Interview with Paige Holmes (from Seven Dirty Words & Four Letter Words)

You may remember that back along, I interviewed Paige, Matt, and Vance from Seven Dirty Words. Today, I’m giving Paige a more in depth interview!

Hi Paige. So you play rugby, ride horses, take part in mixed martial arts, enjoy working with cars, and live with two men. Is it safe to assume that you’re a tomboy?

I suppose. But I guess it’s more of an escape than anything else. I feel safe – men don’t really try to pursue me, so I don’t have to worry about their ulterior motives.

You say it makes you feel safe. What are you trying to hide from?

I… I had a bad experience with an ex-boyfriend. I don’t to be hurt like that again, so I figured that anyone who’s willing to get past my boisterousness is worth my time and effort.

In your first story you meet Vance Ellery and Matt Jackson. Tell me about them.

Matt is lovely and… Well… Nice. I hate using that word, but it’s apt for him. We get on quite well; we have a love of cars in common, and he spends a lot of time at the sports fields watching his sister, so we see each other all the time. He’s very caring, perhaps to a fault. He puts up with a lot from me – more than he deserves.

Vance Ellery is exactly how his name makes him sound. He’s arrogant, conceited, patronising… Irresistible… He’s Tall, Dark, and Smouldering.

Ahh – TDS…

Yes. It’s what attracted me to him straight away. He seemed so mysterious, and I quite liked that.

What about your parents? You come from a prominent family. What was it like growing up?

A nightmare. But in a good way. I think I’m a disappointment to my mother – she would have liked a girly-girl. You know, someone who spends her day socialising and making connections for her husband? She wants me to get married, have children, and basically be her. My father wants to protect me, and I do understand, but I wish he’d realise that I want to have a little more independence. I’m damaged, not broken. They’ve always been there for me though, and they do spoil both me and Mark. If we ever had a problem, financially speaking, I know I could turn to them. I just don’t want to that’s all.

You mention Mark. What is your relationship like with your brother?

I love my brother more than anything. He’s my best-friend. He’s great at shopping and doing my hair, which is a bonus. He has better taste than me. But he’s also a typical bloke. I do get fed up of picking up after him and Danny.

Tell me about Danny. What’s he like?

A second brother. I’ve known him pretty much all my life since he’s Mark’s best-friend, and his mum works with my dad. He moved in with us when we all decided to leave home. He get’s very protective of me. Sometime it gets annoying, especially when he has to vet my boyfriends and give them the Spanish inquisition, but when I’ve needed him, he’s been there. I trust him.

Who else would you class as a friend?

I don’t have many. Stuff happens, you grow apart… But I’ve kept in touch with Lou. She’s the captain of our rugby team, and the one who gives me a kick up the backside whenever I need it. There’s Ken and Tyler who own the local gym as well. They’re good friends, although I don’t see them as much as I used to anymore.

Oh? Why not?

Like I said, stuff happens. I used to go to the gym several times a week, but I’ve been busy recently so not got there as much as I’d like.

In your first story, Seven Dirty Words, you find yourself having to make a decision between Vance & Matt. Do you think you made the right one?

I think there will always be a part of me that cares from them both. They are so completely different it was like choosing between a pair of slippers or a pair of stilettos. During the day, I love my stilettos but when I get home, all I want is my slippers. I didn’t want to hurt either of them, but I had to do what was right for me.

Your story continues in Four Letter Words. Can you tell me a bit about that?

I had a lot to deal with – not just choosing between Matt and Vance, but also having to deal with someone from my past. I’d just come to terms with it all, and thought it was over. But I was wrong. Four Letter Words brings not only my past out, but also that of someone I care about.

It sounds like you’ve had to put up with more than anyone ever should…

Yeah, definitely. Or that’s what my doctor says. I think he’s surprised I’m as sane as I am!

Do you think you’ll get a “Happily Ever After”?

I think it will be more a case of “As happy as I can be” rather than a fairytale ending, but I could be wrong. Things are concluded at the end of my story, but not for everyone. 

Do you think the readers will like your ending?

I think a lot of people were surprised by the ending of Seven Dirty Words, and they’re in for even more shocks in Four Letter Words.

And now some quick-fire questions:

Tea or Coffee?

Stupid question. Tea. Obviously.

Boxers or briefs?

Boxers.

Night in or night out?

In. 

Morning, or night?

Night. I am not a morning person!

Jeans or a dress?

Dress. I may be a tomboy, but I still like my dresses and makeup!

Gold or silver?

Silver. I have enough gold sat in the bank.

And finally – Slippers or Stilettos?

Haha!!  Read Seven Dirty Words and Four Letter Words to find out!!

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Read Paige’s story in Seven Dirty Words – available in both e-reader and print format. Visit www.charlottehowardauthor.co.uk or www.rockinghorsepublishing.com for more details on how to buy!!

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