Monday, May 16, 2016

Interview with Prince Caratacus of 'The Wolf of Britannia'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Prince Caratacus from Jess Steven Hughes', The Wolf of Britannia, Part I.  It is a pleasure to have (her/him) with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Prince Caratacus.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I am 27 in Roman years, and a prince and future king of the Catuvellaunii and Trinovante tribes found in what you and the Romans call southern Britannia.

What would I love the most about you?

My devotion and loyalty to my family, especially, my wife, Rhian, and to the people of my tribes.

Where do you go when you are angry?

I go to the vast forest beyond our hillfort, Camuladunum, which you call Colchester to hunt.

What makes you laugh out loud?

When someone plays a good practical joke on me. I can laugh as well as the next man.

What is your most treasured possession?

Besides my wife, Rhian, it is the great steel sword made for me by my best friend and warrior-blacksmith, Clud.

What is your greatest fear?

That someday the hated Romans will invade our lands as they did Gaul across the British Channel, killing my people and destroying our way life. I refuse to let that happen and will fight the Romans to the death!

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Yes, he did.

Who is your best friend?

The warrior, black-smith and artisan, Clud. He is my advisor. I found his wisdom to be greater than any chieftain or druid on my father, the king's council.

Do you have children?

Unfortunately, three baby boys came into this world stillborn to my beautiful wife, Rhian. She can no longer have children, so I must take another wife. However, she will remain my chief wife and first love who I will always honor. She is also a captain of cavalry in the army and always will fight at my side.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

It is the traitorous libertine, Cartimandua, soon to be Queen of the Brigantes, a tribe in northern Britannia, whose capital you call York. She knows I have no interest in her. She only wants to possess me only to toss me by the wayside as she has done with so many other men. She is in the pay of the Romans and would see them invade our lands.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

To be king of my people and a just ruler.

About the Author

Jess Steven Hughes is a retired police detective sergeant with twenty-five years experience in criminal investigation and a former U.S. Marine. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a minor in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from the University of Southern California. He has traveled and studied extensively in the areas forming the background of this novel, which brings vivid authenticity to the unique settings for his historical novels, The Wolf of Britannia, Part I, The Wolf of Britannia, Part II, and The Sign of the Eagle. He currently lives with his wife, Liz, and their three horses in Eastern Washington. He is currently working on another historical novel from the First Century A.D.
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About the Book:

Title: The Wolf of Brittania, Part 1
Author: Jess Steven Hughs
Publisher: Sunbury Press
Pages: 321
Genre: Historical Fiction

First Century AD Britain is a fragmented land of warring Celtic tribes, ripe for invasion by the juggernaut of imperial Rome. Knowing this, a young warrior, soon-to-be-legendary, Prince Caratacus, must unite the southern tribes if they are to survive. This is an enemy more cunning and powerful then either he or Britain has ever faced.

Standing by him is his wife, Rhian, a warrior princess who takes no prisoners. She is the first woman he has truly loved. With her support and that of other allies, Caratacus must outsmart a traitorous brother who is determined to take the throne, aided by a conniving Roman diplomat and a tribal king in the pockets of the Romans.
Caratacus must save his country not only from the pending Roman onslaught but from his own peoples treachery.

Or else die trying.

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