Interview with Trom

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 are interviewing Trom from Jennifer Priester’s novel  Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic. 

Katelina: Hello Trom and welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Trom: I am a warlock and the first Head of the Witches Council that you meet in the Mortal Realm Witch series. I am short with black hair and dark brown eyes, and I am much older than I look. Specifically several hundred years older.

K: Like a vampire, huh? We interviewed DWW last week and she was telling us about this Other Realm…

T: Yes. I was born in the Other Realm where I was raised by my dad for the first part of my life. Then, as it was required by Other Realm rules for all witches and warlocks to spend at least a year in the Mortal Realm, I did so with my mom. Even though my parents lived separately they weren’t divorced or anything. What separated them was rules. See, my dad was a warlock and had a job in the Other Realm as the Assistant to the Head of the Witches Council which required him to live in the Other Realm. My mom was a mortal and one of the Other Realm’s biggest rules was, no mortal allowed. There were no exceptions to these rules.

K: I guess those rules have probably played a big part in shaping who you turned out to be.

T: Yes. Living in the Mortal Realm with my mom helped to shape who I am. I learned a lot from her and the mortals I went to school with. The reason had much to do with my second power which I discovered while I lived here that allowed me to see things in a whole new way.

K: I imagine asking about your second power would be too much of a spoiler, huh? Mortal realm Witch is a series, right? Which books can we find you in?

T: I first appearance in the Mortal Realm Witch series is in Book One, Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, but you will be able to discover my orgin story in the unnamed Fifth book in the series. I am in all the books of the main series (1-5).

K: How would you say you change during the course of the series?

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T: I learn that even as the Head of the Witches Council, who is in charge of everything and everyone with magic and is required to know a lot, there are some things even I don’t know about magic until DWW comes along. Up until that point I thought that I knew everything there was to know about magic.

K: What would you say is the biggest challenge you face?

T: Teaching DWW. It can be hard to teach a witch rules that has the ability to find ways around them almost every time!

K: So you don’t really have any enemies then?

T: The closest thing I have to one is Sampson, although I don’t really think of him this way. Sampson could be considered an enemy because this is how he sees me. The reason is that I was the one in charge of punishing him the first time and he doesn’t like me for that, but even as true as this is Sampson’s real enemy is DWW.

K: It looks like we’re running out of time, but before you go, inquiring minds want to know: are you involved in a romance?

T: No, I don’t really get out much and meet new people anymore.

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find Trom in Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Realm-Witch-Learning-About/dp/193878300X/  

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mortal-realm-witch-jennifer-priester/1111957728?ean=9781938783005

Also check out the website for more info: http://www.mortalrealmwitch.com/meettheauthor.html

 

And a special thank you to Jennifer Priester 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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

 

Interview with DWW

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 are interviewing DWW from Jennifer Priester’s novel  Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic.

Katelina: Hello DWW and welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

DWW: I can’t tell you what I look like at this time. I currently live in the Mortal Realm, your Realm, in a place called Fountain City. The Mortal Realm is not where I have always lived but I was born in it and this is where I learned that I was a witch and how to use my magic. Later on I lived in the Other Realm, the place where most witches, warlocks, and their familiars live, for a few hundred years, where I worked before moving back to the Mortal Realm. My first appearance is in Book One of the Mortal Realm Witch series, Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, and I am in every book after this one except for the Third Series Companion, Tales of Other Realm Creatures, and the Guidebook: The Guide to Other Realm Creatures.

K: So this book is the first in a series, right? From what I understand it’s a little bit different than a “traditional” novel.

D: Yes. Each book, with the exception of Books Three, Five, and the Guidebook, are told in short story form. Each short story builds off the last as a chapter would in a chapter book, but is told in different ways. Here is what I am talking about: In Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, I tell the first story. I tell about myself and it is the story of how I became a witch. In the next story my familiar, Trillman, takes over and tells about his teaching me magic and the challenges he faces as I learn more about what my powers can do. In the third story, the first Head of the Witches Council that you meet in this series, Trom, takes over my training after Trillman quits, leaving me with no familiar and no one to teach me magic. Trom tells this story from his point of view. In the fourth story I teach the wolf pups, Witch and Warlock. This story is told in third person rather than first to give you the feel as if you are watching me and these pups. It is also told this way to make the story feel more natural as you read about them learning to hunt as regular wolves as well as magical ones. The next story may feel out of place to some as it is about a witch living in the Other Realm, not me, who wants a dragon for a familiar. This story is told from her point of view. This story is told where it is because it shows you the impact I had on some of the rules and how it affects witches in both Realms. The characters in this story, the witch Ally, and the dragon Air Raid, also play a big role later in the series. The final story in the book is told in first person once again by me and tells the story of how I met Sampson and leads up to my new life in the Other Realm.

K: So what is the second book about?

D: Then the second book picks up where the first leaves off and Sampson’s story continues and his adventures with a new witch in the Mortal Realm begin. In this book I help the witch, Turtle, a lot, whether it’s dealing with Sampson, learning magic, or something else. She is also a big help to me when a battle breaks out between witches and witch hunters. In Book Two, Mortal Realm Witch: The Magic Continues (avail. this Spring.) you also get to go deeper into some events of Book One in an all new story featuring several shorter stories in one. One of these shorter stories tells what might have happened to lead up to Trillman’s quitting.

K: You said book three was different?

D: Yes. Book Three, Mortal Realms Witch: Realms Unite?, is one large story about my plan to unite the Realms, the challenges I face, and how I go about it. You will discover some big secrets in this book about Trom and myself. In the end of the book Trom will come to me with a message that will set off the events of Book Four, The Adventures of DWW2, with some stories about my daughter Asantra and her challenges and adventures leading up to my return to the Mortal Realm and setting off the events for Book Five (currently unnamed), the final book in the main Mortal Realm Witch series (there are three companions and a guidebook, as well as some upcoming free to read stories.)

K: What about the fifth book?

D: Because Book Five is the final book it is told as one large and fast paced story that answers many questions that were raised throughout the series, as well as setting off a big chain of events that hopefully leads to the final step in uniting the Realms forever and hopefully ends with both Realms fully united, but Five isn’t finished yet and knowing my author the way I do, anything can happen!

K: Wow! Sounds like it’s all fairly mapped out. Your author is way more organized than mine! How would you say that you evolve over the series?

