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?
OF NOTE: This interview contains *unmarked* spoilers through book 7, Clash of Legends. Any spoilers from the newly released Masque of the Vampire are marked.
Jo: On to the interview! Today we have Katelina and some really great questions, so let’s start with one from Cora: About Jorick, how does it feel to have such a hunk of a vampire all for yourself?
Katelina: Wow, that was abrupt. No, “welcome to the post”? You’re a crappy interviewer.
J: You’re not much better, chicky-poo. Now answer the question. How does it feel to have such a hunk of vampire all to yourself?
K: Terrifying. Not because of him, but because of you [her author]. Every time you touch the keyboard I’m terrified you’re going to kill him.
J: What if I promise not to? Will you give me a better answer?
K: I wouldn’t believe you. But fine, if it wasn’t for my horrible author, I’d feel like the luckiest woman in the world. Is that better?
J: Much. Amy asks: Would you marry Jorick if he asked you, or do you think you might have feelings for someone else that you need to deal with before you take that plunge?
K: Marriage. Hmmm. To be honest, I used to be really hung up on the commitment of it, but now…I mean can you get more committed than immortality? I think at this point marriage might be a formality, so I’d say yes.
J: Interesting. You ignored the part about having feelings for someone else, but that’s okay because Cora also asked: Do you have any feelings (like love) for Samael?
K: Whoa! Wait a minute. Why would I…I mean…I don’t…it’s not like…
J: Uh-huh. Go on.
K: You’re being very annoying! I suppose there’s’ something there, but it’s not romantic it’s…I don’t know how to describe it. You’re the writer, you explain it for me.
J: Sadly for you, they’re not interviewing me. All right, if you’re going to be aggravating, here’s a couple of good ones from Kathy: So how do you feel about Micah now? He did turn you. Are you mad at him?
K: Micah is an ass. He’s rude, he’s a chauvinist and he’s…well…he’s an ass. But he is right that I need to learn to fight, so I suppose I appreciate that. He could go about it better than he is, though truthfully I don’t think he knows a nicer way. As for being mad…No. I kind of was at first, but now I know he did what he thought was best. If it wasn’t for him I’d be dead now. I can’t really deal with that idea.
J: No one wants to face their own mortality. Kathy also wants to know if Micah being your master has affected you relationship with Jorick?
K: Not on my end. I think it has on his a little bit. He’s worried now, like he thinks I might run off with Micah or something. He keeps quoting all this master/fledgling crap at me, and saying that most kinds of love have nothing to do with romance and everything to do with platonic family bonds and he’s worried that bond will be stronger than the bond I have with him. Frankly I think Jorick is nuts.
J: I won’t disagree with you. Dawn wants to know: What’s your favorite thing about being a Vampire and what power would you like to have?
K: Not having to pee! Seriously, I know that’s a gross answer but it’s true. I’m also enjoying this night vision stuff. I spent so much time lost in the dark and now I don’t even need a flashlight. As to the power I wish I had: mind reading. As I said, I know Micah did what he had to do, but I really wish it had been Jorick. I’d planned on it being Jorick, and on inheriting his gifts. Instead it’s like I’m one of them, but I’m still not one of them, if that makes sense.
J: Sort of. Alicia asks: What do you wish to happen between your old now non-missing friend?
K: Sarah? I hope that we can…I don’t know if I want to say I hope we can go back to the way things were, because I don’t know that I want them to. This may sound crazy because I love Sarah as a sister, but before Jorick and all of this, I was a different person. I guess it’s like going away to college and then coming home. You’ve done so much, changed so much, and here is this person who no doubt expects you to be the same – pigeon holes you into the same old box you were in before, with no room for who you’ve become. And when that happens, sometimes it’s hard to fight back out of that box, to say “Hey! That’s not me anymore! I’m not like that!” or maybe I just have that problem. I guess I don’t want to disappoint her expectations, but at the same time, I don’t want to be the person I used to be.
J: Cora has a last question: Will you change your pet or let her stay human?
K: You mean Xandria? I…I really hadn’t thought about it. I suppose I’ll leave her human unless she wants to be turned. Though Jorick keeps making all this master stuff sound super intensive. Like it carries all of this responsibility. I guess maybe modern society doesn’t give things like that the same weight that it used to back in the day.
J: And now for spoiler questions. WARNING! THE FINAL QUESTIONS CONTAIN SPOILERS ABOUT MASQUE OF THE VAMPIRE! If you don’t want it spoiled, then stop reading now. Thanks for leaving questions for Katelina and for stopping in! Next week’s interview is Verchiel. Check out the blog post where you can leave questions for him. And don’t hold back. You know he wouldn’t.
You’ve been warned.
Dawn asks: Are you sorry Samael is mad at you?
K: Yes, I am sorry. I wish it had ended differently, but I don’t know what else I could have done. I couldn’t let him kill Sarah – it’s my fault she’s in this mess at all – but at the same time…I feel this sort of hollow unease, as though I betrayed someone important to me, like you might feel if you back-stabbed your brother or your father. I guess it goes with that question about my feelings for him. It’s all very complicated.
J: Dawn also asks: You know if Samael wins he will do some bad things, would you ever go against him?
K: I’d like to say yes, that if he tried to destroy humanity I’d rise up and fight him, but I don’t know if I could. And I don;t just mean because he can explode people’s heads with his thoughts, I mean I might not be physically capable of doing it. Maybe there is more to the connection thing than I want to admit.
J: Our final question comes from Amy: What do you think will happen between you and Samael now that you’ve gotten in his way of destroying Lilith?
K: I don’t know. I hope the worst case scenario is that he now considers us even and I don’t hear from him anymore – because I hate to think about a *real* worse case. As Dawn said, he is super powerful and I’m worried he might do something to Jorick. Especially considering my insane author.
J: I am not insane, but I am out of questions. Another huge thank you to everyone who stopped in to leave them, and don’t forget to drop by the blog post and leave some for Verchiel and have a great week!
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