Today sit down for a visit with Zachary Lowe from the Beaumont Brides series by author Laura haley-McNeil.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
I was on the fast track to be the most sought after broker on Wall Street. Life was great, the money, the women. My career was on an uphill trajectory. No one stood in my way, and why should they? By standing in my wake, they made lots of money, too. When I win, we all win.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
No attachments. No one expects anything from me and that’s what they get—nothing. I’m alone because I want to be alone. I’m with friends because I want to be with friends. I’m with a beautiful woman because I want to be with a beautiful woman. Beautiful women are everywhere—the celebrities, the socialites. I’ve been without money. Trust me, having money makes life much, much better.
What do you like least about yourself?
I’m the Black Knight of Wall Street. I swoop in, take over a company, build it up, sell it, move on. Sometimes there’s collateral damage. That’s life, but I keep my head above water. I’m giving these people a better opportunity. If they lose this job, they’ll find another one. They may not believe that at first, but after a while, they’ll see the opportunities are out there. I’m doing them a favor.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you? Life is good. I’m on track. I don’t like it when something moves in my way. I have to get rid of whatever’s standing in my way. Not everyone likes that, but they have to understand I’ll never be without money again. When Ellora moved into my path, she was an obstacle I hadn’t expected. She may be a college grad, but her wide eyes are filled with innocence. She hasn’t changed since high school. I’ll have to move her out of my way, but in the meantime, I intend to have some fun. She’ll understand when it’s over. They always do.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
Don’t put anything in my path. I know where I’m going and I know how I’m going to get there. I have a plan. I don’t need any obstacles in my path. If I encounter them, they have to go, no matter who or what. Ellora stood in front of me in the elevator and I knew everything had changed. Time to get back on track.
What is your greatest fear?
People move in and out of our lives. At first I thought I could stop it, but I realize it’s a good thing. No one stays in my life too long. My mother taught me that. She’s always looking for someone better. More money. More excitement. At first when my father left, it hurt. I didn’t understand. But there was no way to change my mother. Attachments can hurt. It’s better not to have any. No attachments, no pain.
What makes you happy?
Life. There’s so much out there. I’ll never get everything I want, but I’ll have fun trying. Just like the money. I’ll never have enough, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
When I was a kid, I tried to understand why people moved out of my life. Why did my father leave? What did my mother have to gain by it? It wasn’t until her last marriage that I realized she never had enough of…you name it. She wanted wealth, prestige, the high life. What I learned, I learned from her.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
That’s easy. Ellora Duvall with her heart as big as her dark eyes. She’s beautiful and she’s sweet. Her life hasn’t been easy, but she still cares. There’s not much that she does that I like, but I have to commend her for that. The world will rough up that sweet spirit of hers, which is a shame. It’s nice to know there’s still someone good in this world. But if she’s going to survive, she’s going to have to face the fact that there will be bumps along the way. She’ll get tough, but then she won’t be Ellora anymore.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
Ellora’s father, Steve. He had something that isn’t possible—real love for his wife. Sometimes the way they cared for each other didn’t seem real. It had to be an act, right? Nobody loves someone else that much, but he almost had me fooled.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Laura Haley-McNeil can be found at her website. My brother Preston Lowe tells me she’s been messing around with his life. He’s on a career path that will take him overseas. He needs to talk to Laura. What she’s doing is not what he wants.
What's next for you?
There’s always another company that needs to be acquired. Just because someone is in charge of a company doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing. I do. I’m always looking for opportunities. They’re not hard to find. As long as everything goes my way. There’s a reason they call me the Black Knight of Wall Street.
It’s his game. He makes the rules. Rule number one – only he can break the rules.
Zach Lowe lives his life without relationships in business and personally. Getting involved doesn’t work well when you’re the Black Knight of Wall Street.
Ellora Duvall, the sweet kid who crushed on him in high school, waltzes into the world of corporate finance with the same wide-eyed innocence she had in chemistry class. He hadn’t expected her to affect him the way she did, but he’s in control. A few weeks with Ellora will be pure pleasure, then he’ll move on. She’ll understand. He should, too.
Who broke his rules?