Drake and I have been working on scenes in Centaur Redemption (Book 4 of the Touched Series). Since I get him all to myself most days, I asked if he wanted to pop by for a chat today.
Tell everyone a little about yourself, Drake. My name’s Drake Nash, I’m twenty-four years old, I work for my father’s construction business, and I was born a pure-blood Centaur.
Wow, nice lead in. How do you feel about being a Centaur? Hmm, a tough one. I’ve always been a Centaur. How do you feel about being a human?
Touche. Tell everyone what you thought about Camille when you first saw her. A lot of thoughts were going through your head with your betrothed standing next to you. Right, well, you cut to the chase don’t you? Could we go back to the last question? No? Okay, well, formerly betrothed. Bianca and Gage are happily together now. I suppose I should try not to get gushy on everyone, but it’s safe to say that not only did I forget how to breathe; the earth forgot how to rotate when I first saw Camille.
Awe, that's sweet. What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say Camille’s name to you? When I first met her, my first thought was she was an apple; a very red, delicious, sweet, beautiful apple – the Forbidden Fruit. Now when I hear her name the only thing that comes to mind is: Mine.
Back in Blood Debt, how did you feel when Bianca and Camille were first becoming fast friends? Are you kidding me? I was betrothed to Bianca and I wanted Camille, male Centaurs don’t get to choose who they marry. I had already been chosen by Bianca. The fact that the two were becoming friends was about as welcomed as having a brand new bed of nails delivered to replace my mattress – strange and uncomfortable.
When Bianca and Camille told you of their little conspiracy plot, what were you thinking and how did you think it would play out? It was the equivalent of being thrilled to have vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day and then someone sits down with a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey and says, “Here, why don’t you try this.” I was thrilled with my vanilla ice cream, a little smug to tell you the truth. Then just the idea that I might get one small spoonful of Chunky Monkey was worth letting Gage have my whole bowl full of vanilla.
I know it was tough when Zandra took Camille. The book doesn't really say anything about what you were going through. Care to share? I was a wreck. Camille and I had done the unthinkable – we had planned an un-chaperoned meeting the night she was kidnapped. When she didn’t arrive at 10pm I worried she may have been delayed. By 11 pm I was furious with myself thinking our plan may have been discovered. At midnight I realized she wasn’t coming. The next morning I wracked my brain until I could come up with a good reason to call her brother Brent. That’s when I learned she had been kidnapped by her grandmother. For two solid months, thoughts of Camille consumed me. The day Gage called and said we were all going to Zandra’s to bust Camille out was the first time I could breathe in two months.
I know you would do anything to be with Camille, but did you ever think about something happening to her to keep her from you permanently? *Rolls eyes* You mean like finding out a marriage had been arranged by her grandmother, to my best friend, Gage?
Yeah, okay, bad question. Are you happy with how things turned out between yourself, Camille, Gage, and Bianca? Is there a word stronger than “Yes?” Maybe, “Hell Yes!” If there is, substitute it! Bianca should never have chosen me, she and Gage were meant for each other. I can’t imagine a life with anyone other than Camille and not to give away any of the story in Centaur Redemption, but she is mine now.
Do you regret anything? Many things. I regret accepting Bianca’s betrothal to begin with and putting my friendship with Gage in jeopardy. I regret that I didn’t spend more time with Camille on the yacht when I had the chance. I regret not following Camille home from lunch the day she was kidnapped.
In a perfect world, what would happen with you and Camille? The world will never be perfect, but it’s pretty close to it right now. We escaped from Zandra’s house, we escaped an onslaught of Centaurs, we fled the country with our family and we're going to make the Centaur Council understand the Lost Herd can't be hunted any longer.
Sounds like a tall order. Good luck with the Centaur Council! Thanks for stopping by, Drake! If any of you have any questions for Drake, feel free to post them in the comments and I'll make sure he gets a chance to respond.