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 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.
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.
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!
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-
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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