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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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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Interview with Micah

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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?

15-micahJo: Today we’re interviewing Micah, our loudmouthed… erm…friend might be too strong of a word.

Micah: Yeah, back at ya.

J: No need to be cranky. Apparently some of the readers like you. I suppose someone has to.

M: *psh* You know you like you me coz I do all the work for you in scenes and you can just fu-

J: Can you try you try to kind of watch your language?

M: I am. I’m watchin’ you type the sh** out. *lights a cigarette* So what about these f***ing questions?

J: Yes, let’s get on with it. Kathy asks: Micah what year did you get turned into a vampire? Who turned you? These may be answered in a book but I don’t remember the answers.

M: Hey, don’t blame ya, sister. This chick writes so much drivel who can keep it all straight! I was turned in 1972 and as for ‘by who’, I don’t know who the f*** he was. I don’t know why the f*** he did it. He dragged me outta the f***ing ocean, and when I came to he’d already done it and just said “You were strong, but now you’re stronger,” and then took the f*** off. That’s why I say all this master s*** is bull.

J: Kathy also wants to know: Have you always had that asshole attitude?

M: Pffft. You mean this loveable f***ing personality? Then yeah, I’ve always been a goddamn ray of sunshine.

J: No wonder your life was so miserable you tried to kill yourself.

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M: I never f***ing said that.

J: Not here, but unlike you I can remember the “drivel” I write. (Readers can check it out in the FREE Tales from the Island: Micah). Moving on, Jennifer wants to know: What do you enjoy most and least about being a vampire?

M: Bein’ able to kick the a**es of all the pieces of s*** who have it comin’. Not that I couldn’t do that before, but…*blows puff of smoke* And the thing I like the least is all the f***ing laws. What the f***? We’re goddamn immortal f***ing monsters! Why are we following all these goddamn rules? Why don’t we just do what we want and forget it? F***ing anarchy, that’s the way it should be. Survival of the fittest.

J: Riiiight. Heather wants to know: Do you miss anything about being human and if so what would that be?

M: Okay, look, I’ll tell ya this once, a’ight? But I don’t wanna here s*** about it later. I miss food! A good f***ing bacon cheeseburger, man, pink in the middle, drippin’ grease and ketchup, so that the bun is just a little soggy, and all the grease runs down into the fries and gets soaked up and… f***. That was heaven. And I miss a good f***ing drunk. Yeah, if we drain a drunk we get a little bit of that, but not a whole hell of a lot coz most of bein’ drunk is caused by a lack of oxygen to your brain and our f***ing brains don’t need oxygen anymore. Same with getting’ high. So there’s no f***ing escape now. Not that I need it, but just sayin’.

J: Yeah. I won’t comment on your food or your lifestyle choices. Bonnie asks: Is your smart ass attitude really you or do you affect it just to piss people off?

M: What the f*** is with these questions? My attitude is f***ing great. I’m a load of f***ing fun. Just ask anyone.

J: I think it’s safe to say you’ve been an asshat for so long that it’s become a habit. Moving on, Bonnie also asks: What kind of women do you like, the soft cuddly kind or the G.I. Jane battle ready type?

M: Hey, ain’t nothin’ wrong with soft n’ cuddly. If you’re talkin’ about proportions, that is. If you mean those wilting princess yuppie b****es then f*** no. Women ought to be able to take care of them f***ing selves. My Gam f***ing raised her kids, then after her husband died, and my mom beat it, she raised me, all on her f***ing own. Didn’t have no prince charming to swoop in and set her on a pillow, though she deserved that. She deserved a pillow and all that shit, but she didn’t get it. She had to work and she had to take of a kid that wasn’t hers, and meanwhile she was payin’ half my piece of s*** uncle’s bills and takin’ care of his kids half time, and she never once complained or whined or acted like she thought she ought to get taken care of just because she was born with t**s. I can’t stand that s*** when some chick thinks she ought to be worshiped and set on a pedestal coz she’s a woman. Yeah? So what? This is life and don’t no one get a free pass, or at least they shouldn’t. We all gotta f***ing put our time in, so if I’m lookin’ for a chick, it’s one that’s gonna shut the f*** up and pull her share. Not that I’m lookin’ coz I ain’t.

J: Funny you say that. Bonnie also asked: Now that Loren is getting girlfriends what about you? Are you in the market for a honey?

M: Did I stutter? I said I ain’t lookin’ for one. Women just complicate s***.

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J: Makes me wonder who broke your heart – and don’t deny it. I’m your author. I know these things. Maybe we’ll find out some day. Speaking of mates, though, you’re not looking, but pretend you were. Lisa wants to know: If you could turn anybody to be your mate, who would it be? (Katelina is not available…).

M: Course she ain’t. Number one, I done turned her, and number two, she’s Jorick’s chick and I don’t pull that shit. It’s the reason I don’t like the redhead. Besides that, she’s too much like a kid– too soft. *looks at Jo* Since my f***ing author is pointing a f***ing pointy stick at me, I’ll humor this s*** and say I’d need a time machine and then it would be Lola Falana. Now there’s a woman.

J: Well, that’s an answer at least. Christine says: Are you crabby because you need a woman? Sorino says you try to act tuff because of your feelings for Loren.

