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REPOST: Character Interview with the Earl and Countess of Townson (Andrew and Brooke) discussing Liberty and Paul

Good morning, all. Thank you for joining us on this nippy Monday morning. Today I am interviewing Andrew and Brooke Black, the Earl and Countess of Townson. Brooke is Liberty’s eldest sister and seemed to be her greatest confidant during the time in which Brooke was securing her own match. Would you agree with that statement, Brooke?

BB: Absolutely. Liberty came to me several times during my courtship with Andrew to complain about “him” as she’d taken to referring to Paul Grimes.

What kinds of things did she say to you about him?

BB: Oh, well, nothing you don’t know already. She hated the man–

AB: And, I think it’s just as important to add, he rather disliked her, too. However, his reasons seem to hold far more water than hers.

BB: He’s right. The poor man had far more reasons to dislike her than the other way around.

Now, Andrew, quit grinning like a simpleton. I know it must be rare your wife admits you’re right, but try to dim that handsome smile, it’s hurting my eyes. Instead, why don’t you tell me about some of these incidents?

AB: To be quite frank, the one event I was privy to hear about is not one I–or any man for that matter–would like to discus, much less think about again.

Brooke, I see you giggling. Care to answer for him?

BB: No, I quite agree with Andrew’s ascertainment. I can see why a man would be loath to remember such a thing. Nor do I wish to revisit that particular conversation. Instead, I’ll just tell you that it took me about fifteen seconds to surmise the two disliked each other when I first saw them seated next to each other at dinner. She confirmed it, however, the next day when she burst through my door like a madwoman and declared she absolutely hated him and rattled off the most awkward story I’d ever heard, up to then, that is.

Are you saying that the awkward story that goes along with the memory Andrew is so vigilantly trying to repress over there is currently the most awkward story you’ve ever heard?

BB: Yes. I’d say so. Her second tale was far worse than the first.

Well, considering she’d practically accused him of lacking ballocks during the first story, I can only imagine how much worse the second story was. For Andrew’s sake, I’ll stop this vein of my interview. How about we talk about Mr. Grimes. What do each of you think of him?

AB: I rather like the man. He’s a good man to have around when you’re in a tight spot.

BB: Oh, stop. Andrew only likes the man because he agreed to marry us on the spot without asking any questions or putting his palm out for money.

AB: No better way than that to endear oneself to an impoverished man.

That’s right. You had what was it, forty pounds to your name at the time?

AB: Sadly, yes.

And now?

BB: Let me answer this one! To quote Andrew, “I have enough, madam. Discussing money matter is considered vulgar in English households. But if you truly must know, I have enough for you to have this…” Then he usually whips something he’s bought for me out of his pocket.

You actually ask your husband about his finances?

BB: Only because I know it leads to him giving me something! The first time I did it, it was completely innocent. It was right after he installed his mines and I asked if they were producing. He scowled, told me money matters were a man’s affair, then gave me the wedding ring he couldn’t when we married. Now, I just ask him to see if he has something for me.

Smart girl. I wrote you well. It seems Andrew’s mines were just the ticket. Very good. I’m glad it all worked out. For both of you. Now, back to Paul, Brooke what are your feelings on the man?

BB: I truly don’t know him so well, I’m afraid. When we first met, I thought he was a bit off. Cold. But the few times I’ve been around him in the past few months, I’ve rather warmed to him. He’s actually not so cold and distant, nor boring and stodgy like Liberty seems to think.

AB: I agree. He’s actually rather nice when you get to know him.

Do either of you think Paul and Liberty should set aside their differences and make a match of it?

Both: NO!!!

BB: You better not suggest such a thing to Liberty, steam will start spiraling out of her ears.

AB: I’d like to amend my former statement. I don’t think the two would willingly put aside their differences and try to make a match of it–nor would we all wish for them to. However, if something–such as a scandal–were to come up that would force them to marry, I think they could eventually push aside their dislike for the other enough to give off the appearance of a cordial marriage.

