Michael DeCara came home from the Vietnam War a wounded man, both physically and emotionally. He tried putting his life back together, but found civilian life difficult after all he’d experienced in
Raising his young daughter, Vanessa, by himself after his wife left, he found
it difficult to commit to one job or one woman for any length of time. Then he
met a young woman who made him feel good about himself again and who fell in
love with Vanessa as well. But a life-changing event occurred and he had to
choose between his past and the present. He chose to leave without a word to
the young woman, believing he was doing what was best for her. Now, years
later, she has walked back into his life and he believes they may have a second
chance at love–except she hates him and he doesn’t understand why. Nam
Danielle Westerly fell in love when she was only eighteen and her heart was broken when he left her without a word. Her heartache was increased when she made a fateful decision that would alter her future, and she blamed him for her loss. Years later, she is single and has built up a successful career when she accidently runs into the man who was responsible for her past pain. Yet, their chemistry is undeniable. Can Dani give up her anger and let go of the pain of the past and fall in love again with the man she has hated all these years?
Dani and Michael share a journey of heartache, loss and painful memories that threaten to keep them apart. Can they break past these and finally find love again?
Interview with Michael DeCara, Male Protagonist in MEMORIES
A professional football player – a quarterback to be exact. I played football from the time I was in fourth grade all the way through high school. Unfortunately, I didn’t play well enough to play college football. Then, after I came home from
, my injured leg took away any possibility of playing football, even for fun. But I still love the sport! Nam
What group did you hang out with in high school?
That's easy – the jocks. I played football and basketball in high school so all my friends were my teammates.
Tell us about your family.
My family is very driven, very work orientated. My grandfather came over from
and started our family business, Regal Coats, and my father continued the family business, tripling it in size. As the only child, I was supposed to take over next, but I went my own way for college and then signed up for Portugal . My father was against my going to Vietnam , so that enticed me to do it all the more. Vietnam
When I was young, I didn't appreciate the legacy of the family business as I do now. My mother was a strong woman who could be tough when necessary. She only wanted the best for me. I now appreciate all that my parents did for me, but it took years for me to admit that.
Who is your favorite author?
Hemingway. His descriptions of life at its most challenging and of war are so accurate and heartbreaking at the same time. As a war veteran, I can relate to his stories. Also, I am of the generation where men were supposed to be strong and silent no matter what, and Hemingway was definitely the definition of what a man was in his day.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
There have been several but I have to say that the scariest was when I heard that my daughter, Vanessa, had been in a car accident and was in the hospital, hanging on to life. Not knowing if your own daughter is going to live or die is heart wrenching.
What are you passionate about these days?
My second chance with Dani and taking care of my beautiful granddaughter, Michelle. I don't know what life will bring us but I am going to enjoy every moment of it.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
I would apologize to all the women I led on during those dark years of my life. I didn't know how to find happiness after
and my divorce, so I tried finding it in the company of women. I never meant to use any of them, but I'm sure that is how they all felt and I'm truly sorry for my behavior during that time. Vietnam
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I don't have any resentment or anger for serving my tour in
or for being wounded for my country. People always ask me if I'm angry for fighting a war that didn't mean anything. I say no. The war meant something to those of us who fought in it and I am proud of my service. Vietnam
Deanna Lynn Sletten is a novelist who writes women's fiction and has also written one middle-grade fiction action/adventure novel. Her novels include Memories, Widow, Virgin, Whore and Outlaw Heroes. She started her writing career as a freelance writer for parenting publications in the early 1990s and transitioned to writing for blogs and websites until she made the jump to novelist. Deanna is currently working on her next novel which will be released in December 2012. Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, Deanna enjoys walking the trails around her northern
home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd. Minnesota
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