Swift Six Character Interview – Marie McCathy

Name: Marie McCathy (was Susan)

Which book/world do you live in?

You’ll find me in Marie’s World, which is one of the books in the Susan Family series. Susan is the name of our family.

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.)

I’m a dancer, who’s just had all her secrets outed to the whole world. I’m the star of a reality TV show about dancers. My dance partner is Derek who is finding out all the secrets I kept from him. Like my estranged husband and someone who has been chasing me for eight years. I own several dance studios throughout the US and one in Scotland. I have returned to Aberdeen as it’s my safe harbour in which I plan to ride out the storm and hide from Harold. He’s my estranged husband and the owner of a huge wrestling company. He’s also the man my father owed a huge debt to.

I’m a mix of Canadian and Scottish.

How do you see your world?

I live in a Shark world where its very cut throat. Dance always have a code to take care of each other, but Hollywood is the cutthroat part. I often have people staying at my home in Los Angeles and Chicago. I just don’t ever rent out the house I share with Layla in Aberdeen.

My world is very fast pace and sometimes people get lost in it.

What part do you play in this tale?

I’m the beating heart of this family. I’m the reason that Layla has become bitter and so angry. I have always been the person that stands in front of my family to protect it. Now I might not do that. I might just walk away. I’ve carried them all for long enough now.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature?

Yes. Most people don’t get to see the real me. I guess they will get to see everything that I have been trying to hide my whole life. I don’t know what they will think of me now.

Do you follow any religion?

Catholic.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)?

I have to eat a diet designed for dancers. I’m into Country and hip-hop music. I like red and black, funny that is my hair colour.

 Links to book etc

Swift Six Set 3 – Character

Name: Marie McCathy (was Susan)

Which book/world do you live in?

You’ll find me in Marie’s World, which is one of the books in the Susan Family series. Susan is the name of our family.

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.)

I’m a dancer, who’s just had all her secrets outed to the whole world. I’m the star of a reality TV show about dancers. My dance partner is Derek who is finding out all the secrets I kept from him. Like my estranged husband and someone who has been chasing me for eight years. I own several dance studios throughout the US and one in Scotland. I have returned to Aberdeen as it’s my safe harbour in which I plan to ride out the storm and hide from Harold. He’s my estranged husband and the owner of a huge wrestling company. He’s also the man my father owed a huge debt to.

I’m a mix of Canadian and Scottish.

How do you see your world?

I live in a Shark world where its very cut throat. Dance always have a code to take care of each other, but Hollywood is the cutthroat part. I often have people staying at my home in Los Angeles and Chicago. I just don’t ever rent out the house I share with Layla in Aberdeen.

My world is very fast pace and sometimes people get lost in it.

What part do you play in this tale?

I’m the beating heart of this family. I’m the reason that Layla has become bitter and so angry. I have always been the person that stands in front of my family to protect it. Now I might not do that. I might just walk away. I’ve carried them all for long enough now.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature?

Yes. Most people don’t get to see the real me. I guess they will get to see everything that I have been trying to hide my whole life. I don’t know what they will think of me now.

Do you follow any religion?

Catholic.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)?

I have to eat a diet designed for dancers. I’m into Country and hip-hop music. I like red and black, funny that is my hair colour.

Links to book etc
Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Amazon US:Amazon US

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Dirty Dozen Character Interview – Mab Winthrop – Vampire/Fantasy

CHARACTER NAME: Mab Winthrop

  • Tell us a little about yourself.

First of all, I really don’t like my last name, so let’s pretend it doesn’t exist from this point forward.  Now, let’s get to the real information such as I’m a vampire and a highly skilled burglar.  My partner and I used to run one of the most infamous crime gangs on the continent until the Great Cataclysm hit, the idiot got sucked into the ground, and the mortals declared war on my entire species.  So, I’ve been more of an assassin and spy for one of the nobles since heists are a little too dangerous now.  I still swipe things that my targets won’t have any use for after I kill them, so I get my kicks that way.  Now that Clyde, he’s the idiot and partner, is back, I’m hoping to return to my roots.  I mean, he’s stronger and more powerful than ever with more of an interest in fighting than stealing, but I’m sure I can smack some sense into him.

 

  • Do you have a moral code? If so what might it be?

You might think I don’t because I’m a thief and a vampire, but I do.  Basically, you don’t betray your friends and family.  Top predator or not, mortals still outnumber us, so we have to depend on each other to survive.  You prove to be a traitor and I’ll make sure you don’t get a chance to stab anyone else in the back.  I kind of have a soft spot for kids too, but most vampires do.  I mean, you need the little ones to grow into adults in order for there to be future meals.  Not sure if that’s morality or agriculture.

 

  • Would you kill for those you love?

I would and have done that on several occasions.  Not only for those I like, but those I’m okay with too.  Not a big fan of killing on command though, but it’s the only way I can make a living these days.

 

  • Would you die for those you love?

