Aveza of the Ercanhelm {Character Interview}

{Author Bio} Rebekah DeVall is the author of “When Your Melody Fades” and many more upcoming Christian fantasy books. Find her on Facebook or her blog.


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rebekah for some time now, although we can be pretty good at distracting each other rather than working. (I am NOT an angry kitten!) She’s a talented lady who, I have high hopes, will go far with her writing.





Aveza of the Ercanhelm

{Interview with Hagan}
Hagan Kenlin is king of Korbin. All other information is classified.

(Note from the author: He’s a surly fellow, man of few words, and INTJ.)
ALT: What is your full name?
Hagan Kenlin.
ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father?
He always preferred my brother. Can I blame him? No.
ALT: Siblings?
I had one brother, Othmar, king of Allod. He was born to rule Allod—I made myself able to rule Korbin. Opposing countries, yet we brothers came to rule the greatest kingdoms of the world, at least for some time.
ALT: How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period of time?
Love is a thing for peasants. Marriage is an arrangement for mutual benefit, or at least for my benefit. It served me well, first with Brunhild, now with Johanna.
ALT: If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
  1. The throne of Korbin, unquestioned, in my hands.
  2. A son, to take over the throne after my death… and only one. I need no civil war.
  3. Prosperity never kills.
ALT: How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? With this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?
I do not trust until my trust is earned, and even then… only time can tell. Brunhild proved me wrong there.
ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?
My parents expected me to be a failure. They were wrong with that, as they were with so much else.
ALT: What are you most proud of in your life?
The youngest prince of Allod, the failure, now king of Korbin? I should think that quite an accomplishment.
ALT: Have you ever been arrested? What for?
I do the arresting.
ALT: How would you, if you could, choose to die?
Of old age, having a son to rule my throne and make it greater than even I could.
ALT: If you could do one thing and succeed at it, what would it would be?
I succeed at all I put my mind to do.
ALT: You’re the kind of person who:
Makes my own way in life. Station and laws will not hold me back, nor will the opposition of small organizations such as the Ercanhelm. Nothing will stop me from my destiny, nothing at all.



You can pick up a copy of Rebekah’s book on Amazon, HERE.

Rebekah and Hope Ann are having a release party on Facebook, on October 7th – click {here} to join in the fun!

Thanks for interviewing, Rebekah, and congratulations on the new release!

Be looking for my review of Aveza of the Ercanhelm in the next few days!

All characters belong to their author. Used with permission. Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell and Rebekah DeVall.

The Girl Who Could See Blog Tour PLUS!

The Girl Who Could See rocketed to the top of my favorite reads in 2017, by the time I was starting the second chapter. Kara Swanson is a master of words. This novella had me glued to my tablet with an intensity I don’t often have, and my eyes didn’t even mind the extended screen time because it was so worthwhile. I don’t think I ate lunch the day I was reading this, because who needs food when there’s a book as good as this to be read, devoured, inhaled? 






A Novella:

All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who can truly see? 

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.



This week, I have a very special guest I’m interviewing: I’m interviewing Tristan! I’m so happy to have this opportunity to bring a glimpse to you – and if this is intriguing you at all, right here is a book that I highly recommend picking up. Here is some information on my lovely friend Kara, and where to get the book!




As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre. At seventeen, she released a fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. Her short story is included in Kathy Ide’s 21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Mom. She has published many articles, including one in the Encounter magazine, and she received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writeraward in 2015.






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Here’s the interview!

Tristan is the main character in Kara Swanson’s novella, The Girl Who Could See. He is a snarky, witty young man trapped in a parallel world where a monster has destroyed his planet and taken all of his family from him. He’s learned to use makeshift weapons to protect himself, and lives every moment wary of the next attack. The only thing that has kept him sane through years on this lonely planet is the appearance of a young woman named Fern, from a parallel world—earth—who can see and talk to him. The only person Tristan has come in contact with in years. But the problem is, Fern is determined that Tristan is not real, and fights to ignore him, despite his best attempts to hold her attention. He covers up the deep pain and loneliness under a shield of nonchalance and wise-cracking, but events with the beast terrorizing his world are escalading—and soon Fern’s world will be in trouble too. If he cannot find a way for her to believe him, Tristan will have to watch another world’s destruction….

