How exciting to have Tyler Lynch the hero from Redemption Ranch written by Leann Harris, a April 2012 release from Love Inspired Romance .
1. Tyler, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I’m an ex-soldier and demolition expert. My best bud is a mutt named Dogger. I picked him up in Iraq. He fit into our unit by being the best natural bomb explosives alert dog I’ve seen. He saved my buddies and me countless time.
2. What do you do for fun?
Fun. Well, it’s been a while since I did ‘fun’. Beth McClure, the little dynamo who changed my life, dragged me to an overnight lock-in at her church. I was one of the chaperones riding herd over a bunch of teenagers. But that was okay, because I got to bring my friend’s kid brother, Riley, who needed some friends. Of course, being around that many screaming teenager girls can shake the strongest of men.
3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Talking to my foster parents. I kinda blew up after I came home from Iraq. I was at a 4th of July party when some of the kids put cherry bombs under the picnic table. I didn’t react well and knew I’d to get my head together and left for a while. But I took my dog.
4. What are you afraid of most in life?
The dark secret of my life, that I feel responsible for my best friend’s death when we were disarming a bomb in a café in Baghdad. He didn’t survive. I did.
To help Riley, who was left without his brother thanks to me. And figuring out how I can stay at the equine therapy ranch and be with Beth. She makes me laugh.
6. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?
I love westerns. Zane Grey was the best. I’m a westerner having grown up in Oklahoma.
7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Hard question. I wish I could laugh more, and roll with the punches. In foster care, you learn to watch your step and guard your feelings.
8. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
I have a dog. He’s a mutt I rescued while in Iraq. I found him when he was a pup. He was under the fender of a truck that was blown up. I don’t know if he was hurt in the explosion or crawled under the fender, but he has a moon-shaped scar on the back of his head. He’s become my best friend. He’s loyal, loves me, and doesn’t ask questions about why I can’t be open and honest and consider his feelings. (Can you guess, I had a fiancée? The operative word is had.)
9. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I’d go back before the tornado hit my house in rural Oklahoma when my folks were alive. I wished we’d be early for church, because the twister hit that Sunday morning.