Protagonist in the Hotseat of Truth – Tallis Steelyard

Reblogged from Tallis Steelyard:

Welcome to the Hotseat of Truth, a device in which a protagonist is trapped. The only way to escape is to answer five searching questions completely honestly or the Hotseat will consume them to ashes!

Today’s victim is Tallis Steelyard, the creation of Jim Webster. Tallis is the leading poet of his generation. Married to Shena, he lives on a barge tied to the Fellmonger’s Wharf. Shena is a mud-jobber, a dealer who buys finds from the shore-combers who scour the mud of the estuary and sells them on. Tallis is a jobbing poet, earning his living from his art.

Port Naain is the largest city on the west coast of ‘The Land of the Three Seas’. It is situated on the estuary of the River Paraeba. Described by some as a wretched hive of scum and villainy, like all cities, it meets you half way and reflects back to you your soul. So Port Naain has erudite literary salons, delightful tea rooms, bordellos, respectable young ladies supporting themselves honestly, thugs, mages, sages, chivalrous condottiere, slums, fine houses, bad beer and reasonable coffee. All human life is here.

Question 1:  What is the most important principle you adhere to in life?

When everything is said and done, I still have to be able to look myself in the face when I shave.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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12 Responses to Protagonist in the Hotseat of Truth – Tallis Steelyard

  1. jwebster2 says:

    You have to admit, how many other authors admit to their most regretted decision involved duplicitous women, racehorses, poppy syrup and blatantly immoral behaviour!

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