Heroine Interview from Hannah’s Beau

» Posted on Aug 6, 2009 in Blog | Comments Off on Heroine Interview from Hannah’s Beau

Hannah's Beau cover
This week I’m hosting Tiffany Colter who will give away 3 months of Writing Career Coaching [a $90 value] with the corresponding e-workbook [a $35 value] and Renee Ryan with Hannah’s Beau. If you want to enter the drawing for the book, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Aug 9th) evening.

Interview with the heroine from Hannah’s Beau:

1.Hannah, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I don’t think I’m all that interesting. After all, I’m just a woman desperate to make her way in the world without the benefit of family support. Then again, now that you asked, I suppose the fact that I’m a stage actress with a world-famous Shakespearean company might fit the term “interesting.” I’ve traveled all over Europe and America. I’ve met fascinating people along the way, but none more fascinating than the O’Toole brood. They’re a famous acting family much like your modern-day Barrymores. Patience, the matriarch of the family, took me in and mentored me when I had nowhere else to go. I value her friendship, but more than that I’m grateful for her example. She is truly a woman who exudes Christ’s love in everything she does. It’s no wonder her son, Beau, became a minister. She’s very proud of him.

2.What do you do for fun?

I read. I love everything written by Shakespeare, especially his sonnets. The language is so beautiful, so compelling. His works are utterly timeless. He was clearly a man who understood human emotion.

3.What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Oh, that’s an easy one. I hate confrontation, at least the kind that involves my legalistic, reverend father. When he accused me of a heinous act my twin sister committed rather than explaining the circumstances I ran away. Now, five years later, I have to face the consequences of that decision. Only I won’t have to do it alone. Beau, the hero of my book, is determined to stand by my side. Now, isn’t that the most heroic thing you’ve ever heard?

4.What are you afraid of most in life?

Oh, hmmm, I don’t think I like that question. However, I will answer it honestly. I’m afraid of ending up alone. Aren’t most of us afraid of that? I’ve made plans for my old age that will provide financial security, but that’s not the same thing, is it?

5.What do you want out of life?

I want a family of my own, of course, but I also want to serve other women left destitute without family or friends. I truly have a heart for lost women. Women of your generation might not understand this next statement, but it’s a man’s world right now. There aren’t many options for unmarried girls, especially in the West. I truly believe God has called me to help the desperate in any way I can.

6.What is the most important thing to you?

Loyalty. I truly believe relationships can’t exist without it. I’ve always been loyal to my twin sister, but I’m discovering she’s not capable of returning the sentiment when it doesn’t suit her. It’s been a hard lesson to learn. I need to forgive her, even if she doesn’t ask for or want my forgiveness. That’s been the hardest lesson of all. But God is working on me.

7.Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

Oh, yes, I love, love, love to read. Shakespeare’s plays are my favorite, especially the comedies. I also love reading God’s Word. I’m amazed at all He has to reveal to us, when we take the time to listen and pay attention.

8.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My inability to confront my father. All the things I’ve left unsaid are starting to eat at my peace of mind. I fear I can’t leave it for much longer. Oh, it is not going to be a happy reunion.

9.Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Sadly, no pet. But not by choice. As an actress I travel from city to city, continent to continent, stage to stage. I would love a cat. There’s something almost intellectual about those darling creatures.

10.If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I would love to go back to the time when Jesus walked the face of this earth. I have so many questions for him, so much I want to learn at his feet. I would also like to go back to the days when Shakespeare’s plays were performed as soon as he finished writing them. I wonder if the actors would interrupt them differently than we do now. I would also love to see male actors trying to play female parts. I would expect the result as more than a little tragic.

I want to thank you, Margaret, for inviting me to spend time with you today. I’m not used to answering questions without my author putting words into my mouth. It’s been a nice respite.