D: I start out like any other kid or witch in training. I break some rules, find ways around others, don’t really take my duties seriously, and don’t always listen to the ones trying to teach me. This leads to many problems including my magic teacher, my familiar, quitting his job. Over time I learn to be more responsible, stop breaking rules and because of this I am given a big opportunity. It’s not the only reason but I was given the opportunity but if those things hadn’t changed I never would have been given it. Upon accepting the opportunity I get a new job and life in the Other Realm. Now I would be the one in charge of punishing rule breakers. Besides this I would get to do more enjoyable things as well, such as train new familiars. Throughout the series you will discover the good, the bad, and many of the challenges that came with my job.

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K: Do you have any enemies?

D: Yes, his name is Sampson. Sampson is a, or was a, power hungry warlock who wanted (and probably still does!) to control both the Mortal Realm and the Other Realm. We become enemies from the moment I refuse to help him with his take over plans.  Besides being power hungry, Sampson also has natural ability to twist things around so you believe he means one thing when he really means another. He gets me with this trick a few times throughout the series.

K: Oh wow! That sounds very “epic”. Hopefully you don’t face any other challenges!

D: .In the series I also face the challenge of uniting the Realms. It’s a difficult task that is only made more difficult with Sampson’s interference. And I also face the threat of witch hunters, black magic, an attempt by a warlock to rid the world of wolves, my daughter Asantra, and…I think that’s enough for now.

K: Wow! You’re author sounds as mean as mine. Did she at least involve you in a good romance?

D: Well, I was involved in one, once. It was very short and not really worth mentioning except my daughter, Asantra, was the result of it. Who was he? Someone who first appears in one of the first three books in the series. I won’t say who it is or which book because I think it is something that is best discovered for yourself rather than hearing it from me. I will tell you that I liked him because he was creative, smart, and ambitious.

K: Do you think that has helped to make you who you are, or is there another event that shaped you?

D: I actually believe it was when I became a full time teacher to two wolf pups, Witch and Warlock, for a year. As I was teaching them about their magical powers, how to use them, and also how to be regular wolves, I learned a lot about myself. There were some things that the two of them did that I didn’t agree with yet realized that I would have done the same thing. The biggest example of this is when the pups are protecting their territory from an enemy wolf.

K: What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

D: I would really like for mortals to see past all the predjudices against witches and see us as we really are.

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K: That sounds fair enough. It looks like we’re running out of time, so real quick, if you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

D: Sometimes you might fail at something that you really wanted to succeed at and might consider giving up. If it’s something you really want don’t give up. Just believe in it and try again. Depending on what it is, sometimes all you need to do is figure out what went wrong the first time and change your approach. If you get the chance, when the time comes, check out:  Book Three, Mortal Realm Witch: Realms Unite?, and you will see what I mean.

K: That is excellent advice! And if you could say one thing to your author?

D: I would say thanks for not giving up on my first story. If you had we would have missed out on a lot of great adventures together.

  

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find DWW in Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Realm-Witch-Learning-About/dp/193878300X/  

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mortal-realm-witch-jennifer-priester/1111957728?ean=9781938783005

Also check out the website for more info: http://www.mortalrealmwitch.com/meettheauthor.html

 

And a special thank you to Jennifer Priester 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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/ 

Interview with John Hendry

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 are interviewing John Hendry, who is from Roger Lawrence’s horror novel Kongomato.

Katelina: Hello John! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

John: I’m an Exo-biologist which is just a fancy name for someone who searches for mythical or just extinct animals. I like the job because I don’t have to deal with people too often. I live in London now since I got fired from my job with a university which funded my research. I’m in my mid thirties. I’m no Brad Pitt but the girls seem to like my appearance and I am always keen to be with them when my research allows, which is not often. For some reason they don’t really get what I do.

K: Sounds safe enough. Not the kind of job where you have a lot of enemies, is it?

J: My biggest enemies are the government bureaucrats I managed to upset by breaking into that foreign embassy and stealing secrets. Oh, and calling the Prime Minister of Great Britain a rude word couldn’t have helped much. Compared to them, the monster currently roaming the skies of London and eating people, is relatively harmless.

K: Whoa! Monster? There’s a monster?

J: Yes, that’s what the Kongomato of the title is. A rather large, nasty monster.

K: Wow, so you’re fighting a monster?

J: Yes. I’m trying to end this madness before it’s too late by working with someone I hate and cannot trust while trying to work out what is really going on behind the scenes.

K: Do you hate the monster?

J: No not really. He’s just looking for food. But if it comes near me and I’ve got a gun, I’ll kill it.

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K: So, you mentioned government bureaucrats as enemies. I imagine there’s some kind of government cover up – or else it’s all their fault?

J:…

K: Are you saying you really don’t understand what the government is doing?

J: No I really don’t. Our government wouldn’t do anything to hurt us, then cover it up – would they?

K: Ah. I see. But you’re fighting the monster and fighting the government. Doesn’t that make you a hero?

J: To which I’d answer yes, but in reality, not really. I’m terrified most of the time.

K: Well there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m scared a lot of the time, and I’m just dealing with vampires! I don’t suppose there’s any time for a romance in all this, is there?

J: I have to work with my ex-girlfriend, whom it turns out, was working for someone else against me. So I never thought I would meet another girl that I could love. But now I’ve met a young doctor called Annie. My friend Carl has a thing for her. I can’t help myself. I think there could be something between us but it’s going to hurt Carl.

K: Man, nothing in your life is easy! What would you say is the one event that has helped to shape who you are?

J: My mum and dad’s money. I never had to work really hard and a result, I’m very selfish. It’s a bad trait and I hate it in myself.

K: Ah. Well how do you evolve during the story?

J: I’m a user. I’ve been doing it for years and hate myself for it. So now I am trying very hard to stop it and repay my friend, Carl’s kindness. I think I’m managing it, some of the time.

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K: Well that’s good, right? You’re getting better. And you recognize the problems. They say that’s the first step to recovery. What would you say is the one thing you want the most in the world?

J: My own research project, where I discover the remains of the most fantastic mythical creature. A bit childish, I know, but we all have our dreams.

K: Nothing wrong with that. At least it’s a goal. It looks like we’re almost out of time. If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

J: If you have true friends, don’t abuse them. I’ve done it all my life and now I don’t know who I can trust.

K: And finally, If you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

J: I’d say: Can I have a bit more time with Annie. And why couldn’t she live in a different block of flats from Carl, and why did he have to know her? And of course – if you’re thinking of it – please don’t kill me off.

K: And with that we’re out of time. You can find John in Roger Lawrence’s Kongomato available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kongomato-ebook/dp/B008GMVZ08/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/276611

And a special thank you to Roger Lawrence 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:

 https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Interview with Ker-ris

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 are interviewing Ker-ris from Barbara Tarn’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories Technological Angel and Mind Link. And can I just say he’s… um… nice looking. *cough* You’ll see.

