Monday, January 13, 2020

#CharacterInterview - "The Cat’s out of the Bag" by Cynthia Terelst

Let's welcome the heroine from The Cat's out of the Bag. Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with me. 

What’s your name?

Evie Ordell 

What do you look like?

Long brown hair, blue eyes (Jesse would say they sparkle), olive skin, curvy

What time period does your story take place?


What’s your goal in this story? 

My goal is to live a happy life. Until I reached 23 my life was not rosy. I was quiet, withdrawn, scared. But when I rebuilt myself, I changed. It took a lot of effort but I became more outgoing, confident and happy within myself.

What conflicts are you facing? 

Trusting Jesse. He is kind and thoughtful. But my past makes it hard for me to trust. I’m scared of being hurt again.

What is your occupation? 

I own my own dog walking business and I volunteer at a cat shelter. Are you any good at it? Yes, I am good at my job. I LOVE the animals I work with.

What did you think the first time you saw Jesse? 

The first thought I had was that he followed instructions, which impressed me. You have no idea how many people can’t. My second thought was that he had a nice butt.

What is your family like?

Not very nice. I’ve thought about it a lot over the years and often wonder if they actually wanted a child, or maybe they wanted a child that was not me.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? 

My friends mum told me “I know it’s hard to trust again when you’ve been hurt so badly. But you need to try. Otherwise, you will miss out on many of life’s joys.” She was right.

If you could go back in time, what one thing would you change in your life? 

If you asked me two years ago it would have been to have never met Nick. But I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t. I am happy, I own my own business, I am successful, I have good friends. So, I wouldn’t change it because I am in a better place now.

Why do you think your author chose to write about you?

Because she likes to write about hard subjects. And my past, that was hard. But she also likes to show that there is always hope.


One van. Two hearts. Thousands of kilometres.
Jesse’s a self-made billionaire who yearns to get away from his empty life and the money-hungry parasites who inhabit it. The plan? Go to Australia, tell no one about his money and find himself. Instead of finding just himself, he finds Evie, who is everything anyone should aspire to be. Now, what he aspires to be, is hers. But to be hers, he needs to tell her everything.
Evie has left her past behind. She has rebuilt herself, and her life, into one of happiness. After she meets Jesse, while volunteering at a cat shelter, memories of her past filter back in. She is stronger now and wants to trust him. But after all she has been through, is trust even possible?
The quest to find a cat a forever home leads them to travel across the country together. Can the close quarters drive them to open up to each other? Or will it drive them apart?



The wave petered out, and I paddled back to the line-up. Sitting, watching, waiting. The constant breeze in my ears and the sound of waves breaking relaxed me. Lulled by the gentle rise and fall of the swells, I thought about Evie.
She was one of the most complicated people I’d ever met. Whatever she had been through had made her strong and independent. But underneath, she was all doubt. I could see her trying to be brave, but that could change in an instant as her insecurities took over. I felt like it was a fight between Nick and me, and I didn’t even know the guy. I didn’t know how to beat a ghost. But I would. I would figure it out, and I would gain Evie’s trust, bit by bit.

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Author Bio

Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored.
She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.

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