Hero Interview from The Pelican Bride by Beth White

» Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog | 19 comments

This week I’m hosting Patricia Davids with The Shepherd’s Bride (2 books US and Canada only) and Beth White with The Pelican Bride. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post 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 (April 13th) evening.

81JA8ue92tLInterview with the hero from The Pelican Bride by Beth White:

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

I left home at the age of eighteen to serve as cartographer–mapmaker–for the Sieur de Bienville. I was one of the first French-Canadians to see the Gulf of Mexico and claim land along the gulf coast for King Louis XIV.

2.  What do you do for fun?

Cartography is both a science and an art. Sometimes my artistic side takes over, compelling me to paint and draw the amazing and beautiful landscapes along the gulf coast.

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

I am naturally a diplomat and peacemaker. Confrontations are hard for me, but I can usually find a way to reach compromise between warring factions.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

I fell in love very young with a Native American girl who was kidnapped and killed before I could rescue her. I have resisted allowing that kind of intimacy again–because losing it is so very painful. This lovely young Frenchwoman Genevieve….it’s very hard to shut her out.

5.  What do you want out of life?

I want a piece of land to call my own and the freedom to work it without interference from the King.

6.  What is the most important thing to you?

Truth, integrity. I can’t bear it when I find that I’ve been lied to by someone I trust. My brother may be the only person I’ve ever fully trusted.

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

I’ve not had the opportunity to read widely, though I’ve been educated to read and write. One day I hope there will be a chance for my children to have more leisure than I’ve had, so that they can read the classics.

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

I would go back to the last time I saw my wife, Sholani, and I would do more than peck her on the cheek. I have learned that intimacy requires sacrifice.

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

No pets, but there’s this valuable ox I managed to acquire for my farm. I’m pretty proud of him.

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

I can hardly comprehend that question, but maybe I would go back to the time of Christ and spend time asking him questions that have always bothered me. Why death? Why blood? How does justice work? Do you feel this constant feeling of guilt I feel? How do I get out from under it? Do you really give second chances?


  1. Thank you for the interview of Tristan and the opportunity to win a copy of Pelican Bride. 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    • Hi, Cindy! Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes for the contest!

  2. I love this cover. The book sounds different from others, thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    • Hi, Lis! Revell’s art department did a great job with this cover, didn’t they? Best wishes for the contest!

  3. beautiful cover and I like the setting of the book – new timeline for me. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)Com

    • Hi, Eliza! I love your name! I really enjoyed studying the Colonial time period. Hope you’ll enjoy the book. Best wishes!

  4. This is a new author to me and Tristan’s story sounds fabulous. I love the cover. Gorgeous.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

    • Hello, Amy! Thanks for the cover kudos. Nice to meet you, and I hope you’ll like the story.

  5. a wonderful posting, Margaret & Beth…thanks for the chance to read this fabulous story 😉

    • Hi, Karen! Thanks for stopping by to say hello. Glad you enjoyed the post—best wishes in the contest!

  6. Thank you for introducing this beautiful book with its beautiful cover.

    melback at cebridge dot net

    • Hello, Melanie—
      So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes for the contest!

  7. Being a map-maker would be quite exciting. Blazing trails etc.


    • Hi, Mary! The Colonial period was a quite exciting time. Hope you’ll get to read the story and find out more about Tristan and his mapping adventures!

  8. Beautiful book cover! Interesting interview! 🙂

    bluejayandredcardinal509(at) yahoo(dot) com.

  9. #4’s sad

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    • Hello…
      Yes, Tristan experienced quite a bit of grief before Genevieve entered his life. But…this is a romance! Happy ending! lol!

      Thanks for stopping by—

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now. 🙂

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  11. The time period is new to me, and I’ve never read about a hero who is a cartographer. Tristan sounds like a very intriguing hero!

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