We’re thrilled to have here today Annabel Taylor from Jane Jordan’s new Dark Romance, The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Annabel is an eighteen-year-old Bee Charmer living on Exmoor in the South West of England.
It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so much for this interview, Annabel. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
A.T.: I feel that Jane Jordan completely understood my character and the Victorian Exmoor I grew up on, which led to the complex relationships that developed in my life. She understood the darkness in me and from where it came. When Jane Jordan started my story I was a child, she captured the essence of what it was to live, go to school and grow up in this time period, being surrounded by the wildness and landscape of old Exmoor.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
A.T.: Yes, she understood my personality, just how headstrong I could be, and fearless when faced with adversity. I have never given much thought to rules, but Jane Jordan delved deeper into my psyche to find that I have a strong moral sense of what is right and wrong.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
A.T.: Since I have never seen a television or a movie, I will have to defer to the author, Jane Jordan.
J.J.: The American Actress, Grace Holley, captures Annabel’s stunning green eyes and long red hair, also being very beautiful, she would be a perfect choice.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
A.T.: I have two, Jevan and Alex, but it’s complicated.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
A.T.: When I married Alex, I knew Jevan would be furious when he found out, and my life would be in danger.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
A.T.: Cerberus Saltonstall. Because he has been driven insane by the legacy, and along the way lost his moral compass. He is ambitious. He is willing to sacrifice anyone that gets in his way. He is powerful, but in a way he is lost, dabbling in dark magic. So blinkered by his belief, he does not fully understand the devastating consequence of his actions.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
A.T.: For me the ending is bittersweet, the character that is supremely evil is destroyed, but so is a character that, all along, was merely a pawn in someone else’s ambitious plan. I did not realize that at the time. Both these characters caused me great psychological suffering. However, I do end up with the right person and a future that promises to be happy.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
A.T.: Both myself and the people I loved most went through so much in The Beekeeper’s Daughter, now, I could not bear to lose the one person that I hold most dear in this world.
Thank you for this interview, Annabel Taylor. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
A.T.: As far as I know Jane Jordan does not intend to write another novel with my character, she is too busy finishing up a different story. Of course, nothing is set in stone.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Beekeeper’s Daughter
Author: Jane Jordan
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Beekeeper’s daughter Annabel Taylor grows up wild and carefree on the moors of England in the late 1860s. A child of nature and grace with an unusual ability to charm bees, Annabel follows in the footstep of her mother Lilith, a beautiful witch. With her closest friend and soulmate Jevan Wenham by her side, Annabel’s life is a life filled with wonder and curiosity. But Jevan, the son of a blacksmith, lives his life on the verge of destruction, and his devotion to Annabel probes the boundaries between brutality and deep desire, passion and pleasure. When Jevan leaves Exmoor to pursue an education in London, Annabel’s world shatters. Devastated without Jevan, Annabel is sure her life is ending. But everything changes when she crosses paths with Alexander Saltonstall. The heir to the Saltonstall legacy and son of Cerberus Saltonstall, the wealthy landowner of the foreboding Gothelstone Manor, Alex is arrogant and self-assured—and enamored of the outspoken Annabel. Even though the two are socially worlds apart, that doesn’t stop Alex from asking, or rather demanding, Annabel’s hand in marriage. But when Annabel refuses, she is forced into an impossible situation. To further complicate matters, Jevan is back—and so are those same desires, that same passion and intensity. But nothing is as it seems, and Annabel and Jevan are in grave danger. At risk of being ensnared into the dark legacy of the Saltonstall family, Annabel faces the ultimate test. Will her fledgling powers be enough to save those she loves most? Can she even save herself?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Jordan grew up in Essex, England and spent six years in the South West of England living on Exmoor. A trained horticulturist, Jane worked and volunteered for Britain’s National Trust at Exmoor’s 1000-year-old Dunster Castle. The atmosphere, beautiful scenery, and ancient history of the place inspired Jane’s first novel, Ravens Deep, the debut release in her gothic vampire trilogy, which also included Blood & Ashes and A Memoir of Carl. Jane Jordan lives in Southwest Florida.
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