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The Hero’s Perspective in Away from the Spotlight By Tamara Carlisle


In Away from the Spotlight, law student, Shannon Sutherland, meets handsome Brit, Will MacKenzie, at a pub in Santa Monica, California.  Unbeknownst to Shannon at that time, Will is a famous actor.  The story is written from Shannon’s perspective.  If you read the book, you know what Shannon thought about meeting Will.  I thought it would be nice to share with you Will’s perspective:

The next day, I had a morning appointment with a personal trainer to prepare to shoot the fourth movie in the Midnight series in the fall.  My management team, with some prodding by the studio no doubt, suggested that I work on my physique since I would spend part of the film bare-chested.

Although it felt good to get in better shape, the focus on me as a sex symbol was still something I would not get used to – ever.  Everyone has their view of themselves, some overarching personal description, be it clever, funny, or beautiful.  I always thought my defining term was “creative,” but, no matter how hard I tried to change the perception, I continued to be defined largely by my looks.

After working out, I met with my Midnight co-star, Katherine Sullivan, for lunch.  Despite all the rumors that the two of us were a couple, Katherine and I had become almost like brother and sister over the years.  She helped me out when I struggled with overwhelming fame around the release of the first Midnight movie.  She halted my downward spiral and I had relied on her friendship ever since.

“You look happy.  What’s with you?” Katherine asked as she joined me at the table in a trendy Beverly Hills restaurant we frequented.

“Why?” I asked, trying to appear nonchalant.

Katherine took a sip of the iced tea I had ordered for her, and before she could answer, our lunch was served as I had ordered her usual meal prior to her arrival.

Once the waiter left us, she asked, “You met someone, didn’t you?”  She stared into my eyes, trying to read their expression.

I rolled my eyes.  “How could you possibly know that?”

“Feminine intuition.  Good for you.  Anyone I know?”

I shook my head slightly.  “Not likely.”

“How’s that possible?  Who else do you meet besides people in our industry?”

“I managed.”

“Really?  Where?  When?”

“Last night at a pub in Santa Monica.”  I tried to remain casual, but couldn’t suppress my smile.

“Tell me all about her,” Katherine asked as she dug into her salad.

“I couldn’t tell you much at this point.  She has no idea who I am and I was trying so hard to stay away from the topic of me that I didn’t ask her anything about her.”

Katherine raised her eyebrows.  “She really didn’t recognize you?”

No.  It was brilliant.  For those few hours, I was just another guy and she liked me anyway.”

“Well, of course she did.  But I’m sure you loved not having someone fall at your feet for once.”

My smile flattened and I nervously played with my food.  “They don’t fall at my feet.  Well, some do I guess.  But it’s nice to know that she doesn’t want me just to say she’s dated someone famous or for publicity or because she confuses me with my character in Midnight.”

“What’s her name?”

“Shannon.”  I pictured her long red hair and beautiful curves in my mind, and smiled again.

“When are you going to see her next?”


“Good luck.  I’d like to see you happy with a girlfriend.  You’ve spent too much time alone.  It’s not good for you.  You get desperate and make poor choices – like Kayla.”  Katherine grimaced.

Kayla Roberts was a co-star of mine from Midnight I had dated for a while during the first movie.  The relationship, if you could call it that, ended with hard feelings.  Katherine never let me forget it and it had been over for a long time.

“When are you going to let me off the hook for that?”

“So long as you remain in danger of repeating the mistake,” Katherine said.

“I won’t.  You should know that after all this time.  Anyway, Kayla’s gotten over it.”

“I wouldn’t go that far.”

“Can we please change the subject?  I thought you were happy for me about Shannon.  I promise you’ll see she’s a good choice for me.”

“How would you know?  You know nothing about her.”

“I just know.”  I really felt at that moment that I did.

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In the closing weeks of law school, Shannon Sutherland meets handsome and charming Englishman Will MacKenzie. Initially swept off her feet, Shannon finds that Will has a secret that, once discovered and the consequences realized, could destroy their fledgling relationship. Will and Shannon take great pains to have a normal relationship but, ultimately, find it impossible to do so. Will the pressures of their careers and the temptations of others drive Will and Shannon apart? Can Will and Shannon live a happy life away from the spotlight?

Tamara Carlisle takes you on a romantic ride that explores the consequences of fame and a love that endures all.



Tamara Carlisle is a former attorney and business consultant.  Away from the Spotlight is her first published work of fiction.  Her next novel, The Call of the Limelight, will be released in 2013.  Tamara currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her British husband and daughter.


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13 thoughts on “The Hero’s Perspective in Away from the Spotlight By Tamara Carlisle

  1. I love being about to get into the hero’s POV. Very fun! Thanks for hanging out with us today Tamara!

  2. Thanks for having me here today, Emily and Lisa! It was really fun writing from Will’s perspective. I look forward to checking in and chatting over the next few days.

  3. This sounds really great , def. one I would like to read !!

  4. I love this – this is fun! It’s always fun to see what the other character thinks. Very interesting.

  5. Did you have any input from a male as to how the character should act or think?
    Your book sounds really good and I have added it to my TBR list.

    • Hi, Joye! I had a little input in terms of British terms like “brilliant” and the fact that men are very visually oriented (therefore, I included the bit about Will picturing Shannon). The rest of it was my idea of who Will is, the fact that he wants to live a normal life as much as possible, and that Will had a similar reaction to the one Shannon had to Will. I also thought it was funny that Will was so busy hiding who he was that he didn’t ask about who Shannon was. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and hope you like the book!

  6. I like the story. It sounds like a good one.

  7. Thanks, PPG! I’m glad you like my story and appreciate that you joined us here. I hope you enjoy the book!

  8. Congratulations to Crystal on winning the $10 Amazon gift card! Thank you very much to everyone who joined us – I hope you enjoyed the post. Please keep in touch. A huge thank you to Lisa and Emily for including me here on this wonderful blog. I look forward to continuing to follow you!

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