Thursday, September 6, 2007
Dominic by Hazel Statham
Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.
London 1775 – Eighteen-year-old Sophie Thornton is in the care of an abusive brother. When he attacks her in an attempt to coerce her into complying with his wishes she flees and finds herself sheltering on the Earl of Vale’s doorstep. Despite her naivety she enthrals the Earl and in time becomes his pupil and his love.
What's her name?
Why did you pick that name?
I wanted to tie her into the sequel, ‘My Dearest Friend’ which is the story of her son. I actually wrote the sequel first. Despite being related, both books are stand alone and can be read without reference to the other.
Give us a brief description of how she looks.
Petite. Blonde curly hair and expressive blue eyes.
Is there anything unusual about her appearance?
Sophie has a penchant for dressing in boys’ clothing as she believes it gives her the freedom she lacks in her conventional role as a young Georgian lady.
Who does she love? Why?
Dominic Blake, Earl of Vale who rescues her from her tyrannical brother and in turn becomes her tutor and her love.
Does this person love her?
Although he tries very hard to deny the attraction, he nonetheless succumbs to his emotions.
Tell us about her family.
Both her parents are dead and her brother Raymond is her guardian. He is a violent man and a scoundrel. She also has a younger brother who is also mistreated by Raymond.
Where is she from?
Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?
It is difficult for a young woman of her era to survive without the protection of a male member of her family and when she is forced to flee her home she finds she almost starves on the streets.
What does she want out of life?
What's her biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)
Under Dominic’s tutelage, she looks and acts as a boy.
Did you write more than one story about her?
No, this is her only appearance in a novel.
How would she describe you?
Kind – I hope!
Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share.
She idolises Dominic from their first meeting.
Please provide your website link.
What is the link to buy your book?
It was wonderful to meet her. Thank you for bringing her to meet u