ALT: What is your full name?
T: We don’t use surnames where I come from, but if I lived on Earth, I think I’d go by Tristan James Hunter.
ALT: If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
T: Hmmm, let’s see. A portal out of this place, a safe-house with reinforced steal and a slew of weapons, and…a hotdog. Yeah. A really big, sloppy one, with all the toppings overflowing. Yum.
ALT: What three things would you take to a desert island?
T: An airplane, a pilot, and a passport J
ALT: How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? With this person?
T: To be honest, I don’t have a lot of experience with people. Most of them died screaming when I was a teen. Fern is the only one I have to talk to. But…I usually try to see if what their mouth says matches their actions. How they act in a crisis. But, yes, experience with that person. People can be fickle though. One minute she’s your best friend…then she’s telling you that you’re a hallucination and she can’t keep embracing her insanity. That she’s going to ignore you. And you’ll be alone—again.
ALT: First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?
T: When you’ve lived around a dark, evil creature that gets its kicks from suffocating and demolishing an entire planet—you begin to form a pretty good impression of someone’s intentions. So I generally go with my intuition, though trust is not something I’m necessarily huge on. Kind of out of practice.
ALT: What’s your strongest sense? Sight, hearing, smelling, etc?
T: Hearing, definitely. The Rhoon—the creature that destroyed my planet—can change form, and it’s nearly impossible to know where it is all the time. So, I’ve learned to sense the slightest whisper of sound. That tiniest grinding as sand particles are disrupted by its moving. That split second could mean life or death.
ALT: What really moves you, touches you to the soul?
T: When someone goes out of their way to know you. To really know you. The dark, the hidden, the broken, the bright. All of it. And they don’t run away, instead they offer to give of themselves to help you stand a little taller. To have someone see you. It’s been so long since someone cared enough to truly see me. But, even though Fern may refuse to believe my existence—I see her. I see the heart of a lion that she’s too afraid to admit she has. I see what she could be. I just…I want someone to see me like that?
ALT: What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t?
T: Other than hotdogs? JAnd getting off this blasted planet…riding a roller coaster. I think I’d like to ride a roller coaster.
Strapping yourself into a tiny car so that you can lose your breath, get really dizzy, be hung upside down and then puke your guts out when you get off? SIGN ME UP.
ALT: What is one physical attribute you’re proud of?
T: My hair. Seriously, though—have you seen this golden beauty? I don’t have any idea how I can keep it from getting tangled when slaying monsters, but somehow my hair always looks like I belong on Vogue. It’s true. Try not to be too jealous.
Fern walks in: Tristan! Your hair is always a mess. What are you—
Tristan hushes her: Yes, but they don’t know that. Just let me have my pride, please? If I’m stuck in a parallel universe where no one else can see me, I might as well use it to my advantage 😉 Now, let me tell you more about my hair. And I say all of this humbly, of course….
ALT: What is one physical attribute you would change?
T: Scars. I have a lot of them, mostly on my back and side. But there’s a few thin ones on my face…I’d like to have them fade away. To no longer have the reminder of death etched in my skin. (Wow, that got depressing really fast, didn’t it?)
ALT: What do you consider to be your special talent?
T: Other than my charm? I have a habit of driving Fern crazy till she recognizes my presence. I also can wield the flails that I built pretty well. They’re weapons, made with a handle, some chain attached to the end of the handle, and then a big round, spiked ball at the open end of the chain. I have two of them, and they can actually make a dent in the Rhoon.
Whirls flails around his head in quick, arcing circles.
ALT: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?
T: There was a time when I was first stranded, with the death of my family and friends fresh in my mind, that I was really desperate. Figuring out how to evade the Rhoon—that was a rough learning curve. And I was determined to not be alone any longer. Fern wasn’t listening to me, and at that point she was just a kid (time moves differently between our worlds). So, I decided to bring someone else from Earth into my world. He was Fern’s biology teacher. Smart guy. I thought maybe he could help me get out too. I tried to grab him and drag him through….
But it didn’t work. I ended up only hurting him. Broke a few bones when he couldn’t pass through. Bruises. And then he was screaming. I can still hear it wringing in my ears. When I let go of him, he dropped to the floor of his office like a rock. It was a coma, the medics that found him said. He is…he’s still in that coma. Somehow, trying to bring a normal person into my world…it does things to them.
That was—low. I know. And I would never do anything like that again. But I was so desperate, and finding out I could see others, but never let them through, it changed things. Forced me to find a way to survive on my own, without depending on others.
ALT: What are you most afraid of?
T: Being forgotten. Dying and never having anyone even know I was gone. Letting the Rhoon win, and taking the memory of my people with me. To fight to survive only to realize…nobody cares. That I am nothing.
ALT: What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?
T: Fern. She’s the only bright spot. The only person I can talk to, and who sometimes talks back. Her stories, and watching her live her life, chases back the shadows a bit. She gives me the courage to keep living, and hope that someday we can change this around. Because, unlike the biology teacher, Fern can see and touch me. She can pass into my world. I can’t explain it, she just can. After all, she is the girl who can see—see the impossible, the supernatural. Maybe she can save me, too? Save everyone?
ALT: How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
T: Starting to feel a bit repetitive here, but getting off of this dustball and away from a man-killing monster would be great! Imagine that. 😉
ALT: What type of clothing are you most comfortable with?
T: Armor. I wear an armor I made myself. Pieces of leather and metal woven into a starch material that deflects the Rhoon better than just wearing jeans would.
ALT: Do you see yourself as intelligent? Uneducated? Brilliant?
T: Brilliant, obviously. J
I graduated my preliminary classes, and was actually working in engineering when the Rhoon first appeared on our planet. Seeping a disease that was killing thousands. A disease I was immune to. When our government realized I was immune, they decide to run tests to try and create an antidote. They didn’t have enough time to, though. But spending that much time in a lab you picked up a lot.
ALT: What’s your sense of humor?
T: Ha. Snarky, and a little melancholy. I guess you either have to laugh at your dismal circumstances or go insane. So cracking jokes about the Rhoon it is.
ALT: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
T: A little house nestled in the country, with sprawling green fields. A white picket fence. A wide open sky where you could see stars at night. And a family—a wife, and a few kids. Just…living. Not surviving. Just enjoying being alive.


AND ONE MORE THING!

There’s a blog tour scavenger hunt, so follow the list below and assemble the clues! I think there’s some cool prizes at the end. Here’s the Clue from my post! 








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(Release Day/Blog Tour Kick Off Post)
Kara Swason @ readwritesoar.com
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Emily Bergstrom @ emilybergstrom.com
Emily Mundell @ writeremilymundell.blogspot.ca
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Character Interview with Sam Bridge


This was supposed to be posted on Monday but I was sick over the weekend, which completely threw off all my mental schedules. 

Today I’m interviewing one of my friend Sam’s characters. I actually got to beta read her WIP, Moon Angel, that Selene is from. I really loved it and am looking forward to when it’s available. 

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Hello, my name is Selene. I am 19-years-old and have spent the last year, trying to find my feet, after having recently left home and gone off to explore the world on my own. I love the outdoors and the night sky, and would classify myself as an introvert.
ALT: What is your full name?
SC: Selene Carter

ALT: When were you born?
SC: September 15th in the Spring. (Southern Hemisphere). Laji (Elviran Moon cycle).

ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father? With your mother?
SC: I never really knew my birth mother and father as I was separated from them at a young age. My adoptive father was wonderful and my relationship with him was good, but something happened about a year ago and we stopped talking.

ALT: Siblings?
SC: I was an only child, so no siblings. My adoptive father didn’t have any other kids either.  

ALT: Did you graduate high school? College? Beyond?
SC: I was homeschooled, so never went to high school. I guess I would have liked to go to college and study, but my adoptive father wanted me to go into the family business.

ALT: What do you most value in your friends?
SC: Being able to be myself around them. They’re the ones who know everything about me and I can relax when I am around them. I love the way they help me to think on the happy times, and not dwell on the bad.

ALT: What do you do for a living?
SC: I am unemployed currently, but am looking for work. I used to work in the intelligence sector, but had a disagreement with some of the management and had to leave quickly.

ALT: What’s your strongest sense? Sight, hearing, smelling, etc?
SC: My strongest sense is my sight, I’d say. I can see in the dark pretty well too.

