QUESTIONS FOR MY CHARACTERS: ALEX Part 1

On my Facebook page, I asked my readers the following question:

If you could ask Alex Grant anything, what would it be?

Below are some of the wonderful questions you asked him, along with his answers. I couldn’t print all of them in this post, so I’ll save the rest for another day.

Thank you for all the great questions!

#1

Do you have any regrets in your life, or things you wish you had done? If so, what are they?

Alex: I do have one regret. I regret that I did not kill Maddie’s stepbrother, Kenneth, when I had him in front of my keep. My emotions got the best of me. I reacted to Niles Comming because of what he did to my Maddie, so Kenneth got away.

I also regret that I did not kill him with my bare hands when he had a dagger at my wee wife’s throat. Jumping out the window was a more merciful death than he deserved for what he’d done to Maddie. I’ll never banish that image of my wife with a dagger at her throat.

#2

What is your biggest fear for you children? What are your hopes for the future Grant Clan?

Nothing frightened me more than when our bairns were sick. The red throat, the rashes on their bellies, the heaving—all of it scared Maddie and me.

Watching members of your clan lose their young ones to illness is tragic and traumatizing. We’ve been blessed, and I’m grateful to have two sisters, Brenna and Jennie, and my brother’s wife, Caralyn, who are skilled in the art of healing.

My hope for Clan Grant is a future full of peace, health, and happiness. I wish that the land of the Scots would always be prosperous and free of outside domination. We are a strong people, capable of ruling our own land and having peaceful relations with others.

I would also like the Grants to beat the Ramsays at next year’s Ramsay festival.

#3

What piece of advice would you give to each of your children?

Hmmm. That’s an interesting question.

The advice I gave Jamie was not to be afraid of life. But you’ll read more about that in his story.

The advice I gave my lads was twofold, always respect women, and keep your emotions in check when you’re fighting or you could make a costly mistake.

To wee Maeve, someday I’ll tell her she’s as much a part of our family as our blood children. It does not matter who her true parents are.

And for Kyla and Eliza? You’ll have to wait for their stories.

#4

What did you first admire about Maddie?

Easy question…so easy I do not need to give it any thought. Her strength.

Aye, I admired her beauty, especially her blue eyes, but that was my initial response. When I saw her in that chamber with her stepbrother, I could not believe how strong she was, and I’ve seen it many times since that day.

She never yells out at physical pain, which, as you know, is why I knew something was wrong when she screamed during the lads’ birth. Even with a dagger at her throat, she thought of a way to get a message to me, one that I would comprehend immediately.

Aye, she’s been cautious and timid many times over the years, but always strong.