M: Whoa. Whoa. Sorino-sleaze-ball says what? What the f*** is he implying? What the f***? Do I need to twist his goddamn head off like one of those f***ing GI Joe dolls? Because I will. I’ve been waiting for a chance to take that mother f***er out and-

J: Yeah, yeah. We know. Switching topics, Amy asks: Micah, you have a tough exterior, but we all know that you care about Katelina (don’t even try to deny it). The question is when did you first realize that you were starting to like her?

M: Pfft. I don’t like her. She’s – *notices author has pointy stick again*. A’ight. Fine. She’s…okay. I don’t hate her. And as for when I realized I didn’t hate her…I ‘spose it was when she ballsed up and killed Kateesha. You gotta kind of admire that s***, especially when every else was so pissed about it. Ruined their little political game plan. I know it f***ed Traven over real good coz I bet anything you want that if Jeda had got that coven, she’d have kept it instead of letting it go like they agreed. Traven and Jeda’s coven got wiped out by all the Mexican vampires comin’ up, and I bet he looked at that as a quick way to replace ‘em all, plus. Then Lunch went and took that away from him. Ha! She f***ed’em all over good. That s*** was funny.

J: Well I guess it’s nice to know someone appreciated the ending to that book, even if it is one of the characters. Amy also wants to know: what do you admire the most about Katelina?

M: Admire? *pshaw* She’s a weak little kid who complains all the damn time. The only thing she can do on her own is stand up to that jack a** Jorick. She does that pretty good half the time. Which I guess is an accomplishment coz half the damn vampire population thinks he’s god, him included. But then she don’t seem to really care what the vampire population thinks – all those rules and ancient tradition s*** that everyone is trying to shove down everyone’s throat. She knows that s*** is stupid.

J: Uh-huh. But you don’t like anything about her. Laura asks: You feel something for Katelina what is it? I love it when you call her lunch. She seems to be sisterly to you.

M: There you women go, adding all this feelings crap into everything. I guess if you’re gonna make me pick a f***ing label then kid sister would work coz yeah, she is a damn kid. Or at least she acts like one.

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J: Tricia says: Your affection for Katelina shows you have a softer side. Do you have a secret favorite movie or song that shows your softer side?

M: Ain’t no secret what I like. I ain’t got no problem admitting it. You ever heard of Red Sovine? Now there’s some s*** to make you f***ing tear up. Giddy Up Go – that one pulls at the f***ing heart strings – or at least it does if you got a soul. Heartless bastards who don’t f***ing get sappy when they hear that shit – or Teddy Bear – well thy ain’t got no business living. Damn.

J: Are you tearing up???

M: F*** you. I got a soul, ain’t I? You ever listened to that s***?

J: No. I don’t like songs that make me cry on purpose. Laura also asks: Are you glad you turned Katelina?

M: Well someone had to goddamn do it. Grumpy a** wasn’t ever gonna get around to it, for all his talk, and no one else was gonna risk his f***ing fury, except maybe that redhead. So yeah, I’m glad, because now that f***ing sneaky Verchiel can’t slide in and turn her while Jorick ain’t looking. I know he was planning that, no matter what he says. I don’t like Jorick, and I ain’t never said I did, but I agree with him. The redhead is f***ing up to something and I don’t like it. Lunch needs to quit encouraging him.

J: That leads us to the next question, Dawn asks: What do you think of the men in Katelina’s life Jorick, Samael, and Verchiel? Do you think she should be free of all of them?

M: Pfft. Jorick is an overbearing a**hole but I think Lunch can handle him. As for the other two… Getting mixed up with Samael was a f***ing mistake. He’s a f***ing ancient who thinks he’s better than everyone else. She don’t matter to him, and if it comes to it he’ll f***ing kill her if it suits him. Jorick may think he can stand up to him, but he can’t. Samael will stomp him f***ing flat too, and he won’t think twice about it. Lunch needs to get free of him and quit that dream communication s*** she’s doing. As for Verchiel, he’s a sneaky b*** and though she thinks he’s her friend he ain’t. She needs to tell him to f*** off and quit talking to him. And I mean REALLY quit talking to him, not that pathetic attempt she made when she was mad at him.

J: You guys have it in for him, and I don’t know why. But, moving on to the final question. Alicia asks: Are you truly going to give Katelina freedom after you train her?

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M: Yeah. What the f*** do I want her for? Though it is fun hanging that s*** over Jorick’s head. He gets so f***ing pissed. While we were at The Guild [author’s note: at the beginning of Masque of the Vampire] I did some research on that blood debt s*** and damn! I see why he’s so f***ing riled up. I’d heard of it before, but I didn’t realize how extensive that s*** is. I thought they just had to kind of do what you said for a while, but damn, they got to do everything, like a goddamn slave, and it can be years. Hundreds of f***ing years. What the f***? Who has that kind of attention span?

J: Certainly not you. And with that we are out of questions. Thanks so much for at least **ing out your obscenities for once. And a huge thank you to everyone who left Micah a question! Be sure to check out the post where you can leave a question for Kai!

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Interview with Jorick – Part 2

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I had so many questions that I had to break Jorick’s interview up into two parts! You can read part one here. 

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

Normally I conduct these interviews myself, but today I need a little help. There’s no way Jorick is going to answer these questions on his own, so I’ve asked Wolfe, the head of the Scharfrichter in Munich, to step in with one of the many secret “weapons” the Sodalitas has been cooking up in their dungeon laboratory – a truth serum. I’m going to distract Jorick while Wolfe administers – shhhh. Here he comes.

02-jorickJo: Hello Jorick! It’s nice to see you came.

J: Did I have a choice?

Jo: Of course you – Now! Now!

