Heart by Jean C. Gordan:

1. Jared Donnelly, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m, that is I was, an international motocross champion.

2. What do you do for fun?

Nothing beats getting one of my racing bikes out and riding the hills and gullies of the property I recently inherited in the Adirondack Mountains near my hometown Paradox Lake.

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

For a long time, I put off returning to, or even visiting Paradox Lake to see my mother, brothers, and grandmother. There were too many bad memories of growing up the son of the “town drunk” and that incident with Sheriff Norton right after high school graduation that left me no choice but to leave Paradox Lake.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

Being anything like my father.

5. What do you want out of life?

I want to rebuild my family’s tarnished reputation, to show the good people of Paradox Lake that my brothers and I are not like our father by giving back to the community. I think I can do that with my idea to build a “Big Brother/Sister” motocross school for fatherless and under privileged children. I want to open their hearts to Christ and introduce them to the opportunities racing opened to me. The motocross track and school will create much needed jobs, as well as help kids.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Family, although I doubt I’ll ever start one of my own. With my father as an example, I have no idea how to be a good father or a decent husband.

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

I’m not a big reader beyond engine repair manuals.

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

The unshakable need I have to take risks and win awards to prove myself.

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

No pets. I traveled too much when I was on the racing circuit.

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

Early 20th century America when men were developing, perfecting, and racing the first motorcycles. Specifically, I’d like to have been able to work with Glenn Curtiss, a pioneer in both the motorcycle and aviation industries. You should check out the museum commemorating his work in Hammondsport in the Finger Lakes.

Check out Winning the Teacher’s Heart on Amazon


  1. I don’t know anything about motocross. I’m assuming motor bikes?


    • Mary, yes, motorcycle racing on dirt tracks, all terrain. Since the hero is retired, the book doesn’t have a lot of focus on actual racing.

  2. I’d love to be entered! Sounds like a great read!

    cdunkin68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. This sounds interesting. Would like to read it.

  4. Forgot my email so email is: imabrassy1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. interesting answer to #10

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    • My husband and I visited the Curtis museum a couple of years ago. Very interesting. I love history and always make a point to visit historical sites when we travel.

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