ALT: What do you wish your special talent was?
SC: If we were talking about super powers? I think the ability to read minds would be useful. Being able to know what people are thinking would make life a lot easier.

ALT: What are you most proud of in your life?
SC: I walked away from a toxic situation in my life. I knew it was the right thing to do and I am proud of myself for having the courage to do it. I don’t know how my life would look right now if I had stayed where I was.

ALT: What are you most afraid of?
SC: That the mistakes I’ve made in the past will catch up with me and hurt those I love.

ALT: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?
SC: I irreparably hurt a lot of people because the other people in my life made me think I was doing the right thing.

ALT: What are you like when you stay awake all night?
SC: I’m quite a night owl actually. Most of the time, staying up in the night air actually refreshes me and gives me more energy the next day.

ALT: What type of clothing are you most comfortable with?
SC: A comfortable t-shirt and pair of loose pants or shorts are fine. I am not too fussy when it comes to clothes, although I love hoodies! And sneakers. And if it’s in black, then that’s even better.

ALT: What are your hobbies and interests?
SC: I like to exercise. I’m a bit of an exercise junkie really. I love swimming. I find the motion of it very therapeutic and relaxing. I really love to travel too. I also like to fly.

ALT: Fly? Like in an airplane?
SC: Yeah… let’s go with that.

ALT: Biggest trauma?
SC: When I was sixteen, I lost my one of my best friends in a bombing. I was almost killed myself and it took a long time to recover from.

ALT: How do you react in stressful situations?
SC: I’m normally very calm and rational. If it was fight or flight response, I think I’m usually a fighter.

ALT: Best way to cheer you up?
SC: Time with my close friends. Blankets and hugs always work too. When my best friend and I used to live close to each other, we would do girly stuff like painting nails or just watch a movie together to cheer each other up.

ALT: When and where were you happiest?
SC: In a forest somewhere, lying under a big tree, or even better- in the tree, especially at night. I find forests to be very tranquil places and they allow me to think.

ALT: Where would you most like to live?
SC: Ideally, I would love to live in the country somewhere. Somewhere quiet and not too busy, but not too far away from the city either.

ALT: What parts of loving come easily to you? What comes hard?  
SC: Really loving someone doesn’t happen too often for me. I find it hard to trust others, as I have been hurt many times, and with that comes sharing parts of myself with others. I am a good listener and I think other people find it easy to open up with me, but I find it hard to return the favour. I still try to see the good in people, however. 


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Character Interview with Petra Grace



Hey people! I’m really excited to be interviewing one of my friend Petra’s characters. I hope you enjoy this one, I sure did!




Petra is a chocolate-loving, day-dreaming, Pinterest-browsing writer. She’s a Christian, who’s currently finishing up her high-school diploma through an online school. She enjoys friends, photography, music, academics, running, and anything that has to do with the written word. She’s loved to read and write, from the age that she could hold a book or a pen in her hands… And she’s been avidly pursuing both ever since. You can find her on her scribbling down things on her blog, snapping photos with her camera, or obsessively scrolling through Pinterest.









Saylor Philips is one of the millions of young women affected by the devastation of WWI. She was raised alongside her brother by her Aunt, after her father died and her mother was hospitalized for clinical depression and the PTSD that the war gave her. She had her first anxiety attack when her mother received the telegram with the news that her father was dead. This was when she was 5. For 10 years after that, she struggled needlessly with severe anxiety, depression, and the side effects of growing up without her parents. When she was 14 years old, William Godfrey walked into her life and things began to change. She wasn’t bullied as severely at the village school anymore and she found out what it felt like to have a real friend. Fast forward to present day (the beginning stages of WWII)… Saylor’s mental health hasn’t gotten better with time, but she’s matured into a beautiful 18 year old. She’s now living at an undercover school, posed as a nurse for the war effort. In the opening pages of the book, she receives a telegram telling her that William is missing in action. With her graduation and promotion to a spy on the front lines, she manages to arrange for her first mission to be in Amsterdam – where William was last seen. In the meantime, she loves to laugh with her roommate, take walks in the countryside of England, and she adores linguistics.





ALT: What is your full name?


SP: Saylor Philips. Funny story, actually, my mum never gave me a middle name. She always loved my first name, but after she and my dad racked their brains for weeks, they couldn’t think of a second name that sounded right with the first and last ones all put together. So, I’m just Saylor Philips.



ALT: Are you married? In a relationship?



SP: Oh, heavens, no. Well, I’m not married. The relationship bit is a little bit complicated. My boyfriend – who also happens to be my best friend – is missing in action at the moment. I hope to find him very soon and the plan is for us to be married when the war comes to an end. Perhaps when I next see him, I can convince him that we should be married before the end of the war… The war has made me realize one thing: never take a single second together for granted. Live as though it might be your last moment together.


ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father?



SP: My relationship with my father came to an abrupt halt when I was five years old. My mum and I were in the kitchen making biscuits when the telegram arrived with the news of his death.


ALT: With your mother?



SP: The last time that my mum was herself were in the moments that we were making biscuits together, before she knew about my father. She shut down after that and was hospitalized, leaving my Aunt Emily to raise us and provide funds to take care of my mother.


ALT: Siblings?



SP: I have one younger sibling, James. I would have had many more, but the war took my parents and their wishes to have a house full of children never came true. James and I have always got on quite nicely.


ALT: How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period of time?



SP: I fall in love at the pace of a slug. Not the nicest image, I know, but it’s true. Because of what happened with my parents and the experience of being severely bullied for several years has made me quite cynical. It takes me months to actually learn to trust someone and years for me fall in love.



ALT: What parts of loving come easily to you? What comes hard?



SP: The elated feelings of a romance come quite easily. I think they do to everyone, to be completely honest. But love isn’t a feeling – it’s a choice. And I’ve had to learn that. I had to learn to forgive my mother and choose to keep loving her, even though I didn’t hear from her once after my father died. I had to choose to keep loving William when he was being frustrating about my mental health. It’s a choice – not a feeling. The feeling comes easily, the choice is nearly impossible.



ALT: If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?



SP: 1. That my parents were both alive and well. 2. That William was here by my side, instead of missing. 3. That the war would come to an abrupt end right this moment.



ALT: When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?



SP: Well, with a bit of giggling and blushing, I can admit that if William is in the room, he’s usually the only thing I notice. If he’s not there, I’ll notice what atmosphere the room has. Secondly, I’ll notice how many people are in that room.


