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Last month, you got a glimpse into Rissa Dix, the main character in THE PROTECTOR. Now you get to see Dillan via an interview.
Please introduce yourself for those who haven’t met you in your author’s other books.
I’m Dillan Rusteran. I barely got a mention in my author’s last book The Chameleon. I live in Eleganza, capital city for the Coalition of Planets.
Tell us about your family.
My father is an iron-fisted tyrant, and my mother took off when I was 15. Before that, she was too busy helping what she called “the unfortunate.” Basically, I was raised by the family cook and mechanic.
How did your upbringing influence who you are today?
If I ever have kids, I won’t let work or volunteering keep me from being with them. They wouldn’t be raised by someone else because I was too busy.
What was your first thought when you met the hero/heroine?
I fell hard. I was sixteen and she was 24. (She reminds me constantly of the age difference. Even though I’m 32 now, she still thinks of me as a kid.) My buddies and I had come to Astron Colony to climb the mountains. The first time I saw her she was behind the bar chatting up one of the miners from my father’s company.
Hang on. You were sixteen and in a bar? Wasn’t that illegal?
[scoffs] Out on the frontier (the Outer Rim), not much is illegal. Besides, my buddies brought me to Rissa’s tavern and they were all older. I didn’t drink the hard stuff, just some ale made by a local farmer. To get back to Rissa. She was the most beautiful fem I’d ever seen. Big exotic eyes, dark hair that hung in a single braid almost to her waist, and the greatest laugh.
Why did you fall for her?
Besides being gorgeous, she was genuine. Not like the fakes in the Central District. Each time my buddies and I came back, she seemed glad to see us—and not just because we ate and drank at her place. I made sure we came back often, and, boy, did my best friend ever tease me about her. On my latest visit, I saw more of her compassion than ever before. She rescued a girl from a slave ship, rallied the colony to prevent traffickers from taking children, and even took on a galactic villain. I’m in awe of her bravery, even though the lengths she’ll go to protect children thoroughly frightens me. What a fem!
Why did you choose your occupation?
I didn’t. I never wanted to be a corporate lawyer. To escape my arrogant father (who assumed I’d follow his dictates), I went out to the frontier with my buddies where we led a reckless, thrill-seeking life for 10 years. When my best friend died in a rock slide, I vowed to change my ways. To prove to my father I’d changed, I became the lawyer he wanted me to be and joined his company. But when he sent me on an impossible mission, I knew I had to be my own man, not his clone.
Do you have any hobbies?
I’ve always played around with starship designs, what my father calls a waste of time. I learned to tinker with engines and figure out how to make them more efficient. I should have chosen this for my occupation. Rissa is making me see the light.
How would you spend a free day?
With Rissa. She is my hope, my joy, my salvation, and my love.
THE PROTECTOR blurb:
After tavern owner Rissa Dix rescues two girls from a slave ship, she must rally the townsfolk to prevent traffickers from raiding the frontier colony. She’s met with apathy and disbelief. Because she lost her own baby to traffickers, she’s determined that no other mother will suffer the same heartache. Industrialist heir Dillan Rusteran aids her in rescuing more children. Little do they know they’re about to tangle with a trafficking ring that puts Rissa in danger. Dillan’s loved her for years despite her claim she’s too old for him. As they fight the traffickers, will she finally see him in a new light?
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