Wednesday, August 8, 2007

MACBETH'S NIECE by Peggy Herring

Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.

A young Scottish girl, raised in the Grampion Mountains. Her father's brother is the thane of Glamis, Macbeth.

What's her name?

Tessa macFindlaech

Why did you pick that name?

Tessa is a student I once had with similar looks and an independent spirit. MacFindlaech is Macbeth's last name (son of Findlaech).

Give us a brief description of how she looks.

Tessa is tiny but lovely, with green eyes and unruly auburn hair.

Is there anything unusual about her appearance?

Tessa is a bit smaller than is deemed healthy by Scottish mothers looking for women to bear strong children for their sons. Contrary to appearances, she's healthy as a horse!

Who does she love? Why?

She is attracted to Jeffrey Brixton, an English spy sent to encourage rebellion against the king of Scotland, Duncan.

Does this person love her?

Jeffrey is attracted to her as well but won't admit to it. When they're thrown together, he usually retreats into anger to hide his feelings for her.

Tell us about her family.

Tessa is sent to live with her uncle, Macbeth. His wife is rather cold but not unkind. She teaches Tessa the things a good wife must know about keeping a house.

Where is she from?

When the book begins she goes to live at Glamis Castle, on the eastern shore of Scotland.

Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Tessa was raised in the mountains, since her father rejected his noble background. When she's sent to Glamis, she must learn to live in a more refined world. She is expected to be meek and quiet, but she isn't always good at it.

What does she want out of life?

Tessa doesn't want to settle for a "good" marriage with a man she does not love. She feels there is more to life than that.

What's her biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Tessa is attracted to Jeffrey, but he kidnaps her and takes her to England, so he is her enemy.

Did you write more than one story about her?

I'm at work on the sequel, which concerns Tessa's sister and her quest to find Tessa.

How would she describe you?

Tessa would see me as someone too taken up with sitting still. She'd tell me to get out more and do things.

Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Tessa is very human, and through her eyes we see a very real Macbeth. They both make mistakes, and they both struggle on, accepting the blame for their failures. The fact that one succeeds and the other fails is what life is all about: our choices define us, but how we deal with the results is what makes a great story.

Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?

MACBETH'S NIECE will be available from Five Star in January of 2008 through Amazon, bookstores, and libraries.


Plays: available from Drama Source and Playscripts, Inc.MACBETH'S NIECE, coming January of 2008 from Five Star

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