Interview with characters

In my day job I am a journalist, and my column name is Freeman of the Press.  I interviewed the two main characters of Impending Love and War, Cory Beecher and Tyler Montgomery.

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The cover of Impending Love and War

The cover of Impending Love and War

Press:  This is Courtney Beecher, known to her family as Cory.  She is the heroine in “Impending Love and War.” How old are you, Cory, and where are you from?

Cory:  I’m twenty, and I live in Darrow Falls, Ohio.

Press:  What is Darrow Falls like?

Cory:  We have a downtown with shops surrounding a town square but most people live on farms.  I’m staying with a widow, Adelaide Thomas, for the summer before I return to teaching.

Press:  “The Beecher name goes back to early settlers in America.  Tell us a little bit about the first Beecher in America.

Cory:  John Beecher arrived in 1637 and traveled with a group of men to settle what is now New Haven, Connecticut.  He died during the winter; the first white man to die in Connecticut.

Press:  Another descendent of John Beecher is Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Do you know her?

Cory:  We’ve never met, but I’ve read her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  It’s popular with abolitionists.

Press:  Are you an abolitionist?

Cory:  With a name like Beecher, I have no choice.  I never had to defend my beliefs until now.

Press:  Why is that?”

Cory:  Miss Adelaide’s home, Glen Knolls, is a station on the Underground Railroad which helps slaves reach freedom in Canada.”

Press:  What about Tyler Montgomery.  I hear he’s a slave owner.

Cory:  Yes, he came to Glen Knolls looking for a runaway named Noah.

Press:  What happened?

Cory:  I shot him.

Press:  Did you kill him?

Cory:  Oh, no.  It was only a flesh wound, but I was obligated to care for him.

Press:  Was that difficult?

Cory:  My father is a doctor, and I’ve helped him with patients, but Tyler almost discovered Noah hiding in the barn.

Press:  What did you do?

Cory:  I kissed him.  Only to distract him.

Press:  Did it work?
Cory:  He didn’t find the slave.


Press:  You are Tyler Montgomery from Virginia.

Tyler:  Yes, I’m a lawyer.  I graduated from Harvard law school.

Press:  What firm do you work for?

Tyler:  Currently I’m unemployed.

Press:  Is that why you were at the Glen Knolls farm?

Tyler:  I was looking for a friend.

Press:  That’s not what Cory Beecher said.  You were looking for a runaway slave.

Tyler:  Miss Beecher is mistaken.

Press:   She said she had to shoot you.

Tyler:   Did she claim it was accidental?

Press:  You believe she shot you intentionally.

Tyler:  She said she should have taken better aim.  Does that sound accidental?

Press:  No, it doesn’t.  She said she kissed you in the barn.  How did that make you feel?

Tyler:  Feel?  The kiss or the pitchfork she stuck in my midsection?  The woman is looking for a husband.  Douglas Raymond can have her.

Press:  Who is Douglas?

Tyler:  He’s a math instructor at Western Reserve College, a gentleman with good prospects.  She doesn’t object to Douglas kissing her.

Press:  That seems to make you angry.
Tyler:  I have nothing to offer.  If she wants to marry Douglas, who am I to stand in the way?




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