J: Huh?

Wolfe: *stab*inject*

J: *knocks Wolfe away* Stumbles* What in the hell?

W: This may make him unsteady. The serum has not been perfected yet.

J: Serum? What serum? What have you done?

Jo: Me? Nothing. I’m innocent in this. I think I’d better go find help. Oh woe, oh woe! *shoves list of questions at Wolfe* Why don’t you read him these while I look?
W: What?

Jo: *disappears with a cackle*

W: This is not what I agreed to.

J: *sways on feet* I swear I will kill-

W: Yes, yes. Sit down. *shoves Jorick in a chair*. Apparently our author has given this interview to me. How charming. I imagine she’ll return with “help” when I’ve asked the final question. The sooner we start, the sooner this can be finished. Still, this is an interesting trial. I’ll try a test question to see if the serum has taken effect yet. Ranena asks “boxers or briefs?”

J: Neither. *looks concerned, then relaxes* No matter. I think Katelina answered that question before.

W: Before? The readers ask questions like that routinely?

J: Just wait until your interview.

W: I don’t have one scheduled. Luckily no one voted for me. On to the next question. Alicia has asked, “Jorick what do you really have against Verchiel?”

J: I don’t mind answering that without a serum. He’s a sneaky, irritating, underhanded, toady. Everyone forgets that when we first met him he was on assignment hunting down Katelina and I. He called the human police and had me arrested. He then stuck me with The Guild’s official lawyer, which I had to pay for. Following that, he kidnapped Katelina and dragged her cross country to The Guild with every intention of handing her over to Malick! And that’s just the beginning. From there he attacked her, had what amounted to sex with her in the dungeon while Malick watched, then befriended her, again under orders, so that Malick would always have access to her, and could control me through her. Do I really need to go on?

W: That’s sufficient for me. Dawn has asked, “What do you think everyone’s favorite red head really wants with Katelina?”

 

J: I think he wants revenge. Kateesha created him then abandoned him to join myself and Malick. I may not have been able to read Kateesha’s mind, but I know about her obsession. No doubt he knew about it too. He was left alone to stew in it for over two hundred years before he finally swallowed his pride and followed her. He was either never reunited with her, or else he met her briefly and was dismissed. I don’t know which, but both scenarios are enough to add fuel to the fire. I believe he’s using Katelina’s naïve trust to get close enough to her that he can finally get the revenge he’s been longing for since Kateesha left him for me. I’m willing to appear civil to him because the obvious tension is causing trouble between Katelina and myself, but I will never relax.

 

W: Interesting. I hadn’t connected the histories. I suppose I could see such a thing. You believe his friendly, forgiving nature is a sham?

J: Of course. The cheerful exterior is hiding something dark. I only hope I can get Katelina away from him before the truth is revealed.

W: I understood that the real reason he was attached to your mate is that she drank from his maker’s heart, so they shared a blood bond.

J: That may complicate things, but so would the fact that Katelina is the one who *killed* his master.

W: An interesting point. It sets him up to be either a tragic hero or an undercover villain. Interesting. Laura has asked, “And why does Verchiel feeding from Katelina upset you the most?”

J: We’ll forgo the fact that he tackled her to the ground and ripped through her flesh to drink her blood, and go straight to the Euphoric part where-

W: *looks bored* Yes, you mentioned that already. I don’t enjoy arguing with your puritanical American senses, but such things are likely to happen with an unguarded human.

J: I did everything short of tie her to a chair to keep that from happening. As for puritanical-

W: Yes, yes. On a new topic, Laura asks, “Jorick, why do you treat Katelina like she’s such a baby?”

J: I find it amusing you choose to ask that question, Wolfe, after you as much as lecture me for not guarding her closely enough.

W: It’s not my question, I read them in the order our author listed them. Personally, I found it odd you chose not to turn her right away. You had revealed yourself, and the rest of vampiredom to her, so she either had to become a vampire or, if things did not work between you, be given to another master or destroyed.

J: And is it any better once they’re turned? If things don’t work out you’re chained to a fledgling – and in her case a fledgling who didn’t want to be a fledgling.

W: Hardly. Masters abandon fledglings all the time. My point is simply that, far from treating her like a baby, I believe you were lax. You should never have allowed her to visit the Stronghold, or taken her on assignments, or anything of that nature until you were sure.

J: I was sure. She was the one who wasn’t.

W: All right, until she was sure, then. Laura also asks, “Jorick are you ever going to ask Katelina to marry you? Are you really sure she is the one for you?”

J: Yes, I’m sure. As for marriage, I don’t think Katelina would be receptive to that.

 

W: I sympathize. Getting Sadihra to the altar was an experience in itself. Cora wants to know, “You keep many things from Katelina. Is it to protect her or you?”

 

J: Both of us. Is any relationship different? Do you tell Sadihra every thought that pops into your head? Everything you’ve ever done? Every conversation you’ve ever had?

W: Obviously not. Along the same lines, Amy asks, “Are you hiding anything else from her that you are afraid would damage your relationship or her trust in you, or that you aren’t telling her ‘for her own good?’”

J: I believe she knows everything important.

W: *frowns* Perhaps you need a booster of the serum. A test question, Laura has asked, “What worries you most about Katelina having Samuels blood?”

J: He’s older than me, and stronger than me, so his bond is likely to be stronger, too. If he calls her to join him will she be able to resist? I’ve tried time and again to explain to her the strength and importance of blood bonds and she doesn’t understand. If she did; if she would acknowledge it, then I wouldn’t worry, but by refusing to see it she opens herself up to being controlled by it.