ALT: When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice first about you?



SP: I expect that it’s my hair, to be completely honest. I have the curliest, darkest hair that you’d ever see.



ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?



SP: Short answer: No way. Long answer: The war happened, so I think most people didn’t turn out how one was expected to.



ALT: What really moves you, touches you to the soul?



SP: Children. They’re tiny little humans, with the brain power of a fighter jet. They’re quite brilliant really and they’re as loyal as they come.


ALT: What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t?



SP: I’ve always wanted to be a mother. Before my father died, my mother was the strongest woman I knew and she was a heck of a good mother. After my father died, my aunt took on the role of mother and she is the strongest woman I know. I hope to be a mother in the future, after this cruel war is over.


ALT: What do you consider to be your special talent?



SP: Linguistics, without a shadow of a doubt. I remember the first Latin conjugation that I ever learned. Languages have stuck with me ever since.



ALT: What are you most proud of in your life?



SP: Definitely my aunt and my brother. But especially my aunt. She’s been the silent strength that’s held this family together. She worked day and night shifts when I was in primary school, just to pay tuition and my mother’s hospital bills. She’s doing it all over again with James now.



ALT: Did you like school? Your teachers? Schoolmates?



SP: Yes and no. I hated school with every fiber in my body. My schoolmates would bully the living daylights out of me. The stabbed me with their words every single day and one time the physical bullying got so bad that my shoulder was dislocated for an entire week. Thankfully, that was the week that William entered the picture and he’s the son of a doctor, so he was able to fix my shoulder. My teachers turned a blind eye entirely to the bullying. I’ve often wondered if the village school was being payed by the government to be an experimental school – one of those schools that allow everything from the students and the teachers aren’t allowed to step in. On the other hand, I loved academics. I always have and I always will.


ALT: Did you graduate high school? College? Beyond?



SP: In England, we do things a bit differently. Especially during the war. I got through primary school, secondary school, and my aunt was going to take on another job to put me through college when an official from undercover school visited and offered to take me on because of my linguistic abilities. I’m just weeks away from graduation and promotion to a mission on the battle front.



ALT: What do you do for a living?



SP: Once I graduate, I’ll be able to send home a check to my aunt. It won’t be much at first, as they virtually payed for my entire program. They haven’t given me an official title yet, so I’m not sure what my position is.


ALT: Have you traveled? Where? When? Why?



SP: I haven’t ever traveled before, aside from going to London a few times. The first time was with my parents, when my little brother was born. My grandmother lives in London and she wanted James to be born near her home. My parents complied and we went to London for my mother to give birth. The second time was with Aunt Emily for a job interview. The headquarters of the company she was applying for was in London and that was the branch that they interviewed people at. She dropped James and me off at our grandmother’s house and went for the interview. The most recent trip was after I was enrolled in this program. I needed to go to a formal dress fitting and it just happened to be in London. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be traveling to Amsterdam to search for William and begin my first mission as a graduate.

All character owned by the author. Used with permission.

Character Interview with Abigayle Claire

Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn’t completing the stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn’t for her), it was jotting down the ideas.


But in 2015, a story grabbed her—one she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer read, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn’t looked back since.


Writing is her ministry, freelance editing her job, and reading her pastime—all of which prove that God really does know what He’s doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand.






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Josiah Martin is a Christian farmer in the heart of Kansas. When he’s not struggling with his INFJ passion to introduce the world to God’s redeeming love, he can be found out of doors or eating homecooked food. He’s looking forward to supporting his beautiful fiancé and their family with his newly acquired job as a commercial corn farmer.

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ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father?


JM: We are very different. He tells me that I’m a lot like Mom—I feel more than he does. That alone brings us to many differences of opinion. But because we respect each other, we still maintain a healthy relationship and aren’t afraid to hash out our differences.


ALT: Were you overprotected as a child?

JM: We were very protected, yes, but it did us more good than harm. We don’t watch much television or interact personally with many non-Christians. But when we do, it’s not complete culture shock. I think we’ve reached a fairly healthy balance, although Mom and Dad might have approached some of it better.


ALT: In your relationship with others, how do you interact differently with family than with friends? Why?

JM: Um … I don’t know that there’s a big difference. I’m an extroverted introvert. So once you get to know me, it’s pretty much the same all around.


ALT: How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period of time?

JM: Hehe … Dad thinks I fall easy, but I disagree. It’s so gradual I don’t even realize it until it’s happened. Then the rest of time is spent with me getting the courage to approach the girl.


ALT: What do you most value in your friends?

JM: Loyalty. They don’t have to tell me all their secrets or spend all of their time with me, but if we’re going to be friends, we’re going to be friends. Don’t flake out on me or there’s no going back.


ALT: How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? With this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

JM: My first inclination is to see the good in people, but I try to approach even a trivial relationship prayerfully and with common sense. Strangers are exciting challenges to overcome. But I have to see them make decisions and learn their track record before I know how trustworthy they are.


ALT: When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

JM: First, how many people I know. I’m going to hang with family and friends for the most part. Second, who’s hurting. I’m going to approach the people that look like they need someone to listen next.


ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?

JM: I think Dad and I both expected me to outgrow some of my tenderheartedness. It’s not a bad thing, but being so sensitive can wear me down. I have several sisters with a manlier heart than me. Mom expected I’d like vegetables by now.


ALT: What really moves you, touches you to the soul?

JM: Pain. I’m drawn to people who are lost or hurting. I have to fix that if I can.


ALT: What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t?

JM: Meet my grandparents. My mom’s parents died when I was just a few years old, so I don’t remember them. Dad’s parents are still living, I think, but I’ve never met them.


ALT: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

JM: Probably shove my older sister Belinda off the hayloft, because I don’t usually get physical when I’m angry and knew how wrong it was to intentionally hurt a girl and did it anyway. She landed in loose hay but narrowly missed the pitchfork. Yelling at my dad was also not okay.


ALT: What are you most afraid of?

JM: Death. Not for myself, really. But seeing something innocent die or someone who didn’t know God yet pass away makes me feel guilty, like I should have tried harder to make a difference while they were alive.


ALT: What type of clothing are you most comfortable with?

JM: Jeans and a plaid button-up shirt.


ALT: What does your handwriting look like?