K: Hello Ker-ris! Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Ker-ris: In Chantal’s words (you can read her journal in Technological Angel): Those Sire are real hunks! I mean, Ker-ris is gorgeous too! But he’s permanently dazed, as if he were on drugs. Except it’s not drugs, but a mind-controlling device the size of a grain of rice. Kol-ian told me it was injected in his brother-in-law’s veins on his wedding night. Talk about control freak! I mean, Lin-sun was beautiful, what was she afraid of? Jesus, I should stop drooling over handsome alien men! Now, that was the previous book, if you haven’t read it yet, go and get it now. I’ve been freed since, but according to both my late wife and my brother-in-law, I’m also the sexiest Sire alive, especially when I dance. Hope that will be enough for physical description! *grin*

K: Oh, yeah, I think that will do. *glances towards doorway in case Jorick is eavesdropping*. So, um, where are you from?

Ker-ris:  I’m stuck on Marc’harid (the Sire home planet) for the next 10 years, as I’ve been included in the Council of Five that took the place of the late Emperor. In Mind Link you’ll see me fall in love again, to the happiness of my son, the smartest boy in the universe.

K: In the first book you were minor character, right? How did you go from that to stardom?

Ker-ris: Yes I was a very secondary character in the original story. But being what I am and having finally a face in the Author’s mind (she has watched waaay too many Bollywood movies in the past couple of years!), I’m growing in importance as a character. Even my son is getting more room because he’s so smart! We’re stealing the spotlight from Kol-ian and his crew! *grin* She likes to blame me for her procrastination on other works (such as the Chronicles of the Varian Empire – the last book was late because she was listening to us. And actually, one hasn’t been written at all, haha!)… So I’ll keep pestering the Sadist Author until she writes also the story of my marriage (a very sad story, but you do like to cry, don’t you?)!

K: Well, sometimes I do. How would you say you evolve during the course of the series, besides gaining the spotlight?

Ker-ris: I first show up dazed, but now I’m back in control of my own mind and life. I’m a Sire aristocrat with a very special gift, which means I naturally do something that hasn’t been done in half a century – and only in my family, as the last to perform it was my aunt Lisa-mae. The mind link is wonderful, but can be deadly. Still, I think it’s something worth dying for.

K:  Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

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Ker-ris: Not me, not really. It’s my wicked brother-in-law who has many. And as we happen to be very very very fond of each other, the fallback is on me. Okay, we’re in love. There, I said it. So it’s his enemy that comes after us in this book.

K: So you’re in love with your brother-in-law? I guess that answers whether you’re romantically involved or not!

Ker-ris: Yes, with my wicked brother-in-law. I guess I was meant to spend my life with that branch of the Vaurabi… I loved his sister because she was the most beautiful Sire alive. I love him because… I don’t know. He’s five years younger than me and he did things for all of us I can only dream of. He’s both strong and fragile and… well, the mind link did the rest!

K: Do you face a challenge making those around you accept it, or is there a bigger challenge?

Ker-ris: Not at all, the challenge is the mind link. Kol-ian is so traumatized, he almost kills us both.

K: What is the one event that you feel has helped to shape your personality?

Ker-ris: The mind link. Can you tell it’s something very important in a telepath’s life? *wink*

K: What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

Ker-ris: Leave in peace with Kol-ian and Shan-leo (my son). Not going to happen yet, I’m afraid.

K: Authors never let characters have peace! If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

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Ker-ris: I’m easy-going and Mansion Shermac is very big, so if you happen to catch a starship that takes you to Marc’harid, feel free to come and visit. You’ll meet Shan-leo, Kol-ian and also his crew. And you can see the Falstelo (originally belonging to my family, but now it’s under Kol-ian’s name – he renounced his birthright, so I gave him a couple of gifts).

K: I just might do that if I ever escape the clutches of my evil author. Speaking of them, if you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

Ker-ris: Stop torturing me and Kol-ian, please! I know you’ve got more for us! Have mercy! Kol-ian is right, you’re the true Master Sadist!

And with that we’re out of time! You can find Ker-ris in Barbara Tarn’s Sci-fi/Fantasy Mind Link at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AQMSFBS

 & Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/267058

Also stay tuned for book 3 – The Slave Trader, or maybe some Star Minds snippets on Barb’s blog that will give you insight into the characters past.

And a special thank you to Barbara Tarn 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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Interview with Kol-ian

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 are interviewing Kol-ian from Barbara Tarn’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories Technological Angel and Mind Link..

Katelina: Tell me a little about yourself.

Kol-ian: Hello, my name is Cole – well, that’s what I’d say if we met somewhere on your planet, actually. If we got to chat a little, you’d probably manage to find out my real name is Kol-ian and that I’m a Sire – or alien Humanoid. I’m a telepath. I reached your planet in 1933 and left in 1982. I’m currently orbiting around Earth and hacked through your internet to chat with you. My main physical feature is black bat-like retractile wings, hence the definition of Technological Angel. That’s me and the title of the book, the first of the Star Minds series by Barbara G.Tarn out at the beginning of December in e-book format – for the print version please be patient until the new year.

K: Did you enjoy your stay on Earth? How well do you get along with Earthlings?

Kol-ian: Yeah, I love Earth’s music. Do I get along with Earthlings? We’re very much alike. I blended in perfectly during my stay. Although I have “something” that makes me irresistible to you all – but don’t tell Daniele, he still thinks he’s Casanova, so he’d never admit he likes me!

K: Why did you come to earth?

Kol-ian: A broken heart. I had a crush on a winged being you’d call angel (he has white feathered wings, but he’s probably a little too dark-skinned for your Christian god) but is actually an alien hybrid (half Humanoid and half Carian – they’re the bird people, FYI). He’s gorgeous, but also heartless. But they tell me I’m heartless too, so I guess I deserve him…

K: So you’re not in a relationship, then?

Kol-ian: Not in this book. Okay, sort of. Before leaving Earth I met Chantal in Paris, France and she asked me to take her to the stars, which I did. She loves me, but I can’t say I love her. Hence they tell me I’m heartless. I’m not. I’m still recovering from my unrequited crush for the hybrid, that’s all.

K: Do you have an enemy or nemesis?

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Not quite Kol-ian but hot just the same – by me 😉

Kol-ian: In Earth years I was 20-25 when I lived on Earth, and my nemesis was my father, no, actually, my whole family, damn them! Heartless control freaks all of them!

K: So is your biggest challenge dealing with your family, or something else?