I’d prefer not to, but I won’t say it’s never an option.  Being a vampire, I can regenerate a lot of injuries, so the chance of dying isn’t as high as it is with mortals.  Still, I guess I would take a beheading for certain people if I knew they would go on to do great things.  You know, the idea isn’t really sitting well with me, so I think it would be a spur of moment decision that I’d regret with my final breath.

 

  • Is your world populated by different races? How do they get along?

I come from Windemere, which is a world of magic and many races.  We have elves, dwarves, halflings, calicos, and a long menu . . . list . . . No, I’ll stick with menu of entrees for my kind.  As a whole, most of the races get along with a few forced onto the outskirts of society like the chaos elves and ogres.  Vampires don’t get along well with the rest of the world, but that might be changing with the Dawn Fangs turning up.  W . . . They can live among mortals and don’t have to kill when they feed, so maybe the hunting and hatred will chance.

 

  • Tell us about your family?

Considering I’m a couple centuries old, my only blood relation is my younger brother.  Titus is a vampire too and he’s in charge of the Vengeance Hounds.  They acted as the mercenary side of the gang while Clyde and I did our thief stuff.  My baby brother is a decent swordsman and is huge, so he tends to simply overpower whatever he’s fighting.  The rest of my family would be the gang because we look out for each other.  I know I can depend on them when I’m in trouble and I return the favour whenever I’m called upon.  Not many of us are left since this war started though.  There’s my brother, his two friends, Decker who is more of a partial member, and someone who I refuse to say by name.  I guess every family has that black sheep you want to beat with their own femurs.  She knows what she did.

 

  • What is your greatest skill/asset?

Definitely my ability to sneak around and breaking into things.  I know that’s rather general, but I’ve always had a natural talent for getting into places that I shouldn’t be.  That’s basically how I got turned. The gang depends on me to be the best burglar in the world, so I’ve made sure my stealth skills are honed to perfection.  In my opinion, this is a better way to be instead of using brute force.  If you can’t be seen or caught then you can get away with anything.

 

  • What is your greatest weakness (we won’t tell)?

Thanks for keeping this a secret, but I have to admit that my greatest weakness might be pretty well known.  It’s not that I have a temper since I can remain calm in the face of a lot of frustration.  The problem is that once I blow, I have a lot of trouble coming back down.  I tend to hold grudges, especially towards those I feel have betrayed me.  Titus and Decker tell me that I need to learn forgiveness since eternity is too long a time to be holding onto hate and anger.  Not that they know what they’re talking about since some things can’t be undone with a simple apology.

 

  • How would you describe yourself?

I’m a dedicated friend and a highly talented thief who is always willing to share her blood with a hungry ally.  Sure, you don’t want to make me an enemy because I’ll either rob you blind or gut you depending on what you did.  I’m rather easy-going though, so there’s nothing to worry about for the most part.

 

  • How do you think others see you?

That entirely depends on who you ask.  Most of the gang sees me as they should, which is the second-in-command and a dependable presence.  There are a few that mistake my honesty and carefree attitude with rudeness, but I don’t deal with nobles enough to care about that.  I will admit that there are some who would call me a stubborn, impatient, angry female dog, but they earned my wrath.  I have no illusions about having enemies.  Is it illusion or allusion?  I always get those mixed up.

 

  • Do you believe you will be successful in your quest?

To claim every shiny object in Windemere?  I’m going to do my best, but there are new ones being found every day.  Thank the gods I have eternity.  Although, I might need to change my hiding habits.  I misplaced a few of my stashes, which is why the others keep calling me a vampiric squirrel.  If you’re talking about winning this war with the Duragians then we’ll definitely come out on top.  Clyde is back and stronger than ever.  The two of us together never fail.

 

  • Tell us about your greatest achievement

That’s a tough one.  As odd as it sounds, I’d have to say it was making my hydra-skin jacket, which is my prized possession.  It works a little like armour, but I’m very proud of how I got the pieces.  Hydras are pretty nasty even for vampires because they can spew acidic gas and spit poison.  They might not kill my kind, but it takes a long time to heal melted skin and purge those toxins.  I spent weeks sneaking into lairs and snatching scales when the hydras were distracted by other prey.  That still wasn’t as hard as learning how to make clothing without using magic.  Wasn’t easy since the seamstress I was talking to kept asking for Placid blood.  Those things are practically extinct, so I ended up mixing saltwater with elf blood by the end of our deal.  She never figured it out even after she got really sick, which she totally deserved.  Anyway, all of that hard work helped me get this one-of-a-kind jacket that I refuse to part with.

 

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For the author

Books in which this character appears:

 

Legends of Windemere: The Mercenary Prince

War of Nytefall: Loyalty

Links, short author bio…

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Bio:
Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. Truthfully, his tales of adventure are much more interesting than his real life, so skip the bio and dive into the action.

 

 

Swift Six Character Interview – Rufus Redblade #Dragons #Fantasy

 

Name: Rufus Redblade

Which book/world do you live in?

