Lauren Linwood Interviews Kallen from A Knight for Kallen
Our interview today is with a remarkable young woman named Kallen de Mangeron, who lives in England. Her story of discovering her identity and finding love, A Knight for Kallen, takes place in England during 1311. She is being interviewed by Lauren Linwood, the author who created her.
LL: What influence did your birth family have on you, your choices, and your life?
KdM: I only recently learned about my birth family from Sister Savina, who is the new abbess of the convent where I grew up. She was the nun charged with my care. All my life I longed to leave the convent’s walls and find my family—and now that dream has come true. I’ll admit, though, that I am I bit hesitant about traveling to my family’s castle. How will I be received? Will I fit in? Lord Griffith, the knight in charge of my escort, assures me that they already love me, but how do you love a complete stranger?
LL: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
KdM: Happiness comes from within and can only be true happiness if ‘tis shared with others. I grew up in fear, living with a group of nuns who showed me little kindness and no sympathy. Now that I journey to my family’s home in the secular world, I will treat others with respect and share my joy in life with them. ‘Twill make my own happiness contagious.
LL: What is your greatest fear?
KdM: I live with the fear that others will discover I’m different. My hidden talent of seeing auras surrounding people might be looked upon as an evil from the Devil Himself.
LL: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
KdM: I have a tendency to voice what I am thinking aloud. I’ve always been a loner and talked to myself. Now that I have left the protection of the convent and head to my new home at Mangeron, I find myself speaking aloud what is in my head. I fear ‘twill get me into trouble.
LL: What is the trait you most deplore in others?
KdM: That would be hypocrisy. I grew up inside a convent, and you would think the nuns would open share their love of Christ. Instead, they judged me and tended to be cruel toward me. Only Sister Savina, charged with my care, got to know me as a person and loved me as her own child.
LL: What is your greatest extravagance?
KdM: When my traveling party stopped at Lord Perciful’s castle, ‘twas All Hallow’s Eve. I knew nothing of this celebration and its customs. I have already developed a strong fondness for solteties, which are sugar pastes in the shape of things such as cherubs or flowers. I truly believe sugar is a gift from God, and I would eat it at every meal if I could. In fact, I told Griffith that ‘twould be my fondest wish—to start a meal with them instead having to wait till the end for them to be served!
LL: What is your current state of mind?
KdM: I am worried about the earl of Nowland. I have discovered that he is my father and a bastard of the king who wishes to overthrow his half-brother and take the throne of England for himself. If he learns of my existence and my gift, I fear he will come for me and try to use me as a political pawn in his rebellion.
LL: What do you most dislike about your appearance?
KdM: I do not know what I look like. The convent had no mirrors. I have seen a faint reflection of myself in a pond, though, and what stood out to me was my silvery blond hair. No one I know possesses this particular shade of hair, and so I know it makes me stand out. I do not want to draw attention to myself, so I wish my hair could be another color.
LL: What is the quality you most like in a man?
KdM: The only man I knew until recently was the priest who came to the convent upon occasion, but now I’m traveling in a party of a dozen men. They seem a bit foreign to me, but I have come to enjoy their sense of humor and honorable ways.
LL: What is the quality you most like in a woman?
KdM: I cannot wait to meet the women in my family and make friends with them. I believe I most value kindness in a woman since I saw little of that quality from the nuns.
LL: If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
KdM: I would most definitely be a horse! I have just learned to ride on this journey, and I think I would enjoy the freedom of running across a pasture, sunning myself, and enjoying a bit of hay with my equine companions.
LL: What is your most marked characteristic?
KdM: I am known for being frank. I speak my mind, and Griffith has told me how different I am from the women at court. I know he means it as a compliment, but I worry about fitting in with the nobility.
LL: What is it that you most dislike?
KdM: Mother Superior was fond of giving me the most loathsome tasks around the convent, especially when I got into mischief. Scrubbing the stone floors always put me in a sour mood.
LL: What is your greatest regret?
KdM: I regret all the years lost when I did not know my family at Mangeron. I will do everything in my power to make up for that lost time and cherish the people who are my own blood.
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Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.
Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.
Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?
Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.
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