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Sunday, March 29, 2015

We all need another hero... Meet Jonathan Thornton





I love all my heroes... but Jonathan Thornton, the hero of BY THE SWORD, was my first love and we were together for a long time before BY THE SWORD was published. (You can read the story of how I came to write BY THE SWORD HERE).

I think in my mind I always pictured him as a sort of angsty loner. If he had been a contemporary hero he would dress in leathers and ride a dark motor bike... however he exists in the seventeenth century so he dons his battered and beloved wide brimmed hat and rides off on his handsome grey horse... leaving a trail of disaster in his wake!


I am writing the third book in the GUARDIANS OF THE CROWN series at the moment and it is fun revisiting him, as an older and more settled man. Watch out for EXILES' RETURN in December!

I thought it would be fun to do a "Character Interview" with my tall, dark, handsome and brooding hero of BY THE SWORD... 

Interview with Sir Jonathan Thornton Bt. at Seven Ways Hall, Worcestershire, May 1660

JT: Are we on?

AS: Let me adjust that microphone…going live…  Sir Jonathan Thornton, welcome. It’s 1660 and London is buzzing with the news that the King is to be restored to the throne. As a loyal supporter of the royalist cause how do you feel about that?

JT : Well, delighted, of course. It’s been a hard time for those of us who remained loyal to the King.

AS: In what way?

JT: Our estates have been subject to heavy fines and the continual threat of sequestration. As an outlaw, had I inherited Seven Ways on my grandfather’s death, the entire estate would have been forfeit.

AS: But didn’t your grandfather find a solution to that problem?

JT: He did. The old fox left it to my young cousin, Tom Ashley, but even the Ashley family’s parliamentary connections couldn’t entirely prevent the privations of the last few years. Of course, my marriage to his mother didn’t help much either.

AS: There were those of us who were surprised at your decision to settle down with Kate. You had, how can I put it, a wild youth?

JT: I can’t deny that I was the cause of my parent’s despair on more than one occasion. My mother , god rest her, never recovered from that troop of Parliamentary horse trampling her garden and ruining her orchard. Of course I look back now and regret that I never really made peace with my parents before they died.

AS: Any other regrets?

JT: Of course I have regrets. I’ve always had a tendency to act with my heart rather than my head and people I care about have got hurt in the process, badly hurt. Thank heavens for the wisdom of age and the love of a good woman to knock some sense into me.

AS: I presume you are talking about Kate?

JT: Of course.

AS: And how did you meet Kate?

JT: It was back in 1650... when I first saw her working in the garden at Seven Ways. I’ll never forget it. She wore an old, shabby gown and a battered straw hat. I thought I’d never seen a woman look quite so lovely. At the time I had a price on my head and no intention of falling in love. That’s what I mean about my heart ruling the head. Talk about a doomed relationship.

AS: But you managed to overcome the problems?

JT: We did, but our happiness came at a price. If you have a little time to spare, let me tell you the story….

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By The Sword (Guardians of the Crown Book 1)

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