Today’s guest is from a wonderful book I read this week called A Soldier Comes Home by Cindi Myers.
Captain Ray Hughes returns from a tour of duty in Iraq, but not to the home he knew. His wife has filed for divorce and left Ray to raise their three-year old son. Ray must learn to be a father to the son he hardly knows and pick up the pieces of his own life. He turns for help to the young widow next door, Chrissie Evans. They become friends and then lovers. But having lost one husband to the war, can Chrissie risk her heart again?
So today’s guest is the fictional hero of the book, Ray Hughes!
Thank you, Captain Ray Hughes, for joining me today. May I call you Ray?
Happy to be here. Sure you can call me Ray.
How are you? What have you been up to lately?
I’m good. I’ve been busy mentoring some of the younger guys who are still new to juggling the whole family and military thing.
That’s good. Has it been hard adjusting to life since your return home?
It’s always an adjustment. Life over here is so different from the way we live in Iraq — it takes a while for your mind and your body to settle in to the different reality. I try to take it one day at a time and focus on the positive things — my son and Chrissie.
So, how do you feel about your story being published?
It’s really weird, you know? I mean, I’m kind of a private guy, so it does a number on my mind to think of other people reading about me. But Cindi convinced me my story might help other soldiers who’d been through similar experiences. More guys than you might think get ‘Dear John’ letters while they’re over in Iraq or Afghanistan — or they make it home only to find out their marriage fell apart while they were away. And then there are men and women who end up being single parents for one reason or another, the way I did. It’s a lot to cope with, so if I can help them see that things can work out okay, I’m all for it.
Have you read A Soldier Comes Home? Or has Chrissie? Did the author capture your story?
We read it. It was hard reading through some of the emotional stuff and remembering some of the sad stuff, but we thought she did a really good job of sharing our story.
What do you think of Cindi Myers? Have you read any of her books?
I hadn’t read any of her books before. I like to read, but I’m more into action/adventure or thrillers. This was my first romance, but I was surprised how much I got into it. More guys should give them a try. Chrissie had read her books before though. She likes the romantic comedies. Right now she’s trying to get me to read one of her sexy books — something called a Blaze? Chrissie said it might give me ideas. I told her I didn’t have any trouble coming up with ideas where she’s concerned.
I am sure you don’t. So let’s talk about you a little so my blog readers can get to know you. First, describe yourself in 3 words.
Strong, family-oriented, thinker
How about describing Chrissie in three words?
Beautiful, loving, smart
Aw…Can you tell us more about Chrissie?
I’d never met any woman like her before. The first day she showed up on my doorstep — the night I came home from Iraq, after my wife had left me — I thought I was hallucinating or something. All that red hair and that sweet smile…I still feel bad I went off on her the way I did. I misjudged her at first, but it didn’t take me long to figure out she was really special. She has this way of looking at me that makes me melt inside, and she seems to know just what to say when I’m going through a rough time…I love the way she’s so brave, even when something really scares her. And she has a wicked sense of humor — nobody can make me laugh the way she can. She’s the perfect woman for me.
Sounds like you two are perfect for each other. So what do you do for fun?
I like to ski. I’m looking forward to teaching my son this winter. I like shooting hoops. And I enjoy reading — history and biography as well as those thrillers and action adventure stories I mentioned before.
I can’t resist asking…do you have any secrets you’d like to reveal?
Hmm…well, what would you like to tell or ask my blog readers?
I appreciate all the support given to me and my fellow soldiers. It means a lot.
Thank you so much for being here and for serving our country. I enjoyed chatting with you.
Thanks for inviting me.
Readers, don’t forget to check out A Soldier Comes Home by Cindi Myers.
You can learn more about Cindi and her books at her website: http://www.cindimyers.com