Meet John Trelawney (Character Interview by Barbara Valentin)
Please tell us your name and a little bit about you.
To my friends, and more importantly Aubrey, I’m John Trelawney, full-time window washer, part-time running shoe salesman. To my grandmother, I’m Maclyn John Delaney, heir to the Griffin Media empire and future CEO.
What is your greatest fear?
Aubrey finding out who I am before I can get her to fall in love with me. Besides that, suburban McMansions, 80-hour workweeks and not being able to spend anytime with my kids – once I have any, that is.
What is your greatest accomplishment? What matters most to you?
Well, I graduated from Harvard, twice (M.B.A.), but I’m probably most proud of the fact that I was able to survive on my own for over a year without anyone taking care of or providing a steady stream of cash.
What would you sacrifice to be with your special someone?
That’s easy. My inheritance (estimated at approximately $2 billion dollars). Oh yeah, and the yacht in Burnham Harbor, my 4 cars, houses all over the world… If it came between keeping Aubrey and all that, I’d pick her. Seriously. We found out on our first night together that all we really need to be happy is the hammock on the roof deck of my apartment building. Make that a really sturdy hammock.
If you could travel back in time to change one thing in your past, what would it be?
Ah, this is a no-brainer. I would not have made that ridiculous bet with a co-worker. I mean, who makes bets over getting someone to fall in love with you? Damn, when Aubrey found out – well, I’ll let you find out (let me just say, it wasn’t pretty).
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About Flight Risk
When Aubrey Thomas, a phobic travel writer, must chose between jumping to what she considerers certain death from a skydiving static line or sinking even deeper into debt in the unemployment line, she scrambles to find someone—anyone!—who can help her overcome her debilitating fear of heights. Enter John Trelawney, a charming window washer who thinks nothing of dangling by a cable fifty stories up and claims he can cure her. Everything about John makes Aubrey nervous… including the way her heart kicks into overdrive whenever he’s around. But, at the end of her rope, she takes him up on his offer. Can he really help her get over her fear of heights? Or will Aubrey find herself free falling…possibly even in love with him?
John smirked. “You’re not afraid of heights.”
Her defenses on high alert, Aubrey shot back, “Oh yes I am,” well aware that she sounded like a fifth grader picking a fight on the playground.
With a quick shake of his head and that same teasing smile, he murmured, “You’re just afraid of falling.”
The thought had never occurred to Aubrey, but it made perfect sense, especially after seeing her first husband fall headfirst to his death.
As if reading her mind, he added, “And I can totally help you get over that.”
Ah, here we go.
“Heh. Yeah. I’ll be you can.” She attempted to stand, but he sprang up first.
“Easy does it.” Taking her clammy hand in his, he pulled her to a standing position. “You sure you’re OK?”
When she nodded, he reached into his back pocket and produced a pen. Next, he uncurled her hand and started writing something on her open palm.
But the ink wouldn’t stick. Her skin was still too damp.
Which might explain what he did next.
Aubrey watched, mesmerized, as he held her open palm to his mouth and blew on it.
While part of her brain knew he was just trying to dry her skin, when he locked his eyes on hers, the rest of her was all in for him doing more of the same on the rest of her clammy self.