Kol-ian: It’s to try getting rid of invulnerable people – or better, people with genetically reinforced skin. You might end up chased all over the galaxy and killed by a bounty hunter like my sister’s father-in-law!

K: Wow, that sounds pretty dramatic. Are those events that helped shape your personality, or is there something bigger?

Kol-ian: That would be a big spoiler… When I left your planet, I wasn’t really thinking about revenge or anything, but then that happened and sent me on the warpath… I couldn’t forgive, no way!

K: What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

Kol-ian: I don’t know. At the moment I’m simply grateful they didn’t lock me in a prison forever. And I’m kind of sick of seeing people falling in love around me.

K: Well, maybe if you weren’t heartless *cough* no, no I didn’t say anything. Um.. where am I? oh, yes, if you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

Kol-ian: Please come and meet my crew! I stole an abandoned starship back in 1982, had a complete makeover done and called it Falstelo, which means Shooting Star. I have “hired” (we work together and I don’t really pay them, we earn our living as adventurers and rogues) a female cyborg, a mutant, two Earthlings (Chantal and the very Italian latin lover Daniele – actually, he’s a sci-fi geek, LOL) and more came on board later, so come over and visit. Of course you’d need a space shuttle, try asking the guys at www.citizensinspace.org, they look for volunteers for orbital flights – that’s all you need for now! But hurry, as we’re supposed to go back to Marc’harid (my home planet) soon…

K: Are they in the next book, Mind Link, too?

Kol-ian: Yes. If you enjoy Technological Angel, stay tuned. Star Minds is a series, so you will have more. We’ve been tormenting our Author to write it down for a few months now (hence her fantasy world suffers, mwhahahaha! We stole all her free time!). I mean, she already wrote a couple of versions in the past (in Italian), but she’s finally fine-tuning our adventures and finding more to say about us – better late than never.

In fact she might copy your author at some point, and add short stories about secondary characters when the main storyline is done. I’ll let my future lover answer these same questions and tell you more about the rest when book 2 comes out (just before Christmas, so not a very long wait)!

K: and speaking of authors, do you have anything to say to yours?

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by Raven Vasquez via Flickr

Kol-ian: I know what you plan for me and my soon to be lover and I hate it! You’re the true Master Sadist, you wicked Author!

And with that we’re out of time! You can find Kol-ian in Barbara Tarn’s upcoming Sci-fi/Fantasy Mind Link as well as Technological Angel available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Technological-Angel-Star-Minds-ebook/dp/B00AGHJO0O/

 & Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260657

Also stay tuned for book 3 – The Slave Trader, or maybe some Star Minds snippets on barb’s blog that will give you insight into the characters past.

And a special thank you to Barbara Tarn 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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/


Interview with Sin

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 are interviewing Sin from Shaun Allan’s novel Sin.

Katelina: Hello Sin! Welcome! So the book is named after you?

Sin: Yep. The book I’m in is called Sin.  Yes, the same as my name.  That wasn’t my doing – I’m not being all self-obsessed or anything like that.  Blame the writer, some guy called Shaun Allan or something.

K: Must be nice. My series is named after a flower or a rock or something. I dunno, my lousy author found it on thesaurus.com. Enough of that, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?

S: I’m just an ordinary guy.

Well, I wish I was just an ordinary guy.  Unfortunately I’m not.  People have a habit of dying around me.  As such, though I’m originally from Grimsby, an old fishing port in the UK, I’m now residing in a mental asylum.

I’m 5’9”, a few pounds more than I would like but not many and my hair is grey at my temples.  It’s been that way for years.  I can’t think why.  Oh, and I’ve got a nice bum.

Well, I may not have, but I thought I’d throw that in there.

K: Wow, well at least you have a sense of humor still. You say people die around you? Um… I’m not going to ask how. Heh-heh.  Though I’ve seen a lot of people die, and as someone with a …  maybe similar experience(No, no, I don’t want to know HOW they die… I don’t judge) I have to ask, are you haunted by those that have died? 

S: Yes.  I hear their screams every night and most days.  When it gets too much, I kick-off so they come and top up my drug levels.  Not that it works particularly well.

K: They give you drugs? What the heck! I don’t get drugs! Moving on, would you say you evolve through the story?

S: I do, yes.  In various ways.  At the start, people tend not to be keen on me, which is a shame as I’m actually lovely (honest).  As the story goes on, they realise that, although bad things happen, I do try my best to stop them.  Also, I do end up getting a handle on these issues (without giving anything away) and do my best to make good.

Asylum for Insane, Queen West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1910)

photo by Toronto Public Library Special Collections under CC license

K: Well, you seem okay to me. But then my boyfriend rips vampires’ hearts out, so you know. Speaking of that, do you have any enemies in this book?

S:  I do, though I don’t realise it to begin with.  There’s Dr. Connors.  To the outside world, he’s a talented psychiatrist whose only intent is to help and care for people.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  He knows what I can do and wants to use it for himself.

K: So is defeating him your biggest challenge in the book?

S: No. It’s accepting myself, I suppose.  Coming to terms with everything that I’d done.  And facing my sister, who died – although she might just be in my head.

K: In your head, huh? (Still not judging). So, how about the romance angle in the story? Are you involved with someone?

S:  I was, once.  But she used to take a certain bus to work…

K: Um… okay. I’m going to guess… nope, no guessing. So what would you say is the one thing you want most?

S: To be normal.  To be able to watch TV, walk down the street or eat a bacon butty and not worry if people will die.

K: I’ve heard of bacon butties, but what are they? How do you make them?

S: Don’t use smoked bacon, and make sure it’s just edging on crispy.  Then you only need bread and butter.  Why mess about with the taste by adding ketchup or brown sauce?

Commence Battle Bacon!

photo by Mafu under CC license

K: So it’s a bacon and butter sandwich? Interesting. That actually sounds kind of good.

S: Oh!  Why did you make me think of a bacon butty?  We only get slop in here, so the last thing I need to be thinking of is a crispy bacon butty… Thanks…

K: Sorry about that, though you did mention them first… You’re not a serial killer are you? No, never mind, don’t tell me. Let’s just go with this question: What event do you feel shaped your personality?

S: Probably being called ‘Sin’ by my parents.  It caused a lot of beatings in the playground and a lot of jokes from my father.  It meant I treat most things, good or bad, with a dry sense of humour laced with sarcasm.

K: Oh. I thought that was like a nickname. It looks like we’re running out of time, but I have two questions left. If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

S: Don’t flip a coin you happen to find on the street.  See a penny, pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck.  That’s what they told you.  They lied.

