A little while ago, and after a good amount of prodding, I was finally able to have both Erik and Scott to sit down with me for a double interview.
Who are they?
Erik is the Hero from She Came with the Tide. Impulsive, fearless, and fun loving, Erik had lived the rock & roll life fully and with gusto until it wasn’t fun anymore. Without a second thought, he’d traded the spotlight with the Floridian sun, and the guitar with a surfboard. Young, rich, and free from anything - what more he could need?
Scott is the hero from All Those Miles I Walked. Almost Erik's opposite, Scott has always been steady as a rocky reef. He’d loved once and when she’d left, his strong heart had crumbled like a sandcastle. Now DJ is back, and Scott is stuck with her. Even worse, she still gets under his skin.
We managed a date that would be okay for all 3 of us (we’re all uber busy people, and I'll be spending some time with two beautiful men. Well, one beautiful man as for the moment, only Scott is sitting with me. We're at the Crescent Creek Tiki Bar waiting for a ten-minutes-late Erik.
"You know him," Scott tells me, sipping at his beer. "He has issues with being on time. It drives me half insane."
(Scott is a chef and is involved with Erik's impending wedding, a/n). "And you, like me, like punctuality," I point out.
"I do. Especially if it's work related. I mean, I am making dinner for a whole town. It doesn't just happen out of nowhere, and the guy just says "relax, man"."
"Is DJ on time?"
He chuckles. "Nope. But she has ways to... let's say smooth my anal-retentiveness. Her words."
Because I know Scott, I'm can't help but poke a bit into things he's not comfortable talking about. "Soooo," I tell him. "What happens after Erik's wedding?"
He smiles, just a quirk of his lips, his voice quiet like a Sunday morning. "You know the answer already."
"I do, but I'd still like to talk about it."
"Because you haven't been a pain in my butt enough as it is." He shrugs, wriggles into a more comfortable position in the chair. "All right, I'm game. After Erik's wedding I, DJ, and our families will drive down to the Keys and get married."
"Happy. Us was more than twelve years in the making. We are finally there."
"And it feels..." I leave it to him to finish my sentence.
"It feels right."
"Do you think you're perfect for each other, too?"
"Oh God, no. We're all wrong. But we both are more than willing to work for it. Hey man," he says when Erik sits with us. "You're late."
"Come on, give me a break Beckett. It's only 15 minutes. Hi baby," he tells me.
"Hi, honey," I reply. "And you're almost 25 minutes late."
"Not you too..."
I really have to give him a bit of hard time. A man who looks like him, and smiles like him, definitely needs to be given a bit of hard time. "I like punctuality, in case you forgot. We have work to do."
"I know, I just had to–"
I swipe at the air, dismissing him. "Forget it. Let's get down to business. Ready?"
Scott. "Yes, ma'am."
Erik. "Fire it up."
Okay. What kind of impression do you make on people when they first meet you? Is that accurate?Scott. "That I'm serious and my way is the only way."
Erik. "Which is totally not you."
Scott barely pays him a sideway glance and shrugs. "There might be some truth in it."
Erik, what about you?'Erik: "That I'm a child in a man's boy. And it's unapologetically true. Not all of it, but true."
What would you change about Andrea and DJ?Erik: Believe it or not, sometimes she's too cynical. I wish she could believe in a bit of magic. But we're working on that.
Scott: I'm trying to have DJ answering to that stupid phone.
Still trouble with that?Scott: Always. You'd say that now that she's pregnant she'd change that but no. Not her.
What do you like about her?Scott: She's air, she makes you breathe. She's fun, and smart, and knows me better than anyone else ever could.
Erik: Andrea is giving me a new world, a new life to explore. And she's so sweet and good, I didn't think people like her still existed.
Okay. Let's change a bit the topic of our conversation. Your obituary would be …Scott: That's an odd question.
Erik: You know she's weird. And mine would say: he lived and loved fully, and was super hot.
Scott burst into laughing and I'm right behind him. Leave it to Erik... When he can talk again, he answers. "Father, husband, son, and brother. He will be missed."
Erik nods: Old fashion. Suits you.
Scott: Thank you, man. Yours was good, too.
Are you done with compliments? Great. What would you do if:
someone tried to blackmail you. How easy or difficult would it be?Scott: I have really nothing to hide. Even the IRS can knock at my door at any time.
Erik: I've done so much shit when I was working... funny thing is, I was so gone when I did it that I'd know about it the day after from the paparazzi. I'd say there's nothing left for blackmail.
You wake up in a room and bed you don't recognize.Erik looks at me with sweet eyes, tips his head to one side. "Oh, honey... It's more times than I can count."
Scott: "It happened only once."
Now Erik's interest spikes up, and mine does too. "What?"
Scott: "Only time I got shit-faced drunk. I was young and in Barcellona, studying."
Erik: "Of course you were there. Hot chick?"
Scott. "Yes. And she left just in time to avoid witnessing my half hour projectile vomiting show."
This time is Erik that doubles down laughing. "That's rough, man."
Scott: "it was horrible. I swore I'd never do something that stupid ever again."
I'd say we can close the interview with two last questions: love is...Erik: fun.
And your heart is...Both: Hers.
This double interview comes in in a good time.
Scott and DJ’s story has just been released, and you can find it in Amazon.
As for Erik, the collection he’s in, Rock stars: Our Songs is retired. BUT rest assured, he’ll be back really son. Keep in touch with me, and you won’t miss him.
I hope you’ll get in touch, I love chat with readers!
And thank you Daryl, for having all of us. My pleasure, Viv.
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