Meet Aleksandr, one of the lead characters in
Jennifer Loring's Firebird, the first in a trilogy of
romances from Limitless Publishing.
My name is Aleksandr Volynsky. I played left wing in the NHL for seven years, won a Cup, captained Team Russia in the Olympics… Don’t you know all this already?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
I lost my career and my girlfriend at the same time. And then things got even worse. Bog, that sounds like a movie tagline or something.
Where would you like to live?
I’m happy where I am right now, but I wouldn’t mind going back to Saint Petersburg someday. Russia, da? Not Florida.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Being with Stephanie. She is my earthly happiness.
The quality you most admire in a man?
I wouldn’t have said this a few years ago, but now it would be the ability to ask for help when you need it.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Strength. Most people think I’d want a pushover, but the thing I love most about Stephanie is that she doesn’t take my shit.
Your favorite virtue?
Diligence, because it sure as hell isn’t chastity. Or temperance. Or humility. I’m sure you’ve heard the stories.
Your favorite occupation?
Is this a serious question? And people wonder why I hate the media.
Your most marked characteristic?
Pick one. I’m six-foot-five. I have a deep scar on my right cheek where I was hit with a puck. I walk with a limp now.
What do you most value in your friends?
I’ve never had many friends. Most people just want something from me. Jacob is a good friend, though. He’s loyal.
What is your principle defect?
My temper, I suppose. It tends to be a bit…unpredictable.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
I don’t think I could survive losing Stephanie. Not permanently. We’ve had our ups and downs, to put it mildly.
What would you like to be?
Believe it or not, a husband and father.
Who are your heroes in real life?
The guys who are speaking out about mental illness in the NHL. We’ve lost too many to suicide, and I have some…personal investment in the subject.
Who are your favorite heroines?
That’s easy. Stephanie. You have no idea what she’s been through, but somehow she never falls apart. Not like me.
What is it you most dislike?
For a long time, it was myself. I didn’t realize it until it was almost too late.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I have more than my fair share, not to sound like an arrogant asshole. My looks, my hockey talent, I can—could—dance, and I sing and play piano…
How would you like to die?
I’d really rather not answer that question, since I almost did. Twice. I have a lot to live for. I don’t want to think about death.
What is your present state of mind?
I’ve learned to accept things, for the most part. I can’t change what has happened. I can only try to be a better man going forward.
What is your motto?
“In control, confident, caring.” I learned that from the team psychologist. Sometimes it even works.
|(c) Jennifer Loring|
Jennifer Loring's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies. In 2013, she won Crystal Lake Publishing's inaugural Tales from the Lake writing competition; in 2014, DarkFuse published her novella Conduits, and in May 2015, Omnium Gatherum released her debut novel, Those of My Kind. She recently signed a deal for a contemporary romance trilogy with Limitless Publishing; the first book, Firebird, is due out on October 20, 2015.
Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, a turtle, and two basset hounds. She is currently at work on the second book in the Firebird Trilogy, as well as a paranormal romance.
For more on Jennifer Loring, you can find her on her author website; check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus; and keep track of her publications and reading list on Goodreads.