Published on… 3 October 2014
Published as… Historical Fiction
A Chat with Sebastian
Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Sebastian: The name of the book is Grieving Liberty and, frankly, feels like just that when you are a part of it. You get the sense that nobody is safe.
Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Sebastian: I always thought of myself as very insignificant as a human being and my significance within this story is one that I really wish I didn’t have. I have responsibilities as an heir that I have never wanted. What should one know about me? Please do not judge my decisions as poor until you have understood my feelings.
Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Sebastian: I would say ‘you don’t want to be on her bad side’ but even if you weren’t that wouldn’t say much of your fate. I don’t think she tries to be cruel, but…
Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Sebastian: Everyone wants to be remarkable, don’t they? But if you’re remarkable for all the wrong sorts of reasons, isn’t that a little disheartening?
Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Sebastian: I’m necessary to the book. The book isn’t necessary to me.
Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Sebastian: Again, it is about remarkability. I don’t want to be remarkable enough to be written about any longer. I want to live the rest of my life out in peace.
Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Sebastian: Goodness, I hope not. No, I do not think she has any intention of approaching our lives again. She’s gone and found herself some other poor souls to play with for a little while, I believe in the Middle Ages somewhere.
Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Sebastian: Oliver Jackson-Cohen is the general opinion I’ve received.
About the Book
Sebastian and Serena have lived privileged lives, their every desire tended to, with their status as the children of the country’s ruler. However, the walls that contain them are not solely those of the palace, but of expectations and politics that come with their positions.
The country’s solidifying alliance with Rome upon the return of a childhood acquaintance brings about changes that they never wished to see, causing devastation and despair to touch their lives and loved ones far too closely for them to sit back and do nothing any longer. They become determined to take action, even if it means that their country may not survive. Even if it means that their history would fade into nothingness, at least they would have lived freely.
About the Author
Kyra Gregory is a young author from the island of Malta, a place made larger by her love for books. Through balancing a hectic schedule of duties, she is always trying to find her place in the world through the stories she tells. Beginning at a very young age, she wrote simply to save herself through the worlds in short stories, fanfiction and lyrics. Now, taking the plunge and creeping out of her shell, she chooses to share her stories in hopes they may save more than just herself.