Tag: Interviews

Character Interview: Ismena Ivery

Character Interview: Ismena Ivery

Today’s interviewee is something of an anti-villain, but I kind of like her, and a significant portion of The King’s Paladin will probably be told from her point of view. Enjoy. :)

Ismena: *comes in and takes a seat across from the interviewer, looking quite regal with her perfect posture and flowing gown* Good morning.

Interviewer: Good morning. How are you?

Ismena: I’m doing well.

Interviwer: Excellent. Then let’s get started. *smiles* What is your name?

Ismena: Ismena Faye Ivery.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Ismena: Nineteen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Ismena: No.

Interviewer: What is your job?

Ismena: I’m princess of Mandoria.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Ismena: Extrovert.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Ismena: Cream cheese pastries.

Interviewer: What is your favorite color and why?

Ismena: Purple. It matches my eyes. But I tend to prefer darker purples.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Ismena: Alander’s Adventures in Lornea. It was my favorite when I was a little girl, and now it bears a lot of sentimental value.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Ismena: Not particularly. I don’t think I’d be good at much else.

Interviewer: Do you have any hobbies?

Ismena: I draw on occasion and I play the piano.

Interviewer: What traits do you look for in a potential husband?

Ismena: Someone clever and strategic, preferably physically attractive, and someone I can make plans with.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Ismena: Intelligence.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Ismena: Selflessness.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Ismena: My cloak.

Interviewer: That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Ismena: *stands and leaves, looking just as regal as when she came in*

Character Interview: Clissa Hiara

Character Interview: Clissa Hiara

I recently asked my sister to interview one of my characters, merely because this character is really interesting and complex and I was curious how she’d respond to the questions. I can tell you that almost none of these answers are entirely truthful, because of who she is, but it was interesting to see. My best friend also deserves credit for a few of the questions.

I plan on making character interviews a regular thing and choosing a character of mine at random to interview each day or week or however often I decide to do this. If you’d like to offer some questions, go ahead and leave those in the comments.

Now without further ado, here’s the interview with Clissa.


Clissa: *takes a seat across from the interviewer, legs elegantly crossed* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello, Miss Hiara. How are you doing today?

Clissa: I’m well. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m quite fine, thank you. Let’s get started with our first question. It’s really preliminary, but what’s your name?

Clissa: Clissa Hiara, prime minister of the Trell Province.

Interviewer: And how old are you?

Clissa: That’s not a very polite question to ask a woman. *a hint of a smile twitches at her lips* I’m twenty-seven.

Interviewer: I apologize. Which of the following is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, bravery, or cunning?

Clissa: Intelligence. A prime minister must be intelligent.

Interviewer: And of these: Honesty or selflessness?

Clissa: Definitely honesty. If you can’t be honest with people, you’ll never get anything done. Any relationship is based in trust, be it personal, professional, or indirect like that of a prime minister and her subjects.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Clissa: Singing and dancing, mostly. And I love birds.

Interviewer: What are your prime fashion choices?

Clissa: Well as prime minister my choices are no secret. Red and black dresses, mainly, with lots of jewelry, usually in gold.

Interviewer: In your opinion, what are the worst offenses and most disdainful actions?

Clissa: Good question. Murder is high on the list, as is theft. One of the things I find most disgusting, though, is not the action itself, but when people get others to do their dirty work for them. It’s more dishonest than the thing itself, I believe.

Interviewer: Hmm…What’s your favorite food?

Clissa: Dark chocolate.

Interviewer: And favorite color?

Clissa: Red.

Interviewer: Why?

Clissa: It’s dramatic. I have a flair for the dramatic.

Interviewer: What would be your ideal home? Castle, mansion, cottage, tower?

Clissa: A castle, most definitely. A castle makes a statement.

Interviewer: That it certainly does. Is there any job you’d prefer to prime minister?

Clissa: Well, not to sound cliché, but I’d like to be queen. Not that that’ll ever happen, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

Interviewer: Of course. Why would you want to be queen?

Clissa: The same reason everyone does. Power, importance, glamour. It’s an important position that any woman would love to have.

Interviewer: Indeed. And would you rather watch a movie or read a book?

Clissa: I don’t enjoy either particularly much, but probably watching movies.

Interviewer: Do you have a favorite?

Clissa: Maybe The Three Musketeers.

Interviewer: And do you have a book preference?

Clissa: Romeo and Juliet.

Interviewer: What do you like about them?

Clissa: *shrugs* The adventure, I suppose. And with Romeo and Juliet I enjoy the romantic tragedy.

Interviewer: What is the one thing you can never leave home without?

Clissa: A tube of lipstick.

Interviewer: Would you call yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

Clissa: I’m definitely an extrovert.

Interviewer: And what traits do you look for in a man?

Clissa: Dark and mysterious, and as intelligent as I am.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal and why?

Clissa: A cobra, because they’re beautiful.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Clissa: No. I’m an only child.

Interviewer: Are you excited for your upcoming wedding?

Clissa: I’m very excited. *grins*

Interviewer: Do you have a dress picked out yet?

Clissa: I do, actually. I’d show you, but I know Roran watches this broadcast, and I can’t have him seeing it before the wedding. *smiles*

Interviewer: Of course not. Wouldn’t want to ruin tradition. What kind of flowers will you be carrying?

Clissa: Red roses outlined in black leaves. I decided to leave the rose thorns intact, as well, to go a little outside the box.

Interviewer: That sounds quite striking. Who is the maid of honor going to be?

Clissa: There will actually not be a maid of honor. Roran and I have decided not to have a wedding party.

Interviewer: Oh, okay. What kind of cake do you have picked out?

Clissa: It’s a really big thing, the cake. It’s three tiers high, covered in red frosting, extravagantly decorated. The interior is a dark chocolate and red velvet swirl.