K: That’s a bit cryptic. And if you could say one thing to your author?

S: Couldn’t you have written for Disney instead?

K: That’s a good one! I’d ask mine that but she’s such a psycho Disney wouldn’t take her!

   

And with that we’re out of time! You can find Sin in his own self-titled novel Sin by Shaun Allan, available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sin-ebook/dp/B00883KV3C/

And a special thank you to Shaun Allan 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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Interview with Shuki Bolkiah

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 are interviewing Shuki from M.A. McRae’s novel Not a Man

Not a Man

Shuki: My name is Shuki Bolkiah and I live in a remote part of Arabia. I am an educated man, though when my story begins, it would have seemed so unlikely. Then I was just a child, not long taken from the slums by a rich and powerful man. Hassenal Daoud had a very powerful influence on my life. If not for Master Hassenal, I may never have learned to read and write, I would certainly never have been to England or anywhere else. It is quite likely that I would not have survived until adulthood. Children die in Elbarada, of starvation and of disease. My family lived in the worst of the slums, an area where the infant mortality rate was almost 90%.

On the other hand, if I had not met Master Hassenal, assuming I did survive, I would have been truly a man. The name of my book is called ‘Not a Man.’ I was just ten, and he changed me. I never forgave him for that, and yet I did not hate him. He was my protector. He thought he loved me. He changed my life.

K: Wow! That sounds pretty complex! So what kind of a book would you say this is?

S: My author has called my story a ‘Coming of Age.’  That is what it is.  When I was young, I felt such a sense of inferiority. I stayed puny when the other boys grew strong and hard. Men wanted me, when they never would have thought of wanting the others. My face stayed pretty instead of turning into the face of a true man. My body is hairless, my face beardless. It took a long time for me to accept my differences, and to know that I am just as worthy as any other person, even if not a man in the full sense of the world.

K: That’s an important lesson that a lot of people could use. I’d guess learning that was your biggest challenge, or is there a bigger one?

S: After I was attacked at Oxford, the biggest challenge I faced was just to survive. It seemed then that there was nowhere I could live and be safe. That was before I found my dear friends, my wives. That day, if I had not forgotten my rifle, then there would have been no more story. I would have ended it then. Elei would have been broken-hearted, I know that now, but at the time, I had not yet understood how truly he loved me. I loved him as well, but for me, it took time for that love to grow. I think it’s different for me than it is for true men, who can by blinded by lust and call it love.

K: So you and Elei are involved in a romance?

S: I do not understand ‘romance.’  I have come to very much love my partner, Elei, but it was not like that in the beginning. It was just that I thought that just maybe I could survive if Elei kept me close. Elei is strong and brave and intelligent and he holds me close at night. Elei is my love.

K: Yeah. That’s romance right there. Sounds like Elei is a wonderful man! But, on the flip side, do you have any enemies in the book?

S: There was one who seemed to me as if he represented all my enemies. His name was Moran. He wanted to buy me as a slave, but by then I had my wives and children to look after and to live for. Instead of waiting for him to act, I removed the threat. I killed him. When I was ten, few men wanted me, but as I grew, it seemed that almost every man wanted me. Always, I had to guard myself. Always I had to be aware of my surroundings. I was prey and still am. Men are my nemesis – whole men that is, not like me, a eunuch.

K: A eunuch? Um, not to get too personal, but… well… how did that happen? If you don’t mind telling us?

S: There was an operation.

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K: Oh. I guess that’s probably the answer to my next question, “What event most shaped your life”?

S: Most people would assume that it was that operation that made me as I am. It is true that I would have been different in personality as well as in body if that had not happened. But what had the most effect on me was when I thought so deeply of my prospects after that meeting with Dr. Stewart McKenzie. He explained to me just what they had done, and what it made me.  There was no way of going back. That wicked operation could never be undone.  What choice did I have? If I had left Master Hassenal, I would have tried to survive by thievery and begging, just another of the horde of street urchins that live in Elbarada. Few survive long. So I had to accept what was done; I had to live with it, and I had to make the most of every opportunity I was given. And so I have done ever since.

K: It sounds like you had a very hard life. What else did you have to do to survive? I heard a… um… rumor that you and a Mr. Horie… well… that you received money in exchange for certain “favors”, shall we say….

S: It is true. It was when I had left my master, and was living alone in England. I quite deliberately went to a place where rich men gather, and I offered a night with me in return for a very large amount of money. I wanted to go to University, and I needed money. Remember that at heart, even now, I am just a slum boy, surviving the best way that I can. From the ages of ten to fifteen, I shared the bed of a rich man in order to have food, shelter and safety. For me, it was the obvious thing to do.

K: Weren’t you scared?

S: Very nervous. I didn’t think he would hurt me, but I don’t like sex and never will. But then he held me all night. I think it’s the best thing in the world to be held like that, all night.  I came to have a very deep regard for Mr. Horie.

K: Were there others besides him?

S: That paid for it, do you mean?  No. There were never any others. When Mr. Horie died, that was the finish. I never took money for sex again.

K: We’re getting low on time, but I have a couple more questions, if you don’t mind. If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?

S: I would explain that sometimes things happen, and the only choice you have is to accept it and learn to make a life anyway. Make the most of what you have. There is no point yearning for what you cannot have.

K: Wow, that’s a very profound comment! What is the thing that you want the most in the world?

S: The one thing that I want?  I think that I already have all that I want. I have four wonderful women to be my friends and companions and I have two children to dote on. They are not of my blood. It makes no difference. Veiha and Tarik are my children.  And I have Elei. What more could I want? I do not yearn for what I lost when I was ten. One does not miss what one has never had.

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photo by me

K: Well I’m glad to hear that it all works out so well! That rarely happens in the books I’m involved in. Your author must be nicer than mine. And speaking of authors, if you could say one thing to yours, what would it be?

S: No idea. It would be like saying something to some almighty god – authors do exactly what they choose to do. Just as long as the ending is happy, we poor characters cannot ask for more than that.

K: Shhhh! Don’t let my author hear that or she’ll be trying to get rid of us again for “characters who cooperate”!

Jo: What? Did I just hear the sound of a good, respectful character? You should be more like this fine example of…

K: *groans* too late.

And with that we’re out of time! You can find Shuki in M.A. McRae’s novel Not a Man available at Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/169513

And a special thank you to M.A. McRae 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:

 

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Interview with Gideon Thomas

Jamie’s interview will be posted next week because Katelina has another interview to do…

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 are interviewing Gideon Thomas from Susan Koenig’s short Nineteen Hundred. With short brown hair, deep brown eyes and sharp suit, he looks quite the businessman!

