Character Interview: Aiden and Shannon from Curved Horizons

Hello, friends! Today I am welcoming a pair you’ll be familiar with if you’ve read Taylor Brooke’s Fortitude Smashed, and who you’ll be looking forward to in Curved Horizons.

After scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during moments of emotional intimacy, further research created the ability to harness the direction of living energy and pinpoint when two lines will merge. Personalized chips are now implanted beneath the thumbnails of every infant, where glowing numbers count down to the moment they will meet their soul mate.

Fate is now a calculation.

But loving someone isn’t.

When Shannon Wurther, the youngest detective in Southern California, finds himself face-to-face with Aiden Maar, the reckless art thief Shannon’s precinct has been chasing for months, they are both stunned. Their Camellia Clocks have timed out, and the men are left with a choice—love one another or defy fate. (via Goodreads)


Hello, Shannon and Aiden! Welcome to the blog! How about you tell our dear readers about yourselves?

Aiden: I’m a Laguna Beach native, I guess. I’m uh… I don’t really know how to do explain myself. I’m not good at this. Anyway. I’m trying to get into photography and I work at a local dive bar. Nothing special, really.

Shannon: I’m originally from a small town in Georgia, but I moved here to go to school and now I’m a local detective. I like to read quite a bit. I’ll never turn down a good beer or a home-cooked meal.


If you had a free day with nothing to do, what would you do?

Aiden: Maybe head to Venice for the day. Netflix. Hiking. There’s always something to do around here, but if I wasn’t working I’d be bothering Shannon, I guess. Or trying to get Daisy to go somewhere with me. If I was being honest I’d say day drinking.

Shannon: He’d definitely be day drinking.

Aiden: Okay, but not every day.

Shannon: Well, if I had a free say with nothing to do, I would be on the beach with a book or seeing a movie.

Aiden: With me?

Shannon: Obviously, with you.


If you could spend a day with someone you admire (alive, dead or fictional) who would it be?

Aiden: I… That’s a hard one, but my parents. I’d like to show them a few things, you know? Some of my pictures, maybe. I’ve always wished they could meet Shannon, just once, just one fucking time. And god, they’d be so impressed with Chelsea that they’d throw a party over her being in my circle of friends. I wish they could see where I am. Where we are. See that I made it, I guess. That I’m still making it.

Shannon: I had an answer but I’m changing it. I’d spend a day with Aiden’s parents as long as Aiden could be with me.

Aiden: Shut up, asshole. Don’t use your wish on me. Use it to meet… I don’t know, Guillermo Del Toro or something.

Shannon: Nope. Sasha and Christopher Maar would be my pick. If he could be with me for the day. If he couldn’t, then sure, Del Toro it is.

Aiden: I… fine. Whatever.


What’s the most important trait to you in a friend or romantic partner?

Aiden: Trust. Typical, I know. But it’s a pretty huge factor in friendship and partnership. We all make mistakes, we all fuck up, but trust shouldn’t ever be a question. You gotta be able to count on each other.

Shannon: I agree. Trust is huge. I think I’d go with patience though. I haven’t always been the most patient person —

Aiden: You don’t say?

Shannon: Shh. But I’ve been getting better about it and doin’ my best to be patient with myself as well as the people in my life that I care for.


What do you like best about each other?

Aiden: Nothing. Zero. Zip. I don’t know why I keep him around. Kidding, obviously. But if I had to pick one thing I liked best about Shannon it would be his intolerable acceptance of everyone’s issues. He can find redeemable qualities in just about anyone.

Shannon: Oh, the only reason I like him is because he introduced me to Daisy. And the he comes with a cat.

Aiden: See what the Camellia Clock gave me? Bullshit. Absolute bullshit.

Shannon: I’m joking, darlin’, calm down. Honestly? I couldn’t pick just one thing. Aiden likes to pretend he isn’t brave and daring and selfless, but he is.


What do you like the least about each other?

Aiden: He never wants to try new food.

Shannon: Okay, hold on, that isn’t true. I love trying new food, but I like it to be cooked.

Aiden: The only thing you didn’t like was sea urchin last time, but now you make up excuses every time I want sushi.

Shannon: I like California rolls.

Aiden: That’s not sushi. That’s a fucked up American excuse for sushi.

Shannon: What do I like least about Aiden? He has absolutely no filter.

Aiden: Oh, come on.

Shannon: None. No filter. He should come with a warning label.

Aiden: Fine, I agree with that.


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Aiden: Ha! Just one? Fuck, I guess I’d probably eradicate the messy headspace I live in if I could.

Shannon: I should probably work out more, I guess. I wish I liked spicy food more.

Aiden: What’s it like being disgustingly perfect?

Shannon: I’m not perfect. I just happen to like myself. Nothing wrong with that, darlin’. You should like yourself too — there’s too much there not to notice.

Aiden: I’m… going to ignore that.

Shannon: Mmhm.


If you could change one thing about each other, what would it be?

Aiden: His goddamn fashion sense. You look like a tool, Shannon.

Shannon: First of all, I’m wearing jeans and your sweatshirt. Second —

Aiden: Throw those awful sunglasses away. Do it. Toss them into the ocean. Throw them in the trash. Run them over with your car.

Shannon: My sunglasses are fine, Aiden. Now, something I’d change about you? Your insomnia. You keep me up at night.

Aiden: You enjoy it.


What do you always keep on you?

Aiden: Cell phone.

Shannon: Same. Cell phone.


If you were in need of comforting, what would be the best thing that someone could do for you?

Aiden: Bring me Thai food. And probably just… Stay? I guess? Just stay with me and let me be messy for a bit.

Shannon: Naps. Someone could come over and let me nap with them.

Aiden: He means nap on them.


If you could teach everyone in the world one thing, what would it be?

Aiden: How to fight.

Shannon: Seriously, c’mon.

Aiden: Fine, I changed my mind, how to pour a decent drink.

Shannon: Well, I’d teach everyone how to ride a bike.

Aiden: Of course you would.


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