Cordial? Not love?

AB: Probably not.

Is love so important?

BB: I think so. I know we can’t all marry for love, but love does make the harder aspects of marriage easier. I don’t care who her husband ends up being just as long as somewhere in his heart he loves my sister and her insufferable ways. If he does, I”m nearly certain she’ll be hard pressed not fall in love with him, too.

AB: But in the meantime, he better guard his–

Oh dear, look at the time. I think it’s time for you two to back to living out the rest of 1812, while I go make breakfast and pack lunches. Join me next time when I talk to Madison, Liberty’s other sister, to see what she can tell us about Liberty, Paul and their rocky relationship last year at the house party.

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REPOST: Character Interview with Turner, the butler from Liberty for Paul

Another old interview repost for everyone to enjoy! 😀

 

Good morning! Today I’ll be talking to Turner, the Banks family butler from Liberty for Paul. Please excuse my tardiness this morning, Turner. I seem to have been caught up in tasks such as laundry and cleaning. In the year 2011, the words: maid and mother have become interchangeable, I’m afraid. But I’m sure you understand household tasks better than anyone being a bulter and all, right?

That’s right.

Good. So tell our readers, what is it like being the butler for the Banks family?

Quite interesting really. There’s always something going on in that appallingly decorated house. Sometimes I’m allowed to admit a certain earl and sometimes I’m not. One time–

Excuse me for cutting in, sir. Please remember our stenographer over there is writing down everything you say and posting it for all the world to see. We wouldn’t wish to unintentionally get you fired for revealing too much private information.

Right you are. I’ll just say the house is always abuzz.

Abuzz? I wasn’t aware someone from the early 1800s knew that word.

We don’t. I’ve never heard it before. But I overheard you use it while you were talking to that little black box thing a moment ago and gleaned it meant a lot was going on. Did I use it incorrectly?

No. You used it correctly.

Good. Then it is safe to say, the Banks house is always abuzz with some sort of exciting activity.

Very good. Let’s move to our next question. Would you say, with the exception of during this interview, that one of your most important roles as a butler is to exercise discretion?

Yes. Always. I should hate to bring embarrassment or shame upon the Banks family by revealing something that might be considered…uh….shameful or embarrassing, such as the time I found young Liberty in a compromising situation where she was–

Remember our stenographer?

Of course. How could I forget her? She’s rather fetching, she is.

Yes, well, please remember she is taking notes of everything you say. Turner, be completely honest now, is there anything that might make you abandon discretion and spill all you know to an outside source?

Absolutely not.

Nothing?

Nothing.

Hmm. What about a thousand pounds?

One evening in December, around Christmas, I saw Miss Liberty heaping clothes–

Well, I guess now we know his price.

No, you don’t. I gave my story to Lady Algen for a tankard of ale and a plate of hot mutton.

All right, then. I think that does it for today. Enjoy your weekend and come back Monday for another character interview. Now that we’re off the record, dish the dirt.

I was walking down the hallway, trying to look busy when I saw a slightly open door and a pile of men’s clothes sitting just outside. Being the ever dutiful servant that I am, I brought them downstairs to be laundered. Then when Mr. and Mrs. Banks came home, I led them upstairs to greet their guest and when the door opened, there it was,  Mr. Grimes and Miss Liberty were…

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REPOST: Character Interview with Elizabeth Black, Dowager Countess of Townson

This is a repost of my interview with Elizabeth Black, Dowager Countess of Townson on her take on Liberty and Paul…

Hello again, today I have the ever-blunt Elizabeth Black with me. You may remember her as Andrew’s mother from Intentions of the Earl. She’s graciously agreed to meet with me today and I wager we’ll get no refusals to discuss certain topics today.

Quite right. I’ll tell you whatever you want to know.

I bet you will. I understand you’re going to be a grandmother soon, is that exciting?

Yes, very. I was a bit surprised when I’d heard Andrew had married, but shocked really to find Brooke was expecting.

You were?