W: Hmmmm. That wasn’t much of a test. Perhaps this. Dawn has asked, “Do you think Samael will try and take Katelina for himself?”

J: Not in a romantic sense, but he may use her for something else.

W: Laura has also asked, “Jorick why are you so afraid of Katelina being able to contact Samael?”

J: I worry about what passes during these conversations. When a human drinks from a vampire, or a vampire from a human, the vampire doesn’t get the emotional attachment that the human does. Katelina has a bond with him, but he has no attachment to her past what he claims is gratitude. He has no feelings for her, no involuntary bond. There is nothing to stop Samael from commanding her to step in front of him and take the brunt of Lilith’s attack, the way Malick used Traven. There’s nothing to stop him from putting her in danger, and because she refuses to acknowledge their bond, she’ll not only go, but die believing it was her choice.

W: It is an interesting situation. I can understand why the Sodalitas wanted to study it. Cora has asked, “Are you afraid of Samuel?”

J: I would be stupid not to be. *looks irritated*

 

W: An answer you did not wish to admit. I believe we can finally say the serum is working. Good. Kathy asks, “How do you feel about Micah being Katelina’s master?”

 

J: Not thrilled.

W: Kathy has also asked, “Are you mad at Micah?”

J: No. *looks really irritated* I mean not at the moment *looks furious* What have you done?

W: I told you, it’s a truth serum. Ranena has asked, “Are you secretly glad Katelina is now a vampire and was turned by Micah and not Verchiel, especially the way that it had to be done?”

J: Yes. I’m glad she’s immortal. I’d have rather she started that way, though I already told you why she didn’t. And, if it came to a choice between Micah and the idiot, then I’d rather it was Micah. I can kill him easily if he steps out of line as her master. And, though he is a moron, Micah is not one for subterfuge or clever revenge plans. He lacks class and subtlety, so his intentions are obvious. He turned Katelina because she was dying and he didn’t know what else to do. There was no thought beyond that knee jerk reaction. He’s using the blood debt to train her because he’s said for some time that she needed training. He also trained Loren, and I’m sure he’s teaching Katelina’s human a thing or two right now. He enjoys it.

W: Alicia has asked, “Jorick, what abilities do you wish for Katelina?”

J: If by abilities she means vampire abilities, then the ability to protect herself, which I believe she’s inherited already. I also wish she could understand the blood connection and see through Verchiel’s ploy.

W: Potential ploy.

J: Ploy.

 

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“Boxers or briefs?” In the world of paper dolls he has boxers – and some cool clothes you can dress him up in.

W: If you insist. Only two questions left. Amy has asked, “Are there any other reasons besides the blood bonds that she shares with others that you are so insecure in your relationship with Katelina?”

 

J: It’s not the bonds themselves, though those are worrying, but her refusal to acknowledge and understand them. Her naivety is worrisome, not just when it comes to blood bonds, but in her determination to trust a friendly face. She’s immortal, not indestructible. I’m not insecure that she’ll be unfaithful or leave me for another man, but that she’ll end up dead; lured by a bond she doesn’t understand or suckered into a scenario by someone she thought was her friend.

W: Understandable. Luckily for me, Sadihra is suspicious by nature. The last question is from Christine. “Jorick I love that you are more openly affectionate in book 8 to Katelina, what caused the change?”

J: The burden of Malick is finally lifted. Since the moment I met her I’ve had to worry that Malick would find a way to interfere. I admit that at first I didn’t realize he was the one I was worried about; rather I worried that fate would take her away, but after Verchiel dragged her to The Guild I realized that it was never fate that destroyed everyone I cared for, but Malick, and that he was only biding his time to do it again. He killed her – or had her killed – and if Micah hadn’t been there she would be dead right now. Period. With Malick gone, I am free. As I said, I suspect Verchiel, I worry about Samael, but I KNEW that Malick would try to destroy her. Suspicion and worry weight a lot less on one’s shoulders than knowledge.

W: I’d say I pity the burden of your master, but we all suffered in one degree or another at our maker’s whims.

Jo: *reappears* Hello! I’ve got the serum’s antidote!

J: Isn’t that convenient.

Jo: I thought so. Thanks, Wolfe, for handling this interview, and I also want to thank everyone who submitted questions. Be sure to check out the post where you can leave a question for next week’s victim – erm, interviewee – Micah!

And thanks again for stopping by! Now, hold still Jorick…

Interview with Jorick: Part 1

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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?

02-jorickJo: Today we have Jorick on the chopping block – I mean in the hot seat. We have a LOT of questions for him, so I’m going to have to break this up into two interviews. What follows is part one, and is still long, so I will try to keep his answers brief. Truthfully, that shouldn’t be hard considering how uncooperative he is.

Jorick: I’d hardly call myself uncooperative. They just usually ask…uncomfortable questions.

Jo: They ask good questions. Anyway, let’s get to it. Matthew asks: Where and what year were you born in?

J: That’s easy enough. I was born in 1533 in the Netherlands.

Jo: Okay.  Steve asks: Where did you get that name? Couldn’t you change it?

J: My parents gave it to me. I could change it, I suppose. Many do change their names when they are turned – symbolic of their new life – but I saw no reason for it.

Jo: Amber asks: Jorick, have you, ever since you’ve been turned, thought about finding a cure? Or something to reverse vampirism (if possible)?