I live in Ilmar, which I understand is featured in Of Blood and Scales – which itself is in Here Be Dragons Bundle and Heroika – Dragon Eaters. I suppose you could say it’s part of my chronicle – although I have never met the bard who sang the song, nor the scribe who penned it.

Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.)

I am a Griffin-rider. We used to protect the Archduke and his household before he was murdered. One might say we failed, but a man may be killed in many ways which do not look like murder.

The Griffin-riders are, I suppose you would say, airborne cavalry. We have fought with monsters, men and sometimes magic, but since the new religion has swept the land we were disbanded, now we are scattered. I am now, officially, a mercenary. But I work for the Archduchess Silena if she requires me. I make my money where I can these days.

How do you see your world?

Before the Followers of Arun spread their lies it was a pleasant enough world for a warrior. Border skirmishes, battles with rival houses for the Ivory Throne. The late Archduke brought peace, hard won and hard fought. We maintained the peace, and kept the lands free of monsters, such as hydra. The old gods were more…understanding. Arun is a jealous god and his Followers zealots, one does not disparage Arun’s name in public. There have been a great many…purges.

I have a remarkable, strong and intelligent woman in the Archduchess, and one whom eclipses all other women. I have loyal companions and a fine, courageous griffin. I have money enough to live, and food in my belly. The world is not as bad as it might be for me. Even if I now have to live on the edges.

What part do you play in this tale?

The young princess – who is the last remaining heir – is dying. If she does not live there will be bloody civil war. Peace is worth the cost of my life if it maintains the throne in the correct hands. Silena is regent, and fair, but a woman has never ruled the land. Times must change, but many are loath to see it. I must find a cure for the malady, the curse on the young princess. The Archduchess rightly trusts few and prayers to the new god have brought no response. We must seek the old ways. We must kill a dragon to save a throne.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature?

Define good. I have taken life in battle, that makes me a killer. I have turned away from the state religion and dabbled in forbidden magic, that makes me a heretic, I have brought about the downfall of a noble house – some would say that makes me a traitor. Good and bad are defined by who is asking, and where he is standing.

Do you follow any religion?

If anyone asks I pay homage to Arun, same as everyone else. In truth I hedge my bets. I have paid homage to the old ways and the old gods. When a man is a warrior and especially a Griffin-Rider one must murmur a prayer to whoever is listening and hope they look favourable on the unworthy such as myself. Religion can be dangerous.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)?

I have never really thought about my favourite colour. I like good ale and mead, soft bread, firm cheese and good meat. I have eaten far worse.

Here Be Dragons bundle

They stalk our myths and hunt our past—dragons—humankind’s greatest and oldest foe. Good, bad, legendary and deadly. Dare you enter the dragon’s lair?

Tales of dragons, their friends and their foes.

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, I -books and Nook on the universal link

Universal Link https://books2read.com/HereBeDragonsBundle

Published by Kydala Publishing

 

Heroika: Dragon Eaters

Published by Perseid Press

Available on Amazon, Amazon print and audible.

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Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/2lHCrN4

Amazon print UK http://amzn.to/2mpBNnn

Paperback US http://amzn.to/2mwZbhY

Audio – narrated by Rob Goll

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Amazon audio http://amzn.to/2mpH6mC

 

Swift Six Character Interview – Jesslyn

Character Name – Jesslynn Cotterill

Which book/world do you live in? The Amaranthine Universe (You can find me not only in my own short story, but as a side character in Shades of Gray and Brothers of Darkness)

Tell us about yourself: What is there to tell? I’m married to Oren and now that his mother has finally passed away manage our plantation in Virginia. I’m a mother of two children, Alexander and Tristan. My story takes place before the War Between the States in Virginia.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

I may not be beautiful, but I’m clever. I believe that brains will triumph over beauty always.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).

My husband Oren is important, of course. I mentioned my children. Though I have birthed many, only Alexander has grown out of babyhood, and now Tristan, not even a year old, is showing signs of the same malady that took the others. It is because of this that I should mention our neighbour, Jorick. An odd man, he is rarely home, and when he is he never walks in sunlight, only under dark skies. Neither does he seem to age or sicken. It is a secret I desperately need to discover if I want to save my sick child.

What does ‘heroism’ mean to you?

Heroism is the strength to do what must be done for the good of all, even if you, yourself, are afraid of it. Just as I am afraid of what secret Jorick carries, yet I know we need it if Tristan is to survive.

What do you think of your ‘creator’?

I assume you mean my author? I have a rather low opinion of her, I’m afraid, as she’s happily stuck me in a dark world with very little chance for light.

Give us your favourite piece of advice:

Beauty fades, leaving only your wit and resourcefulness. Cultivate those over the appearance of the flesh.

 

Links to book

Shades of Gray:

Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book 1) Kindle Amazon.com

Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book 1) – Kindle UK

Shades of Gray – Nook

Shades of Gray – Kobo

Smashwords

I-tunes

 

Swift Six Character Interview – Wolfgang – Vampires

Name? Wolfgang Feuerleiben – At least that is the name I am currently using.

