Today I am welcoming Author Michelle Lowe, Author of The Legacy. A Story of A thief, a lover, and a toymaker; drawn together by fate, unlikely champions against a powerful and remorseless enemy. When not fighting each other, they must defeat the powerful Lord Norwich, and end his plan to unleash global violence and crown himself emperor of the world.
But behind the scenes, the Trickster god is manipulating men like puppets, changing history to his own ends and for his own amusement. As an ancient plan is set into motion, the trio is faced with events they do not understand and may not survive.
She is going to introduce us to one of her characters through an interview with him. So without further ado:…….
After all my years reporting and writing articles at Iron Words Newsfeed, I wanted to interview some of Britain’s outcasts. Who I found was none other than Pierce Landcross, famous thief. So popular, in fact, even Queen Victoria wants him arrested and hanged! Pierce is the protagonist of the Legacy series, including the standalone story, Boom Time, and will be in the upcoming series, The Age of the Machine. And now, here is my interview with Pierce Landcross. Please enjoy!
Today I’m here with my guest at . . . at . . . well, to tell the truth, I’m not sure where we are. I was blindfolded at the meeting spot and brought here in these woods.
Aye. It’s the safest location I could think of for the likes of me. Given my reputation, that is.
I understand. Just allow me to replace the record on my phonautograph and we’ll get started. There. Done. Just speak into the cone and the vibrations of your voice will cause the stylus to etch a recording on the lampblack paper.
I’m familiar with how phonautographs work. My old mate, Indigo Peachtree, has an older one. His isn’t as fancy as this new 1843 model, but it works just the same.
Indigo Peachtree? He’s the famous toymaker, right? The one who creates automatons toys here in England?
One and the same, darling.
We’ll come back to him in a moment. First, tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
Erm. S’pose I ought to start with my name, eh? My name is Pierce Landcross. I’m twenty-seven and a bit mischievous. My life is pretty much a nonstop adventure, meaning I can’t seem to stay out of trouble. But I’ve met some interesting people on my journeys, as well as made a handful of dangerous enemies.
You’re also an outlaw. You’ve even been dubbed the most infamous thief in Great Britain.
Aye. I’ve heard that myself. I’ve also been a smuggler and a hustler during my younger days. Hence the secret location, eh? To answer your other question, I know I was born in England, but I’m not sure where exactly. You see, my folks were gypsies who wandered about constantly. I never had the chance to ask where my birthplace is. As youngsters, my older brother, Joaquin, and me got separated from the troupe when the gypsies were run out of Abney Park in London while Joaquin and me were exploring the cemetery. When we returned, there was a strange woman there with violet eyes who told officers that we stole from her. Which we didn’t, mind you, but regardless, we were hauled away to an orphanage and put to work in a cotton mill factory.
That’s awful. Where is your brother now?
Dunno, love. Him and I had a falling out some years back.
Oh? What happened?
He tried to kill me.
Not to sound rude, but could we move this along? I have a bad feeling all of a sudden.
Of course. You’re in the middle of your own story, Legacy (Vol.1), it appears, but some who have read it has called you the highlight of this book with your debonair wit and glittering cleverness. A fabulous character. Flawed yet a compassionate thief. And one critic even said, quote, “Landcross I always adored. And with each chapter, I loved him more and more. He was just charming as hell. My heart was all a flutter.” It looks like you’re the protagonist for a reason, wouldn’t you say?
*Nervously clears his throat and rubs the back of his neck.* I s’pose.
Going back to Indigo Peachtree, I heard he’s gone missing!
I wouldn’t say gone missing, more like he went into hiding. Right now there’s this cocker, Tarquin Norwich, who’s after the Toymaker for some reason.
How do you know this?
’Cause I’ve been roped into finding him. After a major failed heist, I tried fleeing the country. I made it all the way to Le Havre, France, aiming to board a ship and escape the royal guards that are on my tail as we speak. And just as I was about to find a bloody vessel, I was snared by Tarquin’s son, Archie, and his little sister, Clover. They tried bringing me back across the Channel and hand me over to Tarquin. The bloke wants me to tell him where Indigo’s journal is, you see. We never made it, though, ’cause I was rescued by my good mate, Chief Sea Wind, captain of his ship, the Ekta.
Captain Sea Wind? He and his crew are Apache sailors who call themselves Sea Warriors, right?
Aye. That’s them. And believe me when I say it wasn’t the first time they’ve saved my skin, but that’s a story for another day. While that halfwit, Archie was taking me back to England, Clover informed me about how her father is hunting for Indigo. *Snorts.* Clover is a clever little lass, dunno how she and Arch are related. After the Sea Warriors saved me, I made a bargain with Archie that if he helps me find Indigo before his dear ol’ dad does, I’ll get him the journal. And that’s where I am at the present, searching for the Toymaker.
That’s all really exciting. If you succeed, where do you think your story will lead to next?
My grandmother used to be a fortuneteller of sorts. She once told me each life has many paths that lead in different directions. No one can truly see into the future because the future is always changing. I dunno my whole story yet, but I can tell you it involves me traveling through the Netherlands and following clues to a family inheritance, dealing with the Hellfire Club in Scotland, sailing to Sonora, Mexico with the Sea Warriors where I’ll be hunting for fugitives, breaking Chief Sea Wind and his crew out of jail in New Orleans, and returning to England to face my most feared enemy.
That sounds incredible! What else can you tell us? What’s in Peachtree’s journal? Will anyone travel with you on your quest to find the family inheritance? What’s the reason for going to Scotland? Who are these fugitives you’ll be tracking? Why will the Sea Warriors get arrested, and who is this enemy you will face?
Over there! I see him!
Bugger me! It’s the bloody guards! Listen, love, it was nice chattin’ with you. *Kisses my hand.* Perhaps we can continue this another day? *Dashes off to his horse.*
Wait! How do I get out of the forest? Oh, well. I suppose I can find my way. That was the charismatic Pierce Landcross, ladies, and gentlemen. I must say he’s most certainly an interesting character. I truly hope to meet him again someday.
A Georgia born native, I’ve spent most my life near the Atlanta area before pulling up stakes and moving clear across the country with husband, Ben, and our two daughters. History piques my interests, especially European history. I’m a big nerd at heart. I read science-fiction and fantasy stories, and I love old B horror films. I also get a kick out of playing classic Atari video games and I do oil painting as a hobby.
I’m a daydreamer and animal lover. I have a very old kitty named October, and one very demanding guinea pig. I took up writing as a serious career choice twenty years ago, learning a lot and sharpening my skills along the way.
My works include several published novels such as The Warning,Cherished Thief, Atlantic Pyramid and Children’s books, Poe’s Haunted House Tour, and The Hex Hunt series. My latest published escapade is a steampunk/fantasy novel, titled Legacy, the first of a six book series.
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Thank You so much Michelle for sharing your character with us. Its been fun getting to know Pierce 😉