J: No, not at all. I won’t bother lying, I’m happy with immortality. I’m not interested in a mortal death – or any kind of death for that matter.

Jo: Despite all your crap about lost souls?

J: *shrugs* Nothing is free. Immortality comes with a price. I haven’t complained about it, simply stated it as a fact.

Jo: You’re being very zen today. All right, Jennifer asks: Do you like being a vampire? What do you like most and least about it?

J: Yes, I like it. I suppose living forever is one of the perks, though when I asked to be turned it wasn’t for the long life, rather the strength. It’s very…reassuring to know that I can handle anyone necessary. As for what I like the least, it would be the inconvenience of the sun. There are many times when I’ve needed to handle things in daylight hours, and a human has not always been available or practical as an emissary. I do envy the Twilight vampires in that regard.

sparkle jorickJo: Do you? You didn’t feel that way when I made you sparkle.

J: Very funny. I said in that one regard.

Jo: Juli asks: You’ve lived a long and interesting existence. Would you mind naming one of your most memorable historical events that you’ve had the pleasure of being witness to? Even if it wasn’t a personal observation, I’d still be interested in hearing your point of view.

J: Hmmmmm. What you would call the Eighty Years War would be the most memorable on a personal level, though I was only present until 1568, when I left with Malick…but I don’t think my author will allow me to discuss that, as I get quite…passionate is a polite word. The American Civil War is probably the most modern occurrence that effected me in any way, though by then Velnya and I had moved to the Nebraska territory. I was often on assignments and wanted to be sure she would not be left alone in a war zone, and Nebraska seemed a safe, if barren, place for her. I was wrong, of course. I did have some assignment in the south where I had run ins with the hostilities. Of modern affairs, World War I and World War II were little more than snatches on a radio to me, and that was when I bothered to listen. I did watch the moon landing – I was in the house in Maine by then and at the time I had a small television. Of course, the landing was broadcast in the daytime, so it meant rising early. I was a little disappointed, as it was nothing like the Jules Verne-style version I had imagined.

Jo: I’m going to stop you right there. Donna says: Why don’t you tell us more about your time in Virginia – not about Oren, not about Velnya, but all about you? Tell your author to write a short story on that.

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Jorick guest stars in Oren and Jesslynn’s FREE origin story.

J: There’s not really much to tell. Malick was…overbearing to say the least and I was tired of being under his thumb, so in 1814 I moved farther away. I took the plantation from a man who did not deserve it, and to be truthful was gone much of the time on assignments. Eventually it became impossible to maintain the household so I surrendered and moved back to Massachusetts where The Guild was located at the time. As for my author and a short story, I think she suffers from political correctness syndrome. As I said I took the plantation; slaves and all. Though I treated them far better than their previous master, at the same time I did not free them, nor do I apologize for the fact. Vampires still have slaves; human slaves and immortal slaves. I don’t apologize for those, either. It is as it is. But, it makes my author uncomfortable, I think, just as she refused to point out that Arowenia was really Claudius’ half-sister. As for Claudius and Arowenia, I’m not sure that either of them were aware of it, but my author certainly is.

Jo: That’s enough from you. Shaun wants to know: Jorick whom is your most feared enemy?

J: I fear no one. *Rolls eyes as Jo glares at him* I don’t. I was…concerned slightly about facing Malick because he is my master, and there is a master/fledgling connection, but I did not fear him, rather that I would be weak and fail to exact my revenge.

Jo: So in the end your most feared enemy is not a who, but a what: Your own weakness. *Jorick glares and Jo snickers* Start telling people about what *I* think, will you? Onwards. Teresa asks: What is your favorite book and why?

J: A good question, though it’s hard to choose a single book. Sir Author Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are excellent. Those books about the boy wizard -while the prose are not amazing, the stories were entertaining. Dickens is always good. Let’s see. John Grisham, James Fenimore Cooper, Hemmingway has his merits, Victor Hugo, Vladimir Nabokov, Byron. Shakespeare is classic, and of course there’s Poe, “It was many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know by the name of Annabell Lee; And this maiden she lived with no other thought than to love and be loved by me.”

Jo: Sherry asks: Can you really give up the Executioners?

J: Yes. I did so before, and I will be happy to do it again. Despite the assumption that I can’t “keep my nose out of things”, I most certainly can and, should I choose to get involved, I don’t need The Guild’s backing to do so.

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Jorick gets a cameo in Alexander, a FREE short story.

Jo: You are a bit conceited, aren’t you? Steve asks: Would it be possible for you to play a few tricks or have a joke, or laugh uproariously at something? What tickles your funny bone apart from satisfaction at seeing Micah in the poo?

J: Seeing Micah – or the redheaded idiot, or any number of others – suffer would no doubt elicit a great deal of amusement. Beyond that, I find many things funny. Yogi bear, for instance, is amusing, as were some of the early television shows. Red Skelton, Lucile Ball – when she and Ethel work in the chocolate factory, for example. I enjoyed the banter on Star Trek, especially between Spock and the doctor. My television broke in the seventies, and since programming had gone south I didn’t bother having it repaired, so I don’t have any “more modern” examples…MAD magazine gave me a chuckle at one time, but like TV it has also lost its humor. It’s the world that has forgotten how to be funny rather than I who have lost my sense of humor.

Jo: Maegan wants to know: Jorick, what is the most fascinating thing about Katelina to you? What is the most annoying?