Which book/world do you live in? So Many Nights, So Many Sins – part of the Nightly Bites II anthology

Tell us about yourself: I am a vampire, a ‘companion-in-darkness’ as some of my more idiotic acquaintances call us. I am a monster, a killer, a blood-drinker. I have lived for centuries – how many I am not quite sure. After a while the nights all seem much the same, history repeats itself and ennui becomes a constant companion. A human woman told me I am depressed, bored, cynical. All those things are true, but wouldn’t you be after so long?

How do you see your world? My world is long, dark and full of blood and death. Mortals die, often. Vampires die – often at my hand. I am not an avenging angel, far from it but I don’t like loose ends, or inconvenient questions. We call mortals ‘thrill-seekers’ – at least those who aren’t directly dinner. There is a class of mortal who thinks it’s ‘cool’ to hang out with the undesirables, the undead, the damned. They don’t really know what we are, or what it means to be a vampire. I’ve put enough of the poor creatures out of their misery to have lost count. Being a vampire means a constant hunger, a need for blood, and a life at the fringes. A life alone, most of the time. Vampires generally don’t like other vampires – predators tend to be solitary; except our friends the wolves, but they are largely gone. One gets to look on the human world as an outsider – it’s interesting at first, like looking at ants, but it soon becomes tiresome, then ridiculous. There is so much lost potential, and that’s the same with most vampires. Throw off the shackles of mortality and one can achieve anything given enough time. Most vampires try desperately to adhere to their long-gone human morals, rules and ideas. And every single one fails.

What part do you play in this tale? I am the bringer of death, the harbinger of doom, but you might say I get the girl.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature? You jest? I am not sure I was ever a ‘good’ person, even as a mortal. I may have thought that was the case, long ago but I doubt it now. I have killed hundreds, waded through rivers of blood. I have murdered for food, protection, out of boredom. I have stolen, corrupted, lied, committed adultery, I have lain with man and woman. There are six hundred plus sins in the Bible and I have committed several hundred of them. The rest are either down-right silly or impossible. So formulate the answer am I a good person…

Do you follow any religion? God abandoned me long ago, and I him. I am not saying he doesn’t exist – but if he does he’d not who he says he is.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)? Well that was a change of direction in the questions. Favourite colour – orange; favourite food – the blood of vampires; favourite music – the sound of fire.

 

Links to book:

 Universal Link https://books2read.com/b/bQBDB0

Paperback http://amzn.to/2FRNBI1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nightly-bites-volume-2-barbara-gtarn/1128179846

Five characters interviews from vampires in this book.
https://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/random-friday-299/

 

 

 

Dirty Dozen Character Interview – Kate Williams – Chief of Police – Mystery

CHARACTER NAME: Kate Williams, Chief of Police of Mendenhall, Manitoba

  • Tell us a little about yourself.

Let’s see. I’m a career police officer, over 30 years now, and I’ve served in big cities all across Canada. Now I’m the chief of police in Mendenhall, Manitoba, population 16,514, and to my surprise, I love it. I’m 54, 5’3” and usually a little rounder than I like. Lately, however, I’ve been looking a little gaunt, but can you blame me, after everything that’s happened?

  • Tell us why you’re embarking on this adventure?

I took the job of Chief of Police of Mendenhall two years ago, when the politics of the job in Toronto got to be too much. For some reason, I had thought policing in a small town would ease me nicely into retirement. So far, I’ve been shot, attacked by a madwoman, had my car destroyed by a sniper, been freaked out by a long-dead woman, and now I have to deal with bull semen and arsonists. And office politics? I had to get shot before my detachment finally pulled together behind me. The big city was never like this.

  • Do you have a moral code? If so what might it be

Well, of course I have a moral code. Every good police officer has one. Mine is simple: Do the right thing, for the right reason.

  • Who is your greatest friend?

Huh. I never thought of that. I’m a bit of a loner and don’t make friends easily. I have friends, of course. Well, maybe they’re friendly acquaintances. The people I’m closest to are my colleagues, especially my deputy chief, Rob McKell. Which is surprising, really, when you consider that he was supposed to be a shoo-in for the job of chief of police and I swooped in from “outside” to take it from him.

  • Who is your greatest enemy?

I don’t have any personal enemies. Or, if I do, they’ve never identified themselves as such. There are people I don’t like, of course, but I avoid them. On the professional front, well, that’s a different story. You can’t be a police officer—a good one—without making enemies of the people you arrest. For me, it’s rarely personal. For them, it’s very personal.

  • How do you define ‘heroism’?

Doing what needs to be done even when you’re afraid or could get hurt.

  • Tell us about your family?

How much time do you have…?

