Interview with the heroine from The Cowboy Next Door by Brenda Minton:
1. Lacey Gould, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I don’t know if I’m a very interesting person. I’m a waitress at the Hash-it-Out Diner. I grew up in St. Louis in a family that was pretty dysfunctional. Living in Gibson, Missouri is my dream. Oh, I do have a police record.
2. What do you do for fun?
I love my church and my friends. I love going to the rodeo and watching bull rides, and cowboys. Who doesn’t like a cowboy?
3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Telling people the truth about my past. I tried it once and it didn’t go over very well. The guy I was dating decided my life was a little too much reality, more than he wanted to deal with.
4. What are you afraid of most in life?
People walking away from me. But I’m learning to trust God, because this is my life and He’s in control. People will either like me, or they won’t. I can’t control what they do. I can only control what I do. Wow, it sounds easy, doesn’t it? Life is never that simple, that cut-and-dried.
5. What do you want out of life?
Doesn’t every girl want a Happy-Ever-After? Sometimes I wonder, though, if there’s a man out there who will love someone like me.
6. What is the most important thing to you?
Right now, my baby niece, Rachel. I didn’t expect her to be in my life. I didn’t expect my sister to show up, and to make more wrong choices. But Rachel, she’s what is important. She needs me. She needs to be in a safe home. I want to give her what my siblings and I didn’t have; love and someone who is always there for her.
7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
I don’t have a lot of time to read. I’m going to night school, trying to get my GED. So for now, I read history and science. Isn’t that exciting?
8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
If I was normal, I would say that I would change my past, undo mistakes. But if I did, I wouldn’t be me. So I’ll pick something less cliché. If I could change something about myself, I would change my fear of dogs.
9. Do you have a pet?
If so, what is it and why that pet? I have ceramic dogs. Growing up in apartments we couldn’t have pets. Lately, though, Jay Blackhorse’s bloodhound has spent a lot of time at my house. He’s big and slobbery, but he’s growing on me. (the dog, not Jay)
10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
That’s a hard question with a lot of answers. I think I would like to have been there when Jesus told the people stoning that woman; “He who is without sin, throw the first stone.” Yes, I’d like to see that. I haven’t had a lot of stones thrown at me, but I have felt like that woman. And I’ve always been thankful that Jesus stood between me and my sin.