Yes. When it was discovered she’d not conceived on her wedding night, like I had, I figured my chances of ever holding a grandchild had just evaporated. Apparently, my son was better at convincing his wife to share his bed again than my husband was. Not that he ever tried.

Quite likely. Enough on that. Tell me, do you like Brooke?

Of course I do! She’s the prefect daughter-in-law for me. See, like me, she seems not to give a fig about the rules of propriety. We get along very well, indeed.

Wonderful. I’m glad I could write two people who get along so well. But, I must know, does she do anything that gets on your nerves? Even just a little?

Yes.

Go on.

She has this habit of dragging out all her miniatures and regaling me with stories of her and her sisters. Not that I mind too terribly, mind you. It’s just, well, at times she reminds me of a ninety year old dowager showing off miniatures of her children and grandchildren. Most odd really.

Would it be safe to say you could identify one of her family members in a crowd.

Without a doubt. I could even tell you their interest, naughty deeds as children, even their most embarrassing secrets. I know it all.

Do you have any opinions about Liberty?

That girl needs to quit consulting books about manners in an attempt to find a husband. If she truly wants one of those annoying creatures, she needs to let her hair down and embrace the feelings I suspect she has for a certain individual.

You suspect she has feelings for someone?

Of course she does. No proper young lady gets driven to use the word ballocks by just anyone. Trust me, with all the information Brooke has poured out upon me, I have a sneaking suspicion Liberty has quite an infatuation with the man. Unfortunately, she’ll never admit it to anyone, particularly herself.

Hmm. Do you think she could be convinced to admit to such an emotion?

I suppose. But it doesn’t matter. From what I understand Brooke’s father has forbiden her to even go near the man after she elbowed him in the very same ballocks she accused him of not having.

Brooke told you that?

Not in quite so many words, but I got the general idea. Though I do get the impression she hadn’t intended to hit him there, but the result was the same, nonetheless.

Yes, well, I think that does it for today. Thank you for taking your time travel carriage to the year 2011 to talk to me, Elizabeth. Join me tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Turner, the family’s unusually unusual butler! Until then!

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REPOST: Character Intereviews, John and Carolina Banks, Secondary Characters from Liberty for Paul

Here’s another Liberty for Paul character interview. This time featuring her parents, one of my favorite couples, John and Carolina Banks (John and Carolina get their own chance to squirm as propriety flies out the window in their own story, His Yankee Bride).

Good morning, as you know, I’ve been dragging the characters from Liberty for Paul out from under the cobwebs of my mind and conducting interviews with them this week to give an insider’s look at the relationship between Paul and Liberty and what to expect in their story. Today I am speaking with John and Carolina Banks, Liberty’s parents. What can you tell me about said relationship, Mrs. Banks?

CB: Not much, I’m afraid. The two seem to despise each other to no end and never really speak to one another.

Yes, I gathered that. Mr. Banks, do you have anything to add?

 

JB: No. I think Carolina said it best. For some reason the two have been at odds since just after I first introduced them.

I see. Mrs. Banks, I assume you were there, too, do you think something happen at that first introduction that caused the friction?

 

CB: It’s possible.

Possible?

 

CB: Well, he might have inadvertently crossed a line as far as Liberty is concerned.

And?

 

JB: It’s probably best we don’t go into all that. I love my daughter and would do anything to protect her from scorn, so since talking about such a topic may not be in her best interest, I think it best we speak about something else.

I find it rather curious you say you’d do anything to protect Liberty. Just how far would you go?

 

JB: As far as I have to. But hopefully she’ll continue to stay on her best behavior and I’ll not be forced to behave inappropriately.

Her best behavior, eh? And what of Mr. Grimes and his behavior?

 

CB: Pish posh. Paul is a very fine gentleman. Besides Liberty’s imagined impropriety about the man, he is a perfectly respectable man. I complete faith in him.

Let’s have a moment of honesty, have either of you ever thought you’d like to see him as your son-in-law?

 

Both: YES!

