Interview with Mary Trentwood

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

Haunting Miss Trentwood

Today we have more than just an inter-universe meeting, as  Mary Trentwood is the lead character from Belinda Kroll’s quirky Historical Romance Haunting Miss Trentwood.  Yes, Historical! How cool is that?

Katelina: Hello, Miss Trentwood – may I call you Mary? Welcome to the Weekend Interview. Why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?

Mary: I am called Mary Trentwood, and I am the sole daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Gideon Trentwood of Compton Beauchamp, Berkshire, England. I am not one to linger upon my looks, and so shall attempt to be brief. My aunt despairs of my height, I have dark hair, hazel eyes, and have lost the habit of smiling.

K: The book you star in is titled Haunting Miss Trentwood?

M: Yes, and I am as fond of the title as you might expect, given its implication of my role in the novel.

K: Is the title a metaphor, or are you actually haunted?

M: No, I am haunted in the truest sense of the word. I begin the novel grieving for my dearly departed father; the story opens, unfortunately, on the day of his funeral. I quickly forget my grief, however, when I see him crawl from his grave in the first few pages. Over time, I do reclaim my vivre; I must. I, for one, am not the sort of wilting English rose who will let such things as ghosts get in the way of possible happiness with a most respectable gentleman.

K: Oh wow. My author was too lazy to actually put any real ghosts in my books, but maybe that’s a good thing. How do you feel about your ghost?

M: It rankles that my author has set my father upon me as an intrusive, impudent, domineering ghost… yet, I believe I am rather glad of it, given the final outcome of the matter.

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K:Yeah, I guess all’s well that ends well, as they say.  What would you say is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

M: Oh my, what a question! I suppose I could say that the biggest challenge I face is my father haunting me as I struggle through my grief over his death, natural though it was. If pressed, however, I could very well say that I am my biggest challenge. I am given an opportunity to address a regret from my past, as well as take a risk for my future happiness. I have been so very careful these last few years leading up to the book to not behave in an untoward manner that might lead to yet another regret. It is in this book that I realize there are some things worth risking.

K: Ah! Past regrets? I smell a romance!

M: How very pert! Though I would hardly like to claim that I am in something so tawdry as a romance, I must be frank and admit that I am. The regret from my past was over a Mr Jasper Steele, he was the handsomest man I had ever met, and I do so regret my father sending him away. And then there is the matter of Mr Alexander Hartwell… He is quite dashing, even with his scar. I am not one to waver in my decisions, but in this case, I am completely undone.

K: That sounds romantic! Though you sound like a very strong, resolute kind of person. Did your upbringing influence that?

M: My mother’s death was a very hard time. I was not yet in my stays when she died, and took her role as mistress of the manor for my father. I inherited what my father calls my “morbid sense of humor” from her. When my father became ill, almost bedridden, I was rather accustomed to facing truths I had not the heart for, and the will to do what must be done.

To My Love

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K: I see how that could make quite a difference. What would you say is the one thing you want most in the whole world?

M: To feel content, at peace, loved for my faults.

K: I don’t think anyone could ask for more. It looks like we are about out of time, but before you go, is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

M: As inelegant as it sounds, humor, ladies and gentlemen, is key.

K: A very true statement! I want to thank Miss Mary Trentwood for stopping by and so candidly answering my questions. You can find her in Belinda Kroll’s Historical Romance Haunting Miss Trentwood

Amazon (paperback & Kindle) http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Miss-Trentwood-Belinda-Kroll/dp/0983078602/

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/26975

And a special thank you to Belinda Kroll for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Interview with Grace Langdon

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

 

Finding Grace

Today, not only are the literary universes mixing, but it seems someone’s doing a little time traveling! Our victim – er, interviewee – is Grace Langdon from the novel Finding Grace by Sarah Pawley, and she joins us from 1920’s America!

Katelina: Hello Grace, and thanks for joining us! Wow, you’re from the 1920’s. Anywhere I’ve ever been?

Grace: I came from Virginia, but I live in Lincoln Park now, just outside of Chicago.

K: I think I’ve been to Virginia, actually. For those of you who can’t see us, Grace has blue eyes and an interesting shade of hair. What is that called?

G: It’s dish-water blond. That’s a country term, which means I’ve got light hair in the summer and darker hair in the winter.

K: Oh! Yeah, I’ve heard that term before. So what would you say is your biggest challenge in “Finding Grace?

G: Finding peace. It seems everybody wants something from me in one way or another.

K: Oh wow! Do you have a lot of enemies?

G: I don’t figure on calling my Mama and Daddy my enemies, but we ain’t exactly friends. They never did think much of me, but that’s a long story and there’s no point in diggin’ it up. Then there’s Charlie, who used to be my friend when we were kids. He’s not anymore, and that’s all I have to say about that.

K: I’m sorry to hear that, but you’re right. No point in dredging it up. Hopefully, though, you get a chance to move past it.

G: I do. I learn to put the past behind me, and I learn to trust people. That one hasn’t been so easy for me.

Jane Eyre

photo by Stephen Cummings from Flickr

K: Trust is never easy, is it? What would you say is the one defining moment that changed your life?

G: Sounds funny to say, but when I was in school, my teacher gave me a copy of Jane Eyre and it changed my life. I’m not kiddin’ you.

(Jo: *prods Katelina* – “That’s by Charlotte Brontë. You’ve probably seen the movie.”)

K: *glares*. Yes, I know. *looks back at her guest* It definitely didn’t inspire you to be a governess!  So it must be…

G: I want to be a writer. My imagination goes wild sometimes with all sorts of ideas. I really should get it all down on paper.

K: Exactly what I was thinking! I hope you’re better to your characters than the author I have! Speaking of that, are you happy with your writer?

G: Oh yes, I’d like to say thanks to her for getting me out of there. And thanks for my wonderful husband.

K: Oh Husband! I can’t believe I didn’t ask about that, already!  

Chicago in the 1920's - from wikimedia commons

G: Yes, I’m a married woman now. My husband is Henry Shaw. He owns a nightclub in the city, and I worked there for a little while. He’s a stubborn jackass sometimes, but he’s got a sly sense of humor and a good heart, although he don’t like to admit it. He’s a pure city boy and I’m as country as they come, but we actually have a lot in common. We’re both from Irish blood, and out tempers prove it. We’ve both come from the school of hard knocks, as they say. And by the way, did I mention that my husband is a looker? He’s about 6’2” with baby blue eyes and black hair. I’m a lucky woman to have him.

K: *looking far too interested* He sounds like a looker…. *clears throat quickly* Of course, erm, that vampire I’m dating is, too… um… moving on… It looks like we’re about out of time. Before the rules of the universe fall back into alignment, is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

G: Something my teacher once told me. Helen Keller said it. She said, “Never bend your head. Hold it high, and look the world straight in the face.”

K: Excellent advice! Thanks so much for coming to talk to us, today, Grace! It’s been a real pleasure!

G: Thanks for the talk.

K: You’re very welcome!

You can find Grace in Finding Grace (ha ha! Get it? find Grace in… oh never mind.) which is available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle. Look for it in other ebook formats, soon.

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Grace-ebook/dp/B004T53AWW/

Paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Grace-Novel-Sarah-Pawley/dp/1449559468/

A special thanks to Sarah Pawley for playing along with us today!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

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