Hi everyone, my name is Linda Nightingale.  My dark fantasy, Gemini Rising, is available from Double Dragon Publishing.

Today, I’m interviewing Alain Alastair, the hero in Gemini Rising.

Please, Alain, have a seat and we’ll begin.  (A tall, stunningly handsome man with pale, long blond hair glides into a chair by the fire).

What is your greatest temptation?

            In women:  Long legs

            In food:   Madeira on vanilla ice cream 

            In clothes:  Cashmere sweaters.  The sea wind chills the island, and the castle can be bleak in winter though we do have central heating.

What is your greatest weakness (example: buying shoes)?  Intelligent women.  I think a clever woman with a quick wit is sexy.

If you could have any kind of car, what would it be?  Aston Martin

Your dream home - mountains or ocean?  Alastair Keep is surrounded by the sea. I love the sound of the waves crashing on the rocky shore and the beauty of the endless blue.  I’ve never lived in the mountains. I’d like to spend some time in Colorado, but escape from The Keep is impossible.

Why impossible?  I’m heir to the title and the estates.  Every time I escape, something brings me back.  Often I feel that I belong to the Keep, not that the island belongs to me.

What inspires your inner child?  Riding my horse.  He is aptly named Spirit, and he is both spirited and part of my soul.  We’re working third level dressage now, but he loves to jump.  I’d swear he has wings.

What is your favorite book?  There’s a long list of them.  I liked the V.C. Andrews books.  Have you read Flowers in the Attic?  But I suppose my favorite is The Picture of Dorian Gray.  The thought that life is a mask and Wilde’s lush language are provocative.

What is your favorite movie?  Legends of the Fall.  It’s a very tragic story, but I’ve watched it several times.  For days after, I’m depressed.  (He laughs, the sound musical and as beautiful as he)

Who is your favorite historical figure?  Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to marry the woman he loved.

You have an identical twin.  Your birth shocked the foundations of the medical world.  You and Alina are the only monozygotic twins born different sexes.  How has that affected your lives?  We try to fly beneath the radar to avoid notoriety. As to affecting my life, I can’t imagine not being a twin.

I guess, as a twin, you are very close to your sister.  (A hesitation)  Yes, of course, we are one being split in two.  As children, we spoke in sync.  Although she is married to my best friend, we are still very close.

Do twins have a secret language?  (Alain nods)  The formal name for twin talk is idioglossia.  Alina and I can communicate without speaking.  I know what she is feeling.  If she’s in pain, I hurt.  Very inconvenient at times actually.

Amazing.  Thanks for being candid, Alain.  Below is the book video!


  1. Mary Marvella // August 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM  

    Linda, you do know how to set a stage for an intriguing book!

  2. Pamela Varnado // August 15, 2012 at 3:35 PM  

    Great post, linda. I love Flowers in the Attic also. V.C. Andrews is the reason I now write suspense. I couldn't put her books down.

  3. Judy // August 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM  

    Intriguing book, Linda! Everyone's always fascinated by twins...Good luck with it! You got a great way of developing characters!

  4. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 15, 2012 at 6:59 PM  

    What an interesting interview. Your character is so finely drawn I could just see him sitting there with you. Great job, now I've got to get a copy and read this story.

  5. Mona Risk // August 15, 2012 at 9:27 PM  

    What a great post. I forgot you were interviewing a fictitious character.

  6. Autumn Jordon // August 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM  

    LOL. I love when authors interview their characters. Sounds like a great read. You know I love your voice.

  7. Josie // August 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM  

    Amazing is right, Linda. Clever interview and I learned a new word for "twin talk". Who knew?