How do you do, Pat? My name is Mrs. Xavier Stayton. Do please pardon me, I am new to all this. My first book was only just recently published. I am quite thrilled to give an interview, and will do my best to answer your questions.
Welcome, Mrs. Stayton. Tell us, do you have a hero?
Oh, yes, Charles Lindbergh. As you know, just last year he flew from America nonstop to Paris. My husband, rest his soul, would have been so thrilled with this amazing accomplishment.
What is your favorite beverage, and why?
Tea, growing up in the United States, tea was always just a drink, however, now that I live in London it is rather symbolic of my new way of life. There is a ritual to the serving of tea, and the time it takes gives one a moment to reflect.
Please name five things in your handbag.
Well, of course there is my little silver snuff box; my cigarette case; my lipstick; a bit of pocket money, both pounds and dollars; oh and yes, my pearl handled pistol.
Do you have any hobbies?
Well, I have given up on several hobbies. I had lessons on the piano and painting, to name a few. People are always concerned about how a young widow spends her time, and suggest hobbies. I seem to have very little free time between writing, testifying in murder cases and travel.
Did you get along with your parents?
Well, of course. My father keeps to himself, he’s a busy man at The Men’s Hospital back in Saint Louis. My mother is hopeful that one day I will move back, she does not understand my love of England. But we get on all the same.
Have you ever failed at anything?
-sigh- I am not proud of my flying record. Airplanes give me the willies. I think Xavier would have been disappointed in me.
What is your favorite color?
Blue, it is the color of the sky, the color of water and the color of my dear Xavier’s beautiful eyes.
Have you ever had an adventure?
Several, there was the murder at Pierce Manor, the incident on-board the RMS Olivia and then the missing mummy in Egypt, just to start with!
How do you envision your future?
Hmm…well, that is a mystery that I have not yet solved.