Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Liza O’Connor, and her characters from The Troublesome Apprentice. It’s a fantastic Victorian, humorous, romantic, mystery with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Xavier and Vic.
Today, I’m interviewing Xavier Thorn and Vic Hamilton from The Troublesome Apprentice.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Xavier: I tried to prevent that from happening. When Doyle showed up at my office with a tale of the mysterious death of a Lord, asking me how I would go about ferreting out the truth from people who refused to be forth coming, I originally thought him sincere, for he was a doctor. But eventually, I determined he intended to try his hand at writing mysteries, so I warned him if he dare put me in his book, he would regret it. He took me for my word, and his Mr. Holmes is nothing like me.
Vic: But that doesn’t stop half our clients from calling Xavier “Mr. Holmes”.
Xavier: That is unfortunately true.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Vic: The dialog…I love the way Xavier calls me his pup.
Xavier: Are you certain that is your FAVORITE part of the book?
Vic: Well, it’s certainly not the action. *turns to Jennifer* He threw a whole bottle of ink on me?
Xavier: Not on purpose. I threw the ink bottle at the door because my pup was eight hours late to work. EIGHT HOURS! How was I supposed to know she’d finally intended to arrive without knocking? Had she knocked, I would have warned her not to come in.
Xavier * refocuses on Vic* And why is not our eventual lovemaking your favorite moment? It certainly is mine.
Vic: *blushes* And mine, but I really don’t want to share that with the entire world. Besides, I still feel guilty about all the dodging I did at first.
Xavier *rubs temple* She certainly did that. First, I believed her to be a young man who was repulsed by the moral implications of our love. When she assured me that was not the reason a relationship would be impossible, I was completely confused. Finally, I discovered she was a young woman, and as such, feared having babies. So I purchased a large supply of reusable condoms and instead of moving forward, she runs in retreat!
Vic: I was being a fool. I was afraid to love anyone after losing first my parents then my Aunt Maddy. Fortunately, my sister Claire made me see that I was already in love with Xavier, and my retreat was not just cowardly, but cruel to both of us.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Vic: She pretty well lets us live our lives as we wish.
Xavier: *nods* A most obliging author. Except she’s a dreadful typewriter.
Vic: That’s what they called the person typing in our era. Very confusing having both the machine and the person called a typewriter.
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Vic: She found an Amazon category for female sleuths.
Xavier: Bloody Hell! Do I look like a female sleuth? How dare she choose such a classification!
Vic: The classification was for me? You may retain your manhood in her second selection: Historical mystery.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Vic: The very ending? Oh yes, I was interrogating someone intimately.
Xavier: That someone was me, and I also thought it a fine ending.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Vic: Given Liza followed us about for many years, I expect a great deal of sequels.
Xavier: Yes. Life does not stand still. The pup and I have a great deal to accomplish.
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
Xavier: Everyone keeps claiming I’m rude, which I’m not; and that I’ve taught Vic to be rude, which I didn’t.
What do you do for a living?
Xavier: I am a member of the upper class, so technically, I am not supposed to make a living. However, I do charge a small fee to clients so that my driver can have a pension and my little watcher, Barnacle, can be paid for his work. Normally, I get External Affairs to provide payment for the jobs my other employee, Jacko the pirate does.
Vic: Don’t forget my princely sum of 100 pounds a month. Had I gone into banking I would have only made 300 pounds a year.
What is your greatest fear?
Xavier: That harm will come to Vic. The pup is a trouble magnet.
What is your most prized possession?
Xavier: Victor. He is the center of my life now. Nothing comes before him.
Vic: I’m not keen on being classified as a possession, so in retaliation, I claim you my most prized possession, and no one, not even Claire, may attempt to marry you. You are mine and mine alone.
Xavier: That goes without saying.
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
Xavier: I have no weakness.
Vic: I’m still learning my job, thus there is a lot I don’t know.
What do you think is your strongest attribute?
Xavier: Mine is Intelligence and Vic’s is intuitive reasoning.
What are you proudest of?
Xavier: Vic’s ability to leap forward beyond the evidence.
Vic: Yes, but once his pride in my abilities got us both interrogated for hours on end.
What is something no one knows about you? Why do you keep it a secret? And what would happen if everyone found out about it?
Vic: My secret, I think you know by now. I’m a young woman, who lives her life as a young man because Victorian men have a far better life than Victorian women. Also, Claire needed a guardian, which as a man, I can be. I at one time feared if Xavier knew, he would fire me, but he’s proven that untrue.
Xavier: I’m also worried about Vic’s secret being discovered. However, if the pup is ever found out and lands in Bedlam, I will retrieve her within the hour and we’ll move to France. There is nothing I would not do for Vic.
Vic, what word makes you the happiest?
Vic: PUP. It’s Xavier’s endearment word for me.
Xavier, what is your least favorite word?
Xavier: “I’ll try.” It means you’ve given up before you’ve started.
What other profession would you like to try?
Vic: We have the finest profession in the world, why would we do anything else.
Xavier: I fear Miss Lowery has run out of questions if she’s fallen to such silliness. Let us return to work. We have a great deal of mysteries to solve.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic
Book #1, The Troublesome Apprentice
By Liza O’Connor
Cases to be Resolved:
The Key to Aunt Maddy’s Death
The Missing Husband of Mrs. Wimple
The Disappearing Scarlet Nun
The Clever Butcher’s Wife
The Rescue of Lady Anne
While investigating the death of a friend and client, Maddy Hamilton, Xavier Thorn (reputed to be the greatest sleuth in England) is greatly impressed with Maddy’s nephew, Victor, and offers him a job as his secretary. Aware of Xavier’s history of firing secretaries, Victor garners a promise that for three months he cannot be fired. Vic then proceeds, in Xavier’s view, to be cheeky and impertinent at every turn. Xavier endures the impudent pup because Victor is most skilled in extracting the truth from clients and intuiting facts with little evidence to assist.
As they solve a string of cases, Xavier discovers a few more important details about his troublesome apprentice, such as her true gender, and the realization that she has awakened his long dormant heart.
“Heed my words, Victor, for if you disobey me tonight, I will torture you each day forthwith and you will never be allowed to accompany me on another mission.”
His dark eyes narrowed as he studied her, evidently trying to determine if she intended to obey his orders. “Consider it a test of your ability to follow my instructions and do not dare fail.”
“I won’t.” Vic ensured her response sounded less surly and more sincere in tone.
Xavier placed his hand on her back. “Good lad. Now, if Inspector Stone received my note, his men are probably watching the exterior of your house. When this man…, let us call him Mr. GewGaw, arrives, they will no doubt insist upon sneaking up the stairs to stand ready outside the door. I’ve forewarned your impudent butler, lest we have a commotion. However, the key reason I mention this, Victor, is to warn you to remain in the closet. If Inspector Stone burst into the room, he might mistake you for the murderer. You will thus remain hidden until I retrieve you. Do you understand?”
With a sigh, Vic nodded her head.
“Good. Now not another word or you will find yourself in hell.”
She wanted to say threats were not necessary, but she feared her protest might toss her into the promised hell, since he had said ‘not another word’.
The Troublesome Apprentice
I’m tired of telling my proper bio. So you get the improper bio.
Liza O’Connor was raised by feral cats, which explains a great deal, such as why she has no manners, is always getting in trouble, and doesn’t behave like a proper author and give you a proper bio.
She is highly unpredictable, both in real life and her stories, and presently is writing humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Saving Casey – Old woman reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)
Ghost Lover—Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
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