For this year’s A-to-Z April Challenge, I’m interviewing characters from my and/or my twin’s fiction. Some of them are major characters, some are supporting cast, and some have managed to avoid any page-time (so far).
Today, I’m interviewing Joseph Brennen, whose first appearance in our stories was a minor role in The Fallen, published in 2014. He also appears, more prominently, in the upcoming sequel, The Madness Engine.
Thomas: I’m going to get right to the questions, if that’s all right. So… In The Madness Engine, there’s a big confrontation between you and another character. What do you think motivated your author to have that happen?
Brennen: I assume you mean the fight between myself and Drake. It’s possible I had it coming. Besides, Drake and I had our differences long before this. What happened in the previous novel is just the tip of the iceberg.
Thomas: Care to elaborate on that?
Thomas: Okay… [shakes head] How do you feel about how your author is treating you?
Brennen: It could be worse. Remember, I know what happened in the original backstory you two came up with. I find that I like not dying from having my heart blown out of my chest.
Thomas: Without any major plot spoilers, can you tell us anything about the plot that caught you by surprise?
Brennen: What happened after that big confrontation. I don’t think any of us were expecting it. Not me, not Drake, and not you or Paul.
Thomas: I’d say that’s a fair assessment. I wasn’t expecting any of it, beyond knowing that the confrontation itself had to happen eventually, and I had no clue how it would go.
Brennen: If you’d known, would you have tried to talk your brother out of it?
Thomas: No. As you said, you had it coming.