Playing Hurt has been one of the most enjoyable contemporary romances I've read! I really, really liked it. My favorite character had to be Clint. He was just so.....sigh! So, I was totally excited that I got the chance to "sit down with him" and ask him some questions!
Clint, I know the past few years have been hard on you, can you tell us a little about what you’ve been going through? Or is it still too hard to talk about?
Lost my childhood girlfriend, Rosie. I know most everybody loses their childhood loves, really. Only mine—I lost her in a brutal way. I lost my girlfriend, and I didn’t know what it was like to break up with someone. Can you imagine? She just got ripped away, and I was left with this empty hole inside. Which was why I said never again.
Weird for a high school kid to think that. Weird for a kid going to college to think about work only. Still, though—you get food poisoning once from bad eggs, you never want to eat eggs again. This—losing Rosie—was far worse than any food poisoning. So how crazy could it really be, never wanting another broken heart again?
You’re obviously very athletic, and you have a love for the outdoors. What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
Probably camp with Greg and Todd. Those two guys—it’s like being with your family, only more so, you know? Camping—we hike and fish, and in high school, it was always just great to get away from curfew and grades and all the other ways the world sort of pushes you. And out there, alone, you say things you’d never say back home. Kind of like going to confession. And I’d be just as likely to tell anybody what was said during a camping trip as any priest would be likely to spill the beans after listening to confession, let me tell you.
When you first saw Chelsea, what went through your mind? Only clean thoughts ;)
If it’s got to be clean, this’ll be a short answer…Really, she was the first girl since Rosie who caught my attention. The first girl I looked at and fantasies instantly started to pop.
As you’ve gotten to know Chelsea better, what are some things you really like about her? What are some things that drive you crazy?
I’d have to say they’re one and the same, really. She’s tenacious—which I love. Especially when she’s coming after me. What guy doesn’t like to see some gorgeous girl chasing after him? But she’s tenacious about everything. Even when she’d be better off admitting she’s wrong—like the whole protective-of-her-hip thing. She just wouldn’t let it go. But like I said, when she’s coming after me? Don’t mind that tenacity at all…even then I’m telling her no, I’m not minding it.
When you look back on your summer with Chelsea, what’s your favorite memory (that you can tell us about)?
I’ve got a lot. Don’t think a single moment didn’t etch itself into my memory. Think I had more of those carry-it-with-me-the-rest-of-my-life moments with Chelsea in just three weeks than a lot of people have in years. Really hammers home the whole idea that it’s not the amount of time you have together, it’s what you do with it. I’d say my favorite times are those moments when we both decided to go for it—when we both jumped into the thing we had going, neither one of us trying to push the other away. Like bowling, or…that night behind the waterfall…
Yeah....I thought the waterfall might come up!
Thanks so much, Clint (and Holly) for this interview! It was a lot of fun!!
Make sure you check out my review of Playing Hurt.
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