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I've seen authors interview their characters and I thought, HOW FUN! I want to do one! But I never got a chance to sit my other characters down and ask questions. Primarily because I wanted to be the fly on the wall. Never to disturb them, never breaking the 4th wall.
But, Jackson is different.
For me he's approachable, fun, flirty and honest. He would give me sass, but I wouldn't fear for my life if I asked the wrong question. Even though he's a powerful person, Jackson doesn't solve his problems with violence. I might find myself high-jacked and sent on a ship to Outland, but I wouldn't die for asking stupid questions. At least, not right away. <<-->>
So the next part is me interviewing my character. There should be no confusion... I mean, I'm not fictional. I'm the writer. But everyone else is part of my world. Oh, you know what I mean.
NOW ENTERING A WORK OF FICTION
All pictures & illustrations are representations for my latest internet story, JACK THE BODICE RIPPER.
So I was able to catch an interview with Prince Goththor, the actual Bodice Ripper himself, but I had to go to him as his schedule allowed very little wiggle room. Fine by me!! How could I say no to a trip to The White Palace? I mean look at it!!
The opulence didn't stop there either...inside it was just as beautiful..
The interview took place in Prince Goththor's study, but I was able to get a tour of the downstairs from Paul, the prince's aide, after my time with the prince! Such a wonderful man, that Paul. He was telling me stories and the history of the nobility of Allsveil! His reverence for his prince and for the prince's grandmother, Alexia, was heartwarming. He truly loves the Goththor family.
Now you might be wondering what I was able to ask Prince Goththor and I have to tell you, I was quite bold with my questions! Really, I wanted to see if I could remove that indomitable smirk off his face, but the prince answered all my questions without a stutter. Only when we spoke about his beloved Lady Fay was he reflective. She's such a lucky woman!!
If you want to see more pictures of the people and places of Allsveil, I've compiled a pinterest board here!
Have a ball!
I walked into Jackson Goththor's study and was shocked by how many books he collected. Both sides of his office were lined with shelves. Not just classics or academic journals but some wonderful pieces of romance. Jane Austin sat in leather bound among them.
He greeted me warmly with both hands and ushered me to a plush velvet seat that was surprisingly comfortable even though it was a piece of artwork among actual framed pieces meant to be considered art.
He sat behind his mahogany desk before a huge window that let us look onto a courtyard. The view of wild flowers, water fountains and sunshine cast me in envy. How I'd love to have such a sight while writing.
After I get settled, finish admiring his office, and exchange pleasantries, I start in on my questions.
Me: Prince Goththor, I hear you have a Prince Albert, is it true?
Jackson: *Looks at me quizzically* My dear, I am exclusive to women. I do not have other princes.
Me: Ah, no, I meant that I heard you have a piercing on your body that is used to keep certain appendages straight. *I'm blushing*
Jackson: Ah, yes. *He chuckles* Would you like to see it?
Me: Ah, no.
Jackson: Then why would you ask?
Me: Moving on. Do you still have carnal conquests, or is there a woman you could call queen in your future?
Jackson: I already have a queen.
Me: *Noting he did not answer my first question* But there is a mystery woman out there. Perhaps Lady Ahibodeau?
Jackson: Mayhap. *He looks away*
Me: That would seem like a fortuitous union for you but a hard target to pin down.
Jackson: Sir Ahibodeau is loyal to the family. He's a respected knight and servant to Allsveil. His daughter as princess would continue to strengthen our family houses. Good fighters to protect the kingdom and a family from wealth, esteem and diplomacy to keep the peace.
Me: You say Sir Ahibodeau is loyal but he doesn't like you for some reason. Why do you think that is?
Jackson: Mayhap for my nickname. Mayhap he thinks his daughter deserves better.
Me: Better than a prince? You're modest.
Jackson: *He shrugs*
Me: Can you tell me the difference between a Paramount and say, a Dominant?
Jackson: *He ponders for a bit* A Dominant wants control above all else. Some like to give pain. They feel empowered by such, but a Paramount is more like a protector. Not all Obedients stay with their Paramounts, but Paramounts don't often stop protecting their previous Obedients. Even when they find a new Obedient.
Me: Is it possible an Obedient has more than one Paramount.
Me: Is sex involved with Paramounts and Obedients?
Jackson: The relationship is not always sexual. For instance a father can be a Paramount to a daughter. He is her protector. But, with unrelated partners, when sex is introduced into such a relationship a Paramount wants to explore new things with the Obedient. The Paramount will guide the two of them into new experiences. It's a game of what haven't I shown you?
Me: But if the Obedient doesn't stay with the Paramount but the Paramount doesn't stop protecting her, that... just must seem odd.
Jackson: There is nothing odd about wanting to protect someone you care about, even if they aren't sleeping with you.
Me: Well, then, you must want to protect the whole kingdom.
Jackson: *Leans back in his chair and smirks.* Yes. I do.
There's a knock on the door and Paul rushes to Prince Goththor's desk. He whispers in his ear and stands back.
Jackson: It seems my next appointment is early. I do apologize but *he brings his voice to an exaggerated whisper* it's a diplomat from Drakken.
Jackson: My dear, is there anyway we can continue this at another time?
Me: Of course.
We shake hands and I'm off with Paul. From here I learn the history of Allsveil. You can too. It's all in THE SPOILS OF ALLSVEIL:
Murder. Marriage. Forgiveness. The kingdom of Allsveil is the chessboard, and the royals are the pieces. Two noble families meet in a whirlwind of battle, conquest, hate, and passion.
When a neighboring army conquers her home, Princess Alexia is forced to marry her father’s murderer, Darrin, the new king's young prince.
While Alexia grapples with revenge and flirtation, finding her own strength in the process--the new king, Goththor, seeks forgiveness from his queen and from himself.
Two generations learn that the game of chess is nothing compared to the game of love and forgiveness...