Robert Peterson knew his management style was not HR approved, but he believed in using the stick as well as the carrot. Employing the tenets of domestic discipline, he helped mold his personal assistants into confident women who recognized their own self-worth. Even so, his unorthodox methods were only one of the reasons many considered the position of his assistant to be a revolving door. To Rob's mind, Pamela Weston was perfect for his purposes, though given her past he expected convincing her to agree to his program would be a challenge.
Realizing she was wasting a CEO's valuable time, but not willing to question why he was even bothering with such a basket case, Pam closed her eyes, took a step inside the moving box, and grasped the rail with her free hand. She'd worked herself into a full-blown panic mode, and for absolutely no reason. The world wasn't coming to an end. No one was out to hurt or confine her. Not here. Eyes shut, Pam remained silent until another ding signaled they’d reached their destination and she quickly left the metal conveyance.
"Very good," he praised, and though his words lightened her step, she still chided herself for her lack of control. Who would want a Nervous Nellie like her for an assistant?
"Stop it," he ordered at once in a sharp voice.
Pam came to an immediate halt. "Stop what?"
"You're fretting yourself into another panic. Calm down. We'll discuss everything tomorrow, and I have no intention of firing you, so quit worrying."
She wanted to ask him how he'd deduced that as well, but figured he could sense her unease even over the phone. She'd had no idea anyone could be as attuned to another person as he seemed to be. Despite having only worked with him for a day, she felt like he'd known her for years.
Interview with Kathryn Blake
I'm definitely a dog person, but I love all animals, even the house mice I trapped and kept in plastic cages with toys and wheels. I let them all free this past fall on a golf course filled with lots of yummy things for them to eat, and hide in as well as lots of fresh water. Though I suspect they were most likely caught and killed by other animals, they weren't really pets. They remained afraid of me even after a year of feeding and talking to them. Now, we have the stray cat that adopted us, which was another reason I had to free the mice. She took exceptional interest to their nocturnal activities. Skeezix is more of a pet, but she's still not a cuddler. She allows me to hold her on my lap for a while, then insists on getting down. All my doggies loved to cuddle on my lap. Sigh.
What is your favorite place to visit?
London, hands down. We used to go every year, and our last two visits were for eight week stays. I kept journals of our activities, which is hard since it meant I was up until late trying to recapture all the things we did. I never finished the last one, though I have the pictures, I still need to put together the narrative. Each day has something listed, but not all the pictures we took. If anyone is interested, they can find links to both my travellogs on my blog, or visit the latest one at: http://hassuitcase.blogspot.com/
What can you tell us about your significant other?
We met during my community theatre auditions for The Sound of Music back in the early 70s. I did get the role of the baroness. I was supposed to be a worldly woman of thirty-five, though in truth I was a naïve twenty-year-old. He didn't vote for me to get the role because he thought I was too old for the part. Amazing I still agreed to marry him, isn't it?
About the Author
To date, all of her heroes are dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love. However, part of that protectiveness includes the need for a certain amount of control. They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. Even so, these men aren't infallible, and they do make mistakes, but love and respect will always triumph in the end.
Kathryn has been a member of RWA since the early 1980s and has joined several local and special interest chapters. Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn's bed. She has also recently taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry.
Her personal website, www.kathrynrblake.com, is filled with photos and links to information about her many interests as well as peppered with quizzes, contests, games and lots of other fun things to do and she loves to hear from her readers, so she has an e-mail link at the bottom of every page.