Interview with Velnya

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Hello! And welcome to the weekend Amaranthine interviews where YOU ask the questions!

In honor of the new book, I’m going to give everyone else some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

Jo: Today we have Velnya. I don’t think it will be much of a spoiler to explain that the poor girl is dead…was dead…is still a bit dead… Let’s just say that as an author I can resurrect dead characters for interviews. I’ve done it before, and so I did it again. (You can read Velnya’s resurrection if you like, though she was better behaved than Patrick was.)

Anyway, a big welcome for her.

13-velnyaVelnya: Good evening.

J: Good evening to you! As Jorick’s first wife, well, last wife, we have some interesting questions for you, so let’s hop right to it.

V: I have a few questions of my own. As you suggested, I skimmed the book you gave me, but I do not understand Jorick’s relationship with this Katelina person.

J: Ah, yes, well, you missed some things, since you didn’t skim the second book, but let’s just say they’re together and move on, shall we? Amanda has asked: What would you say is your biggest strength and also what is your biggest weakness?

V: I-I don’t know. I suppose my greatest strength would be my patience. As the younger sister I spent much of my life waiting patiently to catch up to Jeda, who was always ahead. My greatest weakness has been my…timidity. Jeda was always stronger and more forceful and perhaps to make up for her roughness I was shyer. Or perhaps I had no choice to be anything else. A flower does not bloom best in the shadow of another, and though I love my sister dearly, I spent most of my life in her shadow. Speaking of Jeda, she wasn’t mentioned in the book you gave me. How are she and Traven?

J: Oh, um…good. They’re good. Amanda also asks: What do you fear the most?

V: The darkness. The best thing about the immortality Traven shared was that it gave me new eyes that banished the blackness.

J: A worthy fear. Christine asked: What made you fall in love with Jorick?

V: *soft giggle* Have you ever laid eyes upon him?

J: Yes. But surely there’s more to it than that? As Dawn asks: What did you love about Jorick?

V: His sense of justice, of morals, and of honor and duty. He clearly knows right from wrong, and he follows that, no matter the opinions of others. Or, he did. The book you gave me hints at some underhanded dealings, but perhaps they are a misunderstanding that you correct in the second?

J: Um…he does have his own strong sense of…Anyway, Alicia asks: What did you dislike most about Jorick?

V: He was often gone because of his job. When we were married, he promised that he would soon be done, but ten years later he was still a slave to whims of The Guild. Though his letters promised that he was on his final assignment, I didn’t live to see the promise proved true. I..I don’t wish to speak of it.

J: Right, right. Fair enough. Laura asks: What were Jorick’s best and worst traits?

V: As I mentioned, he had a strong sense of right and wrong and he did not hesitate to act on it. He was never afraid, never timid as I am, but with me he was always kind, even deferential. His worst trait, I believed, was his cold anger. When he was vexed he would grow silent, and even when I inquired about the trouble he would not speak of it and would only brush me off. But if the book you gave me is correct-

J: Never you mind about that right now. Amy asks: Did any of Jorick’s friends give you a hard time, like they do Katelina?

 

V: Good heavens, no! Mr. Cotterill and his wife were respectful and polite, as was Jorick’s partner Jamie. I did not have occasion to spend much time with them, but I cannot imagine them saying such things to me, nor do I believe Jorick would have allowed it.

 

J: It was a…more polite time then, and you were already a vampire, and… um… anyway, Alicia wants to know: Why did you allow yourself to be murdered?

Velnya: *eyes bulge and then she quickly regains her composure* I-I hardly allowed…as if they asked for tea and I gave it to them! But you must understand, though I was scared – I had been scared for some weeks as their threats grew louder –  I did not fear death! I could not have comprehended such an idea. I feared only hurt; the scorn in their eyes, the rocks through the windows, that they might beat me or…or do that which men often do to women, but to kill? And Jorick – Jorick did not anticipate that either. He insisted they could not even hurt me; that as an immortal I was too strong for them. They could not break my bones, or cause me injury, and I believed him. I believed in the goodness of the people who were my neighbors, even if I did not know many of them well, for how can good Christian men and women look another in the face and then hurt or kill them?

In the belief that good sense would prevail – that if I cooperated they would understand – I let them lead me from the house and out into the open where they felt safer. I thought then they would see the ridiculousness of their claims. When they continued to shout, to spit at my feet,  I tried to speak to them, to show them I was calm and refined; a lady – as if a lady could be a witch! – but doing so only exposed my elongated teeth. Instead of crying monster, they took it as proof of witchery, of consorting with demons. When they laid hands on me at last, I struggled as best I could. I even kicked and scratched as they tied me to the tree, but it was a group of rough men and women; all angry calloused hands and sharp implements. Together they were stronger than I, and when the fire…No. No, I can’t. I…I do not wish to speak of this!

J: That’s fine, that’s fine. You’ve done just fine. Laura asked: Do you think Malick is the one who caused your death?

V: Malick? That is Jorick’s master, yes? Why would I think that? It was the local inhabitants, those who lived near me in Nebraska. How could Jorick’s master…why would…?

J: Um…no reason. It was just  a question. Don’t concern yourself. Moving on, Dawn asks: Do you blame Jorick for not taking care of you?

V: I-I suppose he did the best he could…He…How could he have done differently? I suppose had he taken the threats seriously…had he pushed harder to be separated from his master sooner…Not that I don’t believe he tried…I am sure he did the best he could…but perhaps had he…had he pushed harder, had he made stronger demands, had he gone over his master’s head and appealed to the council, or to the higher council in Germany…then…then perhaps he would have been home where he belonged, where he had promised to be, so that when the villagers came…had a man been there I don’t believe they’d have caused such problems. I was a woman, alone, with only Natty for company, and what could she have done, even had she been there when they came? And now, now Jorick has…he has a new…he-he protected her! He…I…I am sorry.

J: No, no apologies needed. You’re doing fine. Dawn asks: Are you happy that Jorick has found love?

V: I-I suppose that I…that would be the best way, wouldn’t it? To smile, to nod, to say that I want the best for him, that I desire only his happiness. But I…I do not know.

J: Fair enough. Amy asks: What do you think of Katelina?

V: She…I-I have not made her acquaintance. I looked through the book you gave me, and I feel that she is…she is very forward, isn’t she? And, dare I say, a bit…demanding. In that book, she and Jorick have barely met one another and she already demands answers. How can one demand anything of a great man when they have barely met him? But it is a different time, and people are different. I have not grown with it, so I cannot judge her. Still, I must know. Does she know about me yet? What did Jorick say to her about it?

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Katelina does find out about Velnya in Legacy of Ghosts

J: Oh, you know. Um, anyway, Amy also asks: If you could, would you try to win Jorick away from Katelina?

V: I should hope that had things gone differently, and had I not been…had I not…if I was still…that Jorick and I would be married at this moment, and so such a thing would be unnecessary. Jorick would have remained faithful to me, and she would never have caught his attention.

J: Yes. Right. Of course. But saying that I could bring you back to life right now, so that he was with her…

V: No. Such a thing would seem…desperate.  A lady would not try to force a man’s attentions on herself. I would give him a chance to make the choice himself, but if he did not then I would find a new life. I would rejoin my sister, I suppose.

 

J: Heh-heh. Yeah. Um…Tricia asks: What is your biggest regret?

 

V: That I was too timid. That I am still too timid. Too proper. You heard my answer to the last question. Though in my heart I would wish to grab hold of him, to force him to choose me, I could not do it because it is not *right*, because it is too forward. But had I been more forward, had I been less timid, had I not stood in shadows and spoke reasonably, as a lady…

J: Um…right. Our last question comes from Steve: Velnya – how could you?

V: How could I what?

J: I don’t know. I hoped you had an idea. Maybe he means how could you marry Jorick? Or maybe it was how could you allow yourself to die? Or maybe how could you move to Nebraska? Or how could you not haunt Katelina, even though she’s running around wearing your necklace?

V: What necklace? My cross? Do you mean Momma’s cross? This Katelina is…why? Why has it not been returned to my sister? That is where it belongs! I want to speak with her! I-I insist. I-

J: It won’t do you any good to be “forward” with me. I’m the author and I don’t care what you want. We’re out of time, anyway, so off you go, back to…um…wherever deceased characters go.

Thanks to everyone for leaving questions and for stopping in today! Be sure to check out the post where you can leave a question for Etsuko!

Ask Etsuko a Question

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It’s time to torture – I mean interview – the Amaranthine characters!

This week it’s Etsuko’s turn. Leave your questions for her in a comment and next Sunday we’ll see what she has to say for herself!

(Post closes Saturday, May 28th, 2016)

The Resurrection

The room is small and dark. Cobwebs cluster in the corners, a sign of disuse that contrasts with the circle flickering scarlet candles. Thunder sounds outside and, though there are no windows, one can feel the slice of lightning that cuts through the night, to be followed by yet another rolling growl from the heavens.

A low doorway is hug with a curtain that stirs, only to be pushed aside by a short woman. A hooded cloak shields her face and lends an air of mystery and menace. She pauses to tuck an unruly strand of hair back into the hood, and takes a quick stock of the room. It is just as she remembers it.

She shuffles across the room to an alcove that holds a dusty book. As she has done before, she blows away the dust and flips through the pages, seeking the words that will bring back the dead. The atmosphere thickens and outside the storm intensifies. The wind screams as though the demons of hell have come back to the world.

As the sound dies, the woman begins to mutter, first softly and then gaining volume:

“Velnya. Velnya. I did a short story on her once. How did that go? She was quiet and polite, I remember that…Good grief. Why do I get myself into this?”

The woman waves her hand and murmurs fantastic sounding words. A shimmery form materializes, slowly becoming a young woman with dark hair and large violet eyes. She wear a dress styled after the 1860s, her hair in long curls and a cross tied around her neck by a slender ribbon.

Hand to her throat, she looks around quickly. “What? Where-where am I? Who are you?”

The woman snaps the books closed and returns it to the alcove. “I’m your author. I know we’ve only met once, but you might put more effort into this.”

“My author?” The young woman blinks and then – “I-I remember you. You – you killed me!”

“I didn’t actually kill you, exactly. Those villagers did, remember? I just wrote about it. Anyway, readers find you interesting enough that they want to ask you some questions, so I’ve resurrected you so they can. If you want to take a moment to gather yourself? Not too long, though. We’re already a day late.”

“I don’t understand. Why would they find me interesting?”

“Because you were Jorick’s last wife, before Katelina. Not that he and Katelina are married yet, but you know.”

The young woman’s eyes go even wider. “Katelina? Who is she? What do you mean they are not married yet? Will they be?”

“Hey, hey. No interviewing me. Look, since you haven’t been paying attention I’ll bring you up to speed real quick. You died. Jorick moped. Then he met Katelina. They’re an item, and the stars of the novel series-”

“An item? I don’t understand. You mean a couple? But why? If you wanted to pen a novel series why not use myself and Jorick?”

“Ah, your love story was too weak. Besides, I didn’t come up with you until book two, so I couldn’t have done a series about someone who wasn’t even in the first book, could I? Here, if you need the details read these.”

The author shoves a stack of books at the young woman, who staggers under the weight. “Are these all about Jorick and…and what did you call her?”

“Kate-lean-uh. Some people call her Cat-a-lean-uh. I don’t care how anyone wants to say it, so long as they’re reading. Ha ha!” The author turns serious. “I suppose you don’t need all of those. Just flip through the first one.” She takes seven of the books back. “You can probably skim a lot. It’s pretty straight forward.”

Velnya flips pages and suddenly gasps and snaps the book closed. “This-this scene! Did Jorick consent to your sharing his intimate moments?”

“He doesn’t get a choice. None of you do. You’re my characters. Gwahahahahaha! If I let you all do what you wanted, it would be a very boring series. Now, I have an errand to run, and the you’re on, so familiarize yourself with the basics.”

The author starts for the door, but stops when Velnya calls to her and asks, “I don’t see myself mentioned here.”

“I told you, you’re mentioned in the second book, and maybe it’s just as well you don’t read any of that. In fact…” she hurries back and snatches up the other books. “I’ll just take these with me. I’ll be back. And no visitors while I’m gone!”

With the warning, the author hurries out the door, leaving Velnya bent over a paperback novel, a frown on her delicate features.

Interview with Rami Ungar

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Today we have Rami Ungar, author of Video Rage, with us. Let’s pick his brain! (Not literally, that would be too messy, and no one would ever agree to it anyway. Besides, I left my brain pick at home.)

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“Are you my mummy?” (sorry – gas mask and British flag… *cough*cough* Never mind.) Meet Rami!

Jo: Welcome Rami! Please tell us a little something about your newest release.

 

Rami:  Video Rage is the sequel to my first novel, Reborn City, and the second book in the Reborn City series. The series follows  Zahara Bakur, a young Muslim teenager who moves to the futuristic city-state of Reborn City and finds herself forcefully initiated into the Hydras, a rising street gang in the city’s western projects. As time goes on, Zahara finds out that the leaders of the Hydras have mysterious powers. And when she finds out where the leaders got their powers, she gets caught in a conspiracy that jeopardizes not only her life but the lives of all whom she holds dear.

J: That sounds really good! (So good in fact that it’s the next book on my TBR list assuming my new kindle cable ever arrives!) What inspired you to write it?

R: The movie Freedom Writers. I’d just seen the movie, and it really resonated me, especially its theme that you could overcome your past and your environment and become something great. And then one day, I was walking home from the library, listening to some rap music, and thinking about how the music could’ve fit in the movie. And then I thought, “I should write a gangster story.” I spent the next hour over ice cream and rap music planning details, what sort of story it was going to be. Seven or eight years later, here we are, with Book 2 coming out!

J: I haven’t seen that, but maybe I should. Do you have a favorite character in Reborn City? Why are they your favorite?

RC coverR: I think Zahara is definitely my favorite character. She starts out as not much of a heroine: timid, shy, very adverse to violence. However as time goes on, she grows braver and much more confident, and I love that about her. I really enjoy heroines who grow into their roles. They are so fun to watch as they grow and evolve. I also love antagonist Jason Price, whom I modeled after Samuel L. Jackson. He’s diabolical, motivated by his desire to keep power and by his old prejudices. He’s a great villain, and I love myself a good villain.

J: I love a good villain too! Can you tell us what  you have planned next?

R: After Video Rage is out and I’ve done all the necessary marketing, I’m going to edit another novel that I haven’t touched since I graduated college last year, and then I’m going to write the final book in the Reborn City series for National Novel Writing Month. I’m thinking of calling it Full Circle. That’s a catchy title, don’t you think?

J: Yes! I like that title – but then you’re good at titles! Where can people find more of you and/or your work?

R: You can find me on my blog, Rami Ungar the Writer, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. If you want to check out my books, they’re available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords, and Kobo.

VR CS front coverJ: And it’s an awesome blog, might I add. One final question before you escape.. erm, I mean, have to go…Leave us with something interesting about you or your book.

R: I’m about to start a new job and move into my own apartment. That’ll make writing soooo much easier!

J: Yes it will – and congrats on the new place ans the new job! Thanks so much for stopping in today to chat with us.

You can find Rami Ungar’s books at:

Reborn City:
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Bren (Tales of the Executioners) Now Available

The newest in the Tales of the Executioners is a little different than usual – no origin story here:

BREN SMALLBren has a simple assignment – to deal with a coven who’s killed too many locals – but when he takes a victim’s phone as a trophy, he finds himself fascinated by the story of her death.

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Interview with Torina

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Hello! And welcome to the weekend Amaranthine interviews where YOU ask the questions!

In honor of the new book, I’m going to give everyone else some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

11-torinaJo: Today we have Torina with us! Hello, hello!

Torina: Yeah, yeah. Let’s get on with this.

J: You guys might pretend to be more enthusiastic, you know.

T: Why? Unenthusiastic characters get tortured in your bitstrips. Imagine what happens to the enthusiastic ones.

J: Good things. Not that you’d know. Anyway, let’s get on with this. Since you annoyed me, I’ll throw you right in it. From Laura: are you so in love with Jorick you can’t stand to be without him near?

T: What? Are you joking? *laughs* Until he showed up at our den with Katelina I hadn’t see him for…I don’t remember how long. Needless to say, I’m perfectly happy being parted from him.

J: While we’re discussing Jorick, Dawn asks: Do/did you love Jorick or was he just some fun?

T: I just said…*rolls eyes* No. I am not in love with Jorick. There was a time when I may have been infatuated, but that was before I became this, when I was human and he was something beautiful and just out of reach. He’s too grim and serious for a permanent relationship, and anything between us was just fun – on both sides.

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J: Wow. You’re being cooperative. As a reward, here’s a question you may enjoy. Alicia asked: What do think of Katelina?

T: Ha! That little bit of fluff? Hrmph. I suppose, to be fair, she’s better than his last one. Imagine letting yourself be burned alive. No, if that happened to Katelina she’d have killed the lynch party and been tapping her foot impatiently when Jorick returned. As for my opinion of her, I think she needs to put more effort out. Her hair, for instance. And she needs to play up her eyes and downplay her lips. And wear something feminine once in a while.

J: Gee, with everything that’s wrong with her, Dawn asked: Why do you think Jorick is with Katelina?

T: I’d like to know! Seriously, I’m not saying this because I want him, but because I don’t understand any more than my brother does. What is so appealing about her? At first I thought it was because she was another wilting flower, like the last one, but she’s not. She’s nothing like her – she’s not tiny, or graceful, or beautiful, or feminine. Even her coloring is wrong. She’s like an anti-Velnya. Maybe that’s why she’s appealing. It’s the best guess I’ve got.

J: Interesting theory. I hadn’t thought of that. While we’re discussing people, Amy asked: What do you think of Verchiel?

T: Him? Ha ha! He’s…he’s an amusing little imp. *taps chin* Though I believe his show is often just that. I think he’s hiding something under the surface.

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J: Everyone thinks that. On the topic of Verchiel, Amy also asked:  He seems to be looking for love, like you, and seems like he’d be a sweetheart. Would you give him a serious chance?

T: Verchiel? A chance at…what? At a romantic relationship? Goodness! I think he’s too childish for my taste. I prefer someone more masculine.

J: Lisa says: Why not Verchiel? You never know.

T: Are you serious? I already answered that. *rolls eyes* Besides, as I said, I think he’s hiding something, and I don’t think I want to know what it is. I’m not interested in the depths that might be there.

J: I’ll take it. Tricia asked: What do you really think of Etsuko? Does she get on your nerves?

T: Oh my lord, yes! “Oren-sama” this and “Oren-sama” that, like he’s some kind of God! I thought it would get better when he made her immortal, but it didn’t. If anything it’s worse because now they share a master/fledgling bond. She walks in his shadow and is barely better than a puppy. It’s disgusting. On top of that, her behavior has inflamed his ego and he’s starting to act like he thinks he’s God as well. Ugh!

J: While we’re on people you dislike, Dawn asks: What did you think of Jesslynn?

T: Ha ha! Jesslynn! She was a pretentious, bossy, nagging, over-bearing, smug, cold, gangly, frigid, ice queen with large hands and very little grace, except what immortality gave her, and I for one don’t miss her for a moment, except that I enjoyed making her furious. Good riddance!

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J: Wow. That was very… strong might be a good word. Christine says: What’s your deal? I want to say that you are a sleazy….witch, but I have the feeling that there is something else going on? What’s your dark secret that makes you act the way you do?

T: What? A sleazy… Who does this Christine-

J: Now, now, don’t start fights with the readers.

T: Did you hear what she said? And you expect me to just-

J: I’ll sensor you.

T: Then sensor this: **** ****** ***** *** ***** * *** ***** ** *** ***** *** ****** *** ******** ******* **** **** ******!

J: I did. Amy asks: What do you think about expanding your horizons and being on your own for a while?

T: Hrmph. I could. But then who would fetch things? And handle all of those annoying day-to-day things?

J: You could do it yourself, you know.

T: I’m a lady. My job is to look good, not to worry about whether the servants are behaving, or where we might sleep, or where to find food, or-

 

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J: Forget it. Amanda asks: Who would you pick as the best partner in crime for yourself?

T: It would have to be someone that would do what I asked without too much arguing…though I suppose someone who could recognize when I wanted them to cooperate and when I wanted them to point out the…flaws in my…plans. There was a time when I would have said my brother, but Etsuko has ruined him.

J: And the final question comes from Donna: Were you always a wild woman? Or did that come with being a vampire?

T: *laughs delightedly* Vampirism might have enhanced my already naturally intriguing personality, and I have picked up some more modern behaviors, but I like to believe I was always as…wild as I am now.

J: And with that we are out of questions and time! Thanks to Torina, and thank YOU for leaving questions! Don’t forget to check out the post where you can leave a question for Velnya.

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Ask Velnya a Question

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It’s time to torture – I mean interview – the Amaranthine characters!

This week it’s Velnya’s turn. Leave your questions for her in a comment and next Sunday we’ll see what she has to say for herself!

(Post closes Saturday, May 21st, 2016)

Interview with Kai

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Hello! And welcome to the weekend Amaranthine interviews where YOU ask the questions!

In honor of the new book, I’m going to give everyone else some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

Today we’re interviewing Kai. Ordinarily Sorino would be here too, since he considers Kai his property and all that, but I don’t think the questions lend themselves to his presence, so I’ve distracted him with a room of antiques.

23-kaiJo: So with Sorino gone, hello Kai! Since you’re not one for chatting, let’s get right to the questions!  I mentioned that I distracted Sorino with antiquities, and Bonnie asks: Are you interested in ancient stuff?

Kai: *shrug*

J: Oh, no. I’m sorry. Out of character or not you have to answer, or I’ll get Wolfe and his truth serum again. Though I admit, I don’t know what it might do to humans…

K: *shrug*

J: Is that all you’re going to do?

K: No. That is the answer to the question. Because Master and I are linked, some of his love comes across, but on my own I am indifferent to them.

J: Okay. Moving on, Dawn asks: Sorino does some underhanded things and you seem like a good person. Does it bother you when he makes you help him? *pokes Kai with a stick* Answer me.

K: *sighs* Sometimes. When it affects those who don’t deserve the consequences. Most of master’s trading partners are as “underhanded” as he is and so they deserve it.

J: There. Was that so hard? Anyway, while we’re on the subject of thing Sorino does, Dawn also asked: Why do you think he puts you on a leash and do you wish he would stop?

K: It does not bother me. Master uses the leash so we will not become separated. Even should a whisperer try to lure me, I would be unable to go. There was a stronger danger of that when I was smaller.

J: Sorino pretty much raised you, didn’t he?

K: Yes. I was two or three when my family was killed by rogues and Master saved me.

J: So it’s kind of a savior/kidnapper/Stockholm thing. With that in mind, Dawn also asked: Do you love Sorino?

K: Of course.

J: You don’t care to expound on that? No? All right then. Bonnie asked: Do you enjoy traveling with Sorino?

K: I do not always enjoy our destinations, but I know that they’re temporary so it’s all right.

