Today I’m pleased to welcome Ashley Christman writing as Charlotte Davila to Off the Page. Elizabeth Bennington, the main character from The Lady and the Highwayman kindly agreed to an interview but before we get to the Lady Elizabeth, here’s a bit more about Ashley.
As a child, Ashley M. Christman spent many hours in imaginary worlds, exploring the depths of mythology and immersing herself in a breadth of classics. After spending so much time reading, she decided to try her hand at writing.
An avid fan of film noir, she combines fantasy, noir style heroes and heroines, and the paranormal in a modern day setting in a way that hopefully would make even Bogie proud.
When not writing, she can be found in the wilds of Minnesota enjoying great cuisine, avoiding the gym, and being walked by the dog with her partner, Tom.
And now we get to know Lady Elizabeth Bennington a little better…
1. What single thing or goal do you want most in life?
Live a life of adventure, feeling the sea air blowing through my hair, and seeing exotic locations.
2. What do you fear most?
Living a stifled life just like my mother and grandmother.
3. Are you presently in love, or do you hope to find someone special?
I’m in love with Will Hartley, but alas, if he hopes to do well in life, he’ll have to marry another.
4. Sum up your life in the last few weeks in 150 words or less.
Boring. Reading, embroidery, parties, clothes, and listening to Mama’s gossip.
5. If you could change one thing of your past would you? If so, what would it be and why?
There isn’t really anything I’d changed. I’d change my future because that’s still possible.
6. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A bird, so I can fly from country to country and visit all types of exotic people.
Lady Elizabeth Bennington has the perfect life: she’s the daughter of an earl and betrothed to her childhood friend, William Hartley, the second son of a duke. But, when her sister’s indiscretion leads to an unplanned pregnancy, and the subsequent disgrace of Elizabeth’s entire family, her idyllic life is thrown into disarray.
First, her fiance is prohibited from marrying her. Then she receives word that William has been killed by thieves. To top it all off, she gets abducted by a highwayman. Can Elizabeth find love again, and with the most unlikely of people?