J: Her contradictions are probably the most intriguing. One moment she is blood thirsty, the next she screams about peace (which is a contradiction itself as peace cannot be achieved by screaming). In some things she is incredibly naive, while in other things she is worldly and wise. As for the most annoying…her contradictions. One minute going to war is the right response, and the next she’s angry that I killed someone… I think you understand.

Jo: Yes, you’re a lunatic. Moving on. Dawn asks: In book 2 when you tried to send Katelina home do you think you would have stayed away or would you have gone to check up on her?

J: *looks uncomfortable* I’d have respected her choice.

Jo: Liar. You’d have moped briefly, then gone roaring back to Ohio. You still had the apartment paid up, and you’d have moved back in. When you realized she didn’t live across the street anymore you’d have stalked her mother’s house, and eventually followed her home. You’d have then hung around her for awhile, moaning to yourself silently and playing the martyr until you got tired of that, then you’d have manned up, knocked on the door, and told her to grow up and pack her things.

J: Which of us are being interviewed?

Jo: At this point? No one because we’re going to end it here and pick this up next week.  I do have a couple of follow up questions for Samael and Verchiel that we’re going to throw in here.

18-verchielVerchiel: Sounds fun! What do you have for me?

Jo: From Donna: How can you stand working with moody Jorick?

V: Hello, Donna! *looks at Jorick* Eh, he’s not too bad. He’s more bark than bite.

Jo: And also from Donna: admit it. You love Katelina.

J: That’s not a question!

V: *looks at Jorick* Technically he’s right, it’s a statement, but there’s no need to be picky about it. Sure. I love everyone. I’m a good guy like that.

35-samaelJo: Let’s just move on to Samael. Also from Donna:  Are you sorry you were awakened?

Samael: Greetings. As to the question, no. I have waited uncounted years for this moment and at last it is within my grasp.

Jo: I suspected that would be your answer. A final question, Steve asks: What do you do to humans who don’t get your name right? Especially what do you do after you suck their blood.

S: I have no care for them, or what they call me. A name means nothing; it is only so many sounds – a label so that feeble minds can comprehend the incomprehensible, for what is more incomprehensible than an individual, a living being? As to what I do once I have drained them, I dispose of the vessel if necessary. However it is not always necessary for me to empty a mortal, as older vampires need less blood as they age.

Jo: And I think that wraps us up for this week. Tune in next week for Jorick’s Interview Part 2, where the questions are even tougher!

J: Joy.

Jo: And of course, I can’t let him have the last word, so thanks for stopping in! In case you missed it, Book Born – the awesome facebook group – is hosting a day with Joleene Naylor this Thursday. Check out my blog post for all the details.

 

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Interview with Verchiel

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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 I am interviewing Verchiel, and we have some great questions! So rather than let him blather an introduction, we’re going to get right to it. Cora asks, “In the last book you always seem to want to say something but hold back. What is it and who is it about?”

18-verchielVerchiel: Hello Cora! I don’t suppose you’d accept that I don’t remember? I promise it’s not a lie, or me trying to get out of answering, like Jorick does. His interview is next week and you know he’s going to avoid everything.

J: Like you are now? I’ll assume you really don’t remember because you have the brain of a peanut, but you’d better answer this one. It’s also from Cora: Who is your love interest?

V: Now that I can do. My love interest is any available lady! If you’re single, come on down! I’m equal opportunity here, and I have a window in my schedule while my author comes up with excuses to procrastinate.

J: I’m not procrastinating. And that was a crappy answer. Along with that Alicia wants to know: Do you see yourself with a love interest in the future?

V: That depends on how responsive the ladies are to my open call. You don’t need to look at me like that…You’re kind of…glaring…oh, all right! Fine! In the future do I think I will fall in love and stick with just one person? Maybe. If the right one comes along. I’m not a demon eye, so I can’t predict if they will or not, but if they did I would be open to giving it a try. How’s that?

J: Better. And Alicia also asks: Who was your last and who do you want your next sexual a counter be with?

V: OooOOh! A meaty question! Or it could have been, depending on if they were male or…I guess you don’t find that funny? You know, meaty male…okay, okay. Anyway, no, it was a girl…I took her to the movies at the citadel, and then we nipped back to her place afterwards, which was great until her boyfriend showed up. Hey! I didn’t know she had one. Anyway, a bit of an altercation later, and let’s just say I’m not going to do that with her again! As for the next one…I can’t deny forbidden fruit always looks the tastiest, but I’m not that kind of guy, so…

J: And what the hell is that supposed to mean? Never mind. You know what? I don’t want inside your weird head. But while we’re on the topic of sex. Mr. Buck-o, here’s a goody from Amy: Jorick made a comment about the fact that you made Katelina feel euphoria when you fed on her. Do you remember what happened? Is Jorick correct in his assessment that what passed between you and Katelina was indeed a sexual act? (Ha ha! Get out of this one, smeg head!)

V: You seem delighted to put me on the spot. That makes you kind of an evil author, doesn’t it?

J: It would if I didn’t have such bad characters, but since I do it’s just enjoying retribution. Now, the question.

V: Ah. Yes. That. I don’t think Ol’ Jorick is going to like my answer, but I suppose it depends on how you look at it. I mean, I can see his point. I’m not saying he’s right, just that I can see it. But if you ask Kately she’d tell you it was just a normal feeding frenzy, and I see her point, too. In the end it depends on which-

J: Amy knows all that. What she asked was what YOU thought.

