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Character Interview with Madison Banks, Secondary Character in Liberty for Paul

Today I have Madison Banks here with me to give us her take on Paul and Liberty and their unfortunate first impressions on each other. Thank you for joining me today, Madison. You are actually in a rather unique situation since you were present for the first…uh…incident involving Liberty and Paul. Is there anything you can tell us we don’t already know.

I don’t think so. I told everything to Brooke already, that’s all there was to say.

Ah, but you’re assuming everyone who’s reading this has already read Intentions of the Earl.

You mean they haven’t? Well, they should go to pick up a copy post haste! All right, you make a valid point, so I’ll just give a brief summary of what transpired that dreadful day. Mr. Grimes overheard Liberty say some unsavory comments and gently put her in her place. Shocked, and undoubtedly embarrassed, Liberty shot to her feet and said some equally unsavory comments to Mr. Grimes. Something about him not having any ballocks and hoping his troubles worsen so he has to go live out the rest of his life in a hole. It’s been a while, but I think that just about covers it.

She seems a lovely girl.

Actually, she is. Aside from her annoying love for propriety and her utter hatred for Mr. Grimes she truly is a lovely girl. You just have to get to know her a little better, you’ll see.

I think we shall all get to know her better very soon. However, do you think Mr. Grimes would agree with your description of her being lovely?

No, of course not. I don’t mean to sound critical, but have you read Intentions of the Earl? The two cannot tolerate each other, anyone who’s read the book would know that.

I’ve read that book more times than you think. But that’s not the point, what I was saying was… Wait. Have you read the book?

Of course, I did! Who hasn’t?  Well, except for those who haven’t found it yet and didn’t want to cut short this interview to go find their copy.  Although, just between us, I must admit I had to skim a few areas since Brooke is my sister and all.

But of course. And did you learn anything from the book?

Yes and no. Naturally, I already knew most of the details of Brooke and Andrew’s relationship because she told me, but I had no idea exactly why Mr. Grimes sported that nasty bump on his forehead at Brooke’s wedding, nor all the details of his lawn bowls game with Liberty. However, what I was most surprised to learn happened at the front of the book. Spacey? Really? Putting aside, the fact that the word “spacey” probably wasn’t even a term anyone would have thought to use back then, I was still rather shocked because all this time I actually thought you liked me.

I do like you. That’s why I have the perfect hero lined up for you to marry.

Save your ink. My interest in marriage in general rivals Liberty’s interest in Mr. Grimes. Actually, that’s not true. Liberty does have an interest in Mr. Grimes. It just seems his indifference toward her soured her feelings for him.

Pardon?

Just because I sit quiet and tend to let my eyes wander off to…to….out the window, does not mean I’m a featherbrain. The truth of it is, I’d wager Liberty was attracted to him from the start, but he seemed rather disinterested. Or if he was interested, he surely didn’t make it known.

Very observant. Would you say if the two were to marry interest for the other would spark?

I suppose it’s possible. But it’s unlikely they’d willingly marry.

So it is. That just means the hand of fate (or in this case, my hands) will have to interfere and see what can be done.

Just as long as those hands don’t try to create a fate for me, I don’t care what you do.

Oh, ye of little faith, you–and all our other readers–will just have to see what I have in store for you in To Win His Wayward Wife. Don’t roll your eyes, you will be the heroine.  And, even more exciting, you’ll be back in the interview chair in the next week or so when I do character interviews for the characters in that book. Doesn’t that sound exciting?

Can hardly wait.

I knew it. But please try to contain your excitement. Until then, keep reading everyone!

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Interview with the Earl and Countess of Townson, Secondary Characters in Liberty for 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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Character Interview with Turner, the family butler from Liberty for Paul

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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Character Interview, Elizabeth Black, Dowager Countess of Townson, Secondary Character in Liberty for 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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Character Intereviews, John and Carolina Banks, Secondary Characters from Liberty for Paul

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.