Character Name: Lloyd Tenay
Which book/world do you live in?
I live in The Shattered States series, which is named after the supposed world. Technically, it’s Earth, but one of those alternate ones that authors love to play with. This one is where the United States has been walled off and blockaded from the rest of the world. Nobody is allowed to leave and some putz decided to nuke Washington D.C., so chaos just took over. You get some warlords and various towns that have carved out a niche, but most of the place is a violent dump with very few laws. Guess it doesn’t sound that different than reality. We do have more cannibalism here though.
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
I look forward to working with your company . . . Wait . . . Think I got mixed up here. Well, being a former serial killer, most of my strengths deal with murder. I say former because the job market has become saturated since the collapse. Now I consider myself a purveyor of death and, if you make friends with me, hugs. Have I answered the first part of the question? Okay then my greatest strength is that I’m very good at thinking on my feet and finding unique ways out of situations. Cassidy is the planning type while I’m more of a free spirit.
Greatest weakness is supposedly that I don’t know when to shut up. I’m also easily distracted by knives, women, and food. Always itching for a fight and I have a habit of looking for challenges that could get me killed. Not a fan of guns, which puts me at a disadvantage, but I have a paintball gun to cover that. Wow, I probably should have died a long time ago. Good thing I’m a protagonist or I’d be screwed.
Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
Not sure about institutions. Been in a few over the years and it’s always filled with people that want to talk about my problems. They claim to be doctors, but they don’t even have a stethoscope and I can read their handwriting. So, my three important things are:
- Cassidy who is my partner and the one that busted me out of prison. She’s like the little sister I never had. I’m not saying that because I just saw that she bought a few more tasers.
- I kind of have a girlfriend, which is the big change since our first adventure. Katie is tough, smart, unpredictable, and energetic. She’s also a warlord up in Illinois, which means we also have a business relationship. Did I mention she killed a man for getting her tea wrong? So sexy.
- My machete has my name on it, but I’m going with my t-shirt collection. I have so many graphic shirts that I’m surprised they can fit in the jeep. Seriously, we have so much in that thing and it never causes a problem. I get the feeling that the laws of physics don’t really matter to the guy in charge.
What does ‘heroism’ mean to you?
That will certainly get you killed out here. Heroes jump into the fray for the greater good and to save the innocent. There’s a sense of sacrifice for those true hero types. I want to say that courage is a big part of it too. All I really know is that these types tend to get praise and can’t possibly look at someone suffering and go about their lives. Good for them, but that’s not my way. I guess I can respect the desire to help others and I do get the urge at times. Just because I’m a fun-loving murderer doesn’t mean I can’t like people and want to help them. Typically with a lot of slashing and stabbing.
What do you think of your ‘creator’?
He’s a sadistic, horrible monster that comes up with some of the most disturbing challenges for us. I mean, do you know what he did to me in Wyoming during Crossing Bedlam? At least he made up for it in Chasing Bedlam, but I still have nightmares about that spoiler heavy section. On a more personal note, the guy needs to get some sun and lay off the fast food. Seriously, I think Captain Ahab is going to start looking for him if he doesn’t get his act together.
Do your worst to me, author! I die and the series ends! I am immortal-ish!
Give us your favourite piece of advice:
“If you can, be the craziest bastard in the room. If you can’t do that then make friends with the craziest bastard in the room.”
Also: “Never argue over pizza toppings. Just get half-and-half.”
Links to book
Horrible Creator’s author page Charles E Yallowitz – author page