V: Me? Like my opinion has ever mattered? You’re glaring again. Okay, okay. If I HAD to be pinned down, I’d lean towards the side of innocence, because I’m an innocent kind of guy. I mean, I WAS starving and all that, so I’m sure I had no idea what was happening and it was all instinct. That I had the presence of mind to make it nice for whoever I happened to be drinking from shows what a nice guy I am.

J: Well, at least it’s sort of an answer. While we’re discussing Katelina, we’ve got a pair of similar questions from Alicia and Laura: “Verchiel, do you feel as though Katelina is more of a sister or do you feel a lot more?” And “What exactly are your feelings for Katelina?”

V: Does Jorick know about these questions. *looks around* You know, I’m surprised he’s not already here.

J: I tied him up so you could answer without getting beaten to a pulp. Now, come on.

V: Well, I am fond of Kately…I mean, she’s kind of like a fluffy little hamster, you know? But not just any fluffy hamster, it’s that fluffy hamster that the bully on the block owns. You know the kid; the one who’d punch anyone’s face in, but the minute he gets home he’s all baby talking to the ball of fur in the cage? Okay. I’ll stop there because I just had the urge to make a joke about slipping the hamster a carrot.

J: What’s wrong with you? Seriously! Why can’t I have nice characters? Don’t answer that. Moving on, Alicia asked: What have you got against Jorick?

V: I don’t know that I have anything against him-

J: You just called him the bully on the block. So come on, fess up. It has to do with Kateesha, doesn’t it?

V: Erm…

 

 

V: Yeah, yeah. I was there.

J: Do I detect some irritation? Did that hit a little close to home?

V: Actually, I’m sort of fond of Jorick. I think Kateesha’s obsession rubbed off in a less overpowering and bizarre way. Next question.

J: *cough*liar*cough* I think that gives us some insight into your interest in his hamster. Moving on-

V: Now wait a minute. Don’t make connections where there aren’t any. This isn’t Twilight. We’re not doing a love triangle.

J: Love triangle. That was an interesting choice of words. I just meant that you wanted to ruffle him up by aggravating Katelina because you had deep seated anger hidden under all those layers, but I guess if you want to take it that way… We have one more Katelina themed question from Dawn: what do you think about the relationship between Katelina and Samael?

 

V: Now that’s better. You mean do I think it’s going to cause problems later? Because I see the potential for it. Sure, she’s had Jorick’s blood, but Micah is her master, and Samael’s bond is as strong, if not stronger, than that, so in the end she’s really torn between Micah and Samael and I think it kind of leaves Jorick out. He knows it. Samael knows it. I know it. I think even Jamie knows it. But Katelina doesn’t. Which I suppose is kind of funny. She’s still  doe eyed and innocent and thinks all of those blood connections don’t matter. I guess for her sake I hope she never finds out that they do.

 

J: That was a nice answer for once.  Alicia also asks: Do you want your own pet?

V: Pets can be fun. I’ve had a few over the years. The last one is still alive. She’s a grandmother now. I actually dropped in on her a year or two ago. As for a new pet, I’m up for one. Though they’d have to be self reliant. I can’t take them on assignments, so they’d be home alone a good deal.

J: Speaking of your assignments, Dawn asks: You are so fun loving and lighthearted why would you ever become an Executioner?

V: I fell into it on accident, actually. Not to say I didn’t have an idea what they were to a point. After Kateesha left (which my author has so kindly mentioned) in 1710, I bummed around on my own for a while. In 1920 I finally headed over to America – it was kind of a let down, if you want to know – and since I didn’t know anyone I thought I’d look for Kateesha. I didn’t find her, but Malick heard about me. He summoned me to The Guild, explained what had happened with her revolt, and offered me a job as a guard. Shortly after that – maybe a year? – An Executioner got offed, so he gave me his spot. I didn’t have anything else to do, and the pay and prestige were good. I like to think that I bring a little bit of niceness to the whole establishment.

J: Sure. I think underneath you’re really just as nasty and violent as everyone else. But what do I know? Jenn asks: Where do you see yourself in 7 years?

V: I have no idea. And I’m not avoiding it, I really don’t know. Seven years ago I’d have never guessed I’d be caught up in all this Samael and Lilith end-of-the-world intrigue. That’s really what it is, you know. I agree with someone else who said there was no way you can wrap this all up in one more book.

J: I have faith in my abilities. If necessary, I’ll make it longer than the usual twenty-four chapters.  But I’m not the one being interviewed, so it’s time for your final questions. From Cora: Do you really remember things before and right after you were changed or are you just covering up things that you don’t want to talk about?

 

V: Nope. I really don’t remember anything from before. Okay, there are glimmers now and then…like when we visited that island something about the area felt familiar, but Umi…I mean I sort of felt like I should know her, but I didn’t know how…There’s actually a short story about my origins if you haven’t read it yet.  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/578638  (It’s on Barnes and Noble and Apple and Kobo too)

 

J: And the last question. Dawn asks: Be honest how strong are your mind reading ability’s because I think you have down played them.

V: Ha ha! Dawn’s a smart cookie! I may, on occasion, downplay things a little. I find it’s better if those around you underestimate your intelligence and your abilities. It leaves you a bit of a safety net.

J: And with that we are out of questions!

V: Hang on a second. I have a question for you. I heard a rumor that you were originally going to let ME turn Kately?

J: Yeah. But I ran a poll and everyone said to wait a bit longer, and besides it was too complicated.

