I know the past few weeks I’ve been doing character interviews. First with Liberty for Paul then with To Win His Wayward Wife, and now I’ve gone back to the first book and started doing them with those characters. However, it’s really not as easy to go back to the first book and do them because everyone already knows how it all works out in the end! So instead of interviewing Liberty today to find out what a hoity-toity nutcase she was in the first book, I’m bring her in to talk about some amazing statistics–some of which were discovered before her book even came out and others more recently.
Good morning, Liberty, thank you for separating yourself from your husband long enough to come join me.
It was no problem. I might love the man, but we do require some time apart every now and again.
I’m not sure I want to know what’s going on. Instead, I thought we could talk about some interesting discoveries that revolve around you. You game?
Absolutely. Well, wait. These are nice discoveries, aren’t they?
*shrugs* I don’t know. Were you always nice in the books?
Oh, dear. I don’t think I like where this is going.
Oh, relax. It’s not so bad. All right, here we go. Did you know, you, Liberty Banks Grimes are the most written about character from my books?
Let me rephrase. Of all the e-mails…er…correspondence I’ve received from all three books, you are the most talked about character.
Wait. Is that a good thing or not?
I don’t know. Shall I read you some of their statements and you can decide?
Here? In front of everyone?
Yes, here. Don’t worry. I made to sure ask permission of those who wrote me before using this.
Oh, well that makes me feel better.
I thought it might. All right, here we go. This is from one of the first pieces I received, “Love the story. That Liberty girl sure is something else. But in a good way of course…”
What is that supposed to mean?
Beats me. Here, listen to another. “I’m about halfway through Intentions of the Earl that Liberty needs a spanking.”
A spanking? Well, I never! *sniffs*
Uh, you do remember you hurled a book at someone’s head, right?
Yes. Well, I thought…I mean… Oh, all right, keep going.
“Just finished the first book. I do believe Liberty is my favorite character.”
How can that be?
To be honest, I have no idea. You were not exactly likable, dear.
Shows what you know.
Yes, because high-drama individuals are the type everyone loves to read about, right?
Of course. That’s why they buy the book. To read about the drama.
Hmm…well, now it makes sense.
Well, last year, I entered your story and both of yours sisters’ stories into a very prestigious contest.
Umm…I’ll be honest. I almost didn’t send yours in…
And why not?
I don’t know. I just didn’t think it stood as good a chance as one of the others, specifically Madison’s.
Oh, how thoughtful.
Would you stop it. I’m ready to admit I was wrong.
You were? You are?
Yes and yes. See, I just happened to have an extra sixty-five dollars lying around and decided to enter yours, too.
Don’t get too excited. You didn’t win. Or even final for that matter. However, of all three entries, yours received the highest score!
*shrieks* No way!
Who got the lowest?
That’s immaterial. Just be happy you received the highest score.
Oh, I am. I cannot wait to tell Paul. He’ll be thrilled. You know, if it wasn’t for him, the storyline wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining.
Of that, I have no doubt.
I must be returning. I shall see you in a few weeks.
Very good. And to all those reading this, yes, it is true–as mind-boggling as it is–Liberty seems to be the one character who I get the most e-mails about. Even stranger, most of those e-mails say how much they love her flair or strong personality. Some love to read about her because they think she’s nuts and always wonders what she could possibly think to do next. It’s also true I entered all three books into the Golden Heart last fall, and her book really did score the best. Also, on Monday, her book received a new cover–one that matches the other two books better. Quite an exciting week for her, eh? Tomorrow, I’ll be back with another interview from a character in Intentions of the Earl.