My dad’s been dead for 15 years but Mom’s still hale and hearty, in spite of the accident that almost killed her last year. At 78, she’s met someone and is planning to move in with him. Took me a bit to get used to that idea, let me tell you. I have a brother, Charlie, who lives in the Maritimes. Like me, he never married. Then there’s Rose, my sister. She’s a few years younger than me, high strung, and every once in a while, a serious pain in the ass. She’s married to John, a university professor and a peach of a man with the patience of a saint. They have two kids: Sean, who’s travelling in Europe right now, and Amanda, who is the apple of my eye and who—to my joy and her mother’s outrage—has moved to Mendenhall.

  • What is your greatest skill/asset

Who the heck knows? I think it’s my stubbornness, but my family and colleagues would argue that’s a failing.

  • What is your greatest weakness (we won’t tell).

Kids. I’m deeply uncomfortable around kids. The younger they are, the worse it is. They look at me as if I’m some kind of alien. May have something to do with the way I talk to them. ::sigh::

  • How would you describe yourself?

I’m a police officer. A good one.

  • How do you think others see you?

First, they see the woman, even when I’m in uniform. Almost without exception they are surprised that I am the chief of police. Then they accept and we move on. Mostly.

  • What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll let another child killer go.

Books in which this character appears:

Kate features in the Mendenhall Mystery series, along with DC Rob McKell, Constable Marco Trepalli and Kate’s niece, Amanda Coburn. The series consists of: The Shoeless Kid, The Tuxedoed Man, The Weeping Woman, The Untethered Woman and The Forsaken Man.

 

Links, short author bio…

Marcelle Dubé grew up near Montreal. After trying out a number of different provinces—not to mention Belgium—she settled in the Yukon, where people still outnumber carnivores, but not by much. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and her novels have been published by Carina Press and Falcon Ridge Publishing. Her best-known work is the Mendenhall Mystery series, featuring Chief of Police Kate Williams, “a heroine for our times,” as one reviewer named her.

 

Dubé writes mystery, science fiction and fantasy fiction. Her work is available as print and e-books.

 

Web: www.marcelledube.com

Twitter: @MarcelleDube

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marcelle.dube.3

Dirty Dozen Character Interviews – Kairi Johnson #Sci-fi #Bundle

CHARACTER NAME Kairi Johnson

 

  • Tell us a little about yourself.

Unfortunately, I’m an orphan. I don’t know anything about my family—and I really wish I did!  I’m also a student at the University of Colorado where I have an awesome boyfriend, Josh and my best friend Dakota.

  • Tell us why you’re embarking on this adventure?

My adventure all started when I went with Josh on a spring break road trip to Padre Island, TX. I actually found …an engagement ring when I was packing the car! But it really went downhill from there when we ran into a tornado and then I got stranded by the side of the road. So, as for the ‘why’ I basically had to, I had to figure out what was going on so I could save myself and my friends.

  • Do you have a moral code? If so what might it be

I definitely have a moral code. Since I don’t have a family, my friends are precious to me. I would do anything, and I do mean anything, to keep them safe.

  • Would you kill for those you love?

Definitely.

  • Would you die for those you love?

Definitely.

  • Who is your greatest friend?

My greatest friend is Dakota, she’s my sister from another mister. We met in the foster care system and I’d do anything for her.

  • How do you define ‘heroism?’

Heroism is showing up and standing up to difficulty even when you don’t understand what’s going on or you’re not sure you can succeed.

  • Tell us about your family?

I wish I knew.

  • What is your greatest skill/asset

I keep on going no matter what! Is that stubbornness? I guess it is.

I’m starting to get an inkling, however, that I might have a special power which might turn out to be my greatest skill/asset.

  • What is your greatest weakness (we won’t tell).

I am much more insecure than I seem. I’m also very lonely. I get envious of other people who have families.

  • How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself to others as fiercely loyal and tough. With no family I’ve had to be tough and depend on myself.

  • How do you think others see you?

I think others see me as a regular woman, but they’re wrong. Josh says I’m pretty…

For the author

Books in which this character appears: Temporal Dreams

Links, short author bio…

Links

Temporal Dreams on Amazon

This also features in Spring Surprise Bundle

Spring Surprise on Bundle Rabbit

Spring Surprise – Universal Link

Lesley L. Smith has published seven science fiction novels including Temporal Dreams, The Quantum Cop, A Jack By Any Other Name, and Conservation of Luck.

Her short science fiction has been published in several venues including “Analog Science Fiction and Fact” and “Daily Science Fiction.” She is an active member of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW).

She is also a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec (http://www.electricspec.com). For more information, please see http://www.lesleylsmith.com.

Swift Six Character Interview – Oeliana #Fantasy #ImmortalsBundle

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Tell us about yourself: (Name, race/species, etc.)

Oeliana, Nymph of the Shimmering Forest, Guardian of the Maiden’s Grove, Keeper of the Sacred Pools. I am a nymph – what you would call a forest spirit. I am born of the forest, and it cannot die whilst I live… but creatures of magic like myself are hunted and destroyed, so I live in seclusion.

