Monday, October 8, 2012
Today we’re talking with Henry, Kyra Gregory’s young protagonist from Secrets Clad in Light. With little education, he spent most of his life working for the upper-class where Seth, the black sheep of the family, was in his care. Headstrong about his desires, he always prepared himself for the consequences of his actions, even those of loving another man. Although not very trusting by nature, he is known to be very caring and protective of those around him. And now, a chat with Henry:
Hello, Henry. Tell us about your favorite scene in the book.
I felt so many things in the moment I realized Seth was still breathing. The way those breaths felt, the way they sounded... It was all so terrifying. A part of me felt a sense of relief though, a part of me was happy that for at least one moment longer he was still here with me.
What’s the best trait Kyra has given you?
Perhaps my best would be my caring personality. Although it is a trait that gets me into plenty of trouble, I don't regret it.
What’s the worst trait?
Certainly my indecisiveness. Had it not been for other's influences I don't think I could have ever made certain decisions. When things progress, when I feel satisfied, a feeling of dread washes over me and I think back, wondering if had I not been assisted would I have made the same choices that I did. Of course, while the path one didn't choose always appears more dazzling than the one they did, perhaps I take worrying about that to an extreme.
Do you have any secret aspirations that your author doesn't know about?
I don't want to appear...ungrateful. I'm aware that things have improved considerably, but I do have my sights set on a better place to live. I'm prepared for the difficulties that come with trying to get that.
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
A day with no responsibilities eh? Perhaps I would spend the entire day worrying about having no responsibilities... I think that by the time I stop worrying, at the very least, half my free day would have disappeared... Being burdened, showing others you're burdened...it's troublesome, don't you think? I try not to appear burdened by responsibility for a little time each day; I don't want others to worry. I like to spend that time cherishing the one closest to me; I'd like to make more happy memories.
What's the worst thing that's happened in your life?
It had to be the moment I lost Seth. For however long it was, it was a terrifying experience.
What did you learn from it?
I think so much happened in that moment, and everything thereafter that I'm not too sure what I learnt. I suppose you could say that I learnt how quickly things can change. Maybe that was also the moment I realised that my indecisiveness is more of a problem than I ever thought. I'm not sure if that is a good thing. After all, learning about something you can't really control only makes you feel more helpless.
Tell us about your best friend.
Seth is my best friend. I don't think I could ever imagine anyone else in that role. A best friend knows who you are, more than who you are on the surface; they know the 'you' that is deeper than what anyone else can see. Even while knowing that, they accept you and your differences. I don't think he and I could be any more different, and yet I never feel more accepted than when I'm with him.
What do you like best about Seth? What about the least?
It's two sides of the same coin I believe. His resilience to things is admirable; I think faced with many difficult situations he still tries his utmost to persevere. Of course, as someone who tries so hard to care for him, that type of resilience is easily seen as stubbornness through my eyes.
How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
Things could certainly be better, but I'm not foolish enough not to be aware that things could also be far worse. I'm accepting the moment as it is; I won't ask for more than what I already have.
You sound like a very intriguing character. If you want to know more about Henry, you should read Secrets Clad In Light, available in Kindle at Amazon.
For more about Henry’s author, Kyra Gregory, you can find her at:
London, 1888. Henry decides to abandon all social conventions and rescue his lover, Seth, from an abusive household. He has replayed the moment in his head and has always known it wouldn't be easy. He has never thought that it would be Seth who would cut his time too short. With Seth barely breathing, Henry must make the hardest decision of his life: try to save Seth, possibly condemning him to a life of suffering, or let him pass on in peace. But the arrival of a young stranger forces Henry's hand, doing little to ease his qualms of uncertainty as everything he thought he knew changes.
Caught between self-doubt and his own selfish desires, Henry learns to fight it all, using this stranger as a light to shine on what he hopes is the right path... All the while aware that there is still so much he doesn't yet know...
Kyra Gregory is a young author from the tiny island of Malta. In those rare moments when she isn't writing or even thinking about writing she's furthering her education. Writing novels from a very young age, she began self-publishing in June 2011.