The Frailty of Things
Published as… Romantic Suspense
A Chat with…Kit
Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Kit: I show up in the Windsor Series books because they are all about people in my life, but MY story can be found in the fourth Windsor Series novel “The Frailty of Things.” My relationship with my brother isn’t the best – he left me with our dad, who wasn’t going to win any father of the year awards, when I was fifteen. I never really got over his leaving and even though I’ve built a life for myself that I like, he and I have never really reconciled. Well, that changes in “The Frailty of Things.” Bad things happen that bring him back into my life and force us to actually talk about what happened all those years ago. It’s not easy, but he also brings his business partner Garret Cantona into my life. Garret is, well, Garret is an amazing man whose faith in us (he and I) as a couple helps bring all three of us through confronting a killer. We also learn a little about forgiving not just each other, but ourselves as well.
Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Kit: “The Frailty of Things” is really ‘my’ story – well, really it’s the story of love and forgiveness with me at the center and my brother, Garret (who becomes my partner), and my friends surrounding me. I grew up in south as part of the southern gentry, but most of my life was for show. I left home right after I turned eighteen and headed to Europe where I lived for a few years and wrote my first novel. Once I felt my life was somewhat put back together, I moved back to the States and built a home in Windsor. I’m a writer now, with several successful novels, but I also do a little side work for some friends of mine in the intelligence world. I’m unusually tall and share the same color of eyes with my brother which can be a bit disconcerting when he’s staring at me.
Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Kit: I think she’s fun to work with, we had some good times. That said, I wished she’d get out of my head a little more often. Or let me into Garret’s or my brother’s. It would have been nice if she could have shared some of her omniscience with me, it could have save me and Caleb, my brother, some heartache.
Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Kit: I thought I was well versed in the evil things people could do on this earth, but this story gets me caught up in things that even I can’t understand – things I probably don’t really want to understand. But the good news is, I have a lot of good friends who have my back even as I make some of the toughest, but most important, decisions of my life.
Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Kit: Yes, because when you close the page on the last chapter, I get to go on living without anyone peering in on me (or peering in on me and Garret – we do tend to like our privacy).
Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Kit: Caleb and I still have some things to work out as do Garret and I. But that’s probably because I have some things to work out on my own – things I’ve done or seen that I thought maybe I’d come to grips with but really hadn’t. That said, the future definitely looks good – I have amazing friends in Windsor, a partner who wants to share that life with me, and we may be getting a dog.
Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Kit: Windsor is a small town, you can’t get rid of me that easily. Besides, my brother needs to settle down. I’m bound and determined to find him someone in the Windsor area. I don’t think he’ll be so cooperative because he’s an ornery SOB at times, but I’m going to do my best.
Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Kit: Hhmm, someone willing to wear contacts. Both my brother and I have strangely colored, almost golden eyes. I don’t know any actresses with that color, do you?
About the Book
Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn’t make on her own even if she wanted to.
Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.
Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.
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About the Author
Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.