And without further ado, welcome Grace.
Thanks Grace for stopping by the blog today.
Thanks for inviting me! It’s certainly something I’ve never done before.
What was it like growing up as General Ellengreen’s daughter?
It was interesting. Everyone knew who I was because of my father. Well, they still do. Some people are intimidated because of him. As I got older, he approved of hardly any of the boys who were interested in me. It was the “my daughter is too good for just anyone” sentiment. At first, I kind of adopted that attitude, then I realized how arrogant it was.
What did you and Jocelyn do in your childhood?
We played dolls, we pretended we were fairies, we terrorized our brothers. Sometimes we’d make up songs on the piano or read or make up our own stories. We liked to catch butterflies by the river until we realized we were killing them. Once we tried to sneak to the market with one of the servants looking like commoners. Our mothers caught us and scolded us, but it was so funny. I don’t know, when we were young we kept wondering what it was like on the other side of the fence. We don’t so much anymore.
What were your interactions with your brother like as a child?
Kyler was mostly annoyed with me when we were young, but he was always protective. He didn’t want me hanging around with him and his friends, but he wouldn’t let anyone else tease me or make trouble for me. As we got older, like in our teens, he tolerated me more, and we even became friends. When I was six, the thought of being friends with my ten-year-old brother was unthinkable!
What is your favorite way to spend a day?
A big breakfast would start me off. A dress that’s pretty, but not too cumbersome. I’d start the morning in the study, reading or writing. Then I’d take a walk and enjoy the outside. A late, light lunch outside in the garden. I’d spend the afternoon with friends—Jocelyn, Sarah, maybe Kyler and a few of the knights—doing something fun. Then a romantic dinner with Dar, and I’d stay with him until the stars came out.
You seem to know a lot about first aid. Why did you feel this was important or why did you develop this skill?
Kyler and my father have had dueling lessons since Kyler was seven. When he was ten, my father stopped using protected swords. I’d watch these lessons and help the maidservant fix Kyler up and sometimes my father. Something about it was interesting to me, and I asked her to teach me more. It comes in handy at the most peculiar times.
If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be?
Jocelyn has these beautiful green eyes, and I think it would be neat to have green eyes. Maybe blue. Either that or I’d like to be a little bit taller.
If you could change one thing about your life, what would you change?
At this point, I’m with someone my father doesn’t approve of. I’d change my father’s opinion of Dar so we could be together openly.
Do you feel it’s more important to be honest or loyal?
Loyal. Sometimes you have to stretch the truth to protect a friend. Or yourself. But at the same time, when people aren’t honest with me, it upsets me. I suppose I have a double standard, then, where I choose loyalty but I expect everyone else to balance both somehow. That says something about me, doesn’t it?
Would you say that things that are forbidden are appealing to you?
Oh, dear, yes. And it usually gets me into trouble.
Why do you love Victory Day so much?
I love how Renaul changes. Renaul is a great city, of course, and I adore my friends and family, but Victory Day provides a much-needed change. People from all over. Booths and merchants with all kinds of things. It’s so exciting. I love how nobles mix with the commoners in the square, and nobody gives a fuss about it except for the old nobles that no one listens to.
Anything else you want to tell us?