Get to know: Michael #characterinterview #suspense #MMRomance


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

  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Getting accepted at Cambridge to study medicine. I’m not a natural academic so I worked like crazy to get the grades I needed, but once in I seemed to do all right. Medicine has always come pretty easily to me and I love my job.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I need to be loved. It took me a while to realise this, but now I’ve come to accept that it’s a core part of my psychological make up. I need to be in a relationship, and now that I have Gideon I can’t imagine ever being happy with anyone else. He’s my soulmate, incredible though that still seems to me given that he’s such a self-serving dick most of the time. I suppose it’s true that love is blind. I’d add that it’s deaf too, and just occasionally plain stupid.

  1. What is your current state of mind?

Euphoric, but grounded too. I love my man, he loves me, but neither of us expects life to be just peachy all the time. He has his responsibilities. I have a demanding job. We spend a lot of time together but it takes work, compromise and determination.

  1. What is your favorite occupation?

Medicine, naturally, though I also found that being Gideon’s chauffeur offered some interesting perks.

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

See 2. Above.

  1. What is your most marked characteristic?

Tenacity, I think. Once I set my mind on something I stick at it and see it through. I’m a starter-finisher as the psychologists would say.

  1. Which talent would you most like to have?

I play the violin, though not especially well. I’d love to be able to really master a musical instrument, concert standard.

  1. Where would you like to live?

Anywhere, with Gideon. We tend to split our time between London and Cumbria, and we make it work

  1. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

A rainy Sunday in February. I like warm weather.

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

Deception and duplicity. This was what first attracted my attention with Gideon – I was convinced he was a cheat and a murderer and I couldn’t get that out of my head. It was an obsession, I see that now, but I just couldn’t let it lie. Like I said, I’m a starter-finisher so I wouldn’t rest until I got to the bottom of things

  1. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Robinson Crusoe. I’ve always admired his resilience and ingenuity, and his sheer bloody-minded determination to survive. He spent 27 years stranded on a desert island but he never gave up. Even though the book was written almost 300 years ago I still think this is a magical story

  1. Who are your heroes in real life?

You mean apart from the entire Team GB from Rio 2016? Seriously, I admire individuals who make a difference and who leave this world better than they found it. Given my profession, the ones that come most readily to mind are scientists – Newton, Einstein, and my personal favourite, E Donnell Thomas whose research paved the way for bone marrow transplants to cure leukemia. He won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1960.

  1. How would you like to die?

Quietly, at home in bed.

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