Jake Warnick, a character in “Silver Moon” by Jetta Stone

Who are you and what is your story?

My name is Jake Warnick. I’m a career law enforcement officer and a cowboy at heart. I’m married to the lead character in the novel “Silver Moon” by Jetta Stone. People have described me in several ways: A Rebel, a bad boy, or just plain wild man. I don’t think that I’m any of those things. I’ve never broken any law, actually, I’ve spent 25+ years upholding the law. Okay, if I had to pick one, I might agree that I’m a rebel of sorts for I do tend to create my own set of rules for circumstances. I’m edging my way toward the big 50 soon! Age has never bothered me before, but the last couple of years have brought it all home that my life, in general, needs an overhaul and I’m strongly considering a career change – out of necessity.

Are you the hero of your own story?

Hum! Well, that depends on someone’s view of what a hero is. What is a hero? Is he someone, larger than life, that comes in like Superman to save the day? Superman was not a real person by the way. Real people have flaws – even heroes. It’s my understanding that most people believe that real life heroes are really good at what they do. They exceed everyone’s expectations. They are fearless, trustworthy, courageous, and stand by their values. They are independent, determined, and self-sufficient. They stand up for the weak and in front of the bully. In that case, I could be thought of as a hero. I don’t match “all” of the above mentioned qualities, I have my faults, but I do possess several of these qualities. However, I am not the hero who comes in and saves the day in “Silver Moon”.

Do you embrace conflict?

Depends on what you’re calling “conflict”. If it’s a fight, I don’t start them; however, if confronted, I finish them. If it’s a disagreement, I don’t like arguing, I distant myself from that. I don’t like bickering, I run like hell from emotional confrontations. However, if you’re talking about “challenge”, then yes, I embrace conflict. I live for the challenge; it’s in my blood. Jessie says you can smell the testosterone in my sweat. I run on adrenaline 24/7. Give me a bad guy to chase down or a gnarly bull to rope, I’m on it. I guess there’s a difference in emotional conflict and physical conflict; the latter I’m comfortable with.

How do your friends see you?

Well, this would be kind of hard to answer, but I’ll try. I’m very loyal to my friends. If they’ve got needs, I’m there to help. There have been times that Jessie has accused me of putting my friends before family. She says I need a lesson in priorities. She’s probably right. I guess I see family as an intricate web with many needs of emotions and responsibility. My male friends’ needs are simple; if they are injured, I pick up their work; if they need a loan, I share my last dime; we’re a brotherhood. Anyway you want to square it, my loyalty to my friends is solid. I help them and I keep their secrets, but then, my true friends also keep mine. That’s what we boys do; we cover each other’s butts. I’m also fair. If you’re young and not a career thug, I’ll try to help you get past your one mistake and get on the straight and narrow path. If you’re a career thug, I do what I can to catch your butt and throw it behind bars where you won’t be taking advantage of innocent people.

How do your enemies see you?

Well, they respect me. That may sound odd but it’s true. They know that I’m fair. However, I believe my enemies also take me seriously because they know that I’m fearless and never back down from a challenge or a fight; and, I usually win. The rare occasion that I might lose, the attack came unexpectedly and from behind.

Do you have any major problems in the story?

Yeah, I sure do! My whole life seems to be unraveling. After 25+ years on the police beat, I’m feeling a need for a change of career. Being a lawman runs full course through my blood. Everyone says I’m a natural at it. I must admit that the job comes easy for me; however, the rules are changing. Lawyers and book educated rookies are mudding up the waters of what real police work should be, which is to protect the innocent and put the bad guys behind bars. These days, because of unethical lawyers after fame or the almighty dollar, the crooks have more rights than the victims; and the lawyers can’t wait to get us cops in court and on the stand to be crucified. Some rookie book educated street dumb pantywaist is now my supervisor and loves making my life hell. So, although I’ve always loved my job, I’m on the way out if I can make this Rodeo Business a success. But, that’s not the most significant problem I have. I’m losing the most important person in my life. She’s the love of my life. She is part of my very soul. She keeps me alive. She is Jessica Warnick, my wife. I admit, I’ve put her through hell with my rebel ways. I’ve been irresponsible and guilty of indiscretions which are unforgivable, that I know. The truth is that I do try to reign my wild side in. I don’t want to lose my wife. Jess and I are like oil and vinegar, which makes life together very difficult. Those differences drew us together, but trying to live in the mix has been hard on both of us. She’s stronger willed than I am. Things get impossible at home, I fall prey to some sweet thing’s offer to comfort me. It’s a weakness, not a desire, if you can bring yourself to understand that fact.

