Friday, August 9, 2013

Character Interview with the Earl of Allegory from Late for the Ball? by Heather Gray

Character Interview

We are so excited to have the opportunity to interview the Earl of Allegory from Heather Gray's short story "Late for the Ball?"

Welcome! We are grateful that you have taken the time to grant us an interview. Can you tell us a little about your Earldom? - Allegory must be an amazing place.

Ah, thank you for asking.  Allegory is a magnificent land full of mystery and wonder.  From the main house everything looks so perfectly ordinary.  When you inspect the grounds and fields closer, though, you notice that not everything is as it first appeared.  Every day is a day filled with discovery or those who come to my home – sometimes about the surrounding world, and sometimes about themselves.  It is an honor to be the Earl of Allegory.

How would you describe yourself?

I am patient.  I am commanding.  I am complicated, layered, and sometimes confounding.  People occasionally think they have figured me out, but then they get to know me just a little bit better and realize they never understood me at all.  Learning about me takes commitment and perseverance.  I tend to be a very orderly thinker, but I can also be abstract.  I'm almost always rational, except for when I'm irrational.  I am…a demanding master.

And as a follow up, why do you think women are frightened or intimidated by you?

It's the oddest thing, really.  For years I have heard talk that I am far too complex for a woman to ever understand.  Why people think that is beyond me.  All it takes is one real conversation with me, one open heart-to-heart talk, and I think any woman would find I'm not nearly as intimidating as she'd been led to believe.  It's a terribly insulting rumor that continues to perpetuate itself and has done much harm to my reputation, scaring many a fine woman away from me.  I think, when it comes down to it, there is a small handful of men who can never hope to understand me, and they are not willing to let a woman closer to me than they have been able to get, so they spread this rumor to keep the fairer sex away from me.  Perhaps it makes them feel stronger, smarter, or more powerful.  They are wrong.  There is no strength in deception.

You are betrothed to Lady Myra Sedulous – what qualities do you look for in a woman, and what qualities does Myra possess that you value?

I like a woman who pays attention to the details, who is persistent and doesn't give up easily.  There is nothing more attractive – figuratively speaking – than a woman who takes her time to methodically work through a problem she's faced with.  That's so much more alluring – don't you think? – than a woman who falls to pieces and requires a man to come rescue her at the slightest challenge?  Myra is all that and more.  It is no mistake, you know, that she was born to the Sedulous family.  Myra is sedulous, which makes her very well suited to be my betrothed.  Hmm.  I have to say, Myra is magnificent.  It is an honor to call her my betrothed.

Everyone has hobbies & interests (I love reading) - what are your interests & what do you like to spend your free time doing?

Free time?  You must have me confused with someone else.  I am always in demand, always needed somewhere.  I don't have days off, and I take no vacations.  My work takes me to all corners of the earth, and I am called upon to help people of all ages from young to old.  Along the way I try to speak with people, allowing them the chance to know me better so they can realize I am not at all as frightening as they have heard.  I have the power to help individuals, families, governments, and more – but people need to believe in me first.  I can't be of any assistance to someone who refuses to acknowledge my value.

Any last words of wisdom for us?

Remember that people and situations in life are rarely as they first appear.  People are not generally as terrible…or as wonderful…as they seem when we meet them.  None of us are without flaw, and none of us are without redeeming qualities.  You may not like everything you learn about someone, but that does not mean they are not worth knowing better.  Look beyond what you see at the first glance.  Listen for the sound of the heart that beats beneath the surface.  You'll find music there, and it may just beat out a rhythm that draws you in, that you cannot escape.  It may be a rhythm you decide you never want to escape.

Book Info

Back Cover Blurb:

Fulfilling one's destiny has never been so…compelling.

Myra is cast aside by her parents, betrothed to a man she's never met, and forced into a life she never wanted. In the midst of it all, she finds herself strangely drawn into something she doesn't entirely understand.
The earl is mocking, demanding and entirely unwilling to break the betrothal.  He speaks in riddles, but by night's end, one thing is clear: He is not who he seems.

Follow Myra into a world of intrigue and hidden meaning. Will she unravel the mystery before time runs out?

available exclusively through Astraea Press

About the author, Heather Gray
Aside from her long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys in life are her relationship with her Savior, her family, and writing. Years ago, she decided she’d rather laugh than yell. Heather carries that theme over into her writing where she strives to create characters that experience both the highs and lows of life and, through it all, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.

Her books include:
Mail Order Man (Ladies of Larkspur #1)
Late for the Ball?  (short story)
Ten Million Reasons
His Saving Grace (Regency, coming soon)
Just Dessert (Ladies of Larkspur #2, coming soon)

You can read our reviews of "Late for the Ball?" HERE


  1. Great interview Heather! I've got your book on my TBR pile! :)

  2. The book is on my ipad, ready to read. Congrats on all your recent successes!

    1. Thank you Patricia! Life (and writing) is a whirlwind of ups and downs, isn't it? I hope you enjoy the story!