Interviewer: That sounds delightful. Well, I think that’s all I had for you. Thank you for your time, and for the insider access on your wedding.

Clissa: Certainly. *smiles as she stands and leaves*


Well, that turned out to be a fairly long interview, and I didn’t realize until I was copying it how many times in the first third she mentioned being prime minister. She’s rather prideful.

Like I said, if you have any questions for the next interview, let me know. :)

Inspire Me


So, Hannah at Ink Blots and Coffee Stains didn’t really tag me for this, but she did say anyone who wanted to could do it (thank you for that :)), so I am.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy these totally amazing and spectacular rules onto your post
2. Smile and twirl in a circle and look at your favorite inspiring thing and take deep breaths as you prepare for my amazingness
3. Thank your gorgeous, lovely tagger
4. Tag five other bloggers (or more. or less. or none. just whatever you want.)
5. Have fun and be honest and answer all the questions (and feel free to add some of your own!)

And now for the questions!

#1: What is one of the most inspiring things to you?

Hmm. This is a tough one, actually. Would it be weird to say “dreaming”? Because I get some awesome story ideas from my dreams. Reading is also a good one. But mostly dreaming.


#2: Where do you look for inspiration?

Pinterest. Their prompts and character inspiration pins almost always get me writing.

#3: When and where does inspiration tend to hit you?
Anywhere it’s inconvenient. In bed, in the car, anywhere I can’t write anything down.
#4: What’s the first thing you do when inspiration strikes?

First I marvel at this amazing idea (which is usually not as amazing as it seems), and then I scurry to find something to write it on. Unless I’m somewhere I can’t, in which case I repeat it over and over and over in my head until I get to a point where I can write it down. And usually one idea spawns another and I write all of it down.

#5: What’s the most inspiring book/song/website/etc., you’ve found?

Any soundtrack music is good. Or anything instrumental at all. There are so many books that I’ve found inspiring that I couldn’t possibly pick just one.

#6: What’s one piece of advice you would give to people struggling for inspiration? 
Read. Reading always helps.
(I have no idea why the text decided to get bigger in some places. O-o)
And I’ll tag:
I was so close to actually coming up with five people… *sighs* Well, anyone who’s listening to music can also do this, or just whoever wants to do it. And those tagged are not required to do it, as always. :)
Have fun!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger

I was nominated to do this challenge by my friend Dreamer, so thank you to her. :)
1. If you could invent a new method of delivering letters, what would it be?

Hmm. Sending them by mechanical griffins might be cool. I honestly have no idea.

2. Coffee or Tea? Or neither, if not both?

Tea. I can’t stand the taste of coffee. But I like iced sweet tea a lot better than hot tea. And as for hot drinks, my favorite is hot chocolate. :)

3. Favorite holiday of the year?

Christmas. It’s Jesus’ birthday, and on top of that I love giving gifts.

4. If asked to pick between Star Wars and Star Trek, which would you choose?

This is another tough one. Probably Star Wars, but this is like picking between apples and oranges. They’re similar and yet so not.

5. Physical books or Kindle/Nook?

Physical books. Always. And preferably paperback. Kindle books are nice enough, but I tend to forget about them because when I’m on my tablet I’m generally on it for a certain purpose. And the feel of a physical book in your hand is always better.

6. If you found yourself in Victorian England, what would your reaction be?

Probably something along the lines of, “Ugh. Corsets.” But I can’t say for sure.

7. Has a movie or book ever made you cry? Either from laughter or sadness.

No, but a couple have come close. There have been two character deaths that I choked up on, if that counts, and the ending of Atlantis Rising almost made me cry, but I’ve never actually cried at a book or a movie.

8. Quick! Aliens are attacking, what’s your first move?

Panic, probably. And then go protect my younger siblings.

9. Favorite pizza topping?

Italian sausage, ham, bacon, and black olives.

10. Do you have a “hidden” talent that can surprise new acquaintances?

Not that I know of. Although being able to sing a high G has surprised someone before.

11. What is the function of a rubber duck?

Squeaking. XD


And now my nominees, and since I can’t think of anyone I haven’t already nominated for something, how about… Anyone who can sing a high G, anyone who has heard of Wayne Thomas Batson, or anyone who wants to answer the following questions:

  1. Pink or blue?
  2. What book have you most wanted to throw at a wall?
  3. Favorite video game?
  4. What state would you most like to visit and why?
  5. What is your favorite kind of shoe?
  6. What mythical creature is your favorite?
  7. Wristwatches or pocket watches?
  8. Favorite book character?
  9. What is your favorite kind of cake?
  10. How many U.S. presidents can you name?
  11. Where is your favorite place to visit?

Some of these are really lame since I was coming up with them on the spot, but oh well. Have fun!


Writers Like Us Interview 4: Marci

Writers Like Us Interview 4: Marci

Welcome to the fourth and final installment in the Writers Like Us series! Our last interviewee is Marci.


Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Marci: I wouldn’t necessarily say my writing was influenced by any person in particular. I just write. :)


A: What genre do you write?

M: Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Bildungsroman…anything I can put magic in.


A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

M: I write whatever I really feel like writing. ;D


A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

M: I read most things, so yes? No? Maybe?


A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

M: Two things– the rewrite of my NaNoWriMo novel– The Day the Sky Wept– and a story involving an angel/valkyrie/grim-reaper-type creature.


A: What are some of your favorite books?

M: Good Omens [Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett], A Whole Nother Story [Dr. Cuthbert Soup], Famous Last Words [Katie Alender], Bliss [Kathryn Littlewood], The Curse of the Blue Tattoo [L.A. Meyer (?)] etc…



Thank you for reading the Writers Like Us series! I hope you enjoyed it. :)