Do you have any skills?

Everyone says I’m good at everything. Success in anything that I do, physically, comes easily. When it comes to emotional involvement, I have difficulty opening up my inner being to either give or receive.

What do you want or need?

That answer is simple. I want “change”. I need a change of career and I need money. Police pay is barely enough to exist on and I’m tired of just existing. I need money to forge a second chance with Jessie. Life needs to get better for us. We’ve got a lot of problems, but money is the root cause of a lot of those problems. Hopefully, this Rodeo Business will make us enough money for a new start together. I’m gonna give it all I’ve got!

What are you afraid of?

That’s simple. I’m waking up fast to this fact; if I don’t finally tame the demons of my spirit, I’m gonna lose the most important person in my life. Jess doesn’t realize that I do try. As I said earlier, it is a weakness, not a desire. To be such a tough guy, I hate to admit that I’m flawed by weakness.

Who was your first love? Who is your true love?

My first love was a teenage fling which I eventually got over as I matured. But, my true love has always been Jessie. This relationship has been toxic to both of us. There is something in our souls that keeps us together but our behaviors have nearly destroyed us. Her world of black and white collides with my world of gray. She’s tight reigned, I’m free spirited. The very thing that drew us together tears us apart. It’s that missing piece we saw in each other that was missing from our own personality – she needed courage; I needed structure. If she could lighten up and take life easier, I truly believe I could give her what she needs from me.

Was there a major turning point in your life?

The major turning point in my life was when I had no more chances left to change my ways. I had received my last pass for bad behavior. Jessie was planning to leave me. Change of behavior was no longer a choice – it was a certainty.

What is your most prized possession?

My most prized possession is that of any cowboy – a good horse!

What is your favorite scent?

The scent of Jessie. I love to smell her skin when she steps out of the shower. I also love the fragrance she wears. It’s sweet with a strong hint of cinnamon. Jess says the fragrance is called “Spellbound”. The makers got that right. It puts a spell on me! Or maybe, it’s just Jessie that does that.

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is brilliant green. It’s the color of Jessie’s eyes.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is Steak – Black Angus. Just knock the horns off and put the carcass on my plate! My favorite beverage is pure water. When you’re breaking a sweat nothing quenches a thirst like water.

What is your favorite clothing?

That’s easy to answer. A good pair of Wrangler jeans, a sturdy pair of Justin Ropers, and a good 20x Stetson hat – not the cheap kind drug store cowboys wear.

What is your favorite music?

I’m not that much into music, but if I had to choose one it would be that slow twang of Country. The sounds that are music to my ears are the wind blowing through the trees. The water rushing over rocks and falls. The sound of hooves beating hard and fast across the range, and last but most loved is the sweet sound of Jessie’s voice – it’s music to my ears – except when she’s bitching – then it’s hell! Ha.

What are the last three books you read?

Man, I don’t read about other people doing things! I’m too busy doing them myself! Somebody needs to write a book about me! Oh, I think they did – it’s called “Silver Moon”.

What has been the biggest thrill of your life?

I’m a dare devil. Bottom line is that I live my life on the edge and full of adventure. But no adventure has been as thrilling as holding Jessie in my arms. She still warms my blood and makes my heart beat faster than a bullet. For that moment in time, when all our differences and problems are in the shadows, and it’s just our bodies and souls embraced in passion, life can’t get any better.

Are you Lucky?

Some people think I’m just plain lucky! I don’t know if I’m lucky or not. I’m lucky enough to have lived my dreams. I always wanted to be a cop – I’m a cop. I always wanted to be a real cowboy – I’m a real cowboy. Jessie has always thought that I lived my rebel lifestyle without consequences. Not true! It’s a given that there are consequences to every action. The difference between me and Jess is that I don’t let the consequences get under my skin or hold me back. I just live life barreling over the top of them!