JM: I quit cursive as soon as Mom let me. My print is straight and tall. None of the letters touch.


ALT: How do you react in stressful situations?

JM: I have to be able to sit down and think of the best solution or blow off steam


ALT: How imaginative are you?

JM: Not very. Things have to make sense in a logical, black & white manner. I like trying to find the most economical solutions to life, though.


ALT: What’s your sense of humor?

JM: Sneaky and teasing.


ALT: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

JM: Raising a family in the heart of America where I can support them off my farming, supported by the woman I love. That or Ginger’s pumpkin chiffon pies.


ALT: What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

JM: Humility. You have to have enough ego and confidence to keep people from walking all over you.


ALT: On what occasion would you lie?

JM: I would withhold information if I thought it would benefit people I love. I don’t think I would ever lie outright (I’m good at deflecting these things) unless it would save a life.


ALT: What is your greatest regret?

JM: Not seeing through a distant friend of mine sooner. Could have saved a lot of trouble and heartache for several people I know.


ALT: How would you, if you could, choose to die?

JM: Peacefully at home in old age and happiness.


ALT: Best way to cheer you up?

JM: Feed me, ask me what’s wrong so I can vent without feeling like I’m bothering you.


ALT: Best way to annoy you?

JM: Being petty, giving me a task I can’t succeed at, not trusting me, infringing upon my rights, dismissing my values. … That’s a pretty long list.


ALT: Most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you?

JM: Throwing up while singing Silent Night in kids’ choir. I ruined Lydia Long’s curly hairdo.



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The Lost Girl of Astor Street Blog Tour – Clue 8



Today, I’m super excited to announce that I have a very special guest on my blog!



Stephanie Morrill is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com and the author of several young adult novels, including the historical mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street. Despite loving cloche hats and drop-waist dresses, Stephanie would have been a terrible flapper because she can’t do the Charleston and looks awful with bobbed hair. She and her near-constant ponytail live in Kansas City with her husband and three kids.



Stephanie Morrill is the author of The Lost Girl of Astor Street. Today I will be interviewing the main character, Piper Sail. And it launches today!

Stephanie Morrill – Lost Girl

We (and by we, I am of course referring to the seriously awesome group of people helping launch Lost Girl) are doing a clue hunt today, so read on down to find out more about that!




ALT: What is your full name?
PCS: Piper Caroline Sail


ALT: What parts of loving come easily to you? What comes hard?
PCS: I’m a very loyal person, so once my trust and admiration has been won, I’ll stick by you. But it’s difficult for me to develop relationships with people and feel comfortable around them.


ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?
PCS: I thought I would be kinder and softer, like my mother, when I grew up. It reoriented me when she died, as if those kind and soft places inside me died with her. I have two older brothers, so I suppose she maybe expected I wouldn’t be a nice, quiet sort of girl. I think my father is a bit proud of that, honestly.


ALT: What do you consider to be your special talent?
PCS: I think most people say that my special talent is being relentless. If I fix my mind to something, I go after it.


ALT: How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
PCS: I feel uncertain about my life right now. High school is almost over, and it’s time for me to leave the home of my childhood and go off to a university somewhere to study … something. I don’t really know yet what I want to do. One of my best friends is off pursuing his dream of playing baseball, and the other, Lydia, will probably get married before too long and start a family. But I don’t really know yet where I fit in.


ALT: What type of clothing are you most comfortable with?
PCS: I like to wear clothes that I can move around in. I’m every so grateful for the turn in women’s fashion, and that dresses have gotten so much simpler.


ALT: Did you like school? Your teachers? Schoolmates?
PCS: I enjoy school … but I don’t know how much my school enjoys me. My home economics teacher particularly dislikes me. It’s kind of a long story, but I once knocked her over when I was sliding down a banister in school. And there’s a time when I borrowed her cardigan to sneak into the teacher’s lounge. So her dislike is somewhat understandable.


ALT: What do you want most and what would you do to obtain it?
PCS: What I want most is for my friend Lydia to be healthy. She’s been having seizures, and I’m really scared for her. I want her to get healthy and for us to have one last perfect summer together before life takes us different directions.


ALT: Best gift to get you?
PCS: The best gift to give me is something heartfelt and personal. I have very simple tastes.


ALT: You’re the kind of person who:
PCS: I’m the kind of person who doesn’t believe in sitting around and waiting for things to happen to her.


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Now! There’s a clue hunt blog tour going on, so hop over to these blogs (I would recommend going in order) and collect the clues. If you follow instructions, you can enter a giveaway to get one of three signed hardcover copies (if you live outside of the US, you won’t miss out – you can win an e-book edition!) Head over to Stephanie’s blog to get more instructions and details.
Clue 1: Stephanie Morrill
Clue 2: Some Books Are
Clue 3: Gabriella Slade
Clue 4: Page by Page, Book by Book
Clue 5: Pens and Scrolls
Clue 6: Singing Librarian Books
Clue 7: Heather Manning
Clue 8: Annie Louise Twitchell
Clue 9: Noveling Novelties
Clue 10: Kaitee Hart
Clue 11: Classics and Craziness
Clue 12: Zerina Blossom
Clue 13: Rebecca Morgan
Clue 14: Keturah’s Korner
Clue 15: That Book Gal
Clue 16: Anna Schaeffer
Clue 17: Hadley Grace
Clue 18: Lydia Howe
Clue 19: Ramblings by Bethany
Clue 20: Matilda Sjöholm
Clue 21: Lydia Carns
Clue 22: Broken Birdsong
Clue 23 & Clue 24: The Ink Loft

And finally, for the clue!

CLUE NUMBER EIGHT:




realizes,


Good luck!

~AnnieLou~

Guest Post – Character Interview with Tyne Griffin


Tyne is another good friend from my writing group. Due to time zone differences, most of our conversations end up being in the middle of his night and early morning for me. (The fact that I can be awake and functioning that early sometimes bewilders him. But it bewilders me too, so we’re all good.)

Tyne is a 19 year-old writer dude who primarily writes romance of the rainbow with other themes such as paranormal, coming of age, magical realism, and world domination. Having penned over a million words in the last year, he’s in the process of polishing his first book for publication. He spends his time hiding from the world under his desk, except when he has to go play the part of retail worker. Someday he hopes to earn a spot in a specific publishing company and help someone with his novels.


