Get to know: Gideon

Our authors interviewed their characters. Get to know Gideon, knight from Ashe Barker’s Gideon.


  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Well I had thought my finest hour was the day I managed to shake off the trappings of being born into the British aristocracy and forge a career for myself in the City, but that came crashing to an untimely end when my order brother, the Duke of Maybury, died. I found myself a peer of the realm which has clipped my wings somewhat, but I’m managing to combine the roles, more or less.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A fine single malt and a gorgeous man to share it with. I am a man of simple tastes.

  1. What is your most treasured possession?

I grew up in a family which owned half the north of England so possessions are something I tend to take for granted. There is little that I actually ‘treasure’ since more or less everything I have could be replaced. I suppose, if pushed, I would settle on something less tangible, such as my health or my ability to carve out the perfect business deal.

  1. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Michael. Next question.

  1. What is your favorite journey?

I hate travelling by plane. It’s not that I’m scared of flying, nothing like that, I just find the whole experience monotonous and the security at airports irksome. I prefer the luxury of a train journey, first class, naturally. I particularly enjoy the journey from Maybury Hall to London because it allows me three hours to put my feet up and enjoy the scenery. In the past I used the solitude to plan my next hit, but no longer, of course. I’m a reformed character these days.

  1. Which living person do you most despise?

No spoilers so I’m not going to name names, though as you might imagine, it is the person who was responsible for my brother’s death. Regardless of how it appeared, Richard and I were close. I loved him and I admired him and I miss him still.

  1. What is your greatest regret?

That I never told my brother how much he meant to me, though I like to think he knew. He was sharp like that.

  1. What is the quality you most like in a man?

Apart from a fine arse? Okay, I like a man who will stand up to me. I’m a bully, I know that. I’m over-bearing, arrogant, and I’m far too used to getting my own way. I enjoy a confrontation, but be warned, I invariably win.

  1. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

I’m gay, always have been, but I love women. I like their company, their intelligence, their resilience and their single-mindedness. In general, I prefer to do business with women because they don’t play games and they keep their word. The feminine quality I most admire is flexibility – women are so much more adaptable than men in my experience.

  1. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Dithering. In my line of work – official and unofficial – it’s vital to be decisive, and once a decision is taken to carry it through as efficiently as possible. Just occasionally I find myself unsure, so I put off making a decision or worse still, I decide then change my mind. Fatal.

  1. What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty, and discretion. That was what drew me to Simon initially. We had nothing in common, apart from being gay, but since neither of us fancied the other that was irrelevant. But Simon was loyal and he always kept my secrets, and I loved him for that. He made decent coffee too.

  1. On what occasions do you lie?

On the occasions it suits me, which is pretty much all the time.  Apart from with Michael. He sees straight through me so it’s not worth the bother. Of course, these days my life is a lot less complicated than it used to be so I have little need for lying, but old habits die hard.

  1. How would you like to die?

Just the once would be nice.

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