Are You a Romantic?

Awh, come on! There you go asking those emotional questions again. I don’t really know what Romance is supposed to mean. As far as I’m concerned, we guys just do what we do! If you have to read about it in a book or plan it – it’s not spontaneous or real. Do women like “planned” romance or the spontaneity of flirting, teasing and playing. If flirting, teasing and playing are romantic, then I’m a romantic.

Where can we find out more about you?

To learn more about me and the other characters in Silver Moon just drop by Amazon.com and pick up a copy of the book. Happy Trails!

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Jessica Warnick, the lead character in “Silver Moon” by Jetta Stone.

Who are you and what is your story?

My name is Jessica Warnick and I am the lead character in the novel Silver Moon by Jetta Stone. Does being in my mid-40′s classify me as being Middle-aged? I’m not sure though I know I’ve traveled some rough roads over those years. I have a piece-milled education record with about a year’s worth of college credits, credentialed realtor, and on the job training as a bookkeeper/accountant. I did what any sensible responsible woman would never do – I married a bad boy and my life has been hell ever since. Chalk that choice up to Youth and Naivety.

What is your problem in the story?

Well, over 20 years ago, I married a man that possessed the missing pieces of me. I was a goody two shoes who was scared of her shadow. Good boys seemed somewhat boring, too safe, too predictable, a mirror image of myself. Then, my path crossed up with Jake Warnick. He wasn’t a bad boy in the sense that he broke the law, etc. He was a rebel, with a testosterone fueled fearlessness that led him to engage in risky behaviors seemingly without consequence. Women like me are drawn to the excitement, thrills, and sense of danger that envelope the lives of these bad boys. Fortunately, most women wean themselves from the grips of this adventure on the wild side. I was not one of them. I married him. Now, I find myself, an empty shell of a woman. Beaten down by years of emotional deprivation and endless indiscretions, I’ve decided to make a big change in my life. I’m leaving this bad boy who has broken promise after promise to change his ways. I stayed in this heart break of a marriage for my children’s sake. I didn’t want them to have a broken home. Now they are grown up and out of the nest, and soon, if I catch a break, I will leave it too.

How do you see yourself?

I see myself as a strong woman. Some might perceive me as being weak because I stayed in a troubled relationship for so long. I think there is a flippant attitude about marriage these days. People leave at the drop of a hat without regard to the promises they made before God of “for better or worse”. I believe a couple should give everything they’ve got to make that promise binding, especially, when there are children in the home to think about. It’s their home too. I chose to endure the trials of my marriage in order to nurture my children. It was a very difficult choice – a weak woman might have left. I’m a person of principals and virtue – I stayed. If I had the chance to make that choice again, I would do the same thing. It was worth it for my children. They came out better for it.

Are you a Romantic?

Oh, wow, my mind and soul have been through an emotional wringer for years. I don’t think that I would recognize Romance if it tripped me. I guess I’d have to think about what Romance is: Caring, affectionate, thoughtful, generous, and, honest acts shown toward another person; those acts being spontaneous to one’s affections, not planned by forethought. True Romance has nothing to do with the typical sex baiting often referred to as Romance. True Romance comes from a caring heart. What makes Romance work is equality of response between the giver and recipient . Jake said that I lived with my head in a Fairytale with idealistic and unrealistic ideas about how people should live their lives. Yes, I wanted the Fairytale. Doesn’t every woman? Life has been a harsh teacher, so, I’ve gotten over the Fairytale by now, and as far as needing Romance in my life, at this stage, I don’t think that I do. All I need is a man that is real, that is trustworthy, and has my back.

How do your friends and enemies see you?

I believe my friends see me as being dedicated, dependable, and steadfast. I hope that my sense of compassion and gentleness of spirit show through my actions. As far as my enemies go, they probably see me as being stand-offish and self-righteous because I do not condone nor participate in what I consider the immoral behaviors that many of them seem to enjoy. Let me set the record straight here. I don’t see myself as superior to anyone. As a matter of fact, as maturity set in, I realized that I hadn’t been as much of a goody two shoes as I had thought. Although I did have my moral boundaries, I realize that “fear” also held me back. Who knows whether it was my conservative roots stifling my growth or the fear of life driving me toward someone who lived their life without a care in the world of consequence. Honestly, it was probably a good mix of both.