The character I’ll be interviewing is Hugo Kloven. Hugo is the Club President of Phantasmal, a paranormal investigative club at his high school. After struggling with reoccurring and suspiciously baseless anger issues, the once high school football star gave up the life of school politics, scholarship chasing, and university schmoozing, in order to enjoy one filled with things he actually liked – friends, ghosts, and the only person he’d ever love. He stands at a towering an muscular 6’10, has short spiky blond hair, and brown eyes. Boasting a clumsy grin and a heart of gold, he’s a gentle giant standing in the shadow of the wildly successful Kloven family legacy.

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ALT: What is your full name?
HMK: Hugo Maximilian Kloven, it’s nice to meet ya.
ALT: When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice first about you?
HMK: Probably how unfortunately brutishly large I am. It’s good for football, to be this huge, but people get intimidated by guys of my stature.

ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?
HMK: There was a legacy placed on me when I was born to the family that I was. Kloven is a last name associated with power, success, riches, it’s quite a shadow to stand in. My parents expected me to be a famous football player, my brother expected me to be popular, and I expected myself to stay a lonely bully my entire life. But here I stand, proud to say that I am none of those things.

ALT: What is one physical attribute you’re proud of?
HMK: Once I may have just said my hair, and don’t get me wrong, it’s still awesome. But I have recently come to value my general stature. Having strength like I do, being this large and scary, having hands that can easily crush, is quite the responsibility. But now I know that I can use my strength, towering build, and powerful hands to protect, not harm.

ALT: What is one physical attribute you would change?
HMK: Once I would have said my general build, as I stated before, it was something I perceived as dangerous. But now I’d just love to be a little shorter, just a little. It’s hard to dance with the love of my life because they’re quite short.
ALT: If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
HMK: I would first wish to prolong the life of someone I love who is terminal, even cure them if it was allowed. Secondly, I’d wish for bright futures for the members of my football team, despite their cynical future outlooks. And for my last wish, it might be a little selfish, but I’d wish that the bright high school days spent with my club members would never end, that we could be happy like this together forever.

ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father?
HMK: My father is an actor, I’m sure you’ve heard of him, he’s in everything. But once you get through all his bravado, he’s just an angry bully too. We are similar in that way, at least we were, but that just led us to clash. I say with utter confidence that I’d love to knock him on his back for the things he did to my brother. We don’t get along.

ALT: With your mother?
HMK: My mother is a model. You know that fancy shirt in the closet? That one so nice you never wear it? Yeah, she was the model who debuted that. She walks with the click of her heels and a swagger that can slice through the air but other than that, I don’t know much about her. I can’t recall a normal conversation I have ever had with the woman. We rarely fight, like my father and I do, but we definitely are very distant.

ALT: Siblings?
HMK: I miss my brother every day. I was close to him, but when I was young I felt as if he tried to keep a wall a between us. I wanted so much to learn more about ghosts, the most important thing to him. But he’d always push me away. That was until that one October night when he gave into my begging and took me out to investigate with him. That’s when I lost him.

ALT: In your relationship with others, how do you interact differently with family than with friends? Why?
HMK: I rarely have the displeasure of interacting with my parents, but when one of them happens to be around, we’re very distant. I was painfully close to my big brother before he passed away, but since then I haven’t had much of a ‘family’. I’m very lucky to have an extraordinary group of friends that make up my club at school. I try to be open with them and protect them, but even when I fail they’re always there to pick me up, then carry me up a flight of stairs after I have my head handed to me in a fight.

ALT: How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period of time?
HMK: I have only even fallen in love once in my life. I think I loved them long before I realized it. We had a weird relationship before we were given a common goal but after that, I became aware of my feelings rather quickly. I knew that they were the only person I’d ever love, and that holds true to this very day.

ALT: What are you most proud of in your life?
HMK: I am proud to be Kasper Kloven’s little brother. He was an outcast with the biggest heart, I looked up to him in every way. He looked at life differently and was exactly what I wanted to grow up to be like. When I lost him, I lost my way for a while, but that one thing has never changed. I will always be fiercely proud of my big brother.

ALT: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?
HMK: Oh man, I was a bully for so long there are endless answers to that one. But if I had to pick one thing, it was ever raising a fist to anyone in the first place. Or perhaps making that deal with the Demon King. Actually probably that, that caused a lot of problems…

ALT: What are you most afraid of?
HMK: I am deathly terrified of reverting back into a bully, of giving into the anger, of raising a fist to my friends. They trust me to protect them, not harm. It’s always in the back of my mind, what if I’m not a good guy, what if I hurt them, but I do my best to keep pushing forward despite that fear.

ALT: What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?
HMK: My club and its members. Phantasmal is my home, the members are my family. I could never let anything happen to them, they are my most valued thing. I also happen to be madly in love with one of them.

ALT: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

HMK: It’s somewhat of a spoiler, so I’ll censor to the best of my ability. I am most proud of the way I conducted myself in the wake of finding out someone very close to me didn’t have much time left. I told myself I’d hold it together, that I’d keep smiling, so that they could have the best time in their remaining days. It was hard, nearly impossible, to smile through that agony, but I did it. And no matter how long I live, no matter what I do, that will always be my greatest achievement.

ALT: What is your greatest regret?

HMK: I do have a lot of those. As much as I regret every time I gave into the anger, every punch I threw, every time I was the bad guy, there is one thing that haunts me more than all of that. Had I not begged my brother to take me out to look for ghosts that night, he wouldn’t have lost his life.

ALT: Biggest trauma?
HMK: Does watching my brother be annihilated by a car right in front of me at ten-years-old count?

ALT: What is your motto?

HMK: I stole it, but: Life’s too short to be so sad.

Characters are the property of the authors. Used by permission.

Character Interview – Guest Post with Alyssa Clark




Alyssa Clark has always considered herself a writer. From an early age she’s always written colorful and unique stories. Some of her works have even received awards throughout the years. She is currently working on her novel Queen of Light, and is hoping to be done with her final draft in the next year. She is creative and outgoing, setting to redesign the fantasy genre with her twists on well known fantasy elements.



Today I’m interviewing Roselyn Anora, a character by Alyssa Clark. Alyssa is one of my online writing friends and I love seeing snippets of her work. I’m really happy to share this with you.


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ALT: What is your full name?


RAA: My full name is Roselyn Avital Anora.