Nineteen Hundred

Katelina: Hello Gideon! Welcome and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Gideon: For the past 40 years I have worked for Mr. D and that is all I will say about that. Since the job is fairly new, some of the conflicts I encounter surprise me and consequently I may not always make the correct choices. So be it.

K: Wait, 40 years? You look 30!

G: Yes, I am 70 years old but look 30, the age when I died.

K: The story is set in the year 1900, right? But, well, you don’t really LOOK very Victorian…

G: My moustache and beard were neatly trimmed in keeping with the Victorian fashion.

K: Oh, do you have a photo?

G: No. Cameras in 1900 did not produce a good quality image and anyway I avoided them at all costs.

K: I see. What challenges do you face in Nineteen Hundred?

G: It is more of a conflict really. *he reaches into his jacket producing his watch which he places into his cupped palm and clutches like a raft in the middle of the ocean*Wanting to be with Kathryn and make her happy but as I said earlier, I have secrets that must be kept about my profession.  It is an obligation I am bound to. In addition I had to blend into the society of the times and not stand out or be noticed. I could not bring undue attention to my actions.

K: How do you think you evolve during the course of the story?

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G: The story opens the fateful night   Kathryn and I met.  My dark soul was drawn to her innocence. I knew she could take me places I have always longed for but would never admit to myself.  Up to that time I was resigned to the direction my life had taken me.  As we spent more time together, well, I guess the only way to put it… is… well…I fell in love with her.  My employer forbids that sort of thing but I was helpless to prevent it. By the end of the story I am no longer sure of my decisions. *His hands clasp and unclasp in his lap*

K: Sounds like a romance story –

G: Hmmm. * eyes scrutinize the ceiling* Well I told you before I fell in love with her It never occurred to me to call it a romance. Romance implies intimacy whether physical, intellectual or psychological. What Kathryn and I had… I enjoyed her intelligence and curiosity. She is so innocent and needs protection. Though her eyes are splendid. They mirrored her emotions.  And her hair enchanted me…. but romance? Perhaps the readers can determine if we were romantically involved.

K: Oh. Well, either way, it doesn’t sound like there’s a lot of running and screaming, so I’ll guess you don’t really have any enemies?

G: No enemies as such. Perhaps my nemesis, if that is the correct term, was my stubbornness, or a more positive word, my dedication. I have secrets to keep and possibly I sheltered them too well. The consequences would be dire if I did reveal them.   And who would believe me? I had been schooled in the art of duplicity for too long to change easily.

K: What event do you think helped to shape you and your personality?

G: Loving Kathryn affected my life for the next 110 years.

K: What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

G: Well that is an odd question. *squirms in his seat and stares into the distance*  Something I never (dared) think about.

K: Hmm. Okay. It looks like we’re running out of time, so two more questions. If you could say anything to your author, what would it be?

G: I do not blame you. You had no choice considering my behavior.

K: That’s an intriguing answer. And if you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

G: Ensure a good supply of tissues at hand when you read about us.

And with that we’re out of time! You can find Gideon in usan Koenig’s story Nineteen Hundred available at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nineteen-Hundred-ebook/dp/B00864KMXM

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165037

And be sure to check out Sue’s blog at http://sassyspeaks.wordpress.com/

And a special thank you to Susan Koenig 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:


https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Interview with The Mistress & her Lover

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 another two-for – this time from none other than SassySue King’s upcoming The Devil’s Mistress. And since there are two of them, Jorick has volunteered to help me out.

the Devil's Mistress

Katelina:  Hello guys! Could you tell us a little about yourselves for the readers at home? We can start with physical descriptions if you’d like.

She:  My lover is good looking, with beautifully coifed, thick, brown hair, worn rather long, and big brown eyes; with a Johnny Depp smile.

K: You know, he DOES kind of have a Johnny Depp-ness about him…

She: When we first met I knew those eyes would take me places I never dreamed existed. And they have.

I’m a librarian

He: Her hair is big, curly and  blonde. She has a cute petite figure with just enough of everything and silky blue eyes. When we first met, sitting in the Starbucks, I knew those eyes would take me to places I always longed for but would never admit to. And they have.

I work in mid-management for the Devil collecting souls. A soul collector.  I’m not an evil demon or anything. *He glances at Jorick to confirm no offense taken* Though I am immortal.

K: That’s sweet. They described each other. *pokes Jorick* It makes me wonder how you would describe me!

Jorick: *clears throat* Yes, well…

K: So where are you from?

He: We live in a medium sized city in Southwestern Ontario, in Canada. Couples like us exist in every town in the world.

So far we’ve been brought to life through some of Sue’s stories but we’re hopeful *they both look at Sue with raised eyebrows* that our story will be published soon in an expanded version.

Sue: *leans in* I’m working on it! Stop nagging!

K: Wow. Your author actually made an appearance without needing to be tied to a chair! That’s an improvement on our author. If you could say one thing to her before she disappears what would it be?

She: Thank you for giving us life and making so many readers smile – and maybe to think.

K: That’s nice. I can’t say I have anything nice to say about mine. *ahem* Anyway, so back to you and your story.  I’m guessing that you two are a couple?

She: Yes. We are romantically involved. We love each other with all our body, heart and soul (no pun intended).

He: The most appealing thing about her is she listens to my old jokes, which are very old since I’ve had over a century to collect them. They are so old she’s never heard them. And she always laughs just like she did the first time we met. She’s smart, funny and sexy. And she never judges me.

 She: The best thing about him is his attentiveness. When we are together it’s all about me and what I want or need. It might be his guilt coming out since we are not together as much as we would like that makes him like that,  or it may be his past history, but the main thing is, he is attentive. Because of his age and all he’s seen, his stories are new and exciting.  And I’ve always loved history. He brings it to life. I’ve been helping him to regain his humanity and sense of humour and now he totally cracks me up. We see things in life from different angles and this allows each of us to see the other’s perspective. As he said his jokes are hysterical.  He is smart, funny and sexy.  He promised he would never fail me and he hasn’t. He always has my back.

And we have no secrets which makes everything easier to handle.

K: That’s really sweet. *pokes Jorick* Isn’t that really sweet?

J: *ahem* yeah. I suppose. Don’t we have questions for them?

K: Well don’t you? You’re supposed to be helping- 

J: Yes. So is this the kind of story where you’re smashing skulls and killing enemies or…

The Devil is Born

by Neetesh Gupta via flickr

He: Enemies as such no. But I do work for the Devil, ya know (grins his Johnny Depp smile).

