Friday, September 16, 2011

The Gladiator Prince with Minnette Meador


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?

I actually research while I’m writing and to the story. That is, I research what I need to keep the story moving forward. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of days, depending on how deep I need to go. I have many books on the time period and I’ve read all of them, so I have a pretty good background now, so research is easier since I know where to find the answers. It took me longer to research Rome for Gladiator Prince because I hadn’t been there before in my books.


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?

I haven’t really had time to think that through yet, but it would be fun to see if anyone would have suggestions. I sometimes think of Sean Bean as Thane; he just has that amazing Celtic look to him. Plus, he’s pretty sexy. For Phaedar, Milla Kunis comes to mind as far as a look, but not sure about her voice and Phaedra is only 20 so the actress would have to be pretty young. Hasani the pirate is Oded Fehr all the way… oh, baby! I’ll let the readers come up with some others. :o)





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?

 Constantine

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 

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.


 Blurb:

Prince Thane is the last surviving royalty of the Trinovantes Tribe in Roman Britannia, having surrendered to the Romans after the Boudicca Revolt to save his two daughters, whose identities he sacrifices his freedom to protect. He is condemned by Nero himself to become a gladiator, to fight until he dies in the arena. When his two daughters are taken in a slaver's raid, Thane escapes, forcing the daughter of his master to take him to Rome to save his children. Little does he know that the beautiful Syrian woman holds not only the key to his passion, but a secret that triggers a disaster that ignites the world. Will this spoiled willful girl betray him in the end or sacrifice herself to save them all? Book III of the Centurion Series.


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.










Links:

http://www.minnettemeador.com

http://minnettemeador.blogspot.com

25 comments:

marybelle said...

Sean Bean & Oded Fehr - you have made my day. This tour continues to make me very happy!!

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Leanne109 said...

Chocolate covered ants... hmmmm... well it's chocolate so I bet I would to lmao

Great interview! I really need to get this book soon and will do so if I can't win it lol

HUGS!

Leanne

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Hi Minnette,
I adnire people who can write in that genre/time period. I've often said one day I.m gonna write a historical romance. Love ra4ung rthat genre. Continued blessings

Christiana said...

Mmm Minnette, you know how to catch my attention in the morning. Sean Bean, and Oded Fehr. Both very eye catching, I must say. I must say though I don't always think fair coloring when I think Celt, and that brings me to Gerard Butler and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Add a side of James Marsters and I'm in heaven. :)

(all three play in P.S. I Love You, which albeit bittersweet is one of my favorite movies)

As for the Chocolate Covered Ants, At least there is chocolate, and it's less disgusting than grubs.

~christiana~

Bama said...

hmmmmmmmmm Oded:)

tammy ramey said...

Hi Minnette,
i have to say you have more courage than i do, i would not have eaten the ants(chocolate or not).LOL
i can't say enough how much i love this cover, it's gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful. i can't wait to read it.

trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

Joni said...

I was very impressed with the interview. But I must say that with one look at the cover of the book I have placed it on my must-read list.

o2oole(at)verizon(dot)net

Rae M. said...

Ooh..Oded Fehr. Very good choice! I love him, especially with the long hair.

And why not chocolate anymore? Chocolate makes everything better. Although I suppose therein lies the danger. But still, chocolate is too delicious to give up.

Good job with all the research as well. It really shows when an author puts forth the effort!

rachaelgwen(at)yahoo(dot)com

mmbourassa said...

OH love Oded Fehr. Makes me want to read your next book 'cause he's now what I'll picture as Hasani. You said your antagnotist is your least favorite character. Made me wonder if that makes those parts with that character harder to write.

Chelsea B. said...

LOVE your book cast!! Some of my favorite actors!
Ants! Ew!Ew!Ew! I couldn't do it!

justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Na said...

Chocolate covered ants? You are one brave woman! I guess there is protein though. In all the genres you have tacjled, which one are you most comfortable writing in?

shadow_kohler said...

Whoo hoo! Another Minnette Day! :) Chocolate ants...yuck! Your one brave woman! I couldnt do it. So gross! What do you have planned for the weekend?
shadowluvs2read(at)aol(dot)com

Minnette Meador said...

Hey, everyone...sorry to be so late again... Work is killing me!

