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Throughout April I have invited 26 authors who had been selected as Editor's Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews
to help me out with the 2016 A-Z Blog Challenge...
Except to be a little different I interviewed
their leading Character/s...
Today's Character is from :
HH : Hello! I believe you exist in Loretta Livingstone's novel - Out of Time, and would like you to introduce yourself - who you are, what you do, etc?
John : Good morrow, Mistress Hollick. (He bows and kisses Helen's hand.) My name? Why, Madame, is it possible you do not recognise the Count of Mortain? My name is John, but you may call me 'my Lord', sweeting.
I fear Mistress Livingstone has made of me but a minor character. (He stops abruptly while that sinks in.) But, I feel sure that is because she was a little nervous of spending more time with me. I know not why; I was most charming to her. Some women are unnecessarily timid. And, of course, she has a husband. I fear husbands and I do not usually get on.
As to what I do - for the present, I plot against Brother Richard, but one day, I shall be King of England.
HH : Where and when are you? Are you a real historical person or did your author create you?
John : Madame, I am cut to my heart. Have you not read about me in your historical chronicles? My date today is 1191, but my better dates are yet to come. I know not who commissioned your chroniclers to write my future history, but had they been present in my time, I would have had them charged with treason. Mayhap they were related to my Lady de Braose. For certes, they seem to have heard her tales, and had I laid my hands on them, they would have shared her fate.
HH : In a few brief sentences: what is the novel you feature in about?
John : The novel is not about me, Mistress Hollick, which I find strange. Mayhap my author had not the skill to write about a future king? It is, instead, the story of Marion. There is some mystery about her which I have not yet been able to discover. De Soutenay is holding something back from me, but no matter. I shall find it out, and he will answer for it.
Marion had the fortune - or misfortune, if you will - to cross my path. She saved my life with a mysterious device, and now, I want it. And I want her. She proves to be most difficult to lay my hands on, but if I do... (John grins wolfishly.)
I believe de Soutenay thinks she may have come from another time, mayhap the future. Not that he has told me this, for I should not believe him.
HH : I 'met' my pirate, Jesamiah Acorne, on a beach in Dorset, England - how did your author meet up with you?
John : My lackwit of an author had intended to write about that foul outlaw, Robin of Locksley, he whom they call Hood. Fortunately for her, sound reason prevailed. She would have had Marion meet Marion. Hah! They would have clawed each other's eyes out.
Hmm, I do believe I might have found that most entertaining. (John closes his eyes for a moment and strokes his beard.) But, no matter. I can draw that scene for myself. Suffice it to say, she decided that to write about someone who served me, no matter how unwillingly, would make a far more interesting story.
HH : Tell me about one or two of the characters who feature with you - husband, wife, family? Who are some of the nice characters, and who is the nastiest one?
John : Ah, the nicest? I believe Marion to be one of the nicest - certainly the nicest armful. Although I have my eye on another - a new face at court. She has the look of Marion. Yes, I mean to know her better.
As for the others, I fear that where I am, that dolt de Soutenay will be. He holds my secret; therefore, I hold him, which he likes not. And, (John sighs deeply,) my lady mother. No matter where I go, you may be sure my mother, Eleanor, will materialise.
I confess, I sometimes wonder if, perchance there is some truth in the rumour of her descent from Melusine. Can you imagine, sweetheart, how irritating it is that, no matter how cleverly I lay my plans, her spies always betray me? 'Twould be better for me if she spent more time with her favourite, but no! She must ever meddle in my plots.
The very nicest? That would be me. And the nastiest? (He stands a little closer, eyes twinkling) Why, sweeting, I believe I will allow you to decide that.
HH: (ignoring his obnoxiousness) What is your favourite scene in the book?
John : My favourite scene? That would be the one where I surprise de Soutenay. The look on his face when I inform him if he does not procure Marion and her device for me, he will lose his lands...Ah, that is a memory worth dwelling upon. That, and the look on his face when my mother caught him off guard. In truth, I derived great pleasure from that.
HH : What is your least favourite? Maybe a frightening or sad moment that your author wrote.
