‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaa! Introducing Sissy Lu’s first festive Character Interview, featuring Alex Foster from The Petticoat Letters by Kelly Lyman. Grab a cup of eggnog or some wassail, but beware the mistletoe!
Alex, give us some small deets below!
Full name: Deets? What are deets? Are you asking me for details? If so, the name given to me at birth is Alexander Mathias Foster
Age: I’m twenty-four years old
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Cookie: I believe they are simply called sugar cookies, though I’ve never made them.
Favorite Hot Beverage: When I’m able to, I enjoy coffee
1. Why don’t you introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Alex Foster and I’m from Setauket, New York. There isn’t much to tell right now as we are at war with the British. I spend my days as a Ranger with the Continental Army, scouting for General Washington. I’ve been known to cross over enemy lines and spy too. Aside from my military life, which I sort of fell into. I’m also trying to make sure my wife is safe. Though truth be told, I sometimes think keeping her safe is the more difficult task between the two. She has the courage of a hundred men, the mouth of a sailor and a knack for being where she shouldn’t be. She makes life interesting.
2. What is your favorite thing to eat around the holidays?
Turkey. Thankfully, I’m a good shot and can easily hunt them.
3. What is on the top of your Wishlist this year?
Freedom. Liberty. I’d like to see those filthy redcoats leave our shores and never return.
4. If you’re expected at a party are you usually on time or fashionably late?
I try my best to be punctual. My mother would box my ears if I’m late to an event. God rest her soul.
5. What is your fondest memory surrounding the holiday season?
Ah now, a gentleman never tells those sort of secrets. Let’s just say I was fifteen and mistletoe was involved.
6. Are you a fan of eggnog or no?
7. There is mistletoe hanging in the doorway… are you going to kiss the person beside you or not?
Only if it’s my wife.
8. It’s snowing outside, are you out there playing in it or refusing to step foot outside until the season turns?
Playing in it!
9. If you could ask for ANYTHING for Christmas, what would it be and why?
I wish this bloody war would end. I wish the men I know could go home to their families
10. What kind of shopper are you? Do you plan ahead of time or do you rush in a last-minute effort?
I admit I do not do much shopping, but when I do, I plan ahead. Or I plan ahead as much as I can. An ill-prepared man usually regrets not taking the time to do what he must.
11. Did you ever believe in Santa? If so, how old were you when you stopped believing?
Santa? I have never heard of this person. Or is Santa a thing?
12. Tell us one of your favorite stories that revolves around this season.
The twelfth day after Christmas is usually full of hunts and balls. They are most fun.
13. Who in your immediate circle is most likely to go caroling?
I do not understand. What exactly is caroling and why would I do it?
14. If you could cast your acquaintances [including yourself,] in Scrooge, who would play what roles?
What is a Scrooge? There are too many questions in this interview that I simply do not understand.
15. What is your New Year’s Resolution?
I can’t really say I make a new resolution each year. In fact, up until this very second, I did not know this was something people do. However, if I had to make a resolution, it would be to find a home for my wife. We are currently on the move with the army, and she insists on being with me. I’d like to find her a home. A place to call her own where she can sleep with a roof over her head and not the stars.
16. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I’m not much for indulging information about myself. You see, I need to tread carefully these days. However, I would say that even though my life isn’t necessarily calm and peaceful, I wouldn’t change it. I hope I’m making a difference for our country. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve just received word from General Washington and must attend to it at once. Good day.
Ho Ho Ho, did you know all of that about Alex? Bet you didn’t. Be sure to check out the author’s page as well as social media to ensure you are up to date on Alex and the rest of the crew!
Fantastic answers! Thanks so much, Kelly, where can readers find more about you and your books?
About the Author: Kelly Lyman writes adult historical romance and YA paranormal/fantasy. She has a degree in education from West Chester University and taught 5th grade before
deciding to stay home full time. She loves, loves, loves history and can usually be found daydreaming about people who lived centuries ago…that is, when she’s not taking care of her four kids. Traveling to Scotland, England, and Ireland are on her bucket list. Skydiving is not. She’s mildly obsessed with mint chocolate chip ice cream, peanut butter M&MS, drinking coffee (cream only), and thinks chips and salsa is a perfectly acceptable dinner option. Her favorite color is green and if she could, she would sit on the beach and read all day
At the outbreak of the Revolutionary war, Nora Bishop’s home is burned to the ground—along with her dreams, plans and all her family members except one. At 20-years-old and still unmarried, she moves to Manhattan to live with her Loyalist uncle, hoping to find her brother who has joined the Patriot cause against her late family’s wishes. But, battle breaks out and she finds herself at the mercy of one American ranger, Alex Foster, who is the only person in a position to bring her to safety.
Her growing feelings toward Alex and his passion for freedom help her reevaluate her stance on the case for independence and makes her question her loyalties further. When she is asked to spy for the rebels, she agrees. But can she partake in the act of treason and do what is asked of her when the sadistic Captain William Roth seems to watch her every move and threatens the life of her brother who has been captured? And how can she grow closer to Alex when the war threatens to tear them apart?