 

JB: Unfortunately, that won’t be happening. Madison has a very strong aversion to marriage in general that matches Liberty’s aversion to Paul.

And if by some chance he did become your son-in-law?

 

CB: Then we’d be attending a funeral a short time later.

JB: The only question is: whose?

All right. Let’s say for some unseen reason the two do decide to marry, urp hold your objections, this is all hypothetical. Now, say they decide to marry, I’d assume Mrs. Banks, as her mother, you’d help her plan an extravagant wedding.

CB: Of course I would! It’s the mother’s duty to guide her daughter on her most important day.

And what of the very important wedding night? Will you be “guiding” her about that, too?

 

CB: I—I—I sup—suppose so, yes.

Would you care to give us a quick rundown of that speech?

 

CB: Absolutely not. That is a private conversation had between a young girl and her mother!

Forgive me. I didn’t mean to pry. I was just making sure she was going to be properly informed.

 

CB: She will be. Not that it’s any of your business.

Good to know. It would be absolutely terrible if she lacked the knowledge on such a sub—

 

CB: She’ll be informed. Now can we change the subject, please?

Of course. Would you like me to open a window, your face looks awfully red?

 

CB: Just finish your questions so we can go back to the Regency where we belong.

Right. Well, actually I think I’m out of questions and nearly out of time. But before we go, Mr. Banks, can you please tell us how you’d handle things if an article were to appear in the newspaper suggesting Liberty tried to seduce Mr. Grimes?

 

JB: What?!

 

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

 

JB: I don’t know what I’d do after I scraped myself up off the floor in shock. Fall back down again, perhaps.

Very good, then. That’s all we have time for today. Join us tomorrow when we talk to Elizabeth Black, the dowager Countess of Townson. Until then, you can find out how Mr. Banks responds if such an article were to appear (hypothetically, of course) or if Liberty is properly informed of what to expect by clicking here. Until then, good day.  

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REPOST: Character Interview with Liberty Banks, heroine from Liberty for Paul

Another repost to follow up the interview with Paul. [Also, my random winner from the other day’s question about what they’d do without in the world is…Pansy Petal. Please email me at rose.gordon@hotmail.com with your email address, preferred eBook reader and book selection and I’ll get right on it! A huge thank you to everyone who participated.]

And now, the interview…

Good afternoon, Liberty. Thank you for meeting with me.

The pleasure is all mine.

We’ll see about that in a minute. *Clears throat* Very good. Well, what can you tell our readers about yourself?

I’m the youngest of three daughters. The oldest is Brooke, she recently married an earl after the two of them were found….found…uh…in a peculiar situation. Then there’s Madison–

Pardon me, can you tell them more about you?

Sorry, I get carried away at times–

…That’s putting it mildly…

…Anyway, hmmm, I don’t know what you want to know.

Do you have any hobbies our readers might be interested in knowing about?

I like to read.

Very good, so do our readers. Most of them enjoy romance books. Do you enjoy romance novels as well?

I suppose. I’ve never really read one.

But you love to read! What does a young lady your age read then if not tales spun of a romantic nature?

Non-fiction.

Is that code for books about manners?

Perhaps. Perhaps not.

I get the feeling like someone else I recently interviewed, you don’t wish to discuss certain topics–

How very perceptive of you, Ms. Gordon.

Unfortunately for you, there is a subject you are going to discuss. Quit shaking your head. You’re going to discuss it if I have to burn your precious propriety books and pin you to the floor.

I don’t want to even think of him. Please. Let’s talk of something else. Anything else. I’ll even tell you all the details of my five hundred ninteen books about manners. Please just don’t make me speak of that dratted man.

The lady doth protest too much.

Oh, stop it. I have no feelings for that…that…that creature. He needs to do the world a favor and go crawl into a hole.

And do you see yourself joining him in this hole of his?

Ms. Gordon, if I was not just a figment of your imagination I might take umbrage with that comment and chalk you up on the same list I have him on. But since I cannot do that, I shall simply fold my arms and shut my mouth, effectively giving you writer’s block.