John : My least favourite would be the one when I fell from that accursed horse. For certes, I am still somewhat confused as to how that came about, for none would accuse me of poor horsemanship. Indeed, darling, if they did, they would surely pay, one way or another. 'Tis not that I fear death, but to die thus, gasping and clawing for breath - and before I had been crowned King! 'Twould have been a great misfortune for England.
HH : What are you most proud of about your author?
John : 'Twas my author's first full-length book, and an historical one, at that. 'Twas something she swore she would never write, for she did not feel she had the capability. I take the credit for persuading her otherwise; although, my mother believes it was she whom my author yearned to write about. And I am most proud that it has been short listed for an HNS award, although, of course, my part would have much to do with that. How wise of her to include me, otherwise, mayhap she would have been less fortunate.
(John: I trust she is not penning the Magna Carta?)
photo: Sharon Elmidoro Photography
HH : Has your author written other books about you? If not, about other characters? How do you feel about your author going off with someone else?
John : My author is writing a sequel to her story, and I have ensured she allows me my place. 'Tis my right, you understand. As for writing more about me - would that I had the time. Alas, I find it necessary to fill my days protecting my future inheritance. It leaves me little time to attend on the whims of Mistress Livingstone. (He smirks.)
And why would my author go off with anyone else? Who would choose another, once they have known me? 'Tis merely that I am too busy to spend more time with her. She will wait.
HH : As a character, if you could travel to a time and place different to your own fictional setting, where and when would you go?
John : I confess, I am enjoying your own time, sweetheart. Now, I understand you love a pirate? (He moves closer and puts one arm around Helen's waist.) Let us dally a while, darling, and I'll show you how much more fun you can have with a king.
HH : (politely moving aside) well, that was all very interesting sire, thank you, but alas I have the next blog post to prepare... (moves off shuddering: adds) Oh might I suggest lampreys for your lunch, and maybe some juicy peaches? I hear both are most delicious.... *
More about Loretta....
Here is the company we will be keeping on this
A-Z Blog Challenge!
A 1st Friday - Aurelia - Alison Morton
B 2nd Saturday - Bloodie Bones - Lucienne Boyce
C 4th Monday - Man in the Canary Waistcoat Susan Grossey
D 5th Tuesday - Dubh-Linn - James Nelson
E 6th Wednesday - Evergreen In Red And White - Steven Kay
F 7th Thursday - Fortune’s Fool- David Blixt
G 8th Friday - Gift For The Magus - Linda Proud
H 9th Saturday - The Love Letter of John Henry Holliday - Mary Fancher
I 11th Monday - In Liberty’s Wake - Alexandra Norland
J 12th Tuesday - Jacobites' Apprentice - Dave McCall
K 13th Wednesday - Khamsin- Inge Borg
L 14th Thursday - LuckBringer - Nick Brown
M 15th Friday - Murderat Cirey - Cheryl Sawyer
N 16th Saturday - A Newfound Land - Anna Belfrage
O 18th Monday - Out Of Time - Loretta Livingstone
P 19th Tuesday - Pirate Code - Helen Hollick
Q 20th Wednesday - To Be A Queen – Annie Whitehead
R 21st Thursday - The Spirit Room - Marschel Paul
S 22nd Friday - Sower Of The Seeds Of Dreams - Bill Page
T 23rd Saturday -Tristan & Iseult - Jane Dixon Smith
U 25th Monday - A Just And Upright Man - John Lynch
V 26th Tuesday - Victoria Blake – Far Away
W 27th Wednesday - When Sorrows Come - Maria Dziedzan
X 28th Thursday – The FlaX flower – AmandaMaclean
Y 29th Friday - Young, Josa - Sail upon The Land
Z 30th Saturday OZgur Sahin The Wrath of Brotherhood
So call back tomorrow
To meet the next exciting Character!
(unless it is Sunday - in which case, I'll have something different
but just as interesting !)
but just as interesting !)
* note to those unfamiliar with the above period of history: Henry I, John's maternal great-grandfather, died in 1135 supposedly from a 'surfeit of lampreys ' (eel-like fish.) John was said to have died in 1216 from an over-indulgence of peaches... (want to know more? Good article by Elizabeth Chadwick HERE )