*Katelina forgets where she is for a moment and Jorick gives her a dark look*

Some think I’m the enemy

She: His boss, Mr. D, as we call him, because calling him the Devil just sounds so… evil, and my lover is not evil, could demote him from mid-management and send him, and me as well, to the sweat shops of Hell. That’s the rumour anyway and it has all of the mid-management team and their partners paranoid.

K:  Yeah, I could see that. Though you’d think there would be rules about that sort of thing, you know? About sending perfectly decent people – er, or vampires – to hell. Jorick here is always on about the hopelessness of it all, just because he’s a vampire –

J: No, I’m not. Moving along. I imagine that dealing with his boss is the central challenge in the story?

She: Well, I have to keep his secret, and it’s not easy with my nosy girl-friends. His job frustrates me no end. I vowed I would help him regain his humanity. It’s not easy trying to live an ordinary life with him. *deep sigh* It’s a challenge alright.

He: I hate to disappoint her and don’t wish to lose her either. She would be perfectly justified to leave me and I wouldn’t blame her a bit. But I don’t want to have to face that situation. My boss  wants the job done with no distractions. He considers her a distraction, so it’s a challenge keeping both her and my boss happy. And, according to her, I seem to be having a problem understanding this ‘humanity’ thing. But I’m trying.

She: *pokes him* – Yeah you sure are ‘trying’

He: *smiles back, clasps her hand and holds it for the rest of the interview.*

K: How do the two of you evolve during the story?

She: Oddly enough he supports and encourages me to be the best I can be. This is true in both my personal and professional life.

He: She brings out the softer side in me which no one has been able to do for at least a century. This job breeds cynicism and shuts the door on emotions. With her my human side grows and I feel emotions again. I become more human.

K: Now that’s romantic. *turns to Jorick*. Isn’t that romantic?

J: *to their guests* What’s the one event that you feel has helped to shape your personality?

She: Before I took a risk with him, I always played by the rules. Taking the risk with him is the best thing I ever did. People have to take some kind of risks in life otherwise you won’t grow as a person.

He: Well I did go to Hell … that was pretty personality shaping…

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By mcclanahoochie Chris McClanahan

J: Fair enough.

K: Yeah, that would be pretty life changing. On a more upbeat note, what is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

*in unison*

He: to be able to live a more complete fulfilling life with her.

She: to be able to live a more complete fulfilling life with him.

K: Oh! Did you hear that Jorick?

J: Yes. I’m right here and I’m not deaf. *to their guests* If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

She: Don’t look at the details of our life look at the larger picture. See yourselves in our shoes

K: And time is running out but, before you go, I do have one perhaps delicate question. In the stories you are referred to as Lover and Mistress with no given names. Why is that?

He: The idea started as a sort of joke with inspirations from Sue’s writing class As we went along living a day to day existence, with similar problems to every couple, Sue realised she was using the characters to demonstrate the ‘every person’ experience. With the same problems, conflicts, and joys faced by the average couple.

By labeling a hero and heroine with names an image would immediately impose itself in the mind of the audience. The result might be identification with people they’ve known with those names. And it would no longer be “us”.

She: If you read very carefully, you will see that we do have names…..


K: And with that we’re out of time! A special thank you to our guests for stopping in! You can read more of them on SassySue King’s blog at http://sassyspeaks.wordpress.com/

And a special thanks to SassySue 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:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/


Interview with Rose and Skriker

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 two characters – Skriker and Rose – from the novel Black Dog and Rebel Rose, and the novella Coyote Night by Danielle D. Smith.

Black Dog & Rebel Rose

Katelina: Thanks for coming guys! Wow, a two for one interview! Could you tell us a little about yourselves? Maybe describe what you look like for the readers?

SKRIKER: Thanks for askin’, baby. Pleasure to be here. What do I look like…heh-heh. 6′ 3″ tall, Billy Idol rock star platinum blond with carpet that matches the drapes, green eyes, lots of tattoos, beefcake body, devilishly handsome, hung like a horse…

K: Oh my….

ROSE: (rolling her eyes, chuckling): Modest, are we, Skrike?

SKRIKER: You know it’s true, baby. Anyway, I’m half-demon, half-human–my pops was a soul collector who fell in love with my mom when she was stripping at this joint called The Neon, and he chose to give up his infernal birthright to join her here on terra firma. I’m a hunter of all things that dwell in the dark–other demons, vamps, weres, shifters, angry ghosts– you name it, I hunt it. I also cage fight professionally underground, and do some mercenary work on the side. I live on the road most of the time, but when I’m back in my home city, I have a nice place of my own where I park my shit and keep my pet devil dog, Trash, happy and spoiled. You can find me in the pages of Black Dog and Rebel Rose and now, Coyote Night.

K: Uh.. vampire hunter.. uh.. yeah.. How about you, Rose?

ROSE: Thank you for having us. I’m 5′ 11″ tall, pin-up shapely, with long curly dark hair and parti-colored eyes (one blue, one brown). I have a trio of scars on each cheek, marking where a demon clawed me when I was five years old. I’m a Nephil, the last on Earth. My father is a warrior angel, a former megasoldier in the Holy Army. He helped cast Lucifer out when the Universe was new. My human mother, rest her soul, was an artist and the unexpected love of my father’s life. He was sent to kill her in order to earn back his place in Paradise (you can read about that in Psyche’s Gate), and ended up falling hard for her instead. As you can see, Skriker and I are total opposites, but we love each other like crazy. I live in the same city as Skrike, in a little studio in the rougher side of town. He keeps trying to get me to move in with him, but…not sure about that yet. You can find me in the same stories as Skriker here.

K: Wow. So how would you say that you evolve or change during the course of your storie(s)?

SKRIKER: Pretty profound question there. I’d have to say that I evolved the most when I met Rose while hunting vampyres in Black Dog and Rebel Rose–I used to be a crazy man-whore, see? I banged so many girls, I couldn’t count ’em. Hump ’em and leave ’em, that was my style. I could meet a girl on a street corner and she’d be going home with me by the time we reached the other side of the street. When I met Rose and found my soulmate in her, I became less selfish and more faithful than this old boy ever thought he could be. I would die for her in half a second and do anything to keep her by my side.

ROSE: Personally, in meeting Skriker, I found myself able to actually love my enemy in the truest sense of the word. My father gave me a genetic inborn hatred of demons…it was only natural. When I met Skriker, I was so fragmented about how I felt about him. I felt myself plunging headlong into love, feeling like I had found the other half of my soul, like I had known him forever…and he was a Halfling. Completely, totally forbidden under Heaven’s rules. I struggled with that like you have no idea. And when I finally accepted my feelings for him, I realized that I had found my best friend. That evolution was huge for me…I had to deny my birthright in order to be with the man I loved.

