Louise Lyndon interviews Troy de Gisborne from Of Love and Betrayal
Troy is the son of Heward de Gysborne, a powerful man, with powerful connections. Some say Troy’s father could have been responsible for the death of William Rufus, the man who should have been the king of England.
Troy is the youngest of three sons.
LL: Where and when were you born?
TdG: I was born in England, 21 September, 1105.
LL: What influence did your birth family have on you, your choices, your life? Explain why and how.
TdG: My family, especially my grandparents, Lady Laila and Lord Aymon, have been extremely influential on me. My grand-mère’s family did not survive the Norman invasion, and my grand-père had a very hard, lonely upbringing. When they had their own children they made a decision to raise their children themselves, instead of sending them off to be trained as knights or ladies by another noble family, because they wanted their family around them. This was unheard of. Lords and Lady’s do not raise their own children.
My mère, having been raised in this manner, made the decision to raise her own children too, even though, at first my père was not happy about this. My père comes from a very powerful and wealthy family. My mère is a very persuasive and convinced my father not to send their children away. However, because I was not sent away it meant I could grow up with my brothers and we became very close.
Which is why what I did can never be forgiven. And it will never be like it once was.
LL: How did you feel when you first saw the love of your life?
TdG: That she was a delay, and a distraction, I couldn’t afford to have. You see, when we first met I was on my way back to Gysborne Castle as I had received word my father was dying. I wanted to get home before my father died. I needed to right a few wrongs so he did not go to the grave thinking the worse of me. But, I stumbled across Aveline who needed my help. I couldn’t turn my back on her.
LL: Tell us why you believe women really are not the weaker sex?
TdG: Because they can’t afford to be weak in the dangerous times that we live. My grand-mère fought off the Norman’s invading her home. My mère has defended Gysborne Castle on more than one occasion. And Aveline, well, I would not like to run in to her in a dark forest. She knows how to look after herself and she likes to remind me she doesn’t need a man to look after her. The women I have encountered have all been intelligent and resourceful. That’s why I do not believe women are the weaker sex.
LL: What do you want from life?
TdG: I want what my brothers have. A wife and children. I want a family. I also want my père to look at me like he once did, instead of how he looks at me now. He dislikes me. I have shamed him and have broken the bonds of brotherhood, so I do not blame him for his dislike. However, it doesn’t stop me from wanting it to be like the way it used to be. I just want to be with my family again. Although, I know that will never happen.
LL: What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it?
TdG: My père and brother, Hewett. What I did to Hewett can never be forgiven. Or forgotten. And I should never be allowed to live a full and happy life. This is my punishment. One I must serve until the day I die. I deserve nothing more.
LL: What, in yourself, is preventing you from getting it?
TdG: How can I get it? After what I did? This is the price I must pay for my betrayal. I can never allow myself to forget what I did. Not that I could.
Of Love and Betrayal by Louise Lyndon
Aveline de Bondeville is on the run. Determined to keep out of the hands of the cruel Raimbaut de Blois she will do whatever it takes to stay alive. And so when she finds herself in the company of Troy de Gysborne she must quickly decide if she can trust him. But can she confess to murder knowing it would mean her certain death?
Troy de Gysborne did the unthinkable; he tore the bonds of brotherhood and left a path of destruction in his wake. And now Troy must face those he betrayed, including the father who long ago renounced him. But to confess to the crime he committed will cost him everything. Including Aveline. But can he remain silent if it means losing the woman he loves?
Aveline’s scream burned her throat; she tasted blood. Eudes staggered forward, his eyes wide. He looked at her as he fell to his knees and then slumped forward. Bright red blood rushed from his wound and pooled on the ground. She looked at Raimbaut.
“This time you shall not escape.”
She picked up her skirts and ran headlong into the forest and did not slow her speed as branches slapped her in the face and tore at her arms. The ground beneath her feet was icy and uneven. She risked a glance over her shoulder and did not stop even though Raimbaut was nowhere to be seen. He may not have been behind her, but it did not mean he was not stalking her.
Sweat trickled down her face and burned her eyes. Her heart pumped, her lungs gasped for air. She came to a skidding stop and looked wildly around. Should she keep running straight, go left or right, or make her way back to Gysborne? She turned in a circle and shoved her hair from her eyes.
A twig snapped behind her. She stilled and held her breath. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a blur rush by. Was it an animal? Was it Raimbaut?
She ignored the pain in her chest and her sudden need to loosen her bladder. But she could not ignore her trembling. She clutched her arms to her chest. A sour taste flooded her mouth as she did not see how she would be lucky enough a second time to escape from Raimbaut.
Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.
In 2013, Louise won first prize in the historical romance category of the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest for her story, The Promise, which has since been retitled and is now known as, Of Love & Vengeance.
When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls!
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