I have skin the colour of polish oak, and hair as green as ivy. To you I’d look like a tall humanoid, to an elf I appear more Elvish, I can be the wind in the trees, or the bubbling springs.

Which book/world do you live in?  

My home is the Shimmering Forest, which is located in the land of Erana. Once the Great Forest covered all the land but then the gods, in their wisdom, gave life to the elves and trolls – who honour the forest, and the humans and fae – who do not. The Shimmering Forest is not live your forests, it is the Primal Forest, the Mother of All. It is magical; primal, raw and wild magic, like the days when the land was young, and the gods still walked here. My Glade is a Sacred Glade, of the old times, now the magic is fading, dying.

My story? My legend is told in The Legend of Oeliana, a short tale (I wanted more – one cannot recount a life of centuries in a few pages) and this, in turn, features in larger works, so I am told. I also feature in The Shining Citadel, when I assist the Lady of the Light, and the Lord of the Storm, with their quest to find the Shining Citadel of Lor’Arthinis. For when the Blood that Flows with Light again walks among us the magic will rise again! It will either save us or curse us to oblivion.

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How do you see your world?

My world is dying. Magic sustains it and once it was everywhere and in all things to some extent. But the races warred, and the Plague came, and the magic began to die or hide.  Some say magic is alive, and yes if the wind is alive, or fire, or water. It does not think as you or I think; it knows, it senses and it gives sentience when it chooses. It wants to live, and to replicate. It wants to flow through the land, circle in the sky and pour through the rivers. But the Plague fed on magic, sometimes corrupting, sometimes destroying after the Plague hit the Elven Kingdoms worst of all, and their civilisation fell to dust the Civilisation of Men arose on the ashes. And they blamed the elves for the Plague and the wars, and as the elves wielded the greatest magic all who were magical were hunted. The land wept, and is weeping still.

What part do you play in this tale?

I am the Keeper of the Heart of the Maiden – one of the Items of Power needed to unlock the spell on the Citadel. But in my own tale I saved an elven prince from the mighty Indis the Fierce – the lord of the forest. I see you think him a man of some sort? Humans are weak, their lives are fleeting like a summer breeze in the trees. No Indis was and is a Dire Boar and even the Great Cats walk in fear of the Tusked Lord. People, generally, are more foolish than beasts and thus this prince, Rii’Athellan – the Morning Star, took into his head to hunt the great Indis.

Perhaps I should have let Indis have his victory, I should not have interfered. This prince was handsome, and I was lonely, you see. Even a creature of magic craves a mate, and offspring.

I knew not that this prince had a wife-in-waiting and for the outcome to that dilemma you must read.

Do you consider yourself a good person/creature?

What are good and evil? That depends on one’s point of view. I do not kill without necessity, but I often do not save when I could. I have taken life and preserved it. I do not abide by the laws of men or elves, for they are not my laws and mean nothing to me. I do not think myself cruel – for cruelty serves no purpose except for its own sake.

The destruction of the forest, and the ruination of magic are wicked, and I will protect both my forest and my magic how best I may.

Do you follow any religion?

I have seen the gods, long ago, and I have consulted with the Lady of the Skies when the drought, or the snow comes. But I am not ‘religious’. I do not have to ‘believe’ in what I know to be real. Things either are or they aren’t. If they are then respect them, if they aren’t then there is no bother. The gods are not evil, nor are they good. They are the gods and do as they please.

What is your favourite colour/food/music (pick one)?

My favourite colour is green, my favourite food is the wild mushrooms which grow near to my cottage, and my favourite music is the bubbling of my pool in the full moon.

Excerpt

When the world was young, and the wild magic flowed like the Great River, there lived a nymph, a spirit of the forest. Such beings once walked beneath the sun and moon; they were creatures of magic, incarnation of tree, of water, and the very essence of life itself. Oeliana was the nymph’s name, for this was also the name of the pool, deep, still and silver, from which she had been born when first the sun caressed the land. Fish swam among bright green fronds, scales of silver and azure, frogs and toads rested on dark grey rocks, long tongues feeding on the hovering flies and dragon-flies which darted above, seeking even smaller creatures for their dinner. Deer, wild goats and boar fed upon fallen apples and the widespread fungi; the Shimmering Forest was bountiful to its inhabitants, animal and person alike. Herbs grew there, thick and tall, even in winter. The herbs of the forest provided medicine for those who knew their power. Wild-goats, now tamed, provided both milk and a substitute for the companionship she lacked.

Hers was a life of duty, she was custodian of the trees, the forest creatures and pools, and so her time passed, timeless as she was. Even the common elves visited Oeliana, seeking guidance and the wisdom of the forest, and occasionally healing when their own healers had failed. They would bring gifts of food and polished stones or shells and the pool slowly filled with the gifts, for what use were trinkets to a nymph? Yet she was lonely for those who came and did not stay, they came for their own ends, and left with no further thought of the nymph. The spirit of the forest craved the touch of another, for she had seen the lovers who sometimes came to her glade and heard their words of love and their cries of pleasure. Never had she been loved nor experienced the passion which fascinated her as the lovers moved together on beds of moss and leaves. Magic demanded a high price and Oeliana was a creature of magic, and loneliness was the price she paid. So she watched, longing for a companion, and she prayed to the ancient gods, for even immortals need the favour of higher beings on occasion.

