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Monday, October 22, 2012
12:00 AM | Posted by MsHellion | | Edit Post
JACK: Oh, thank goodness, I thought we were never going to have another Fabulous Interview with the Fabulous and Fantastic Captain Jack Sparrow—
HELLION: You’re dropping a lot of F-words there, Jack, you need to watch yourself. Today we’re interviewing a lady. *arranges a tea set on the wooden table on the ship* Do you think she’ll one lump or two?
JACK: Of rum? I didn’t know they made them in lumps.
HELLION: Sugar, Jack. For tea.
JACK: Who wants to drink tea?
HELLION: *rushing to the door* Blythe! We’re in here! Welcome! I have tea ready. Please ignore Jack, and I wouldn’t recommend his rum either, but that is totally up to you.
BLYTHE: I’m afraid the Fabulous Jack is impossible to ignore! *She turns aside.* No lumps, please.
JACK: *sweeping Hellion aside and escorting Blythe to the overstuffed red chair, kissing her hand as he goes* Welcome, my fair Blythe. I’m so honored you wished to conduct this interview with me today. What would you like to ask me?
HELLION: We’re interviewing her, Jack. I realize it’s been a while, but that’s what the interview is about—the fabulous authors—not you.
JACK: *pouting* Fine. *reaches into his velvet jacket and pulls out some notecards* Be predictable. What do I know about fun, flair, and skyrocketing hoards of people clamoring to meet me?
HELLION: Not nearly as much as I imagine Blythe’s newest hero does. Blythe, do tell us more about your new book, RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR, and its hero, John Brunson? And most importantly, does he wear a kilt? Do share in slow, descriptive detail.
BLYTHE: A kilt, alas, no. But he does have the most beautiful blue eyes… *sighs swooningly* In fact, John Brunson is the only blue-eyed Brunson. He’s the returning warrior, coming home after spending half his life at the court of the young king of Scotland. And at court, he’s had a reputation of having a way with the women.
JACK: *gleefully* Like me!
BLYTHE: *Rolls eyes. Bites tongue* Let’s just say John Brunson has never met a woman who wasn’t open to persuasion. He’s come home to force the king’s peace on his family. After that, he plans to leave home forever.
JACK: Enough about the hero. His ancestors wear skirts for crying out loud. Tell me more about the girl. *holding up the book so we can see the cover* She knows how to hold a man’s sword. Carefully, but without hesitation. Do tell me more about her, will you? She’s not really serious about this plaid-wearing knave is she?
BLYTHE: Certainly not at the beginning. She’s a woman who knows how to use a sword.
JACK: *smiles broadly* Now that’s what I’m talking about. I could tell that about the lass…
BLYTHE: I mean, a real sword. And she turns it on John when first they meet. She even threatens his…uh, manly parts.
JACK: *makes a subtle display of crossing his legs and putting his hands in his lap* Definitely a misunderstanding.
HELLION: But it all ends happily!
BLYTHE: Of course! You see, she’s set on revenge against the rival clan, and unless John persuades her to set that aside, he’ll never get the peace he’s come to enforce.
JACK: And he does, right? She’s just a woman, after all.
BLYTHE: Let’s just say she’s a woman unlike any John has known before. And he discovers he’s more of a Brunson than he ever thought.
HELLION: The book is out right now—thank goodness—but even better there are two more to follow in this trilogy. What are they about, and where were the joys and challenges of writing them?
BLYTHE: CAPTIVE OF THE BORDER LORD will be on the shelves December 18. It’s the story of Bessie Brunson, the youngest and the only sister. She’s taken to the court of the Scottish king by a man she is sure has betrayed her family and then, she is forced to wed him. TAKEN BY THE BORDER REBEL (March 2013) is the story of Black Rob, the head of the clan. When he takes the daughter of their hated enemies hostage, he finds he’s met his match. In more ways than one!
The challenge, in addition to the fact that I’d never written a trilogy before, was that I set myself six months to write each book. Yikes! Fortunately, because they are all tied together, I made it! I truly got to know and love (and torture) these characters. Let’s just say they had some family squabbles to resolve as well as romantic ones.
JACK: Yes, yes, yes. All this writer speak, but the real question is: did anyone eat any haggis? Just how historically authentic are these novels anyway?
BLYTHE: No haggis. But yes, I do get a little obsessive compulsive about my history. It’s a great way to avoid writing, if you have to look up the exact procedure of Truce Day on the Borders during the early Tudor era. The Brunson family is imaginary, but the real king of Scotland does show up in the series doing things he actually did. You would have liked him, Jack. He had nine illegitimate children, three of those before he was twenty.
JACK: *jaw agape* By how many women, these nine children? For historical accuracy’s sake, I mean.
HELLION: I find it comical you care about historical accuracy now, Jack. Ignore him. Do share with us about The Call. How did you get into writing? What does a typical day look like for you?
BLYTHE: I started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, I sold my first book to Harlequin Historical. (Overnight success!) And I most vividly remember getting The Call wearing only one contact lens. Disorienting! I still have a day job, but I’m self-employed, which means I work at home and juggle both careers. Usually, I write in the morning and do my consulting in the afternoon.
JACK: Hellion, bless her heart, is so dreadful with her line of questioning. Now I, I know a good question. On a rainy day, what are you drinking, what are you wearing, and what are you reading?
BLYTHE: Probably drinking an oaky Chardonnay, although I’ve been known to sip some rum, on occasion, Jack. I’m probably reading history or a good serial killer thriller. And I’m known for wearing the color turquoise from shoes to hose to nail polish!
JACK: *looking intrigued* Really? That’s what you’re wearing? I’ll tell you what I’m—
HELLION: I’m sorry, but we’re just about out of time with our Fabulous Interview with the Fabulous—
JACK: And FANTASTIC!
HELLION: Blythe Gifford.
JACK: Hey! I was going to say that.
HELLION: Blythe, do you have any questions or comments for the crew before we turn the interview over to them for questions?
BLYTHE: First a thank you for having me. Would love to see some of you visit my webpage (www.blythegifford.com) where you find an excerpt from the books, links for my newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, et al. But I’d love to ask the crew what some of their favorite series are – and what they love about them. As a little incentive, I’ll pick a random commenter to win a copy of RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR.