Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.
Today we have Maureen Rogers from Mark Mackey’s Maureen: A Vampire Tale.
Katelina: Hello, Maureen, and welcome! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Maureen: Sure, Maureen Rogers, eighteen, believe it or not, I’m five foot nine, completely unmanageable jet black hair, a body to kill for.
Loren: *suddenly appears – as if summoned by something Maureen said* Well hello there.
K: Did you need something, Loren?
L: Well, it’s just you’re interviewing a vampire and all, and since Jorick’s busy I thought someone should keep an eye on… things. *winks at Maureen*
K: Uh-huh. And it has nothing to do with that “body to kill for” line, right?
L: No, of course not!
K: *rolls eyes* Anyway, where were we. Oh, right. You were telling us about yourself.
M: My best friend is Wendy Listers, she’s obsessed about vampires, and has fantasy dreams about them
K: You’ve been down that road before, remember? Jorick had to chase them off.
L: Yeah, but they were crazy.
K: Moving on. *looks back to Maureen* So, is Maureen: A Vampire Tale you’re only book?
M: I’m also in a short story in The Comet: An Alison Duncan Tale and Other Stories
K: sounds like you’re pretty busy! How would you say that you evolve or change during the course of your story?
M: Tough one. I started off as a super smart, gorgeous geek, and ended up a blood craving vampire hell-bent on revenge.
K: Okay, that’s a pretty big change.
L: Yeah, it is. I remember when I got changed and-
K: Loren, I’m not interviewing you. Chat Maureen up on your own time. *back to Maureen* I imagine that’s probably going to figure pretty prominently in the events that changed your life and shaped your personality, huh?
M: Yeah, My violent death ranks number one.
K: I could see that. DO you think your life would have been better if you hadn’t been turned into a vampire?
M: No, and this issue will be shown in a future book.
K: That sounds interesting. I always like to see what would have been, you know?
L: Yeah, me too! So-
K: As I was saying-
L: Aw, come on, let me ask some questions at least. I’ve got one! A real one! *turns to Maureen* So, do you have a boyfriend – or a girlfriend *waggles brows*?
M: My precious Peter, he’s my heart and soul, but Miriam’s a close second. It’s sort of unconventional, what with the whole werewolf thing.
M: Figuring out this whole vampire thing.
L: So is this Peter like, a vampire, too or-
K: *talking over him* So do you have an arch nemesis or enemy, or is your author nicer than that?
M: Hands down it would be Chelsea Chaseford.
K: Ah. I suspected as much. I’ve met a few of Mark Mackey’s characters before and he seems to be especially evil to them. If you could say something to him, what would it be?
M: Thanks for giving birth to me, to Miriam, a werewolf who was created back then as well, and to the individual who eventually would become Michael Argus, and be responsible for my becoming a vampire – all of which was in a now-lost- forever short story entitled Maureen, that Mark wrote while he was attending Northeastern Illinois University. All his other characters were an afterthought.
K: So, do you think you’re his favorite character? Does he like you better than, say, Elizabeth Duncan?
M: I used my vampire powers to probe in Mark’s mind, and as I came into existence a few years before her, yes, I am.
K: Wow. This is what he does to his favorites? I’m just saying.
L: Our author isn’t any better.
K: No joke. And it looks like we’re almost out of time. If you could say one thing to your readers, Maureen, what would it be?
M: Value life, for you never know when it can be taken away from you.
K: And with that excellent advice I want to say thanks a lot for stopping by and-
L: you know, if you and that Peter ever split up, or you just feel like a change for a night-
K: Loren! My God, you’re all hormones! Go away! As I was saying, you can find more of Maureen in Maureen a Vampire Tale and in The Comet: An Alison Duncan Tale and Other Stories.
And a special thanks to Mark Mackey for playing along!
If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:
- Interview with Angel Collins (joleenenaylor.wordpress.com)
- Maureen: A Vampire Tale by Mark Mackey (joleenenaylor.wordpress.com)