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Finn Donaghey Bares it all – Character Interview

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Finn Donaghey – The Donaghey Brothers Series – Romantic Suspense

Book One released August 2019

Book Two released August 2020

Book Three releases Feb 2021

There may be spoilers pertaining to Books 1 & 2 in Finn’s interview. Proceed with caution if you haven’t read the books yet. 

  1. Where are you from?

I grew up in Boston, but I spent a few years in Dublin, Ireland at college.

  1. What do you like about your home?

Right now? I haven’t got one. I’m just happy I’m not dead or in jail. To say I read my brother wrong would be an understatement. Picked a woman over his own flesh and blood.

I used to have a mansion with a huge property on the outskirts of Boston. It’s where I grew up. Can’t say I’ve liked much about it since I discovered what my father and stepmother did to my mother.

A fresh start isn’t so bad, even if it wasn’t by choice.

  1. What do you dislike about your home?

Too many things to list. Wasn’t a place where a kid could grow up in the conventional sense. A kid survived. Not sure you could say either of us thrived. Not in a way most people would want a kid to excel.

The only warmth I ever experienced after my mother was murdered came from my stepmother. She died of cancer, and her role in my mother’s death made my feelings for her complicated, to say the least. Not sure I’ll miss the place, but I’ll miss the power and prestige that came with it. For a lot of people in Boston, our property inspired fear and loathing. I’m all right with the second as long as there’s a healthy dose of the first as well.

  1. Where do you go for refuge?

Refuge from what? Why would I ever want to hide? Nah, you pick a goal and you go after it full bore. There’s no fucking hiding or finding ‘refuge’. That’s the kinda talk that gets a man like me killed.

  1. What is it refuge from?

Like I said, men like me don’t need or want refuge. We’re the hunters; we’re not the prey.

  1. What do you do to relax?

Could murder be called relaxing? No? Gotta be sex then. I’m not much for kicking back. When I want something, I don’t let anything stand in my way. I like to keep busy.

  1. What motivates you?

Money and power. How do I get it. How do I keep it.

  1. What’s your life’s dream?

That’s a bit personal, isn’t it? What’ll you want to do next? Braid friendship bracelets or something?

I suppose you want an honest answer. My life’s dream already passed me by a few years ago. Let her slip through my fingers, but it was for the best. She’s alive, and probably far happier than she ever woulda been with me.

  1. What would you do to make your dreams come true?

Haha. I’d need a fucking miracle. You got a time machine?

  1. What would it look like if you didn’t get that dream?

Exactly what my life looks like now. Look, I’m not gonna complain. I’ve had more money than I know what to do with. Women draped across my lap. I had the kind of power other men only dream about achieving.

  1. What stands in your way of happiness right now?

Same thing that’s always gotten in the way. My life isn’t one I’d ever want her to lead. If I have to choose between her safety and her happiness, I’ll choose having her safe every time. She can find happiness somewhere else, and at least she’s alive.

  1. Tell me about your family.

My father was the biggest piece of shit you ever met. I’m not at all sorry about the role I played in his death. My mother was murdered by my father when I was five. My memories of her are hazy, kinda fuzzy. The few vivid ones just make me realize how much I lost. My stepmother tried her best to fill that gap. Given that she’s the reason it existed, I suppose her determination to mother me makes sense. My father never gave her much leeway. He wanted me raised tough and strong.

Then there’s my brother, Lorcan. We were close until I found out his mother had a hand in murdering mine. Threw a wrench in our relationship. Never quite recovered. I might’ve been a bit of a dick about the whole thing. Wasn’t his fault his mother betrayed me. Suppose the joke’s on me. Eventually, Lorcan returned the favor.

  1. What’s your biggest strength?

Nothing keeps me down, and I don’t let anyone walk over me. You want something I have? You’ll have to go through me to get it. I don’t back down. I don’t give up. I’m the toughest motherfucker you’ll ever meet.

  1. What’s your biggest weakness?

If I told you, I’d have to kill you. That’s not something you ever admit out loud, even if that weakness exists and happens to be a gorgeous blonde. Nothin’ I wouldn’t do for Carys. Including leaving her alone. I’m no good for her.

  1. Is there anything you would change about yourself?

I am who I am. No point in dwelling on what might’ve happened if I made different choices. They’re made. No going back.

  1. What’s your least favorite childhood memory?

Finding out from the maid my mother died and having my father’s mistress move in the next day. The whole thing is seared into my fucking brain. A boy needs his mother just as much as a girl does. Maybe more, I don’t know. Her absence certainly defined my life.

  1. Do you trust people easily? Why or why not?

Nope! I got issues, baby. In my line of work, trust is earned and easily lost. If you never trust anyone, you’re always aware of the knife. You don’t miss it when someone tries to drive it into your back.

  1. What’s your life motto/philosophy, summed up in a sentence?

Never let them know your weakness.