Wednesday, October 10, 2018

{Character Interview} Rick Sheridan of Morgan Malone's Taking Control: Rick's Story

We’re thrilled to be talking to Rick Sheridan from Morgan Malone’s Taking Control: Rick’s Story.  It is a pleasure to have Rick with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Rick.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I just turned 51 on the Fourth of July. I am former Marine and I write screenplays and consult on the military aspects of movies and television shows.

What would I love the most about you?

I can be trusted.

What would I hate the most about you?

That I can’t trust you…or pretty much anyone.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I leave. Into the ocean, into my MG, into the wind sometimes. I don’t like to lose control of my temper so the best thing I’ve found, when I can avoid a fight, is to remove myself from the situation.

What makes you laugh out loud?

The antics of the huge yellow Labrador Retriever that’s living next door to me right now. Alex is part fish, part Major League outfielder and part warrior, with a heart as big as the Atlantic Ocean.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing control. People get hurt when you lose control of a situation.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

She did. I gave her a run for the money. I don’t let people get inside my head. Or my heart. But Morgan’s damn persistent and doesn’t take too much crap. Then she put the perfect woman for me in my path. I danced and dodged but in the end, Morgan saw through me and all my bullshit and brought me to the place I needed – wanted- to be.

Who is your best friend?

My best friend is Michael Mullarney. Mick and I entered the Marine Corps together in 1989, we served together through some pretty hairy times in Africa, Bosnia and Iraq. Now, we live a few blocks from each other in Surf City, New Jersey. I’d give my life for him and he would do the same for me.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Britt, a wonderful woman and former Army Captain who is recuperating in her aunt and uncle’s beach cottage next door to me, is attracted to me…I’m not sure she’s in love with me. I’m not comfortable with that word. I’m in lust with her but I don’t know that I’m capable of loving a woman in the “happy ever after” sense of the word. I do know that I want to get to know her better, in every way, and I want to protect her. She’s had a rough time, it might be better right now to just be her friend and not her lover. But there was a particularly steamy kiss the other day when I pulled her out of some rough surf…so I’d love to take that a little…a lot…further. She has an over-protective, muscular yellow Labrador Retriever who is always by her side, so that kiss might have been the beginning and the end.

What is your most treasured possession?

Of the things that I own, I’d say my old MG, Nellie, is my most prized possession. I’ve had her for years, re-built her with Mick’s help and keep her at my place in Surf City. There’s nothing like driving Nellie along the coast in the early morning with the top down-that’s freedom.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I can’t answer that. I’ve almost died too many times. There have been too many days when I knew I would be, should be, dead before the next morning’s sunrise. I was responsible for too many other lives that could be, would be, lost the next day, to worry about myself and what meal I would like or place I might visit or woman I might hold. If I knew for sure I was going to die tomorrow, I’d do everything I could today to protect everyone I cared about, everyone I under my command…anything else would be dumb, stupid, selfish…. Like I said, I can’t answer that question.

About the Author

Morgan Malone is the pen name of a retired lawyer who turned in her judicial robes to write romantic memoir and sexy contemporary romance, which always features silver foxes and the independent women who tame them.

Morgan fell in love with romantic heroes after reading her mother’s first edition of “Gone with the Wind” when she was 12 years old. Rhett Butler became the standard by which she measured all men. Some have met the mark, most have failed to even come close and one or two surpassed even Rhett’s dark and dangerous allure.

Morgan lives near Saratoga Springs, NY with her beloved chocolate Lab. She can be found on occasion drinking margaritas and dancing at local hostelries, but look for her most often in independent book stores and the library, searching for her next great love in tales of romance, history, adventure and lust. When she can’t find the perfect man, she retreats to her upstairs office and creates him, body and soul, for her pleasure and for yours. Remember: love, like wine, gets better with age.

Her recent novel is the contemporary romance, Taking Control: Rick’s Story.



About the Book:

Summer on the Jersey Shore and all Rick Sheridan wants is some solitude at his beach house. Then he spots a lean, leggy blonde coming out of the surf and his plans are shot to hell. And the dangerous looking knife strapped to her arm tells him this is no damsel in distress. As a not-so retired Marine, at 51, Rick’s learned that nothing is for certain, plans can spin out of control and shit happens.

Wounded and weary from one too many wars, Britt Capshaw thought a summer at the Shore, hanging out in her family’s beach cottage, would help her heal. And figure out what to do with the rest of her life. Out of the military, disillusioned and distrustful of any two-legged male, Britt’s one love is Alex, the yellow Labrador retriever she rescued from Afghanistan.

Rick and Britt are immediately attracted to one another, but after years in combat, they are wary of letting down their guard, of giving up control. The summer heats up and fireworks are flying between them even after the Fourth of July. But, ghosts from their pasts haunt them and finally bring them face to face with some dark secrets that may destroy the fragile trust they’ve built.

Can Britt trust Rick with her dangerous past? Will Rick be able to let go of the rigid control he needs to keep Britt and himself safe from more heartbreak? These two brave souls fight against surrendering their hearts and finally finding love. Who will win?