Shannon here: Molly Noble Bull shares insight into her characters’ romance from her historical gothic, Gatehaven. Comment or answer the question at the end of this post to enter the drawing for a e-book copies of Gatehaven, The Gatehaven Study Guide for Teachers, and the Gatehaven Study Guide for students. Two winners will receive 3 e-books each, when the study guides become available. Deadline: March 14th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Molly:
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of he devil. (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
Shannon Aimee is interviewed below. She is a beautiful but naïve young woman living in Luss, Scotland in 1784 and the main character in Gatehaven, a Gothic historical novel with a strong Christian message by Molly Noble Bull.
- Are you open to your own romance?
Why wouldn’t I want to tell the world about our love? At nineteen years, I am barely out of the schoolroom as the quality would say. Yet I am to wed Edward, the Earl of Northon, and he is so charming—so handsome—and very rich. But I would love him even if he was as poor as my dear father and mother. The earl is everything I could ever hope for in a man.
I only wish my dear friend Ian Colquhoun also thought well of him. But Ian keeps telling me to beware of the earl—that he will only bring me grief. But how could the earl bring anything but true happiness? He said he loved me, and the earl is not only rich, he owns a huge mansion in the north of England called Gatehaven.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
I want a man who loves me and only me, and is willing to stand up and say so. My mother said that Ian loves me, too, and always has. But if Ian loves me, he never let me know about it.
- What type of character traits are you attracted to?
I wouldn’t know about something like character traits. I only know that the earl is handsome and charming. My grandmother told me stories in French when I was a child, and in those stories there was always a beautiful princess and a handsome prince. The earl is my prince, and he makes me feel like a princess.
- What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way?
If I ever had reason to believe that the earl didn’t truly love me, I would run away. But he does love me and always will—of that I am sure.
- What would be a reason to end a potential romance for you?
I would never end a romance without just cause. If I am anything, I am loyal.
- Where do you dream of getting married?
I hope to marry at Gatehaven, that wonderful mansion the earl told me about. I would want my parents there, my older brother, my baby brother and my grandmother. Of course Ian must be there and his sister, Kate. If all those dear ones attended my marriage to the earl, I would be happy indeed.
About Molly: Molly Noble Bull is a multi-published Christian novelist from South Texas, and she has published with Zondervan and Love Inspired. Both her Zondervan novels were published in 1986 and later reprinted by Guide Posts, the book division, and she has also published with Tsaba House. Tsaba House is no longer in business, but it published Sanctuary, Molly’s long historical set in France and England in 1748. Sanctuary won the Gayle Wilson Award for Excellence in 2008 and also tied for first place in another national contest for published Christian authors that year.
Molly entered Gatehaven in the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest as a manuscript, and the historical won the grand prize in that contest and was published in trade paperback and as an e-book in March 2014. Molly’s next novel is a romantic Christian western, When the Cowboy Rides Away, and it will be published by Elk Lake Publishing in 2015.
To find all Molly’s books and novels, write Molly Noble Bull in the search slots at online and walk-in stores. www.mollynoblebull.com
About Jeanette: Jeanette Pierce is a retired English teacher living in Houston, Texas, and she wrote the two study guides based on Gatehaven, The Gatehaven Study Guide for Teachers and The Gatehaven Study Guide for Students. Jeanette received her MA in English from Sam Houston University, Huntsville, Texas and has taught English and writing in public schools, Christian schools, and college for over thirty years. The two study guides for Gatehaven are her first published books. But stay tuned. Jeanette is also publishing study guides for Molly’s upcoming western, When the Cowboy Rides Away.
About the book – Gatehaven: A young peasant woman living in Luss, Scotland in the late 1700s, Shannon is pleasantly surprised to receive a marriage proposal from the wealthy Earl of Northon. With the reluctant consent of her parents, Shannon agrees to accompany the young earl to Gatehaven, his residence in northern England with a dark history. Escorted by her lifelong friend, Ian Colquhoun (who has his own motives for visiting the haunting mansion notorious for its disturbing secrets and occult practices), Shannon embarks on her journey. But before long she realizes there is more to Gatehaven than meets the eye.
When deadly deception is revealed and the truth comes to light, will Shannon and Ian be able to save their loved ones before it is too late? Or will the forces of darkness win?
Question: Have you or anyone you know been to England? If not, would you like to go?
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