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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 Marschel Paul’s novel – what is the title of the book, and would you like to introduce yourself - who you are, what you do etc?
My name is Izzie, short for Isabelle, Benton. I am a young woman of seventeen years in Marschel Paul’s novel, The Spirit Room, and I am the oldest of four Benton children.
HH : Where and when are you? Are you a real historical person or did your author create you?
Marschel invented me. That is to say I never truly lived in history from whence she plucked me but there were two women who were indeed real, Victoria Woodhull and her sister, Tennessee Claflin, who Marschel came to know when reading about the 19th century in America. Victoria and Tennessee decidedly shared some similarities with my sister, Clara, and me. We lived in the same time, in some of the same places, and they had a mother and father much like our own, rather eccentric each in their own ways. Most interestingly, Victoria and Tennessee, for some time, were spiritualists, as Clara and I were.
HH. In a few brief sentences: what is the novel you feature in about?
As The Spirit Room begins, my mother has died recently and rather mysteriously. This has caused me, the eldest, to take on a good deal of responsibility for my younger brother and two sisters. Though I must say that, throughout the story, my decisions were not always the best for my siblings and this rather tortured me. As the novel goes along, I become sure that my mistakes cause dire consequences for all of them.
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HH : Tell me about one or two of the other characters who feature with you - husband, wife, family? Who are some of the nice characters and who is the nastiest one?
Darling, pretty Clara is a natural actress and seems to enjoy being a hoax medium. To her, it’s all theatre and fun. Before our life in Geneva, we lived in Ohio, the six of us. Papa was never what you’d call a respectable and steady man. He was more of a conniver and pipe dreamer, but he wasn’t bad or mean. After Mamma died, he changed considerably. Not only did he turn cruelly against our brother Billy, something that scared all of us, but I simply did not trust him anymore. I can’t explain it. I just knew there grew an illness in his heart. Because of this darkness in Papa, there are many scenes in the novel that are painful. Some are sure to make one cry. On the other hand, one of my favorite scenes in the book is when Clara stands up to Papa in a definitive way. It is most important because she has always looked up to Papa and done as he has asked. Her desire to please him has wrought great sadness upon her so it is a tremendous relief when she makes her stand.
HH : What is your favourite scene in the book?
Even though there are dreadful things that unfold in the novel that I’d rather not speak of in any detail (in case you decide to pick it up and read it), there are also hopeful things and quirky things and even romantic things. I will simply say that I make mistakes that cause Clara to suffer immeasurably. I blame myself and I struggle to find a way to make it right for her.
HH : What are you most proud of about your author?
I am proud of my author for creating my family’s world in the middle of the nineteenth century with tremendous accuracy and intricacy. She touches upon what life was like for girls and women who were not from the elite families of the time as so many novels do, but who were from families with no means except their own ingenuities and inner strengths.
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?
If I could get Marschel to take me to another world, another time and place, I would like to go ahead a few generations, perhaps to the beginning of the twentieth century in New York City, a place where I do by the way, spend some time in The Spirit Room. I would like to live as my granddaughter or great granddaughter would live. I imagine there would be many more choices for women by then. There are only a handful of women going to college now, but perhaps this would be more common. Perhaps women will do all kinds of things in the twentieth century and I would love to see that, or even be one of them.
More about Marschel Paul and The Spirit Room
Marschel at Goodreads
Marschel’s Twitter @thespiritroom
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 - Luck Bringer - 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 - SowerOf 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 !)