First my heartfelt thanks for Lisa Sanchez inviting me to her amazing blog! You are the best!

Yes, indeed, Marybell - There are probably younger actors, but these two really do it for me... I remember FF'ing through The Mummy just to watch Fehr... and that's with an alpha Brandon Fraser! LOL

As I recall (this was when I was a kid) it just tasted like chocolate with something crunching in the middle, Leanne! I don't think I'd do it now... unless there was a large amount of cash involved.

Thanks, Vanessa! You should really try it... it's amazing.

I like your choices, Christiana! Hubba hubba! :o) Haven't seen PS, but it's on my list for when I have time again.

LOL, Bama! A woman of few words.

Thanks, Tammy - I was young and it sounded interesting... :o)

Thanks, Joni - I hope you like it.

Hi, Rae - I'm with you; chocolate makes everything better!

Hi, MM - Unfortunately, I find them very easy to write. I think there's a bit of an evil streak in me... Bad guys and battle scenes seem to come to me naturally... Who knew?

Hi, Chelsea B - Who would you cast?

Great question, Na - I think I probably like historical and humor best. Historicals allow me to use a richer, deeper voice when writing, making the writing fuller. Humor is all about short, clean sentences and of course the unexpected. I'm all about the unexpected.

Hi, Shadow - Tomorrow is my big Forum over at Coffeetime Romance so make sure to block out some time for that. We're going to play historical games, learn some new tricks and I even have some surprises planned. Here's a link: http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=435 - It will to live at 11am EST. Then final edits on Bell Stalker and, during my copious spare time, I am judging a writing contest. No rest for the wicked, I guess! :o)

Lisa said...

So happy to have you on the blog, Minnette!! I'm in agreement with the above comments, Oded and Sean are mighty fine :)

Christiana said...

LoL Bad Guys are easy to write for me too, Minnette, I think it's because I have a devious mind. Anything I wouldn't do in reality I can let them do. In many cases it can be quite therapeutic. Of course, usually those therapy sessions get edited way back, because I realize little details that are more me than the character, or that just don't fit the storyline.

~Christiana~

shadow_kohler said...

wow! your one busy lady! have i told you lately how much i appreciate you and your wickedness? lol :) hopefully, i will see you tomorrow! you have fun! :)

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, Lisa... I agree whole heartedly...and actually, I just found a picture on my computer of Eric Bana in his almost all together from Troy. Man, that guy would be fine as well... for many things.

Two minds with but a single thought, Christiana... LOL - It was so funny when I wrote my first war scene in Starsight. My husband read it, looked at me, read it again, looked at me again, and said, "You wrote this? I've never read a better battle scene... or one more bloody." It must be those past lives impinging on present time... LOL

I'm so happy you'll make it over tomorrow, Shadow... I'm just putting the treasure hunts and games together tonight. It should be a ton of fun! :o)

Christiana said...

LOL indeed Minnette, I'm all set for Coffee Time tomorrow, and I know what you mean, my mom was reading one of the scenes for this as yet untitled work of mine, and she read it three or four times, and kept giving me the strangest looks. Afterwards, she told me that she never knew I was so bloodthirsty, devious and just plain cruel. To this day she doesn't understand how I could possibly choose to turn a wedding reception into a bloodbath.

My answer was quite simple... Bad guy has it in for Bride and Groom, hurt their family hurt them. It made complete sense to me, even if it didn't to her.

~Christiana~

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks so much to everyone who visited Lisa's wonderful blog yesterday and a very special thanks to Lisa for sharing it with us.... This was a blast!

And the winner of the signed copy of The Centurion & The Queen with goodies is...

TAMMY RAMMY!!!! Congrats! Send your name and address to: mmeador at minnettemeador dot com and I'll make those go out to you this week.

See you guys at the next stop!
Minnette ;o)

Julie Robinson said...

Sad to say, but I don't know who those actors are!

I love that Mark Twain quote--and the one from him the other day.

I hadn't noticed repeated phrases but will now take note.

Julie Robinson said...

I believe I'm caught up now.
Look forward to the rest of your blog hop!
:-)

Minnette Meador said...

Hi, Julie! I'm so glad you were able to catch up with us! Whoohoo!

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