Ah, I see. You do care for him. Contrary to what you believe, I am rather perceptive at times and I think his indifference toward you has fueled the fire for your angst against him.

(Scowls)

You should probably stop that. It’ll eventually leave marks. Now, just tell me this, I know you haven’t seen the man in some months now, but is there any reason you might have for seeking him out?

None.

Fascinating. What if he were to see you naked?

He wouldn’t! He couldn’t! He shouldn’t! He better not!  What are you talking about?!

Well, that concludes our interview for today. Come back tomorrow to see what Mr. and Mrs. Banks have to say about Liberty and Paul’s unusual relationship.

Ms. Gordon, don’t ignore me! You better tell me what you were talking about right now. Rose! Rose! Come back here…

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REPOST: An Interview with Paul Grimes, Hero of Liberty for Paul

This originally posted March 2011–and is “set” before the book, Liberty for Paul.

Good afternoon, Paul. Thank you for agreeing to talk to me (like you had a choice).

No problem. It’s my pleasure and…er…duty.

Oh, stop that scowling. Just saying the word duty isn’t going to lead to talks of propriety. At least not from me.

Good.

Good. Tell us, how would you describe yourself?

Physically?

Yes, and your personality traits if you will.

Hmm, well, I’m slightly above average height, I have green eyes, blondish hair, wear spectacles. I don’t know what else you want me to say.

Do you have any distinguishing marks or scars on your body?

(Coughs) Yes…er…a scar. Next.

By the way you’re blushing, Mr. Grimes, I daresay you have something to hide.

No, nothing to hide.

So you do have something. interesting. And where, pray tell, is it?

That information is unnecessary. Next question, please.

Fine. I’ll let the matter drop. For now.

Thank you.

You’re welcome. All right, what are your feelings about Liberty Banks?

(No immediate answer)

Sir, unclamp your jaw, please and answer the question.

Liberty and I have an unusual relationship.

That’s an understatement. Now, would you be so kind as to explain your relationship with Miss Banks?

It’s a love-hate relationship really. See, we both love to hate each other. Kind of. Well, actually no. It’s more like she has a passionate hatred that seems to consume her soul toward me and I just merely find her annoying. Unfortunately, her undisputable hatred for me has led to several…shall we say, uncomfortable moments for me.

Such as?

Where to start… Let’s see, she’s openly called me a coward and questioned my manhood, she’s “inadvertently” elbowed me in the groin and she’s hurled a book at my head that knocked me unconscious and left a bump the size of an egg on my forehead for a week.

Hmm, that doesn’t sound very endearing.

No. It doesn’t.

So is it safe to say you wouldn’t enjoy being married to her?

Now, that, Ms. Gordon is an understatement. I have no desire to be in a room with her, let alone married to her.

All right, calm down. We won’t speak of her anymore. Let’s talk instead about you.

What would you like to know?

Who is Lucy Whitaker to you?

I didn’t see that one coming. She’s a woman I once admired.

Admired?

All right. I proposed to her. But it was a long time ago and I don’t wish to discus her, her son, her wretched aunt or anything that has to do with that family.

Understood. Let’s talk about your relationship with John Banks. How exactly did you and Liberty’s father become acquainted?

He agreed to act as my mentor last spring when I approached him about a sticky situation that was going on in my church.

A sticky situation, you say? Care to divulge?

Not really.

Mr. Grimes, I’d have never thought you’d be so difficult to interview. You’ve a mark upon your person you don’t wish to discuss, a former love interest you’re not inclined to talk about and now you hint at secrets you will not share. You seem to be far more interesting than the bore we met in Intentions of the Earl. Do you have anything further to say for yourself?

No. I don’t think so. Oh, wait. Something about the way you’re looking at me just now makes me think I’m going to marry, fall in love with and share all my secrets–including my scar, former proposal, and unpleasant church situation–with that hoyden Liberty Banks.

You’re a smart man, Mr. Grimes. All those things and so much more will be happening to you very soon!