K: Wow. That’s romantic, to say the least! What first attracted you guys to one another?

 SKRIKER (rolling his eyes back deliciously): Ohhh, mama…you’re looking at her sitting right here. What did I find appealing?…

ROSE: Oh, good God. Here it comes.

SKRIKER: Let’s see here…dynamite body that puts Bettie Page to shame. Tits that don’t quit. Hair, breath, and spit that smells like night blossoms. Eyes that would knock any man flat on his ass. Did I mention her tits? Oh, okay. Rosie’s my soulmate–truly. She is the best hunter I have ever met and blows my mind every time–her knowledge of weapons, techniques, and fighting skills are second to none– and at the same time she makes me want to bundle her into my arms and keep her safe. Sex with her is, well…when they say it’s best with your One and Only, they aren’t lying. Her toughness, her warmth (which she doesn’t show to everybody), her smile…all of it just turns me into mush.

ROSE (blushing a little): Oh, Skrike, you dog! Anyway, Skriker is gorgeous, as you can see, and that was the first thing that attracted me to him. He’s such a damned bad boy punk…rock hard body, all those hot tattoos, and, yes, hung like a horse. (She giggles.) But there’s more to him than that. His rugged looks belie the fact that he’s crazy smart–he could have beaten the chess club at their top game. He can track better than any hunter I have seen. He’s well-read, clever as shit, and has a sense of humor that can put me in stitches…and that’s rare. Oh, and he’s a god in bed. A lady has to put a big check mark by that, no doubt.

K: Well, sounds like your author certainly gave you a lot of romance, did she give you a lot of enemies, too?

SKRIKER: Heh, heh. Enemies? You got all day? I’m on Hell’s shit list, honey, just like my dad was when he took off on the bosses Downstairs. All nasty things hate me: vampyres, werewolves, all that junk. ‘Cos I kill ’em, and kill ’em nasty. I say bring it ON.

Coyote Night

K: Erm.. yeah. *cough*

ROSE: My enemy? Whoever sent a pack of demons to torture and murder my mother and maim me when I was a little girl. I don’t know who he is, and haven’t found him yet…but when I do, he will hate the day he was created.

 K: Wow. So I guess you’ve probably had a lot of soul changing moments. If you had to pick the one that really shaped you, what would it be?

SKRIKER: Meeting Harry, my savior. Believe it or not, he’s a werewolf…but the nicest one you’ll ever meet. He rescued me when I was living in a sewer tunnel at thirteen. My family was killed by demons when I was eleven, see, and I ended up on the streets, alone. Harry took me in and taught me everything I know. I fight in his underground fight club and make loads of cash doing it. I ride a Harley, just like him. He helped me become who I was meant to be, and helped me balance pride in my demonic gifts with my humaity. His daughter, Gretchen, is like a sister to me. You’ll get more of that story later on–those pages are still being written–but that’s definitely what helped to shape old Skrike.

ROSE: What shaped me? My mother being horribly slain and my face being maimed. I was so innocent and pure before that. After that happened, my father took me and hid me away in the magical house of a Mother Goddess for ten years. There, he taught me how to fight as the angels do, how to sharpen my angelic gifts like a well-honed blade. I became the warrior he always knew I could be, as much as I think it pained him. I ran away when I was sixteen–got sick and tired of being hovered over–and I spent the next year traveling the world, hunting the dark horrors out there, taking occasional lovers, becoming a woman and a true soldier. My mother’s death…it shaped me in ways that I think my father never even expected.

K: I can’t even imagine! My dad died when I was like a baby, so it wasn’t really the big emotional hole, you know? But, speaking of challenges, what’s the biggest challenge you face in your newest story?

SKRIKER: In Coyote Night, I face having Rose stolen away from me by a Navajo skinwalker who wants to possess my girl as his own. NOT something you do to old Skrike. It leaves me fighting the most desperate fight of my life…trying to keep my woman safe in my arms.

ROSE: Saving a pack of children stolen by this skinwalker. These kids have endured so much spiritual and physical horror from being kidnapped and held captive by this monster…they become my ward, and I am determined to save them, no matter what the cost. I will face off with the skinwalker using the angelic powers my father gave me; whether or not my human side gets in the way will be the big question.

Japanese Tattoo

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SKRIKER: (wistfully): For Rosie to marry me. Hint, HINT.

ROSE: To find who killed my mother. Then we can talk marriage…if that’s possible for a Nephil and a Halfling.

K: oh, I don’t see why not. I mean, if you like marriage and all… the commitment, you know… erm, anyway, if you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

SKRIKER: Enjoy the ride! And many juicy kisses to the ladies…

ROSE: Write to Danielle D. Smith and tell her to stop being such a bitch…I mean, seriously. The brutality she puts us through…the heartache…

K: Aha! I know what you mean! My author is evil incarnate and yours sounds on par with her! If you could say one thing to your author what would it be?

SKRIKER: Thank you, Dani! You couldn’t have done a better job, mama! (Blows a noisy kiss)

ROSE (grumbling): You seem to enjoy torturing your characters a lot, don’t you?

K: And it looks like we’re about out of time-

SKRIKER: I think you missed some questions, baby.

K:Oh? Like what?

ROSE: No comment. No, don’t ask him…oh, Jesus…

SKRIKER: Oh, fun! Let’s see…Q1.) Skriker, have you ever seduced a nun in a church? A: Why, yes, I have. And she enjoyed that pipe I laid very much! Q2.) Skriker, if you could get Rose to do one thing in bed that she hasn’t done yet, what would that be? A: Why, I would–

ROSE (abruptly cutting in): Okay, this interview is over! Thank you for your hospitality.

K: *Blinking* Um.. yeah, and thank you. *shakes head*. Yeah, as I was saying, thanks to Skriker and Rose for stopping in. you can find them in Black Dog and Rebel Rose, and the novella Coyote Night by Danielle D. Smith.

 And a special thanks to Danielle D. Smith for playing along!

Bio: Danielle D. Smith is a traditionally published author of Paranormal, Horror, and Erotica tales for adult readers who like their stories “outside the mainstream”. Her fourth book, the novella Coyote Night, will be released this summer by Solstice Publishing. Purchase her book Black Dog and Rebel Rose HERE to read the story of Skriker and Rose’s chance meeting. Visit the author online at www.danielledsmith.com

 

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