Guest Author/Character Interview: Louise Blankenship’s Disciple series Prince Kiefan
Posted by Will
We are very fortunate to have a guest post this week from author Louise Blankenship, an interview with one of the protags in her “gritty romance” series. I say “we” are fortunate just as a courtesy- actually, it’s ME who’s the luckiest guy on earth, because this lady is hitting the target right on the little black circle thingy at the center. The Disciple series has already run three books, and the fourth installment just went live at the start of March. I’ve wondered how to get people cranked up if they only discover you in the middle of a series- I’m chipping away at one right now myself- and here’s a great answer. Louise has combined the first three books into an epic-value tri-pack called the Disciple Half-Omnibus (I took Latin in high school, Louise, I see what you did there). So now with a single purchase you can be all caught up. I’m thinking “yes!” (you know, loud and punchy like a cheerleader), but also “yyyeesssssss” (like the evil genius who’s just had another brilliant idea).
So to whet your interest even further here’s a terrific character interview with Prince Kiefan.
Interview with a prince
Prince Kiefan is the only surviving son and heir of the king of Wodenberg. Like his father, he has a reputation for discipline and stern expectations — and he’s eager to prove himself now that he’s come of age. I had some questions for Prince Kiefan at the beginning of Disciple, Part I. He’s about to leave on a vital secret mission to find allies for the kingdom.
L: You’re an alpha male in training and this secret mission is your most important command yet. Do you feel ready for this?
Kiefan: I trust the saints’ judgement. Though Father and I disagreed over the cavalry charge that I led some months ago, he cannot deny that it won the battle. The saints have judged me fit to lead and I will not fail in my duty to them or my people.
L: You didn’t expect the master healer to send his apprentice, though.
Kiefan (frowning): No, I was told he would be with us in this, and then he brought Kate in his stead — but the saints affirmed her, gave her charge of our well-being. One must work with what’s given.
L: It’s not because she’s a girl, is it?
Kiefan: (he laughs) I squired with Captain Aleksandra. Any who dares doubt her will be put straight on the matter of a woman’s strength and courage. But Kate’s no disciple of the sword. She’s a healer. It’s clear enough this will be no easy journey across the mountains — none have made it and returned, that any know of. The saints ask much of us, as it is.
L: So the problem is more that she’s — bookish?
Kiefan: Kate has never even been in the saddle before today. Surely she’ll learn it, but yes, she’s spent more time among books than —
L: I hear you’re fond of books yourself.
Kiefan: Father’s seen that I’ve studied tactics and —
L: No, I mean those philosophy essays you’ve been sneaking peeks at.
Kiefan (frowns): Father’s kept my days busy enough with serious matters.
L: There’s nothing wrong with a little philosophy, surely?
Kiefan: The king of Wodenberg must be a knight, firstly. He must see to duty. We’re at war.
L: Yes, it’s always duty for you. Including a political marriage someday.
Kiefan (gets up from his seat, impatient): The privileges of the throne have their price. I’ve a mission to lead. (strides away, armor clinking)
L: You’re not concerned about traveling with a cute, philosophy-reading healer?
Kiefan (circles back): Pardon?
L: Well, she is cute.
Kiefan (spreads one hand, confused): Yes, certainly she’s… cute. Philosophy?
L: Oh, yes. She’s been reading those essays too. Her teacher might’ve sent some homework with her on the mission.
Kiefan (doesn’t know what homework is, but he gets the gist): Why should that be troublesome?
L: I’m sure it won’t be, Mr. All Work And No Play.
Kiefan: Which books is Kate bringing?
L (shooing him off): It’s not part of your duty, is it? Go, you’ve got a mission to lead.
Thanks so much Louise- I really like Kiefan, though I can just TELL he’s headed for… eh, he is out of earshot now, right?
Let’s have you back in person- did I just write that?- to talk about the saga, the travails of marketing yourself, and other Herculean Labors. Until then folks, click on these links and get in now on a terrific-looking series right on that cusp of romance and fantasy.
Back cover blurb
War is coming. Kate Carpenter is only a peasant girl, but she’s determined to help defend the kingdom and its bound saints against the invading empire. Her healing magic earned her a coveted apprenticeship with the master healer; now she must prove herself ready to stand in the front lines and save lives.
She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though. This is no time to be distracted by romance — the empire’s monstrous army will tear through anyone standing between them and the kingdom’s magical founts. All disciples must put aside their tangled feelings and stand in the homeland’s defense.
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