Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Character Meet & Greet | Jensen Atwood

It's time for a Character Meet & Greet, and I'm excited to welcome Jensen Atwood to i blog 4 books! Jensen is from Deep Haven, Minnesota, and his story is featured in Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren.

Jensen, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Please tell my friends a little bit about yourself and what you're up to in Deep Haven.

My name is Jensen, and I’m the reason why Darek Christiansen doesn’t have a wife, why Tiger doesn’t have a mother. Just for the record, the accident wasn’t my fault, but no one is listening to me, so it doesn’t matter what I say. I just want to finish my “prision” sentence—okay, community service—in Deep Haven and leave. Dust my feet off of the dirt of this town and forget the last three years.

People have no idea what it feels like to walk around with a target on your back. It feels like no matter where I go—the VFW to listen to the Blue Monkeys, or the Shelter to walk the dogs (part of my community service—don’t get excited, I’m not that altruistic), or even the local pizza joint, I’ve got eyes on me, watching. Waiting for me to make a mistake.

Wouldn’t Darek love that. He’d like more than anything to make me pay for Felicity’s death. But how can he make me pay more than the grief I already feel? He wasn’t the only one who loved her.

In fact, we all loved Felicity. Especially Clair, her best friend. Which is probably why she can’t talk to me, can’t stand to look at me. Once upon a time, we were best friends, after all, we spent every summer together on the lake, being neighbors and all.

The truth is, I had—have—a little crush on Claire. The thought of her forgiving me makes living in Deep Haven bearable.

Not that she will. If only she’d take a chance on me, hear me out, listen to my side.

Forgive me.

But I’m not holding my breath. Because really, who could forgive a guy who killed the town sweetheart?

Think you'd like to get to know Jensen better? Read more of his story in Take a Chance on Me, available now from Tyndale House.

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