V: Seriously? I could have been a father and you yanked that away? *melodramatic groan*

J: Oh grow up. The last thing you need is a fledgling. Go watch TV and be quiet.

Thanks to everyone for stopping in and watching the truck wreck that is me trying to control my characters. Please be sure to look for this week’s bonus follow up post with Katelina and be sure to check out the post where you can leave questions for Jorick, who will be next week’s victim – I mean interview subject.

Thanks for stopping by and playing along!

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Ask Jorick a Question

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

This week it’s Jorick’s turn. Leave your questions for him in a comment and next Sunday we’ll see what he has to say for himself!

(Post closes Saturday, April 16th, 2016)

Interview with Katelina

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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?

 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.

01-katelinaJo: 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?

KatelinaK: 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.

katelinaJ: 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.

Still here?

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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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Ask Verchiel A Question

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

This week it’s Verchiel’s turn. Leave your questions for him in a comment and next Sunday we’ll see what he has to say for himself!

(Post closes Saturday, April 9th, 2016)

Interview with Samael

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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 Katelina some time off and conduct these interviews myself. See what a good author I am?

35-samaelToday we have Samael. Though he’s our first interviewee, it’s only fair to admit that he, Katelina, Verchiel, and Micah tied for the number one spot, with Jorick one vote shy, knocking him clear to fifth place. He’s been complaining all week.

Jo: Enough set up. On with the show! Welcome, Samael.

Samael: Thank you. What is this…interview event?

J: It’s not really an event. It’s more like: The readers send me questions, I ask them to you, and you answer.

S: I see. Much like the question and answer session from your October party.

J: Right, except it’s focused on one character at a time. Anyway, we have questions. Let’s start with an easy one. Steve would like to know if your friends call you Sam?

S: They can if they wish. A name is of no importance, it’s only a garment one wears for a time. Samael is no more my name than any of the others I’ve been called over the centuries. Sammane, Kanghui, Gong Gong…they mean nothing.

J: Very existential. Laura asks why are you so attached to Katelina?

S: She is the one who woke me from my death-like slumber and made possible my soon-to-be-exacted revenge on the she-demon of hell [Lilith – J]. For that I owe her a debt of gratitude. There are those who say in legends that the one who woke me would be the reincarnation of Ji [One of Samael’s wives – J], but whether there is truth to this I cannot say. I can read the hearts and minds of all, but the mysteries of the soul are a secret even to me.

J: Don’t look at me. I never know anything that’s going on. Moving along. The next question comes from Amy. Will you always honor your connection with Katelina and offer your protection, or is she on her own now?

S: As recompense I would have made her a queen, it is only because she does not wish so that I haven’t. If she requires – and desires – protection from she will have it, so long as she does betray me.

J: Hang on. Are you expecting her to betray you?

S: I expect nothing, however betrayal always comes as a surprise, otherwise it would not be betrayal.

J: Well, you have a point. That brings us to the next question. Bonnie wants to know if you would ever trust a lover again?

S: A better question would be do I desire one, and the answer is no. I desire peace, quiet, and to be obeyed.

J: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Obeyed? Wait a minute. You’re supposed to be a good guy. Which bring us to Bonnie’s second question: Why do you want to subjugate the humans?

S: Good and bad are subjective. On to the question, I do not know that I desire to subjugate them, as you imagine it. I do not expect the world to fall upon their knees; it is far too large a realm for me to bother with. Even Nu-wa would never have tried to manage such an expanse. A small kingdom is more than enough. As the last of Nu-wa’s known bloodline, what was once her kingdom will do fine, unless [Lilith] has created one, then I shall take it instead. Once I have, it is not only humans who will bend their knee, but the immortal children as well. What goes on beyond the borders of my kingdom will be of no consequence, but within it those who share the gift of the gods will need to prove their worth. Immortality is not something that should have been given lightly; it is Lilith’s fault that such has occurred.

J: Right, because all the other vampires, all over the world, had nothing to do with it. Never mind. Speaking of god powers and such, Steve wants to know how you throw those energy balls.

S: It is the magic of an ancient god.

J: In other words you know nothing about psychic energy or science. It’s all just magic?

S: As with my own, those are only names; words. In every language they would be called something different, yet they share the same meaning.

J: There’s no arguing with you, is there? Dawn wants to know if you are falling in love with Katelina, and if you would kill Jorick to get her.

S: There is no such thing as love. It is a myth and a lie we tell to ourselves and others, a false god we worship at the altar of our own ego. Not to say one may not have concern for another’s well-being, or even a desire to see someone happy, but in the end such things are selfish in nature. One wishes another to be happy so they may bask in the happiness and the feeling of accomplishment that they made the other happy.

J: I’m gonna stop you there and ask, what about the killing Jorick part?

S: I see no reason to kill him, unless he gets in my way.

J: Riiiight. Alicia asked: Do you foresee a connection with Katelina and her abilities later on since the whole blood thing?

S: I imagine her abilities are affected, just as she was affected, since the blood was given to her before she was made immortal. What those effects will be in the long term I cannot say, for the gods I knew did not bestow their blood on mortal children, let alone mortal children then made immortal by another.

J: In other words you don’t know. Well, it looks like that’s all the time we have – and all the questions. Do you have anything you’d like to add?

SNo.

J: Well, that was succinct for a change. Thanks to everyone who left questions and who stopped in to read. Check out the blog post where you can leave questions for Katelina, who will be next week’s interviewee and have a great week!

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