ALT: When were you born? What season, sign, etc?


RAA: My birthday is June 18th, so I’m a gemini; a summer baby.


ALT: Ooh, close to my birthday! I’m June 13th. What do you do for a living?


RAA: I am the Queen of Light. I rule in the Kingdom of Light. I make sure all the angels in the kingdom are taken care of, as well as my followers in the mortal world. It’s a heck of a lot of responsibility.


ALT: Do you have children?


RAA: Yes, I have two beautiful daughters, Corinth and Hannatine


ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?


RAA: I most certainly hope I did. I never met either of my birth parents. A long time ago I vowed to live my life for them, to make them proud. They were humans and I was an angel, so I’m sure they never expected me to become the ruler of all angels. I hope they’re proud of me. There’s no honor higher than being the Queen of Light.


ALT: What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t?


RAA: One thing I’ve always wanted was a normal life; I got the exact opposite. I love being the Queen of Light. I’m one of the two most powerful beings in the universe. But sometimes I think about if I wasn’t born an angel, if I was a normal girl instead. Would I have both my parents? Would I have been a more outgoing child? Would I have less caution and more trust? I know it’s no use pondering hypotheticals right now, but it’s a nice thought sometimes. Human worries seem nonexistent when you’re trying to protect the whole universe from darkness.


ALT: What is one physical attribute you’re proud of?


RAA: I used to hate my white hair, but it’s grown on me now. It’s a beauty that many don’t appreciate. But I think having white hair is a unique beauty.


ALT: What is one physical attribute you would change?


RAA: Sometimes I wish I had more curves and womanly attributes to my figure. Gavreel, my husband, tells me I’m stunning the way I am, but like other women I want to be attractive in the eyes of the world. I don’t think of it as often as I used to, but the thought pops into my mind every once in awhile.


ALT: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?


RAA: The worst thing I’ve probably done was a have a child with the King of Darkness, my demon opposite. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter very much, but in the eyes of many people it was a sin to have a child with the King of Darkness. But I did it with probable cause. I won’t get into detail about how the world is falling apart and crumbling, but the only way to save it was to create a child who could control darkness and light. It was the only way. I never stole, cheated, broke the law, or anything like that. I had a child with the being who’s supposed to be my rival, but what was I supposed to do? Sit and wait for the universe to collapse?


ALT: What are you most afraid of?


RAA: That one day I’ll wake up and my family and everyone I love will be gone. That the balance between darkness and light is tipped toward the dark end. If that ever happened I’d have to protect a lot of people from a danger I don’t even know if I can stop.


ALT: What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?


RAA: The most important thing in my life is my family. I love them so much. They support and love me no matter what. I value them so much. My life has been one crazy mess, but I still ended up with a family in the end, like a normal person.


ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father and mother?


RAA: I actually never met my father. Apparently I lived with him until I was about two, but around that time Minami Nolan, who was a close friend with my mother, decided she would raise me instead. My father lived in poverty, from what I heard. After my mother passed away he spiraled into depression, drinking and smoking to ease his pains. As a result he became broke. We were forced to live on the streets, though I was too young to remember. I don’t hate or resent my father. We never met. But I’ll still always be Vincent Griffiths’ daughter. With my mother… I was told my mother died not long after I was born. I’d only seen her in pictures. Of course I looked nothing like her, but nevertheless she was pretty. She looked so happy with my father. A long time ago I made a commitment to live my life for her, to make her proud. Even to this day I still miss her, but I hope she looks at me and my life and smiles. Everyone makes mistakes, even the Queen of Light. So, hopefully, to her, the good outweighs the bad.


ALT: Siblings?


RAA: I don’t think I have any siblings. My father disappeared after Mimi (that’s what I used to call her) took me in. He might have had other children beside me, but if he did I’ve never met them.


ALT: Were you overprotected as a child?


RAA: Most definitely. Mimi was very strict. She’d worry when I climbed trees as a kid. We lived in a small cottage in the woods on the outskirts of a small market town. I was rarely allowed to leave the property, and when we did, Mimi always accompanied me. I had little interaction with kids my age, which explains why I read a lot as a kid. The Kaiser’s weren’t as overprotective as Mimi, but they too were strict. One time I wasn’t even allowed to leave the house without Ethan or his son Ismus as a escort. They were so worried something would happen to me in the city. Now I look back at these memories and laugh. Because I did the exact same thing with my children. But to be fair, most queens wouldn’t let their princesses roam the kingdom streets.


ALT: Do you see yourself as intelligent? Uneducated? Brilliant?


RAA: I’ve had broken education throughout my life, but I’m definitely not an idiot. I’m wise and have a large amout of knowledge about many things. You don’t always need a formal education to be great, and I am a living example of that. A girl who went to public school for less than a year and was homeschooled by different people still grew up to be a queen.


ALT: Did you like school? Your teachers? Schoolmates?


RAA: I was enrolled in public school for the first time when I lived with the Kaisers. Mimi homeschooled me, so entering a large high school as a freshman for the first time was no picnic. But overall I enjoyed my experience, even if I didn’t even finish a whole year there. It was a nice change from what I was used to. I love to learn. School was the perfect place for me. I feel bad my daughters are stuck being homeschooled like I was. But being a mother means you have to make tough decisions.


ALT: How do you react in stressful situations?


RAA: When I was younger, I would get mad and upset in stressful situations. I used to yell, cry, and hole myself up in my room. Now, I normally take a walk to clear my head. I try not to let myself get too overwhelmed with the responsibilities of a queen. And of course my husband, Gavreel, is a big help. He makes sure I never get too stressed out.


ALT: What is your idea of perfect happiness?


RAA: Perfect happiness would be a world where I could be the Queen of Light and actually enjoy being queen and not have to worry about the King of Darkness’ evil plots. I could spend more time with my daughters and even visit towns of the kingdom more often. I want to seem like I’m an approachable ruler. If only that was the world I lived in. My job would be a breeze.


ALT: When and where were you happiest?


RAA: I’m quite happy where I am now. I have a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. But when I was fifteen the place where I was happiest was living with the Kaiser family. After my adoptive mother died, Ethan Kaiser, a police officer at the time, graciously offered to take me in. I loved it there so much. Their house was full of love and warmth. They really treated me as if I actually was their daughter. And though I was only there about a year, my life hasn’t been the same since. They really showed me what a family was and I’ll forever be grateful I was able to be called Roselyn Kaiser.


