Shanna Hatfield Interviews Adam Guthry from The Christmas Vow

The Christmas Vow CoverIt is a pleasure to be here on History Imagined today to introduce you to Adam Guthry from The Christmas Vow.

Adam works in Portland, OR, as a Columbia River boat pilot, safely guiding boats from the Columbia River bar up the Columbia Gorge to Portland and other ports further inland.

When his best friend passes away unexpectedly, Adam returns home to the small community of Hardman, OR, to pay his last respects, not intending to enter a marriage of convenience for the sake of one loveable little boy.

SH: Welcome, Adam. Thank you for joining us today.

AG: I’m happy to be here.

SH: How would you describe yourself?

AG: Loyal. Dependable. Honest. Hardworking. (Adam grins) If you ask my brother, Arlan, he’d say I was a reckless fool who can’t be serious to save my life.

SH: How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

AG: I don’t have much family these days, just my brother and his lovely wife. She’s a prestidigitator by trade, although Alex now works as a school teacher. Arlan and Alex are very important to me. Arlan is someone I consider a good friend and one of the few people I trust completely. I only recently met Alex, but I admire her greatly and can’t, for the life of me, figure out how a bookish banker like my brother, convinced a gorgeous magician to fall in love with him.

SH: What are you most proud of about your life?

AG: My job as a Columbia River pilot. It took a lot of hard work to be able to get that job and there is nothing I’d rather do. I love being out on the river every day, making sure boats of all shapes and sizes safely make it from the Columbia Bar on the Pacific Ocean to inland ports. Although my work isn’t as dangerous as the bar pilots, it requires skill, dedication, and a willingness to work day or night whenever the call comes to pilot a boat.

SH: What is one physical attribute you are proud of?

AG: (Adam chuckles and flexes a massive bicep) My strength. It keeps me safe while I’m working and helps me keep others safe, too. Since I’m tall and brawny, I don’t have to worry about too many people picking a fight with me on the docks. I’ll fight if I have to, but it’s not my first choice. (He points to his cheek and smiles) Alex says the dimples in my smile make all the girls swoon, but I suppose I’ll have to be careful about flashing them around now that I’m a married man.

SH: You’re recently married?

AG: Yes. (Adam sighs and rubs a hand over his head, mussing his dark hair) It’s a rather complicated mess. Back when I was young and stupid, I fell in love with a girl named Tia. She was… amazing. Before I had a chance to propose to her, she ran off to Portland and married a much older attorney. Her husband died and she eventually returned to Hardman with her little boy, Toby. He’s sure a great kid. Her former father-in-law threatened to take Toby away from Tia, so I offered to marry her for the boy’s sake. It is a marriage in name only, although I wouldn’t be averse to that situation changing. Despite my protests that I got over her a long time ago, the kind of love I held for her never goes away.

SH: Is falling in love is a gift/curse?

AG: A curse. No doubt about it. Love is curse, a hex, a blight upon one’s heart and an entrapment of their soul. (Adam grins). Or maybe it is a gift. Ask me in a few weeks, after I see if my efforts at wooing my wife pay off.

SH: Do you believe women are/are not the weaker sex?

AG: Definitely not. Women might appear fragile and soft and delicate, but inside they are made of stronger stuff than us mere men can imagine.

SH: What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

AG: (He thoughtfully rubs a hand across his chin and leans back in his chair before answering.) Toby really gets me right here. (Adam places his hand over his heart). That little guy can be full of mischief, but he has the most tender little spirit. Watching him look for ways to be kind to others, to share with his little friends gets me every time. And watching Tia and Toby together, seeing her selfless love for her son, is such a wonderful thing.

SH: Thank you, Adam. Do you have any parting words you’d like to share.

AG: Just to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. May all your wishes for this magical season come true.

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Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen, one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments with relatable characters.

When this hopeless romantic isn’t writing or indulging in rich, decadent chocolate, Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Sweet Romance Reads, Pioneer Hearts, and Romance Writers of America.


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