Please join me in welcoming author Minnette Meador to my blog! Minnette is giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one random commenter along her tour, so make sure to leave a comment at the end of the post!
1. The Gladiator Prince is the third installment in your Centurion series. Without giving too much away, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Prince Thane of the Trinovantes tribe is the last surviving Celtic royal after the Romans wipe out his tribe. He surrenders to the Romans to save his two young daughters so they can escape. Thane is sentenced to fight in the arena until he dies. Years later, news reaches him that his daughters have been taken in a slavers raid and shipped to Rome. Phaedra has been called back to Britannia by her father after her husband dies. There she is guardian of a secret that could destroy her brother if her father finds out. When discovery become inevitable, she forces the Gladiator Prince to take them to Rome. That journey and its finale will change the face of Rome forever.
2. How did this series come about? What was the inspiration behind the story?
The Centurion & The Queen is about the Boudicca revolts, the only large uprising by the British Celts against the Roman led by the Warrior Queen Boudicca. It is an amazing story from both sides and a perfect backdrop for a romance between a Centurion and a Celtic Queen.
3. I take my hat off to all authors who write historical romance, it’s hard! What is your research process like? How long do you research before you start writing?
4. Tell us about the characters. Who is your favorite/least favorite and why?
There are five main characters in this book; Thane, the honorable Celtic warrior; Phaedra the spoiled Syrian daughter of the Gladiatorial Lanista; her brother Bahar, a 15-year-old ball of fire who learns quickly and is Thane’s top student; Adrastos the old Greek medico who guides them through Britannia; and Hasani, the pirate, smart, witty, irreverent, and a thorn in Thane’s side. I developed an especially strong affinity for Hasani, so much so, that he became a much larger part of this story and will be the star of my next book in the series (tentatively titled: Hasani the Ghost). Abella is the antagonist in the story and is my least favorite character in the book. He’s a real SOB! :o)
5. What was the most difficult part of the book for you to write? Likewise, what was the easiest?
For some reason, the more difficult the writing, the better it usually turns out. Not sure why, but it is usually the case. I think that’s because you really have to think about how to resolve the issues. To be honest, if I tell you the hardest part, I’d spoil the story… so I’ll pass. :o)
6. Do you picture a certain actor/actress when you see your hero/heroine in your mind? Who would you want to play them if your book was made into a movie?
7. If you were stranded on and island and forced to choose a character to keep you company, who would you choose, and why?
Can I have two? Thane and Hasani would be my choices… Not sure which one in the end… :o)
8. Do you have any writing quirks?
I have repeated phrases I use in all my books. Not sure why, but I like to use them at least once in each book. You’ll have to read them to see which ones they are. I beat my editor knows… but she’s not telling.
9. Favorite snack?
Fruit (used to be chocolate ~sigh~)
10. Favorite movie?
11. Favorite author?
Too many to name, but probably a tie between Rex Stout, Spider Robinson, Terry Pratchett, Mary Stewart, and JRR Tolkien… Now, that’s what I call variety!
12. Favorite quote?
After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
Mark Twain - Adam's Diary
Mark Twain - Adam's Diary
13. If your house was on fire, and you could only grab three things before running out, what would they be?
My husband, my dog, and my computer… not necessarily in that order…
14. Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Chocolate covered ants.
About the author:
Somewhere between thirty and dust...red hair, blue eyes...six kids, one slightly used husband, and any number of pets from time to time... wanttabe hippy... wanttheirmoney yuppie...pro musician and actress for 20 Years... native Oregonian... lover of music, beauty, and all things green. Willing slave to the venerable muse. Minnette currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, having replaced the children with one dog. The dog, Pierre, pretty much runs the show.