Quick Note from Alexa: I’m currently a few chapters behind so I will come back to update this post in a few days with my answers to the questions. Please enjoy Stephanie’s answers though.
1. We are now settled into life at Lallybroch. What are your impressions of this place, and Ian and Jenny Murray? How do the stories of Jamie’s life here growing up shape your feelings toward him?
Stephanie: I love Lallybroch. I wish the English would just leave Jamie in peace! Jenny and I are so much alike. We’re protective of our siblings until we get to know the significant other in their lives. If I were Jenny I would have been just as skeptical. The stories add humanity to Jamie in a way other things don’t. We get to see him as a baby, a young child and a young man from other perspectives. I loved it.
2. What do you think of the story of what really happened between Jenny and Jack Randall? Could you have been as bold as Jenny? Does this change your understanding of Randall??
Stephanie: No I could not have done what Jenny had. She took a big risk and I am not a risk taker and I also don’t do confrontation well. Then again, I have never, thankfully, been in a survival mode situation so it’s hard to say what I would do.
3. For the second time, we see Claire warning a Fraser about future events. Do you think this is wise? Or does this mess with history/the space-time continuum/the natural order of things?
Stephanie: I think it is the best thing for Claire to do for Claire. I could not live with the guilt of knowing for certain that event A was going to happen and done nothing to warn the people that I have come to care for. I just couldn’t do it.
4. Do you consider Claire brave or foolish for going after Jamie? Would you be courageous enough to go into enemy territory to try and save the man you love?
Stephanie: I would have to do whatever was in my grasp to ensure my husband’s survival. I know to the depths of my soul that I would not be the same person without him. Life without him is not something that I can even begin to think about. Going into enemy territory would be worth the risk. Now Jamie and Claire did not have children and my husband and I don’t either. I think I’d probably have a very different answer if we had children. Not that he would be any less worth the risk but to leave children parentless seems unwise too.
5. Jamie makes a gut-wrenching decision in Chapter 35. Do you blame Claire for putting him in that position? What kinds of repercussions do you expect?
Stephanie: No, I don’t blame Claire. All of the things that did happen or were about to happen were going to happen anyway. Randall is a disgusting bastard. I don’t think that Claire will be able to look at Frank the same. It would be very hard to see his face and not think of Black Jack. As for the repercussions, I don’t know. I hope that nothing too seriously awful happens to Jamie.