Today on the blog we have Julie Hastings, one of the characters is Touching The Moon by Lisa M Airey. Let’s find out more about her and her world.
Character Name: Julie Hastings
Character Bio: I’m 26 years old and a newly graduated doctor in veterinary medicine. I was born and raised in Virginia but moved out west to the Black Hills of South Dakota when I accepted my first veterinary position. I drove across most of the USA to get there. Me and my old Toyota. I love my job, love my new town, love my new life.
What is your biggest secret… something no one knows about?
I have connection with animals, wolves in particular. While working an internship at the local zoo, someone released a pack of timber wolves back into their compound without doing a safety check. I was still in there. I thought the animals would rip me to shreds, but all they did was form a circle around me and howl. And then there is Big Boy! My pet wolf. I nursed him back to health shortly after I arrived in South Dakota and we are fast friends.
What are you most afraid of?
Big men. Big men like my stepfather. He beat me up on a regular basis when I was little. It was a sad part of my life and I powered through, but every now and again I run into someone as massive as he was and I have to talk myself through the panic.
Why did you become a veterinarian?
I associated myself with animals from an early age. We were both mute. They couldn’t speak and I couldn’t tell.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I’m not shy. I’m just quiet. And I can be very outgoing if I am in a comfortable setting with friends.
How much of a rebel are you?
If I hadn’t been a fighter, I don’t think I’d have survived childhood. I didn’t instigate the punishments I received. I tried to be “perfect”, but perfect wasn’t good enough. It was then that I realized that by getting away I would save both myself and my sanity. And in getting away, I found my inner strength.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I put myself through college. I racked up a lot of debt, but moonlighting as lead-singer for the all-police band in my new hometown has enabled me to pay back most of that.
What do you want more than anything?
I want a fresh start. I left my past back on the East Coast. And I mean that. The past is behind me. I want to be a part of a community, have friends--share in something wholesome and good.
What is your relationship status?
Single. Perpetually single. I’m not looking for love.
What is your idea of happiness?
Oh! I’m a simple girl! Give me my pet wolf, a bowl of popcorn, a good movie and a fire in the fireplace.
What is your current state of mind?
Conflicted! I am being courted by two very strong-willed men. Dan Keating , the Chief of Police, and Gray Walker, Youth Guidance Counselor for the Sioux Indian Nation. I like them both. They’re great guys, but they won’t go away.
What are you going to do?
Block and tackle as best I can. Focus on work.
Is that realistic?
Tell me about Dan.
He’s warm, caring, protective, handsome, wholesome, intelligent, funny…he’s absolutely perfect. I feel nicked and chipped around him.
Tell me about Gray.
He’s scary big. And that’s a problem. But he has a very tender way about him. He doesn’t talk much but when he speaks he has something to say. He’s well-respected among the community and he does good by everyone, me included. But, he’s scary big.
Where does this leave you, Julie?
Alone in a lifeboat with a tiger or two!
Care to explain?
I can’t escape them and they are ferocious in their pursuit of me.
What are you going to do?
I’m going to have to choose.
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