Byrd Speaks


Fellow KGHH author  C.A (Christine) Ardron has been put forward for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Debbie. A cunning little wheeze in which a single character from a book has to answer  questions on their author. At the end of the interview (which you can read here) she nominated me.



This is harder than it looks.)

Four books in, and with five and six, and a cheeky little christmas number being written as we speak, I thought there’d be quite a few characters wanting to take time out from their busy schedules to get their own back on me.

But no!

Mark and Lucy are too busy doing something for the Cabinet. Great! Emily refused point blank. Her uncle merely laughed – all the more so when I said I’d ask CC. You see CC’s not talking to me. I popped below stairs, but typically Sampson and Watkins felt it wasn’t their place to comment.  So I started to flounder. I didn’t want to ask Symington (if you’ve come to this after Widowhood of Spider’s is out, you’ll know why) if not, let’s just say that given what he’s going through at the moment, I thought he’d be a bit reluctant to do this. But, strangely, he was “raring to go!”  So: over to Symington, Earl Byrd.

Are you content with the world around you? or do you wish you could live in your author’s world?

My dear old thing, why would I want to live in Sarah’s world? It’s full of constant demands on your time. Everything’s in a rush! Staring at information streamed into your house 24/7, on a device no bigger than a wallet. How can you think about things? Reflect and compose a response in a matter of seconds? No siree bob, as our American cousins would say.  Heavens! People in her world don’t have time to stop and stare, and that’s so sad. Because there’s so much to stop and stare at.

That said: in theory  the education system they’ve got is pretty good though, with its focus on science and technology. But having to stay on past 10 years old, if you’re not academically minded. Good Lord! Who came up with that idea? But I do like the cars and the aeroplanes. Not that I’d be allowed to drive.

If you weren’t being moved forwards by your author’s story, what do you think you’d be doing or spending your time?

Well… Bertie (His Majesty) has asked me to join him on a visit to Brighton so that would pass some time. But equally it would be fun to stay in the pad; kick my shoes off;  drink a few G&Ts  and read a book. I don’t remember the last time I did that.

Do you like what your author intends for you? or do you find it boring/frightening?

No I don’t. I don’t like the sound of it at all. Some things in a chap’s past are sacrosanct. Not for public consumption.  But the ladies….ahh now that bit I do like: most of the time.

If you could spend one chapter in someone else’s story, whose would it be?

Can I have a play, please?  Because d’ya know what? I’d quite like to spend time with Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing. I love it that Benedick falls for such a strong woman. A woman who’s not afraid to ridicule him; while  I’d like to ask her what it feels like to fall in love so deeply. Obviously being a man about town like Benedick I’d like to know how you build a relationship when it’s created on lies?

Would you like to have your author in the same world as you?

Good God No. She’d be a nightmare. Currently she gets all her knowledge of my world from research: books and the like. Can you imagine the danger she’d be in, wandering around the real thing? I’d never get a moment’s peace.

Do you consider your author a friend? or more of a hindrance or enemy?

When she’s listening to what I’m telling her, she’s a brick. A really good sort. When she’s trying to do it her way? It could drive a man to murder. Probably not a good thing for a detective to admit to. But then honesty will out.

Are you happy with the appearance your author has given you?

On the whole yes. I’m attractive to the ladies, which – I suppose – is all a man who’s interested in being agreeable to the fairer sex can ask. But I wish Sarah had given me a scar. Makes a chap devilishly attractive. Don’tcha think?

Is there someone in the story you’d like to do bad things to?

Sometimes, when I’m pursuing a monster of a criminal, I’d like to do to them what they did to their victim. I mean there’s a kind of satisfaction in rough justice. But I can’t do it. It would make me no better than said monster. Besides, that’s what we, in the civilised world, have courts for.

A young lady of my acquaintance – and her uncle –  would no doubt disagree with me. But they have a different world view. They see justice as swift and merciless. Far more Old Testament than I. If traditional justice isn’t up to the job, I’m sure they wouldn’t hesitate in doing bad things to a bad man. Or woman.

Do you hope to appear in a sequel? Or are you looking forward to your story ending?

I know I’m in the next few books for certain, which is good. I like to keep busy.  And now Sarah’s listening to me and my friends, it would be a shame to lose her interest in our lives. But eventually – I fear – she’ll be side tracked by other projects. Still hopefully by then she can write full time and will be able to juggle all our demands

What would you do to scare your author?

She’s  keeping a secret from me. I’d like to find out what it is; confront her – preferably in front of witnesses – and get her to explain why I have to be the last to know what it bally is!

Can I go now? Not wanting to be rude, but I’ve got a murderer to track down.


And now it’s my turn.

My 10 questions are:

  1. Tell me a little about the world you live in
  2. Who is in control of your destiny? You or your author?
  3. Are family important to you?
  4. How would your worst enemy describe  you?
  5. Do you have a love interest?
  6. If you could change one thing your author has done in your world, what would it be?
  7. Do you consider your author a friend? A Hindrance? Or an enemy?
  8. When your story is over, what would you like to do next?
  9. Who would you most like to invite to dinner from your author’s world?
  10.  What would be the one piece of advice you’d give to your author?

I nominate:

Lucy Brazier

Ann Wuehler