Hello! I’m super excited to bring you Fiction Cove’s first character interview, with Ben and Lyle from the Landlocked Heart series, by Kay Berrisford. Thanks to Kay for these amazing answers! This does contain some minor spoilers for the Landlocked Heart series, so I would recommend reading them, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
Without further ado, let’s turn it over to Ben and Lyle!
What is your favorite food, and why?
Ben: Oooh, a nice easy starter. Pizza, but I’m trying to cut back on the calories a bit. So, uh, Weetabix and cheese and cucumber sandwiches. And maybe pizza. And chocolate ice-cream. And pizza. Did I mention pizza?
Lyle: I’m a magical shapeshifting merman and I don’t need to eat, thus I can basically eat anything. So that’s limitless ice-cream with waffles and toffee sauce. Oh, and sparkly wine. And I don’t mind a pizza or six.
Ben: I really wish I could hate you, sometimes…
Lyle: *tries not to look smug and deliberately fails*
Do you have any treasured possessions or heirlooms? If so, what are they and why are they important to you?
Lyle: It’s got to be my fabulous engagement ring, because when my lovely Ben gave it to me… Well, I don’t want to give away too much of our story, but a lot of magical and shiny stuff happened, and most of it was good.
Ben: I used to be into collecting stuff—shiny cars and all that clutter. But I guess I had a revelatory moment once I found love with Lyle and faced losing him. I realized what really matters in life and it isn’t stuff.
What do you think is your best quality, and why?
Ben: I’m pretty level headed and sensible, although I’ve had my moments of madness over the last year.
Lyle: We’ve both got too many to list, obviously! Er, only joking. Um… let me think. I’d like to think I’m quite brave. It’s good to have me on your side in a fight, that’s for sure.
What do you think is your worst quality, and why?
Ben: I might be a bit too fussy and sensible sometimes. Lyle’s sister, Cully, thinks I’m boring…
Lyle: …but then you became a sword wielding, dragon-riding hero, with a slight detour into being a super-villain.
Ben: Oh yes, so I did. Do you think accidentally becoming mega evil might do for this one?
Lyle: I should think so, although Cully claimed it made you slightly more interesting. However, don’t worry, I kicked her scaly dragon-y arse for it.
Ben: Lyle, stop talking about Cully. You haven’t answered the question for yourself.
Lyle: *groans* I probably have a few bad qualities. I can be a little vain, and I possibly possess a fiery temper, which might accidentally result in the destruction of the odd ceiling or sea cliff from time to time—
Ben: Shut up, love. You’re perfect.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Lyle: *eyeballs interviewer* This is getting a bit intense… Okay, one thing. I wouldn’t mind being able to control my magic a little better. I’m prone to the odd shape-shifting mishap, from time-to-time, and then comes those those, er, fiery moments with my temper.
Ben: I sometimes wish I was a little more spontaneous and a little less of a worrier.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Lyle: I create multi-media art inspired by the seashore. Oh, and I enjoy a bit of al fresco sex. Does that count?
Ben: *blushes* We do make sure the neighbors can’t see, honest! At the moment, my other hobby is DIY in our little house and garden. Specifically, trying to repair the leak in Lyle’s new hot-tub.
What is your greatest fear?
Lyle: Being cursed again and shut away in a creepy gothic tower for another hundred years, all alone and without my lovely Ben.
Ben: I don’t even want to say it, but I think it’s kind of obvious…
Do you have any secrets?
Lyle: *looks guilty* I, uh, might have kept quite a few things from Ben when we first met. Like neglecting to tell him, I might have accidentally murdered my brother.
Ben: But that’s all in the past, unless you’ve anything else to confess, love?
Lyle: *shakes head vociferously*
What do you find most attractive about your partner?
Lyle: Everything! But if I really had to pick, Ben has the most beautiful eyes. I could lose myself in them forever.
Ben: Lyle has amazing tentacle-like fins, which he can, uh, do some marvelously sexy things with, so they require a nod. But I think he might kill me if I didn’t say he had a fantastic arse.
If today were your last day to live, what would you do and who would you want to spend it with?
*both point to each other*
Lyle: Easy! We’ll be spending it together. As for what we’d do… Wouldn’t you like to know! But if you read a little more of our story, you might get a good idea.
Thanks to Ben and Lyle for joining me! Don’t forget to check out the Landlocked Heart series. If you enjoy modern day shape-shifting mermen, sweet romance, a bit of action, and angst, you’ll love it!
Check it out on the Less Than Three website or Amazon!