Hey, everyone! Today I have a special guest joining us! It is a character from Melinda Brasher’s novel FAR-KNOWING. Her name is Kalli and she has agreed to an interview with me. Whoop! I love character interviews!
After the Chaos Mage traps their mentor within a deadly spell, two inexperienced apprentice mages must track down and destroy this ruthless, faceless menace to the kingdom. The apprentices’ differences have always divided them, but if they can find a way to combine their strengths, they might have a chance.
Let’s get started with the interview, shall we?
Kaitlyn: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Kalli: It’s called Far-Knowing, and it’s about my struggle—well, our struggle—to find and destroy the Chaos Mage, a shadowy figure who had been burning villages with mage fire and destroying crops with summoned wind. We didn’t understand why he was doing these vile things, but we knew we had to stop him. Looking back, there were a lot of things we didn’t know…or things we thought we knew. But you can read about that for yourself. If you want to know more about the Chaos Mage and his ruthlessness, I suggest reading “Chaos Rises,” a short story which the author tells me is available magically in some intangible form: A free eeboock, I believe she called it. I will ask the author to provide the exact information below. You can read “Chaos Rises” before or after you read Far-Knowing, but of course Far-knowing is where I appear.
Kaitlyn: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Kalli: Well, my father is the High Commander and my mother is governor of one of the richest provinces, so I have a lot to live up to. My motto is “king first, self second.” And I never give up. Even when assigned the nearly impossible task of defeating the Chaos Mage, I never considered failure. I suppose, perhaps, I was naïve.
Though Far-Knowing rather blatantly revealed my difficulties with certain magic, the author failed to include that I can perform a very, very good paper-brightening enchantment. So, if your lighting is ever too bad, and your pages too faded, come to me for help.
Kaitlyn: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Kalli: Sometimes she procrastinates, and sometimes she second guesses herself, whereas I myself never hesitate to do what must be done. However, she’s a good writer, and I hope to work with her again.
Kaitlyn: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Kalli: It’s a tale of honor and duty and courage, and I hope that future generations read it so that they can understand what we did here.
Kaitlyn: Do you like being a character in the book?
Kalli: I’m not sure what you mean by “character,” but if you’re asking what it’s like to be the subject of a great chronicle like this, it’s flattering. However, I admit that the glory and fame aren’t quite what I once imagined. And it’s not always comfortable reading what other people think of me. I don’t really care about such things, of course. I did my duty, and that’s what counts. But sometimes I see my actions through others’ eyes and wonder if I could have acted differently. That’s what life is, I suppose. As Mistress says, Errors are only stepping stones to perfection.
Kaitlyn: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Kalli: I plan on continuing my studies of magecraft, because I have yet to master magic the way I wish to. I still can’t turn a lump of mud into a crystal chalice or weave a decent web enchantment.
Kaitlyn: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Kalli: I believe Melinda Brasher will write more of the great kingdom of Andalinn, but right now she’s busy recounting tales of other kingdoms. Whether or not I appear in her futures work depends on what service I perform for my kingdom. May I thus appear in all her chronicles.
Kaitlyn: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Kalli: What’s a movie?
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Contact the Author at www.melindabrasher.com
Melinda Brasher spends her time writing, traveling, and teaching English abroad. She loves the sound of glaciers calving, the feel of a trail beneath her feet, and the smell of old books. Her short fiction appears in Ellipsis Literature and Art, Spark Anthology, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and others. Visit her online at Have Book, Will Travel.
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