It’s time to meet the men in Ivy Baines’ life (Matt Killian: Part 3 of 3)

Matt Killian as modeled by the ever handsome Stephen Amell.

Matt Killian as modeled by the ever handsome Stephen Amell.

Meet Matt Killian. He’s 31, and he is the new artistic director at the Starlit Stage Community Theater and Education Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The previous Director practically ran the place into the ground, and Matt is having to rebuild from almost the ground up.

Logo for the Starlit Stage where Matt Killian is the artistic director.

Logo for the Starlit Stage where Matt Killian is the artistic director.

It’s not going well. Finances are tight.  His Marketing and Publicity Director Jennifer Janson is turning out to be a royal pain in his ass.  And to top it all off, Rick Matthews, his staff play writer, just OD’d, leaving Matt with a half written play. Thankfully Rick is going to be okay, but now he’s in rehab for a minimum of three months, and Matt needs a finished play–now! The first act’s set is built. Opening night is in four weeks. The actors have auditioned and been selected. They are ready to rehearse.  . . . But . . . no play.

On the bad days, the theater feels more like a curse than the amazing opportunity it feels like on the good days. Matt lives on the knowledge that there are many more good days than bad. He is determined to make the theater a success. Having his own theater has been his dream for years. He started off as an actor and a musician, and he knows the theater life well. He loves it. He loves the hard work, the long days, and the reward of a show that pulls people out of their seats, giving standing ovations.

Right now that means 14 to 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. He’s tired and scrambling to find a new playwright. Which is how he meets, Ivy. She responded to his S.O.S. call.  Outside of that, he knows very little about her. But he does know that she got her first play to Off-Broadway, and that’s reasonably impressive.

Matt Killian's Honda CRV

Matt Killian’s Honda CRV

Come hell or high water. Snow. Blizzard. Doesn’t matter, he will find his way to the theater. He’s reliable, because his metallic-coffee-brown, all-wheel-drive Honda CRV is reliable.

Matt Killian's Living Room

Matt Killian’s Living Room

To see what books are on his bookshelves, you have to do a little navigating once you get inside Matt’s house. He has books everywhere. On his shelves. In organized piles on his floor. Next to his bed. On his couch. He has every handbook the American Association of Community Theater has ever published. Management, Development, Set Design, Methods of Acting (including method acting). If it has anything to do with theater, it’s in there. If it’s an important play, it’s in there. He has a seemingly endless assortment of books with sheet music for his guitar. Books on travel. Books about instruments, life, psychology . . . you name it, he might just have it.

Matt Killian's Guitar

Matt Killian’s Guitar

Things he does in his downtime: what downtime? He is the theater. He wants the Starlit Stage to be a giant success, and he’s a perfectionist when he’s working. He practically lives, eats, and breathes the theater and the performing arts. But when he does wind down, he enjoys playing his acoustic guitar, and he has a soulful voice like Chris Cornell. He’s in a band, The Third Act.

Well, now that you’ve met Ivy Baines and the men in her life and you are getting familiar with my new upcoming novel . . . what should we talk about next?

Do you have any questions for Matt or for me?  If so, please post them below, and we will happily get back with you.

It’s time to meet the men in Ivy Baines’ life (Erik Slater: Part 2 of 3)

Model pic for Erik Slater (I don't know who the model is, but thank you for looking so delectable.)

Model pic for Erik Slater (I don’t know who the model is, but thank you for looking so delectable.)

Erik Slater is 30, and he’s a high ranking sales manager for the USA-Mid-West region of Merc-Roi Consulting, a product and services distribution company that is based out of France. He has to travel a lot for his job, and he loves it. He’s currently up for a big promotion, and that means more power and more money. He’s worked hard, and he’s ready.

Merc-Roi Consulting Logo (This is who Erik works for.)

Merc-Roi Consulting Logo (This is who Erik works for.)

Erik met Ivy while out on a run through the streets of Ann Arbor. It was about four months ago. He was running his usual ten mile circuit, when a family of four—including a mom with a stroller and screaming baby—angled into his path. Erik had to maneuver and jump around to miss accidentally trampling on their toddler. When he did, he fell into Ivy, bumping her into the glass window of Bart’s Arts. Ivy had been pretty and stunned. After apologizing repeatedly, he offered to take her out for coffee to make it up to her. She said no. But then he found himself running her way when he went for his nightly runs. He kept asking her out until she finally said yes to dinner a month later.

Erik loves to eat out at the best restaurants, savoring the tastes of fine dining.

Erik loves to eat out at the best restaurants, savoring the tastes of fine dining.

Fine dining, traveling to the bigger European cities (Amsterdam, Athens, London, Paris, Nice, and Rome are among his favorites), and driving performance enhanced sports cars on the Autobahn are among the things he loves to do when he’s not working.

Erik Slater's Car: a sleek Lexus sports sedan

Erik Slater’s Car: a sleek Lexus sports sedan

He drives a sleek metallic-silver Lexus sports sedan, and he has a luxury, modern-décor condo in the heart of Ann Arbor. He’s not much of reader, unless he’s reading sales reports and competitor bios. So if you ask him what’s on his bookshelves at home, he’ll tell you he really has no idea. Whatever his interior decorator picked out for him. Something with a black and white cover to match the colors in his condo. His housekeeper apparently likes Ansel Adams, though, because he’s always finding one of those books on his coffee table.

Erik loves his luxury condo all decorated in blacks and whites.

Erik loves his luxury condo all decorated in blacks and whites.

Erik likes to take Ivy out to dinner at his favorite restaurant, Chip’s Chop House. Then they enjoy walking the streets under the stars, and sometimes stopping for something delectable at Sweet Treats Dessert Bar.

Do you have any questions for Erik or for me? Post them below.

Next post will be about Matt Killian. He’s yet another hotty to come into Ivy’s life. Choices, choices. Maybe she won’t have to choose.