What are you afraid of and do you have any regrets?

I’m afraid of dying unhappy, unfulfilled, and unaccomplished. I don’t want to look back on my life and see emptiness and pain where personal accomplishment and happiness should have dwelled in my life. I don’t have to have a man in my life to have fulfillment. I just have to have the freedom and opportunities to nurture the goals I’ve set for myself. After all, happiness comes from within. You have to make yourself happy. I also regret the personality transformation that occurred in me fueled by living in such a bad relationship. As a protective measure, I withdrew from my family and friends. I withdrew from most internal emotions – I was in robot mode – operating predominately from motor functions only. I went into overdrive nurturing my children, but other than that, I shut everyone and everything else out. Dealing with Jake’s bad behavior siphoned every ounce of emotional energy out of me, there simply was nothing left.

What do you have planned for your future?

I’m making some big changes in my life, before it’s too late. I’m shaking the fear that has possessed most of my life and I’m stepping out into the unknown, without seeing what’s on the other side. I have been tightening the purse strings to save up some money to make my big move. Strangely, seemingly out of nowhere, this big business venture was dropped right in my lap! If successful, it would provide more than enough money to move forward with my life. Problem is, the business venture involves Jake too. I’ve lived with him this long, awhile longer to achieve my goals won’t be impossible to do. However, the business venture is so foreign to my personality, it will be difficult. Being the picture of femininity, I couldn’t foresee myself diving into the middle of the rough, tough, dangerous world of rodeo as a spousal co-owner and events timer, but here I am, usually perched on a stand high above the bull pens. It rocks and sways with their every movement, and the smell of urea and molded dusty hay is unconscionable. I’m also dealing with a co-owner who is a male chauvinist and hails Rodeo is no place for a woman. And, in his business is certainly no place for a woman, but here I am, right smack dab in his business and that is where I’m going to stay. It won’t be easy. I’m finding the Rodeo business to be a very hard life, and very dangerous. Brutal animals and brutal men are hard to deal with. I don’t know why I might have thought “change” would come easy. All four of us who ventured into this business were looking for “change”. None of us were prepared for the horrific changes that would blow in on those winds of change that would “forever” affect our lives in the most awful ways.

Did you think you would ever find Mr. Right?

I had been dealt such an emotional punch in the gut, I had no intentions of ever looking for love again. I didn’t trust my choices anyway. I was just looking for peace and serenity and fulfillment, that’s all I thought I needed. Then, during one of the worst times in my life, someone from my past, reached out to help me. Yes, it was one of those boring, too safe, too predictable young men that I had passed by. Little had I known what he would mature to become – a most powerful attorney. He had always secretly loved me even though I had left him eating my dust years ago. He would end up saving me from myself in more than one way.

Does your story end up with a predictable ending?

My story is anything but predictable all the way through the book. The people and situations that I encounter aren’t the usual ones you might expect for a town girl like myself. Wild men, wild animals, set ups, screw ups, broken promises, broken hearts, broken bones, just plain broke – then, things really get worse – loss of life, loss of freedom, it seems all hell has unleashed itself on my life. Things do take a turn around in the end, but it is not as predictable as one would think.

How can we find out more about you?

Please visit any bookstore and request “Silver Moon” by Jetta Stone, or, visit Amazon.com.

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Click here for an interview with Jetta Stone, Author of “Silver Moon”

Jetta Stone, Author of “Silver Moon”

What is your book about?

Silver Moon immediately splinters into several different stories as it encompasses four separate lives. What makes the story interesting is that although each individual is struggling with their own issues, there is a common thread tying them together and that thread is the business they have contracted into as co-owners. Money is the key and they hope to make a lot of it in this new business venture. Their hope is that this business will offer the launch for the change each person wishes for in their personal life. One wants to leave a relationship – one wants to desperately hold onto a relationship – one wants to realize a life long dream – while another wants to prove their self-worth. All want change, and all get change; however, little did they know what lay ahead for them in the process. Horrific consequences of this venture soon occur and bring about dark changes full of conflict, struggle, danger, and loss. Yet, in the end, a lost relationship from the past resurfaces to see them through those dark unsettled times into a very different future.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story? Silver Moon is a modern western romance.

