Today’s featured hero is from the book Hindsight by Sarah Belle. Chris Taylor is the long suffering husband of Juliette Wild, the main character of the story.
Katherine: How would you describe yourself?
CHRIS – A family man with simple needs. I guess I’m a loving, protective father, and a patient husband nearing the end of his tether.
Katherine: What is your most important goal in life?
CHRIS – I want my family back together – as a real family who do things together and enjoy time with each other. I’d love to get away from the rat race and focus on giving our children the stability they deserve. But my wife is a high flying career woman and convincing her of the need for change is impossible, unfortunately.
Katherine: Who is the one person you respect and trust?
CHRIS – My mum. She had a very unpleasant life with my father and it cost her many years of happiness, but despite that nightmare, she’s always remained positive. She protected us and raised us to be open and loving adults. Since his passing she’s blossomed into a woman enjoying life to the full again. I’m so proud of her.
Katherine: What is your greatest fear?
CHRIS – My family falling apart or something happening to my kids.
Katherine: What is your greatest hope?
CHRIS – That my wife will have an epiphany of some kind that will result in her working less and relaxing more. I’m not expecting her to retire, I fully support her career, but she needs more balance. I want our kids to know her the way I know her, not as some fleeting female who is too busy with her PR clients to spend time with them. I can hope, can’t I?
Katherine: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?
CHRIS – My father’s disapproval and dislike of me. My older brother, Rob and I were compared constantly, although it never came between us. If anything our father’s politics and mind games galvanized the rest of the family against him. Rob, my sister, Lauren, Mum and I share an unbreakable bond – despite Dad’s best efforts.
Katherine: Who is the love of your life?
CHRIS – My wife, Juliette. There’s never any doubt about that. Always has been and always will be, whether our future is together or apart. I get her, I understand what drives her, even if she doesn’t.
Katherine: Do you remember when you first met Juliette?
CHRIS – Yes! We met at University, on a ski trip. She spent most of the time on her butt or wobbling wildly on her skis. It was pretty obvious she wasn’t on the Olympic team!
Katherine: What was the one thing you had to overcome to win her?
CHRIS – She also had a difficult upbringing with the early death of her father and subsequent slide into oblivion of her mother. She was terrified of getting close to anyone. I had to show her that my feelings for her were not conditional. There were no strings attached and I wasn’t going anywhere. Sometimes I wonder if she still believes that.
Katherine: What was the sweetest romantic gesture you ever did for her?
CHRIS – It’s not romantic in the usual sense, but was done out of pure love. One morning she was going to visit her father’s grave. Neither her nor her older sister, Dash had visited in many years because it was so upsetting for them. As a result the grave was untended. She said that the condition of the grave made her feel even worse – since she was the reason he was in that grave (her thoughts, not mine). So, on the morning she was due to go, I left early and cleaned it up for her. I pulled the weeds, gave the name plate a clean and took the rubbish away with me.
What makes it romantic? Probably because I never told her that I did it. I didn’t do it so that she would reward me with sex or think I was wonderful. I did it because I thought it would help to relieve her unnecessary feelings of responsibility, maybe move her another step closer to unburdening the guilt that held her back. I’d do anything to set her free from that.
Katherine: If Juliette could describe you in one word what would it be?
CHRIS -Hmmmm, good question. Seeing as we’re not getting along too well right now it would probably be something like ‘unreasonable’.
Humour, wit, and just a touch of humility: the swinging 60s as you’ve never seen them before!
The universe has sent Juliette a sign. She wishes it had been an email instead…
Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.
Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.
As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.
ABOUT SARAH BELLE
Her debut novel, ‘HINDSIGHT’ will be released by Escape Publishing on July 1st, 2013.
Sarah’s style of writing is witty and humorous, heart warming and touching and always with a dash of magic.
WHERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SARAH BELLE
Twitter link https://twitter.com/SarahBelle44
Website : http://www.lovesarahbelle.com/
Buy Link (publisher): http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9780857990587