Today we are privileged to have a double character interview from acclaimed author Hywela Lyn. The characters are from her new novel, Beloved Enemy.
- What is your name and how old are you?
Cat – I am Catrina Kincaid and about twenty five years old in Earth time, although it is hard to be completely accurate when interstellar travel is involved.
Kerry: Kerry Marchant. I would put my Terran age as late thirties – but as Cat said it is difficult to be precise due to the time dilation phenomena involved in faster than light travel,
- Do you have, or have you ever had, a nickname?
Cat: I’m always known as ‘Cat’ although it’s not really a nickname, but I think it suits me much better than Katrina. She glances across at Kerry and grins. I don’t think anyone would dare give Kerry a nickname!
- Are you married?
Cat: (Blushing ever so slightly) As good as. Kerry and I seem to be stuck with each other, even though we tried hard to fight it. Now I can’t imagine life without him, he’s my soulmate and I think we would both agree that we’re bonded for life. Kerry takes her hand and kisses the back of it briefly.
Kerry: Indubitably, my love.
- Where were you born?
Kerry: Cat and I were both born on Earth, although I for one was happy to leave it, The Global Union of Earth and Allied Planets with its petty laws and restrictions has stifled creativity and made it impossible for any kind of scientific progress. The situation is even worse now, as the Union continues to lay down crippling new laws, and to expand and take over any planets unable to defend themselves from its merciless advance.
- How would you describe your physical characteristics?
Cat: I think I’d better let Kerry describe me, I have to say I rarely think about my own looks. Kerry is tall, with dark hair that just reaches his collar, and the bluest eyes I have ever seen. When he smiles, which isn’t all that often, it changes his face completely. Even when he isn’t smiling, I have to say he’s rather wickedly good-looking!
Kerry’s expression softens as he looks across at Cat: Cat has a beauty all her own. Lovely silver grey eyes, slightly pouty and very kissable lips, and hair that is dark auburn in some lights and vibrant red in others. She likes to tie it back but I love to see it long and flowing. She is tall enough to be elegant, and slim but with all the right curves. There is not a single thing I would want to change about her.
- How would you describe your personality?
Cat: I think I don’t always think before I act so I suppose you could say I’m a little rash and inclined to make assumptions. Not my greatest asset. Some people say I’m feisty. Not sure if that’s meant to be a compliment or not! I certainly don’t take kindly to being told what to do, but I will generally respect the views of someone who clearly knows what they’re talking about.
Kerry: I am told I am serious, that I do not suffer fools gladly and that I prefer starship computers and components to people. The last is not strictly accurate.
- What do you most like about yourself?
Kerry: I am not given to analysing myself in that way, but if I have to mention something positive, I reckon I do have a rather good, if dry, sense of humour – it seems to make Cat smile anyway.
Cat: That’s not an easy one to answer, I suppose it’s that I have a tendency to see the best in people, even when it goes against my own better judgement.
- Do you have a trait you dislike?
Cat: Apart from my tendency to impetuousness? I suppose it’s my fear of snakes. I like to think of myself as being fairly courageous and I will face most dangers head on – but snakes turn my knees to jelly. She glances at Kerry and grins mischieviously. Mind you, Kerry has that effect on me too, but for totally different reasons!
Kerry: (taking a long, lingering look at Cat.) I suppose the fact that it takes me a long time to learn to trust someone. I have had some bad experiences in the past and that makes me suspicious of people, until I get to know them.
- Do you generally tell the truth? If so, under what circumstances would you lie?
Cat: There have been times when I had to lie to survive, it’s not something I enjoy doing though.
Kerry: I see no point in telling an untruth under normal circumstances. As Cat says though, there are times when it is the only way to get out of a dangerous situation.
- What hopes and ambitions do you have?
Kerry: I take one day at a time. As long as I have Cat, and my friends and shipmates aboard the Destiny, I have all that I need. My main ambition was fulfilled several years ago when Jon Quinlan and myself realised our dream of building a magnificent starship to take us away from a stagnating Earth. That ship was the Destiny.
Cat: I’ve always wanted to be able to live my life without looking over my shoulder, to be able to trust the people around me and face whatever challenges lie ahead with my friends and a man I can love and rely on. I never really believed it would happen, but now, Like Kerry, I am content and look forward to whatever life may have in store for the two of us.
- How are your relationships with your own sex, generally?
Kerry: I do not make friends easily but am generally a good judge of character, and if I trust a man and can work with him, he will have my unswerving loyalty and friendship.
Cat: I usually get on all right with other women, and although I don’t have a lot of female friends, I really like the Destiny’s joint medical officer, Zeldra. She and I have spent quite a lot of time together since I joined the crew and we have a pretty good friendship.
- How are your relationships with the opposite sex, generally?
Cat: After being betrayed by a man I trusted, who caused the death of many of my friends and colleagues, and was the reason for me having to flee for my life, I mistrusted men in general, until I met Kerry. Of course I didn’t trust him either when we first met – but that’s a long story which I won’t go into now.
Kerry: I always had a deep mistrust of women, probably rooted in the cruel treatment I receive from my Aunt who was my guardian when I was a child. This mistrust was reinforced by a beautiful but devious woman who tried to steal the ship for an alien race. I have been lucky enough to have had two special women in my life – and one of them is Cat – who made me realise that not all women are ruthless and untrustworthy and I have had to completely rethink my attitude towards women in general. He takes Cat’s hand again and this time keeps hold of it.