Rii’Athellan, the Morning Star, was a hunter, magic showed itself in many ways and the elven princeling was graced with a goodly portion. This day he had given his entourage the slip. The forest contained many dangers, even for one of his bloodline, but he preferred to hunt alone; the larger and fiercer the beast the more it pleased the elven prince. As silent as the grey fox and confident as an eagle, Rii’Athellan crept towards the clearing on the trail of a huge dire-boar. His father thought him reckless, but the young man craved danger, bored as he was from the politics of court and wishing he was allowed a little more excitement. He was not the heir, and he had not yet found his place in the world; he cared not for diplomacy and was jealous of his brother. He knew the Grove of the Maiden; oft before had he brought the girls whom he also liked to hunt and capture, although they were more willing prey and his favoured weapon was not a bow. These passions were conducted, if not in secret then with discretion, for this lord of the elves had been promised long since to Almethea, the daughter of the house of Il’thricken, a house both powerful and magical. This bride he cared not for, but duty-bound he would suffer the marriage. Such a one had little choice; alliances were all when elves made war.

This particular beast was Indis the Fierce, large, ill-tempered and canny; even the Great Cats walked in fear of Indis and the boar himself feared nothing, for he had never yet met his match. As tall as the elf at the shoulder, the hooked tusks of the boar were as long as his forearm. The elf murmured a prayer to his gods and nocked his bow as the boar snuffled among the trees, gobbling orange fungus and fallen apples. Occupied with filling his mighty jaws, the boar did not hear the elf, nor perceive the threat.

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Swift Six Character Interview – Kaylyn – #Immortals Bundle #Vampires

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Character Name

Katherine de Gand, but everybody calls me Kaylyn

Which book/world do you live in?

Kaylyn the Sister-in-Darkness

Tell us about yourself:

I was born in born in AD1130 and I had just married Baldwin de Gant (brother of Gilbert de Gand, Earl of Lincolnshire) when he went on pilgrimage and died at the siege of Damascus, (1148) and was reborn as child-of-darkness. I was 20 when I was turned (2/11/1150) since he came back with his maker who also made me. I’ve been a daughter-of-darkness since. I was 150 when I meet a handsome warrior of the Kingdom of Mewar, Rajveer, who became my brother-in-darkness…

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

As an Anglo-Norman lady I was used to relying on the men of the house, be it my father or my husband. I’ll admit it took me centuries to become independent and then I was taken prisoner and lost my independence again. So I guess my weakness is still my lack of independence. My strength might be the power to mesmerize mortals into giving me their blood willingly. I never abuse that power and I’ve never killed anyone who didn’t want to die. But I did bring merciful death to old or sick people who had enough of their lives.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).

One is my maker, Bran the Raven. He took care of me after Baldwin got himself killed by his own stupidity. I consider him a father and never tire of his presence. Two, my brother-in-darkness, Rajveer. Let’s just say I don’t really see him like a brother. Three, his fledgling, Shashank, who has taken care of me during the imprisonment years… as you can see I’m still pretty much dependent on men in my non-life.

What does ‘heroism’ mean to you?

Considering how many men I’ve seen destroy themselves in the name of heroism, I’m against those forms of warring heroism, but I admire people who have the strength to live through the centuries and change accordingly. Like Bran says, it takes stamina to live for centuries, and I think that’s a form of heroism that I aspire to.

What do you think of your ‘creator’?

I’m happy she’s writing down our stories.

Give us your favourite piece of advice:

Go with the flow. Be fluid and you can live forever. As long as you don’t crave being the centre of everybody’s attention. Being discreet is the best way to survive the passing of time.

 

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Zweihander Interview – Will and Kit

 

 Character Names: William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe

Relationship: Roommates; Playwrights; Co-authors

World: New Hell

Books:  Rogues in Hell; Dreamers in Hell; Poets in Hell; Pirates in Hell (Heroes in Hell series)

How and where did you meet?

Will Shakespeare: When alive, we met as rival playwrights, Kit holding forth in the ‘Admiral’s Men company’ wheresoever the troupe played, or at the Rose; and I at the Globe, where I owned an interest in the house.

