I have loved Beth White’s stories since reading her novella, The Trouble with Tommy, in the anthology, Sweet Delights. You will have to wait a little longer for Tommy’s spotlight but for now I have Beth’s latest leading man, Gabriel Laniere from her recent release, Redeeming Gabriel. Enjoy!
Gabriel Laniere, hero of Redeeming Gabriel, is half Creek Indian, half French-Canadian. He’s dark-complected, dark-eyed, with black hair. As the foster son of a blacksmith, he’s tall and strongly built. Think Michael Greyeyes…
Strengths and weaknesses
Having trained as a physician, Gabriel is a brilliant scientist and linguist, which leads to a somewhat cocky attitude – especially since, at the beginning of the story he is pretty far away from God. He is a chameleon, able to charm or intimidate as the need arises (he is a spy for the Union navy). But….as God gets his attention and he falls in love with Camilla Beaumont, going his own way begins to seem less and less a good idea.
Your inspiration for the character.
I dreamed up Gabriel nearly ten years ago when I visited the Mobile Museum and learned a bit about the Hunley submarine, a Civil War vessel built on the Gulf Coast, then sent by rail to Charleston, South Carolina, where it sank a Union gunboat. I knew I wanted to write a spy story with some medical elements. As I studied Mobile history, I became fascinated with the fate of the Creek Indians who were forced to leave South Alabama just before the Civil War began. So Gabriel’s character took on a little of all those elements….and he became an intelligent, exotic and charismatic man worthy of my abolitionist heroine.
Spying for the Union army has taken a heavy toll on Gabriel Laniere. With deception a constant in his life, he can’t allow himself to get close to anyone- not even God. Yet Camilla Beaumont, daughter of the Confederacy, just might be the exception. Camilla has a dangerous secret that rivals Gabriel’s…and the unlikely partnership they forge could be the key Gabriel seeks to a soul-shaking truth larger than any conflict-love.
Thanks Beth – I really liked Gabriel! You do know how to create great leading men with substance and style!
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