ALT: What is your greatest regret?


RAA: My biggest regret in life would be not following my heart when it came to love. I’ve grown to love Gavreel over time, but initially I didn’t. I was in love with Ismus, Ethan Kaiser’s son. Yes, he was my adoptive brother, but we had this connection I’ve never had with anyone else. My first love, my only love was Ismus. We dated for a bit of time until queenly duties got in the way. We were so happy together. We probably fought more than other couples, but we were both passionate people. I regret not staying true to my heart and marrying him. He would have made a great king. But being royalty I had to marry an angel, not a human.


ALT: How would you, if you could, choose to die?


RAA: I know one day I’ll no longer be the Queen of Light and my eldest daughter will take my place. When my soul finally gives out, I want to be in the castle with my family. I’ll smile and tell them how much they meant to me, that my soul will guide them in their journeys without me. No blood, no heartache, just peace.


ALT: What is your motto?


RAA: Don’t underestimate what you’re capable of. I know that sounds cheesy and all, but it’s true. I never thought I’d amount to much being an outcast in society. Turns out I was so much more than anyone ever predicted. So never doubt yourself. We’re all made to do something in this world.


ALT: Best way to cheer you up?

RAA: My family always cheers me up. It’s hard to be sad when you have two darling girls making silly faces at you and making up stories about their father just to make me feel better.


ALT: One last question. You’re the kind of person who:


RAA: I’m the kind of person who always keeps moving. No matter what life throws at me, I push on. I’ve been knocked down so many times in my life, but I’m still here going strong.



Characters are the property of the author. Used by permission.

Character Interview – Guest Post with Melissa Holliday





Okay, people! So today I have a guest on my blog.




Everyone meet one of my best friends, Melissa Holliday. She and I met and bonded on a crafting and writing group. She’s such an incredible blessing and an amazing friend, and has helped me out with lots of things. She has the distinguished honor of being the first person outside of my family to read draft five of Spinner of Secrets. She’s also one of like twelve people who has my cell phone number, haha.



For this week’s post, I’ll be interviewing one of Missie’s characters, Harmon Cobb. This is the first time I’ve done one of these so, here goes!

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ALT: So, today I’m interviewing Harmon Cobb, a young pastor who was in a horrible auto accident when he was a child, leaving him scarred. That hasn’t prevented him from going out and doing things with his life, though. Harmon, let’s start with the usual, getting to know you questions. First off, how old are you? Married? Have kids?

HC: I’m in my mid twenties, fresh out of Bible college. Not quite married yet, but hopeful that the Lord will provide a wife in His timing (hint, hint, Anissa!). No kids. Those will come after the wife, I hope!

ALT: What’s your favorite color and why?

HC: Favorite color… Well, I love the shade of dark blue Anissa wore to church last week. It was a dark, gray blue color, like the sky right before the dawn when it’s kind of rainy and foggy.

ALT: What’s a childhood memory?

HC: Childhood memory. The most traumatic would be the accident that crippled my brother and left me with all these scars. But I can’t necessarily view it as all bad. Because of the accident, a lot of good things happened. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t been in the accident.

ALT: What’s your favorite season of the year?

HC: Definitely summer. After all, I met Anissa in the summer, so that makes it special.

ALT: Would you rather be work an office job or a labor type job?

HC: Hmm, it’s hard to pick. I might enjoy working in the office for the winter months, but during nicer weather, I want to be out and about working with my hands.

ALT: Oh, so both. I’m the same way. Next question… Are you ready for this one? Who was your first romantic interest?

HC: No questions there. The first girl I was ever interested in was Anissa. Truly love at first sight.

ALT: That’s great. We’re right in the middle of the holiday season. What is your favorite holiday and why?

HC: Favorite holiday? Actually, I don’t know if I have one. I like family time, so any holiday that gives me a reason to get together with everyone is my favorite, not just Thanksgiving.

ALT: So family sounds pretty important to you – what does yours look like?

HC: My family is very close knit. There’s no secrets- mainly because we don’t have any reason to keep them, but we couldn’t even if we wanted to (yes, Dad, I’m looking at you and thinking of your eavesdropping). My parents have been married for nearly 30 years, and only have two sons, my brother and I. Mom is a typical mom, she cooks, fusses over her sons, and insists that she and Dad know better than we do how to handle our lives- and she might not be wrong. My dad is a strong man, firm in faith and honest beyond belief. Jasper my brother is a great brother, always supportive of me and encouraging when he knows I’m needing it.

ALT: You’re a pastor. Do you enjoy your work? Is it stressful?

HC: Weeeell, right now I’m a temporary pastor. A friend of mine needed to go be with his son for surgery so I’m filling in for him. It’s stressful! Not to mention, this is the first time since I graduated from Bible college that I’ve been in charge, so to speak, of an entire congregation. But I do love it. The people are friendly and I’ve never enjoyed anything more.

ALT: Do you have any pets? What’s your favorite animal and why?

HC:
Favorite animal. Well, it’s definitely not Pastor Mill’s (my friend I’m filling in for) dogs, Rank and Moe. Those rascals are nothing but trouble. If I had a favorite animal, I’d say goldfish. They are quiet and don’t interrupt one’s studies or sermon writing.
ALT: What do you usually do in your spare time, assuming you have any? 😉

HC: Spare time…. Right now it’s fixing stuff for families in the church. Hot water tanks, stoves… Oh wait, those were both at Anissa’s house. Well, I guess most of my spare time is being spent helping her and her family.

ALT: You keep mentioning Anissa, why don’t you tell me a little about her?

HC: Anissa. Wow, where do I start? She’s beautiful, to start with. Her hair is the most perfect shade of brown, her eyes are always searching faces as if looking for the truth behind their words. From what I gather, she’s had a rough life. I know her father passed away, but I’ve yet to be able to find out anything else about him from her. She plays piano beautifully, though you daren’t tell her that. I’m still praying about it, but I believe that she’s ‘the one’ and I’m going to do my best to seek God’s will about her. She seems to be warming up to me- or at least her mother and sister are. Her sister is… well, she’s something else.

ALT: Oh, I bet. Siblings usually are. Well, thank you for your time, Harmon, and I wish you luck with Anissa!


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Thanks, Missie! 

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