 Kit Marlowe: Eyewash, all that. Shakespeare’s a famous liar. My Tamburlaine the Great, Parts I and II, were performed in my lifetime; the rest, posthumously, but for Dido, Queen of Carthage, writ by me and Thomas Nashe, and ‘performed’ by the ‘Children of the Chapel,’ as fair a clutch of boy charmers as ever gamboled on any stage. I met my death not too long after I met Will, a matter of my spying here and lying there, most times with Walsingham, whose wife took umbrage, as women will, when boys and men make love. Still, those plays set a new standard in quality and introduced blank verse. Mine were not, like Will’s, tripe writ for money-grubbery by the uneducated and for the uneducated. I helped Will write his Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three and got no credit for it. Still, my own four plays performed on Earth after I arrived in Hell did what art should do: shined lights on evils hidden and calumny of the vilest kind.

 Will: Kit, let’s not linger on this question, unfortunate as it may be. We were sometime lovers, sometime haters of one another, but always haters of repression and Elizabethan frippery. If your spying got you killed, Kit, your love of controversy sparked it — yea, incited it.

 Kit: Incited? Poor choice of words, methinks. Edward the Second was first performed five weeks after my death; so that play, at least, retained its bite.

 What is it you like most about the other person?

Kit: Like about Will? His soft white skin, his ample buttocks — his mobile mouth, empowered tongue, and nubile breasts.

 Will: Kit means he adores my ear for language, my deeply probing artist’s soul, and my knack of staying out of trouble whilst I slip and slide among the rich and reprehensible at Court. Do recall I’m not the one who ended life with a bodkin thrust deep in that eye so like a doe’s.

What is it you hate most about each other?

Will: We said that. But, since you ask for more: his blasphemy and his need to fill his pages with the ‘vile heretical conceits’ that sent him to trial before the Privy Council.

 Kit: We told you that, and, like the Privy Council, you’ll acquit me on the grounds that truth itself can’t be denied — for long.

Will: Christopher Marlowe, like your English Agent in the Massacre at Paris, I hate your overweening pride and lurid need to confess your days of secret agency under so thin a guise as that play. What were you thinking, to warn Elizabeth of agitators, a theme far too dangerous to survive? And how many refugees from the low countries died of your ideas planted in their tiny little heads?

Do you think your partnership will last?

Kit: Henry Sixth answers that, for my part. It’s what Shakey would have writ had he an education or a life made dangerous enough to enjoy. And the rest, you see before you: two souls forever doomed to one another’s company in the bowels of perdition, to count eternity’s every day, and nights more deadly still.

Will: Kit’s a good boy, a young fellow led astray by childish derring-do, and with a taste for the hurly-burly that snuffed his life before its time. But now I have infernity to reform him, and Satan provides the irritant around which we’ll secrete a necklace of pearls while we write as we’ve never writ before.

 Describe the other person (max 100 words):

Kit: Will, go ye first, and light our path with your dulcet tones, so like a cello but a string or two short.

Will: Master Marlowe, my thanks for your recital, though it best be delivered later and revisited daily, as the Privy Council sentenced you to come before them every day: every day of the ten you had yet to live . . . Withal, I’ll try to answer the question: this Marlowe creature hungers for adoration and thirsts for justice, both of which were as precious scarce in life as they remain dubious in afterlife. Nevertheless, his talent is wider than the face of Paradise and tempered by a lifetime few would have dared to live — and I love him for his childish heart and indomitable soul.

Kit: My turn, then, to laud the Bard in terms free of spite and full with admiration: such a mind for the human animal has ne’er been seen on the black earth — not before he lived his quick span, or at any time thereafter. Although glorifying humanity may be an empty effort, he’s made them look into themselves, and find there what joy can be had, and give it value.

 Describe how you think the other person sees you

Will: I think not, for safety’s bereftest sake.

Kit: As my better half insinuates, ‘twould take a three-part comedy of errors to do that story justice. So I’ll not begin it, lest it never stop till eternity runs out.

Tell us a little about your adventures.

Will: Then or now? Becoming famous in life holds no candle to sustaining afterlife. We’ve written three plays now for Satan, and suffered the attendant woes of those who know true ignominy. We wrote Hell Bent, and died in it every night. We wrote The Witch and the Tyrant, and fell afoul of its graveyard stench. We wrote another, Pirates in Perdition, and found the very sounding of its name an incantation to summon fiends and demons and all manner of unexculpated souls.

Kit: Read our plays writ here, to Abbadon’s order, or don’t. But be warned: you’ll risk your wizened hearts every time you turn our pages and let your eyes rub words too dangerous to speak aloud.

Tell us about your world – and your part of it.

Will: Hell is the Reformation come to grief, with no Third Act to cure it.

Kit: Hell is where the heart is, and seldom beats. But when it does, that heart beats as only love can. We are Satan’s personal poets, and no worse can befall a soul who yet owns an ear for courage or for rhyme.

Where do you see yourselves in five years?

Kit: Right here. Scoffing at evil while we glorify every flaw that makes man human. What else, in hell, is a playwright to do?

Will: Enough, Kit. The last line of this comedy is mine: We’ll be here as long as ghosts roam the world and fools rule it; as long as regrets power penance and singers keen their pain.

 

You can find Will and Kit in the following:

Janet Morris on Amazon

Perseid Press Website