My husband owned a Rodeo Company for several years, and during that time I worked for the company. I fell in love with that Old West Culture – Rodeo is a New Twist of the Old West. The story started coming to me, piece by piece at first, then in a deluge that I couldn’t keep up with. I had to pull over to the side of the road and write, I’d keep a pen & pad by my bed at night – I think I literally wrote in my sleep to keep up with the story and characters flooded my brain.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

I love the rugged, untamed nature of the Old West Culture. Every generation has its heroes. Superman is one such character. Superman was a fictitious character, yet he was embraced for his bravery and moral values, which are the common threads which tie all heroes together. The American Cowboy is a real life hero whose memory has crossed generations. His courage and patriotism has been kept alive through music and the written word, and rodeo. The horses, those Stetsons and Boots, the competition to tame the wild beast are all captivating and perhaps a bit hypnotic.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

There is more of what I’d like to be in the book than what I probably am. The lead heroine is a patient, moral individual that has gone the ultimate to accommodate situations and other people, but when faced with an eternity of detriment to her well being, she finally decides to take action, no matter what the costs. On a pure act of faith, she takes some giant steps toward a new life. This takes some courage that I’m not sure that I possess.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why?

Well, I love the female heroine in the story, Jessica Warnick, and I do classify her as a hero. What is a hero? A hero is someone who takes the appropriate action at the appropriate time regardless of personal risks. Sometimes that hero saves others, or saves the situation, sometimes the hero saves themselves.

Who is your most unusual/most likeable character?

Oh, this one is easy. This character, Jake Warnick, is a person whom the reader will immediately develop a love/hate relationship with. They will root for him to overcome his demons, for he really wants to. They will get angry with him for his bad behavior and what it will cost him. They will be intrigued by his playfulness and women will lust after him even though he is a bad boy. Well, maybe that “is why” they will lust after him! Ha.

How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?

A story has to be there for me, pretty much in its entirety, as far as plot goes, before I can sit down to write it. I am a plot driven writer. I have to know the beginning and the ending before I can sit down and start building the book on the plot framework.

What is your goal for the book, ie: what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?

I would hope that the reader would realize that all people have flaws in their character and behavior, even heroes have flaws. Sheer physical strength and bravery do not necessarily make someone a hero. Standing on one’s values, not giving in to the moral decay in society could be considered being heroic. Or, giving others the maximum time and effort to change, then having the courage to walk away when they do not change could be considered to be heroic.

What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?

I have a physical condition called Multiple Sclerosis which robs me of my energy and my eye sight. I suffer from low vision which hampers my writing. I also simply tire very easily and have to step back from the task at hand for a while. This is very frustrating because I am a task driven person who wants to get things done. I don’t like waiting.

Do you have any rituals that you follow before sitting down to write?

Soft music appropriate for the theme of the book, comfy recliner, favorite pen, delicious chocolate and a cup of steaming strong brewed coffee.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character in your story because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you, his or her creator?

It is so very hard for me to “kill off” a character. I cry the whole time I’m killing them off. I feel a real sense of loss.

What, in your opinion, are the essential qualities of a good story?

The main word is “believable”. The story has to make sense and be believable. A good plot is the core of a good story. Character development, conflicts, conquests, and resolve are key components. Solving real life situations with fictional characters in a believable scenario of events makes a good story.

Who gave you the best writing advice you ever received and what was it?

Don’t worry so much about what others will think of the story. Write the story from your heart, fall in love with the story; embrace it when you are finished with it. You can’t please everyone, so write something that pleases you.

Do your characters ever take on a life of their own?

I strive to make my characters very believable and they become very real to me. One day I was sitting in my office laughing when my daughter arrived home. She stood in the doorway and looked around to see no one else in sight. She said, “what is so funny?” I began to tell her about what this character said to that character, etc. She just stood there, shaking her head in dismay and said, “Mother, you do realize that those people are not real!” I laughed and said, “They are real to me!” She muttered as she was leaving the room, “You need a coffee break and therapy!”

Describe your writing in three words.

Intense, Believable, Dramatic.

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