Welcome to our first character interview! Today we have Cale and Kendra from Prince of Shadows novel by author Nancy Gideon.
Describe yourself. What is your worst and best quality?
Cale: Loyalty, in both cases. My bond to my family and clan have put me into some unpleasant situations where I ‘ve had to go against what I know was right. It puts my head and heart at odds.
Kendra: My worst quality has been allowing others assume control of my life. They meant well but I’m taking back those reins now. My best quality has always been my devotion to family. I would sacrifice anything for them.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
Cale: That I care about the Lessers of our clan. It’s not just about the power, the money, the control. I want a better life for all our people. I want them to know that they can come to me for fairness and justice.
Kendra: That I’m more than just a trophy that comes with a crown. I don’t want to bond with any male for less than love.
What is your biggest secret, something no one knows about?
Cale: The reason I stayed on the mountain with my father when my mother left when I was a boy. I’ve never shared that with anyone.
Kendra: Something Cale’s mother showed me. It’s not my secret to tell.
What are you most afraid of?
Cale: Failing to protect those I love.
Kendra: Not having the courage to do the right thing.
What do you want more than anything?
Kendra: The freedom to make my own choices and live my own life.
Cale: (staring at Kendra) I’m looking at it.
What is your relationship status?
Cale: Totally committed.
Kendra: Totally conflicted.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
Cale: My father insists upon designer dress when my brothers and I are about his business. Pitbulls in rhinestone collars is what Kendra and her cousin Silas call us, because of the diamond earstuds we wear as a sign of clan fealty. But I prefer basic butt-kicking black everyday wear. Things I can move in.
Kendra: My flashy cousin Brigit always pushed mousy conservative clothes on me so I wouldn’t draw the attention of the aggressive males of our clan. Now I’m finding that I don’t mind a little attention.
How much of a rebel are you?
Cale: How much is too much?
Kendra: I’m a rebellious work in progress. Baby steps.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Cale: When it happens, it will be restoring harmony within our clan by repairing the damage done by my father. My goal is to rule through respect instead of fear.
Kendra: And I’ll be proud to do my part to help you.
What is your idea of happiness?
Cale: When she smiles at me without the shadows of the past in her eyes.
Kendra: Remembering how things were before my world fell apart.
What is your current state of mind?
Cale: Frustrated by the roadblocks that constantly prevent Kendra and I from getting together, if you know what I mean.
Kendra: Equal parts anxious and anticipating . . . that getting together thing.
What is your most treasured possession?
Cale: I don’t treasure possessions.
Kendra: The diamond earstud that Cale gave me when we were young as a sign that I had an equal share of his love and devotion.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Cale: I’m a Terriot. I’m a take no prisoners warrior.
Kendra: Meek and virginal. Geez, who wants to be that after their mid-twenties.
What is it that you most dislike?
Cale: Agendas. I’m a straight shooter. I hate deception.
Kendra: Violence. I’ve seen more than enough of it in my lifetime and there’s no escaping it considering where I’m forced to live.
Which living person do you most despise?
Cale: Silas MacCreedy. He made my life miserable and now I’ve heard he’s a threat to my future with the female I love. I don’t deal well with threats.
Kendra: Cale’s father, Bram. He’s the monster responsible for murdering most of my family.
What is your greatest regret?
Cale: Not being the man Kendra needed me to be.
Kendra: Not dealing with my personal pain sooner.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Cale: Yeah, and it killed most of them.
Kendra: You’re honorable.
Cale: It just hasn’t killed me yet.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Cale: Honesty. I want to be able to trust the female I spend the rest of my life with to have my back, not to try to stick a knife in it.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Cale: (to Kendra) You’d better say me!
Kendra: (smiling) Yes, my prince.
Which living person do you most admire?
Cale: My momma. She gave up so much to protect me.
Kendra: It used to be my father but he’s gone now. I guess my cousin Silas. He’s noble and self-sacrificing.
Cale: (rolling eyes) Saint Silas. What’s not to admire. I’m going to be that man you admire. That’s a promise.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Kendra: I wish I could have my family back.
Cale: I can’t change anything that’s happened, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.
What is your motto?
Cale: Never give up. Never back down. Never walk away. What don’t kill you . . .Kendra: Survive.
A huge thank you to both Cale and Kendra for the interview.
More about Cale and Kendra's world.
Prince of Shadows
By Moonlight Series Book Eight
By Moonlight Series Book Eight
Publisher: Pocket Star
Date of Publication: 5/27/13
Number of pages: 384
Word Count: 93,000
A gentle female held hostage in a deadly play for power, Kendra Terriot’s only means of survival for herself and her family is to play to a careful courtship game. The one she chooses from her clan’s dangerous heirs will inherit the coveted crown, keeping her their prisoner forever . . . unless she can retain her virtue until rescue arrives.
Favored son of their brutal Shifter leader, the only calm in Cale Terriot’s violent world is a childhood love for his delicate distant cousin whom he’s pledged to make his queen. With Kendra at his side, he knows he can become the kind of ruler his clan needs, but first he must learn how to become the kind of mate she desires.
In a treacherous race for control, where weakness means death, Cale must prove he’s not the beast his beauty fears and still protect her, especially once her unrequited love returns to free her. The only way to win her respect could mean surrendering his throne.
The only way to win her heart could mean letting her go…even if she no longer wants to be saved.
About the Author:
Nancy Gideon is the author of over 54 novels ranging from historical and contemporary suspense to paranormal with a couple of horror screenplays thrown in. When not at the keyboard or working full time as a legal assistant, she can be found feeding her addictions for Netflix and all things fur, feather and fin.