 

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J: I think she meant more of “Do you enjoy traveling WITH Sorino” rather than “Do you enjoy TRAVELING with Sorino”, but okay. Amy has more specifically asked: Do you wish you were free of Sorino?

K: *looks confused* No.

J: Another short answer. Don’t make me get the pokey stick again. Alicia asked: Do you want to eventually be turned, and if so when?

K: Yes, I do. Master says I am not old enough yet. A vampire must be able to take care of themselves in all regards, in case something ill befalls their master. That includes both the vampire’s world, and the humans, and Master says I must be an adult for this to happen.

J: I’d ask how old he has in mind, but I doubt you know.

K: Master has said that twenty-five is an optimal time.

J: Yay for specifics, I guess. Lisa asked: Why do you want to be turned (or not)?

K: *shrugs* There has never been a question of wanting or not wanting it. Vampirism is the next stage of development.

J: I suppose being raised by a vampire, immortality would be the same to you as adulthood is to a normal person – and children all want to “grow up”, so it makes sense. Okay, Bonnie asked: Once you are turned do you want to stay with him or pay your blood debt and go?

K: To remain with Master.

J: Not surprising. Amy asks: What would you do if you were without Sorino?

K: Master’s instructions in the eventuality of separation are to find a safe place and wait. He will find me through the Link.

J: I think she means if he was dead, or if he left you. Like after you’re turned, for instance.

K: *blinks* Master could not be killed so easily. And he would not- Why would he…Have I displeased him in some way?

J: Never mind. I can see you’re getting upset. Christine asks: Kai are you happy with life?

K: Yes.

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J: That’s it? Just yes?

K: It is a yes or no question. *shrugs* The answer is yes.

J: Wow. You’re pedantic, aren’t you? Fine. Alicia asks: Can you tell me what exactly are you capable of?

K: Do you mean vampiric abilities? If so I have low level mind reading and some whisperer powers, though they are nothing when compared with Master’s. However I have a stronger connection to Master’s mind.

J: So you can read Sorino’s thoughts?

K: Only when Master allows me to.

J: Eh. Figures. Laura asks: do you have powers no one knows about?

K: I can’t hide anything from Master.

J: *eye roll* No, of course not. She meant other people.

K: *looks confused* Which other people?

J: Oh never mind! Amy asks: Can you read Jorick’s mind, and/or Verchiel’s? If you can, what juicy tidbits can you tell us?

K: No. I can only read weaker minds. Katelina’s is getting harder to read now that she is one of them. Her friend, Sarah, is easy –

J: Whoa, whoa! I know the book has been out a month, but no spoilers yet, okay?  Speaking of Katelina, Laura asks: Are you helping Katelina or setting her up for trouble?

K: *shrugs* If you mean by helping her learn mind reading then yes, I meant to help her. Her Master is not as good with instruction as mine and she does not understand as much of our world as she should.

kai and sorinoJ: No, that she doesn’t. And for a final question, Amanda asks: What do you love and hate most about yourself?

K: I dislike the scar on my forehead. Master also wishes it were not there. It’s from the attack when the rogues killed my human family. After Master pulled me through the flames we were confronted with three vampires. I was injured in the fight, and Master gave me his blood, but since I was small he could not give me enough to erase the damage without turning me. I don’t have a clear memory of this, but master does and I have seen it through him.

J: You must have some memory or Katelina couldn’t have accessed it.

K: True. But it is a deep memory that I am not consciously aware of, nor can I purposely access it. A mind reader could of course.

J: Of course. And for the rest of the question, what do you love?

K: *looks thoughtful* Other than that I am content with myself as I am, both physically and mentally. I think the low level whisperer abilities are the most useful aspects. I have only developed those I the last two years.  I’m looking forward to being immortal and having them fully realized.

J: And with that we’re out of time! Thanks so much to Kai for.. .well, for answering the questions as best he can, I suppose. And thank you for leaving them. Be sure to stop by the post where you can ask Torina a question for next week!

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