- How would you describe your dress style?
Cat – Practical! Usually a bodysuit or tunic and leggings. Of course on some planets one has to wear a pressure suit but I prefer to visit planets with an Earth type atmosphere whenever possible. Spacesuits are so cumbersome. Oh, I have been known to wear a dress on the odd occasion – but it has to be a very special occasion!
Kerry: Like Cat, I prefer purely practical clothing most of the time. I do like black though, I’ve never been one for wearing bright colours!
- What hobbies/interests do you have?
Cat: I don’t have hobbies as such, but I am interested in many things, including the fascinating flora and fauna we come across on different planets. I also have a pet – a really interesting animal that can merge into the background until he is almost invisible. I call him a chameleopard and his name is Shifter.
Kerry: I don’t really have time for hobbies either, although I do enjoy the occasional game of wit and skill with our ship’s computer, Metissa.
- What are your favourite foods/drinks?
Kerry: Fresh fruit grown under a natural sun – and Romulan Seven wine.
Cat: Terran chocolate, although these days I have to make do with the replicated kind, which actually tastes pretty good – and Nifl mead – the best in the galaxy!
- How would you describe your sense of humour?
Kerry: As I mentioned earlier, I think I have what’s known as a dry sense of humour. Sometimes people see it as sarcasm but that is not how I intend it.
Cat. Well, I don’t make jokes all the time if that’s what you mean, but I can see the funny side of things and I do appreciate Kerry’s dry humour! I like to think I can give as good as I get!
- How would you describe your temper?
Cat: Temper? I don’t think I have a temper – but I do get annoyed if someone takes me for granted or tries to double-cross me – and I would certainly lose it if anyone tried to harm Shifter – or Kerry for that matter.
Kerry: I think I have a fairly long fuse, but if I reach the end of it you had better watch out! I would not hesitate to fight to defend Cat or anyone else that I love, and that includes the Destiny.
18. Do you think your author has portrayed you accurately?
Cat: Absolutely! She’s shown my weaknesses and also, I’m glad to say, those moments when I’ve had to be strong, although some of the things she put me (and Kerry) through I would really have preferred not to have gone through!
Kerry: There have been times when I have argued with her, but yes, on the whole I think she has been fair in her portrayal of me, even though she has not always shown me at my best.
19. Do you think readers will like or dislike you?
Cat: I rather hope they will like me. I led a fairly solitary life until I met Kerry, and apart from one rather unfortunate relationship, I had never been close to anyone, other than my mother and sister when I was young, so had become used to being alone. However, deep-down, everyone wants to be liked – don’t they?
Kerry: Generally it does not bother me whether anyone likes me or not – unless of course it is someone I care about, like my friends and fellow crew members on board the Destiny. But readers are different, I truly hope they will grow to like me and accept that although I may appear cold and distant at times, I have my reasons, In fact, I hope they will also realise that I have the capacity to not only like certain people as friends, but to love deeply and with my whole heart.)
He gently raises Cat to her feet. Thank you so much for having us as your virtual guests today. We really enjoyed the interview with you.
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Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.
Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.
Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?
BELOVED ENEMY is BOOK 3 of THE DESTINY trilogy. It joins Starquest and Children of the Mist to continue this Trilogy, but each book can be read as a standalone. It was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNA Awards 2017.
He rose to his feet, his gaze not leaving her gunhand. Several inches taller than her, broad shouldered and slim, he presented a commanding figure. His expression froze as his gaze homed in on the insignia on her breast pocket, his eyes like chips of blue ice.
“You work for the Union.”
“I work for myself.”
“Then why are you wearing the insignia of the Global Union of Earth and Allied Planets?”
“I have a license to requisition any enemy ship trespassing in the sectors of space over which they hold dominion.”
“A licensed pirate in the pay of the Global Union.” Kerry’s eyes showed outright contempt. She almost preferred the icy coolness.
“I prefer to think of myself as a freelancer—doing a service.”
His expression did not change, although he did change tack. “You could have left me to die—or just shot me. Why didn’t you?”
“Call it a personality flaw. I don’t like abandoning someone who’s wounded even to save my own skin. And I don’t kill in cold blood. If I have to shoot someone, I’d rather they were facing me with their eyes open.” Even if I did swear to leave their dead body for the Union to use in their hideous experiments. Keep it casual. Don’t let him guess what’s really in your mind.
To her amazement, he smiled the most devastating smile she’d ever seen, made even more remarkable because he didn’t look as if he did it very often.
“My own philosophy as it happens. It seems almost a pity we are on opposite sides.”
“I have no love for the Union. That puts us on opposite sides, even if you are just a pirate, doing their dirty work for them.”
She gave him her best withering look. “Fine. And just because I decided to save your hide, don’t get any ideas. We don’t have to like each other.”
AMAZON UK (Author Page) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hywela-Lyn/e/B002BMBXH4/
Hywela Lyn spent most of her life in Wales and the beautiful countryside and legends inspired her to write. Although she now lives with her husband Dave, in a small village in England, she is very proud of her Welsh heritage and background. Her pen name is a combination of her first two names. ‘Hywela’ is Welsh and her first name but it was never used and she has always been called by her second Christian name, Lyn.
She is a passionate animal lover and is animal ‘mum’ to two horses, a rescued, slightly manic but loveable terrier and a ‘feral’ stable cat.
She enjoys weaving romantic tales of the future, and distant, mysterious worlds, stories she hopes will truly take you ‘out of this world’ and beyond.